I've read with much interest some scattered postings regarding this subject. That's why I would like to start a new thread about this.
- What are the pros and cons?
- What's the future?
It would be great to hear the opinion of people in different positions (sys admins, teachers, administration officials, politicians, ... or whoever is involved in this subject). Personally I am currently trying to establish a concept which I believe could have some potential to solve certain disadvantages of both, centralization and decentralization.
A first draft of pros and cons from my part ready for being discussed:
|Decentralication (one system per each department)...|
In my opinion it is also interesting that for instance regarding the quality we have two opposite aspects:
- the non-technical quality for the learner, teacher
- the technical quality
I have a concept in mind where departments of the same field (in my case math departments - but I think it would be interesting in general) are sharing the infrastructure. Does it has the potential to resolve some of the pros and cons? Would it support collaboration between different departments in the same field? (e.g. collaborative creation of high quality learning content?)
One problem could be that sharing the infrastructure like this could in fact lead to an even more centralized (bigger) IT infrastructure. On the other hand, it could be managed and controlled by the community itself which could be attractive (in the case of the math departments for instance by national mathematical societies or the IMU etc...).
I am very curious about your opinions!