Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Tom Worthington responds to an Ernst & Young report (34 page PDF) suggesting "that the sift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is just the start of change in post-school learning." In particular, he suggests, the report's assertion that we have reach "peak education" is "nonsense". And while the points E&Y makes are not especially new, neither is Worthington's response: "Each time there is a new communications technology developed, be it printing, gramophones, radio, audio cassettes, TV, or the Internet, it is pressed into service for education." The fact remains that some technologies (the automobile, nuclear weapons, the internet) do change everything. And moreover seems odd for Worthington to depict universities, our most conservative institutions, as "run by small academic teams (that) can, and do, take bolder, quicker moves."

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