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 to
the 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

B. Gender and ethnicity issues in the IT world
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. Background

Trying to keep a faculty member at Williams

Global Education Network (GEN)

for profit

4-5 courses by February

25 courses by September

$20 million and probably more

"Dancing with the devil: information technology

and the new competition in higher education"

James Duderstadt

B. A sample course--Introduction to biology for non-majors

Interaction--1 facilitator for 30 students

C. The big picture
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 placement

high school students.
The elite colleges and universities will be

producers of material, not consumers

On the internet now are courses catering to


extension students,

continuing education,

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


Gary Becker, B. Rosenfield
on-line business courses to big companies
Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, CMU, LSE
Second best
Degree program
Arguments similar to Brown and Duguid

25 courses represent 50% of enrollments

Break up universities into constituent parts

D. Players

Mark Taylor--Williams faculty
J. Derrida --was a "mentor" of  Taylor--another UCI connection
Herb Allen --entrepreneur

E. Let's make a deal

GEN 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,
synchronous, cost