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Stephen Downes

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This came up on Bryan Alexander's podcast, it came up in a post I wrote yesterday, and it keeps coming up as people talk about the "future of education" and "the future of colleges" as though they're one and the same thing. They're not. That's why Sasha Thackaberry writes, "The point-of-no-return has been reached in higher education; most institutions just don't know it." What we're seeing is a constant increase in the range and volume of alternatives. "Into this landscape comes the 'Shadow Education Sector,' which is increasingly less shadowy," writes Thackaberry. "This category encompasses Boot Camps and a variety of micro-credentials from the providers formerly known as MOOCs." The question isn't whether universities will disappear; it really doesn't matter. The question is, what will the rest of the world do?

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