Why You Should Prioritize Capacity Building When Launching Online Learning Programs
by Dr. Gerry DiGiusto
There is an evergreen debate in higher education about outsourcing: Which services and capabilities are appropriate to trust to a third party, and which are not? The conventional wisdom, in higher education and in other sectors, is that outsourcing is a good option to reduce costs, bridge resource gaps, and reinforce a focus on your own organization’s comparative advantages.
But the ambitions and aspirations many institutions have around online learning often blur those distinctions. As online learning has entered the mainstream, many schools have felt pressure to catch up with earlier entrants. Between the know-how needed to design, build, and launch an effective online program and the pressures of an intensifying competitive landscape, colleges and universities often — and understandably — find they need help to deliver online programs worthy of their institutional standards and mission.
Published on the website extensionengine.com
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