Dec 30th

School district, higher education turned upside-down

School district, higher education turned upside-down
News from Palo Alto Online:

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While Palo Alto residents took issue with the city over development and traffic problems, other disruptive forces turned local educational institutions on their heads this year, namely a lengthy and painful civil rights investigation at the Palo Alto School Union District and the shock waves felt from the rise of online-education.

Office for Civil Rights investigates district

A federal civil-rights agency disrupted life for leaders of the Palo Alto school district in 2013.

Spurred by the family of a disabled Palo Alto middle school student, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the district’s handling of the ongoing bullying of the student.

In December 2012, the agency — which is charged with enforci…………… continues on Palo Alto Online

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Make online education click
News from Hindu Business Line:

Massive Open Online Courses can help spread quality education in India at little cost to students.

India is facing major challenges in higher education. In 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh noted that in almost half of India’s districts, higher education enrolments were “abysmally low” and that two-thirds of Indian universities and 90 per cent of Indian colleges were rated as below average on quality parameters.

Unsurprisingly, in the face of the state failure to meet educational demands, higher education is becoming increasingly privatised with Indian elites and portions of the middle class leaving public institutions for private ones, both within India and abroad. This flight from public institutions further weakens the capacity of the state to meet the educational needs of the population, perpetuating the problem. Unfortunately, the private institutions tend to be confined to narrow professional tracks and are often plagued by weak internal governance and state regulation.

Access, quality issues

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may be one potential solution, not to overcome India’s higher education challenges entirely, but to help alleviate some of the country’s access and quality issues in higher education. MOOCs have attracted international med…………… continues on Hindu Business Line

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Dec 29th

Adult education classes offered online at Oakton Community College

Adult education classes offered online at Oakton Community College
News from Lincolnwood Review:

Look below for a press release from Oakton Community College: 

Wear your pajamas to class if you want! Take adult education courses without leaving home by enrolling in online offerings by Oakton Community College’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning. 

Featured sessions run from January 15 – March 7. Course fee is $ 119 ($ 80 for in-district seniors).

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Dec 28th

District Launches Online Learning to Compete With Cyber Schools

District Launches Online Learning to Compete With Cyber Schools
News from NBC 10 Philadelphia:

School districts across York County are combating fund-draining cyber charter schools with online programs of their own, a move that allows schools to keep money inside the district.

In York County, 11 school districts have an in-house cyber school program, with another to start in January. School officials say the programs allow the districts to make sure students have proper accountability and say the students’ diplomas carry the same weight no matter the medium of learning.

It’s also an effort to keep taxpayer dollars in the district, as thousands of dollars per child leave when a student is enrolled in a cyber-school. School officials say their own programs can decrease their expenses to about half of what it costs to pay cyber school tuition, because they can operate the programs efficiently while keeping pension and salary costs inside the district.

Some districts are seeing success.

The Dover Area School District has kept its external cyber school enrollment from rising markedly while seeing a rise in the number of students who elect to enroll in the district’s version of online education. The Southern York County School District also saw enrollment in its program overtake enrollment in outside cyber schools within the past two years.<…………… continues on NBC 10 Philadelphia

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Leaders in Fitness and ECA World Fitness Announce Online Fitness Education …
News from PRunderground:

Leaders in Fitness, a leading online provider of continuing education for fitness professionals, has announced a new series of courses through a partnership with ECA World Fitness.  Through the arrangement, ECA World Fitness is able to offer a rich online learning environment across a broad variety of fitness topics, from “corrective exercise strategies for low back pain” to “philosophies in paleolithic nutrition”. The content released today on www.leadersinfitness.com and edu.ecaworldfitness.com includes a variety courses filmed at ECA World Fitness’ Thrive Conference in Fort Lauderdale this past November.

The partnership provides an effective review for those who attend ECA conference events and opens up new opportunities for professionals nationwide who wish to satisfy their requirements for their fitness certification renewals via online delivery and a testing portal with tablet and mobile support. Leaders in Fitness and ECA…………… continues on PRunderground

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Building an Online Education Business: How to Earn Six Figures Teaching Your Passion
Teaching may be only the world’s second-oldest profession, but it is, perhaps, the most honorable. Everyone can remember tha…

An Education
When Jenny (Academy Awardr and Golden Glober Nominee Carey Mulligan), a bright young school girl who longs for adulthood, meets Da…

Dec 26th

Online education in California

Online education in California
News from OCRegister (subscription):

We asked Gary Brahm, chancellor of Chapman University’s adult education affiliate Brandman University, about current trends in online education and looked at proposed legislation that aims to change the landscape of online education in California.

Brahm’s observations:

In Knowledge Bytes, the Register offers insight, ideas and information from university experts.

?• Responsibilities with family and jobs are what typically keep people from going back to school. The growth in online, continuation education is in part to programs that can be built around a person’s schedule.

?• For Brandman at least, the student age is most often around 30 years old.

?• There are more women who participate in online learning. Even in traditional higher education models, there are more women than men earning their degrees.

?• Women seem to be more interested in higher education. It’s hard to say why, but there is a trend over the last 20 years or so and who is seeking out further education has transitioned.

?• Online students often go to school to try and find avenues to improve their financial situation through education.

?• For many online students, or those who are looking for a non-traditional education, they are…………… continues on OCRegister (subscription)

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UW-Oshkosh pilots virtual student teaching as online learning blossoms
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Dec 26th

2013 in education: The year online learning met market forces

2013 in education: The year online learning met market forces
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Lauren Hepler
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The UpTake: This year, education technology purveyors have started to reposition themselves, targeting differentiation and increased revenue in a crowded market.

If 2012 was the year that MOOC madness gripped the education world, then 2013 was a year of maturation in the education technology market.

Last year, signing up hundreds of thousands of online students for free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) was enough to generate excitement and, in some cas…………… continues on Upstart

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Online training provides continuing education for veterinarians
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The Animal Care Training program hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University continues to grow and provide education for beef, dairy, equine, transportation and livestock marketing.

Among the most widely attributed programs are the business training modules released earlier in 2013, which are offered by the National Food Animal Veterinary Institute (NFAVI) and tailored for veterinarians’ continuing education. Five courses and 25 video modules are being offered online to address topics such as budgeting, recruiting and hiring new employees, improving client satisfaction, personal financial management and sales forecasting.

The program, which targets veterinarians in rural areas, is available at www.beefcattleinstitute.org.

Educational institutions, including Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University, are using these video modules for students studying to become veterinarians and have purchased use of the program for their curriculums. Chris Ross, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, said business training is essential for those out in the field.

“Business management instruction is not a major part of our curriculum, and we were looking for high-quality material to make available to students with or without course…………… continues on Agri-View

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Dec 24th

Seattle startup creativeLIVE goes 24/7 with online education

Seattle startup creativeLIVE goes 24/7 with online education
News from KING5.com:

by RENAY SAN MIGUEL / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Think of creativeLIVE, Seattle photographer/entrepreneur Chase Jarvis’ three-year-old web venture, as adult continuing education on steroids.

The company truly earned that distinction in early December, when creativeLIVE started broadcasting live online courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week from studios in Seattle and San Francisco. A roster of A-list instructors – Pulitzer Prize winners, bestselling authors, top business leaders – teach classes in five subject areas: photo/video, art/design, music/audio, maker/craft and business/money. Those interested can watch the courses for free when they are live, and can pay anywhere from $ 30 to $ 150 if they want to own copies of the content.

creativeLIVE represents an ambitious investment in the staff and technology needed to broadcast live web content around the world. The company has raised nearly $ 30 million in series A and…………… continues on KING5.com


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Dec 23rd

2013 in education: The year online learning met market forces

2013 in education: The year online learning met market forces
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This North Carolina Campus Was Meant to Show Off the Future… – The New Republic
News from This North Carolina Campus Was Meant to Show Off the Future… – The New Republic:

I made it to campus just in time for the workshop. My hosts were still trying to decide whether to hold it. It was 9:30 a.m., and only five students populated the circle of seats in the classroom. “We were just thinking that the afternoon was going to be a better time for more people,” one staff member, Steve Cooperman, told another in a low voice.

“Did you want to move it to this afternoon?” she asked.

“Well, this afternoon is no good.”

“Well, Thursday we have a ‘Find Your Passion’ workshop…”

Settled: They would do it now, as planned. But first they had to decide whether to go around the room, or split into smaller groups. “What do you think?” Cooperman asked me. “You’re part of the community now. You have a say.” 

The community I had joined—if only for a couple of days—was Black Mountain SOLE, a start-up that combines a traditional campus experience with the latest innovation in American education: MOOCs, or massive open online courses. The school plunks the usually solitary task of online learning down in an approximation of a college community. It crowns a hilltop outside the hippie enclave of Asheville, North Carolina, and launched this fall with about $ 400,000 in its coffers.

Though the morning’s groggy attendees looked like college students, the workshop felt more like a self-empowerment cla…………… continues on This North Carolina Campus Was Meant to Show Off the Future… – The New Republic

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Dec 22nd

Seeing Double: UAF’s eLearning wins two pairs of Google Glasses

Seeing Double: UAF’s eLearning wins two pairs of Google Glasses
News from The Sun Star:

Kaz Alvarez/Sun Star Reporter
Dec. 10, 2013

UAF eLearning and Distance Education received two sets of Google Glass, Explorer Edition to test at the university and around the state.

Last spring, Google invited 10,000 people to use the hashtag on Twitter and Google+, and say what they would do with a Google Glass, Explorer Edition set to help Google beta test the device’s features. Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted camera and display that can take photos, record videos, translate signs or speech, surf the web or play games.

eLearning Instructional Designer Jennifer Moss, tweeted her idea to take photographs of the aurora in her backyard with the tag #ifihadglass.

Winners of the contest became part of Google’s Explorer Program so that they could shape the development of the Google Glass device. The contest is open to U.S. residents and contestants are admitted as slots open up.

“It was kind of spur of the moment,” Moss said. Photographing the aurora would test the device’s functionality in negative temperatures and the quality of the camera.

The device has a battery stored next to a touch pad bar above the right ear where it can be kept warm by a hat and body heat. The camera and a small cube of glass is located above the right eye. The cube of glass acts as a sm…………… continues on The Sun Star

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Navigating The Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies For Blended And Online Learning
Our nation’s schools stand at an important “inflection point” in the history of education. Taken together, the implementatio…

Dec 21st

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014
News from Washington Post:

Many well-known colleges and universities are teaming with two big-name Web sites to offer free online education.

But George Washington University is charting another path into the world of MOOCs.

In 2014, GWU will offer its first massive open online course, or MOOC, on the topic of the Federal Reserve. The university announced the initiative last week at a symposium on the history and future of the Fed.

Notably, the MOOC will not be on the Coursera or edX Web sites. Those are MOOC platforms that have attracted many universities and a worldwide market of users in the past year and a half. Among local universities, Georgetown offers MOOCs on edX and the University of Maryland on

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Dec 19th

UK adult content filters inadvertently block online education and medical …

UK adult content filters inadvertently block online education and medical …
News from Engadget:

We’ve all fallen victim to the pedantic e-mail filter that denies the existence of Scunthorpe and refuses to let you order Shiitake Mushrooms, but the situation just got a whole lot worse in the UK. The country’s new nationwide adult content filter has been found to restrict access not just to smut, but also to online educational, medical and emergency resources. The list of “offending” sites runs from BishUK, a site to teach young people about relationships, all the way through to several women’s crisis centers being blocked. In response to questions from the BBC, networks like BT and TalkTalk have pledged to make the necessary changes — although some have qu…………… continues on Engadget

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Idaho online tech high school plans 2014 opening
News from The Idaho Statesman:

A new online charter high school aimed at technical and specialty trade education is coming to Idaho in fall 2014 in a partnership between K12 Inc. and the Idaho College and Career Readiness Academy.

The academy is designed to teach technical skills and direct students to job opportunities or to post-secondary technical training.

“Our focus is to remove barriers to technical education so that more students stay in school to pursue a hopeful future,” said Kerry Wysocki, academy board president and general manager of Meridian-based Northwest Machining Inc.

K12 provides online education materials for pre-kindergarten through high school.

The school, which will be headquartered in Meridian, has set an enrollment goal of 200 students for the first year. But that number could change depending on demand.

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