Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is marketing content from Instructure advertising a partnership with Amazon Web Services to provide access to cloud services and content to students. "Educators have access to several no-cost features, including: virtual classroom environments; cloud learning content; AWS access; and Professional development." That's great, and part of an accelerating trend, but what I don't understand is why companies like Amazon focus these programs on traditional institutions and their students. What Amazon is doing here increases the divide between those with the means to pay tuition and access educational programs and those without the means. It would be better, to my mind, to just make these programs open access and allow anyone with the interest to take advantage of them.

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Nov 28, 2020 3:16 p.m.