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Mathieu Plourde

Universities can go online without a corporate partner, even in an age of 'bigger is be... - 0 views

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    "focusing on the next mega-institution or the gold-rush mentality that has garnered so much attention in online education is a distraction from this higher calling. For us, a mega model does not align with our core educational philosophy. We imagine that for the majority of universities, the mega-university concept is not only unrealistic, it is also anathema to their institutional philosophy. We look forward to joining efforts across higher education to embrace a chapter of fundamental transformation."
Mathieu Plourde

The Waywardness of Ed Tech Market Leaders - 0 views

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    "If one studies the interest publishers have shown in the OPM market, one sees the desire for them to create this revenue envelope by being the one-stop shop for aggregating everything their customers need: from content, to technology to program design and marketing. Even thought McGraw's next CEO, Cengage's Michael Hansen, declared recently that the company would stay away from "the business of recruiting students to schools," I would be shocked if the new McGraw Hill were not in some way equipping schools to build their own OPM capability - much the way John Katzman's Noodle is set up."
Mathieu Plourde

Revenue From Online Ed Is On the Rise. So Is the Competition, Moody's Says - 0 views

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    "While distance-learning programs are not likely to replace the traditional college experience for everyone, the rate of growth in online enrollment is outpacing that for campus enrollment. The market for online programs is crowded and relatively easy to enter, but traditional name-brand universities now claim a larger share of it than in the past. This means smaller institutions with less-established programs will struggle unless they can set themselves apart, according to the report."
Mathieu Plourde

College Leaders Are Getting Serious About Outsourcing. They Still Have Plenty of Concer... - 0 views

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    "A few disparities stood out. Smaller institutions were more likely to cite "superior service to in-house alternatives" as a reason to pursue partnerships. And while 46 percent of smaller institutions cited "online program expansion" as an area of interest, only 36 percent of the larger ones did."
Mathieu Plourde

When Colleges Consider Outsourcing Online Programs, Calculations Can Get Complicated - 0 views

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    "expect to see more colleges turn to these providers, said Michael Feldstein, a consultant and co-publisher of the popular e-Literate blog, who has long followed the OPM market. A survey released last week by The Chronicle of Higher Education and P3-EDU, a conference on public-private partnerships to be hosted by George Mason University, found that 42 percent of provosts, chief financial officers and presidents surveyed said that expanding online programs was the area they most considered turning to a private company to help with."
Mathieu Plourde

2U to buy boot-camp provider Trilogy for $750 million - 0 views

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    "A prominent online program management company, 2U, announced this morning that it will purchase Trilogy Education Services, a large boot camp provider that partners with continuing education divisions at dozens of universities."
Mathieu Plourde

OPM Readings: New policy briefing from UCT and other useful coverage - 0 views

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    "Rather than just focusing on the OPM market itself, Czerniewicz and Walji place the subject into the broader context of "marketisation, digitisation, unbundling and austerity climates." This placement is valuable, as it frames the appropriate questions that colleges and universities should address when considering OPM or OPE vendor support."
Mathieu Plourde

International growth of Online program management (OPM) - LISTedTECH - 0 views

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    "The Online program management (OPM) market is growing in terms of the number of institutions using OPM providers and in the number of providers. The market is also showing signs of consolidation as the providers figure out how to position themselves in this competitive landscape. What we don't hear much about is the international trend that is also taking shape. Yes, the US market started earlier and is still larger than all others combined, but the international market is growing and becoming more and more important."
Mathieu Plourde

Grand Canyon Education Acquires Orbis: We have new segment of OPM market - 0 views

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    "Today the movement became real as Grand Canyon Education announced their agreement to buy Orbis Education Services for more than $362 million."
Mathieu Plourde

From OPM to AI - 0 views

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    "The new university/company AI partnership model will resemble the current online program management model, in which the AI company de-risks the AI investment with up-front capital and resources, and is paid by a revenue share."
Mathieu Plourde

Privatization - One Faculty One Resistance - 0 views

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    "Privatization of online higher education is on the rise. For-profit online education corporations like Academic Partnerships, Kaplan, Wiley, Pearson, and Blackboard contract with public and private nonprofit institutions to provide digital platforms for educational content, recruit students, manage enrollment, facilitate the development of course materials, and more. While the use of digital platforms and online teaching tools can enrich higher education, elements of contracting with for-profit online education corporations can present problems in areas of interest to faculty, particularly academic freedom and shared governance. Check out our resources, surveys, and social media shareables below and learn how you can get involved in making sure that higher education serves the common good, not private profit."
Mathieu Plourde

EdX introduces support fee for free online courses - 0 views

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    "some users will be asked to pay a support fee, "from $9 up to some portion of the certification cost," said Medros. The price of the support fee "will be aligned to the value and experience" that a course gives to a learner, said Medros, suggesting that the best courses will also be the most expensive."
Mathieu Plourde

The Second Wave of MOOC Hype Is Here, and It's Online Degrees - 0 views

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    "The MOOC providers didn't bring about the end of higher education as we knew it, but they did stumble upon a highly-effective marketing funnel with the potential to change the way universities put programs online. This niche is known in higher education as online program management (OPM), and providers who work in this space offer solutions to help universities put their programs online. Now, the MOOC providers are poised to make a dent in the highly-lucrative OPM market."
Mathieu Plourde

The ASU + GSV Conference was More GSV than Ever-And That's Good - 0 views

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    "This squishiness in the OPM market is a sign that more and more schools are serious enough about learning to be systematically better at supporting student success that they are increasingly willing to pay for help. And that change in prioritization is potentially good for everyone."
Mathieu Plourde

OPM Companies Should Think Like an Industry - 0 views

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    "We are at the point where the OPM industry needs to evolve. The industry as a whole needs to more closely mirror the values and norms of openness and transparency that characterize the culture of higher education."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Program Management: Spring 2018 view of the market landscape - 0 views

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    "As the online education market has matured, however, there has been a growing pushback against revenue-sharing as the only model available. Thus there is an emerging unbundled fee-for-service OPM model, in which the companies offer the same services, or some subset, for the market price of those services. The institution pays for the services used, mostly independent of the amount of tuition revenue coming into the online program. This category leads to the program, or institution, to take the up-front financial risk but not have to sign contracts sending ~40 - 60% of the tuition revenue to the vendor. Fewer strings attached but more responsibilities and risks for the school."
Mathieu Plourde

Evidence-Based Principles for Online Faculty Development - 0 views

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    "Responding to calls for additional resources to support postsecondary instructors, many vendors and organizations now offer online educational development resources. The ultimate goal is to improve instruction and student learning, but to get there, higher education institutions must examine and evaluate these tools, as well as consider the specific needs of diverse campus stakeholders. After research and discussion, the Professional and Organizational Development Network developed eight principles to guide institutions as they explore and select online educational development resources for their campus communities."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Program Management: A view of the market landscape -e-Literate - 1 views

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    "For the vendors, when this model works they get a far higher revenue per student that would have been possible with platforms sales or other fee-for-service approaches. As I described in a post about 2U, that company makes $10k - $15k per student per year, whereas an LMS vendor might make $20 per student per year. While 2U is the high end of the market and not all OPM vendors get that kind of revenue, we are talking about several orders of magnitude difference per student."
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