Harasim, Dr. Linda
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The work being done at TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence and how they feel they can contribute to Canada's competitive advantage in the knowledge economy. The concern that Canada not rest on its laurels. The roots of prosperity and how they have fundamentally changed. The revolutionary shift to the knowledge age. The need to develop attitudes and skills which encourage inventiveness, innovation, analysis, and progressive problem solving. How Canada can meet these challenges. Some alarming wake-up calls. Why the OECD has been harshly critical of Canada - some illustrative facts and figures. The need for an in-depth reform of higher education. Avoiding the errors of the past. How to reverse some distressing trends. Some road maps for building common ground between the academic and business communities. Using the NCE model. Building world-class technology by working together in a pan-Canadian network of centres of excellence committed to developing the best telelearning approaches and technologies in the world. Three key areas that need transformation, with a discussion of each: the need to transform access to higher education and training so that our entire population can keep on learning lifelong; the need to transform the quality of learning so that more of us can do high-value knowledge work; the need to transform the very nature of learning, to encourage innovation and inventiveness. Ways in which TLNCE partners would help to build a knowledge society in Canada. Four beacon technologies. An examination of what TLNCE has learned, and what might be done, with illustration. The need for investment in the quality of the learning environment. The need for investment in human resources and training. Basing knowledge on what works. Using technology well. Calling today for a massive collaborative effort. Knowledge as a perpetually renewable kind of wealth. The Canadian Virtual University. Some concluding remarks about telelearning.