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Re: [xmca] category quandry

Now, at last, THERE is a business model for education in a democratic
society and an amicable world!!

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM, Peg Griffin <peg.griffin@att.net> wrote:

> Since it is the season for carnivale and I just saw the original of the
> enclosed, I was led to wonder whether it is more apt to say academics
> are in the catgeory of shills or the category of carnival barkers?
> Maybe it is very common??  And very welcomed?? Or very successful??  The
> mission mentioned in sentence two appears to be related to sales...
> I have replaced identifying information with XX's in the enclosed.  The
> rest is verbatim, from a striving R1 public university in the US.  I wonder
> if a campy vampy end to the "free" 15 hours would be expected?
> Maybe, "Come up and see me sometime, boys" and a feather boa...
> From: Office of the Provost [mailto: XXXXXXX@uni.edu] On Behalf Of Office
> of the Provost
> Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:49 AM
> Subject: XXUNINAMEXX MOOCs: A Message from the Provost
>    XXUNINAMEXX has adopted a MOOC model that we believe is manageable and
> scalable. The MOOC is an electronic delivery of structured content modeled
> to seek diverse opinions, encourage individualized learning, encourage
> participant connectedness, and generate opportunities in service of xxx’s
> mission. True to the purpose of MOOCs, XXUNINAMEXX faculty and
> administration are dedicated to the belief that much knowledge can be
> structured in accessible, affordable, and high quality educational
> experiences for all global citizens. To that end, XXUNINAMEXX MOOCs will
> provide the rough equivalent of one hour of a three hour course (15 contact
> hours), in a free, online platform-based environment.
>    University-sponsored MOOCs  will be subject to both selection and
> review processes, and a committee is being established for this purpose.
> Any faculty may create a MOOC in much the same way that they currently
> publish and promote other types of scholarly work, but without
> authorization they cannot imply or claim University sponsorship. If a
> faculty member is selected to build a XXUNINAMEXX MOOC, however, financial
> and marketing support will be made available. MOOCs that are funded and
> receive technical and academic support, for instance, will be those that
> attract students to courses that are necessary to complete a XXUNINAMEXX
> certificate or degree program.
>     The idea is that a XXUNINAMEXX MOOC will serve as an introduction to
> an online, for-credit course, with credit received upon successful
> completion of the MOOC, plus enrollment and successful completion of the
> full course. Obviously, students may opt simply to take the MOOC for no
> credit. XXUNINAMEXX MOOC proposals will be evaluated in part with this
> completion option in mind.
>     Proposals for a XXUNINAMEXX MOOC should be sent to Dr. XXXXXXX,
> Associate Provost, Distance Education [XXXXXX@uni.edu or
> XXXstreet_address].
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