Here is a chance for a consultancy which I have had to pass by because of other commitments/contractual arrangements:
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an extensive literature review and environmental scan of online learning related to the productivity of postsecondary education institutions. By drawing from international comparisons and community/institution best-practice, the idea is to better understand the cost and quality implications of online learning and how the productivity of postsecondary education systems and institutions might be enhanced.
HEQCO is an independent agency of the Government of Ontario (Canada) that conducts research and provides objective advice to government on matters that improve the accessibility, quality, and accountability of Ontario’s public colleges and universities. In order to accomplish this mandate, HEQCO employs a multifaceted research approach with a view to developing meaningful policy recommendations that inform the postsecondary education community in Ontario, Canada, and around the world.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, August 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM.
To request the complete copy of the RFP, please send an email to the following address: RFP@heqco.ca. For more detailed information about the RFP process itself, please view the following website: http://heqco.ca/en-CA/Research/Requests%20for%20Proposals/Pages/Home.aspx. You can find information about HEQCO at www.heqco.ca
I have to say, if it was left to me, I would just tell them how online learning can enhance productivity, without having to do the literature review – but that’s not what they are asking for.
Feel free to search this site for references, under the tags ‘costs’, ‘benefits’, ‘productivity’, ‘barriers’, ‘quality standards’ if you want to do the study. (Now how about that for improving productivity).
And good luck if you win the bid.