Many academic institutions that would like to launch distributed learning initiatives have neither the firepower to develop and support a robust system in-house nor the resources to purchase a course management system for their use alone.
Their choices and options become extremely limited when faced with these seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Drexel University partners with other academic institutions (six+) to provide hosting of online courses, faculty development and support, training, technical expertise, and, in some cases, their complete IT infrastructure.
This ASP model represents but one alternative to academic institutions that struggle to provide meaningful and rigorous courses via distributed learning.
This model and those used by session participants will be discussed.
IRT is headed by Dr. John A. Bielec , the Vice President for Information Resources and Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Drexel University. Core Administrative Systems (CAS) oversees the administrative database services for finance, human resources, and student information. Mr. Michael J. McCabe is the Associate Vice President for Administrative Systems. Instructional Technology Support (ITS) manages and directs user support and training, web-based software development, the integration of electronic resources with academic departments, as well as management of the campus telephone system. It is directed by Dr. Janice M. Biros , the Associate Vice President for Instructional Technology Support. Core Technology Infrastructure (CTI) is responsible for data/video communications, computing support for ongoing production systems and seamless support for all administrative and academic computing needs of the University. Mr. Kenneth S. Blackney is the Vice President for Core Technology Infrastructure. IRT ~ Drexel University
Buy apps - then integrate them - instead of developing apps from scratch
Enhance through add-ons, not changes
Costs of developing add-ons is less than cost of supporting baseline modifications
Respondus, Wibma, ePortaro, Discover, Waypoint
Maximize user choice
Eliminate “one-size-fits-all” programs
Increase reach and convenience to users
Support “largest” number of devices
An Example: The DrexelOne Portal SOAP HTTP SMTP LDAP Oracle OCI NT Domain Web Portal SOAP SOAP OleDB, LDAP HTTP IMAP Luminus LDAP Mobile Portal Announcements Web service Authen- ticator Web Service Headline news Web service
Leverages IT resources and provides benefits to partner institutions
Lowers IT Costs
Provides a more robust IT environment
Facilitates management scenarios
Leverages and aggregates IT resources to provide benefits to vendors
The HE Environment Limits Both Vendor and Institutional Solutions Comprehensive Research Universities Other 4 year Colleges and Universities Community Colleges and 2 year institutions Total 93 62 968 440 Trade Schools 1,563 1,972 504 1,470 Number of U.S. Institutions of Higher Education By Segment Public Private
Leveraging Works Both Ways 95.00 TOTAL 265% 55 15.05 ASP Partner Schools 3% 3 2.90 Faculty Practice Group 179% 75 26.84 College of Medicine 65% 83 50.21 Drexel University Leverage Benefit Staff Avail Staff Paid Organization / Cost Center
Without Leveraging - the First Dollars are Spent Twice Drexel University 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 0 5 10 15 IT Spending Performance/Capacity Small Partner School 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 0 5 10 15 IT Spending Performance/Capacity A spending level of 3 yields a performance level of 9 A spending level of 9 yields a performance level of 81
Leveraged ~ Both Organizations Benefit Dramatically Drexel and Partner 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 0 5 10 15 IT Spending Performance/Capacity
Partner schools’ spending remains constant, but performance increases 1500%
Drexel spending remains constant, but performance increases 78%