Colleges and universities are looking more intently for new sources of revenue; for ways they can leverage their people, spaces, and other resources profitably. The ways in which they go about this task, with whom they partner, and how the institution perceives its strengths and weaknesses is frequently informative and, occasionally, counter-intuitive.Read More
In 2012, during a rare moment of clarity, I wondered aloud about the possible impact on the institutional reputation of academics choosing to post their instructional materials online, including lecture videos, for all the world to see. While the efforts by MIT (starting in 2001) and others in the "Open Movement" served as strong social statements about the importance of access to education - if not education, then educational content - they also put the university on display to an unprecedented degree. University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance.Read More
Continuing education (CE) units in colleges and universities have historically been given little attention, and often little respect. But few departments have played as important a role in stimulating change within higher education.
But conditions are changing and CE going to be increasingly subject to new forms of competition from outside of higher ed. These changes have implications far beyond CE alone.Read More
A chasm is beginning to appear between institutions of higher education that offer online programmes. The divide is the result of the different strategies taken for designing, sourcing and managing online education programmes.Read More
In a recent review we conducted of online higher ed consortia, we found that the majority of consortia, and the vast majority of those that started ten or more years ago, are designed primarily to increase access. That is, these initiatives define success by the number of online courses created and/or supported by the consortia and the number of students enrolled in these courses. More courses means more access.Read More
When we shift the focus of higher education from the physical classroom to the digital environment, design becomes a much greater factor in creating successful student experiences.Read More