Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ An Analysis of Digital Education in Canada in 2017-2019

Stephen Downes

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This article (16 page PDF) offers an interesting look at some trends but is disappointing in that it surveys only higher education institutional leaders. These perspectives represent only one aspect of a much more diverse and richer digital education landscape in Canada. The survey also appears to focus more on digital technology as used in courses and programs, which may fail to capture many individual practices, though it does note, for example that "OER use often appears to arise out of individual efforts and from a bottom-up approach." The focus on institutional leaders may skew the results. For example, "the most frequently mentioned emerging educational technology (60 coded responses) was virtual, augmented, or extended reality (VR/AR/XR)." I would expect expensive and narrowly focused technology like this would be less widely reflected in day-to-day teaching and learning or in government, corporate and personal learning.

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