Canadian Education Faces Technology Tipping Point

Michael Geist, Weblog, Dec 23, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The tipping point faced by Canadian institutions parallels that faced by those around the world, as they strive to reduce their overhead by adopting openly licensed materials. "The net effect will result in trading some short term pain for considerable long term gain. Professors and students will experience some immediate challenges as the use of traditional course packs disappears alongside the expiry of the copyright licences. Yet the longer term benefits are enormous since publishers and authors will continue to be compensated through mechanisms such as CKRN (Canadian Knowledge Research Network)and Canadian higher education will be able to leverage their massive investments in technology to provide students with better, more engaging and interactive learning experiences."
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