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Is “free” really “good”?

Tom P. Abeles (Editor of On the Horizon.)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 16 August 2011



The purpose of this paper is to discuss the less than purposeful shift in post‐secondary education models and the implications for the institution, faculty and students.


Analysis of the impact of technology for post‐secondary education futures.


Advances in virtual connectivity will deconstruct the traditional idea of a university while also challenging the economic models used by students in determining their future.


The increasing research and analysis of the ubiquity of knowledge once held within the university indicates that the disruption of post‐secondary education will force all parties to re‐assess the future of the post‐secondary institutions in a global knowledge society.



Abeles, T.P. (2011), "Is “free” really “good”?", On the Horizon, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 151-155.



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