Thoughts on the UMUC IT Spin Off

Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 22, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article offers reflections on a recent University of Maryland University College (UMUC) initiative to spin off its IT department into a for-profit company.  Joshua Kim writes, "The new company, to be called AccelerEd, will be made up of the 100 or so professionals who work for UMUC’s Office of Information Technology. This moves follows the previous spin off of UMUC analytics unit into a for-profit company called HelioCampus." What about online learning, though? "In online learning, there is not a place where teaching ends and technology starts. How do you separate the two?" I don't see this experiment working out well.

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