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Stephen Downes

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At a certain point, universities are going to have to trthink their operating model. As this year-end summary reports, "graduate students and postdocs... receive $17,000 on average each year in funding, leaving many below the poverty line." This wasn't sustainable when I was a graduate student, and yet surprisingly it continues to the present day. As we read, "it's leading to a brain drain of Canadian talent. UA dove into the problem in a recent feature article, Why Canada is losing the next generation of talent, where researchers and advocates lay out what a devastating impact this can have on Canada's innovation ecosystem and future economy." I started working in the field of online learning to find ways to offer more access to learning for less money, thus making the whole economy of post-secondary education fairer and a lot less exploitative. We;ve made great strides, but the most stubborn resisters continue to be universities themselves.

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