Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
I'm sure this took a lot of work, and was done with the best of intentions, but it is misguided. "Carleton's new wireless network called Eduroam is been appropriately named because it allows students from 12 Canadian universities (9 confirmed including Carleton, 3 finalizing details) to access each other's wireless networks when visiting another campus." Well that's great if you have the resources to pay tuition at one of the participating universities. If you haven't, then you're just out of luck. What these universities have done is to create an access cartel that blocks any non-cooperating institution - or self-managed learner - from accessing online resources at these campuses (and, no doubt, eventually, from accessing university libraries, repositories, and other academic services). Creating an access federation is not a step forward for public l;earning in Canada - it's a step backward. Open up the university wireless internet systems, and make learning the right of all Canadians, and not just a privileged few.


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