Nov 26th

Online Programs Offer New Opportunities for Arab Students

Online Programs Offer New Opportunities for Arab Students
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Online education is in its infancy in the Arab region, but students have a few options for digital learning.

By: Al-Monitor.com Staff
Al-Monitor

With the explosion of online programs in recent years, distance education is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for many would-be undergraduates in the Arab region, especially those who have jobs or families to take care of. Some education experts even see e-learning as the future for a region where young people far outnumber the available seats at brick-and-mortar universities.

Online programs are still in their infancy, however, so some employers don’t know what to make of degrees that don’t come from traditional schools. These programs also vary widely in terms of both quality and requirements, so make sure to do

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Online Education Options Vary by More Than Cost
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Viewing content on sites such as Udacity, Udemy and Lynda.com can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars.

When it comes to online education, there are a lot of different options with a lot of different price points.

Prospective learners can choose between free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are not for credit, for instance, and for-credit courses, which can cost thousands of dollars.

“Almost all free courses are leisure learning courses, or courses you’re taking because you want to,” says Vicky Phillips, the CEO of GetEducated.com, an advocacy website for distance-learning programs. “There’s usually no certification and no employment credibility. Usually when you have to pay you are paying for the certification, the standardization. The course has to meet certain quality standards.”

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Nov 22nd

CORONA: Teen excels in online education

CORONA: Teen excels in online education
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Katriel Cho, a 15-year-old Corona resident, attends an online school and recently spoke at an international conference about her experiences.

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Online education offers opportunities, raises concerns
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Nov 17th

Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education

Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Results from one survey suggest online instructors are more likely than on-campus instructors to use social media for both personal and professional reasons.

In his University of Hawaii online course, Introduction to e-Learning, associate professor Michael Menchaca requires his students to introduce themselves to each other by creating 15-second videos on Instagram.

Later in the semester, students “meet” to discuss their group projects using Google Hangouts. Twitter is popular in his classes, too, enabling students to share resources and engage in discussions, Menchaca says.

These are just two examples of the social media tools Menchaca uses to foster communication among his students.

“We’ve had online learning for quite a long time  – since the 1990s, when it started to become popular – but the inclusion of social media is something that’s relatively new,” Menchaca says. “A lot of us are starting to use it more. I guess we’re still tinkering around and trying things.”

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Arizona among national leaders in online education
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There are nearly 50,000 students enrolled in online schools in Arizona.

Mark Olalde, The Republic | azcentral.com 5:39 p.m. MST November 12, 2014

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Nov 6th

Kenya: DOBA faculty to invest in E-learning

Kenya: DOBA faculty to invest in E-learning
News from IT News Africa:

October 30, 2014 • Online, Top Stories

The number of Kenyans studying online is expected to skyrocket. Already, more than 30% of student in Europe are active in online study according to the Research firm Ambient Insight.

Slovenia’s Business School DOBA, in Kenya, is expected to spend slightly over USD 1 Million in the next 5 years in Kenya.

According to DOBA, it is driving a public-private partnership program seeking to get employers in the 4 Kenyan cities to endorse e-learning and encourage employees to sign up and acquire new skills in an international learning environment…………… continues on IT News Africa

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Nov 3rd

Online education options increase for students but many faculty doubt their …

Online education options increase for students but many faculty doubt their …
News from The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While online education is a growing and valid option for college students, many faculty believe students learn more if they are in a classroom, according to a survey by Inside Higher Ed.

Universities, including Cleveland State University and Kent State University, have developed numerous online courses and also offer degrees online.

The courses are taught by faculty members. But Inside Higher Ed’s Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests faculty fear that students taking online classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom.

Gallup surveyed 2,799 faculty members and 288 academic technology administrators this August and September on issues identified by Inside Higher Ed.  A copy of the report can be downloaded

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Choose Between an Online Graduate Certificate, Degree Program
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Those pursuing online certificates as opposed to online degrees typically seek a quicker return on their investment, says one expert.

When it comes to making a decision about graduate online education, many may wonder whether to select a certificate or degree program.

Online certificates, which typically take a year or less to complete, often focus on developing a particular skill or furthering knowledge in a more specific area, experts say. For instance, somebody with a bachelor’s degree in education might pursue a certificate in administration and supervision, as is offered at the

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