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News from Inside Higher Ed:
The current technology-driven upheaval in higher education has created new markets of students who cannot or will not commute to and from a physical campus.
It has also created a new market of colleges — particularly small, traditional ones — that sense they must adapt to the rise of online learning and corporate management practices or get trampled underfoot.
Excelsior College, which has focused on distance learning since its founding in 1971, was one of the first colleges to tap the market of far-flung students who want to learn online. Now Excelsior, through a nonprofit spinoff called ESE, is trying to be the first nonprofit institution to tap the new market of traditional colleges that are late to offering online programs and need help.
In the last two decades many companies have emerged to meet the demand for expertise in transposing face-to-face curriculums into the online world. A steadily growing number of firms, such as Bisk Education, Embanet-Compass, 2tor, Deltak, Academic Partnerships, Colloquy and LearningHouse, have successfully tapped into a market of traditional institutions feeling the pressure to take their academic programs — and their brands — global in a higher education economy where scale has become a watchword.
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Technology leading the way to lower-cost day school education
News from Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
NEW YORK (JTA) — The nondenominational Pre-Collegiate Learning Center of New Jersey doesn’t have a math teacher. The East Brunswick school instead relies on experienced math tutors who help students work through an online math curriculum relying on outside sources.
At Baltimore’s Ohr Chadash, a Modern Orthodox primary school in its first year, students receive iPads beginning in the fourth grade to do more online and group work.
“The things the teachers ask us to do for work are fun,” said 9-year-old Nili Hefetz, a fourth-grader at the school. For example, using Adobe Ideas, Nili and other students draw pictures on the iPads inspired by the Chumash (Bible) lessons.
“The idea was to incorporate technology into the school in a seamless way,” said the school’s president, Saul Weinreb. “It became a way of doing things both in education and administration.”
It’s also a way to save money.
With tuition that can reach $ 30,000 or more per student, the day school tuition crisis has spurred a search for new options and given rise to a new breed of day schools where technology and blended learning — mixing traditional classroom learning with online education — are reducing costs.
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