Feb 29th

Online education needs local input (Editorial)

Online education needs local input (Editorial)
News from Mason City Globe Gazette:

On 26 consecutive screens, K12 Inc.’s online “Romeo & Juliet” lesson helps eighth-graders understand Shakespeare’s prose in today’s language.

After that lesson, the students are directed to read the actual text on their own.

“… Most students find reading Shakespeare difficult at first, but with a little perseverance, the rich language is incredibly rewarding,” directs the online lesson.

To us, this lesson reveals the promise and problem of online-only public education. It prepares students well for the text. But then, they’re effectively on their own.

Online education for students of all ages is here, thankfully, to stay, engaging them interactively and allowing them to proceed at their own pace.

Iowa lawmakers and the Department of Education should be encouraging and funding new ways to adapt this tried-and-true technology in local school districts.

 What lawmakers must stop — this session — is the takeover of Iowa public schools by two new private contractors inadvertently given the entire state as a sales territory. This unintended consequence occurred when two districts’ innovation and the state’s open enrollment law collided in ways educators and lawmakers didn’t expect.

The Iowa Department of Education granted two Iowa public school districts permission to contract with outside, private o…………… continues on Mason City Globe Gazette

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Education on the Cheap
News from The American Prospect:

Publicly funded online schools run by private companies have been controversial with teachers groups and some education advocates since they started to take off a few years. But the concept of educating kids by computer has a strong appeal—not just among lawmakers, but also among portfolio managers and investors. The two biggest companies offering online education—K12, Inc. and Connections Academy—are both for-profit, and until recently K12 had been a stock-market favorite. But an article this week on Seeking Alpha, a major investment website, casts doubt on the long-term profitability of K12 in light of poor student results.

In the past few years, school districts and charter schools have increasingly subcontracted out certain operations to either Connections Academy or K12, Inc. In many states, lawmakers embraced the idea, which promised to bring private-sector efficiency to education. Online education also offered an idyllic image: kids can take classes anywhere, at times that work for them. Students with special needs can have tailor-made classes.

But poor student performance has plagued these programs. The K12 virtual academies in several states show high “churn” rates—students enrolling and then leaving the schools. According to some reports, teachers sometime…………… continues on The American Prospect

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Feb 29th

Mater Hospital develops e-learning course for high-risk medicines

Mater Hospital develops e-learning course for high-risk medicines
News from Virtual College:

An e-learning programme has been developed by Dublin’s Mater Hospital.

Irishhealth.com reports this online learning course will raise understanding of high-risk drugs and the dangers that can be posed when these are administered or prescribed.

It was produced by the medical facility’s pharmacy department and was supported by Pfizer Healthcare Ireland.

The online health and safety course identifies the top ten medicines and drug groups that can result in harm, as well as how errors in prescription and medication might occur and how these can be avoided.

It highlights the importance of educating professionals in high-risk drugs across all care sectors, from the prescription of the product to its administration and dispensation.

The e-learning programme also reinforces the importance of reporting any errors relating to medication.

A total of 6,882 mistakes relating to drugs were reported in Ireland’s community healthcare and hospital facilities over 2010.

Errors relating to dosage accounted for 1,250 of these, while 730 involved supplying the wrong medicines.

The State Claims Agency and Health and Safety Executive revealed three-quarters of all medication mistakes happened in acute care settings, while eight…………… continues on Virtual College

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Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Programmatic Approach to Planning, Design, Instruction, Evaluation, and Accreditation (0)

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Feb 28th

The 35 Best Online Colleges and Universities – The Dough Roller

The 35 Best Online Colleges and Universities – The Dough Roller
News from The 35 Best Online Colleges and Universities – The Dough Roller:

Twenty years ago, the only way to obtain a college education was to do it the old fashioned, and expensive way.  Admittance to college came through the submission of an application through the mail (and usually with a check of $ 50 or more) and after completing your four year, 120 credit degree, you’re provided a piece of paper confirming your accomplishment.  These days however, a college education can come in the form of an online college and you can earn your college degree from the comfort of your own home.

Because colleges are now online, you aren’t restricted to a certain few located in the area you currently live.  There are hundreds of online colleges at your fingertips and to get you started on the right foot in your search, we’ve listed the best 35 online colleges and universities below.  Unfortunately, our rankings are somewhat primitive, having never attended any of these schools but based on solid research and the recommendation of others, we’re confident the list is a strong one.

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Feb 27th

Beef growers trial e-learning programs

Beef growers trial e-learning programs
News from Farm Weekly:

BEEF producers in Queensland are trialling an e-learning training initiative that will deliver online programs in environmental, land and stock management to their doorsteps…or paddocks.

With around 17,000 beef producers in Queensland alone, the traditional mode of face-to-face workshops delivered by several accredited trainers requires participants to travel significant distances. This can be inconvenient and costly, particularly given the vastness of outback Queensland. Some producers also have to wait many months for a workshop to be run in their area.

“The Stocktake Reef e-learning package will provide beef producers from reef catchment areas in North and Central Queensland with access to broadband-based training programs,” says project leader Jane Hamilton, of Queensland’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI).

“The e-learning package delivered on the National Broadband Network (NBN) will bring training to them that will help them understand their land condition, develop stocktake pasture monitoring skills and use software tools to assist management decisions around grazing lands.”

“The NBN will deliver rich media training typically only distributed in the past via CDRom. Using the high speed capacity and stability of the NBN, DEEDI trainers will deliver online workshops for up to 10 beef produ…………… continues on Farm Weekly

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iLearn: A whole new world of educational opportunities
News from Malta Independent Online:

The iLearn platform, which will start being introduced in state schools as from April, provides students with a whole new world of opportunities to learn in their own time and at their own pace. Essentially, the eLearning solution provides a virtual school building where teachers can easily upload any material they may need to share with their students. It also serves as a place where students can communicate in a safe environment. Francesca Vella

writes

The launch of the Smart Learning Strategy in 2008 marked the beginning of efforts to invest in the necessary information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in schools, deliver the necessary training to teachers to use ICT pedagogically in the classroom and generate content.

The aim of this strategy was to make students’ learning experience more engaging, motivating and fun.

Plans in the Smart Learning Strategy included the procurement of an eLearning solution, and after a tendering process that started in 2010, Fronter was selected and the government signed an ?8.6 million, seven-year agreement for the provision of an eLearning solution for primary and secondary state schools.

Fronter is a Virtual Learning Environment and it is used by thousands of schools around the world.  It is thought of as a digital school building that runs alongside your regular…………… continues on Malta Independent Online

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Feb 27th

Financial aid officials question Cal Grants for online degrees

Financial aid officials question Cal Grants for online degrees
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State blocked online school for dropouts; backers wonder why
News from DesMoinesRegister.com:

Educators hoping to start an online education program targeted at dropouts are questioning why Iowa Department of Education officials blocked their efforts yet helped two Iowa school districts contract with out-of-state online companies.

Net High Academy was supposed to launch last September with 15 high school dropouts from Waukee and Indianola enrolled. The academy’s focus would be to help dropouts aged 18 to 21 obtain high school diplomas through online courses taught by certified Iowa teachers, said Cynthia Knight, Net High Academy founder and a teacher at Des Moines Public Charter School.

Knight said state officials told Net High backers that the online school was illegal because it would employ the teachers rather than the school districts with which the academy was contracting.

Those statements now baffle Knight and others associated with Net High.

Iowa Department of Education officials last year worked closely with two Iowa school districts — CAM and Clayton Ridge — in developing partnership plans with two out-of-state, for-profit online companies next school year. Connections Academy, based in Baltimore, and K12 Inc., of Virginia, will employ the teachers who teach Iowa students attending the virtual classes.

The estimated $ 6,000 Iowa allots per student would be sent to Maryland and Virginia. Last week, CAM’s…………… continues on DesMoinesRegister.com

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Feb 26th

Samsung to Take on Apple in Online Education Market

Samsung to Take on Apple in Online Education Market
News from The Chosun Ilbo:

Samsung Electronics will compete with Apple in the global online education market. Samsung is to reveal details of a learning platform dubbed “Learning Hub” at the Mobile World Congress 2012, the world’s largest phone trade show, which opens in Barcelona next Monday, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Learning Hub will provide educational content for tablet PCs, including video lectures.

Last month, Apple also announced plans to launch a digital textbook business.

Samsung has already secured about 6,000 free and paid learning units in collaboration with some 30 domestic and foreign education services companies. Users of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet PC can download them through the Learning Hub app.

Samsung’s online learning platform (right) and the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note with stylus /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung aims to replace paper textbooks and reference books in the classrooms around the world with its tablet PC content. “We’re going to launch the service in Korea late this month and then go global after April,” a Samsung executive said. “We’re consulting with major foreign educational content developers about possible collaboration.” The company plans to make it possible in the long term for anyone to post educational content online through the service.

The strategy is similar to what Apple has touted as an…………… continues on The Chosun Ilbo

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Feb 25th

Bill to rewrite controversial online education law advances

Bill to rewrite controversial online education law advances
News from Salt Lake Tribune:

A bill that would rewrite a new, controversial online education law advanced out of committee Friday evening.

Advocates of HB147 say it would help schools offer online courses more cost-efficiently. But opponents say it would mean less choice for students.

The bill would repeal a law created last year that allows high school students to take up to two classes online from other districts and charter schools, instead of at their regular high schools. Under that law, school districts must send about $ 727 for each full-year course a student takes from a provider outside his home district to the provider.

HB147 would rewrite that law, still allowing students to take two online courses but only from their own school districts or own charters or an outside entity with which a school district chooses to contract. Under HB147, school districts would be required to contract with at least one outside entity other than the Electronic High School (which would continue to offer free online classes), to provide courses.

Bill sponsor Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, said many school districts and charters are now worried that they’re paying more to outside providers per student than they’re receiving. He said his bill would remove…………… continues on Salt Lake Tribune

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Bill to rewrite controversial online education law advances
News from Salt Lake Tribune:

A bill that would rewrite a new, controversial online education law advanced out of committee Friday evening.

Advocates of HB147 say it would help schools offer online courses more cost-efficiently. But opponents say it would mean less choice for students.

The bill would repeal a law created last year that allows high school students to take up to two classes online from other districts and charter schools, instead of at their regular high schools. Under that law, school districts must send about $ 727 for each full-year course a student takes from a provider outside his home district to the provider.

HB147 would rewrite that law, still allowing students to take two online courses but only from their own school districts or own charters or an outside entity with which a school district chooses to contract. Under HB147, school districts would be required to contract with at least one outside entity other than the Electronic High School (which would continue to offer free online classes), to provide courses.

Bill sponsor Rep. Brad Last, R-Hurricane, said many school districts and charters are now worried that they’re paying more to outside providers per student than they’re receiving. He said his bill would remove…………… continues on Salt Lake Tribune

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Feb 24th

Ga. Senate Approves Online Education Legislation

Ga. Senate Approves Online Education Legislation
News from WSLS:

ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Senate has approved two pieces of legislation having to do with online education.

Lawmakers voted 36-15 along largely partisan lines in favor of a bill that would require all high school students to take at least one online course before they graduate. If the bill becomes law, Georgia would join just a handful of other states Alabama, Florida and Michigan that require online classes. Democrats criticized the proposal as a mandate.

Senators also approved 49-1 a resolution encouraging the state to use guidelines from the Digital Learning Council when it writes legislation about online education. The council was started by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise in 2010.

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Senate Bill 289: http://www.legis.ga.gov

Senate Resolution 646: http://www.legis.ga.gov

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Meme-ifying Online Advocacy
News from Inside Higher Ed:

The case for online education is often made like many other cases in higher education: in dense research papers with plenty of caveats. To wit, perhaps the most-cited document by advocates of online learning is a 2009 meta-study by the U.S. Education Department, which concluded that online education is probably at least as good as the face-to-face kind.

That study has not appeared to have much pull with skeptical academic leaders and faculty. According to the Babson Survey Research Group, while student enrollments in online courses have increased 348 percent since 2003, the percentage of academic administrators who believe that learning outcomes in online courses are equal or superior to those of face-to-face courses has increased by only 10 percent during that time, from 57 to 67 percent. Those academic leaders estimate that even fewer of their faculty have changed their minds about online learning since early last decade.

Now four lecturers at the University of Edinburgh are trying a different advocacy tack — one more suited to the viral culture of the modern Web.  

The Edinburgh lecturers, who teach in an e-learning master’s degree program a…………… continues on Inside Higher Ed

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Feb 24th

eLearning portal for state schools concludes first phase

eLearning portal for state schools concludes first phase
News from MaltaToday:

The front-page of a classroom in Fronter as visible by a student showing all classes. Once clicked on, homework will be accessible along with helpful examples provided by the teachers.

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After announcing the ?8.6 million investment in an eLearning solution back in September 2011, the Malta IT Agency (MITA) has announced the conclusion of the first phase of installation of the hardware and internet in the first group of state schools.

MITA expects to have the system provided by Fronter operating in all state schools by June 2013 but teachers from the first 28 schools have already begun training and should be using the iLearning system within the next one to two months.

Head of Fronter and training manager Ingun Vaglid gave a tour of the online system as it will be seen by students and teachers.  “This solution will be like a virtual school building with online classrooms for teachers and students to interact with each other while providing parents the opportunity to keep an eye on students work and attendance.”

The iLearning system will be implemented in both primary and secondary state schools starting from as soon as kindergarten classes.

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3D PDF Converter eLearning Product Suite
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

EOS Solutions? has announced the release of three eLearning products for 3D PDF Converter and FREE Adobe Reader.?  The EOS eLearning modules are now available individually or as a value-priced bundle on Tetra 4D??™s eStore. When customers purchase the value-priced bundle through the Tetra 4D eStore, they will receive an additional $ 100 off as part of an introductory offer available until March 31, 2012.

EOS will offer its 3D PDF Converter eLearning products through Tetra 4D and its global network of resellers.?  The new suite of training products is comprised of the following eLearning modules:

Collaborate Mastering 3D in FREE Adobe Reader.?  This module will aid users in mastering the rich 3D tools…………… continues on Product Design & Development

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Feb 23rd

Senate Backs Online Education

Senate Backs Online Education
News from GPB:

ATLANTA  —  

If Senate lawmakers approve a bill requiring high school students to at least one online course before graduation, Georgia would join just a handful of other states — Alabama, Florida and Michigan —that require online classes. (Photo Courtesy of Larry Miller via Flickr.)

The Georgia Senate has approved two pieces of legislation having to do with online education.

Lawmakers voted 36-15 along largely partisan lines in favor of a bill that would require all high school students to take at least one online course before they graduate. If the bill becomes law, Georgia would join just a handful of other states — Alabama, Florida and Michigan —that require online classes. Democrats criticized the proposal as a mandate.

Senators also approved 49-1 a resolution encouraging the state to use guidelines from the Digital Learning Council when it writes legislation about online education. The council was started by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise in 2010.

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News from Mother Nature Network:

ONLINE EDUCATION: Although tuition has been increasing, a plethora of free online options has become available. (Photo: Ina Peters/iStockphoto)

Anyone who has paid tuition or sent in checks to repay a student loan knows that education is not cheap. The cost of a college education can easily reach six figures, with some graduates leaving school with a diploma and more than $ 200,000 in debt.

The costs associated with higher education are climbing even faster than inflation. When you factor in the added costs of books, meal plans and housing, it’s enough to make even the most frugal savers cringe.

Luckily, while tuition has been rising, a plethora of free online options has become available. Some websites like the Khan Academy exist to help students round out their understanding of subjects like trigonometry and calculus while top-notch universities have begun to put courses online for free. We can’t all get accepted to Harvard, but we can click over and watch every lecture from an Introduction to Computer Science course and do all the assignments and tests like real Harvard students do.

There has never been a better time to flex your brain with free online courses, so we scoured the Web high and low and found some of the best options for increasing your brainpower from the comfort of your computer without paying a dime in tuition. Here are…………… continues on Mother Nature Network

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