This is really a posting for Canadian readers, but we’re not too proud to take suggestions from anywhere!
I have the honour of being invited by the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Science and Technology to give my views on what should be done to increase access to post-secondary education in Canada, on Thursday this week.
Unlike others invited to present, I represent no particular interest groups (except me). I’m therefore very open for your suggestions.
Regular readers of this site will know what my views are on this (see Six priorities for Canadian e-learning in 2010). I will be arguing that campus-based institutions need to provide more flexible delivery of their programs to accommodate changing demographics and the fact that a majority of Canadian students are now lifelong learners. This means redesign of courses to include hybrid learning. I will be pushing also for a national centre for digital learning that focuses on policy and priorities for technology-based teaching in Canada.
But these are just my ideas. I’d really like to hear from you about what you think the Federal government (which has limited powers regarding post-secondary education, mainly a provincial responsibility) should do. But I need your comments as soon as possible, as I leave for Ottawa on Wednesday.