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Abraham commented on Freemium + Open Source = Freemium Source Education

Joanna, 

Sorry for the late reply. I attend the University of Texas at Austin and am pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems. I understand that the sponsorship might be difficult to replicate across all levels, however the concept should remain somewhat stagnant. This will help the students better understand the material that they are provided. Now I know that History might be one of those where sponsorship could be hard to replicate, but there could be an online option to further reduce the cost of a student enrolling in the course. 

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Abraham commented on Freemium + Open Source = Freemium Source Education

Hello Patricio,

Yes! This is what I had in mind as students get to the upper division course work. Some classes, however, will be charged at different rates as they would encompass popular topics and professors to teach. This will help the educational institution to collect revenue dependent on the quality of their servcies, as well as allowing students too save money on courses they are not too enthusiastic about but splurging a bit on the ones that are!!

Thanks for the link to making the User Experience Map. I will definitely utilize it and upload that soon. This will make it easier to follow my thought process behind my idea.

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Abraham commented on Freemium + Open Source = Freemium Source Education

Hello Joanna,

Im not too sure who pushed for the course but my professor finds industry experts and heavily experience professionals to come talk about their roles and careers. A lot of them are project sponsors for the course. Project's are assigned to group member and we coordinate with the sponsors to get better perspectives on how to gather information and complete our projects. For example, my team is currently creating a framework on the differences between On-Premises software or Cloud (SaaS). We will develop a systematic plan to help consult people onto which path to take. We have interviewed many experts (PwC consultants, WholeFoods IT directors, Amazon Web Services Professionals) all pointed our way by our project sponsor.

Taking this same approach for all basic core curriculum could help the university develop free courses. The professionals in my class take time off their work and come in at no charge (I'm sure my professor talks to them and coordinates the best time for them to come and speak). This has captivated my attention and has brought better insight over the field of IT Security (the course topic). I am sure that this will do the same for other courses. By bringing in interesting topics, the university will look more appealing to students and drive in future revenues as they begin charging students for upper division course work. This is would allow students to save a huge deal of money by eliminating up to two years of course work and find insight into their major of choice. This will prove to be attractive to the university because it allows them to capture a larger population of students due to their tailored education system.

As far as partnerships, Universities could begin with their alumni association. Many will gladly be willing to partake in such course work - especially if they could teach just a lecture or two. Also, Business could provide such services as a way to attain Corporate Social Responsibility. A lot of business donate to schools as it is so why not utilize their professional staff to add even more value to an educational institution.