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Monday, November 14, 2005



I love Downes' passion, insight and futurist perspective but I wonder how grounded in the realities of current institutions his vision is... transformations on the scale of the suggested "meta-university" seem to imply that the continuation of the university as we know it, an organized institution with economic and competitive goals that authenticates qualifications, would be nearing it's end. While there are obviously transformations of the institution occuring, I'm not sure that a meta-university existing purely in an online haze of data traversals is going to replace something of the more traditional (social?) roles that the institution provides. Perhaps this article by Miejas, might give a better idea of what i'm getting at: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/knowledgetree/edition07/html/la_mejias.html - the brick'n'mortar of the university does more than just educate and i wonder if at times we undervalue this. Just some late night maastricht thoughts...

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