High quality insights from Dr. Keith Hampson on the conflicts unfolding while Universities debate how to increase capacity in online education. It is interesting to note that while UC seems to be reducing the number of online courses they offer, Forbes recently estimated the market for online education at $1.07B per year. Publicly-funded organizations cannot afford to sit by while private companies build superior positions. and crowd out innovation. Thanks to @PhilonEdTech for bringing this post to my attention.
We heard a couple of months back about Unizin launching a consortium of large state universities to share course content, content systems, and analytics. More recently we learnt about UC Online Education‘s decision to slow down its already tepid push into a system-wide collaboration to offer online courses. These initiatives join a long list of efforts to expand online education by sharing resources across institutions.
The logic of building collaborations is infallible: joining forces can potentially bring down costs, reduce risk, access to better resources, stimulate innovation, ward off competition, and more. But there are more a few failed efforts to ward off any naive assumptions that academic collaborations — particularly those that concern shared courses — are fool proof. There are more than 50 consortia in North America and almost as many types of consortia. There are right ways to do it, and wrong ways.
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