Jul 072012

This is an important post by +George Siemens regarding the risk of universities losing their relevance in the changing times (something he has been warning about for quite a while now). It is addressed to Canadian universities, but much of it applies to other countries.

I'd add that there is also the fact that american universities and corporations are likely to become the leaders in the online learning arena, although they may not have the best ideas or practices, as happens in other fields.

Dear Canadian Universities,
You are, as the cool 4chan/Reddit kids say, about to get pwned. The dramatic entrance of elite US universities into online learning will change the education landscape globally. Where we, as Canadian higher education institutions, should be leading, we are laggards. The geography and distributed sparse population of Canada lends itself well to technology-enhanced learning. Remote northern communities can benefit substa…

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