In today’s edition of Inside Higher Ed Ry Rivard chronicles the on-going high-level talks between the provosts of the Big 10 universities and the University of Chicago to create their own online education network across their campuses, bypassing the for-profit MOOC mania. (You can read the full article here).
Kudos to the provosts for innovative thinking and for the gumption to buck the trend and keep their intellectual property in-house. I especially like the sentiments expressed by U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Provost Ilesanmi Adesida:
“The main thing for us is… how can the CIC schools be proactive in terms of innovation and learning? How can we be of more benefit to students jointly?”
It’s not that I am anti for-profit MOOC provider but I am happy to see a well-respected system of institutions recognizing that online education is not going away and taking it upon themseleves to ensure their relevancy.