I always read the Regents agenda. Everything is decided before the meeting of course and nothing is ever discussed, but at least by looking at the Regents agenda you can find out what was decided. And so I learn............ the budget for Janux THIS YEAR will be... OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS.
Words fail me.
Words fail me.
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- Ok.. That is a dampener.. I actually thought, you weren't for MOOCs.. But, if the platform is not good, then, you can't help it. We use Oracle Peoplesoft LMS, and, no one wants to login to learn from there.. Investments were made to give a new facade / front-portal to it.. even that, is not inviting enough.. Like you said, decisions are announced, not brainstormed, argued and accepted..Sep 22, 2014
- The creation of Janux is a real mystery. Very few people were involved in it (I don't even know who), and all that money is going to an outside company for whom we are basically the only customer. It's VERY strange. I'm sure that it would make sense if I knew more of the story of what happened, but that's kind of the point too: I have no idea what happened. Those of us who were teaching online at my school for many years were not involved in any way, and the Janux courses (very limited in number) are completely separate from the existing online course program. Very strange in every way.
About PeopleSoft: we have that for our payroll and human resources. I had no idea it even had a learning system... but I guess I am not surprised, ha ha. Based on the payroll system, I shudder to think what the learning system is like!Sep 22, 2014
- yes, Peoplesoft's systems are so not-people-sensitive or user-friendly. And, I am sure a lot of corporates use their systems (just like ours).. I wonder why they make such systems, why orgs invest in such systems.. people who make these decisions (makers and buyers) obviously sit too high up that they cannot see the ground reality of what is useful for the user.
I am sad, that universities do not listen too.. Seeing that you have the freedom to conduct your classes entirely online,and refuse to use their systems like D2L, I thought, you have complete autonomy, and that comes from the trust that the higher-ups have on you professors (unlike in the companies where employees must adhere to processes or be reprimanded)..Sep 23, 2014
- If I were to propose my courses today, my university probably would not approve them (that is what I have heard from people proposing new courses). I am lucky that I was in the group of the first instructors to teach online, back in 2002, so they had not invented any rules yet!!! Now they have rules. It is very strange, in fact, that they have rules for online courses, but not rules for the courses taught in regular classrooms. It's all very strange, and I am lucky that I got started teaching online before the rules were imposed!Sep 23, 2014
- wow, it is hard to believe that.. I am glad too that you started way back and found a framework that worked for your online courses..Sep 26, 2014
- I feel really lucky about the freedom I have had. I definitely believe in freedom for me and for the students too! We're all learners in that sense. :-)Sep 26, 2014