Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

As always with Phil Hill and his colleagues, I find myself wishing for a more global perspective. I wonder, for example, whether the decline in enrollments is strictly a U.S. phenomenon, or whether it is reflected internationally. That would tell us, for example, whether students having "more options than ever before" is actually a factor, or whether things like tuition costs, labour markets and the influence of elite institutions (all of which are more local to the U.S.) are significant contributors. I wish pundits would learn that you can't explain what's happening in one country without reference to other countries (think of it as international A-B testing).

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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