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Sharing vs. Competing

This statement is applied to journalism, but is highly relevant for educators: “There is a professional transition in the field from an environment where competition was the dominant mode of interacting with other organizations to an era where dividing labor and sharing might serve the public better.”

Sharing is an important strategy for public universities to respond to the of for-profit universities. To date, the sharing has been confined largely to content. Teaching and learning should follow. Educators should co-teach or cross-teach with other universities in a region/province/state/country. While this would likely reduce costs somewhat, that is really a secondary benefit. The key benefit would be better learning experiences for students through more diverse interactions with both peers and with faculty from other regions.

2 Comments

  1. Dale Trott wrote:

    Absolutely agree with this statement, to the effect that I practice what I preach on this standard. If anyone would like to align assessment with me or develop links between programs, I would be more than happy to give it a go. I work in the risk management field and teach in Occupational Health and Safety. I’ve always wanted to align class groups between universities and/or programs. I’m stretching my hand out, anyone want to take it?

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Permalink
  2. Jay Cross wrote:

    The very word Competition has roots in sharing. It originally meant “striving together” to achieve a common goal. Later the word became degraded by selfishness and you-vs.-me. Most words beginning with “co” originate from “cum,” with in Latin. Not against. With.

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 12:43 am | Permalink