A brighter future for Athabasca University?

Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Jun 14, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I have a personal attachment to Athabasca University, not only because I know so many people there, but also because I worked there from 1987-1994 and its mission and mandate had a formative impact on me. So like most of its current staff, I am supportive of the overall goals of the institution and would like to see it succeed. It branded itself as "Canada's Open University", which it is, and has been historically at the forefront of online and distance education. It has faced recent challenges, and this report outlines their underlying origins and a path forward. Like Tony Bates, I agree that it is an excellent report. I read it carefully. You can read Bates's article for an accurate summary of the report.
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