Again, some links about MOOCs, OPMs, and Online Ed

Here are a few more links that I’ve been collecting about stuff related to More Than a Moment for white a while now:

  • “Online folly deprives regional campuses,” which is an op-ed (from a newspaper in Fort Wayne, Indiana) about the negative impact of Purdue Global on the rest of the Purdue system of regional universities.
  • “Insourcing or Outsourcing Online Education,” which is essentially a list of links (not unlike this one). It includes a link to my post about Kevin Carey’s HuffPo article (and our Twitter discussion).
  • “MOOC Platforms’ New Model Draws Big Bet from Investors.” This IHE article is another good example as to why (IMHO) the basic point I’m trying to make in More Than A Moment is correct: MOOCs aren’t “dead,” but they’ve moved on to different markets and different models.
  • “Doing It Yourself: The ‘Internal OPM’ Model” from IHE. This article is interesting to me in part because of the basic point it’s trying to make (a number of examples of universities who decided to skip the commercial OPM to do it themselves), but also this quote: “According to Howard Lurie, principal analyst of online and continuing education at Eduventures, online program management companies have contracted with roughly 18 percent of possible two- and four-year higher education institutions, which leaves quite a few looking at going online by other means.” And it also suggests to me that a lot of universities– almost 20% of them– are working with OPMs right now.
  • “Competition for Employer Tuition Benefits,” from IHE. I’m not entirely sure I get this, but it seems like this might be a spin-off of programs that Arizona State University had with Starbucks and (maybe?) their Global Freshman Academy. FWIW, I started (and stopped) a GFA Algebra class and I write about it in the book.
  • “Online Is (Increasingly) Local” from IHE. I guess it’s worthwhile to bring this up because of the amount of press places like Southern New Hampshire, Liberty, ASU, Purdue Global, and other “mega-universities” (this from a Bryan Alexander blog post), but I think it’s been true for basically forever that most college students who take online courses and/or programs are enrolled at traditional universities. Again, this is something I write about in the book and how the first wave of online courses/programs in the 1990s turned out to be more of a local phenomenon too.




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