The answer is more than 650. David Raths at Campus Technology recently wrote about how the fastest growing not-for-profit online university does it:
[Kerri Bedrosian, director of eLearning project management for SNHU’s College of Online and Continuing Education] characterizes SNHU’s course development model as “one-to-many.”
“We have an internal team that designs the course, from the outcome to the critical path for summative assessment, all the formative assessment around it, choosing the learning resource, text or e-text, discussions and lectures or overviews,” she said. “All that is designed in-house and built by our production team into Blackboard, our LMS. That becomes our one course model — our master course — and we then copy that out depending on how many sections are needed for that term. The instructor receives a fully completed course. It is great for us because we can ensure a lot of consistency across our sections.”
Fordism has come to higher education. Time will tell whether this is a step forward or backward. The full post is here.