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M. Montemurno - Is this a case of Supply
and Demand
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Created by Matthew Montemurno on Nov 12, 2014 9:25 PM
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Putting on my undergrad degree hat, for lack of a better term, I would have to think that Higher
Education institutions would have to respond to Supply and Demand. Whether they like it or not
their paying customers in community colleges, public colleges, and even private institutions must
at least offer an expanded classwork in today’s technological environment and they must also
make this content available in multiple platforms from my experience in education technology
through my professional career.
But, referring to our course readings and the experts….
I have taken a MOOC course or two last year, one about Zombie Literature and the other about
Animal Psychology, before I enrolled in this program and Cormier hits the nail on the head as he
labels a MOOC as an online learning “event” that may or may not be tied to a higher education
institution for course credit. Furthermore as Clark mentions the Internet is a driver of pedagogy
that can help create multimedia formats like a MOOC course or even through gaming
methodologies like MIT’s Education Arcade. Clark directly states, “The multiplayer dimension
is also changing the way we see the pedagogy of collaboration in learning. Gameplay is just
another word for sophisticated, experiential pedagogy.”
In my research and analysis it seems that Higher Education is here to stay and that Education
Technology and Distance Education is a highly growing industry that is consistently looking to
further supplement thee work or higher education institutions.
Some theorists support this on twitter when they state :
Paul Cohn @CohnPaul 4h4 hours ago
"How a MOOC helps cities to become startup hubs" by @arjantupan on @LinkedIn … @MGCleve

Virginio Gallardo @virginiog 4h4 hours ago
MOOCs – Collaborative MOOC 2.0 is coming …
Tanya Whiticker and 125 others follow
MindShif@MindShiftKQED Nov 10

An effective individualized model of online learning has been forgotten by #MOOCs #edchat
--------------Cormier, D. (2011). What is a MOOC? [5 minute YouTube video.] Retrieved
Clark, D. (2011). More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by 10 technology
innovations. [Blog post.] Retrieved from

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Lisa Blaschke
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Nov 14 at 10:42 AM
Thanks for kicking off the discussion, Matt! We enter into the "student as customer"
debate extensively in DEPM622 The Business of DE & E-Learning, and it is always an
intriguing discussion. Agreement on the issue seems to move in waves (last spring, most
students agreed with the statement, which was not the case the spring before). In all
cases, students identify the need for change in demand -- so supply and demand definitely
play a role.
I am interested in hearing what others in class have to say about your post, so I will hold
off on responding further until we hear from your fellow class members.

Best regards,

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Julie Gilbert
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Nov 15 at 9:53 AM
Matt, I agree with your post, especially the points you made from the undergraduate
I think it is evident that many colleges are looking at the "demand" factor, when they
determine what courses and in what format the courses are going to be offered, and I
personally think they need to do this.
There are many colleges/universities that never would have thought of offering distance
education courses, and are now doing so. As a matter of fact, an article was just
highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Thursday
about Bowdoin College offering an online course. It's actually a blended course, but for
Bowdoin, offering anything other than a face-to-face curriculum has been unheard of. Of
course, as the article highlights, it also brings up other issues for college professors and
how some of their work may be considered "outsourced", but that's another subject!
I think distance education offerings are here to stay and they will be expanded. The
students in the generation in which we live demand it, and the colleges/universities
want/need to pay attention to that demand because they survive and thrive on student

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Joyce Reitor

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Nov 15 at 9:56 AM
Great comparison of supply and demand. I think you hit the nail on the head with this. I
believe it comes down to what the students want to learn, how they learn, and when it fits
with their life. All of us are so busy with work, family, commitments, etc, that the
student population is the driving force behind what and how distance education is offered
and delivered. The Open University of Tanzania has a free tuition program for social
work degrees, as that is the most needed worker in Tanzania. The Army, DOD, is also
offering tuition free programs for Masters in Social Work at Fayetteville State University
(you have to be Army) as the Army greatly needs social workers also. The population
has a need and these two institutions are trying to find a way to fill that need.