Apr 30th

Solvy becomes answer for online education

Solvy becomes answer for online education
News from DigiNews:

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2014 — Russian entrepreneur Alexei Beltyukov is taking on America’s education problem. He serves on the board of Interactive Educational Services, which is launching a new interactive math-learning tool, Solvy, aimed at changing online education.

Solvy’s initial focus is on math education. America ranked 30th in mathematics globally in a PISA test taken by 65 countries.

PISA, the Program For International Student Assessment, also pointed out that the United States spends more per student than other countries, including double that of Slovakia. Slovakia outperformed the U.S. in math.

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Milken conference: Technology innovations poised to change education
News from Los Angeles Times:

Innovations in technology are poised to upend how students learn and the way educational institutions impart knowledge to people around the world, according to panelists at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

The Internet and access to computers have already rapidly changed the way teachers interact with students. Now, the sector is attracting attention from entrepreneurs who are rushing to roll out products such as online classrooms and educational games.

Michael Moe, chief investment officer at GSV Asset Management, said the business world is drawn to education because the many troubles in the sector present an opportunity.

“Entrepreneurs flock to problems,” he said. “There is no greater issue than how to educate the populace.”

One area ripe for continued innovation is online teaching, said Chip Paucek, chief executive of 2U, which provides an online education platform for schools.

Paucek predicted the 21st century would be the era of online learning in much the same way that previous centuries were the era for historic universities such…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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Apr 29th

Abbott to talk education platform at Lubbock High School Tuesday

Abbott to talk education platform at Lubbock High School Tuesday
News from LubbockOnline.com:

Abbott to talk
education at LHS

Attorney General Greg Abbott will promote the second piece of his education platform, “Educating Texans,” in Lubbock Tuesday.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate will present at Lubbock High School at 1:10 p.m. The event is not open to the public, according to Abbott’s press secretary.

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Apr 28th

New Initiatives Shape the Current Landscape of Online Education

New Initiatives Shape the Current Landscape of Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Online education has been around for decades, but recent developments in the field have put it in the spotlight like never before. 

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are grabbing headlines and shaping the conversation about the future of higher education. Some experts say the new developments will lift all boats, while others fear online learning will never rival its on-campus counterpart. 

Education experts discussed several new online learning initiatives April 25 at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Washington, D.C. Featured panelists included Anant Agarwal, CEO of EdX; Da…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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UW-Whitewater expanding online master’s programs as part of expanding …
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April 27, 2014

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Apr 28th

Make Your eLearning Content More Accessible, Understood, and Remembered

Make Your eLearning Content More Accessible, Understood, and Remembered
News from Business 2 Community:

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There’s recently been a lot of interest in captioning online video content. With over 48 million Americans having some degree of hearing impairment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued rules requiring more video to include captions.

Many online education sites have taken note. In addition to staying one step ahead of the regulatory curve, these sites have realized that adding captions to video aids in the learning process. That’s why closed captions will make your content more easily accessible, understood, and remembered.

What are closed captions?

Captions are intended for deaf or heard-of-hearing viewers. They communicate the video’s spoken content and “atmospherics,” which are music and sound effects that help tell the story. Captions can be ‘open’ or ‘closed.’ Open captions are burned in to a video and so are always displayed to a viewer. Closed captions exist as a separate track from the video, enabling a viewer to turn their display on or off. Closed captions are much more popular than open captions, since a viewer can decide whether they are helpful or merely a distraction.

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Apr 27th

UW-Whitewater expanding online master’s programs as part of expanding …

UW-Whitewater expanding online master’s programs as part of expanding …
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Apr 26th

eLearning Author

eLearning Author
News from what does it take to become one? – TrainingZone.co.uk:

Hi.

Quite by chance, I’ve found myself working on a blended learning course – which is a great amount of fun and is well received by the participants.

Now I want more. So, my question: if i want to do more eLearning authoring, what skills and knowledge would you recommend? And where could I get it (books, magazines, websites, MOOCs)?

Perhaps a bit of background would also be helpful: I’m a technical writer turned business writer and business writing editor/trainer/coach. Which means that I know how to break even complex topics down and make them interesting and understandable and that I’ve got a good technical background.

Thanks,

Jens

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E-Learning Classrooms: New Age Teaching
News from Financial Express:

| Updated: Apr 25 2014, 16:23 IST

SummaryComputers are all the time becoming more essential as educational tools, while technologies are becoming more…

Computers are all the time becoming more essential as educational tools, while technologies are becoming more portable and cost-effective. We are in the arena where E-learning has been there for quite some time now but its popularity continues and so does its capabilities.

?Chalk & Talk? puts the traditional professors at their ease. They can communicate easily ? at least they can say what they want to say. Whereas, E-learning allows the teaching objectives to be made very clear and to be consistently clarified by the student, step by step, according to the needs of that student.E-learning allows students to learn using approaches more aligned to the learner?s own preference. They can use more or less visual, auditory or even textural techniques, according to how the student knows he or she learns best, not according to the way the professor wants to deliver the material. The testing of understanding and comprehension can be done when the student is ready, not when the ?system? says you have to. In short, E-learning makes the ?Learner?, not the teacher, the most important person in the equation.

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Apr 25th

Online bill started with study, now proposes yet another study

Online bill started with study, now proposes yet another study
News from Chalkbeat Colorado:

Key bills related to online education and gifted and talented programs ran into headwinds Wednesday as nearly two dozen education bills were in play on the floor and in committee at the Capitol.

The day’s frantic pace of activity highlighted the perils some bills face and the surprises that pop up as lawmakers scramble to work through long calendars at the end of the session.

Sponsors of House Bill 14-1382, who saw the breadth of concern about their bill during a hearing earlier in the week, returned to the House Education Committee with a rewrite designed to soften objections.

“We hope we have captured their concerns and addressed them,” said Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley.

The major issue with the original bill by Young and Rep. Jim Wilson, R-Salida, was a recommendation that the Department of Education be stripped of its authority to certify multi-district online schools and instead set requirements for and oversee school districts that authorize online programs. (See this story for more details about the bill and about Monday’s hearing on the measure.)

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Apr 24th

Technology and Online Education

Technology and Online Education
News from Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio:

In this issue, Diverse takes a closer look at the prevalence and ever-changing nature of social media at higher education institutions. Diverse also profiles Professor Kari Frisch of Central Lakes College, a national leader in online education.

Also in this issue, we take a closer look at the Posse Foundation’s STEM program, which will double its partner institutions and provide more scholarships in the next five years. A feature on UMass Boston profiles the high minority enrollment in its College of Mathematics and Science.

Semantic Tags: Advanced Placement ? Biological Science ? Community Colleges ?

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Faculty Senate discusses online learning opportunities
News from Iowa State Daily:

Faculty and staff discussed online learning and distance education April 22 at the spring faculty conference. 

Every other spring as part of the Faculty Senate, a topic is open for discussion at a conference. All staff and faculty were welcome to attend to become more aware of the resources available to them for online and distance education.

Faculty Senate members decided on the topic because of its prevalence at the university.

“A lot of people confuse online learning and distance education,” said Paul Componation, professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and leader of the conference agenda. “Online learning can be anything that a professor posts online for any class, whereas with distance education, everything is on the Web.”

Kevin Schalinske, president of Faculty Senate, said he believes the university will be more involved in online learning in the future. 

“I think there’s clearly going to be an online education component with the university, and that can take a lot of different shapes and forms,” Schalinske said.

Scheduling conflicts can often cause students to have to stay at the university for longer than expected. Online learning can help students take classes more effectively.

“The amount of online support that we do is defi…………… continues on Iowa State Daily

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Apr 23rd

Capitol News

Capitol News
News from Chalkbeat Colorado:

Proposed changes in state law governing multi-district online schools got generally bad reviews from witnesses at a committee hearing Monday, and a vote on House Bill 14-1382 was delayed so its sponsors can work up some amendments.

The bill was one of 10 bills on a House Education Committee calendar that was an odd mix of big bills, relatively routine measures, a couple of new ideas and bills that have no chance of passage but are being kept alive out of courtesy.

Those sorts of long mixed-bag calendars become increasingly common as committees race to finish their work before the legislature’s May 7 adjournment deadline.

Controversial

House Bill 14-1382 proposes to update the definition of online education in state law, make changes in how online enrollment is counted, require school districts to more promptly transfer student records to online schools and to create pilot programs to test innovations in online education. (Read bill summary here.)

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Online K-12 School Offers Free Education Option for Napa, Sonoma County …
News from Patch.com:

Families in Sonoma and Napa counties interested in a full-time, online K-12 public school option for the 2014-2015 school year can look into the California Connections Academy @ North Bay. 

The school is currently enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year and hosting information sessions throughout the regions. 

Virtual education is continually growing in California, with more than 40,000 students across the state enrolled in full-time online schools in the 2012-2013 school year, according to California Connections staff.

School officials said their students work at a flexible pace and can expand learning opportunities with unique offerings such as Connection’s Academy’s new Career Technical Education (CTE) classes and 

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Apr 23rd

Daptio’s adaptive elearning system scoops international honours

Daptio’s adaptive elearning system scoops international honours
News from Ventureburn:

Daptio, a Cape Town-born elearning startup, has been named as one of Africa’s top 10 most innovative companies for 2014, by international business publication Fast Company.

This follows its local award of top prize at Telkom’s Open Innovation Mega Challenge, just a few months after the company’s 2013 inception. Prize money of R120 000 and 24 months’ worth of free Internet connectivity was awarded to the start-up, for a brilliant and innovative approach to solving the pressing issue of education in Africa.

Daptio’s adaptive online education system, powered by the cloud and use of artificial intelligence, shrewdly adjusts to the learner’s aptitude level, negating the need for restrictive fixed courses. This, not only encourages growth and confidence within the learner, but allows for a “self-directed learning environment that gives the student a better chance of passing,” co-founder Tabitha Bailey says i…………… continues on Ventureburn

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