Online Learning Update

July 28, 2010

Outsourced Ed: Colleges Hire Companies to Build Their Online Learning Courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education

As more colleges dip their toes into the booming online learning┬ábusiness, they’re increasingly taking those steps hand-in-hand with companies like Embanet. For nonprofit universities trying to compete in an online market aggressively targeted by for-profit colleges, the partnerships can rapidly bring in many students and millions of dollars in new revenue. That’s becoming irresistible to an increasingly prominent set of clients. George Washington University, Boston University, and the University of Southern California, to pick just three, all work with online-service companies. But the new breed of online collaboration can tread into delicate academic territory, blurring the lines between college and corporation.

http://chronicle.com/article/Outsourced-Ed-Colleges-Hire/66309/

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