Digital Economy Strategy Consultation Athabasca University
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The main points reviewed in this document are summarized below for ready reference; • The digital economy is based on the creation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge. • E-learning is an essential component of a modern learning and research infrastructure. • Government should not pick winners; fair dealing is as important as the IP economy. • Every Canadian needs to be proficient in digital economy skills; e-learning supports this. • Accessibility to quality content is an economic driver. Rural citizens should be able to access this content online. • Policy should not create silos but support all innovation, including non-traditional "outside the box” initiatives. • Portability of credentials and accreditation among provinces should be national, supporting economies of scale. • Supporting Open Educational Resources can be a cost-effective means of supporting learning and training. • A national “cloud” network to support e-learning would demonstrate Canadian leadership.