Jan 31st

Phase3 Telecom plans to boost e-Learning initiative

Phase3 Telecom plans to boost e-Learning initiative
News from Telecompaper (subscription):

African aerial fibre network operator Phase3 Telecom said it aims to will improve the quality of ICT knowledge in the education sector with its eLearning initiative. The e-Learning product, called 3CEi innovation, was launched in 2013 to help build a solid foundation for Nigerian pupils and students in ICT knowledge development at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. CEO Stanley Jegede said the company would continue to be committed to the deployment of 3CEi in schools since its programmes are targeted at helping schools to inspire and motivate the ICT innovations among tech-savvy pupils and students.

The programmes that have been made into an audio-visual format in English and French will also be converted to Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba Languages very soon. He explained that the audio-visual format comprises an interactive question bank that is designed with a child-friendly interface. He said Phase3 would provide all the software and hardware required to effectively deliver on the objectives of the programme. He said the programme would effectively fill gaps in the country’s current educational system through innovative methods such as e-learning that makes learning interesting.

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Jan 30th

New Report Chronicles Growth Of Online Learning In Higher Education

New Report Chronicles Growth Of Online Learning In Higher Education
News from The Chattanoogan:

The number of students in the United States enrolled in at least one online course has increased faster than overall enrollment growth in higher education, a new report from the state Comptroller’s office shows.

 

The report, released today by the Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA), found that between 2002 and 2010, the number of students enrolled in online courses throughout the U.

S. grew 283 percent – from 1.6 million to 6.1 million. Nearly one-third of all higher education students took at least one course online in 2011.

 

Tennessee’s higher education institutions have offered flexible online course options for the last decade. In the 2011-12 academic year, about 14 percent of courses at Tennessee four-year institutions and more than 23 percent at community colleges were classified as e-learning courses in which 50 percent or more of the content is delivered electronically.

 

Online learning options continue to increase in Tennessee along with the state’s effort to boost the number of citizens with college degrees or certificates. The newly-opened Western Governors University Tennessee, a nonprofit online higher education institution, is designed to enroll adults with some college credit but no college de…………… continues on The Chattanoogan

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Online-Education Services Provider Colloquy Announces National Consulting …
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— Colloquy, a leading partner for the development of online-education programs for higher education, today announces a new team of consultants in North America. The consultants include five experienced representatives from across the education services industry. Under the leadership of Tim Gilbert, president of Colloquy, the team will drive Colloquy’s efforts to help institutions formulate and execute their online strategies.

“The knowledge and experience of our consultants will expand Colloquy’s ability to serve a wider range of institutions across the country,” said Tim Gilbert. “Institutional leaders aiming to launch or revitalizing their online degree strategies, marketing and curriculum design can leverage this new team.”

Collectively, the group brings 60 years of combined experience in education and the businesses that serve education. The team will consult with and help institutions identify opportunities to develop partnerships that will leverage Colloquy’s services to achieve online success.

The members of Colloquy’s national consultants team include:

Bill Bradfield

Mr. Bradfield is a 25-year veteran of the higher education market. He was founder and CEO of Perceptis, Inc., the leading independent provider of customer support services to higher education until…………… continues on Fort Mills Times

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Jan 29th

Phase3 to Boost ICT Education with e-Learning Initiative

Phase3 to Boost ICT Education with e-Learning Initiative
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 Phase3 Telecom

By Emma Okonji

Aerial Fibre Network operator, Phase3 Telecom says it will improve the quality of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge in the education sector with its eLearning initiative.
The e-Learning initiative seeks to provide top notch e-solutions to the education sector, such as e-Health, e-Banking, e-Government, e-Commerce, e-Payment, among others.

The e-Learning solution called 3CEi innovation was launched in 2013 to help build a solid foundation for Nigerian pupils and students in ICT knowledge development at primary, secondary and tertiary levels which is currently at its lowest ebb in the nation’s education sector.

The company believes its initiative can bridge the digital gap as it continues to promote the importance of inculcating impactful new learning system in the country’s education sector.

E-learning in modern times is a system that encompasses both formal and non-formal learning at all levels.  Also, it is a learning method that wholly or in part uses information network which includes the internet, an intranet (LAN) or extranet (WAN) for course delivery, interaction, evaluation and facilitation, as characteristic of online or web-based learning which a…………… continues on THISDAY Live

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Professor designs e-learning course
News from The Flat Hat:

While students may be accustomed to learning macroeconomics with 100 other students in the halls of Andrews or Millington, economics professor Till Schreiber is moving his course to a digital forum.

Schreiber is currently developing a completely online Principles of Macroeconomics course. Currently, the College of William and Mary plans to offer the course to students who won’t be on campus but would like to take the class over the summer.

Schreiber said most courses in the economics department are at capacity, especially in introductory courses. One of the hopes is that by providing an easily accessible online version of the Economics 102 course over the summer, more students will have the chance to complete those courses.

“Part of that demand [for ECON 102] can also conveniently, for both the student and the instructor, be met through the online [offering] over the summer … and that might lead to productivity improvements,” Schreiber said.

For Schreiber, one of the challenges of creating a fully online course is making it similar to the course that is offered in person during the fall and spring semesters.

“The challenge is to [create the online course] in a way that is consistent with the courses that we offer here. The goal of the Dean’s office and of myself and also everyone involved is not to have two versions of the course tha…………… continues on The Flat Hat

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Jan 29th

Online Education Is Trying Very Hard To Make Itself More Respectable

Online Education Is Trying Very Hard To Make Itself More Respectable
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Degree-like certificates and paid course tiers are designed to retain students and enhance the prestige of online study.

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This post is part of Hire Education, an occasional series about technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping the way students prepare themselves for a transformed workforce.

I’m currently enrolled in a free online Coursera class on terrorism through a university located in the Netherlands, in which I watch lectures and complete assignments from the comfort of my couch. As much as I enjoy the subject matter, though, completing the course in a timely fashion while maintaining a work-life balance has proven challenging.

I almost gave it up. 

Instead of quitting altogether, I paid Coursera $ 49 to give me a “completion certificate” so I’ll have a reward when I…………… continues on ReadWrite

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Jan 25th

GUEST COLUMN: Online learning viable alternative for education

GUEST COLUMN: Online learning viable alternative for education
News from Colorado Springs Gazette:

We live in an exciting time for public education, here in Colorado as well as across the country. Exciting, not only because our children are being challenged as never before to prepare for an increasingly global economy, but also because educators and policymakers are being called upon as never before to empower our children to rise to that challenge. And that has meant addressing the increasingly diverse needs of our youth with an ever-broader array of meaningful educational options.

Our groundbreaking online-learning programs – Insight School of Colorado and Colorado Preparatory Academy – are among the most innovative of all educational options available in our state today. Arguably, they have the greatest potential to prepare our youths for today, tomorrow and beyond. They adapt to the uniqueness of every student and can bring out the best in each student in a way that few other programs can.

We are proud to observe National School Choice Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, celebrating Colorado’s increasingly diverse public-education portfolio – including neighborhood public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, home schooling and of course online learning. Colorado families are fortunate in that they can take advantage of so many school-choice options, thanks to some forward-thinking policies enacted in our state over the years. A centr…………… continues on Colorado Springs Gazette

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Ashford University Now Accepting Credits From Two Online Education Institutions
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — Furthering its mission to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, and high quality learning opportunities, Ashford University has announced that students may earn credit for courses offered through massive open online course (MOOC) providers Coursera and Udacity.

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The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated select courses from Coursera and Udacity and provided credit recommendations to students on ACE transcripts, which can be submitted to colleges and universities for credit evaluation. Ashford recognizes and accepts all ACE credit recommendations. The evaluated courses from Coursera and Udacity have been articulated to fulfill general education requirements in undergraduate degree programs at Ashford University. These new opportunities for program completion make the degree process more affordable for students and may also sh…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Jan 22nd

Online learning gaining steam as a ‘disruptive innovation’ in higher education

Online learning gaining steam as a ‘disruptive innovation’ in higher education
News from Deseret News:

Traditional higher education possesses systemic problems. Online learning may see tremendous growth and help to reverse some of the most decried trends in higher education in 2014.

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A new report in Forbes argues that 2014 will be a big year for higher education. The article by Todd Hixon argues that its…………… continues on Deseret News

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Online Education Makes Being Harvard Dropout Easy
News from Bloomberg:

More exceptional than you already are.

[laughter] there is a term for people who have mastered these.

Monks — mooks.

They are one flavor, you have to take it that number — take a look at that number pretty hard.

At first it was about for- profit.

Then it was about the mooks.

Online distribution with liquidity credibility depends on who is offering it.

But even when it is offered for free — i read this anecdotally — even when offered for free it is hard to keep them engaged.

Because it is free?

A markets investor offered courses for free and if someone looked at the quality programs and courses today and translates them to where they work.

That is a different side.

Mook is version 1.0. we have kind of buried the lead.

91% of the people who signed up for those courses did not complete them.

I am one of them.

It turned out to be too complicated, above my head, and i am lazy and not committed.

I think we are seeing online 1.0. this is going to be the future.

Even if you look at the students who enrolled but if you think about it, this is my favorite analogy, a lot of people do not want to buy four years.

We were talking about sheryl sandberg earlier.

There is a lot of focus on these new up-and-coming women executives.

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Jan 22nd

eLearning trends for 2014

eLearning trends for 2014
News from eCampus News:

E-learning has been around for quite some time now, and as its popularity continues to grow within the corporate and educational sectors, so does its capabilities, BizCommunity reports.

Computers are becoming increasingly essential as educational tools, while technologies are becoming more portable and cost-effective – mobile learning is a perfect example of this.

It has become imperative in recent years to look critically at the learning outcomes of training and to adapt those outcomes accordingly. Organisations no longer require an endless accumulation of general knowledge, but the focus is now rather on skills that help them to save money, decrease downtime and increase effectiveness.

According to research firm, Ambient Insight, the global market for self-paced e-learning products and services reached US$ 27.1 billion by 2009 and is likely to double by 2014. With that said, let’s have a quick look at the e-learning trends for 2014.

1. From textbook to tablet: In March 2013, Sunward Park High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, successfully made the transition from physical textbook to tablet when the tablet project initiative was officially launched by the Basic Education Deputy Minister, in partnership with Modern Information Business (MIB).

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Junior eLearning Coordinator
News from Third Sector:

Job Title: Junior eLearning Coordinator  

Location: London, Greater London

Salary: Circa ?20,185

Job type: Permanent – Grade 6

Hours: 40 Hours per Week

Are you a talented and innovative individual ready to use your coordination skills and creativity to produce dynamic and impactful eLearning resources? Our client reaches thousands of national and international learners across a range of industries each year through the high quality digital learning solutions. They offer via their qualifications and training provisions, as well as bespoke digital resources for clients.

They want you to play a key part in the development of their exciting and progressive eLearning solutions. Your creative flair will enable you to use digital techniques and tools to deliver content-rich products that are fit for purpose. You will work collaboratively with a senior eLearning Lead to ensure content is creatively delivered to the highest standards, to schedule and budget. A key aspect of the role is assisting the publishing and marketing team with the on-going co-ordination of projects. You will be able maintain positive working relationships with both internal and external clients.

This exciting opportunity requires someone with experience in design and multimedia coordination development and a passion for digital content creation. You will…………… continues on Third Sector

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Jan 21st

OTC recognized for its online education support

OTC recognized for its online education support
News from Springfield News-Leader:

A national organization that advances distance education through research and collaboration has recognized Ozarks Technical Community College’s Online Blackboard Support for Excellence in eLearning, as well as mathematics instructor Marylynne Abbott.

The Instructional Technology Council also shares best practices among member institutions.

OTC’s Online Blackboard Support is the 2014 award recipient for Outstanding Technical Support or Service.

Online Blackboard Support assists students and faculty with using Blackboard, an online learning platform used in seated, hybrid and online classes.

“Since the summer, our office has offered students an online Blackboard orientation,” said Philip Arnold, OTC’s director of eLearning systems. “That allows first-time online students to get comfortable with the software before they being their classes.”

Mindy Gomez, OTC’s coordinator of online instructional design and web development, who is presenting at ITC’s 2014 eLearning Conference, will accept the award for OTC.

ITC’s eLearning Conference is Feb. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.

Abbott is OTC’s lead online mathematics instructor and teaches seated and online courses.

Though she did not win the award, Abbott and the other four nominees will be recognized as “Distinguished Educators” at the conference in Orlando.

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Online Education Startup Coursera Comes of Age, Announces Specializations
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Online education startup Coursera may have finally found a way to give students an education more akin to a college degree–and in the process, put itself on sounder financial footing.

Coursera, the Mountain View, California-based provider of free, massively open online courses, or MOOCs, is launching a new feature called Specializations, the MOOC equivalent of majors. Rather than taking one isolated course for free, students can now select a sequence of courses, which they take in order, for a fee, albeit, a small one. Then, if they pass, students receive a certificate of completion.

“We heard from many students that they wanted help sequencing together courses in order to form more substantive programs of study than can be represented by a single course.  On the flip side, we also heard significant interest from our university partners in offering course sequences,” Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng told me by email. “After discussions with our partners and several student surveys, we decided to proceed with this program, which we believe is the next stage in the development of MOOCs.”

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Jan 18th

Udemy Android App Lets You Take Online Education with You

Udemy Android App Lets You Take Online Education with You
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Udemy, a popular massive open online course provider (MOOC), has just released an app that lets users learn on the go. The free Udemy Android app grants users access to courses on topics ranging from writing to computer programming, with all courses taught by experts in their respective fields, Venture Beat reports. Android users anywhere can now sign in through their Facebook or Udemy accounts to gain access to over 10,000 courses taught by instructors from around the world.

What is Udemy?

The Udemy MOOC employs over 6,000 instructors from around the world. Where competitor MOOCs such as Coursera seek out university professors to present lectures, Udemy instead invites professionals and industry experts. Udemy can be a useful tool for college students, but Venture Beat reports that it has also “excelled at professional corporate training,” and that technical skill courses such as classes in programming are among the most popular. According to a 

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Study: Online Learning Sees Slowest Growth in a Decade
News from U.S. News & World Report:

About 7.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2012, a study finds.

The number of students taking online courses grew at the slowest rate in a decade in 2012, according to a report released today.

About 7.1 million students took at least one online course during fall 2012 – a 6.1 percent increase over the year before, according to “Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States,” an annual report by the Babson Survey Research Group. The report, previously called the Sloan Online Survey, also found school leaders had a slightly more negative perception of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, in 2013.

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Jan 17th

A new university bets on a hybrid online-learning model

A new university bets on a hybrid online-learning model
News from Reuters:

SAN FRANCISCO Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:14am EST

1 of 9. Minerva Project Principle Learning Architect Ari Bader-Natal (L) discusses work with Chief Product Office Jonathan Katzman at the company’s office in San Francisco, California January 7, 2014.

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CORRECTED-FEATURE-A new university bets on a hybrid online-learning model
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Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:58am EST

(Deletes “Coursera” in third paragraph, replaces with “Udacity”)

By Sarah McBride

SAN FRANCISCO Jan 17 (Reuters) – Offering a twist on the learn-from-anywhere convenience of Internet classes, a new university is asking freshmen to take a large leap of faith.

Minerva Schools of KGI, a radically experimental university in San Francisco, is sifting through applications for its first class, starting this fall. The school is an alliance between Minerva Project, a venture-backed for-profit company, and Keck Graduate Institute, one of California’s Claremont colleges.

The school launches just as studies are questioning the efficacy of Web teaching. In California, a high-profile program run by San Jose State University and startup Udacity, was suspended after officials found that failure rates for online students were much higher than for traditional learners.

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