Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The problem, of course, is that in many cases test results (ie., "A levels") are not available to UK universities due to pandemic restrictions. So how to preserve the fairness of admissions (or at least, the appearance of fairness)? If it were me, I would do away with the admissions process - after all, we're in the age of digital learning and can, in theory at least, support much larger student numbers, and can also lower the stakes for students. Offer first-year courses as open-admission MOOCs. Offer preparatory MOOCs for those who might lack the skills or abilities. As people make their way through the MOOCs, scale online learning to meet the resulting demand. Focus on offering learning to anyone who has the determination and ability to master the discipline. Though I admit - 'education for all' is probably too radical a concept for the guardians of the higher education system.

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