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The future of the distance education university, Mark Nichols, John Daniel, Ross Paul, António Teixeira, Tony Bates, EDEN, Mar 14, 2018

What would we lose if we lost open and distance universities? This question was posed at a panel hosted by EDEN last week and available as a video here. Sir John Daniel suggests we would lose the inclusiveness agenda, the idea that higher education should be offered wiodely across society. There's also the research in new modes of learning conducted by these universities, says António Teixeira. The instititions are facing challenges from traditional universities offering their own ... [Direct Link]

Commons of Our Own, Jim Luke, Econproph, Nov 27, 2017

Jim Luke describes the development of a 'digital commons' connecting students with each other. The idea of the digital commons is to recapture what the "unbundling" of the online campus has lost: the social interactions, community formation and networking that takes place between students. The article is also interesting to me because it documents how these ideas - which have been around in our community for the last two decades or more - are being separated from ... [Direct Link]

We've failed: Pirate black open access is trumping green and gold and we must change our approach, Toby Green, Learned Publishing, Sept 19, 2017

This is another article on Sci-Hub (beyond the one cited here) asserting essentially that illegal open access is succeeding because legal open access is failing. The author points to a recent OpenAire report (77 page PDF) identifying six roadblocks to open access what all need to be addressed: these include author and publisher incentives, transparency, pluralism, and infrastructure. The key reform needed, he argues, is unbundling. "If everyone could read all scholarly content for free, ... [Direct Link]

Thoughts on the UMUC IT Spin Off, Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 22, 2017

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 ... [Direct Link]

Critically examining unbundling, Martin Weller, The Ed Techie, Mar 21, 2017

"Like its close cousin Disruption," says Martin Weller, "unbundling has been a favourite philosophy of the silicon valley start up. It has often been applied to education (even, erm, by me). This piece for example boldly states 'The bundle of knowledge and certification that have long-defined higher education is coming apart'." But in this short item he presses the question. We should be able to point to "solid research that says things like 'unbundling isn’t really ... [Direct Link]

Textbook Example of Unbundling, Alec Whitters, EdTech Digest, Nov 04, 2016

We've been reading recently about the unbundling of textbooks and this article continues that discussion, contrasting it with "patchy" evidence for predictions of the unbundling of education generally. "Textbooks – the big, expensive, indispensable anchors of academia – are being unbundled at a frenetic pace... What textbook companies originally fought – the threats of pirated and copied digital versions of their property – they now embrace." Why would anyone ... [Direct Link]

The Great Unbundling of Textbook Publishers, Michael Feldstein, e-Literate, Oct 25, 2016

Th unbundling of the university is more story than fact, writes Michael Feldstein, but the unbundling of publishing is imminent. This tipping point may be open educational resources (OER), which are making textbook publishing unprofitable. He writes, "The real money will be in a few areas: High-end digital products that directly or indirectly improve student outcomes Related services that help colleges improve student outcomes Services that help colleges improve the unsexy but ... [Direct Link]

21st Century Credentials: Telling the Story of the Whole Student, Cali Morrison, WCET, Jun 24, 2016

One of the criticisms of traditional testing and credentials is that they represent only a narrow part of a person's learning. This post summarizes a discussion by Ryan Craig, managing partner of University Ventures, who made the following points (quoted): We’re beyond the ‘take our word for it’ era – there is a loss of faith in the greater community about what higher education does. Technology has changed the game – learning is ubiquitous and is ... [Direct Link]

Unbundled, Chris Saad, Medium, May 07, 2016

"Unbundling," says this article, "is the process of breaking apart rigid, man made structures (i.e. bundles) into individual, atomic parts." This article is a superficial look at the process, as suggested by the definition (taking a house apart qould qualify as 'breaking apart rigid, man made structures' but is certainly not 'unbundling'). It is nonetheless useful to have a look at the different enterprises impacted by the phenomenon - everything from news media to work, ... [Direct Link]

Towards a New Pedagogy, Contact North, Mar 16, 2016

MOOCs are impacting learning in many ways, says the author (11 page PDF), and the overall result is that we're looking at pedagogy differently. Interestingly, though, "MOOCs showcase the developments which online learning and other innovations have been encouraging for some time: they are not so much initiating these developments as acting as an accelerant for them," according to the author. For example, we're seeing such things as course unbundling, separation of delivery and ... [Direct Link]

Pearson chief brands critics 'naive and ignorant' as company cuts 4,000 jobs, Christopher Williams, The Telegraph, Jan 30, 2016

Living in another world, here Pearson executive John Fallon: "What I think is completely overblown, frankly, is the comparison between education and the music industry. What happened there was people started downloading individual songs and unbundling albums. That can’t happen with university courses and testing." Sure it can. What do you think YouTube is doing to education? Though of course Pearson is trying very hard to keep learning materials expensive and hard to obtain. [Direct Link]

Data, Technology, and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education, Ryan Craig, Allison Williams, EDUCAUSE Review, Aug 26, 2015

Unlike the dull-as-dishwater set of priorities listed by Kenneth Green, this post has some more exciting projections about the future of technology in higher education. But it should be noted that this comes at a cost - a crisis in traditional institutions, a crisis that has been slow to develop but is now approach a crest: "In a survey of 368 small private colleges and midsize state universities, 38 percent failed to meet their 2014–15 budget for both freshman enrollment and net ... [Direct Link]

White House: Innovation in Higher Education, George Siemens, elearnspace, Aug 04, 2015

I can't resist sharing this post describing George Siemenss'ss invitation and visit to the White House (meanwhile people pay very good money to keep people like me far away from such places!). This seems to be true: "Higher education generally has no clue about what’s brewing in the marketplace as a whole. The change pressures that exist now are not ones that the existing higher education model can ignore. The trends – competency-based learning, unbundling, startups & ... [Direct Link]

Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling, Paul Fain, Ignatia Webs, Sept 11, 2014

In the last year or so the American Council on Education (ACE) has offered to provide credit recommendations for online courses (basically, ACE would attest to a university that the work was worth credit, and in theory, the university your agree and grant the credit). This effort has, as the story says, "fizzled". So ACE is trying a new approach. "It announced the creation of a pool of about 100 online courses that will lead to credit recommendations. The courses will be low-cost or ... [Direct Link]

Unbundling Versus Designing Faculty Roles, Adrianna Kezar, Sean Gehrke, Daniel Maxey, CCK08 -, Jul 22, 2014

Those who follow OLDaily will recall that I've written before on what may be called the 'unbundling' of faculty roles (article, presentation). In my presentations I offer some 27 roles that could be mixed and matched in different configurations. This paper focuses mostly on the distinction between the roles of tutor, presenter and mentor. It's one of those papers that appears to be discussing change, but which I think is fundamentally conservative in its outlook. This becomes ... [Direct Link]

Let's Unbundle, Josh Wymore, Ignatia Webs, Feb 18, 2014

Someone should get the writers at Inside Higher Ed outside the bubble. The 'unbundling' of the educator's function has been talked about for years, maybe decades. It's not necessarily (or even mostly) a consequence or precursor to corporatism. My own contribution to the discussion can be found from four years ago, and in that paper there are numerous references to additional considerations of the concept. [Direct Link]

Beyond MOOCs: Sustainable online learning in institutions, Li Yuan, Stephen Powell, Bill Olivier, Chicago Daily Herald, Jan 22, 2014

Three themes emerge from recent MOOC experiments, write the authors: Openness – new approaches to online learning, including models for scalable provision that may generate revenues, and promote open learning Revenue models – different revenue models taking the established ideas from technology start-ups Service Disaggregation – experimentation with business models that include unbundling and re-bundling of courses and delivery related services. There are some good ... [Direct Link]

Unbundling Higher Education, A Doubly Updated Framework , Michael Staton, Dec 11, 2013

The subject of unbundling of education has been of interest to be over the years, from the Future of Online Learning to the Role of the Educator. This post takes a more structured (or at least, a more square) look at the subject. This redraft of Staton's model takes a more learner-centered approach to the subject. "In the end, people are buying knowledge and the process of acquiring knowledge," he writes. "They are not buying the Content Loop.  The Content Loop is what content ... [Direct Link]

Who is accountable at Coursera?, Mike Caulfield, Weblog, Nov 07, 2012

Mike Caulfield finds a pretty blatant error in a Coursera course and asks a reasonable quetion: who is accountable? "And yes, this is partially an argument for why all xMOOC credit should be wrapped in a layer of authentic institutional assessment, if only to protect the value of your degree. But it’s also a straight up question — who at Coursera is accountable? And to whom?" By contrast, when I make an error in a Connectivist MOOC (and I have no doubt there have been ... [Direct Link]

Massive online learning and the unbundling of undergraduate education, Benjamin Lima, Weblog, Jul 19, 2012

The secondary wave of interest in massive open online learning is now upon is, with the education blog commenators reacting to the spate of news stories recently following Coursera's expansion. We have for example this post on the 'unbundling' of education that the MOOC is supposed to represent. "This unbundling will happen in three ways: for the whole college education, for the individual course, and for the way that college is paid for." Of course, proposnents of online learning ... [Direct Link]

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