Will online lectures destroy universities?

George Siemens, elearnspace, Nov 30, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Will online lectures destroy universities? No, of course they won't. It will take a variety of factors, including something like an 'open credentials' system to counter the current credentials that Scott Leslie notes are "bound up very tightly with the capitalist economies that fund them." George Siemens is here responding to a Telegraph article that suggests "the education most universities provide isn't worth the money. If they don't have world-class reputations – and only a few do – then they need to change fast, or watch an exodus of students away to cheaper, better alternatives." And that conclusion, not the hyperbole of the headline, is better founded.
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