Saturday, 4 July 2009

A California (pipe) Dream

Two big Californian Universities are attempting to put forward plans to create a cyber-campus. Allowing online students to recieve the same level of education as F2F delivery. Tho' the article starts off with a dramatic statement about the USA's credit crisis, and how some of the most prestigious learning organsiations can hope to stay "open". So the main driver appears to be a totally misguided comprehension that online/distance learning is very much cheaper than F2F delivery!! Oh how wrong that assumption is. Just take a look at our abismal attempt in recent years in the shape of the UK EU that fell apart before it began.

If the intention was to make flexible, engaging, acessible, and collaborative learning a reality to all of us working and wanting to up skill. Or saving teenagers the daunting propsect of a a 20K debt , by allowing them to study flexibly online, then a strong business case could be made. If it's all about the money, you'll end up with excessivly poor micro chunked "courses" of a drill and practice nature. We might as well bring Dorling Kinderlsey back, and pay them to create multimedia "learning objects" for HE! Without a trace of a collaborative/active web 2.0 tool in sight. NoOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOO

Visit the link & take a time reading the comments, it's interesting stuff. Especially the comments about the impending spectre (for some) of corporate Higher Education. It wll happen.

this comment sums it up for me:

"If the primary intent is to make money, then UC is following the same path as many other failed and/or failing online programs. If the primary intent is to provide more flexibility and options to students, then the money will follow."


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