New Web Venture Offers ‘Syndicated Courses'

Tushar Rae, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Jan 14, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting twist on the 'course as consumable' model. Omnicademy's "system will let professors upload material from courses they're already teaching and offer the courses to students at other colleges through the Omnicademy site... Universities can review the courses and decide which ones they want to adopt and offer credit for. When students log into Omnicademy-using a .edu e-mail address-they will only be allowed to select from courses that have been approved by their institution." I hesitate to call this a 'web venture', beyond the incidental fact that course components are offered online. It's more of a course federation system, with the bulk of the novelty being in the facilitation of course-sharing between universities.
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