May 31st

Online Dating vs. Online Education

Online Dating vs. Online Education
News from Huffington Post:

Online dating has arrived. Officially.

According to the 2012 research published by Psychological Science in the Public Interest, online dating has lost its stigma.

Reading the report made me all nostalgic. I remember when online dating was for weirdos and perverts. How the world turns.

In the 1990’s, less than 1 percent of relationships started through personal ads or online intermediaries. By 2005, 37 percent of Internet users had at least one relationship with someone they met online. Today, 20 percent of all relationships start online.

This is good news for online dating’s next-of-kin: online education.

The perception of online dating evolved through five stages:

1. Shadowy way to facilitate sordid hookups

2. Lazy way to facilitate dating for the socially inept

3. Last ditch effort for love by those who had exhausted all other avenues

4. Efficient way for mainstream society to find a suitable mate

5. A natu…………… continues on Huffington Post

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May 30th

E-learning scheme for Jersey schools revealed

E-learning scheme for Jersey schools revealed
News from Virtual College:

A new online learning initiative has been unveiled on the island of Jersey.

Computer clubs will initially open at Jersey College for Girls, Haute Ballee, Le Rocquier and Hautlieu through the pilot phase of the project.

Students will take advantage of cloud computing technology and shall be advised by a number of IT professionals.

According to Isle News, Jersey’s education, sports and culture e-safety and e-learning manager Jon Tarrant described the initiative as “exciting”.

He explained that businesses have been calling for this type of scheme in the area and argued it is “fantastic” local companies are helping in the project.

It is assisting young members of the community that wish to explore computing and information technology (IT) in “more depth”, the e-learning specialist continued.

He noted authorities are in conversation with the British Computer Society in Jersey to discover new ways to support IT-based education in the future.

“The enthusiasm that exists both in schools and in the local community for developing IT skills is truly inspiring,” Mr Tarrant told the news source.

One of these computing clubs will focus on programming, with mentorship provided by Jersey-based software specialists Simon…………… continues on Virtual College

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Seventh annual eLearning Africa conference starts in Cotonou, Benin
News from Spyghana.com:

The 7th eLearning Africa conference has started in Cotonou,Benin. Max Ahou?k?,Benin’s Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technologies, said that the government ofBeninwas pleased to be hosting the Continent’s leading ICT practitioners from education, government and business.

Ahou?k? used the occasion to launch the eLearning Africa 2012 Report on how Africans are using new technologies to enhance education and training acrossAfrica. The report uses data collected from 447 survey respondents and contains detailed analyses by a number of prominent commentators including traditional chiefs, investors and academics from acrossAfrica.

The survey results indicate that the majority of respondents use ICT in classroom teaching and learning. Although most of those who participated in the survey were encouraged by the potential of ICT to improve the quality of their teaching practices, 16% of respondents were constrained by limitations in bandwidth, funds, electricity supply and insufficient human resource capacity.

Nevertheless, there were a number of positive revelations. The large increase in the number of mobile phone subscriptions acrossAfricais reflected in the 48% of respondents who use mobile phones in their teaching practices.

The role of mobile phones in teaching will be the subject of the eLearning Africa 2012 Debat…………… continues on Spyghana.com

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May 30th

TED Head: Online Video, Education Platform Are the Future

TED Head: Online Video, Education Platform Are the Future
News from PCWorld:

The head of TED, the organizer of conferences around brainy presentations on a wide variety of subjects, says online video will continue to play a central role for the group and he has high hopes for its new education platform.

TED Curator Chris Anderson said that the group’s popularity surged after its decision to post its content freely online about six years ago, and that a million people watch a TED presentation each day around the world. But he said the current model of watching embedded videos on Web pages may eventually fade.

“More and more connectivity may not happen through a traditional browser. It may just be you and I talking to Siri or some moving face on a phone, asking a question, and seeing the response,” he said, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Tokyo.

Anderson added he has high hopes for the group’s new education platform TED-Ed, which is currently in beta testing. The tool allows teachers to organize online lessons around videos, with articles and quizzes alongside, so that students can study on their own and then spend more time in classrooms interacting with teachers and their peers.

“Maybe, it allows us to make education a better fit for the 20th century — where ideas aren’t just pumped down a tube,” he said.

Anderson was in Japan as part of a global tour of countries that hold TED events. The…………… continues on PCWorld

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May 29th

B-schools: Impact of online education

B-schools: Impact of online education
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Minnesota’s Scantron becomes latest ed-related firm to quit ALEC
News from MinnPost.com:

Last week, Minnesota-based Scantron became the 15th corporation to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in recent weeks. Headquartered in Eagan, the $ 200 million testing and online education provider is best known for creating and scoring the fill-in-the-bubble test answer forms that are the springtime bane of school children pretty much everywhere.

The news comes as Common Cause of Minnesota, which has called on local corporate members to leave ALEC, received word that a complaint it filed earlier this month with the state Board of Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure will investigate whether the group is in violation of local lobbying laws.

The board will take up the matter at its June 5 meeting in an executive session that is closed to the public, according to its letter [PDF] to the nonprofit Common Cause, and will likely “lay the matter over” until its July meeting.

The resulting controversy over that and a similar complaint filed by the national Common Cause with the Internal Revenue Service appears to have sparked an exodus.

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May 27th

Public universities expand web education offerings

Public universities expand web education offerings
News from San Bernardino Sun:

Inland Empire teachers living in limbo: Repeated layoff notices frustrate, worry staff

Borrowed times: Inland Empire educators, administrators dance around California’s deferrals

A payoff with a purpose: The state lottery has helped schools for years, but not everyone sees it as a solution

Eye on ballot initiatives: Governor Brown’s education aid plan is in the hands of voters. If it fails, more cuts will likely come.

Higher ed’s high stakes: Students at Inland Empire campuses argue costs, cuts don’t add up

Everybody hurts: Public universities expand web education offerings

Help you can’t put a price on: Increasingly, teachers rely on volunteers to fill gaps

Budget cutbacks to state universities appear to be speeding ongoing efforts to increase online educatio…………… continues on San Bernardino Sun

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May 27th

Weekly Market Wrap: May 25, 2012

Weekly Market Wrap: May 25, 2012
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May 27th

Key to a smart society is online education for all

Key to a smart society is online education for all
News from Irish Independent:

Sean Rowland of Hibernia College says the revolution in communication technology should be harnessed to expand access and raise quality across the education sector

‘We need more education — but at affordable levels. Technology enhanced learning can directly deliver high quality education…’

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It was evident to me at the time that those armed with knowledge had significant influence and became the leaders in my community.

Who were these people? They were the formally educated among us. They were the banker, the dentist, the doctor, the chemist, the garda, the teacher, the priest or the lawyer.

My community was driven by those that were transforming their knowledge into success. They were our role models; they were who we wanted our children to be. As a result, we became driven towards higher levels of better education so that as a nation we could become more successful. We transformed from…………… continues on Irish Independent

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Online classes cut costs and human contact
News from Boston Globe:

In a blow to the sentimental old teaching model celebrated from “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” to “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” a new study shows that online education works as well as in-class learning.

According to a report done by Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit think tank focused on technology and education, students taking an online introductory statistics course, with only one hour per week of face time, did just as well as those who took the course the old school way, via face-to-face teaching.

This is good news for those who want to lower the costs associated with higher education, while also opening up a lucrative, new revenue stream for colleges and universities. It is even better news for people who dislike interacting with other humans.

Today, we e-mail and text, rather than telephone or even trot down the hallway to talk. We Google in the privacy of our homes, instead of going to a library and sitting quietly next to fellow information-seekers. We already spend much of our day staring into laptop screens, iPads and smartphones.

Increasingly, students will be able to earn college degrees without ever dragging themselves to an 8 a.m. class, or getting that sinking feeling when a professor asks them to summarize the assignment they never read. So much for a syllabus announcing that attendance and p…………… continues on Boston Globe

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May 26th

More Students Use Online Education from High School to College

More Students Use Online Education from High School to College
News from U.S. News University:

In the era of technology, the Internet has established itself as an integral part of education, giving students the chance to engage in personalized lessons regardless of whether or not they are in a classroom. The use of online education begins early in students’ academic paths, as a new report by the Department of Education shows that in 2009-2010, about 53% of public school districts allowed high school students to enroll in distance learning courses. During this academic year, about 1.3 million of them used distance learning, compared to only .3 million five years earlier.

“There’s
Students begin using online education early in their academic careers.
really been a big shift in how these courses are delivered,” Jack Buckley, commissioner for the National Center for Education Statistics, told The Huffington Post.

Students’ participation in online courses does not end in high school. Various reports show that when these tech-savvy students get to college, they are also willing to take some of their classes over the Internet. According to a 2011 survey by the Sloan Consortium, more than 6.1 million college students took at least one web-based class in the fall 2010 seme…………… continues on U.S. News University

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May 26th

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Indiana police: Gunman with hostages inside Valparaiso real estate office says he’s owed money

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) ‘ Police say a gunman holding an unknown number of hostages inside an Indiana real estate office went to the business because he believes someone there owes him money.

Valparaiso Police Sgt. Michael Grennes says officers received a call Friday morning reporting a man with a gun inside the Prudential Executive Group Real Estate office.

He says officers exchanged shots with the gunman when they arrived. He does not have any information about injuries.


Grennes says some people have been able to leave the building but some employees remain inside Friday afternoon. He says he does not know how many.

Grennes says negotiators are in contact with the gunman, who he says went to the business because of a dispute over money. Grennes didn’t have further details about…………… continues on Broadcast Newsroom

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May 25th

Options Abound for Free Online Education Programs

Options Abound for Free Online Education Programs
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Students can explore new online education programs that offer free courses from prestigious universities.

In the past, students who aspired to attend a top-ranked university would need a high GPA, strong test scores, and the resources to fund an education.

Now, with video streaming tools, videoconferencing programs, and the ability to share and edit documents online, anyone with an Internet connection can gain access to college- and graduate-level education.

In recent years, universities have used the Web to post lectures online for users to watch at no cost. In 2006, Salman Khan created Khan Academy, a nonprofit education organization that posts YouTube “micro-lectures” on topics ranging from mathematics to art history.

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