OER 2011 Rapid fire: Ralph Wolff, President, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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30 March 2011
Accreditation – described as one of the biggest barriers to OER. Need to bust the system, which is not sustainable. Both students and employers not satisfied with the current situation. But people are afraid of OER – it is disruptive change and people remain in denial that change is needed. BUT accreditation and “credentialing” matters and brings connections. But more regulation is coming, more accountability, more information, more requirements of “classroom contact” and more models – will we accept the alternative models. Cartoon: “These new regulations will require new ways to get around them”. Private solutions are in trouble stories of fraud and abuse– University of Pheonix numbers down 40% and its share value down as well. Student loan value exceeds mortgage debt in US. University of people aim to get accreditation but may take 6 years. Straighterline – low cost but not accredited as too much (>25%) outsourced. For DIY-U approach may need to accredit the learner rather than the institution. Plan is to create an OER unit within WASC – what does it need to do?
Comment 1 by Muvaffak Ilhan GOZAYDIN
Muvaffak Ilhan GOZAYDIN
12:04pm 7 April 2011 (Edited 12:07pm 7 April 2011)
Two aspecfts of ONLINE Education are overlooked by the world.
1.- To develop a good perfect ONLINE course requires a team of 10 people may be more.
It has to be designed by the best institution in order to insure QUALITY.
That costs $ 500,000 for a one semester long online content.
2.- ONLINE is for millions.
All online contents should be allowed to be shared by all accredited universities of the world.
Not free but a nominal fee of $ 10 per course.
That is to be shared by millions of students so that cost per students is nill.
This was the comment made by Obama 8 months ago at Carnegie Mellon. SHARE .
Carnegie Mellon is sharing its contents with colleges in Pennsylvania.
3.- Any accredited university can adopt these contents, assigns an ONLINE Instructor to it and give credit and at the end counts those credits toward a degree they give .
Simple isn't it ?
So why not share the courses from academicearth.org in your university. Assign an online instructure to it.
If you pay $ 15,000 for the instructor and instructor can handle 200 online students cost of instructor is 15,000/200 = $ 75
per course per student.
1.- No financing problem. One course costs only $ 75 per course per person .Vow !!!!! + $ 10 to Harvard donation
2.- No investment for new building, no expense for heating cooling, cleaning
3.- Best contents available in the world from Harvard, MIT, Yale in your curriculum.
I suggest you make some donations to academicearth.org in order to be sustainable .
VISION. Right . If you have all your students take 50 % online courses, then you increase your capacity by 100 % .
Ask me . firstname.lastname@example.org
More info in my LINKS website
it is only a click away .
Comment 2 by Muvaffak Ilhan GOZAYDIN
Muvaffak Ilhan GOZAYDIN
12:14pm 7 April 2011
There are many good free online courses available from accredited universities in the world.
It is up to accredited univerties to adopt them in order to increase their space for new students.
people are concerned about credit and degrees at the end in order to make a living more comfortable.
Therefore accredited institutions are a must .
Help and support academicearth.org and similar organisation in every front.
I hope Duncan can read these comments as well .