We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the League for Innovation Online Course Sharing Consortia on Acadeum Course Share™ – the first national consortia for community colleges.
We’re glad you could join us today to announce the League for Innovation Online Course Sharing Consortia. We have with us today, Dr. Judith Sebesta, representing the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas, also known as DigiTex, and then the League’s very own Dr. Cynthia Wilson, who will be representing the initiative from the week that I, and so we’re really happy to be here. My name is Patrick, and I’m here with Acadeum.
In terms of the agenda, first we will discuss the consortium model and hear from Cynthia around introducing the League Online Course Sharing Consortium. Next, we’ll hear from Judith around the work that DigiTex is doing that serves as a perfect model for what other schools in attendance are going to be able to do here with us. Then we’ll discuss the course-sharing model and share why schools are participating and what are some of the different things that you should be looking for, how they work within a consortia, and so on. These parts are going to take around 30 minutes. Then we have 15 minutes for Q & A at the end.
To begin, you’re going to hear a lot of terminology today involving the course sharing model. First is the home institution versus the teaching institution. Some accreditors used the word home versus post, post being the teaching institution. The home school is where the student-of-record is attending; that’s where they applied, and where financial aid applies. And it’s where the transcribing takes place.
The teaching institution is the one providing the instruction. The enrollment is the student being designated as a visiting student at a teaching institution.
This might be really new for a lot of folks. The consortium or “sharing” model, is, in essence, is where you have a student that needs a course that you, for whatever reason, can’t get it to them. Can you get it from a peer institution and treat it as if they took it at your campus? That is what a course sharing consortium is.
According to federal student aid guidelines, the consortium or contractual arrangement is a partnership between institutions where “courses taken at other schools on the same basis of instructional time as if it was provided by the school itself.” The underlying assumption of the agreement is that the home school has found the other school’s academic standards to be equivalent to its own and a completely acceptable substitution for its own instruction.
There are many benefits to this consortium model that we’re going to be able to unlock across the community college space.