‘Why does Canada have so much online learning?’

Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, Nov 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting post from Tony bates answering the question in the title. Well, first he responds along the lines of "aw, shucks, it isn't that much really." But when he gets to it he makes some obvious points (history and geography, government policy) and one really interesting one: "where there has been a large and important open university, this has resulted in slower growth in online learning." Why? For one thing, "a heavy, front-ended print development model requiring a very large investment." And second, "where a fully distance institution or open university operated, this seems to have inhibited or slowed down the adoption of distance and hence online courses in the campus-based institutions." 

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