Leaders at 13 major research institutions are considering creating their own standards and infrastructure for online classes. A position paper, released by the group, proposed the development of a common framework for online courses that would maintain partnerships while limiting their reliance on education-technology companies. "The hope is that we can collaborate around a set of principles for infrastructure that might allow us to take back control over that part of our mission," Lauren Kay Robel, provost of Indiana University at Bloomington, said.

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