Virtual teams gone to the next level. And, ahem, they're in my beloved home state of Pennsylvania, or, as my father preferred to call it, Penciltucky.
According to Tamar Lewin ("For Colleges, Small Cuts Add Up to Big Savings"), who follows education for The New York Times, budget cuts caused some virtual creativity to transpire between two colleges, one near Philadelphia, the other on the opposite side of Harrisburg:
At Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., the women’s swim team held a “virtual swim meet” with Bryn Mawr College, in Pennsylvania, about 112 miles away. Each team swam in its home pool, then compared times to determine the winners. (“We probably saved $900 on bus travel,” said William G. Durden, Dickinson’s president.)
Interestingly, all the other anecdotes in the story are about typical cost-saving measures, like cutting out a traditional bus tour, eliminating window washing, and picking up trash weekly rather than daily.
I wonder how many other places are being as creative as Dickinson and Bryn Mawr. And I wonder who won. Just spent about half an hour searching for the results and for reactions from students, trying to find out how the whole thing worked. How, in fact, did they "compare times?" Did they have video? Audio? If anyone knows, please post. This is interesting!