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On “the dispensing of oracular wisdom”

June 24, 2009

According to Wikipedia, “In the ancient world many sites gained a reputation for the dispensing of oracular wisdom….”

It would appear that UNB (among others) is about to become such a site:  “The world’s largest business software company, Oracle, will be providing the Oracle Academy advanced computer science program at New Brunswick universities and community colleges, post-secondary education, training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today…” (read more).

So whaddayathink of that?  And who knew that there are vice-presidential jobs out there in citizenship?  (Oh, make that “corporate citizenship.”)

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One Comment
  1. Linda Hansen permalink
    June 25, 2009 6:34 am

    I think somebody better have a real close read of the terms of this …

    https://oai.oracle.com/en/program_guide.html

    and especially,

    https://oai.oracle.com/pls/oai/psp_terms_conditions

    I love the limitations — number of students is governed by the license, number of teaching hours is governed by the license, materials may not be distributed electronically except as governed by the license.

    “Oracle may cease providing support for curriculum at its discretion.”

    “Oracle retains all ownership and intellectual property rights …”

    “You may not … disclose any program benchmark tests without Oracle’s prior written consent ”

    “Oracle may audit your classes …”

    and so on.

    Wonder what the implications are for accepting international students (from, say, Iran and Cuba) and faculty contracts among a myriad of other questions that pop immediately to mind

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