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
News from The Detroit News:

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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
News from azcentral.com:

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
News from U.S. News & World Report:

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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Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
News from Omaha World-Herald:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, are launching two free online Ebola education courses.

The downloadable courses will provide easy-to-understand instruction and resources for health care professionals and the general public.

The two courses, The Nebraska Ebola Method for Clinicians and The Nebraska Ebola Method for General Public, will provide instruction and information through videos and printable documents.

The clinicians’ course already is available via the iTunes U app for iPad and iPhone, through this direct link — http://bit.ly/1tAfRVy — or by searching in iTunes U. The course also is available through Moodleat — http://bit.ly/1DSysj7 — for viewing on a desktop, laptop or other mobile devices.

“We have received many phone calls and emails from other health care organizations nationwide seeking guidance on our safety protocols and procedures,” said Dr. Jeff Gold, UNMC’s chancellor and chairman of the Nebraska Medicine advisory board.

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Coursera’s Plan for Online Education: Expansion in China
News from Businessweek:

Daphne Koller is used to responding to skeptics about the value of online education. As a professor of computer science at Stanford, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipient, and a co-founder of Coursera—one of the leading companies offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs—she remains a strong proponent of the format.

If 2012 was a year of outsize expectations for MOOCs and 2013 saw market pushback against the courses, 2014 would be the year that online education “comes of age” and shows “it has meaningful impact that transcends the hype,” said Koller at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in early September.

The man charged with bringing about that transformation is Richard Levin, the new chief executive of Coursera, which is in Mountain View, Calif. Before taking over at the two-year-old company in March, Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years, making him one of the Ivy League’s longest-serving presidents. Levin focused…………… continues on Businessweek

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Oct 23rd

Trainers: How elearning can stop you from losing business

Trainers: How elearning can stop you from losing business
News from bdaily:

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Oct 23rd

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias
News from News & Observer:

European media giant Bertelsman will buy Relias Learning, a Cary online education company, for a reported half-billion dollars. The Relias deal is Bertelsman’s biggest U.S. acquisition since the conglomerate bought book publisher Random House in 1998.

Bertelsman’s business interests span books, magazines, broadcasting and music rights. With the Relias acquisition, the closely-held German company is now expanding into the online education market. Bertelsman said the Relias deal is valued “in the mid-hundreds of millions” of dollars, and Reuters reported the value at $ 540 million, based on two anonymous sources.

Relias employs nearly 300 people and will remain headquartered in Cary, managed by the current executive team. “The company expects to hire more employees to keep pace with a burgeoning e-learning market,” Relias said in its announcement this week.

Relias supplies online education courses and training materials for workers in the health are and disabled-care fields. Formed in 2012 through a merger of Essential Learning and Silverchair Learning Systems, Relias said it provided more than 20 million course for more than 4,000 organizations.

Bertelsmann is buying Relias from Vista Equity Partners and LLR Partners.

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Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
News from Seeking Alpha (registration):

  • With rising cost of attendance, traditional college is becoming a less popular and less worthwhile investment for many Americans.
  • Online degree programs run as for-profit companies have emerged as the top alternative form of secondary education.
  • Because of these trends, American Public Education Institution and Bridgeport Education Inc. (two of the biggest players in the industry) both seem poised to rebound in coming moths.

Under-valued public companies have become a rarity after years of bullish market tendencies. There may, however, still be hidden gems in the online education industry. Specifically, industry giants American Public Education Institution (NASDAQ:APEI) and Bridgeport Education Inc. (NYSE:BPI) appear poised to deliver in coming quarters. Admittedly, however, both companies do have drawbacks. Since a quasi-bubble burst in the online-education industry roughly five years ago, both companies have s…………… continues on Seeking Alpha (registration)

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Oct 22nd

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
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Online Education: Why Are Some Online Schools Lacking In Credibility?
News from WebProNews:

You’ve seen the ads by now for various online schools; all encouraging you to sign up today and get to work on advancing your education.

The selling point is that you can earn your degree from anywhere.

However, what these businesses are not telling you is that you could be wasting your time and money.

Even though acceptance of online degrees is said to be on the rise, it could be that your particular school isn’t seen as particularly credible.

Before signing up for an online degree program at an internet-only college, perhaps there are some things you should consider.

Online School vs. Online Degree

The first thing to know is that online degrees and online schools are not mutually exclusive. There are accredited colleges that have online courses. Sometimes only certain classes are available in an online format. Other times, the entire degree can be earned online.

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Oct 20th

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students
News from The New Indian Express:

CHENNAI: Fantasy and science fiction, forensic accounting and jazz improvisation — the variety in online education is mind-boggling and, more importantly, gives Indians a chance from their middle class apartments in Chennai, with a good Internet connection, to be exposed to western methods of learning liberal arts, culture and music, as well as engineering, science and management.

The reversal of the concept of ‘school’, with the ‘class’ coming home, is still to pick up in India, but there is an audience that is fast reaping the benefits of online education. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is a fast spreading buzzword and ‘Coursera’, the popular online education platform began only in 2012, but it already has over nine million users and over 800 courses in association with 114 universities.

“Coursera appealed to me because the lectures by experts were free and accessible. I could do out-of-the-box courses like ‘How to Change the World’ and ‘Introduction to Banking and Finance’,” said Anirudh Kumar, an engineering student. “And the best part was that the lectures could be saved, so I could go back to them any time.”

While some students follow an interest, for instance, learning a subject like Greek Mythology that is rare to find in India, there are also many who do certified courses to help them in their career. Sheela Sharma who has a re…………… continues on The New Indian Express

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Dissing Online Education
News from Oregon Catalyst:

by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014

By Steve Buckstein

One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.

Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution.

A Portland State University professor of educational leadership recently authored an op-ed making the case that “effective teaching practices such as class discussion, relational learning and other activities of the traditional classroom are hard to offer on a computer screen.” That might be true; face-to-face educational interactions may never go away, but soon they could be greatly supplemented or even overshadowed by…………… continues on Oregon Catalyst

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