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  1. Brian Stewart Brian Stewart
    November 16, 2008    


    What is it about the model that wont work, is it the student to teacher ratio, the course design or the lack of technology?

    Given their relative wealth position they will need to develop even more cost effective models to provide third level education. If I am catching your drift, this could look like a self-help social network that simply accesses accreditation bodies for assessment components and certification.

    This, however, presupposes access to technology on a far more frequent basis than traditional distance education or its, up until now, infant successor elearning. Moreover, while the cost of instruction would be lessened, the other costs would remain unchanged such as course creation, marking, resource provision, degree auditing and the other administrative work to keep student records.

    Nonetheless the concept is intriguing and certainly should be analyzed from an economic standpoint to determine whether more cost effective elearning models are attainable, not just for developing countries, but also for Canada.

  2. December 3, 2008    

    Hi Terry

    I didn’t know this event was taking place in Brazil. How interesting.

    I wonder if there’s a page/site where the current projects of this consortium are listed. I would really like to know more about them and possibly get involved in some way.


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