Vanderbilt University is partnering with nine other colleges and universities to offer selected undergraduate courses online for credit in a program to be called Semester Online.
The consortium — which includes Brandeis University, Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rochester, Wake Forest University and Washington University (St. Louis) — is the nation's first of its kind.
Semester Online courses will be offered through a virtual classroom environment and interactive platform developed by 2U, which previously was known as 2tor. The platform includes live class sessions connecting students and professors, and a social network that allows students to connect and build relationships with peers online.
“We are especially impressed with the strength of the partnership,” Richard McCarty, Vanderbilt provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, is quoted as saying in a myvu.com article by Melanie Moran (read more here). “2U has taken the lead in drawing together great colleges and universities and we look forward to being an active member of the consortium.”
Online teaching has become a hot area in recent years. Fast Company earlier this year ran a wide-ranging piece on sector leader Coursera.
Two quick hits from the music biz: First, the record label founded by Toby Keith three years ago has extended its joint venture with Universal Records South. Show Dog-Universal will continue to be run by Mark Wright. And secondly, former American Idol contestant Kellie Picker has founded a new label home at Black River Entertainment after spending six years at 19/BNA Records. Black River CEO Gordon Kerr says Pickler is "rooted in and committed to country music and she's genuine. How can you ask for more than that?"
The entity charged with running three hospitals in eastern Middle Tennessee has named Baptist Hospital’s chief medical officer to its board, deepening the ties between Saint Thomas Health Services and Franklin-based Capella Healthcare. According to a statement released today and linked here, Dr. Geoffrey Smallwood has joined the Capella-Upper Cumberland Healthcare Initiatives board, which oversees the joint venture between Capella Healthcare and the UCHI physicians group that includes DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville, Highlands Medical Center in Sparta and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury.
The three hospitals, along with River Park Hospital in McMinnville, are part of the Capella-Saint Thomas joint venture formed late last year.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has given the nod to Duke LifePoint's proposed acquisition of Marquette General Health System, subject to a few conditions. One of those was adding $8 million to the payments the joint venture will make to a community foundation, a extra spoonful that takes the acquisition's price tag to $483 million, or about 90 percent of 2010 revenues.
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