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Alliances and Initiatives
Announcements of e-learning collaborative initiatives amongst and between commercial and educational institutions are a daily event. Many are funded by venture capital, and often combine an IT company's expertise with knowledge base of an educational provider. The following examples are illustrative of range of initiatives taking place. There are also some trends starting to emerge: - Globalisation of education and training means progressive educational institutions are combining forces to make available capital and infrastructure necessary to produce online solutions that will tap into new global market - Education is becoming one of core areas of venture capital investment in online solutions generally. The traditional idea that educational institutions were non-profit organisations working for public good is fading rapidly. - The most effective solutions usually involve a partnership that combines technical expertise of a commercial organisation with educational resources of a larger institution or institutions. - Perhaps area of greatest activity is providers offering delivery platforms for partner institutions' content. This meets need of smaller institutions/companies wanting to offer training online, but not having infrastructure or resources to develop online LMSs.
*Jackson State University (JSU) announced plans to spend US$20 million to create a major technology research and incubation center in Mississippi, a move made possible by a $17 million donation to university by Allstate Insurance Company.
*The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) announced a partnership with British and Australian institutions to develop a for-profit online film program that will be offered globally.
*CYBeR-CARE Inc. (a telehealth technology company) and Wichita State University's College of Health Professions have announced an alliance to test effectiveness of initiating and monitoring physical therapy and other rehabilitation services for patients in home settings using Electronic HouseCall(TM) System.
Phil has been involved in a number of projects in the field of flexible delivery, both research based and product-based. In addition he has developed a number of industry based flexible delivery packages and open learning packages in the Polytechnic sector. He also works as a staff development consultant. http://www.toucanhouse.co.nz