Sep 30th

Fraud rings target online ed programs

Fraud rings target online ed programs
News from AZ Central.com:

by Jahna Berry – Sept. 30, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Online education programs at community colleges and for-profit schools have “serious” vulnerability to financial-aid fraud rings, which have become a growing problem, according to letter by a government watchdog agency made public on Thursday.

The federal letter mentions a “recent” fraud ring at Tempe-based Rio Salado College that led to 64 people indicted, convicted and sentenced for their part in a $ 538,000 financial-aid scam. No further details were available.

Corporate representatives for the U.S.’ largest for-profit school, University of Phoenix, say that they already have aggressive-fraud detection measures in place and that it works closely with federal officials. An analyst said it wa…………… continues on AZ Central.com

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Sep 29th

Idaho to Take Comment on Online Education Rules

Idaho to Take Comment on Online Education Rules
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BOISE • A plan to make Idaho the first state to require students to take at least two credits online will officially go before the public for comment next week.

The state Board of Education said a 30-day comment period will start next Wednesday on the proposed graduation requirement.

“We’ll give those to the board and if there are changes to be made, they’ll be made,” said board spokesman Mark Browning.

The online education requirement would start with the class of 2016 — students who start high school next fall.

The board is expected to gather public comment through October and consider final approval of the online education rule in November, Browning said. The plan garnered heavy opposition at public hearings across Idaho this summer but still won initial approval from the board during a Sept. 9 special meeting.

The public comment period required after the board voted to advance the rule will not start until Oct. 5, Browning said. That’s when the…………… continues on Twin Falls Times-News
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Sep 28th

Idaho to take comment on online education rule

Idaho to take comment on online education rule
News from Houston Chronicle:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to make Idaho the first state to require students to take at least two credits online will officially go before the public for comment next week.

The state Board of Education said a 30-day comment period will start next Wednesday on the proposed graduation requirement.

“We’ll give those to the board and if there are changes to be made, they’ll be made,” said board spokesman
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Getting an e-Ducation
News from Urbanite Baltimore:

Anne Byczkowski knows a thing or two about the hard-fought battle to get an education as an adult. Since she started working at age 18, she got her associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees by going to night school. “Having to travel to class after working a full day and worrying about traffic and getting there on time was very stressful,” she says. “My undergraduate degree took me to five colleges—UMBC, Essex Community College, Catonsville Community College, Carroll Community College, and College of Notre Dame of Maryland—to complete over a fourteen-year span of night school.”

Today, the 41-year-old Columbia resident works full-time in disaster recovery for the federal government and part-time as a consultant for the cooking tool company Pampered Chef. She has a stack of commitments to professional organizations and is raising her 14-year-old stepson with her domestic partner, Rich Lamberti. And on top of it all, she’s back in school—only this time, it looks a little dif…………… continues on Urbanite Baltimore
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Sep 27th

Auditor to consider online review

Auditor to consider online review
News from Education News Colorado:

State Auditor Dianne Ray today received approval to plan an audit of Colorado online education programs, a day after Senate President Brandon Shaffer, D-Longmont, requested an “emergency” audit before the start of the 2012 legislative session.

The Legislative Audit Committee voted 5-3 to authorize Ray to use eight hours of staff time to study the feasibility of such an audit, including whether the work can be done in two phases, thereby providing a preliminary report for Shaffer by January.

The development comes just days before Education News Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network plan to publish an in-depth investigation of Colorado online programs. The series launches this coming Sunday.

Ray told the committee that such performance audits normally take nine months to complete. S…………… continues on Education News Colorado
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Online teaching’s disconnect
News from Los Angeles Times:
To the long list of threats to the quality of an American university education, we can now add another: the rush into online instruction. Universities across the country are under increasing pressure to offer more of their courses over the Internet. The University of California, where I teach, has started offering for-credit online undergraduate courses this year.

In theory, moving online is a win-win for all involved. Students receive instruction at the locations of their choosing, courses become more accessible to working students who can eliminate the overhead of commuting to class, cash-strapped universities broaden their reach and revenue base, and professors can earn extra compensation for putting their courses online.

But amid the enthusiasm for all that is gained, it is also imp…………… continues on Los Angeles Times
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Sep 27th

E-learning ‘adds value to educational efforts’

E-learning ‘adds value to educational efforts’
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When used appropriately, online education is a valuable tool which can add value to a whole range of educational efforts, according to one scholar.

Bryan LeBeau, an educator from the US, said that e-learning is at its best when conveying information appropriate to that medium to the specific segment of the population who are best prepared to learn from it, reports the Leavenworth Times.

In America, three-quarters of institutions offer online learning and the majority report that the courses are a success.

Mr LeBeau states that the future of learning is not purely online, but that it is a cohesive component of the educational system as it evolves and that it gives opportunity for developing online skills.

He predicts – with reference to a survey of colleges around the US – that in ten years’ time, 50 per cent of students will be taking online classes.

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Sep 27th

Why You Should Root for College to Go Online

Why You Should Root for College to Go Online
News from The Atlantic:

If tuition costs slow their fierce rise, it will be because we figure out how to take some elements of college and put them online. How’s that going? Slowly. Very slowly.

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Sep 26th

Government invests ?8.6m in an eLearning Solution

Government invests ?8.6m in an eLearning Solution
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Published on Friday, 23, September, 2011 at 17:47 in Malta News | No Comments

Austin Gatt, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications (MITC) and Stephen Spiteri, Parliamentary Assistant within the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family (MEEF) have today announced an investment of ?8.6m in an eLearning Solution for schools in Malta. The investment, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme (85%), is an important milestone in the strengthening of Malta’s educational system as it will deliver the benefits associated with the merging of ICT and traditional teaching methods to students, teachers and parents alike.

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Sep 23rd

Learning report stirs hard feelings between Cassellius, legislators

Learning report stirs hard feelings between Cassellius, legislators
News from Politics in Minnesota:

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius raised strong objections to a report about online schools from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor. “The report’s suggested changes … could compromise the quality of education for students,” Cassellius wrote. (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Department of Ed. commissioner’s arch reaction termed ‘astounding’

A report by the Minnesota Legislative Auditor that points to flaws in the state’s K-12 online education program is likely to land on the 2012 legislative agenda.

But it wasn’t online education interests that came out of the gate protesting audit director Jim Nobles’ findings. Instead the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) surprised state legislators on both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope…………… continues on Politics in Minnesota
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Online learning and education
News from Leavenworth Times:

As an educator, I am often asked for my thoughts on the future of online learning in higher education. As I commonly find that those who ask have already formed an opinion on the subject, I usually keep my response brief.

I think online education is a valuable tool. It is not the “silver bullet” that many think it is. Neither is it likely to replace more traditional forms of education. But when used appropriately – in conveying information appropriate to that medium to that segment of the population best prepared to learn from it – it will add value to our educational efforts.

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Sep 23rd

Alcatel-Lucent technology ‘could support e-learning’

Alcatel-Lucent technology ‘could support e-learning’
News from Virtual College:

New technology that could support the adoption of e-learning training in the UK has been announced by French telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent.

The VDSL2 Vectoring proposition enables the speeds of existing internet connections to be “dramatically” increased to 100Mbps or more, the company explained.

Announcing the launch, Alcatel-Lucent said several governments have already recognised the important role that universal broadband access has to play in driving the development of e-learning and other services such as e-health.

In order to meet the growing demand for these applications, many network operators have begun looking at ways to accelerate the reach and availability of their broadband services, the organisation said.

More than 1.25 billion households across the world are currently connected to copper broadband lines, meaning demand is likely to be high for technologies that provide effe…………… continues on Virtual College
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Sep 22nd

Women make free online education site

Women make free online education site
News from Daily News & Analysis:

Three city women — Swapna Gupte, Ragini Tandon and Sunila Bhonde — have launched a website, www.sharpeners.in, a unique initiative to provide schoolchildren with syllabus-based educational content in an interesting yet simple and easy to understand format for free.

“The site will provide free quality education to children of all strata,” said Gupte, an info-tech professional who also taught in a school for some time. The women interacted with the media on Wednesday.

The website has been launched for students of standard VI to IX studying in English, semi-English and Marathi mediums and following the state board pattern. The site will also have games and quizzes for extra-curricular development, said Gupte.

The website, claimed the women, would bridge the gap between what is taught in top-tier schools and middle and lower-tier schools by providing quality educational content. Currently, the beta version of the site is available online to give a glimpse of how lea…………… continues on Daily News & Analysis
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