Feb 25th

Your Money Matters: Online Education

Your Money Matters: Online Education
News from WGNtv.com:

Online Education Trends

Blended learning:
It is unrealistic to expect physical classrooms to disappear in the near future, especially in K-12. However, many teachers are now using a blended learning model to maximize their time and teaching effectiveness. By combining in-classroom learning with virtual learning tools, both students and teachers benefit.

Real-time assistance:
As the tutoring market continues to grow in the United States, students are beginning to demand real-time assistance. Online learners in addition to traditional students need help to fully grasp lessons in virtual classrooms. Now, with access to the web, students can seek out skilled tutors from across the globe to provide assistance and clarification on lessons.

Gamification:
Students are growing up in an increasingly interconnected world. Over 97% of kids ages 12-17 play video games each year. Many institutions are beginning to incorporate gaming into everything from college completion to test prep. Introducing this new way of learning helps students to engage in the learning process and better retain knowledge for tests and overall retention.

Social Media:
Almost 98% of 18-24 year olds use a social media network. Because of its widespread popularity, social media is now being used to facilitate Learning Management Systems and social learning tools. So…………… continues on WGNtv.com

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Feb 25th

Online education transforming college

Online education transforming college
News from Marin Independent Journal:

As politicians and academics debate the future of higher education, it is already happening — in dorm rooms, off-campus apartments and living rooms around the world.

Estela Garcia, a working mother from Menlo Park, attends class at her kitchen table after she puts her daughters to bed; Tim Barham, a UC Berkeley senior, takes statistics at home after a day at work; and Oakland teenager Sergio Sandoval studies a college course while in high school.

For years, online classes existed on the margins of higher education. Then Silicon Valley startups devised slick platforms delivering elite university courses, free, to students everywhere. Suddenly, online studies have become central to discussions about the future.

“I think this is the single most transformational thing that could occur in higher education in decades,” said Ron Galatolo, chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District.

Proponents see online courses containing university costs, making college more affordable and instruction more engaging, r…………… continues on Marin Independent Journal

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Online education groups add colleges from US and overseas
News from Los Angeles Times:

Two of the emerging providers of online college classes, Coursera and edX, are announcing significant expansions in the numbers of campuses that will join their organizations and offer free courses.

The high-powered competitors, both founded last year, say their academic offerings will have more of an international flavor as a result of additional schools signing on from outside the U.S.

Mountain View-based Coursera said 29 universities are joining the 33 already offering at least one class on the platform of the for-profit group. Among the 13 new U.S. members are CalArts in Valencia, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Penn State and Rutgers University. The 16 new overseas ones include the Ecole Polytechnique of France, the University of Tokyo, the University of Copenhagen and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. More classes will be offered in languages other than English, officials said.

The not-for-profit edX, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., was founded by Harvard University and Massaschusetts Institute of Technology and was joined later by four other U.S. schools, including UC Berkeley. EdX said it is adding one U.S. campus, Rice University in Houston; two from Canada, University of Toronto and McGill University; the Australian National University; Delft University of Technology inf the Netherlands; and Ecole Polytechnique Federal…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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Feb 24th

Convenience is severely lacking in eLearning updates

Convenience is severely lacking in eLearning updates
News from The Voyager:

Posted on 23 February 2013.

Last week, The Voyager reported on the recent issues regarding the updated online student interface more commonly referred to on this campus as eLearning.

The story provides a minimal amount of information regarding the issues many students faced trying to interact with eLearning’s recent facelift.  In fact, the story provides more information on students who do not use eLearning at all, compared to the students who put up with the inconvenience.

As both a student at this university with online-supplemented courses and a teaching assistant for an online-supplemented course, I believe I can provide some additional information pertaining to my personal account of the new eLearning experience.

First, I should explain my reservations concerning the previous eLearning interface.

Prior to this recent update, eLearning was a nauseating visual experience.  The unfortunate amalgamation of orange, yellow, green and blue reminded me of the projectile vomit spewing from the gullet of a third-grade classmate who ate too many Skittles on Halloween.

However, save for the lack of elegance in the presentation, the previous incarnation of eLearning played to the whims of efficiency.  All possible options of use and interaction—from the discussion forums letting you interact with your classmates to the class list lettin…………… continues on The Voyager

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Shikshan Mandal makes a bigger bet on e-learning schools
News from Pune Mirror:

Given the fracas that surrounded the management of the Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School, which finally moved under the direct supervision of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the civic body’s education board has drawn up a budget braving an investment of Rs 5 crore on three new e-learning schools this year.

It is pitching another Rs 3 crore in setting up dedicated sports’ training institutes. Educationists in the system and outside are already questioning this decision on several scores.

“We have not finalised on the details as yet. Mostly these initiatives would be set up somewhere in Baner, Kothrud and Hadapsar. However, we are still in the process of zeroing in on the exact location,” informed Pradip Dhumal, chairperson, Education Board. The sports academies would be specialised training schools.
 

Students at Rajiv Gandhi E-learning School that is considered a failed project

“The ‘Krida Niketans’ would teach the school curriculum and mainly work towards developing students’ inclination towards sports. Since it will be a day-long school, detailed monitoring of students’ diet, nutrition intake, developmental needs and spo…………… continues on Pune Mirror

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Feb 23rd

The Latest Online Education Craze Could Very Well Worsen the Achievement Gap

The Latest Online Education Craze Could Very Well Worsen the Achievement Gap
News from ColorLines magazine:

Online education is just about the hottest new trend in education these days. In 2007, more than a million K-12 students took an online course; that number was itself a 47 percent increase over the previous two years. And the numbers are increasing rapidly as legislators tout online learning plans as a cost-effective answers to budget woes. But while the jury’s still out on the academic efficacy of online education programs, new research suggests that these trendy education programs may well be exacerbating very old racial inequities in education.

In a working paper by Columbia University’s Di Xu and Shanna Smith Jaggers, they lay out findings from their study of half a million online courses taken by more than 40,000 community and technical-college students in the state of Washington. What they found is that students who have a harder time in traditional offline higher education are no better served by online courses. Xu and Jaggers, who is the assistant directo…………… continues on ColorLines magazine

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Feb 23rd

Biggest Elearning Conference Ever

Biggest Elearning Conference Ever
News from AllAfrica.com:

Namibia will host the biggest eLearning Africa international conference for ICT for Development and Training from 29 to 31 May at the Safari Court and Conference Centre in Windhoek. The conference which is the 8th of its kind will be attended by about 2000 delegates and will have over 300 speakers and chairpersons from 50 countries deliberating on the latest developments and trends in eLearning.

The budget for the conference is N$ 5million, although organiser say that they do not expect to spend more than N$ 2.5million and that costs will be shared between the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the Minister of Education who are jointly hosting this event.

The overall theme for this years conference is tradition, change and innovation and it is the first of its kind to be hosted in southern Africa.

Speaking at the launch of the conference in the capital this week, Astrid Jaeger, Business Development Director at International Conference, Workshops and Exhibition in Berlin said that apart from hosting the largest eLearning conference ever, Namibia stands to gain a lot from this experience.

She said hosting the conference has a lot of short and long term benefits such as giving stakeholders the platform to put their feet in the ITC industry, it is also an opportunity to mobilise donors, it is a chance to build up cash flow an…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Kenyan universities gain from rise in e-Learning revenues
News from Coastweek:

Kenyan universities gain from
rise in e-Learning revenues

nearly all of universities in Kenya have eLearning departments with the government leading in efforts to extend eLearning to primary and secondary schools
 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — Five years ago, eLearning in Kenyan universities and most of African countries was hardly practiced. Indeed, it was not even an idea that the universities were willing to explore.

Fast forward, 2013, nearly all of universities in Kenya have eLearning departments with the government leading in efforts to extend eLearning to primary and secondary schools.

The future looks even better for eLearning as manifestos of the leading presidential candidates commit to provide primary and secondary school students with free laptops to facilitate eLearning.

“The idea of eLearning came late for Kenya because of the how our education system is structured. At the least, degrees offered outside the traditional classroom could not even be recognized by the employers,” said Dr. Edward Karangi, a consultant on eLearning for universities.

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Feb 22nd

Florida Board Of Governors Will Choose A University To Lead Online Education …

Florida Board Of Governors Will Choose A University To Lead Online Education …
News from StateImpact Florida:

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The Florida Board of Governors approved a two-part plan to expand online learning in higher education.

The Florida Board of Governors has approved a plan to add online learning options in the State University System.

The board’s strategic planning committee has been taking testimony and working with those with a stake in the decision for more than a year on

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Three Rivers Offers Dual Credit Courses
News from Wayne County Journal Banner:

 When Three Rivers College holds its Commencement ceremonies this May, four students will hold the unique honor of having earned an associate degree in the most stressful circumstance known to man: high school. But these four are just a small part of the hundreds of students who are getting a leg up on college while finishing up their high school diplomas at the same time.

All four soon-to-be-graduates are participants in “College Now,” a new partnership program between Poplar Bluff High School and Three Rivers that allows qualifying students to complete their general education requirements at a vastly discounted rate. What some might not realize, however, is that these College Now students are part of a much larger group. While the PBHS partnership is new, dual-credit programs offered by Three Rivers are not: over 400 students in over 40 high schools across Southeast Missouri will take at least one dual-credit class with Three Rivers this spring.

“This is becoming an increasingly popular way for high school students to get college credit,” said Manda Reynolds, Coordinator of Academic and Career Outreach for Three Rivers. “With things like Advanced Placement classes, you lose the credit if you don’t pass the final test, no matter how well you did…………… continues on Wayne County Journal Banner

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Feb 21st

Why e-learning is the way to go in Kenya

Why e-learning is the way to go in Kenya
News from allvoices:

Kenyan universities are opening satellite campuses across the country as they seek to meet the growing demand for education. Currently, there are over 29 constituent universities across the country and the number is rising. However, some experts feel there is a better and cheaper way to improve access to education. This is by investing in e-learning.

Njambi Muchane, the Director of Kenya School of Government e-learning and Development Institute (eLDi) says that instead of replicating the face-to-face learning in the main campus, universities should set up small offices but train via e-learning.

“Opening several colleges increases the overheads of a university. Local universities should understand that they can use the same professors and lecturers to train many participants in different locations,” she says.

According to her, universities have the challenge of equipping the many colleges they are opening, with the necessary infrastructure and human resource capacity. This challenge, Muchane says can be solved by developing an appropriate e-learning platform.

E-learning is only expensive at the initial stage when developing the online content and setting up of an appropriate management system but maintenance and management of the system is cheaper than organizing the traditional face to face trainings. Review of the content…………… continues on allvoices

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FIFA launches e-learning ethics tool
News from Boxscore:

FIFA: (February 20, 2013)  FIFA has launched a new e-learning tool designed to help football officials across the 209 member associations become more familiar with the provisions of the FIFA Code of Ethics 2012 (FCE).

The initiative was presented at a meeting of the FIFA Ethics Committee in January 2013 and represents another important step in FIFA’s on-going reform process.

Published on FIFA.com, the e-learning tool provides an overview of the scope of the FCE, the consequences of violating it, and a review of the Rules of Conduct.

In addition to promoting general education and awareness, the e-learning tool will be used by the Ethics Committee as part of settlements with individuals who may have committed…………… continues on Boxscore

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Feb 21st

Doctors’ continuing education goes online

Doctors’ continuing education goes online
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

Physicians who need to fulfill their continuing medical education requirements can now head to their computers to take a new online course from UCSF.

Last summer, UCSF announced a partnership with the online education company Coursera to offer three massive open online courses, or MOOCs, starting last month. This week, the UCSF Office of Continuing Medical Education approved one of the classes – Clinical Problem Solving – to count toward the credits that practicing physicians must accrue each year.

Doctors earning continuing medical education credits from the class pay $ 125, while it is free for the other students. The deadline for those enrolled in the class to sign up to receive credit is Friday.

“This is in many ways an exploration to see if physicians out in practice are interested in taking classes in this format,” said Dr.

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Rice University to join online education system edX
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Valuable education domains available as more students turn to online education

Valuable education domains available as more students turn to online education
News from The Providence Journal:

BOSTON, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DomainAdvisors, a leading broker of premium domain names and websites, announced today that a select group of category defining education domains including, but not limited to, GraduateSchool.com, GraduateSchools.com, OnlineGraduateSchool.com, OnlineClassrooms.com, Schooling.com and Educational.com have been listed exclusively for sale with their firm. Such targeted and brandable domains present a significant opportunity within the enrollment-marketing sector, companies involved in online lead generation for the education vertical, or to an established educational institution. As a result of the upward trend in the online education market as a whole, premium education domains such as these will only appreciate in value over time.

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Just last week, TechCrunch, a leading technology media property, released a compelling article entitled, “Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast Pace” stating that, “while educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined. In just 30 days, the largest school system in the U.S. began offering credit for online courses, a major university began awa…………… continues on The Providence Journal

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Training and Support Specialist
News from John Jay Online – Inside Higher Ed:

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 480,000 students in a wide range of educational programs at 24 colleges and institutions in New York City.
Job ID: 7605

Regular/Temporary: Regular

GENERAL DUTIES

Supports and consults with faculty, students, and others in the use of instructional systems, software, and programs.

– Provides day-to-day support for users of instructional systems

– May supervise a College help desk related to academic technology, supervising and training staff

– Designs, develops, and delivers training and orientation sessions on the use of instructional technologies

– May serve as an administrator and/or account coordinator for one or more systems

– Assists in demonstrating the practical application of computers and communications technology for classes and workshops for faculty or students

– May track problem reports, troubleshoot reported issues, and document resolutions

– Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: IT Academic Technology Specialist

CONTRACT TITLE

Higher Education Assistant

FLSA

Exempt

CAMPUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION

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Feb 20th

Comcast invests in online education startup Quad Learning

Comcast invests in online education startup Quad Learning
News from FierceCable:

Online education startup Quad Learning said Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is among the investors that participated in its $ 11 million Series A funding round last week.

In addition to the MSO’s Comcast Ventures subsidiary, the Bethesda, Md.-based company said it received investments from New Atlantic Ventures, SWaN and Legend Fund and New Enterprise Associates.

Quad Learning said it is focused on helping students at community colleges transfer to four-year programs at colleges and universities. The company said it has developed a “virtual classroom” in which each student has his or her own live video tile on their computer screen.

For more:
– Washington Business Journal has this story

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Law regulating free online classes should go, legislator says
News from Minnesota Public Radio:

by Alex Friedrich, Minnesota Public Radio

February 19, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state senator has proposed allowing colleges to offer large not-for-credit online classes in Minnesota if they remain free of charge.

The Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs, enable one professor to teach tens of thousands of students online at the same time. But Minnesota requires private and out-of-state colleges offering online courses to register with the state and pay a fee, regardless of whether the classes are free or offer no credit.

It was meant to protect consumers from low-quality schools. But online-education supporters say it has impeded providers of the courses. Online-education company Coursera has said the process is burdensome. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Jeremy Miller of Winona, says it’s time for the law to go.

“It’s ridiculous that Minnesota is trying to regulate a free online educational course,” Miller said. “That’s why we’re working to eliminate this barrier, and make sure that these free courses can be offered in our state.”

Miller acknowledges his bill could change to account for growing college acceptance of the courses.

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