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Mike DiPietro

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How are you going to differentiate your online learning business?

We exhibited at the DevLearn show in Las Vegas last week, and it was an interesting experience. Well, of course just being in Las Vegas is an interesting experience. But more relevant to the interests of our blog readers is the experience we had in our conversations with conference attendees.

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Online programs in higher ed: Who determines strategy? Excellence or standardization?

ExtensionEngine’s perspective — We believe that online strategy should be set at the highest levels and that excellence should be prioritized over standardization. What did recent webinar attendees think?

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How to choose an Online Program Manager (OPM)

It used to be simple. If a university wanted to create an online program, they had two choices. One was to outsource to an Online Program Manager (OPM). The other was to do it in-house. Neither was perfect, but both had advantages.

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Two biggest mistakes management consultants make with online learning

Management consultants sit prominently on the leading edge of business — which explains why so many of them have implemented online learning programs.

Educational outreach that teaches basic and advanced business skills can not only be a profitable venture in its own right, but it can also help a consultancy to differentiate in the market, leverage their intellectual property or brand, generate new client relationships, and consolidate long-term relationships with existing clients.

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Why market competition matters when choosing an online learning platform

Your platform is the face of your online learning business. It is not just a place for learners to access stored content and videos — your online learning platform is essentially the product that you are selling.

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Think like a product company

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“Online learning businesses have it all wrong—they are not thinking like a product company.”

Every day, we speak to universities, nonprofits and corporations who are looking to put their training or education online with the goal of generating revenue, creating impact or influencing an audience. And these conversations are very similar – people usually anchor their thinking to the existing and ask “how do we create an online course.”

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ExtensionEngine Named One of Eduventures EdTech Companies to Watch

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We’re delighted to learn that ExtensionEngine has been included as one of Eduventures’ EdTech Companies to Watch.

At ExtensionEngine, we are shifting the conversation about online learning. We challenge institutions to think beyond the limitations of out-of-the-box learning technology and cookie-cutter courses created by revenue sharing engagements with online program managers (OPM). For those who create courses in-house, we encourage them to avoid limiting online learning and pedagogy to what traditional LMS solutions and off-the-shelf 

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Poll: Biggest challenges for developing online programs — and opinions on viable solutions

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This week, I had the pleasure of conducting a webinar with Howard Lurie, Principal Analyst, Adult and Online Learning at Eduventures. The topic was Building Online Programs Without an OPM.

Conventional OPMs, estimated to be used by about 15-20% of universities in the U.S., are a popular option to outsource online degree program development, management, and marketing in return for a share of the revenue. In the webinar, we discussed the pros and cons of this model and also introduced an alternative model: professional services firms (e.g., ExtensionEngine).

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Developing the Minimum Lovable Course for External Training

We would like to bring your attention to a webinar we recently presented with one of our clients, Fitch Learning. The webinar, Choosing a Platform for Revenue-Generating Online Training, provides a succinct and understandable breakdown of when to develop a custom learning experience — such as those we create — versus relying solely on a traditional learning management system (LMS).

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What Does the Purdue - Kaplan Deal Mean to Other Top Tier Universities?

The bombshell hit last week - Purdue University was acquiring Kaplan University.

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