Good morning from the Eastern US. I received this response from Leo Wong in China on wikieducator...I am not sure he is on SCoPE so I am posting it here with my reflections.
hey joyce , thank you for the explanation and case study very helpful
but still , let us play the role playing game , if i were a future student ( namely joseph ) jerry is not a real person .
jerry want to go to university in US , however jerry is from asia , so if he want to do that , he can go to university who have the working connections with schools in US , so he doesnot have to go to US , so he can still get US or UK degree but he can study in china or other places which is near to his home country , do you think it is even saving more cost ??
and for other people , say a girl names Mary ( sorry this is not a Xmas story ) , she is from US , she would like to come to china , however she would also like to go to china not only for travelling , but also getting a degree at the same time , so if a chinese school can offer a place so that Mary can come to china to study , she can get the credit , meanwhile she is also get the internatoinal experience of studying aborad .
For me , the OER university should be a concept which is based on so called web2.0 technology , like wikieducator , which is just the time to help people who canot afford the costs , but in a lower cost , however also getting the good quality of teaching and support from schools . i think the next step , is we should not only thinking less about technology , but start to look for more of the good people and university and even good bussiness model or non-bussiness model as well .
and instead of just looking at the credit regonization , but also looking at , where are the future students ?
Joyce , you are making such a good point abt self -direct learning , which from my work , i found very important and practical as well
let WE work together to move this forward ! Thoughts:
Leo, all of your scenarios are exactly what I am talking about. A student using OER could literally study anywhere in the world for free and transfer his/her learning to a "receiving institution" for conversion to transfer credit. If s/he were taking credit-bearing courses at an established college or university, these would "come in" directly as transfer credit, if s/he were studying independently using a self-directed learning plan, learning and credit to be awarded would be done through a prior learning assessment process, if the person took non-formal training type courses from a recognized provider those would be pre-evaluated for credit, and if the person had a license or other credential recognized by the receiving institution as "creditable" that could be used as well. All of this prior college level learning would then be used by the student guided by their mentor to create a coherent degree plan. At ESC the student would still have to take and pay for 32 credits with us and that could be done completely online from anywhere in the world that is computer accessible. Thirty-two credits plus $400 US for any individualized PLA evaluations is a major savings over 128 credits. Although state university tuition has been rising, state tuitions are still quite a bit less than those for private universities. This scenario could already be played out at Empire State...in fact, it is played out daily for the US military.
What the OER-U could offer is guidance to students on how to the self-directed learning plans for the PLA they desire and information on the various colleges from which they could choose.
I see it as a win-win. Colleges and universities would be fulfilling their community service missions on a worldwide scale. They would receive valuable publicity and credibility and probably at least some tuition. The tuition would not necessarily have to be borne by individuals. It could be paid for by governments, businesses, NGO's, scholarships etc.
Empire State could probably do it now with little trouble. I am sure that there are other places that might do it too...but I am not really familiar with other models. The future is already here...until now ESC hasn't really had a chance to share it...we have been too busy working with students.