New Future Guide is an online open learning classroom model supporting course instruction.
The website supports instruction and student work-group labs in information systems, telecommunications, operations, distribution, and quality courses. Included are access to classroom lectures, labs, exams, interactive spreadsheets and database applications. Special tools for calculating finance, production, distribution, facilities planning, and quality models are also included. Access to courses is restricted to enrolled students and not listed on this website.
Students develop and publish business websites on free servers. The learning environment is also made possible by using Microsoft Office Integrated Suites for Windows.
The complexity of software suites has increased to levels that require specialization in highly defined and controlled environments. The requirement for specialization has replaced individual ability to do it all.
Increased complexity of networks for security reasons also results in the division of knowledge and performance, and ability to know-it-all. In all fields of science, a similar story is unfolding. What the future holds is unknown for certain.
However, the dynamic of change has taken on a life of its own.
The independent learning environment is receiving support from the online open learning academic community of universities, colleges, and independent organizations. They provide complete courses, programs of study and research references as a public service.
Included are course syllabi, videos of classroom presentations, exams, and reference material. All of this for little, or no cost to the independent learner. See “Online Open Learning” in the footer.
Additional resources are lining up to support learning activity. They are provided by the American Council on Education (ACE), and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), which support independent learners in granting credit towards a professional degree.
The online open learning approach has become available for full-time employees to reach their objective of acquiring a professional degree, at their pace, without interfering in work or family life. As taxpayers, they are currently underwriting education and should, therefore, benefit without the typical cost of a residential degree.
Millions of professionals are at work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics creating tools which are becoming an integral part of our personal communication and performance psyche. The future may be out of the hands of leadership, and just what is that anyway?
Take a close look at Twitter, and the information tweets lead to. It is free-form progress where action level ideas are shared with others of action. The tiered hierarchy of exchanging or engaging has become invisible.
Genesis for this online open learning website is a research report titled Graduate Business and Technology Management Curriculum: Changing Requirements, and is similar to current STEM efforts. Focus of the report was on the practice of managing the integration of business and technology as a multidisciplinary approach. Subjects of the research are logistics and systems engineers in the field of aerospace engineering, foundation of the U.S. space effort.
Although a systems approach had been utilized in industry for decades, academia languished in providing an approach to study, except at a few of the more research oriented universities. The question was, how to accomplish the objective?
Formatting and implementing a successful approach was accomplished by aligning and integrating requirements of several constituencies, stakeholders and policy organizations:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),
Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET),
Industry, academia and government policy leadership. (Research Report)