Sep 30th

Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It’s Free

Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It’s Free
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Coursera founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller are computer science professors at Stanford University.

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Coursera founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller are computer science professors at Stanford University.

Online education isn’t particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing.

In barely a year, many of the most prestigious research universities in the world – including Stanford, Caltech, Oxford and Princeton — have started to jump onto the online bandwagon.

For the students who never, ever would have had access to this kind of quality education from a place like Penn or Princeton or Stanford, they now have access to something.

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How Online Education is Changing School in Ohio – StateImpact Ohio
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Corein Loving, 17, works on his online AP Art studies at a “blended learning” charter school in Cleveland.

More than 30,000 Ohio students attend school online, skipping buses, cafeterias and classrooms to do their lessons entirely by computer, often at home, typing in tests and papers to be reviewed by a teacher far away.

That’s more than 12 times the n…………… continues on How Online Education is Changing School in Ohio – StateImpact Ohio

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Online Education For Dummies
From admission to graduation-your personal guide to studying onlineOnline Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of atten…

The Online Learning Idea Book, Volume 1: 95 Proven Ways to Enhance Technology-Based and Blended Learning
“For those who think online learning can’t be truly interactive, Patti Shank and her colleagues clearly demonstrate–in hundreds o…

Sep 29th

MILITARY: USD offering vets help with education and predatory loan issues

MILITARY: USD offering vets help with education and predatory loan issues
News from North County Times:

A former Camp Pendleton military law judge is spearheading a University of San Diego effort aimed at helping veterans resolve disputes with online colleges who may have targeted them for their military education benefits.

Critics including Iowa U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin say that many online colleges lack accreditation and seem to exist for the profit available from the GI Bill and other student loans.

“Our focus is to assist any student veterans who may have been harmed by the predatory practices of online education companies,” said retired Marine Col. Patrick Uetz of Carlsbad, who’s heading up the USD program. “We’re reaching out to people in part to tell them that if they know someone or they themselves have lost some or all of their GI Bill to these online colleges to come in and see us.”

Uetz is director of the university’s “Initiative to Protect Student Veterans,” which formed to “protect our military veterans from the misleading practices of some for-profit educational institutions and lenders.”

Far too many veterans around the nation have reported problems, Uetz said. USD’s Veterans Legal Clinic, launched in August, stands ready to help with free assistance for those in disputes with the colleges.

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Florida Districts Fight K12?s Plan for Virtual Charter Schools
News from FCIR:

K12?s online charter school network, called the Florida Virtual Academies, has applied to open in at least nine Florida school districts.

By John O’Connor and Trevor Aaronson
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting/StateImpact Florida

Thousands of Florida students already are taking classes from Virginia-based K12, Inc., the nation’s largest online education company.

Students in traditional schools, in charter schools and who are homeschooled can already take K12 classes in 42 county school districts.

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Coverage of K12 by FCIR and StateImpact Florida.

Now, the company is trying to set up charter schools across the state. But these aren’t traditional charter schools — they’re online schools where students never set foot in a building.

School officials across Florida are asking, “Why?”

“I’m not sure what need it would fill,” said Judi Zanetti, chairwoman of the Marion County School Board.

K12 says online charters are j…………… continues on FCIR

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Sep 29th

Liberal Arts continues online education with new economic degrees

Liberal Arts continues online education with new economic degrees
News from Penn State Live:

Liberal Arts continues online education with new economic degrees

Friday, September 28, 2012

Credit: World Campus Several summer 2012 Penn State World Campus graduates

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting double-digit growth in a wide range of fields requiring analytical and problem-solving skills in data and social sciences, which make up the essence of an economics degree. To help meet this demand and to enable working adults to advance their careers, Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts is making its high-quality resident economics programs available online through the World Campus.

Penn State World Campus will offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in economics, starting spring semester 2013. The bachelor of arts will emphasize the field’s qualitative aspect, including social behavior, culture and international relations. Students will study how incentives affect human behavior, markets and economies, so they can model real-life situations and predict outcomes. The bachelor of science degree focuses on quantitative knowledge and analytical skills in mathematics theory, research and computer programming. Students will learn about mathematical models and statistical techniq…………… continues on Penn State Live

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Williams: Online degrees get A-plus
News from Savannah Morning News:

As a teacher at a community college, I welcome the transformation in higher education that online technology brings.

For my courses, I post handouts, useful links, research supplements and study guides online. I no longer accept printed papers, only document files uploaded to our course site.

And I no longer administer tests in the classroom, but create them online, allowing students a larger window in which to complete them.

Maximizing the online possibilities in my classroom optimizes my teaching in multiple ways.

The cost of the reading material has evaporated in the ether. Students are also less likely to make excuses for missed work after an absence, since materials are usually posted the same day we meet.

I have more time in class to spend teaching. And online discussion boards help continue the conversation long after they file out of class.

My classroom is a microcosm of what’s possible.

Places like Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Harvard, UCLA-Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are embarking on ambitious and transformative online education projects.

The latter three launched EdX, a nonprofit that offers hundreds of courses free of charge online.

Already, more than 10 percent of all college students are enrolled in fully online degree programs, acc…………… continues on Savannah Morning News

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Sep 28th

E-learning at Missouri Western on the rise

E-learning at Missouri Western on the rise
News from Virtual College:

Developments in online learning at the Missouri Western State University (MWSU) are on the increase.

Since the 2008, the number of different online courses offered at the university has risen from 30 to 200, Griffin News reports.

Dr Gordon Mapley is one of the 90 faculty members to have worked towards the expansion of online learning within the university.

He was quoted as saying: “More and more student’s schedules are difficult with work and school that online courses are very essential for them to get the degree they are after.”

Enrolment in e-learning courses is becoming more popular as a result of its value and affordability, he added.

The university has been able to provide these services due to a number of staff members giving up their time for the sake of online education.

Kay Dickerson, online teacher in English as a second language, stated that the courses are likely to benefit students everywhere.

She said: “It allows Missouri Western to draw students from all over the world and allows them to participate in programs that aren’t available at a lot of other institutes.”

Currently, MSWU has 249 students that only study online and the institution plans to increase this number with the help of a $ 1…………… continues on Virtual College

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Elsevier’s MC Strategies Enhances its ICD-10 Roadmap
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Elsevier to exhibit new, expanded readiness assessment and clinical documentation curriculum at its Destination: ICD-10 booth at upcoming AHIMA convention

Elsevier’s MC Strategies, a leader in providing eLearning solutions to more than 1,300 healthcare organizations, today announced the continued development of its ICD-10 Roadmap with the introduction of new curricula, including a comprehensive clinical documentation curriculum.

At its exhibit at the 84th AHIMA Convention (Booth #626, Chicago, Oct. 1-3), Elsevier will unveil its new EduCode Clinical Documentation Improvement eLearning curriculum.  Providing the right information for coding and reimbursement is critical with the increased specificity of ICD-10, and clinical documentation will be even more challenging.  This new curriculum will be supported by additional resources, including Clinical Documentation webinars and a white paper available in October.

“At Elsevier, we’ve been a leader in educating healthcare organizations on coding practices for more than 20 years.  We understand the workflow and know how to lessen the risk and fear that comes with potential change, particularly a change as fundamental as ICD-10,” said J…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Online Education For Dummies
From admission to graduation-your personal guide to studying onlineOnline Education For Dummies explains the ins and outs of atten…

Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
This is a revision of the first title in Jossey-Bass’ Online Teaching & Learning series. This series helps higher education profes…

Sep 27th

Bonita Springs-based company’s software wins award

Bonita Springs-based company’s software wins award
News from The News-Press:

Bonita Springs-based Interactyx Limited’s training software for businesses, academic departments, associations and nonprofit organizations – TOPYX – has been named the 2012 Best of Elearning! award winner as the Best Social Learning Solution, beating out the other finalists, Microsoft’s Yammer and Cornerstone OnDemand’s Connect.

This is the fourth consecutive year that TOPYX has received the award from Elearning! Media Group, which is solely based on voter ballots.

“The Best of Elearning! Awards program formalizes the informal ‘word-of-mouth’ referrals practiced in our industry. According to our survey, 85 percent of professionals have personally recommended a learning solution to a colleague over the past 12 months. And 61 percent agreed that award recognition impacted their buying decision,” said Catherine Upton, group publisher of the Elearning! Media Group.

“Given the number of nominations, to earn an Award of Excellence is quite an honor,” Upton said. “And, to be named a category winner is a true testament to the vendor’s product and service excellence.” A total of 3,881 nominations were received over a three-month period, a 221 percent increase over 2011.

“We are honored by all those that voted for TOPYX, our social learning management solution. To be a winner for a fourth consecutive year of Elearning! Media Group’s admired annual award…………… continues on The News-Press

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Denver schools receive e-learning grant
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US investment firm Janus has donated $ 2.1 million (?1.3 million) to the Denver Public Schools (DPS) district for the development of online learning.

The company has announced that it will help teachers deliver quality content while providing them with access to real-time data, allowing them to know where students are at any given time.

This is according to president of the Janus Foundation Casey Cortese, who takes care of charity grants and gifts, the Denver Post reports.

Rather than replacing teachers with technology, Ms Cortese said, the cash injection is designed to give them better access to students’ skills.

PS will spend the grant money on the employment of a director of blended learning – the combination of human instruction and digital education – and will train teachers to adapt their lessons to new software.

Several schools in the region are already taking part in blended learning, including the West Generation Academy, which is one of two new buildings opened last month as part of West High School.

Tom Boasberg, superintendent for DPS, was quoted as saying: “We see tremendous potential for technology to be such an important and useful tool for teachers.”

Online learning developments will include the addition of mo…………… continues on Virtual College

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Sep 26th

80 Percent of Working Moms Prefer Online Education Model

80 Percent of Working Moms Prefer Online Education Model
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/PRNewswire/ — A little over two years ago, Celeste Chappell-Bates won an online full-tuition scholarship from Ashford University as part of Project Working Mom.  From thousands of applicants, Chappell-Bates was thrilled to be one of only 10 winners nationwide.

“I was absolutely stunned – it was a watershed moment between the impossible and the possible,” she said about the experience. “I’d tried to complete my degree my entire adult life and so many things kept getting in the way – finances being the biggest obstacle – and that was taken away in an instant. It was unbelievable, a huge blessing.”

To earn the scholarship and make good on her promise to earn her degree, Chappell-Bates submitted an essay about her higher education aspirations. Her entry was selected out of more than 6,000 Ashford University applicants to the Project Working Mom scholarship program, developed by eLearners.com, a Web resource of EducationDynamics.

1st Add 80 Percent of Working Moms Prefer Online Education

Like many working moms, Chappell-Bates found that the online education model best fit her hectic schedule. According to a recent national consumer poll by Penn Schoen Berland on behalf of Ashford University, 80 percent of moms surveyed thought an onl…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Online learning to remake campus life
News from Sydney Morning Herald:

COULD the wild parties, political arguments and packed lecture theatres at university campuses become relics thanks to the rise of the internet?

The university campus of the future will be abuzz with activity but few students are expected to be there for lectures or borrowing books.

Instead, the campus will feature online activity hubs where students study with classmates from around the world, learning from internationally renowned academics.

That future is almost upon us, education experts will tell a conference in Melbourne today.
University of New England vice-chancellor Jim Barber says campuses are already playing a declining role in educating.

He will tell the conference on high-speed broadband and higher education that ‘‘nodes of internet activity’’ will take the place of traditional campuses.

Students gathering at these nodes will learn in real time from teachers at an ‘‘expanding network’’ of international partner universities.

Professor Barber says soon almost anything students do on campus, such as lectures, will be replaced through online technology when the national broadband network is completed.
And mobile phones will play an increasing part, allowing more students to study online without visiting a campus.

Mobile devices will extend university education to students who are poor, isolated, disabled or liv…………… continues on Sydney Morning Herald

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Sep 26th

Western Europe eLearning Market to Reach $8.1 billion by 2016

Western Europe eLearning Market to Reach $ 8.1 billion by 2016
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire-iReach/ — The growth rate for Self-paced eLearning in Western Europe is 5.8% and revenues will reach $ 8.1 billion by 2016, up from $ 6.1 billion in 2011, according to a new Ambient Insight report called, “The Western Europe Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2011-2016 Forecast and Analysis.”

In this regional report, revenue forecasts are broken out for twenty-two countries: Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Austria, Ireland, Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Romania.

“While the aggregate growth rate in Western Europe is 5.8%, several countries have significantly higher growth rates. For example, the market in one country is growing at a breathtaking 37.6%,” comments Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer. “The countries with high growth rates are new markets offering suppliers significant new revenue opportunities. This is also true in Eastern Europe, which we cover in a separate report.”

The free Abstract is available at: http://www.ambientinsight.com/Reports/eLearning.aspx

There are two sections in this report: a demand-si…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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ODL secures Shell Olympus work
News from The Herald | HeraldOnline.com:

— /PRNewswire/ — ODL has been awarded a contract by Shell Offshore Inc (“Shell”) to develop customized eLearning and competence solutions for its Olympus tension leg platform (TLP) development in the Mars field, Gulf of Mexico.  The contract award also includes the delivery of facility-specific system operating manuals (SOMs) and procedures. 

A Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) business, ODL will develop and publish over 50 eLearning courses specific to the Olympus TLP, which is located approximately 130 miles south of New Orleans.

The eLearning courses cover facility-specific modules to educate operators about all systems, equipment, instrumentation & controls, and procedures for startup and shutdown of the facility. To enable effective operation, troubleshooting and equipment maintenance, ODL will develop materials that include interactive learning exercises, a library of site-specific photos, narrated videos, animations and 3D illustrations to enhance operators’ overview of the facility and piping.

ODL will also deliver facility-specific system operating manuals (SOMs), including safety and environmental management system (SEMS) compliant operating procedures.  The information contained in the SOMs and operating procedures will provide the foundation for the eLearning courses, which will be accessi…………… continues on The Herald | HeraldOnline.com

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Sep 26th

80 Percent of Working Moms Prefer Online Education Model

80 Percent of Working Moms Prefer Online Education Model
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