Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

The authors argue that Covid "has opened up the sector to an expanding range of education technologies, commercial companies, and private sector ambitions." Examples include the use of AI, the return of the MOOC, the rise of Online Program Management (OPM) companies, the badge infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPP) and the 'cloud campus'. The argument is backed up by a full report (80 page PDF) describing these phenomena (I think it undermines their argument to lock it into a user-hostile surveillance site like Issuu, which is why I provide the direct AWS download link). The weakest section, I think, is the last, a discussion of 'key issues' which reads like a list of priorities for the professoriate but which may strike a wider readership as less than convincing.

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