An OPM Debate: 11 Colleagues in 32 Tweets

What are we really talking about when we talk about the online program management industry?

January 30, 2019
 

Who will step up to the online program management challenge? This is a question that I asked last week in "Inside Digital Learning." I asked that question as a follow-up to my piece the week before on "The Need for a Values-Based Case for OPMs."

Over the last few days, there has been an extraordinary conversation about OPMs, universities, nonprofit/for-profit partnerships and the future of online education occurring on Twitter.

Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University, kicked off the discussion with this tweet:

Lisa Baird then got the ball rolling:

Here is where things got really interesting. Trace Urdan, managing director at Tyton Partners, tweeted to the heart of the OPM debate:

Matthew pushed back, calling out the innovations of nonprofit institutions in the online learning space:

Trace was having none of it:

Then Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U, jumped in:

Matthew and Trace go back and forth:

Paxton Riter, founder and CEO of iDesign, jumps into the fray:

As does Burck Smith, CEO at StraighterLine:

Rahim Rajan, deputy director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, then makes some important points:

To which Trace responds:

Kristen Eshleman, director of digital innovation at Davidson College, then asks for some specifics:

Trace and Rahim continue the conversation:

To then be joined by University of Texas at Arlington professor George Siemens:​

Jason Palmer, general partner at New Markets Venture Partners and former deputy director at Gates, brings his voice to the conversation:

And the debate continues:

How would you answer our 11 colleagues?

What do you think of Twitter as a place to have these debates?

How can we move these discussions into a more durable platform, one with a better signal-to-noise ratio than Twitter?

Where should we be having this discussion about OPMs?

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