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Learning in the Digital Age

Michael Grant | October 2016

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For over a thousand years, the dominant model of post-secondary education (PSE) has featured knowledgeable instructors lecturing students in a physical classroom setting. This is termed the “Sage on the Stage” approach to learning.

Yet, this dominant model has some disadvantages, including low levels of student engagement, passive learning, an inability to accommodate different learning preferences, and high cost—particularly for the learner. As evolved from a specialized niche to a mass-produced service, the model has come under strain as post-secondary education.

Information and communication technologies hold the potential to improve post-secondary learning by making learning more accessible and engaging. This report considers how and when e-learning may be used to improve post-secondary education in Canada.

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