Collaboration vs. Autonomy


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Post secondary institutions are highly autonomous. Attempts to create services that connect and network educators together across institutions run up against established beliefs that the needs of educators can be met within the institution and do not require collaboration. Collaboration is often viewed as a loss of autonomy and as sharing institutional or faculty proprietary knowledge with a competitor. This presentation is part of a panel discussion exploring how to mitigate the tensions between autonomy and collaboration when building collaborative system services for educators.

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Collaboration vs. Autonomy

  1. 1. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>Autonomy vs. Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>How to build collaborative system services for educators. </li></ul>Paul Stacey Director - Communications, Stakeholder & Academic Relations [email_address]
  2. 2. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 Collaboration Autonomy Brand Independence “ Ownership” of students & faculty Self-sufficiency Incentives/Motivators $ additional Make it possible to do what can’t do on own More students Expanded services Expanded offerings Fill capacity savings <ul><li>Reduce IT overhead </li></ul><ul><li>staff </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>operation/maintenance </li></ul>Fit with business rules Groups - advisory, planning, strategic <ul><li>Government </li></ul><ul><li>velvet glove/iron fist or hands off? </li></ul><ul><li>Policy/mandate/legislation </li></ul>System view
  3. 3. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>BCcampus Four Areas of Collaboration: </li></ul><ul><li>Student Services & Data Exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Post-Secondary Application for Admissions Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Course & Program Finder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AskAway Virtual Library Reference Service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BC Learning Gateway </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Development & Delivery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Program Development Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-PPRENTICE Flexible Learning Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative Multi-institutional Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applied Research Grants </li></ul></ul>= collaborations profiled in this presentation
  4. 4. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>BCcampus Four Areas of Collaboration: </li></ul><ul><li>Information Communications Technology Shared Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire2Learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elluminate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adobe Connect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communities & Academic Growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Technology Users Group ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SCoPE webinars ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn Together Collaboratory ( </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental Health, Campus Climate Network, and other online communities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>Ask Away Virtual Library Reference Service </li></ul><ul><li>collaboration among libraries of British Columbia and the Yukon </li></ul><ul><li>free, online, chat-based reference service with librarian </li></ul><ul><li>AskAway librarian finds a potentially useful resource and sends or “pushes” a webpage, which appears in your browser window </li></ul><ul><li>scheduling and extended coverage requires collaboration & funding - electronic library network </li></ul>
  6. 6. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>Online Program Development Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Annually ~ $1 million - $8.25 million to date </li></ul><ul><li>Credit based online curriculum development </li></ul><ul><li>Grants contingent on inter-institutional partnerships and/or partnerships with not-for-profits, associations, e-learning companies, … </li></ul><ul><li>115 grants, 29 complete certificate, diploma, and degree programs, 326 courses, 70 course modules, 379 learning objects, 1 open textbook, and 27 virtual labs and tools developed across all academic fields of study </li></ul><ul><li>Now moving into Trades - E-PPRENTICE </li></ul><ul><li>All development shared as Open Educational Resources via Creative Commons or BC Commons licenses </li></ul>
  7. 7. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>Elluminate Shared Service </li></ul><ul><li>pooled requirements for licensing web conferencing system </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access License - unlimited use, multi-year, not seat based </li></ul><ul><li>ASP model (reduce internal IT), hosted in Canada, includes pro-d </li></ul><ul><li>Price savings based on aggregate FTE of participating institutions and actual FTE of each institution </li></ul><ul><li>BCcampus provides base level of funding (~10K/institution) </li></ul>
  8. 8. WCET Conference - Denver 2009 <ul><li>Learn Together Collaboratory </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple faculty development grassroots groups brought together - ETUG, UCIPD, NEDNet, … </li></ul><ul><li>Provide space for groups to meet and manage activities </li></ul><ul><li>Profile each institutions teaching and learning centres </li></ul><ul><li>Federate pro-d events, opportunities and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Create shared pool of academic resources - art of teaching commons </li></ul>