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.)

Its most controversial recommendation is to have the Department of Education set standards for districts that authorize multi-distric…………… continues on Chalkbeat Colorado

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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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Apr 22nd

E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools …

E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools …
News from TechCrunch:

Lynda.com, the online education platform that raised its first and only round of $ 103 million about a year ago, is today announcing an acquisition that will further Lynda.com’s reach with developers and expand the kinds of services it can offer to users. It’s acquiring Compilr, a Halifax, Canada startup that runs a cloud-based platform for people to learn, write and test code from within a browser. The companies are not commenting on the terms of the deal but we have heard that it is for around $ 20 million.

Compilr will now become part of the Lynda.com platform.

It looks like Compilr, co-founded and run by Patrick Hankinson and Tim Speed, was bootstrapped before today. That’s something that aligns well with the culture and ethos at Ly…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Apr 21st

Online education, MOOCs to aid UNL’s push for growth

Online education, MOOCs to aid UNL’s push for growth
News from Daily Nebraskan:

Online and distance education is growing quickly at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and administrators expect it to be a key piece of the enrollment puzzle.

In fall 2013, 6,633 students were enrolled in undergraduate online courses and fully online programs. The combined population of these groups is growing an average of 25 percent per semester, according to Online and Distance Education Executive Director Marie Barber. For distance only-programs, which are fully online, growth is about 10 percent per semester.

At his 2013 State of the University address, Chancellor Harvey Perlman said 70 percent of online enrollment includes students who are also present on campus.

“This allows flexibility in scheduling, increased teaching capacity and implementation of different teaching methodologies, all very positive outcomes,” he said. “But they do not contribute to our enrollment or revenue growth. We are committed to reexamining the way we finance online instruction to ensure it creates appropriate incentives to engage broader markets. This no doubt will include providing departments with a more substantial share of online revenue from courses taken by students not already enrolled at UNL.”

Perlman’s goal is to increase the number of students who rarely – if ever – set foot on campus to receive their educations. These students are enrolled in on…………… continues on Daily Nebraskan

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Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free textbooks – CNN
News from Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free textbooks – CNN:

Recent surveys by the National Association of College Stores suggest annual student spending on course materials is decreasing with the emergence of alternatives to retail, from textbook sharing and rentals to e-books and online resources. Click through the gallery to find find out how students are getting around paying top dollar for course materials.Recent surveys by the National Assoc…………… continues on Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free textbooks – CNN

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Apr 20th

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?
News from Worcester Telegram:

Q I’m reading blogs insisting we won’t need college in 15 or 20 years by replacing higher education’s brick-and-mortar learning with online education tools. Yes? No? Maybe? And what are those tools? — J.J.N.

A: Soaring tuition costs and an endless stream of new technologies are unarguably igniting changes in American higher education. But how much and how soon is a crystal ball call. Opinions cover the spectrum. Here’s a quick round-up with suggestions for your further investigation:

One of the best introductions I’ve seen to this incredibly complex issue is “Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?” by Avi Yashchin at Huffington Post. Grab a read! Here’s more:

CONTROL CHANGE

Employers hold the key to how students prepare for the workplace. If they won’t hire candidates who learn on their own, the self-directed online study movement will falter.

Some early moves in employment circles don’t discourage student preparation in online college-level courses, often free, called MOOCs (massive open online courses). Read “Why MOOCs Might Revolutionize Your Recruiting Methods” by Kevin Wheeler at ERE.net.

Wheeler, a well-known recruiting industry commentator, explains that recruiters are starting to probe MOOCS to identify candidates who are most likely to have not only the skills their organization need…………… continues on Worcester Telegram

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4 Online Education Trends for 2014
News from Tech Cocktail:

Looking ahead this year, business owners worldwide are definitely in board rooms steering up plans designed to ensure they have a successful 2014, and the world of online education is no different. The industry has a projected monetary growth of approximately 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, so educators and education startups should take notice of this year’s projected learning trends and leverage them for positive growth professionally and financially.

Learning on the go

As more and more professional educators and even students experience the “long nights, shorter days” phenomenon, the need to immediately assimilate information is definitely going to be a huge factor in how we learn. Therefore, students and employees will seek instant gratification when it comes to studying for a test or professional certification. To meet their needs, educators must design tutorials or teaching materials that are mobile friendly and can be downloaded on tablets, phones, and the variety of smart devices available on the market.

Learning at the speed of need<…………… continues on Tech Cocktail

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Apr 17th

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award
News from Worcester Telegram:

A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.

On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.

Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.

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SU partners up with Marist College, technology companies for online …
News from SU The Daily Orange (subscription):

Syracuse University is partnering with an inter-state college and two leading technology companies to offer an online educational series with a curriculum based on computing operations.

The School of Information Studies, Marist College, the Linux Foundation and IBM are teaming up to present a three-part massive open online course series done online on enterprise computing.

The courses will be taught separately by each institution with the Marist College course beginning in May and the Linux Foundation course starting in August, according to an April 9 iSchool press release. The iSchool course, titled “Enterprise Computing Strategies,” begins September 2.

The iSchool course is free and self-paced with no prerequisites, according to the press release. Those who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of completion from the iSchool and IBM.

Enrollment in the course is not limited and is open to anyone interested in mainframe and enterprise computing, said Vicky Williams, the iSchool’s director of online education.

The iSchool’s partnership with Marist College, Linux Foundation and IBM is the first of its kind, Williams said. It presented a unique opportunity to host a MOOC series between two schools and two leaders in computing industry, she said.

Williams said the partnership formed after iSchool faculty members…………… continues on SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

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Apr 17th

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference
News from Biztech Africa:

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By BiztechAfricaApril 14, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.

While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.

In this way the Maendeleo Foundation has reached 37,000 people in East Africa – 80% students, but also teachers and out-of-school groups: youth, women, farmers and local business people.

For Asia Kamukama, the solar school is not a stop-gap solution, but a complement to the education system and a vital technology for future…………… continues on Biztech Africa

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2014: The year of e-learning?
News from Civil Service World:

Employees now use high quality technology – smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks or netbooks – in their everyday lives and also expect to be able to use them at work. Many HR departments have begun to embrace this shift, but many are still catching up – training, learning and development need to reflect the trend to online and mobile not simply because it is the ‘next big thing’ but because it can have genuine and measurable benefits.

For example, e-learning provides organisations with a great opportunity to develop their employees, whilst giving them the flexibility to learn at their own pace. This not only benefits employees but also the organisation as a whole, ensuring members of staff have more of an opportunity to develop their talents, review the learning and apply it. However, it is not as simple as replacing existing training techniques with e-learning. Instead, employers need to understand how e-learning can support the organisation and its employees, and communicate with them to ensure that they are overcoming any barriers and using e-learning to its full potential.

Understanding your workforce

When introducing an e-learning programme, L&D professionals need to take into account the differing technical experience of their employees. Most organisations have a mix of skills and understanding, which means there’s not a ‘one size fits all’…………… continues on Civil Service World

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Apr 15th

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …
News from MarketWatch:

ATLANTA, Apr 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) –

Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/delayed/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +0.37% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance and healthcare industries, today announced that A.D.A.M., a business unit of Ebix, Inc., will showcase mobile-compatible e-Learning technology solutions with iSpring Solutions, Inc. during a presentation at the ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition on Monday, May 5, 2014, 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

The Solution Session presentation will encourage participants to learn alongside presenters in creating an innovative solution to bring their training solutions to new heights with mobile-compatible e-Learning programs. Best practices and information documents about creating HTML5 learning programs will be shared t…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Apr 15th

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …
News from Re/code:

CreativeLive CEO Mika Salmi is stepping down from that role and handing it to co-founder Chase Jarvis, the photographer and photo app designer who started the online video education company four years ago.

After two years as CEO, Salmi’s continuing involvement in the company will be as a CreativeLive board member.

“Founders are very powerful CEOs, and at this point Chase as a founder is a great thing to have,” Salmi said today.

CreativeLive was a profitable online course provider based in Seattle and teaching live classes on topics like PhotoShop when Salmi joined two years ago.

Salmi was previously a Viacom/MTV exec after selling his company Atom Entertainment for $ 200 million in 2006.

Under Salmi’s guidance and with his Silicon Valley connections, CreativeLive raised $ 30 million in two rounds of funding, grew to 85 employees from eight and opened a big studio in San Francisco.

Jarvis said the timing of the CEO shift came from a sense of stability and a desire for CreativeLive to “own creative education.” He had many kind words for Salmi. “Riding shotgun with Mika was an incredible learning experience for me. We traveled the globe together over the past two years……………. continues on Re/code

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