Questions about online learning in Ontario

Tony Bates, e-learning, distance education resources, Mar 20, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Bates was also asked to answer the five questions I responded to last week; this is his version. The responses are shorter because he has been working more closely with the organizers over the last few years. He focuses on "Lack of pedagogical training of instructors" where I focused on access. But where I saw opportunity for the system, he shows how "it offers the opportunity to help learners develop the knowledge and skills they need in the 21st century." We both agree "radical change is needed in all post-secondary education systems, and this change is unlikely to come from the institutions themselves."
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