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Good point Seb but in my experience it does not seem to help that much to remind enthusiasts (of the latest thing) that progress is slow - but relentless. A few of us are still functional who started the UK HE virtual campuses in the late 1990s - when many virtual high schools started too - and we know the game does not change that fast.

I used at this point to refer to our (Sero's) reports on "organisational change" done for Becta which people seem instinctively to refuse to read - a bit like not buying a painting because the painter has died!

I also used to point to the article I did (via some facilitation from Seb) with Sloan-C on "online education today" - http://www.sciencemag.org/content/323/5910/85.short - and then bemoan that it was not open access - but hey! it is almost so - see http://www.sciencemag.org/content/323/5910/85.full - register and read, folks! The US is awash with online learning in HE/FE. And has over 500 online virtual high schools.

What IMHO is truly amazing is that despite the relentless prevalence of online learning in the US, nearly every day one can find an article in a "learned journal" from a US academic who has "discovered online learning" via MOOCs and seems unaware of any other kind.

And there is a lot more online learning in the UK than most are aware of - and not only from HE. Check out http://virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/England#ICT_in_education_initiatives

Paul Bacsich

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