Vincent Kiernan, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Nov 11, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

A National Academy of Sciences report predicts that technology will dramatically change the research university: "an academe dominated by freelance instructors selling their services to many institutions, which in turn compete for students who buy courses a la carte from many different colleges." And, "The faculty member of the twenty-first century university could thus become more of a consultant or a coach than a teacher, less concerned with transmitting intellectual content directly than with inspiring, motivating, and managing an active learning process." These are old predictions, of course, but now they bear the weight of authority.
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