Dual-Mode Universities in Higher Education: Way Station or Final Destination?

John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning, Apr 19, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

John Daniel spends a long time justifying the OERu model (dual-mode universities) before getting to the point of his article, ion the second-last paragraph: "The wider issue is that higher education generally it will no longer be able to use the function of presenting content, whether through lectures or learning materials, as justification for the major element of its costs." If you accept additionally the premise that a pay-as-you-go fee structure is necessary for sustainability, it follows that the model must include pay-as-you-go assessment as the value proposition. There's not a lot new here, as (to my observation) Daniel is drawing from the talking points offered in numerous documents describing the OERu model. Wayne Macintosh cites this as being from the journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning (Volume 27 2012, Issue 1 2012) but links here, so it may be co-published.
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