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Stephen Downes

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I find this a bit of an odd list, partially because the developments aren't really nascent, and partially because there are much more influential factors at work in higher education. Still, we'll have a look at them: open entry / multiple entry points; performance-based admissions; differential (geo) pricing; and flexible payment methods. Except for the third, all existed at Athabasca University when I worked there in the 80s and 90s. Differential fees have been the subject of debate and discussion for decades. How are these all viewed as new? Neil Mosley writes that these practices "are far from being widespread or standard in the sector." And this especially applies to traditional, as opposed to online, programs. I suppose there's a point here. But it's applicable, I think, only to those administrators who are really behind the times.

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