EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Open Educational Resources: Online Learning, OpenCourseWare, and Workforce Development (2012)
Co-Learning Plan - 2012
Author: 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.