Feb 28th

Louisiana bill would require higher education boards to broadcast meetings online

Louisiana bill would require higher education boards to broadcast meetings online
News from The Times-Picayune:

A Louisiana lawmaker is looking to have all higher education institution meetings held in Baton Rouge be broadcast live over the Internet.

The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Sherri Smith Buffington, calls for LSU, Southern University, University of Louisiana and the Louisiana Community and Technical College systems to broadcast regular and committee meetings via the Internet.

The current law authorizes any public body to live broadcast any meeting, but doesn’t require a board to do so.

Oftentimes, higher education boards will live broadcast meetings when board members think agenda items have widespread interest.

Buffington says the Louisiana Board of Regents, who oversees the state’s higher education institutions, are required to broadcast their meetings online, it’ll be a good idea for other boards that meet in Baton Rouge to do the same.

The Shreveport Republican says there are people who live far around from the state’s capital that would like to know what’s going on with university systems that meet monthly in Baton rouge.

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Meet the Israeli leading the online education revolution
News from Haaretz:

It was a significant week for University of the People. The university — founded by Israeli entrepreneur Shai Reshef in 2009 as a new, low-cost model of higher education — reached an important milestone, gaining U.S. accreditation as an academic institution. The university’s aspires to make higher education accessible to all, as opposed to being an option primarily for people of means.

Many have already deemed University of the People, or UoPeople for short, an educational revolution. This week’s decision makes the degrees it bestows legitimate academic credentials and recognizes graduates as having completed university studies. The graduates — many of them refugees, illegal migrants and poor people, who were generally unable to find adapt themselves to traditional university studies for reasons both financial and personal — now have degrees they never dreamed of.

“I always knew they would recognize us,” says Reshef. “For years, day after day, we had heated arguments on our Facebook page about the recognition issue. ‘Will you get recognized?’ and ‘When will they recognize you?’ We couldn’t answer for legal reasons, and it was frustrating, because we wanted to calm our students down, and tell them that recognition will come, it will happen.”

Reshef, 58, from the city of Petah Tikvah near Tel Aviv, started University of the People four years after se…………… continues on Haaretz

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Feb 27th

The quick fix for online education: Make instructors binge on TED talks

The quick fix for online education: Make instructors binge on TED talks
News from Quartz:

In a 2010 talk, TED curator Chris Anderson describes the concept of “crowd-accelerated innovation”—a self-fueling cycle of learning which has accelerated through the ubiquity of web-based video. In Anderson’s view, this mechanism of iteration and immediate feedback has made the Ted Talk and many other iterative processes evolve in dramatic ways. Anderson explains that part of the reason TED evolved so quickly is that you had some of the best and most creative individuals in the world prepare extensively for their talk by watching their predecessors. Through this iterative process, the presentations consistently improve—if only out of fear of disappointing their audience. This phenomenon can also be felt in many areas of society from dance to politics but also underpins the innovation going on in the rapidly evolving landscape for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

With thousands of students enrolling in each MOOC, the amount of student feedback is exponentially greater than what a faculty member would receive in a traditional academic setting.  Consider that a traditional higher education class size is 10 to 200 students, while MOOC s can range from 3,000-250,000 per class. Moreover, MOOC…………… continues on Quartz

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Audit finds poor oversight of Utah schools’ online education
News from Salt Lake Tribune:

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jaden Farr, 16, joins other students at DaVinci Academy, 2033 Grant Ave, in Ogden, as they take online Spanish on Friday, Feb. 21, as part of their “blended” learning program. Blended learning means the student is a traditional student who also takes some classes online, for instance language classes or other subjects that allow them to get caught up or move ahead.

Two private companies are being paid millions in Utah tax dollars to recruit online students who boost enrollment for mostly charter schools — on paper.

The schools contract out the students’ online education back to the same companies that recruited them. Some schools then pay little attention to student performance, attendance, or progress toward graduation, leaving it to the private company, a new state audit says.

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Feb 24th

Facebook reveals online education app for Rwanda

Facebook reveals online education app for Rwanda
News from CNN:

A sign with the ‘like’ symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters on February 1, 2012 in Menlo Park, California.
  • Facebook is helping roll out a pilot online education program in Rwanda, under the Internet.org umbrella
  • The SocialEDU program, called edX, will be a mobile app integrated into Facebook to provide localized education
  • Announcement comes ahead of Zuckerberg’s Mobile World Congress keynote speech

Editor’s note: Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest mobile phone trade show looking at the current state of mobile and where it might go next. Watch CNN International’s coverage live from Barcelona on 24 February to 28 February. Get the latest live updates from the event on continues on CNN

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UC Online Education introduces discount for employees
News from Daily Californian:

A new systemwide discount on UC online courses was introduced to university employees Tuesday.

The 33 percent tuition reduction is part of a pilot program that allows all faculty, staff, their spouses and dependents, provided they are not current UC students, to enroll in a selection of nine online courses that will be open for registration from March 3 to 30. Classes begin March 31.

The discount is in addition to the regular 10 percent reduction on enrollment fees — up to $ 50 — that is already provided by the Regents Policy 7502, for all employees who wish to enroll in a university program.

“UC Online offers online courses to non-UC students on an ongoing basis,” said DoQuyen Tran-Taylor, program manager of UC Online Education, in an email. “With this pilot program, our intent was to extend this excellent educational opportunity to UC employees and their families.”

Tuition varies between $ 1,050 and $ 2,100. Courses include varied topics such as “Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric” as well as “Introduction to Computer Science.” Two others cover global climate change and fresh water processes and policies, while others examine democracy, war and terrorism.

The initiative comes after the university’s ongoing push to expand online course offerings and the cross-campus enrollment system introduced in November, which allows for enrollment…………… continues on Daily Californian

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Feb 23rd

Garrett schools to use eLearning waiver

Garrett schools to use eLearning waiver
News from KPCnews.com:

GARRETT — Garrett students will be making up snow days through technology, according to Garrett-Keyser-Butler School Superintendent Dennis Stockdale.

The district will utilize the eLearning waiver granted by the Indiana Department of Education to make up weather-related days encountered this year..

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Maconaquah Schools given e-learning days option
News from Kokomo Tribune:

BUNKER HILL — Maconaquah School Corp. now is immune from the challenges of holding class in inclement winter weather thanks to its e-learning days.

The Indiana Department of Education gave the OK Monday evening for Maconaquah teachers and students to work from home in case of bad road conditions or freezing temperatures. Maconaquah is one of four corporations participating in a statewide e-learning pilot program for the 2013-14 school year, and now those e-learning days can serve as an alternative to canceling school.

“Now, instead of being four planned days, if we have a weather incident we can do an e-learning day,” said Craig Jernagen, Maconaquah Middle School principal. “Teachers will teach from home and students will learn from home.”

Maconaquah has completed two e-learning days so far this year, where middle and high school students receive assignments the day before and then spend the e-learning day working from home and communicating with teachers via email or phone throughout the day.

If an e-learning day is called because of snow, teachers and students will have to adapt their plans more quickly. Also, elementary students would join in the e-learning for the first time.

“The obvious challenge is our elementary,” said Superintendent Doug Arnold. “We started talking with principals at Pipe Creek Elementary and Maconaquah Eleme…………… continues on Kokomo Tribune

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Feb 21st

eLearning Africa to host 5th photography competition

eLearning Africa to host 5th photography competition
News from HumanIPO:

eLearning Africa has announced its fifth annual Through your Lens photography competition, urging photographers to document how ICT is enhancing how Africans live, learn, cooperate and connect.

This years competition, entitled “Social Africa: building bridges through ICT”, is open until April.

The winning photos will be displayed at this year’s eLearning Africa conference. Prizes include a tablet PC, digital camera and an MP3 player.

“Contributions from all sectors and walks of life are welcome,” eLearning Africa said in a statement. “The photo should show how communication tools and information technologies can build bridges and foster relationships between people and be accompanied by a brief description outlining the inspiration behind their idea.”

All eligible photos can be submitted through the Through your Lens Facebook application.

eLearning Africa 2014 is one of the biggest events focusing on ICT-enhanced education in Africa, “enabling participants to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities”.

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Feb 19th

Q&A with UAlbany’s online education provost

Q&A with UAlbany’s online education provost
News from Albany Business Review:

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University at Albany will offer more degree programs online, including its first fully-online undergraduate program, under the direction of its new assistant vice provost for online education, Peter Shea.

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Google Capital invests $ 40 million in online education giant Renaissance …
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Google Capital invests in Renaissance’s edtech

Google is betting big time on the online education space.

Google Capital, one of the Mountain View company’s venture arms, announced today it is investing $ 40 million into Wisconsin-based Renaissance Learning, a K-12 cloud-based assessment and learning analytics company with over 1,000 employees.

Renaissance Learning CEO Jack Lynch.

“We didn’t need the capital, but it definitely opens the door,” for many other opportunities, said Renaissance Learning CEO Jack Lynch.

With this infusion, Google now owns a small perce…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Feb 17th

Alibaba & others sink $100M into Asia’s language-learning service TutorGroup …

Alibaba & others sink $ 100M into Asia’s language-learning service TutorGroup …
News from VentureBeat:

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Online education provider TutorGroup has closed a massive $ 100 million in second round funding from Asia-based investors.

VentureBeat has exclusively learned that online shopping juggernaut Alibaba, Temasek and Qiming Venture Partners participated in the round. The company strategically raised its funds from investors in China and Singapore, as it’s building a strong brand in the region. Most of the TutorGroup offices are spread across Asia, although the company has a research and development group based in Silicon Valley.

TutorGroup got its start in 2004 and quickly became one of the fastest-growing English language learning services. It now also offers Mandarin Chinese language learning on a new site, Tutorming.org. To commemorate the funding, TutorGroup is launching a scholarship f…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Online Education Has a Loneliness Problem. Can Harvard Fix It?
News from Businessweek:

As business schools tiptoe into the world of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, Harvard has a plan to sidestep the isolation of online learning—a problem that keeps most students from sticking with the classes.

Business education at Harvard will go online with “Innovating in Health Care,” a course beginning March 31 on HarvardX, the university’s online learning platform. More than 10,000 students have already registered, according to the school.

It will be the first HarvardX class taught by a dedicated business school instructor: Regina Herzlinger, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. (Herzlinger is no stranger to firsts at the institution: She was also the first woman to be tenured and chaired at the business school.)

Herzlinger has taught innovation and health care at Harvard in person for 43 years. The main goal of her online class is to spur collaboration, interaction, and networking, but that’s difficult when crowded classrooms are replaced with the solitary glow of a home computer monitor.

To overcome the separation factor, she’ll employ a clever collaboration of her own: Herzlinger worked with Svetlana Dostenko to integrate Project Lever, a “sort of…………… continues on Businessweek

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Feb 16th

Better data means better education, online and in the lecture hall

Better data means better education, online and in the lecture hall
News from GigaOM:

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Even critics of massive open online courses, better known as MOOCs, shouldn’t deny the value of the student data those courses generate. Teachers can only gather insights into how engaged students really are with the material and how well they’re understanding it if they’re using a platform designed specifically to capture that data. MOOCs do this very well, and now University of Michigan meteorology professor Perry Samson (who also co-founded Weather Underground) has developed software to let his peers in lecture halls do the same.

The platform is called LectureTools, and it has some obvious benefits around helping ensure students engage with a course more than is naturally possible in a room full of 250 people. While class is in session, LectureTools lets professors quiz students using a variety of different formats, lets students submit questions and note when a slide confus…………… continues on GigaOM

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Blackmon: Lawmakers creating problems for education
News from Online Athens:

From time to time, the Official Code of Georgia can get cluttered and contradictory, the result of year after year of additions and revisions, often done quickly at the end of a legislative session. So it would stand to reason that a clean-up bill to address inconsistencies in Title 20, Education, would be a good thing.

The stated purpose of House Bill 897 sounds innocuous enough: “A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A., relating to elementary and secondary education, so as to update and clarify provisions in law and to repeal obsolete provisions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

It’s chock full of bad ideas, with a plethora of provisions that are less than friendly to public education. The 47-page bill is a tedious read, and perhaps Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth. a sponsor of the bill and chairman of the House Education Committee, was hoping no one would really study the whole thing.

One of my chief concerns in the bill is Section 50, with a provision that will allow the State Charter Schools Commission to create a nonprofit foundation to solicit funds and in-kind support for charter schools.

Why on earth would the state want to authorize such a foundation? The Georgia Charter Schools Association already draws more than $ 1 million a year in contribution…………… continues on Online Athens

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Feb 13th

UAlbany names online education chief

UAlbany names online education chief
News from Albany Business Review:

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The University at Albany has named informatics and educational theory professor Peter Shea as its new associate provost for online education, as the region’s largest public institution looks to expand online programs.

Prior to joining UAlbany a decade ago, Shea oversaw faculty development, student support, technology infrastructure and marketing for the SUNY Learning Network, one of the largest online higher education systems in the country.

Shea’s new role comes as Chancellor Nancy Zimpher looks to increase online education programs through the

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Feb 13th

Education committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools

Education committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools
News from Press Herald:

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Approved 11-2, the bill now goes to the Legislature.

By Noel K. Gallagher ngallagher@pressherald.com
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AUGUSTA — A legislative committee approved a bill Wednesday that would impose a moratorium on establishing virtual charter schools in Maine while state officials and educators come up with a plan to offer online learning tools to all Maine students by fall.

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Under the amended bill, L.D. 1736, a stakeholder group would work with several school districts on a request for proposals to allow Maine students access to online resources through New Hampshire’s state-run virtual academy.

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