Ever since we started brainstorming the concept of an integrated online environment in higher education, one question has come up over and over.

So, are you talking about one huge system?

The answer is always “no,” we’re talking about integrating countless on- and off-campus services. However, that’s usually not enough. So, I drew this picture. It’s a first draft. What do you think? Suggestions? Submit a comment.

12/2/08 - Updated to replace references to higher education with organizations, in general, to create  permanent URL for the source image, and to add Creative Commons license.

6/27/09 – Uploaded PDF version to replace GIF.

Jay Collier

5 Comments

  1. Jay, it reminds me of those charts in old science books about the relative sizes of the planets; Web 3.0+ is obviously Jupiter! The graphic is aimed at quite a web-savvy audience, I would say, what with all those icons for various products and/or services….

    Tom

  2. You captured both of my main points perfectly. First, this evolution is a question of expansion — toward a red dwarf, maybe? Second, there are a lot of people and services in the space, and more every day. I’m hoping the big-picture message comes through as well as enough detail to make the savvies happy: each icon should mean something significant … to someone, I hope!

  3. Here’s another question that just came in: “How can an IKE help academic institutions with the issue of the continually-rising cost of journal publications?”

    Since a major value of scholarly journals is in the process of vetting content by trusted experts in the field, then as long as an open-source publishing ecosystem allows for clearly-defined workflow actions, then it can serve as a robust environment for scholarly publishing — and any other type of knowledge sharing.

    There’s a good discussion about this topic over at HASTAC.

  4. hello, be better if this was also accessible via pdf, so one could browse and expand, allowing content to be actually accessible?


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