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Stephen Downes

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This is a master stroke on the part of both Microsoft (which owns LinkedIn and Lynda) and eCampus Ontario. The news is that eCampus Ontario will "provide all students, instructors and staff at member institutions with access to the full suite of Lynda.com content at no cost for three years to September 21, 2020." This is a huge data-collection opportunity for Microsoft, not to mention the benefit from a million subscriptions, which if purchased individually would cost more than $250 million a year. Are we going to see off-setting savings in what the province pays for higher education?  Even with a deep discount (no financial details were announced) it still adds up to a huge amount of money. But: this is something that benefits only those in Ontario who can already afford college or university tuition. I would have preferred to see the money spent on local developers who would create materials to benefit everybody.

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