The University and Student Learning: A System in Conflict?

Janet Adkins, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Feb 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to this article, the globalization of the education system "creates tepid universities all doing the same thing and producing similar results." This results from the primacy of the market-driven economic model at the core of globalization, which eliminates specialization and favours standardization and commodification. "Streamlining such a complex system means courses need to be compatible both across, as well as up and down the system. Systems need to be simple to achieve vertical and horizontal alignment."

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