17 janvier 2020

Online learning in 2020: perfect vision in the Year of the Rat

No, no firm predictions from me for 2020 other than more of the same from 2019, plus something unexpected. However, I will suggest three issues that will need special attention during 2020, at least in Canadian online learning. More...

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Whatever happened to 2019 – and online learning?

Looking at the traffic on my web site last week suggests many of you have already headed off for the holidays to a probably well-deserved break. However, the end of the year kind of snuck up on me – is 2019 almost over already? As Queen once sang, another one bites the dust. Better make a list of Christmas presents. More...

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Is there an international market for Canadian online learning?

In the most recent national survey of Canadian post-secondary institutions (Johnson, 2019), institutions were asked the location of their online students (in-province, out-of-province, international). The results, for me, were very surprising:

  • over one third of institutions were unable to answer this question because they do not track this data
  • of the two-thirds that did track these data, over half reported less than 5% of their for-credit online enrolments were out of province. Only 18% of institutions have 20% or more of their credit students who live out of province, never mind internationally.

The report concluded that ‘ultimately, the majority of online students are from the same province in which the institution is located.’ This is despite the fact that over 85% of institutions reported that online education is strategically important for attracting students from outside their traditional service area. More...

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Final Friday

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Two housekeeping notes.  First, blog service will resume bright and early on January 6th.  Second, this will be my last-ever Friday blog.  Many of you have over the years asked how I manage to put out this blog every day.  The answer is that it is getting difficult for me to balance this with the growth of our business (it has been quite a good year at HESA Towers), so I’ve made a decision to pull back slightly and bring the blog down to a 4-times-per-week affair. More...

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Welcome to the 2020s

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"At the start of a new decade, it is fashionable to look ahead at what will happen in one’s sector.  Personally, I think that life is going to change in ways we can’t imagine over the next ten years, so getting too specific is a fool’s errand.  What I would like to do instead is talk about what the big challenges are going to be. More...

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The New Federal Government

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"I know this seems a bit late because the election was almost three months ago, but unlike 2015, the victorious Liberals took their sweet time forming a government and it was not until mid-December, after this blog closed for the break, that it issued mandate letters to all its new Minsters. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 17:22 - - Permalien [#]

Perma-SIF

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"As I noted back on Monday, one of the basic dynamics we see in Canadian public finance is the long-term deterioration of provincial finances and the long-term improvement of federal ones, mainly due to changing demographics and the cost of heath care. Take a look at the projections from the Parliamentary Budget Office from their 2018 Fiscal Sustainability Report, which shows this trend rather clearly: long-term provincial government debt numbers are off the charts, while the feds are on a continuous path to zero net debt. More...

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College Finance Data 2017-18

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Morning.  Just after the blog closed for the holidays, Statistics Canada did its annual release of data from the FINCOL survey (that’s the one that asks colleges about their income and expenditure, just like FIUC does for universities, only in a lot less detail).  So, as usual, I thought I would give you a look into the data. More...

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Black Wednesday

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"At 6:12 AM last Wednesday morning at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, Ukrainian International Airways Flight 752 (PS752) trundled down the runway for take-off on its scheduled flight to Kyiv.  The flight, with 176 souls aboard, carried roughly 60 Canadian citizens (source counts vary), as well as another 82 Iranians and 24 others, including the plane’s crew who were all Ukrainian.  At least 130 of the passengers were connecting in Kyiv to another flight destined for Toronto and from there many were travelling throughout Canada. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 17:19 - - Permalien [#]

Where the Living is Easy

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "hepi"Before Christmas, I made a bit of a fuss about the six Ontario Colleges who had made deals with private career colleges in the GTA to teach international students.  The previous provincial government had decided to shut these agreements down because they seemed to pose systemic reputation risks to Ontario colleges, but the new one decided not only to leave them alone but to allow those colleges to double down on them, ostensibly on the grounds that they all really, really needed the money.  I decided to find out if that were true by looking at the colleges’ latest financial statements. More...

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