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2012: Open Educational Resources: Online Learning, OpenCourseWare, and Workforce Development

Co-Learning Plan - 2012

Authors: Steve Weiland, Ph.D., Michigan State University Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education


Michigan's public postsecondary institutions have long benefited from their constitutional autonomy. But, do the new digital conditions of higher education offer opportunities for innovative forms of collaboration, particularly those promoting degree attainment, and thus work force and economic development? This Co-Learning Plan will explore the advantages of Michigan's colleges and universities acting as if they were organized as a state system for purposes of making information about online courses, degrees, and services easily accessible. A portal for such a purpose might also be a platform for other forms of state-wide collaboration, perhaps even new online degree initiatives adding to prospects for degree attainment in a state lagging behind others in building a well-educated work force. The Co-Learning Plan will also consider what prospective students can do to advance their "online academic abilities" in anticipation of pursuing a postsecondary degree.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2012



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Steven Weiland, Ph.D.Steven Weiland, Ph.D., Michigan State University Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education

Steven Weiland is a Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University, where he teaches courses in adult career development, education in the digital age, and other subjects. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU he taught and held administrative posts at the Universities of Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota. He also served eight years as director of a national association of state agencies. He has published work on literary studies, adult development, and aging, education, and other topics. He was educated at the City University of New York (BA) and the University of Chicago (PhD).

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