"Bonfire of the Publics”? Rebuilding the Social Foundations of Higher Education

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  1. The problem with Open Education: it is not the acquisition of knowledge, but the acquisition of experience. I am a self taught EE and computer programmer; it is fortunate that the expenses of gaining practical experience in these disciplines is within the grasp of an individual, but in other disciplines which I have studied online: Chemical engineering, Nanolithography, Biology and Accelerator Physics, it is impossible to acquire practical experience; Access to university research facilities is restricted to enrolled students or postgraduates, and employment is available only to those with prior experience. The end result is that while it's possible to learn anything online, it doesn't necessarily result in positive outcome for the non-traditional student, just the frustration that comes with the knowledge of a world beyond our grasp.

    The missing part of the puzzle is public and openly accessible research facilities.

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