Canadian Education and the Rise of Online Learning - Page 2
I felt like I have learned a great deal from Professor Duneier’s sociology class and I am looking forward to taking courses which will be available on the site soon: Aboriginal Worldviews and Education (offered by the University of Toronto) and A History of the World Since 1300 (offered by Princeton Univesity). I now think that this has got to be the best thing that ever happened to people globally, especially those who are keen on furthering their knowledge on any conceivable topic and, notwithstanding, being taught by teachers with impeccable credentials.
The potential payoffs for this venture in online learning are certainly enormous. I can only imagine a world where anyone who has access to the Internet can learn from the best professors on the planet. I can imagine a world where people who don’t have enough money to get a four-year university degree can start taking online courses at a very low cost (plans to offer for credit courses on Coursera are underway) and, after getting transfer credits, can continue on to a get a standard university credential.
Most important of all, I am beginning to imagine a world now where we will have finally found a way to control the spiraling cost of higher education, whereby a college degree is proving to be elusive to many sons and daughters of lower and middle income families.
Canadian institutions of higher learning do not have a choice but to be at the forefront of this 21st century innovation in learning—digital and online.
Dr. Rey Rosales is the Associate Dean at Centre for the Arts and Communications (CFAC), Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta. One of his research interests is online learning and education.