The Corporate Educators are Coming...

Institute for Performance, Jun 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Very good article from Contact North on the implications of renewed corporate interest in the provision of online learning. Change is coming to the system, wriotes the autor, from the outside in- "Students will chose their courses and programs from around the world, based on estimates of quality and price." The primary economic driver will be assessment and credentialing. "Assessment centres for accreditation are where corporations see their profits... They are seeing that education and certification will continue to be critical conditions for employment in the knowledge economy." The scenarios are extremne, and game-changing. For example, imagine a "new merger creates Google Phoenix, bringing together Google Scholar, Google apps, the University of Phoenix online curriculum, and a growing collection of digital learning objects, all shareable through the Google Plus collaboration network."

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