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E-business has become a burgeoning field of interaction. Technology breakthroughs have enabled a virtual global market where nearly anyone can offer their wares to an ever-expanding market. Covered within the text are various business models that exist today. They include: Brokerage Model; Advertising Model; Infomediary Model; Merchant Model Virtual; Manufacturer Model; Affiliate Model; Community Model; Subscription Model; and the Utility Model. For the purpose of this paper a hybrid model will be the focus of discussion, delving into the realms of evolving educational delivery systems made possible through e-business.

Community Technology Centers

A Community Technology Center (CTC) is where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet, together with learning opportunities that encourage exploration and discovery. CTCs also provide low-income areas with job-development opportunities, access to social service information, community outreach programs, and the ability to create collaborative alliances with public and private organizations as well as other community members.

Current management philosophy calls for empowering organized skills sets toward completion of goals and objectives. The ‘No Child Left Behind’ scenario invites the community to reclaim their youth through a reformation of social consciousness. Collaborative alliances share responsibility and capitalize on effective use of time, materials, and resources in meeting collective goals. Partnerships create shared ownership of vision and distribute responsibility of task completion in the achievement of the mission, utilizing both click and brick assets. Socially responsible action in creating low-cost solutions for educational content and delivery to the end user creates community utility. Strategic use of performance measurement improves key areas of management concerns, such as resource allocation, organizational learning, internal processes, and external accountability. Sharing resources empowers synergistic capacity building of each participant and strengthens overall performance.

Web-based Delivery Systems

The area of click vs. brick creates utility through the effective use of communication networks and the availability of curriculum bundles for youth and adult learners. Bundles contain a group of programs selected to cover a wide variety of teaching activities proven effective in increasing students’ skills. Stand-alone modules cover specific academic or work-related subject areas that compliment individualized student curriculum. Professional services utilize proven expertise in virtually all areas of educational administration including curriculum design and implementation, grant writing, resource development, and technology. Training and development programs tailored to meet organizational needs are offered through on-site or distance learning delivery methods. Individual programs for professional career enhancement, deliverable to the desktop, provide continuing education requirements and opportunities for community-based leadership development strategies.

Collaborative Alliances

A data center acquired for multiple-uses has many potential benefits, especially in the growing area of charter schools. Low-cost space for server equipment, with 24/7 support, maximizes data delivery and storage costs while protecting investments. ASP is a unified web development platform providing necessary services for data-on-demand applications such as distance learning programs or on-line testing. Increased bandwidth capacity through the data center means better delivery/response time for the end user, which reduces frustration and increases productivity. Charter schools benefit from cost-saving e-mail and web hosting, curriculum delivery and storage, professional services, and technical support. Small businesses, potentially developed by students and/or staff need similar services to manage costs and maintain effective delivery of products and services.

Capacity Building

Capacity building engages public and private entities toward collaborative partnerships to deliver products and services to specific populations. The data center needs to be equipped with cabling and space for server racks, T-1 lines and/or DS3 fiber optic cables with auxiliary power supply to ensure reliable service. Centralized technology service and storage invites industry partnerships to further develop state-of-the-art delivery systems, classroom integration and participation, and e-deliverable products and services to the public, such as for home schooling families. Capacity building of professional resources and services empowers greater efficiency of human resources and increased effectiveness of human action. Educational resources become more affordable to individual sites through collective acquisition and bargaining power. Turn-key educational capacity and business services offer a window of opportunity to would-be entrepreneurs concerned about the future of education and business practices.

Future Development

Collective purchased curriculum packages (bundled or stand-alone) will offer educational programs at greatly reduced costs, increasing access to low-income areas. Increases opportunity for teacher-developed curricula to be made available to large numbers and remunerate the creator in the process. Housing or linking (from main page) a selection of distance learning programs increases exposure and income for educational institutions and development companies offering programs. Community Technology Centers, developed as partnerships with schools, provide additional capacity for adult education programs for acquiring a GED or college credits toward degree programs. Community-based educational programs empower community leaders and members to effectively develop and manage community affairs. Access to social services electronic programs increases quality of life for low-income community members.

CTC Opportunities

Charter schools that choose to work together can reduce curriculum expenses while increasing teacher effectiveness, which means more time with the students and easier lesson planning.  Web hosting services, along with e-mail, provide schools greater exposure with less cost. Internet content filters installed on-site keeps clean content delivery for students and teachers. Non-Profit Organizations benefit through reduced costs, greater accessibility of Internet or Web-related services, while building capacity in the development of the network of organizations and service to the community. Service Organizations can offer assistance, information, and programs while establishing growth in their community network. Discussions, forums, web-based workshops, are made available with ease of data management.

Collaborative alliances and partnerships provide greater ease of focused funding while building capacity throughout the Network of Providers/Users. Groups, both youth and adult, can access ‘clean’ information, communicate with other groups, and provide members with selected products and services specific to their areas of focus. The CTC data center allows organized curriculum delivery through e-business technology while minimizing costs for upgrades of software and hardware. Parents who choose to homeschool their children can have up-to-date State Standard-based curriculum delivered to their home computer at affordable costs. Parents can also refresh themselves on educational processes to help facilitate their student’s learning. Meanwhile, charter schools can also utilize the cost-effectiveness of group purchasing of materials through the CTC’s variety of resources made possible by the collaborative alliances.

Conclusion

Cooperation creates open environments for growth and success through inclusion of the best of each organization’s expertise. This type of e-business allows competitive activity, which has lead to conflict and exclusivity of information, to engage more fully in the market through shared technologies. Collaborative Alliances are the way of future, applying best practices in current management philosophy, which empowers organizations to build capacity through shared resources. Sustainable growth comes from community involvement that is facilitated through the inclusion practices of the organization; developing a community capable of raising the new genre of children through a systems approach to learning. A new paradigm of leadership, based on socially and environmentally responsible action, provides a balance between libertarian and utilitarian methods of personal involvement. The greater good is served through the empowerment of individual skills sets necessary for the program to function. Group(s) alignment with a collective mission allows each individual to serve as an integral part of the whole, empowering participation and results. The synergy of this hybrid model can effectively bridge the click and mortar worlds of business with the growing community educational needs for both youth and adult learners.

E-Curriculum Technology

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The delivery of curriculum through electronic means is a growing trend in America. Using a Community Technology Center (CTC) to compile and deliver e-curriculum serves not only the community of residence; it also allows businesses, home-schoolers, and public and private schools across the nation low cost access to state-of-the-art curriculum. This paper will examine internal and external elements of procurement, supply chain management, and distribution as applied to the development of this project.

Procurement

“Electronic commerce decreases the cost of creating, processing, distributing, storing, and retrieving paper-based information. For example, by introducing an electronic procurement system, companies can cut purchasing administrative costs by as much as 85 percent.” Pg. 62 Several methods are used for electronic procurement of e-curriculum. Cyber savvy teachers with a passion for sharing regularly post their achievements to electronic repositories. Traditional textbook manufacturers are developing their own brand of e-curriculum. Bundled thematic units are being created by teacher collaboratives, electronic curriculum developers, and even companies that are aligning practical academic knowledge bases with real-world applications.

An active procurement process involves setting up extranets with the variety of suppliers as well as curriculum analysts. Procurement also involves leveraging existing systems, resources, and repositories as functional pieces for intranet and extranet purposes, with ultimate application across the Internet and World Wide Web. Using intelligent agents, the results of searches for state-of-the-art curriculum can also categorize and identify preferred curriculum bundles and/or subjects. This feature should increase utility for customer relationship management as well in fulfilling specific requests. In the case of specific curriculum developers, the agents can identify and compare relative factors within examinable parameters on supplier websites and return ranked scores for internal analysts. Intelligent agents can also be used to seek out teacher-made curriculum, contacting potential candidates, and notifying internal resource developers for follow up on potential suppliers. Collaborative alliances will develop as the project evolves because of the nature of educators’ willingness to support a collective approach to solving many of the problems with traditional curriculum delivery.

Supply Chain Management

“A more recent trend, however—direct-to-consumer selling—is driving an even larger logistics shift in the U.S., according to Ron Riggin, vice president and general manager of MARC Global Systems. MARC is a global supply chain execution (SCE) systems provider for tier-one and -two customers at hundreds of sites worldwide. The latest 3PL trend is application hosting, a.k.a. ASP. ASPs disseminate logistics applications over private networks or the Internet from a location other than the customer’s. “The world is moving back to data centers, like 20 years ago when IT occupied the IBM universe,” said Mr. Riggin. “Especially in the last year to 18 months, IT architecture has been moving to the ASP model via intranets. Now, with Web technology, ASPs and 3PLs can deliver software on demand to end users in real time. You get local processing ability but central management.” (Navas, 2003)

Designing the CTC with data center capacity increases electronic disintermediation in the B2C supply chain. Storage of electronic curriculum on local servers increases uptime and deliverability to local clients via intranets and distance clients via extranets and the Internet. Once the hardware infrastructure is in place, intelligent agents will again deliver accessible product for perusal, acceptance or rejection, and categorization for inclusion in the e-catalog of available material or queued for additional screening. Licensing and User Agreements will promote low-cost accessibility for low-income communities, un- or under-employed professionals and small businesses. Through collaborative alliances and consumer survey development, suppliers can further refine products for specific clients and extend their product development potential.

Distribution

Clients will include on-site users at the CTC, home-schoolers, life-long learners, small businesses, and charter, district and private schools. The distribution model includes our ultimate consumer satisfaction, supply chain management, and relationship building marketing model to ensure future growth and sustained use. Although the direct link between producer (in the case of teachers) and consumer may not be possible, the capacity to collect and store data, concerning curriculum, allows an ever-greater market for the individual or collaborative teacher teams.

The CTC infrastructure increases the capability to deliver the e-curriculum through the internal LAN and across intranets, extranets, and the Internet. Special intelligent agents are again involved to monitor access and means of distribution in order to increase customer satisfaction, monitor internal processes within the software systems, and continue quality delivery to end users. In-house servers with DS3 lines ensure enough bandwidth availability during peak accessing times so that the real-time delivery is not interrupted.

It is also conceivable that collaborative alliances will develop as distribution channels grow. Many charter schools are hampered by the high cost of e-curriculum packages that are poorly serviced once they are delivered and installed. Third-party distribution channels will develop through the relationships that are built with schools and small businesses, expanding the delivery capacity of e-curriculum. Using the intranet server within the CTC as an application warehouse helps to reduce maintenance and support problems.

 

References

E-Business Principles and Practices, © 2002, Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing

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E-Business Trends

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E-Business has revolutionized the worlds of business to business, business to consumer, consumer to consumer, business with Government, and Nonprofit relationships. Although e-business is not ubiquitous in its applications to every consumer, niche and target marketing have become a necessary focus of the evolving business models. Products and services offered via the Web are growing at an astounding rate and simultaneously growing the marketing methodologies. This process is not only synergizing marketing strategies; it is transforming the way business is done. Education, across the spectrum of child to adult and life-long learners, is also part of this transformative expansion.

Educational Trends

At the time of this writing there are 116,910 public and private schools with K-12 students in the United States alone, of which 89,508 are public. Virtually every public school is now connected to the Internet. In the US alone, there are over 52 million K-12 school students and 4.2 million K-12 teachers. USD 351 billion was expended on K-12 education in 1999 with an additional USD 232 billion spent on post secondary education, not including vocational, specialty and professional development training. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics) It is also estimated that schools write 25 million purchase orders in a year at a cost of between USD 100 and USD 150 above the actual cost of the product for each requisition. (Source: Lamar Alexander, CEO of Simplexis.com, February 1, 2000). .

The Information Age and the pundits of propaganda (traditional textbook producers) are at war. Public schools, even with the technology that is now being incorporated, are slow to respond to the changes in the learning behaviors of students. The incorporation of the Web in the classroom is underutilized by most students due to the unavailability of technology in the classrooms themselves. Web-based learning, along with the use of LAN and WAN capacity development, is increasing faster than most schools can manage. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that even the best Technology Plans often fall short due to the lack of skills, or resistance to change old teaching patterns within the classroom.

Inclusion of new information regarding the nature of learning, including multiple intelligences and emotional intelligences, puts even more pressure on the professional development of teachers and the need for state-of-the-art curriculum. Some schools have incorporated computer-based instructional programs that have been developed to meet or exceed State Standards for educational proficiency levels, or levels of mastery of the material. These programs incorporate multimedia, which is supposed to make the material ‘interesting’ and ‘fun’ to learn for the students, yet provide little more than clicks and giggles. The ‘giggles’ come from students who think they are ‘getting by’ simply by following the same linear educational philosophy of the industrialists (Dewey, et al.) who created the current system. There is very little challenge for them.

Charter schools that have incorporated these ‘stand alone’ programs often have less-than-adequate teachers at the helm of the classroom, believing that following the bouncing ball (prescribed path) will meet the educational needs of the students. Of course, that is providing that there is adequate technology in the classrooms of the charter schools, which unfortunately is usually not the case. Many schools have donated computers that essentially are the leftovers after companies have upgraded their own. Charter schools, although publicly funded, do not receive the same financial contributions per student as district public schools. This affects the level of utility that a charter school can effectively perform for the community it serves.

CTC Trends

A Community Technology Center (CTC) is where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet, together with learning opportunities that encourage exploration and discovery. Partnerships create shared ownership of vision and distribute responsibility of task completion in the achievement of collaborative missions, utilizing both click and brick assets. Socially responsible action in creating low-cost solutions for educational content and delivery to the end user creates community utility.

“Enormous resources are being spent in the public and private sectors on education and workforce development. Last year, an estimated $5.7 billion was spent on technology in schools alone. The challenge here is not finding resources but deploying them effectively. There have been many experiments deploying technology and training in low-income communities over the last decade. These promising models, from technology training programs for youth to online content development efforts, provide useful lessons for going to scale — lessons not yet widely applied. There is a growing constituency for these issues: business leaders concerned with a quality workforce, parents who want opportunities for their children, and educators and others who want to see technology tools for youth not only in schools but in after-school programs, housing facilities, faith institutions and libraries. Elected officials are interested in technology, workforce, and education issues and are ready to move ahead with policies that suit their districts and state.” (Children’s, 2003)

E-Content Forces

Global E-commerce revenue will top USD 1.1 trillion by 2002, up from USD 15 billion in 1997, according to recent estimates from Deloitte Consulting. (Source: Forrester Research) The following figure charts the increasing activity of the internet sector and projects continued acceleration in growth over the next few years.

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The US is expected to generate the majority of the total Internet generated revenue, USD 842 billion. The rest of the world’s regions together would generate the remaining USD 300 billion. The Asian market is predicted to generate USD 50 billion in revenue. In addition, there are 92 million US and Canadian web surfers over the age of 16 and another 150 million people worldwide who actively use the Internet. Over 60 percent of these surfers shop on-line. By the end of 2005, it is predicted the global market will grow to over 300 million surfers of who 225 million will shop on-line. Nearly 70 percent of this Internet “universe” will be outside of North America. (Source: The Computer Industry Almanac, December 1999)

“The great untold story of online commerce is that business-to-business sales have already eclipsed the higher-profile business-to-consumer (B2C) market by a long shot. Annual B2B e-commerce is projected to soar from $34 billion in 1998 to $1 trillion by 2003, according to Forrester Research, while the consumer market swells from $7.8 billion to $108 billion in the same period.” (Source: Business 2.0, September 1999) According to the Gartner Group, 7% of the forecasted USD 15 trillion total global sales transactions will be done through B2B e-commerce. Updated figures by the Gartner Group on January 26, 2000 estimated the B2B market to grow from USD 145 billion in 1999 to USD 7.29 trillion in 2004.
Differentiation

The target market for this project includes K-12 learners, young adults, and life-long learners. These individuals are in public and private schools, at home, and at various places of employment throughout the world. The CTC framework allows low-cost accessibility of curriculum, assessment, and State reporting as a result of data storage and retrieval capacity within the local data center and direct links with similar facilities nationwide. Features and functions of the CTC website include most of the standard models of e-business, such as shopping carts, real-time inventory (ASP feedback), customer service (on and off-line), product information and catalog, customization for specific programs, wish lists, and intelligent agents. Marketing to educators, schools, home-learners, training and development departments, correctional facilities, and other potential clientele will occur through a combination of e-direct, reciprocal links, industry publications (on and off-line), and referral networks. Benefits of this project/program include time-saving lesson development and topic-specific thematic units, low-cost access (shared resource), training and development templates for ease of instruction, career and professional development for working professionals and life-long learners.

Conclusion
Educational reformation is unavoidable and is happening whether we like it or not. Much of this process is happening through underdeveloped or underutilized programs and click and mortar structures caught in paradigm paralysis. This paradigm paralysis occurs because there are no new models, no working examples, of what is truly necessary to develop strong youth and adult learning programs and ultimately a strong community. It is apparent by our ‘walled communities’ that we have forgotten the essence of what makes us strong as a nation. Sustainable growth comes from community involvement that is facilitated through the inclusion practices of the organization; developing a community capable of raising the new genre of children through a systems approach to learning.

References
Children’s Partnership, The, Young Americans and the Digital Future Campaign, (2003) [WWW document] URL: http://www.childrenspartnership.org/youngamericans/overview.html

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