UMUC to Spin IT off into For-Profit Company

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has announced that it is going to spin off its IT department into a separate for-profit department called AccelerEd. Joshua Kim does not think this is a good idea, but I think it probably is the wave of the future. UMUC is the university’s online division.

Why Joshua Kim Love Online Learning but Dislikes Educational Technology

Joshua Kim dislikes educational technology because it has over-promised and under-delivered on the promise of educational technology, but the loves online learning in all its formats: blended, low-residency, and fully online.

Dr. Joshua Kim’s 6 Rules for Online Learning

I will just list them and not discuss them:

1. Don’t rely on online learning programs to make lots of money.
2. Don’t follow the market.
3. Don’t try to go to scale.
4. Don’t separate online learning from residential learning.
5 Do treat online learning as a disciplined experiment.
6. Do prioritize economic sustainability – not growth.