Aug 30th

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …
News from Deseret News:

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, make it possible for many people to go to school who previously thought they didn’t have the time or money to.

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For Charlotte Masson, learning is a way of life, but once she had finished her master’s degree, going back to school for a third time wasn’t an option.

“If I could be a professional student, I would be,” Masson, a 34-year-old guidance counselor at Westwood High School in Palestine, Texas, said. “B…………… continues on Deseret News

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Aug 30th

The Best of Elearning! 2014 Finalists Revealed at ELC 14

The Best of Elearning! 2014 Finalists Revealed at ELC 14
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Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2014 Finalists. Readers and professionals from both the private and public sector cast more than 3,000 nominations for the best-in-class solutions across 27 product categories. Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines in December and honored at the Enterprise Learning! Summit on Jan. 15, 2015.

The Best of Elearning! Awards program formalizes the “word-of-mouth” referrals practiced in our industry. Eighty-five percent of professionals have personally recommended a learning solution to a colleague over the past 12 months. And 61 percent agree that award recognition impacts their buying decision, according to Elearning! Media research.

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e-Learning Solutions out to create local learning content
News from Technology Zimbabwe:

Stewart Masimirembwa co-founder of eLearning Solutions at the mCourser launch

Yesterday we mentioned how e-Learning Solutions, one of the more visible digital learning providers locally, had together with Africom, launched a data plan for users of its online learning material.

In the article we also highlighted the challenge of relevant local content for digital learning products that are available on the market.

e-Learning Solutions appears to be figuring out a workaround for that problem actually.

The digital learning entity posted an advert in today’s Herald for two jobs. Both were titled Subject Matter Experts(serving and former teachers) with some who will work from home providing tutoring in Maths and Science subjects

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Aug 30th

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties
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A high-speed fiber-optic network that will connect more than 330 schools and 250,000 students across North Georgia is the first of its kind in the nation, its founders said.

The Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile network that will deliver access to textbooks, classroom resources and instructional material through its own 10-gigabit connection, is a joint project of the North Georgia Network, Parker FiberNet and ETC Communications. It was announced at a news conference in Ellijay, Ga.

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Aug 29th

Online Education Must Get Better

Online Education Must Get Better
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As students start heading back to campus, there has been a lot of hype about a coming change in higher education, such as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and the problems of rising tuition. It’s time that those who care about the future make advanced online learning not only bigger, but better.

At some point in our lives, we will all be a student, parent and/or teacher. Therefore we all have a responsibility to improve online education. We have a responsibility to our children who are growing up with the Internet as a substantial part of their waking lives. We have a responsibility to our institutions of higher education that generate new knowledge and point humanity towards a brighter, more just, happier future. We have a responsibility to society, including the private sector, who legitimately sees higher education as a path to the actualization of personal and societal potential. We need to lower costs and expand access because it is simply the right thing to do.

There are many detractors of online education with good reasons to be discouraged. While technology has become increasingly faster and easier to use, there are dangerous threats to personal identity and net neutrality. Disruption is throwing research and teaching into question and even its financial viability. Faculty membe…………… continues on University of Texas at Austin News

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Online education: Don’t bake your education in the traditional mold
News from The State Press:

There are many misconceptions about life as an online student. There is a stigma that online students are a group of people looking for a second chance at their education, that they are older, either professional or under-employed, possibly a teen-parent, introverted and looking for an easy way to get through college while wearing their pajamas.

Now, some of this may be true, but let me set one misconception straight.

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Aug 26th

eLearning Champion: Angela Clark

eLearning Champion: Angela Clark
News from University of Cincinnati:

eLearning Champion: Angela Clark

College of Nursing student Angela Clark creates an innovative iBook to help interventionists rescue drug users.

Date: 8/25/2014
By: Alexis O’Brien
Other Contact: Tara Spacy
Other Contact Phone: (513) 558-7584

Angela Clark spent the last six months utilizing multimedia technology to improve health care in an innovative way. Through her development of an iBook aimed at preventing opioid overdoses, the third-year PhD student in UC’s College of Nursing created a resource that will be used to lead group interventions and ultimately, help save lives.

“I wanted patients and health-care providers to have everything in one place,” Clark said. “This iBook is interactive and transforms an important tool from one-dimensional to multi-dimensional.”

The online instructional design course Clark took through the College of Nursing was integral to the development of her project. Through the course, she learned how to streamline vital information, so it could be easily understood by everyone involved in learning it. And she wa…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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eLearning Lab just a click away
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CHARLEVOIX —The Charlevoix Public Library offers eLearning Lab, a new option on the library’s catalog. The eLearning Lab provides easy access to three resourceful training tools: Atomic Training, Mango Languages and Learning Express. 

Atomic Training is a comprehensive online database of how-to training sessions, covering popular software and applications, including tutorials for Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google and the Cloud, as well as social networking applications. Patrons of the Charlevoix Public Library will have unlimited access to tutorials in the library or at home. These tutorials help patrons of all ages improve job skills and become more proficient in basic computer applications. Mobile device training is also available, allowing patrons to learn how to get the most out of their smartphones and tablets. 

An online service is needed to view this a…………… continues on Petoskey News-Review

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Aug 26th

Cicchini: Online education must get better

Cicchini: Online education must get better
News from Austin American-Statesman:

As students start heading back to campus, there has been a lot of hype about a coming change in higher education, such as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and the problems of rising tuition. It’s time that those who care about the future make advanced online learning not only bigger, but better.

At some point in our lives, we will all be a student, parent and/or teacher. Therefore we all have a responsibility to improve online education. We have a responsibility to our children who are growing up with the Internet as a substantial part of their waking lives. We have a responsibility to our institutions of higher education that generate new knowledge and point humanity towards a brighter, more just, happier future. We have a responsibility to society, including the private sector, which legitimately sees higher education as a path to the actualization of personal and societal potential. We need to lower costs and expand access because it is simply the right thing to do.

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Aug 26th

How online education can help Colorado adults

How online education can help Colorado adults
News from The Denver Post:

If Colorado is to maintain an economy and living standard that is a model for other states, extending online education opportunities to low-income and working adults is a vital step in that direction. (AP file)

The technological breakthroughs of the Information Age have been impacting education at both the K-12 and college level. This has caused many debates about the value of online education, and criticism of newer online programs with open and free resources. But no matter one’s views, the truth is that online education will only continue to expand at all levels, and when it comes to making virtual learning opportunities accessible for all, the higher education world has been doing just that.

Many adults across the nation who have some college experience but did not finish harbor aspirations of returning to school, but also believe their various life and work obligations have ruled out those hopes. With online degree offerings, however, low-income and…………… continues on The Denver Post

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Online school programs growing, despite challenges
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Ron Barnett, The Greenville News 7:47 a.m. EDT August 25, 2014

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Aug 24th

Middle East e-learning market to grow 8.2% yearly until 2016

Middle East e-learning market to grow 8.2% yearly until 2016
News from Zawya (registration):

Aug 24 2014

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Education suppliers turn to Middle East as e-learning market sees revenues …
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Aug 24 2014

•Global and local education suppliers to be recognised at GESS Education Awards

•Arabic content development initiatives in online learning, educational games and interactive social media to share spotlight


Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 24 August 2014 – Global and regional education suppliers are setting their sights on the Middle East as the region’s e-learning market sees revenues rising to $ 560.7 million by 2016.

The growing size of the self-paced e-learning market in the Middle East has become very competitive, prompting local and international education suppliers to raise their stakes in the region.

“Education decision makers are now faced with offers from different companies offering a variety of products and so…………… continues on Zawya (registration)

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Aug 24th

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters
News from CBS Local:

By Edward Cardenas

SOUTFIELD (CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering an online education course for hunters.

The hunter education course offers lessons on safe, legal and responsible hunting practices, and according to the DNR, the video uses narration, closed captioning, interactive exercises and photos that replicate what a hunter will see in the field.

“We’re pleased to partner with Hunter Ed Course to offer Michigan residents another option for their hunter education classwork,” said DNR hunter education program supervisor Sgt. Tom Wanless in a release. “We encourage students considering an online course to get their field day scheduled soon so that they’ll be ready to head out into the field in the fall.”

The course is offered through Michigan-based company, Hunter Ed Course, is available for $ 17.99. Before taking the online course, students will need to pre-register for the required field/skills day.

Once students complete the online course, they will be eligible to complete the field day with an instructor and take the written exam. continues on CBS Local

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The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?
News from Wired:

One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.

It is now clear that the hype surrounding MOOCs has outpaced the model’s ability to deliver on the promise of a revolution in higher education. Initial data demonstrates that MOOCs have lived up to their name in terms of generating massive enrollments; however, completion rates — including introductory, lecture courses — hover in the low single digits.

These findings should not be surprising. MOOCs combine a set of existing tools that can be useful instructional supports, such as online lectures, social networks, and quizzes. But few professors would consider these t…………… continues on Wired

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Aug 23rd

The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?

The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?
News from Wired:

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One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.

It is now clear that the hype surrounding MOOCs has outpaced the model’s ability to deliver on the promise of a revolution in higher education. Initial data demonstrates that MOOCs have lived up to their name in terms of generating massive enrollments; however, completion rates — including introductory, lecture courses — hover in the low single digits.

These findings should not be surprising……………. continues on Wired

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education
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The rise of online education and massively open online courses (MOOCs) have prompted much naysaying on their effectiveness, with detractors citing single-digit completion rates and short-lived pilot programs.

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good?

This year edX, the online learning platform co-run by MIT and Harvard University, gave researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) data on the second-by-second viewing habits of more than 100,000 learners perusing more than 6.9 million video sessions.

In a paper published this spring, the CSAIL team outlined some key findin…………… continues on MIT News

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