Professors Thomas Hülsmann and Greville Rumble disagree a bit on the cost-effectiveness/efficiency angle. Dr. Hülsmann proposes that the cost per graduate is a cost-effectiveness measure, whereas Dr. Rumble argues that basically cost effectiveness and cost efficiency are approximately the same (with regard to graduates), although at the end of the day Dr. Rumble favors more the cost effectiveness approach.
From there we did the world tour from The Open University in the UK (which we have explored at length in prior coursework), the Chinese Open University (which has a very low drop-out rate despite teaching methods that seem not as advanced as other countries; their techniques are designed to reach the masses in greater quantity), the Indira Gandhi Open University and UNISA. I have spent considerable time reviewing UNISA in previous coursework and remain very impressed with how much they have accomplished in both African and worldwide.
We spent time with Dr. Rumble, who is clearly all that and a bag of chips. He has worked in over 50 countries (I’m guessing he doesn’t travel heavy!) and is a one-man international experience. He shared some of his daily activities with our group and I don’t think he’s slowed down!
We ended this module with a look at MOOCs – I’m on the fence as to which direction MOOCs are going to over the next 5-10 years. Could go even bigger, or could fold and go home!
This module was quite an introspective one!