When I started My three years Computers masters in India I never realized at start The flexibility , innovation, personalisation and creativity aspect of it.
Just to give you clue:
Look At possibility Senario:
I used to ask many people about each new course started by university. In this process I happened to meet one of my old Foxpro system tutor. Who was doing MBA?
There was subject on ISO:27001 (do not remember exact Code) . I was told there is no book in market so university has created a book in India and University was present for 1 billion people in india but only 250 people enrolled for this.
In case here people enrolled in year 1999 were from cities situated 1000 kms away within India.
Look carefully this data. Why only 250 when there in no restriction on students who can enroll?
First: Though there was huge need but no fulltime-institute was teaching. Why? They will not get all student in one place. only few were aware about importance of this course.
So it was like 1 learner from London, 1 in tokyo, 5 in bejing , 3 in calcutta, 4 in delhi.
All those people only realized importance of this subject because they can relate its importance due there readings and direct work.
Second: Now institute can enrol student worldwide thus have critical mass to run program or course which only few people realize importance of yet it was critical.
Third: Due to scale it could publish and bring Expert to create relevant material as it can enroll people any place…. across globe.
In My case of 3 years degree: We had choice of choosing our own teacher for subject that was good as well bad. Good We had scientist from best laboratory available to teach.
– We had rented a computer lab in insitute and were running cases there.
We had choice of picking teacher who were teaching subjects they worked many years.
And since they do not have to depend on institution for pay instead they collect fee directly from us and had better incentives thus. These Scientist were working in best labs in the area of study for years.
– We could enroll in any Extra courses in any other university along with it.
– So first year I enrolled Extra Computer Graphics + ERP oriented DOEACC ‘A’ level which were no taught in 20+ courses + project We had in masters.
and a PGDIT with had modern Oracle, java but our university was teaching COBOL, FORTRAN, PASCAL, LISP, C++.
– Second year was slow down :I choose 1 subject which ultimately provided me second job in operation research.
– Third year I went into intern ship with local firm + insecure slow down led me to take MA Economics (1 year) on distance mode along. I did learned Econometrics basics.
So By End I had 20+ course from best teacher in town, intern-ship, plus another 20+ Extra courses.
Lets see how can such less people can relate to it?
from this calculation you can see only 3% people can reach employability status to think beyond what extra is required?
Two things : First People had choice to customize