Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Throughout August there has been an ongoing dispute over whether management and staff of Alberta's distance education university, Athabasca University, ought to be required to work in person in an office located in the town of Athabasca, 150 km north of Edmonton. I won't try to summarize the whole debate, though Tony Bates previously pointed to the absurdity of it, while Jon Dron commented on the difficulties it would cause. I think there's a point to be made about living in the community you serve - though the question here is whether the university serves the 3,000 residents of Athabasca or the 40,000 students connected through telephone wires and internet services. Athabasca University's board - and its recently appointed chair, a Calgary lawyer - is slated to make the decision August 31.

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