Lecture Eighteen--131 Fall 00--28 Nov 00
Review of Lecture 17
A. Eight people stories from the dot-com world•To what extent are these stories related toB. Gender and ethnicity issues in the IT worldthe dot-com depression•Too much work
•Too much responsibility
•Too little control
•Too little satisfaction
•To old jobs, bounce back
•Old line companies v dot-coms•ICS data
•Should ICS be different from campus?
•Should IT be different from rest of world?
•Do IT people have a responsibility to
recruit and help women and ethnic minorities?
Lecture 18--Online U (NY Times Magazine, 19 Nov 00)
A. BackgroundTrying to keep a faculty member at Williams
Global Education Network (GEN)
4-5 courses by February
25 courses by September
$20 million and probably more"Dancing with the devil: information technologyB. A sample course--Introduction to biology for non-majors
and the new competition in higher education"
James DuderstadtCDC. The big picture
Interaction--1 facilitator for 30 students
In the beginning, GEN anticipates that 90% of its customers
will be adult learners taking courses on a not for credit basis.
The other 10% will be advanced placementhigh school students.The elite colleges and universities will be
producers of material, not consumersOn the internet now are courses catering to
professional education, e.g.,Concord Law School has an enrollment
of 500 students in a four year JD program at a cost of $20K advertising that it will take 2.5 hours/day of student time
Unext.comGary Becker, B. Rosenfield
on-line business courses to big companies
Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, CMU, LSE
Degree programArguments similar to Brown and Duguid
25 courses represent 50% of enrollments
Break up universities into constituent parts
D. PlayersMark Taylor--Williams facultyJ. Derrida --was a "mentor" of Taylor--another UCI connectionHerb Allen --entrepreneur
E. Let's make a dealGEN will take risk, you provide material, students
Who signs up? Duke, Brown, Wellesley
Who doesn't?--Harvard, Williams
Williams--customers not there, profits not there
Can GEN sign up Harvard professors?
Turning to online schools for advanced degrees,
Ligos, M, NY Times, 19 Nov 00, BU 10
"In the past few years, hundreds of traditional universities
and private, for-profit institutions have begun offering
on-line advanced courses or graduate programs, including MBA's and law degrees, so busy professional can take courses on their own time, on their own laptop computers--often at a lower cost than a traditional graduate degree. About a third of all colleges and universities in the United States have some level of distance learning, as it is called, and an estimated 1.6 million students are enrolled in those programs. Many companies provide tuition reimbursements."
Issues--lack of interaction, accreditation, counseling, faculty, class size,