Mar 30th

MOOC 2.0: Open online education moves forward

MOOC 2.0: Open online education moves forward
News from Marketplace.org:

 There are some new developments this week in the land of the MOOC. That’s shorthand for the “Massive Open Online Courses” that were supposed to transform higher education as we know it, bringing free education from the likes of Harvard and Stanford to you and me.

MOOC pioneer Coursera has hired a new CEO — none other than the former long-time president of Yale University, Richard Levin.

Meanwhile Coursera competitor edX has a new president from the business world — former Vistaprint executive Wendy Cebula. The hires mark a new phase in the evolution of free online education as it tries to move beyond the initial hype — and the inevitable backlash.

“Clearly there’s a big jump between the credibility of two Stanford faculty members and someone who’s a 20-year president of Yale University,” says Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller. “I think this really makes clear that we are not out to put universities out of business — have never been out to do that.”

Six signs that MOOCs are growing up

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Faculty, Staff Win Grants for Innovative Online Education
News from BU Today:

Stephen Quigley, a COM associate professor of public relations, will launch an online summer orientation course for entering Chinese graduate students with Micha Sabovik, a COM assistant dean. Photos by Jackie Ricciardi

Geography and time are playing less of a role than they once did in higher education, and the Digital Learning Initiative’s first seed grants for online innovation are taking full advantage of the trend.

Thanks to these EdTech grants, medical professionals will soon earn microcredits for skills they didn’t have time to learn in their graduate school years. Dozens of Chinese graduate students will attend orientation before, not after, they arrive in Boston. Students of Korean, Hindi, and Urdu will be able to access grammar lessons on their smartphones, and undergraduates considering study abroad will get a firsthand view of life in Italy, Spain, and England before they get on a plane.

“Education is a process that prepares people for success and happiness in life,” says Chris Dellarocas, …………… continues on BU Today

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Higher Education in the Digital Age
Two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today are its exploding costs and the rapid expansion of online …

Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Essentials of Online Learning)
In spite of the proliferation of online learning in higher education, creating online courses can still evoke a good dealof frust…

Mar 30th

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company
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Vubiz created a video for McDougall Energy Inc. in Canada for brand marketing use in various multi-media platforms including web, POS and print. Vubiz video division Vertical Line Media showcased the key benefits of McDougall Energy’s commercial fuel delivery system in the new video.

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Mar 29th

2U Gets You Hooked on Online Education

2U Gets You Hooked on Online Education
News from Bloomberg:

And universities.

Great schools like berkeley, georgetown, usc — online is the key part.

Our approach is quite different.

Every student is in the front row.

Live instruction with small class sizes.

Different from online — one of the biggest challenges is the preconceived notions of online learning are pretty bad.

In the case of these programs, students are front and center.

We like to think of it as no bad row — no back row.

Every student is front and center with that professor.

What kind of responses are you getting?

From institutions around the country, it has been incredible.

When we started six years ago, there was concern about whether you could create an online experience that could rival door surpassed and on campus experience.

We have seen a growing acceptance of online as a medium for high-quality academic experience.

This is a cloud-based system?

For the student and the administrator and professor and we bundle that with a series of services.

You are giving students an opportunity to be equal to the campus.

The key behind 2u — could you get the will of a great institution to make students equal to the campus students?

Same degrees.

What is the cost?

We believe same quality, same professors, same outcomes.

Therefore, same cost.

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Online education: proceed with caution
News from Duke Chronicle:

Next month, former President of Yale University Richard Levin will become the chief executive officer of Coursera, an online platform through which millions of people around the world can enroll in massive online open courses. Levin is no stranger to online education. He served as an adviser to Coursera and spearheaded Yale’s online experimentation through Open Yale. This career move is consistent with his previous involvements. And, yet, as a former leader of one of the nation’s most highly regarded universities, Levin’s move could be seen as a legitimization of online learning models. Is such a legitimization acceptable or desirable?

Over seven million people have enrolled in Coursera’s online courses since the company’s founding two years ago, suggesting that the online education movement has gained rapid momentum. Many universities, including Duke, have experimented with iterations of the MOOC model. But these initiatives have been polarizing. Last year, faculty rejected Duke’s contract with online course provider

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Mar 27th

Zionsville uses e-learning to make up snow days

Zionsville uses e-learning to make up snow days
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Mar 27th

UC’s Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze

UC’s Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze
News from Los Angeles Times:

University of California President Janet Napolitano struck a rare blow for rational education practice this week by pushing back strongly against the craze for online learning courses. Online education isn’t a panacea, she said; it’s not for everyone, it’s not cheap, and if it’s done right it may not even save money.

Are you listening, Gov. Brown?

Napolitano, who took over at UC in September, made her remarks Monday during an appearance sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of California. Some 500 spectators were present in person and, ahem, online. Her remarks can be seen on YouTube here.

Asked by PPIC President Mark Baldassare about UC initiatives in the online space, Napolitano moved promptly to separate fact from fantasy. She called the development of online courses merely “a tool for the toolbox.”

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Ex-Yale President to Join Online Education Venture
News from New York Times:

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Mar 25th

Uganda to Host E-Learning Meeting for Africa

Uganda to Host E-Learning Meeting for Africa
News from AllAfrica.com:

Kampala — Uganda will host the 9th E -Learning African conferences on information and communication Technology for the development, Education and training.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence on the 28th – 30th May in Kampala, Uganda at the common wealth resort Speke Hotel Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, will explore how technology revolutionizing learning and training across the continent can led to the improvement in the trainings being conducted by the various training institutions in Africa , the eLearning Africa 2014 will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics.

Hosted by the Republic of Uganda, the conference’s wide-ranging plenaries, sessions and exhibitions will showcase the inspiring stories, innovations and research that make up today’s complex picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa.

The E-Learning conference will run under the theme “Opening Frontiers to the Future” the meeting is predictable to bring together about 1500 ICT technologist and Educational specialists across the continent

. “Many African countries are seeking to spread their economies and stimulate sectors such as tourism and finance, but skills shortages are preventing them E-Learning will allow more and more African countries to easily train the next gene…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Rotorua’s students to benefit from e-learning community
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Navigating The Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies For Blended And Online Learning
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Mar 23rd

Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations

Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations
News from Chalkbeat Colorado:

Colorado needs an updated legal definition of online education and should change the way multi-district online schools are overseen, a task force that’s advising four legislators has recommended.

The group made no definitive suggestion on the touchy issue of accountability for online schools, concluding that the issue needs more discussion among educators and interest groups and that new ways to measure the performance of such schools should be tested in a pilot program.

The K-12 Online Education Commission was set up by a bipartisan group of four lawmakers who are considering introduction of online legislation this session. The panel was on a short timeline, having been convened on Jan. 30.

The four lawmakers face equally tight timing. The 2014 session must adjourn no later than May 7, and the next two weeks will be dominated by consideration of the 2014-15 state budget and related bills. Once the budget clears, there will be only a month left in the session, with plenty of other issues still to be resolved, including other education measures.

“We’ve got to move quickly. It’s a little challenging,” said Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, one of the four. Young and Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood met with the task force Friday. Young said he, Kerr and Republicans Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango and Rep. Jim Wilson of Salida probably will consult by phone…………… continues on Chalkbeat Colorado

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Mar 23rd

Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations

Quick-turnaround online task force makes recommendations
News from Chalkbeat Colorado:

Colorado needs an updated legal definition of online education and should change the way multi-district online schools are overseen, a task force that’s advising four legislators has recommended.

The group made no definitive suggestion on the touchy issue of accountability for online schools, concluding that the issue needs more discussion among educators and interest groups and that new ways to measure the performance of such schools should be tested in a pilot program.

The K-12 Online Education Commission was set up by a bipartisan group of four lawmakers who are considering introduction of online legislation this session. The panel was on a short timeline, having been convened on Jan. 30.

The four lawmakers face equally tight timing. The 2014 session must adjourn no later than May 7, and the next two weeks will be dominated by consideration of the 2014-15 state budget and related bills. Once the budget clears, there will be only a month left in the session, with plenty of other issues still to be resolved, including other education measures.

“We’ve got to move quickly. It’s a little challenging,” said Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, one of the four. Young and Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood met with the task force Friday. Young said he, Kerr and Republicans Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango and Rep. Jim Wilson of Salida probably will consult by phone…………… continues on Chalkbeat Colorado

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Mar 22nd

IIM-A facing ‘disruptive’ competition from foreign universities & e-learning …

IIM-A facing ‘disruptive’ competition from foreign universities & e-learning …
News from Financial Express:

Ashish Nanda also pointed out certain areas where IIMA could improve. PTI

SummaryAshish Nanda also lists out areas where IIM-Ahmedabad could improve.

The director of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), Ashish Nanda said that the country’s premier B-school was facing “new and disruptive” competition from foreign universities, e-learning platforms and offshore educational offerings.

“In addition to intense competition from established Indian management institutions, new and disruptive competition is emerging in the form of Indian operations of foreign universities, e-learning platforms and offshore educational offerings,” Nanda said while addressing the graduating students at the institute’s convocation ceremony on Saturday.

“We welcome vigorous competition. It energises the field of management education and keeps us dynamic. And we wish not only to respond to competition, but also to become a significant global presence, competitive with the best management schools in the world,” he added.

Nanda also pointed out certain areas where IIMA could improve. “We could improve in some areas that drive institutional health. Our research output could be more impactful. One of our traditional sources of strength, development of high quality cases, has become less of a differentiator as other manageme…………… continues on Financial Express
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EACS embraces eLearning plan
News from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

– Despite at least one board member’s concern, East Allen County Schools officials approved an eLearning plan Tuesday to help make up for some of the district’s missed instructional time.

School board members also approved a plan to continue adding 30 minutes to each school day through May 8.

EACS students have missed 14 days because of snow and ice but have been in the process of making up for missed time by extending each school day.

Each full week of extended days allows the district to make up three hours, and by May 8, students will have made up 25 hours of instruction, Superintendent Ken Folks said.

The Indiana Department of Education recognizes elementary school days as five hours and a secondary school day as six hours.

With the current plan, elementary school students will make up five days and middle and high school students will make up four days and one hour, Folks explained.

To avoid a situation in which older students would be required to go an extra day, district officials approved an eLearning plan to help middle and high school students make up an additional five hours.

Folks said the district will likely select a Saturday in April for the eLearning day but will meet next week to discuss the exact date.

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Mar 22nd

Harvard Business enters online education fray

Harvard Business enters online education fray
News from Boston Globe:

Harvard Business School will unveil its first venture into online education Friday, a three-course primer on business fundamentals aimed at undergraduate students enrolled at other institutions.

The new program, called HBX, also marks the school’s maiden voyage below the graduate level. At its Allston campus it currently provides master’s- and doctorate-level courses, or executive education certificates, to about 2,000 students a year.

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HBX is inspired by popular online learning platforms, such as edX, which was launched two years ago by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But unlike edX, the Harvard Business offering will not be a so-called MOOC — a massive open online course anyone with an Internet connection can join. Prospective students must apply for admission and must already be pursuing at least a four-year degree at another school.

“The folks who are flocking to these open courses vary dramatically in terms of how committed they are to finishing. You get a lot of browsers,” said Youngme Moon…………… continues on Boston Globe

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Harvard Business School launches online education program
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Harvard Business School plans to unveil on Friday its first venture into online education, a three-course primer on business fundamentals aimed at undergraduate students enrolled at other institutions.

The new program, HBX, is inspired by popular online learning platforms, like the nonprofit Khan Academy, opened in 2006, and edX, launched two years ago by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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