The Future of Education Is Here, It's Just Not Evenly Distributed

Michael Geist, Weblog, May 21, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's with no small irony I read Michael Geist writing about the revolution in education, citing examples like Stanford and MIT, and saying "there are serious doubts whether Canada is ready for these changes." And he says "no one seems ready to confront the emerging reality of competition from top tier schools from around the world offering online courses at low cost to Canadian students." He should not confuse Canada with Canadian institutions. Canada is the home of open access. And this country has contributed more than a little to open education. Don't be dazzled by big dollars at big name institutions. That's just the way they do things when they think they've spotted a trend. Open education and open access are as Canadian as maple syrup and beaver tails. If our governments and institutions lag behind, well, it wouldn't be the first time.

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