The supermarket model

Lesson 3 Learning Outcome Actions

In this assignment in the OERu SP4ed MOOC, I’ve selected the “Supermarket” storyline, which is built on the outward-facing, standardized poles of the two axes underlying this and three alternative scenarios. The outward-facing pole directs attention to the needs of external bodies such as industry and communities, as opposed to the “inward” pole that focuses on academia and its disciplinary interests. Standardization focuses on maintaining high standards of quality and curriculum production, in contrast to the opposing need to remain flexible. In the “Supermarket” scenario consortia of polytechnics work with industry panels to create high quality diploma programs using OER-based digital technologies.

Question brainstorm

  • Will this model require a greater degree of centralization of curriculum development and production (intra and inter intitutionally)?
  • Who will coordinate this model?
  • How will support be available to enable students, faculty and other infrastructure to adapt to this model?
  • How will priorities be established among competing needs/demands from industry stakeholders?
  • How will funding be generated and allocated among partners?
  • How will the currency of faculty be maintained in relation to ongoing changes in industry, technology and business practices?
  • How is the balance of technical and academic skills determined in the curriculum?
  • Will OER be found specific to specialized industry needs or will they need to be created?
  • Will the credentials transfer or ladder into undergraduate and graduate degrees for mid or later career students?

Top 2 questions

  • Will this model require a greater degree of centralization of curriculum development and production (intra and inter intitutionally)?
  • Who will coordinate this model?

How these questions interact the three alternative scenarios?

Question 1

Will this model require a greater degree of centralization of curriculum development and production (intra and inter intitutionally)?

Articulation

  • Centralization (intra institutionally) can support delivery of quality e-learning approaches

Quality branded consortia

  • Centralization can increasingly build critical mass of expertise to support consortia operations

Self determination

  • Can provide focused support to individual learners, faculty and others in this challenging model

Question 2

Who will coordinate this model?

Articulation

  • Question of coordination can still support increased rationalization and coordination of institutional program offerings internally and externally

Quality branded consortia

  • Question assists in identifying entities that coordinate efforts toward effective consortia participation and engagement across the institution

Self-determination

  • Coordination a key element in providing consistent level of learner experience across institution
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One comment

  1. professornikidavis

    Excellent reflection for us thank you – actually excellent for both #SP4Ed and also for #DEANZ2016!

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