International E-Learning Strategies: Key Findings Relevant to the Canadian Context

Monique Charpentier, Christian Lafrance, Gilbert Paquette, CCL, May 20, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The release of this report coincides with John Biss's presentation (see below) today at the SCoPE conference. As he said today, there are many initiatives internationally, and this work is relevant to Canada. There was general agreemnt today that it is disappointing to Canada begin to slide in comparison with other nations, as government interest in e-learning begins to wane. It's really good to see this study. Still. I'd be more impressed if it wasn't dated "July 2006". Is this just sloppy formatting, or did CCL actually sit on it for almost two years?

That said, David Porter comments on the SCoPE website what seems to me to be a pretty definitive remark: "In a federated nation such as Canada, good stuff happens despite overall eye-balling by centralized agencies or coordinating bodies. Maybe we're actually ahead of the curve in socially enabling linkages between people and organizations doing good work in an e-context. The centralized eyeballers either don't know where to look and are stuck in organizational mindsets that are oblivious to ad hoc collaborations and synthetic approaches to knowledge assembly. The abstract cited in the initial post calls for a kind of revealed religion to counter ambiguity, instead of accepting a need for new ways of thinking and linking that might actually be where Canada needs to be (or is)."
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