Jan 31st

Online education provides an alternative

Online education provides an alternative
News from Daily Trojan Online:

With college tuition continuing to rise with no guarantee for jobs after graduation, some prospective college students might choose alternative paths to education.

Jovanna Tosello | Daily Trojan

Because of the increase in costs, enrolling for a postsecondary education online has become an attractive option — not a last resort.

The virtual classroom experience provides a viable alternative that students can take advantage of to improve their desired skills.

Udemy, a company launched in 2010, provides an online platform that allows anyone to build online courses or to take courses geared toward their topics of interest. Instructors decide how much to charge for their courses, but many courses are free.

The website’s slogan, “Academy of You,” appeals to many students searching for accessible, affordable and personal education. Courses offered range from business topics to how to build a blog from scratch. Many competitive higher education institutions, such as University of Cambridge, Stanford University and UC Berkeley are already setting up classes on Udemy’s website.

Many universities have created their own websites similar to Udemy to provide virtual classr…………… continues on Daily Trojan Online

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First Annual ‘Smart Choice’ Rankings of the Best Online Colleges and …
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/PRNewswire/ — Online education and career information website SuperScholar published its first annual “Smart Choice” ranking of the top 25 online colleges and universities for undergraduate degrees for 2012. The ranking can be found at http://www.superscholar.org/best-online-colleges/.

SuperScholar editors developed the “Smart Choice” ranking as a tool to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest in their education. The ranking helps fill a void in quality, unbiased rankings and reviews of online colleges and universities that offer distance learning. In order to be considered for inclusion in the ranking an institution had to be a regionally accredited college or university listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database and offer online bachelor degree programs in multiple disciplines (specialty schools focused on a narrow range of subjects were excluded). Schools that passed this initial screening process were then ranked by editors based on each school’s perceived market credibility and prestige, academic quality, support for students, and student satisfaction.

Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts earned the honor of the top “Smart Choice” un…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Jan 31st

Bored to death by elearning? Part 2

Bored to death by elearning? Part 2
News from TrainingZone.co.uk:

  • Escaping the straitjacket of your authoring tool

In his second article on elearning, Andrew Jackson explores a radically different approach to elearning development which helps make courses truly engaging and relevant for learners.

‘Engaging’ and ‘interactive’ are two words much used (and abused) when describing elearning. These two adjectives usually refer to the interactions available in most elearning authoring tools. Intended to help developers create interesting content, these interactions have, in reality, become a straitjacket – stifling creativity and imagination. They have largely failed in their intended purpose: to stop learners getting bored.

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Jan 30th

K12 International Academy Designated Official Online Education Provider for …

K12 International Academy Designated Official Online Education Provider for …
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — K12 Inc., the nation’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school, today announced that its online private school, K12 International Academy™, has been selected as the exclusive partner of United States Tennis Association Player Development.  Through this partnership, many of the country’s top junior tennis players will be able to take advantage of the individualization and flexibility provided through K12’s online private school.

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USTA Player Development is a full-time, comprehensive training program that helps the nation’s top junior tennis players reach the top of their game.  The program aims to develop world-class players through a defined training structure and competitive pathway.

The K12 International Academy, a fully accredited online private school serving students in kindergarten through high school worldwide, allows students to learn on their own schedule, at their own pace, and in a setting best suited for them. Combining excellent teachers with high quality curriculum and web-based courses developed by K12, the school de…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Lessons and Legacies from Stanford’s Free Online Classes
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Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decid…………… continues on MindShift

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Jan 29th

Online education for K-12 students is growing

Online education for K-12 students is growing
News from kypost.com:

Computers have long had a place in many classrooms, but what about learning online completely? The number of full time online K-12 students is growing.

An estimated quarter of a million students in kindergarten through 12th grade were enrolled in full-time online schools last year, a 25 percent increase over the previous year.

Some parents choose online schools because their children are struggling in ordinary ones, and others do so for their flexible schedules.

K12 Inc., a for-profit company, runs many of programs contracting with school districts that receive state aid for online education.

“Five years ago we were about one-fifth the size we are now,” said Ron Packard, founder of K12 Inc. “I would expect, you know, we’ve grown five-fold over that period, so we’ll probably do so again over the next 5 to 10 years. This is a movement that is just beginning.”

In 2010, the U.S. Education Department said more studies were needed to determine how effective online education is for students.

The National Education Association, a teacher’s union, supports using online content in traditional schools, but questions whether learning online full-time is the best approach.

“There’s so much more to learning than content acquisition. There’s socialization. There’s discussion in classroom,” teacher Jessica Henry said. “You’ve got to be…………… continues on kypost.com

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Education Notes: UWG online programs receive high ranking
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Published Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Education

From Staff Reports

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The University of West Georgia was ranked 26th in the nation in the area of Online Student Services and Technology and 27th in the nation in the area of Online Faculty Credentials and Training, according to U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever national ranking of online educational programs.

These rankings were also the highest of any institution in Georgia.

UWG’s online degree programs offer students the convenience of attending class on their own time and work well for working students and other non-traditional students.

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‘EVENING FOR ABAC’ TO FEATURE MITCHELL STORY

The annual “Evening for ABAC” scholarship fundraiser at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on March 2 will feature the one-woman show “Mrs. John Marsh — The World Knew Her as Margaret Mitchell”, written by ABAC alumna Melita Easters.

Easters’ play tells the story of the reclusive author’s life before and after she became a publishing sensation with her novel, “Gone With The Wind.” The play includes an audio visual component of rarely published photographs and newsreel…………… continues on Newnan Times-Herald

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Jan 27th

E-learning index shows improvements in online learning implementation

E-learning index shows improvements in online learning implementation
News from Virtual College:

A report has been compiled to help schools, universities and organisations see the significant benefits that e-learning can bring.

US higher education marketing information and technology services company EducationDynamics released its 2011-12 eLearning Index, which includes a five-year trends analysis to show how the distance learning sector has grown.

Carol Aslanian, senior vice president of Aslanian Market Research at EducationDynamics, said: “This incredible resource takes the guesswork out of the online education market, enabling institutions to better determine what program levels, fields of study and majors will serve students best, while also providing return on investment.”

She added that for the past five years the index has provided a comprehensive resource for colleges and universities as they develop their online program and course offerings.

The index looked at more than 3,400 degree programs in more than 200 institutions and found that the most popular areas of study that had successfully implemented e-learning as part of their curriculum were health professions business, humanities and social sciences.

Other subjects that were popular for their use of online learning were law and criminal justice.

The report revealed that health subjects have risen from number three to number one in the pas…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jan 26th

Why I Chose Online Education: Meredith Hart

Why I Chose Online Education: Meredith Hart
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Meredith Hart earned her online M.B.A. from Walden University.

College education takes all sorts of shapes these days, as students more often choose nontraditional routes to a degree. Many people of different ages, backgrounds, and career goals are now looking to online education programs. Here’s why one person chose an online degree.

The name on Meredith Hart’s LinkedIn profile proudly reads, “Meredith Hart, MBA.” The degree that she includes next to her name was earned online, as she worked days that sometimes lasted until 10 p.m. at a local ad agency in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She first earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from University of South Carolina, and then tried a few internships and jobs. In these positions, Hart began to realize that she could benefit from more education in marketing.

Hart sought out an

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Jan 26th

Canadian schools ‘falling behind with e-learning implementation’

Canadian schools ‘falling behind with e-learning implementation’
News from Virtual College:

Schools in Canada are failing to fully embrace the idea of e-learning, a new report has found.

A study by the Society for Quality Education suggested that Canadians are falling behind in the number of virtual learning opportunities provided to students and that a lack of use of the internet in schools could damage youngsters’ qualifications.

Paul Bennett, an education consultant and author of the study, said: “We lost the competitive edge because we didn’t follow up the infrastructure and the deployment of computers to the schools with any meaningful initiatives to lower the walls and open the doors to online learning.”

He added teacher union contracts that contain a number of clauses relating to e-learning and administrative concerns about internet access could both result in a reluctance to fully integrate the learning experience with virtual solutions.

“It was a critical issue five years ago,” Mr Bennett commented. “Before cell phones became ubiquitous and smartphones became something that every child had to have.”

However, Michael Barbour, an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and one of the authors of the report, suggested that online learning in the North American country is thriving.

“Canada along with New Zealand are probably the two jurisdictions where unions have been most supportive of K…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jan 26th

Professor leaving Stanford for online education startup

Professor leaving Stanford for online education startup
News from msnbc.com:

When a Stanford University professor first offered a free online version of his “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” class, he attracted 160,000 students from around the world. Now he has given up his tenured academic position to create a startup that could deliver university-level education for low cost to anyone with an Internet connection.

The move by Sebastian Thrun, a computer scientist who has worked on Google’s self-driving cars, came as a surprise announcement first reported by Reuters at the Digital Life Design conference held in Munich, Germany, Jan. 22-24. But his startup idea, called Udacity, joins a growing number of tech-driven efforts to revolutionize the traditional classroom model that has prevailed for hundreds of years.

“Having done this, I can’t teach at Stanford again,” Thrun said. “You can take the blue pill and go back to your classroom and lecture to your 20 students, but I’ve taken the red pill and I’ve seen Wonderland.”

Thrun cited the inspiration of Salman Khan, a hedge fund analyst in Boston, who first created online videos about math to tutor his younger cousins. Khan has since created more than 2,700 videos for the nonprofit Khan Academy wit…………… continues on msnbc.com

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Chico State Ranks High for Online Education
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A new report has ranked California State University, Chico among the highest regarding online instruction, including faculty credentials and training, according to U.S. News & World Report’s assessment of online programs.

The magazine ranked national private and public universities that responded to surveys in three areas: Faculty Credentials and Training, Student Services and Technology and Student Engagement and Assessment. CSU, Chico was ranked 14th out of 55 universities for the quality of its faculty for online instruction.

“Chico State was the leader in the distance education field for a very long time before the Internet was a viable option,” said Kathy Fernandes, director, Academic Technologies, CSU, Chico. “Our current Internet implementation of online education uses a learning management system and virtual classroom software and provides faculty with special mediated rooms. Instruction originates with faculty in those rooms with both live and online students together. The model is unique to Chico. We have been using it since 1999.”

“Our long history in distance education helped us achieve a high ranking in the faculty credentials and experience area,” said Jeff Layne, director, Distance Education, CSU, Chico. “For example, of the 42 faculty teaching in the Chico Distance & Online Education program in fall 2010 and spring 2011, 18 had more th…………… continues on KHSL

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Jan 24th

elearning-training.com proves the efficiency of eLearning for the …

elearning-training.com proves the efficiency of eLearning for the …
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

The successful uptake of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning fundamentals courses and a pass rate of 91% on the City & Guilds 2079 – F-gas regulations training packages proves that eLearning is suitable for a highly technical field such as refrigeration and air conditioning engineering.

London, UK (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

elearning-training.com was a pioneer in the introduction of eLearning to the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry. It is a revolutionary project with the aim of offering CPD and theoretical underpinning knowledge to the HVACR industry world-wide.

elearning is an efficient tool for businesses to train employees. It can standardise knowledge throughout the whole company, across different locations and even countries, significantly condensing the time engineers spend studying, whilst reducing travelling and accommodation fees as the training can be carried out from anywhere at anytime.

According to John Fraser, MD of Operations at Star Refrigeration ” elearning adapts the learning to the student’s needs and takes away the pressure of studying”. The learning content displayed on the elearning-training.com website is managed by a LMS that assigns courses to users and offers corporations employee reports on course interaction including automatic generation of Dip…………… continues on San Francisco Chronicle

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EducationDynamics Releases 2011-12 eLearning Index; Reveals Compelling Trends …
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EducationDynamics Releases 2011-12 eLearning Index; Reveals Compelling Trends in Online Education

EducationDynamics, higher education’s leading marketing information and technology services company, today released its 2011-12 eLearning Index, complete with five-year trends and analysis. The annual report delivers the most comprehensive review of the online education market currently available, providing unparalleled intelligence to help colleges and universities as they consider entering the market or expanding their catalog of online programs. The index evaluates data from more than 3,400 degree programs offered by more than 200 accredited institutions, and not only reveals the most popular online degrees, but also highlights growth opportunities related to areas of study where prospective student demand is not yet met.

 

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Jan 24th

Online Education: The Future

Online Education: The Future
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It all started with a few videos that Khan recorded for tutoring his cousin. Little did he know that he would soon be filling in the void that existed amongst those in the need of free quality education. The tremendous popularity of his home videos, eventually led to what is today one of the widely accessed tutorial websites in the worldwww.khanacademy.com. With the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google Foundation, the academy caters to thousands of students per day…………… continues on Times of India

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Why I Chose Online Education
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College education takes all sorts of shapes these days, as students more often choose nontraditional routes to a degree. Many people of different ages, backgrounds and career goals are now looking to online education programs. Here’s why one person chose an online degree.

Mike Mayle followed an interesting route to an online degree. He began his academic career at Ohio State University, majoring in audio engineering because, as a teenager, he says, he wanted to pursue something “arty and cool.”

But Mayle (right) felt restless at school, walked into a recruiter’s office as a sophomore, and then spent six years in the Navy. Afterward, he used the G.I. Bill, which provides college tuition benefits to veterans, and studied at Community College of Philadelphia, where he worked construction jobs and played in a few bands on the side. He later attended Temple University and received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2004.

Since 2007, Mayle has been working at Turnkey, a recruiting firm for sports and entertainment groups, where he’s now the chief technology officer. In 2008, he decided to pursue his master’s degree online — a goal he had from his OSU days — as he worked full time.

Age: 41

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