International Networking for Educational Transformation (iNet)
Gatlin Launches Continuing-Education Site for Adult Learners
SURF [In the Netherlands]
Shaping the Promise of Cloud Computing for Higher Education
Eight-state cyber consortium gets $2.7 million grant (page 9 of 31)
Leading Education Organizations Announce Consortium for Transforming Low-Performing Schools from Within
Columbia and Cornell Libraries Announce 'Radical' Partnership
Consortium Pursues Online Learning for the Visually Impaired
Technology and the Rise of the For-profit University
Enhancing learning through technology:
A guide to resources provided by the
Academy and JISC Collaboration Network
California District Rolls Out eLearning Platform District-wide
Libraries of the Future
Consortiums, Collaboration, Centralization ... Conflict?
Tenure in a Digital Era
News Analysis: Online Education Grows, but Painfully
Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline)
IMS Global Learning Consortium
The Digital Dakota Network (DDN) & the Iowa Communications Network
Association of African Universities (AAU)
Consortium for North American Higher Education Collabaration (CONAHEC)
National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), Malaysia
A Global Liberal Arts Alliance
WASHINGTON – The Global Liberal Arts Alliance formally launched last week, in effect meshing a regional consortium of liberal arts institutions with a new transnational one.
What School Partnerships Look Like
Also see my The Forthcoming Walmart of Education -- from Dec '08 page.
The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN)
Teaching with games: a call for historical simulation colleagues
The Society for the Advancement of Games and Simulations in Education and Training (SAGSET)
Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' in Cloud Computing Initiative
The Strategic Case for Online Learning: Access, Engagement and Success
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
The Association of American Universities (AAU)
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
The National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)
The Latest Online Match: Companies Can Hook Up With Universities on Tech Transfer
Susan Patrick, president and CEO of the International Association of K-12 Online Learning, talks about technology innovations in the classroom and why it is important for every teacher to learn how to teach online. Hear Patrick discuss her upcoming ASCD Annual Conference presentation on "Why All Teachers Must Learn How to Teach Online." Session details are after the jump.
|Global Associations and Consortia of Universities
Cost Cutting Measures: What Can We Do?
Free Video Resource with Lesson Plans and Standards Alignment for New York Educators
NGA, NCSL, CCSSO and NASBE Release Accelerating the Agenda: Actions To Improve America’s High Schools
- Restore Value to the High School Diploma by elevating academic standards and high school graduation requirements to a college- and career-ready level;
- Redesign High Schools through alternative delivery mechanisms;
- Ensure Excellent Teachers and Principals by connecting teacher preparation, hiring and evaluation to student outcomes and other factors;
- Improve Accountability by aligning postsecondary expectations to high school expectations; and
- Enhance Education Governance by bridging K-12 and postsecondary expectation gaps through P-16 councils.
Targeted Programming for Campuses
- Leverage the NITLE Network: Connect your campus with others in the Network for collaboration and shared problem-solving (9 program units/10 program-unit value)
- Advance Your Institution (Instructional Technology Solutions): Build the expertise, effectiveness, and capacity of your instructional technology unit (13 program units/15 program-unit value)
- Advance Your Institution (Information Services Solutions): Keep pace with evolving user needs and expectations while containing costs (13 program units/15 program-unit value)
- Develop Your Mission Sustainably: Support campus innovators or promote specific initiatives with less impact on your institution's budget and the environment (two options at 13 or 25 program units/15 or 28 program-unit value)
- Promote Digital Teaching across Campus: Invest in pedagogical innovation that uses digital technology to engage current and prospective students and helps them learn (two options at 54 or 58 program units/61 or 65 program-unit value)
Other innovative examples of pooling resources / online exchanges
This is why I say consortiums must occur in the future -- if we want high-quality, engaging, multimedia-based content that is created by TEAMs of people:
- Option 1 - Pooled funding for a core national structure with a quota of high quality, digital multi-media curriculum content to be contributed by each jurisdiction.
- In Option 1.2 jurisdictions contribute a total of $7.79 million per annum to cover the national structure, managed by The Le@rning Federation. They also contribute the same quota as they do in Option 1.1 of digital multi-media curriculum content copyright-cleared for the whole of Australia and New Zealand, or cash-in-lieu. The national structure supported under this option includes, over and above that provided by Option
1.1, further development of Scootle, Contact Liaison Officer salaries, some jurisdiction travel and teacher networks. This option is valued at $16 465 000 per annum and produces 4000 items of digital content over three years.
- Options 1.1 and 1.2 dismantle varying amounts of the existing national structure. They rely on jurisdictions for much digital multi-media content The success of Option 1 depends on all jurisdictions committing to reallocating some internal funds to digital multi-media content development and sharing the resulting digital content nationally.
- Option 2 - Shared National Digital Curriculum Content Supply
- Option 2 continues the current arrangement of digital content development and procurement as a national collaboration for a further triennium, using the current model of collaborative development, procurement and distribution. It delivers everything delivered by Option 1.2 plus an additional 1000 items of content. This option costs $16 465 000 per annum and delivers 5000 items of digital content over 3 years.
- Option 2 continues full national collaboration through pooled funds and procurement, copyright-licensing and curriculum-fit managed on Ministers’ behalf by the curriculum company they own. It maintains and develops the existing asset. It requires, however, continuity of commitment to the national in the face of local pressures, cultural, financial and political, to retain funds within states and territories.
- Commitment by Ministers, whether to pool funds for specific digital content procurement/development or to reach internal targets for digital content which they then share, is necessary to achieve sustained revolutionary change, just as the original commitment to the vision of The Le@rning Federation necessitated unprecedented levels of specific national investment and collaboration.
- Unless digital curriculum content becomes a mainstream component of curriculum content provision we do not have provision for digital education. Either we shift current local print resource budgets to digital content with formal sharing commitment (Option 1), or we continue a budget for national digital content procurement. (Option 2)
- The Ministers’ investment in The Le@rning Federation is now poised to bear fruit in light of the Australian Government’s, A Digital Education Revolution policy. The digital content ‘roadway’ and first fleet of vehicles has been built. The key to sustainability of this national asset is the guarantee of an ongoing supply of content to travel on it - digital content that responds to the emerging needs of teachers and students in the implementation of new national curriculum requirements, learning challenges, and technological possibilities over the next decade and beyond.
- The cost of any one of Option 1.1, Option 1.2 or Option 2 is a modest per annum investment but the benefits to generations of Australian students are of immense national and future importance.
La Salle University, Barcelona
Preparing Future Faculty Program
Taiwan Higher Ed Consortium Launches Free Online Course Initiative
The Redesign Alliance Third Annual Conference
- Presentations from more than 30 institutions that have fully implemented large-scale course redesigns, all of which improved student learning outcomes while generating cost savings.
- Roundtable discussions with NCAT Redesign Scholars and 30 additional institutions that are in the midst of implementing course redesigns in disciplines as diverse as history, economics, developmental math, technical writing and physics about getting started and meeting implementation challenges.
- A keynote address by Philip J. Parsons, director, Sasaki Strategies, on cost-effective learning space design.
- Opportunities to interact with higher education's major publishers and technology companies whose products and services support course redesign.
- Networking with 400 colleagues all of whom are finding ways to increase academic quality in difficult financial times.
Partnership of US Distance Learning Assocation with Nova Southeastern University/Fischler School of Education and Human Services
The American Distance Education Consortium
Region 10 NovaNET© Consortium
The Higher Education Academy (UK)
Items from Clark Aldrich
Study: More colleges turn to large IT vendors
Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine
OCLC is an international cooperative that shares resources among more than 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories [emphasis DSC].
The Knowledge Network Explorer
From 3 Ways Web-Based Computing Will Change Colleges