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Stephen Downes

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This is an interesting thought experiment, though of course a large part of the outcome is defined in the question (designing a university) and in the participants (100 attendees at a session at Wonkfest), and even more so in the design prompts. So it's utterly no surprise that in the resulting university, "services will be outsourced in some form or fashion", they would "focus on a few areas of specialty" and "prioritise relationships with local employers." The more interesting discussion is in the section about trade-offs. Being distinctive is nice, but carries risk. Providing services is great, but requires a wide range of capabilities. People would like universities to be more flexible, but that creates a lot of complexity in management and organization.

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