University of Virginia’s president, Dr. Teresa Sullivan, spoke in Hampton Roads Wednesday on the issue of leadership. I was there.
It wasn’t leadership that I wanted to ask Sullivan about, so I held my tongue during the Q&A. But her mention of the need for leaders to understand budgets and budgeting did raise a question on that topic in my mind, one closely connected to one of the reasons for her ouster last year. After the event, I got a chance to pose my question to her: what, exactly, is the business model for MOOCs?
It is a topic I’ve been researching, maybe for a column down the road. But I thought maybe I was missing something. After all, it seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, including UVa.
Her answer? “There isn’t one.”
So why embrace it? Sullivan said that it gives her faculty an opportunity to learn to deliver course content in a new way. And it opens up the traditional class time for doing other activities, since the students can watch the lectures online. So more hybrid courses? Yes, Sullivan told me.
As goes UVa, so goes other Virginia higher ed institutions. Just wait and see.