Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Review of the new framework for higher education in Britain published yesterday under the title Higher Ambitions. There's quite a bit of selected citation from the report. For example, "Each institution needs to provide 'a clear understanding of what it will feel like to study subject x at institution y'." For analysis scroll to the bottom of the article, where you'll read "the focus on online learning (with a distance twist) continues to intrigue me because this would actually represent a major change in strategic emphasis for many universities." This (it seems to me) is probably forced by financial considerations; as the report states, "more universities will face up to hard choices about identifying the areas where they can really achieve excellence, and specialising in those" and funding "should go to match fund those who are successful in unlocking other sources of finance, rather than to compensate those who fail to do so." The game, Watson, is afoot.

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