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Online Learning Plenary    Andrew Gossen Online Learning Plenary Andrew Gossen Presentation Transcript

  • Online Education v.2.0 Andrew Gossen, Princeton Scott Vento, UC Berkeley Steve Victor, Yale
    • By end of 2002, US colleges and universities had invested $100 million in web-based course offerings
    • In 2000 alone, $482 million of venture capital invested in companies developing online learning tools for higher ed
    • NYUOnline (1998-2001; $25 million)
    • Fathom (Columbia; 1999 - 2003; $25 million)
    • UMUC Online (closed July 2001)
    • Virtual Temple (closed July 2001)
    • Alliance for Lifelong Learning/AllLearn (2000 – 2006; $12 million initial funding)
  • Survivors
    • For Profit
      • eCornell
    • Not for Profit
      • UMass Online
      • Penn State World Campus
  • Lessons Learned from Online Education v.1.0
    • Not a realistic profit center
    • Alumni audiences alone can’t sustain a full-fledged online learning program, either on an institutional basis on in a consortium
    • Enrichment/edutainment has limited appeal -> people want credit
    • The days of easy funding are over
  • Questions facing us
    • Online content for alumni vs. online content for the general public
    • Format
    • Funding
    • Production and distribution division of labor
    • Defining success: actual usage or keeping up appearances?
  • Quick and Cheap Alumni Education Online Books Clubs and Discussion Group-based Programs
  • Book Groups
    • Stanford Book Salon (Fall 2002)
    • Tiger Tomes (Fall 2005)
    • Duke Reads (Fall 2007)
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  • Home Study Courses – “Alumni Studies”
  • Syllabus
  • Readings
  • Pricing
    • $50 w/online readings
    • $85 w/hard copies of readings