Original idea from San Diego Meetup, November 10th:
- Facilitate collaboration between businesses & universities TK
- Restructuring the classroom experience into a more community-based, hybrid model, including:
- online learning
- professional mentorship
- community participation & support
- traditional classrooms
Update from San Diego Meetup, December 8th:
This model is set up so that tuition will cost less at the beginning, as satellite campuses are sponsored by a network of universities and organizations, reducing campus overhead, with some classes taught at MOOCs, some mixed and some in physical proximity within the satellite locations.
As the student gets closer to graduation, the tuition becomes more expensive; however, there is also more business/corporate involvement, leaving the opportunity for a corporate sponsorship to offset the cost of tuition.
**See more in our MOOCs-to-Mentorship persona and user journey doc (attached)**
Update from San Diego Meetup, January 12th:
Our primary objective is to address the needs of low-income students.
The MOOCs-to-Mentorship initiative addresses low-income students’ needs by subsidizing the cost of higher education through the federal government.
MOOCs-to-Mentorship has a multi-pronged value proposition, targeting three (3) key players in the US higher education ecosystem: Students, Government, Corporations.
- Students: Making affordable education accessible through government funding.
- Government: Maximizing the government return on education investments
- Corporations: A better prepared entry-level workforce
MOOCs-to-Mentorship is built on the following assumptions:
- Student is qualified to enter college
- Student wants a 4-year degree
- Government will continue current level of funding for education
- We will be able to find attractive community facilities
- This model will meet accreditation requirements
- MOOCs will continue to be viewed as a viable education model
- The involvement of mentors will lead to more job opportunities
- Universities will participate in a nationwide co-op
- A significant percentage of the higher education cost is spent on facilities
- Schools can accommodate an increase in on-campus residents in years 3 and 4
Update from San Diego Meetup, January 19th:
We've developed a mockup wireframe of the MOOCs-to-Mentorship webpage ("M2M.edu") to be used as prototype for MOOCs-to-Mentorship affordable higher ed initiative.
Most important questions to answer:
- Will students be able to comprehend the full benefit(s) of the M2M initiative based solely on this infographic?
- Will this infographic convince students/visitors to request more information when they reach the bottom of the page?
Check out what we're working on behind the scenes at the OpenIDEO San Diego Meetup Community page on Google+.