If online education is free, then how much is it really worth?

‚Äč‚ÄčTrends in online education stand to have profound impacts on employment, culture, communication and class around the world. The rapid global expansion in online education resources will make learning opportunities more abundant, cheaper and more accessible. Increased value placed on lifelong learning and the recognition of non-formal and informal learning will change the nature of recruitment, and equalise employment opportunities in a number of ways.

An abundance of online learning resources, coupled with the rise of Open Access also stand to affect the nature and services provided by libraries. We've started the conversation in Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide: Insights from the IFLA Trend Report, looking at the impacts of open access on the production of local content, data protection and online education and future online education providers.

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Last page update: 13 August 2013