Traditional colleges are seeking ways to develop their own online programs in an effort to cut costs and create more relevant programs that fit the lifestyles of their students. A consortium of universities called the Committee of Institutional Cooperation consists of 13 research colleges made up of the big ten universities in the U.S. It has met and presented a positional paper on possible efforts to develop their own online platforms. Some of the reasons beyond the economic need and decreased state funding is that they purchase products from third party vendors. There is a feeling that they are not in control of the platform and that they could develop something that better suits their needs. The decision to collaborate has not been finalized but they are moving in that direction. Their vision for online collaboration includes the following: 1.) Majority of members indicate that collaborative online learning would be of benefit to them. 2.) The CourseShare progr
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