Aug 22nd

More Nevada students choose an online education

More Nevada students choose an online education
News from KLAS-TV:

By Patranya Bhoolsuwan | pbhoolsuwan@8newsnow.com, Mark Mutchler

Published 08/20 2015 04:03PM

Updated 08/20 2015 06:02PM

More Nevada parents are going the non-traditional route when it comes to the education of their children.

Online classes are becoming more popular and virtual schools are expanding their programs to meet the needs of students.

One online school that has seen significant growth in recent years is the Nevada Connections Academy.

The school has been around since 2008 and has continually added programs.

The love of learning has always come easy for 15-year-old Devon Kisfalvi. For him, the challenge was staying focused in a traditional classroom.

“Before in regular schools, I didn’t feel happy like some kids are, I didn’t feel motivated,” he said.

That all changed six years ago when his mother Diana enrolled him in the Nevada Connections Academy, an online charter school where students get to learn from home, at their own pace.

“They don’t put a child in a box or classroom setting where everyon…………… continues on KLAS-TV

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Online K-12 Education Dissected
News from Education World:

K-12 technology in the classroom is one thing, but what about classes that are designed to facilitate lessons from home or help students learn anywhere they can get a Wi-Fi connection? K-12 online classes might raise plenty of questions from parents and educators, but one reporter is setting out to debunk the myths that often go along with such institutions.

“At our school, Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades K-12, we receive inquiries from hundreds of families considering switching their students to online school,” according to Allison Galvin of the Statesman Journal.

Galvin does preface her dissection of K-12 online by saying that it’s not for every student. If there is anything educators and administrators have learned over the years, it is that not all students learn the same way. She also insists that these schools still use resources from public schools, including state-certified teachers.

She takes on five myths: “online school is the same as homeschooling, students spend all of their time in front of a computer, vir…………… continues on Education World

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Aug 19th

Rogers School District exploring online education

Rogers School District exploring online education
News from Arkansas Online:

ROGERS — School officials are exploring launching an online program for high school students next year.

Administrators will survey students within the next few weeks to gauge how many are interested in such a program. Cris Carter, chief information officer, told the School Board at its meeting Tuesday officials have done extensive research on options for implementing a virtual school.

Robert Moore, assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction, is in charge of working with different virtual school providers to understand those options.

“We definitely believe this is going to be a big part of education in the future,” said Superintendent Janie Darr.

The state Board of Education last week gave the School District a boost in its move toward online education.

The board granted the district a waiver from a rule that defines a unit of credit as one given for a course which meets for 120 hours; the same rule also requires a minimum of six hours of instruction per day or 30 hours per week.

The district made its request under a new law allowing school districts to apply for the kinds of legal waivers granted to charter schools in those districts. Arkansas Arts Academy is the only charter school in the Rogers School District.

“Arkansas Arts Academy has a long list of waivers,” Moore said. “We looked through (t…………… continues on Arkansas Online

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Get the most out of your education with online learning
News from WOODTV.com:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Michigan has been recognized nationally as a leading force in online learning, and not just for higher education. The state is on the cutting edge of kindergarten through high school education. Among those leading the way is Michigan Virtual University.

A request by the governor and legislation in 2000 led to the creation of Michigan Virtual University. It’s a wonderful option for students who cannot attend traditional school because of a health issue, scheduling conflict, or for other reasons. Students have a wider variety of courses available to them, taught by certified teachers from all over the state, including specialized classes and AP classes.

The state of Michigan has policy framework that allows every student in grades six through 12 to enroll in up to two online courses in any given academic term, with the school covering enrollment costs.

To learn more about online learning and Michigan Virtual University, talk to your student’s guidance counselor or visit their website.

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Aug 18th

Online education can isolate students, professors

Online education can isolate students, professors
News from Central Florida Future:

Deanna Ferrante, Central Florida Future 9:38 p.m. EDT August 18, 2015

When you have a question in a class or you don’t understand something, what do you do? You raise your hand. You approach your professor after class.

But what if your professor couldn’t see your hand? What if you couldn’t walk to the front of the classroom to receive immediate answers?

This, I feel, is the real problem with online classes. They create a boundary, a cyber wall, which has the potential to cut us off from the knowledge we need and the person who can provide it to us.

This year, the University of Florida introduced a program called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment. The program requires incoming freshman to spend two semesters taking only online classes.

They must earn 15 credits through the program, and when they r…………… continues on Central Florida Future

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Aug 17th

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses
News from Eureka Times Standard:

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Beginning Italian: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 17-Nov. 17 from 7:30-9 p.m. This course, taught by Elenora Gire, will teach useful, simple, idiomatic expressions for practical situations. The fee is $ 380. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

Introduction to Holistic Medicine: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Wednesdays, Aug. 26-Oct. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. In this course taught by John Yamas and Melissa Berg, participants will learn about different factors that impact health and what is needed to heal. Topics will include: major blockages to healing, self-care, strengths and weaknesses of different systems of medicine, the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the importance of diet. The fee is $ 70. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

A Course in Consciousness: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. This course, taught by David Sandercott, will support students to learn the art of meditation and become more conscious of their consciousness through studying the eight limbs of yoga, Vendanta, Jhana Yoga, Shaktipat, and Kundalini Yoga. The fee is $ 85. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended…………… continues on Eureka Times Standard

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Aug 15th

Does Hillary Think Online Education Is The Same As For-Profit Education?

Does Hillary Think Online Education Is The Same As For-Profit Education?
News from Daily Caller:

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The wording of Hillary Clinton’s recently-announced plan for reforming American higher education is raising questions about whether Clinton really knows that much about the issue.

In her campaign’s write-up of her proposed “New College Compact,” released Monday, Clinton declares firmly that “We must bring integrity to online learning and will not tolerate programs that fall short.” (RELATED: Get To Know Hillary’s $ 350 Billion College Plan)

As was first pointed out by Inside Higher Ed, Clinton’s wording implies that online colleges are inherently lacking in integrity, a wilderness of diploma mills and scams that currently cannot be fully trusted in providing education. Clinton seems to…………… continues on Daily Caller

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Hundreds Attend Online Education Expo in Duluth
News from FOX 21 Online:

DULUTH, Minn. –

Families interested in online schools gathered at the Great Lakes Aquarium Thursday to learn more about programs available in Minnesota. 

It’s called Duluth ‘Discovery Day.’

The online education expo offered families the opportunity to meet with teachers, ask questions and get tips ahead of the school year. 

Online leaders say it’s not only beneficial to those struggling in school but the students who are advancing. 

“They aren’t getting what they need at a traditional setting because a teacher has to teach at the average student level pace. So, the students that are excited either get bored or aren’t being challenged enough. So, they can come to us and work at their pace,” said Minnesota Virtual Academies Local Development Manager Jennifer Houghton.

More than 100 families were registered for this year’s event.

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Aug 14th

For The 3rd Year In A Row, Inspired eLearning Named To Inc. Magazine’s Coveted …

For The 3rd Year In A Row, Inspired eLearning Named To Inc. Magazine’s Coveted …
News from MarketWatch:

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Inc. Magazine unveiled its coveted Inc. 5000 and for the third year in a row Inspired eLearning made the list. The recently announced 2015 list ranked Inspired eLearning at #3781.  The 34th annual Inc. 5000 is an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

“We are honored to be accredited by such a strong source for entrepreneurial recognition,” enthused Felix Odigie, CEO of Inspired eLearning, the nation’s leading security awareness and compliance training company.

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $ 205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an int…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy needs volunteer math tutors
News from My Edmonds News:

The Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy is seeking retired math teachers to help assist students in various levels of math.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Katie Bjornstad at bjornstadk@edmonds.wednet.edu.

The Edmonds eLearning program is a comprehensive high school with approximately 100 full time students and over 600 students served each school year.

The student population is diverse and take courses for a variety of reasons. Edmonds School District students can take one course or as many as six. These courses are free when part of their six period school day. The academy customizes each students’ schedule and provide an on-site lab staffed by teachers to help students meet their learning goals.

The program currently is accepting applications for the 2015-16 schoo…………… continues on My Edmonds News

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Aug 13th

College of the Canyons hosts Saudi educators as part of eLearning Program

College of the Canyons hosts Saudi educators as part of eLearning Program
News from Santa Clarita Valley Signal:

Earlier this summer College of the Canyons hosted a group of nine female educators from the National Center for eLearning and Distance Education in Saudi Arabia as part of a year-long, comprehensive eLearning Pioneers Program.

The visit was the result of an ongoing partnership between College of the Canyons and the worldwide Open Education Consortium.

During the five-day visit to the college, which ran July 27-31, the group took part in an educational program built on the principles of online learning in the U.S. and meant to prepare female faculty and university leaders with the skills need to engage in online and blending learning.

“Higher education has not yet fully embraced all the opportunities that the digital information age provides to students and faculty,” said Manal Al-Dahash of the National Center for eLearning and Distance Education. “The eLearning Pioneers program will help our female faculty and university leaders embrace technology-enhanced education, which will better prepare our students for the 21st century.”

The group also had the o…………… continues on Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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Lavastorm Launches Enhanced Web-based Training to Promote eLearning and …
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BOSTON, Aug 11, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Lavastorm Analytics, a leading data preparation and advanced analytics company, today announced the immediate availability of Lavastorm Academy, an online education portal for customers and partners to quickly get up and running on Lavastorm products and features. The portal also provides advanced courses and certifications for returning users who are furthering their careers in advanced analytics and data preparation.

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Lavastorm Academy provides a rich training environment with easy-to-use navigation and an interactive educational experience. Users can select a number…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Apr 21st

US working with Champlain College for online education

US working with Champlain College for online education
News from CT Post:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday.

The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a school that offers online education and training to help ensure the f…………… continues on CT Post

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness
News from Campus Technology:

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness

The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), the state-sponsored project that aims to dramatically increase the number of students who earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, has come a long way since it was announced in the fall of 2013, according to the OEI’s executive director, Patricia James.

“If you remember, we were in bad economic times back then, turning away students at almost all of our colleges,” James told an attendees at the annual CT Forum conference, held in Long Beach, CA this month, “and the governor was looking at MOOCs and other business-ed types of activities that would bring courses to our students. But now we’re trying to get them back with the online courses they need to complete their educational goals.”

The permanent staff of the OEI joined James for a panel discussion about the initiative’s progress during one of two “town hall” meetings co-located with the CT Forum event.

The OEI was the child of desperate times for California higher…………… continues on Campus Technology

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Apr 19th

Online hunter education connects in Washington

Online hunter education connects in Washington
News from The Spokesman Review:

Washington’s online hunter education course is on the verge of becoming more popular than the classroom version that’s been a hunting requirement since 1957.

Of the 16,678 people who registered in the state’s hunter ed program last year, 51 percent took the traditional classroom course and 49 percent took the online course that debuted in 2009. 

“Public demand for the online class is increasing every year,” said David Whipple, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Division manager.

Successfully passing a hunter education course is a prerequisite for purchasing a hunting license in all 50 states and most of Canada.

The traditional classes involve a minimum of 10 hours of classroom instruction and often at least 15 hours. Typically, these classes are taught during three-hour evening sessions spread over a week or two and conducted by certified instructors.

Online courses can be done in a progression at home at any time. Participants must complete a “chapter” and requirements and quiz before moving on to the next block.

Both classroom and online students also must attend a field practicum with instructors to demonstrate safe gun handling, decision making and shooting skills.

“I was skeptical about an online course,” said Keith Trowbridge, 52, echoing the sentiments of most state’s 850 volunteer hunter…………… continues on The Spokesman Review

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MIT Launches Initiative That Explores Online Learning
News from University Herald:

Apr 17, 2015 02:13 PM EDT

(Photo : Flickr/CC) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

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The initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, studies the impacts of online learning on the higher education community from a policy perspective. Sanjay E. Sarma, director of digital learning, and Karen Willcox, professor of aeronautics and astronautics in the aerospace, will lead the initiative.

The objective of the program is also to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to influence policy and policymakers to create a welcoming environment for educational innovation.

“If policymakers and educational leaders can understand and anticipate those impacts, they can create a welcoming e…………… continues on University Herald

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Apr 17th

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online
News from Education Week News:

Published Online: April 13, 2015

Published in Print: April 15, 2015, as K-12 System Loans Hotspots for Connectivity

At Washington Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., library media specialist Kristin Brouchoud has 11 mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices to lend to students who want to take the Internet home with them. One recent day, they were all checked out.

The devices are part of a districtwide experiment to make sure that students have handy access to the Internet outside of school hours for homework or research. In past years, students without home service might have had to seek out a coffee shop, a McDonald’s, or a library or community center to do their online work. But the 22,000-student district is quietly trying a new approach this year.

“A lot of our teachers have changed the way they teach, and their lessons are all digital,” Ms. Brouchoud said. “It’s important for us to provide that service so we’re not giving some students an advantage while others are at a disadvantage.”

Students can take home those hotspots—a

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