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April 09, 2010

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Ellen Wagner

Hi Barry, thanks for jumping in here! The dirty little secret of online learning is that many college and university administrators (and even some large software companies) do not get it, and would rather that someone else take care of it.....preferably a low cost back office computer nerd with a server under his or her desk who can handle tech support calls. Sheesh.

I'm thinking it's time that those of us who DO get how this stuff works to get a lot louder, prouder and better organized. Time to let people know what it takes to deliver on the promises of seamless, high quality, convenient, relevant learning at the point of student need.

Maybe ITC and WCET should launch the Resistance :-)

Barrydahl

Well put, Ellen. I suspect that several other state consortia will now be scrutinized with the possibility of similar actions by their governing bodies. If the UT Telecampus is expendable, then why on earth would some of the lesser-functioning consortia be spared in times of severe budget cuts.

On the other hand, it may be a time when colleges and universities need to begin forming their own consortia that are less determined by geographic boundaries and system affiliation, and formed more on the basis of need for and interest in shared services.

Still, UT Telecampus has been a beacon of quality and will be sorely missed.

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