metaCAMPUS 2020 – A Vision of the Future, Global Campus

Bellevue, WA – 5/16/2014

We will be making a white paper of our disruptive vision available to those of you on our mailing list. Please use the form below to contact us or if you would like to receive a copy!

metaCAMPUS MOOA White Paper – Available in April, 2014.

Bellevue, WA – 3/26/2014

On the heels of its recent success with submitting its first Small Business Innovation Research grant, provided through the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, metaCAMPUS hopes to accelerate its progress toward developing the first globally marketable MOOA solution by designing and delivering its new corporate landing page, international affiliate pages, and the founding of its non-profit arm, the metaCAMPUS Policy Institute for competency based learning advocacy.

We will also be providing a public white paper for those people who might be interested in doing some light reading. The white paper will be a revised version of the metaCAMPUS SBIR grant submission, and will discuss the unique market opportunity to develop the metaCAMPUS MOOA network.

If you or someone you know has an interest in our grant submission, please fill out the form below or contact us by emailing info@metacampus.com:

metaCAMPUS & the .MCx Data Standard

3/12/2014 – Bellevue, WA

metaCAMPUS | Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education.

Today our team is pleased to announce its provisional filing date for the metaCAMPUS workflow process. We are still working out some assignment details but our team should have a complete update by the end of the next few weeks.

metaCAMPUS LLP hopes to deliver a successful SBIR Grant RFP to the US Department of Education, IES Division by the end of the calendar month.

Please contact us at 1.210.816.1601, at info@metacampus.com  or by filing out the form below:

metaCAMPUS launches Admin Gateway Management Service

Bellevue, WA – January 19, 2014

metaCAMPUS launches its soon to be administrative gateway service for access to verified student competency data into development. admin.metacampus.com will use Windows Azure active directory technology to create a single-sign-on interface to seamlessly connect with institutional and corporate single sign-on implementations.

metaCAMPUS LLP is excited to announce this new addition to its growing suite of nimble, web-based, service applications.

metaCAMPUS sets up Student Account & Mobile App Services

Bellevue, WA January, 18, 2014

metaCAMPUS LLP leverages Windows Azure, Visual Studio 2013 environment to place metaCAMPUS Student Account and metaCAMPUS mobile applications into development. In the future these can be found at:

http://student.metacampus.com

http://mobile.metacampus.com

metaCAMPUS, MOOC’s and the transition to MOOA’s

While MOOC’s have taken the educational discourse of the United States by storm over the last several years and most significantly in recent months, many still consider them to be an outlier to the core educational infrastructure. While we can say now with a fair amount of confidence that MOOC’s are not going away, there is a coming period of transition to the development of a mature MOOC business model and a period of transition to acceptance of MOOC’s as part of a new normal in higher education.

Katy Murphy’s recent article for the Oakland Tribune puts the “pulse of the industry” into perspective very well; as the California State University System, recently unveiled a ‘radical’ new plan for online courses approving 30 online courses for credit across its institutions. Of course we have to leave it up to Jerry Brown to save the day…

“CSU’s new cross-campus course option is just the kind of experiment Gov. Jerry Brown has been prodding California’s public colleges and universities to try, arguing that smart use of technology could help more students get into and through college. It was funded from $17 million in state money originally earmarked for online education, Uhlenkamp said.”

The article is indicative that this is the beginning of a transition for cutting through some of the traditional bureaucratic structures that exist within our national academy, invariably leading to public waste and mismanagement. As a nation the United States spends the most per capita on our education systems out of all the 22 OECD countries, yet we don’t nearly get the same return on investment as countries like Japan or Germany which rank much higher in educational outcomes and student success (particularly in STEM). There are figures floating around that only between 45 and 55 percent of our national education budget ends up directly impacting student learning.

The internet has always been called “the great equalizer” and our academies need to start leveraging it for administration. A big part of the reason why only half the funding gets down to the student is because we don’t. Our infrastructure, meaning our IT and bureaucratic support systems simply is not set up to track and gauge the effectiveness of instruction and the learning outcomes of our students, yet the market, including corporations, government agencies and other would be employers is desperately asking for this kind of approach.

Further, the technology that we do have, is based on legacy, server-based technologies that offer limited interaction with the web, and fail to take advantage of the huge economies of scale that are available.

So while MOOC’s still have a way to go, the environment seems to be right for the onset of MOOA’s or massively open online systems for administration, and that means the use and implementation of new technologies, as well as a foundational focus on student success and outcome based measures of effectiveness.

This is exactly what the metaCAMPUS SIS and IWD web-based solutions are designed to achieve. You can find more about this topic in the metaCAMPUS post on “Technology and the Foundations of Governance in Higher Education”, by contacting the metaCAMPUS team at info@metacampus.com or by completing the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What is metaCAMPUS?

metaCAMPUS is a collaboration that began in November of 2012 as a result of several organizations getting together and rallying around a common cause and belief; that through our joint efforts, we could revolutionize the way our country approaches the academic experience and how people gain value from the credentials they strive for in the lifelong learning process.

metaCAMPUS is a collaboration that began in November of 2012

The immediate result of our dialogue was the revolutionary notion that the academic process is a workflow that is conceived in the curricular processes of an institution, and grows into to the establishment of learning outcomes and competency based objectives defined to specific curricular sets, that then are packaged and delivered to the student. There are many statistics being passed around about the growing “crisis in education”, and there are many external forces acting on the system. One of those statistics is that only 19% of today’s college students fit within the traditional 18-22 year old student demographic.

Only 19% of today’s college students are between 18 and 22 years old

The majority of students in college are working adults. They are parents, often juggling two jobs and a family, trying to get ahead. These are people searching for a way to retrain for their second, third or fourth career in the new economy; and each of the parts of the academic process, from curriculum, to delivery need to change to meet changing demands of our society and the demographic of people attending our national academy.

The mission of metaCAMPUS is to promote, develop and support corporate, academic and government technology partnerships

Given each of our core competencies, we found ourselves in a unique position to be able to effect drastic change upon the marketplace and the industry. So we came up with the metaCAMPUS model; which represents the metamorphosis that our institutions need in order to adapt and survive in the 21st century economy.

In many ways the academy is going the way of the music industry or the newspaper industry before it. Brick and mortar schools aren’t going away soon; but in the future, they will fade into the background while more nimble, accountability driven organizations take their place on what people think to be the cutting edge and on the world stage of higher education. Our local community colleges, liberal arts schools, or religious colleges will face being drowned out of the market in the same way we lost the voice of the local papers and private record labels; but with the right strategy, the right digital strategy, they will still have their place and will continue to provide great service to our society.

The mission of metaCAMPUS is to promote, develop and support corporate, academic and government technology partnerships in the time of this great transition to a digital academic era. In many ways this transition has already begun; and we are seeing the start of that with the MOOC movement. metaCAMPUS exists to level the playing field in our nation’s academy and to provide a guiding light in uncertain times.We accomplish this through direct collaboration with academic, corporate and government stakeholders in understanding their needs and providing solutions that are tailored to the specific challenges we see being faced by these groups.

The first of these challenges is in understanding the appropriate infrastructure to support competency based learning. The second is to understand the training and employment needs of corporations and to share this data across relevant organizations like the department of labor and academic institutions to then be able to develop relevant curriculum programs designed around the needs of the workforce. The third is to be able to reach and engage students online about these programs and to provide an interface by which they would be able to share their learning data across these different stakeholder groups in a verified, certifiable way.

The metaCAMPUS suite of solutions is designed to accomplish each of these goals; and our team would be happy to share more about what our partner organizations are doing to promote and develop our unique corporate, academic and government partnerships that will make the metamorphosis of higher education a reality.

Contact our team below for more information regarding metaCAMPUS projects.