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Stephen Downes

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This article was published as part of a special issue on Online Communities and E-Learning. I think it's useful to have included a history of distance education, but I don't think this article should be cited as authoritative; it cites, for example, the Canadian Encyclopedia as its source for Canada, which is OK maybe, but gets the information wrong, which isn't (they misread 'BC minister of education' as 'minister of education', and mistakenly claims that the first the provincial consortium, Ontario Learn, was the first college that used the Internet as a learning source). I didn't check every claim for every country, but readers are advised to be cautious. Still, the article is a useful collection of historical examples, provided they are verified before being cited.

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