Dec 20th

Shelby County Officials Push For E-Learning On Snow Days

Shelby County Officials Push For E-Learning On Snow Days
News from Indiana Public Media:

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In order to make the virtual learning effective, each teacher has to have online office hours and is required to have a Google Drive website with lesson plans available.

Officials with the Northwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County say teachers should still teach their students online when traditional school days are canceled because of snow.

The district filled out an application for e-learning with the Department of Education, and has spent the last few months preparing teachers and students for the possible program.

Triton Central Middle School teacher Sara Marshall practiced an online writing lesson at school.

“I go through, I look what they’ve done, they respond back to me if I give them a suggestion, ‘Hey, don’t forget you need to u…………… continues on Indiana Public Media

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Some schools to avoid snow days through e-learning
News from Indianapolis Star:

Kristine Guerra, kristine.guerra@indystar.com 8:48 p.m. EST November 28, 2014

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Dec 17th

Snow days melting away in many Indiana schools with eLearning

Snow days melting away in many Indiana schools with eLearning
News from WSBT-TV:

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One of the best parts of winter could be melting away for many Indiana students as advances in technology make snow days rarer than an igloo in July.

The state Department of Education has granted 37 public school districts and 13 private schools permission to hold online learning days in cases of inclement weather this school year. Supporters say the practice will ensure students don’t miss critical instructional time ahead of the high-stakes spring ISTEP+ test and will help districts avoid extending the school year to make up missed days.

“When we add days at the end of the year, that’s past the time our students have taken the assessments by which we’re measured,” said East Allen Community Schools Superintendent Ken Folks, whose district of about 9,100 students missed 14 days due to weather last year. “To be able to capture instructional time prior to those assessments is key to us.”

But the move to replace face-to-face lessons with virtual instruction has sparked concern from members of the State Board of Education.

Board member Brad Oliver said he thinks the virtual option is worth exploring but wants assurances from the Department of Education about how attendance and instruction will be monitored. He also thinks lawmakers should define what constitutes an instructional day in a vi…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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How e-learning can affect the future of the dental hygiene profession: Part 2
News from Dentistry IQ:

Read Part 1 of the e-learning article here.  

How are we preparing the future generation of dental hygienists to meet current trends in health care and dental hygiene? Is the traditional curriculum model as seen in Part 1 in line with preparing dental hygienists to explore unique career settings and independent or collaborative practice models? What tools are we providing in the curriculum to prepare students to be more business savvy, and more knowledgeable about alternatives to the traditional clinical settings?

The health care arena is moving toward a new era of group type practices, mobile businesses that reach out to underserved populations, and more opportunities in public health and private health care-related companies. We want the public to perceive us as more than just professionals who take care of teeth. But are we doing enough to equip existing and future dental hygienists with the necessary tools to be perceived as more than “teeth cleaners”? 

   

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Distance Education: A Systems View of Online Learning (What’s New in Education)
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Dec 14th

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …
News from VentureBeat:

Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that’s comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created.

Khan is the founder, executive director, and faculty member at the Khan Academy, an online education provider.

Speaking at the Atlantic’s Navigate tech conference, Khan said that the online education providers and independent technology “boot camp” schools will end up playing an important role in pressuring legacy universities to change their outdated ways.

“I feel like society is ripe for challenging the model of school” he told The Atlantic’s editor, James Bennett, earlier this week.

Credentialing

“The credentialing piece is somewhat broken now,” Khan said. “A very small fraction of the population has the opportunity to attend a university that is broadly known.”

To that end, Khan said that he is working on a universal credentialing system that could compare…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Gov. Inslee to announce education plans in online town hall
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Gov. Inslee will announce details of his education plan Monday.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is hosting a statewide online town hall meeting Monday to talk details of his education plan.

Gov. Inslee’s plan wants to make significant investments in public school funding and reducing early-grade class sizes. It will also include investments in early learning, higher education and efforts to increase graduation rates.

Four schools including Spokane’s Rogers High School will host the online conversation. Other schools participating are Newport High School in Bellevue, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake and Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma.

The town hall will also include a moderated Q&A with educators, parents and students

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Dec 14th

Live Training vs eLearning: A Comparison

Live Training vs eLearning: A Comparison
News from Business 2 Community:

“How much material can be covered in an eLearning module?”

We’re asked this question a lot. Many clients come to us with existing live training they’re considering converting to eLearning and need to understand how that would work.

Folks are often amazed at the time savings you get from doing a training in an on-demand format. It’s a fraction of the time it takes to do a live training, but the question is, what is that number?

We’ve found a simple formula you can use to estimate live-training-to-eLearning conversions. Here it is:

? day of live training = 20 minutes of eLearning

Wondering how that’s possible? Here’s how are we able to compress four hours down to twenty minutes:

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  • Eliminate distractions, allowing learners to view training where and when they are ready. They aren’t forced into it when they’d rather be doing somet…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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Argylls practice eLearning
News from Chronicle-Tribune:

Students at Madison-Grant schools attended class from home on Wednesday as a part of the district’s new eLearning initiative.

The eLearning day was a trial run of an online school program that would be used in case schools had to close due to inclement weather or any other problem. Through the program, students can receive and complete work while at home and then submit their work electronically to their teachers.

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Dec 13th

China’s New Oriental Education Presses Ahead With Online Education

China’s New Oriental Education Presses Ahead With Online Education
News from Forbes:

China’s New Oriental Education& Technology Group is investing heavily in online education, as enrollment of its summer camps and adult tutoring services drops amid China’s ongoing education reform.

In addition to providing more online courses, the group is partnering with Tencent Holdings to develop mobile applications that it hopes can translate into long-term revenue growth. The first product is uDA, which allows users to scan test questions with their smartphones and get answers from the company’s database as well as its network of teachers. The application is currently designed for English tests, but more subjects will be covered in the coming year, New Oriental said in a Dec.8 press release.

The launch of uDA comes as the group’s brick-and-mortar classroom business took a hit from China’s planned overhaul of its university-entrance examination- the notoriously difficult Gaokao tests. The number of New Oriental’s middle and high school students declined by 30% year-over-year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 that ended on August.31, as Chinese authorities plan to reduce the English component of future college entrance exams.

Revenue growth is also disappointing. Net revenue grew 1.4% to $ 394 million, while profit decreased by 11.2% year-over-year to $ 112.4 million in the same period. Shares have tumbled 30% to $ 21.04 in New York tr…………… continues on Forbes

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Online education growing at Purdue
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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 10:13 am, Fri Dec 12, 2014.

The amount of online classes available to Purdue students has continued to grow in recent years.

Currently, there are about 135 undergraduate courses that can be taken online each semester, and this number will only increase in the future. In fact, according to statistics from Purdue’s spring 2015 graduating class, about 51% of the graduates have taken at least one online course throughout their time at Purdue.

The most popular online class that is offered at Purdue is MUS 25000. This class is in such high demand that the faculty often has trouble keeping it available. The Distance Learning office does their best to select courses they believe would work well in the online format and then contribute to the design of the classes. As of now there are about 21 total degrees that are entirely online, 15 of which are master’s degrees and six that are graduate certificates.

Some of these classes are almost entirely online, whereas others still conduct the course partially face to face. This type of course is becoming the pre…………… continues on Purdue Exponent

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Dec 12th

Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses?

Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses?
News from Fortune:

When Tammy Wincup first read Rolling Stone’s cover story about a gruesome gang rape at a fraternity at the University of Virginia, it hit close to home. Like thousands of others, Wincup is an alumna of the university. She also was president of her sorority, Chi Omega, when she graduated in 1995. Yet unlike many of her former classmates, Wincup is now devoting a large part of her career to stopping sexual assault on college campuses, including at UVA.

Wincup is the COO of EverFi, a Washington D.C.-based company that teaches students critical skills that may be left off the syllabus of their formal education. The tech company partners with more than 440 higher-education institutions to bring students online courses that address topics like high-risk drinking, financial wellness, and yes, sexual violence. A venture-backed firm with heavyweight backers like Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter

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Online education recognized for affordability, quality programs
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Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, listed Missouri State University as one of 2015’s Best Online Colleges. Schools included offer students affordable, high-quality programs combined with the flexibility of distance learning.

“When it comes to online learning, these schools are the best of the best,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “They appeal to prospective students and working professionals because they provide the same academic excellence in their online programs as their campus courses.”

The number of schools offering fully online degree programs has nearly doubled over the last decade, and online enrollments continue to make up an increasing proportion—nearly 50 percent—of all enrollments in higher education.

To create the list, colleges and universities had to meet specific criteria and were ranked based on a series of variables:

  • Must be not-for-profit institution
  • Must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program
  • Number of online programs available
  • Student-faculty ratio
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Dec 8th

Tech eLearning nationally ranked

Tech eLearning nationally ranked
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Texas Tech’s online education program, Worldwide eLearning, was given three recognitions Wednesday.

The recognitions received were the A list from the Affordable Colleges, where Tech ranked No. 6 out of 46 United States universities, Best colleges for online master’s degrees in computer science, where Tech ranked No. 5 out of 43 universities and the Best online master in educational technology degree programs, where Tech was ranked No. 22 out of 25. Tech was the only Texas school to receive the first two recognitions, according to a Tech news release.

Tech President M. Duane Nellis said, according to the release, offering online education options is vital to Tech’s future growth.

“We have begun focusing more on online offerings to enable convenient access to potential students and working professionals from anywhere in the world,” he said. “Texas Tech’s Worldwide eLearning is rapidly establishing itself as a destination for higher education.”

Tech’s Worldwide eLearning program has five undergraduate minors, four bachelor’s degrees, 15 master’s degrees, four doctoral degrees, 21 graduate certificates and six graduate certification preparation programs, according to the release.

Vice Provost Melanie Hart said, according to the release, Tech continues its dedication t…………… continues on The Daily Toreador (registration)

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Dec 6th

Should e-learning count as a day in the classroom?

Should e-learning count as a day in the classroom?
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After last year’s winter forced so many schools to close, some leaders at the state level are asking if e-learning should count as a day in the classroom? Only a few districts have been allowed by the state to try out something called e-learning. Southwest Allen and East Allen are two in our area. Leaders here say it’s working wonderfully while those at the state level say it’s riddled with problems.

“We shouldn’t use e-learning to subtract days, it should be to add days and enhance learning,” State Board of Education Member and President of Marian University Dan Elsener said.

That’s the point of contention for State Board of Education Member Dan Elsener. To him, there’s no substitute for time in the classroom with a teacher. Elsener thinks some are using it to cut corners.

“Isn’t that nice? Now we don’t have to make up a day in May. And you know how tough it is to make up a day in May or June.”

Before all districts are allowed to use e-learning, board member and school teacher Kari Whicker says administrators and teachers need to take into account every child and their unique learning and financial situations.

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DeKalb Central to conduct ‘eLearning’ practice
News from KPCnews.com:

WATERLOO — The DeKalb Central school district will conduct practice activities next week as it prepares to implement Virtual learning or “eLearning” days to make up weather-related cancellation days.

Last month the DeKalb Central school board approved applying for eLearning days through the Indiana Department of Education.

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Dec 3rd

The Adaptive Advantage: How E-Learning Will Change Higher Ed

The Adaptive Advantage: How E-Learning Will Change Higher Ed
News from Forbes:

Higher education has seen a proliferation of new models in response to growing market demands. For-profit universities, massive open online courses, and competency-based pedagogies have all vied for a piece of the pie. Adaptive learning – a personalized, technology- and data-driven approach which responds and adapts to both teachers and learners – could provide the answer, and Smart Sparrow, an Australia-based adaptive “eLearning” platform, is leading the way.

Smart Sparrow enables institutions and academics to author unique and adaptive tutorials within existing coursework. Led by founder and CEO Dror Ben-Naim, the platform focuses on supporting teachers by advancing and accelerating student learning.

As each student possesses different levels of knowledge, course content adapts to student responses and creates “adaptive pathways” for students to follow. More advanced learners can skip through content while those less knowledgeable can be directed to additional resources to help them better understand cour…………… continues on Forbes

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Penn-Harris-Madison schools finalizing eLearning snow day plan
News from WSBT-TV:

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If this winter is anything like the last, Penn-Harris-Madison students should gear up for more online classes this year.

Instead of having snow days off, students will still have lessons and homework. They’ll be using the state department of education’s eLearning program to do their assignments online.

PHM tested the program last year, during a harsh winter that forced the corporation to cancel nine school days.

After trying it out, PHM put a survey on its website asking parents for feedback. About 1,200 parents responded, two-thirds of whom were in favor of using eLearning again, says Dr. Kay Antonelli, assistant superintendent of instruction.

This year is different; instead of assigning online work to make up the snow days, this year, eLearning will be available the day school is cancelled.

There is one built-in snow day in the school calendar: Friday, March 20.

Then, there are three days of eLearning curriculum prepared for students.

If the corporation has to take more snow days after that, it’ll survey parents again as to what they think should be done.

The Hoffmans, parents of a third and fourth grader, remember using eLearning last year.

And it’s not a fond memory.

“Our house, we have one computer, two kids,” says Ashle…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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Dec 3rd

Manitoba throne speech prioritizes online education

Manitoba throne speech prioritizes online education
News from The Manitoban:

At last month’s throne speech the provincial NDP announced a number of policies to be implemented in the coming year. While interest-free student loans have been heralded as a major treat for post-secondary students, a number of other policies that will affect students have been proposed. Among those is a two-fold increase in the number of courses to be offered online – from 500 to 1,000 across the province.

“We will build on the significant steps taken over the last decade to ensure post-secondary education is accessible and affordable,” said Premier Greg Selinger in a speech to media on Nov. 20.

Enrolment in online courses is already on the rise at the University of Manitoba. In the 2013/14 academic year, 9,318 U of M students were registered for online courses. That represents a 42 per cent increase from 2009/2010, when 6,547 students were registered for online courses.

In 2013/14, 151 online degree credit courses were offered across 12 faculties and 28 departments.

Extended education at the U of M, which oversees distance and online education, does not have access to the numbe…………… continues on The Manitoban

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Duke to expand mix of in-person and online education
News from Duke Chronicle:

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series examining online education at Duke. Today, The Chronicle looks at the future of online courses for credit and unique uses of the massive open online courses. In Part 1, The Chronicle assessed how Duke has already brought digital education to the physical classroom.

As Duke continues its involvement with online education, administrators face questions of how courses might be counted for credit and how new adaptations might be brought to the physical classroom.

Each semester since Duke’s initial partnership with Coursera in Fall 2012 has seen the addition of new massive open online course offerings, or MOOCs. The growth of online education has been met with measured optimism by students and faculty alike, said Lynne O’Brien, associate vice provost for digital and online education initiatives. Although early results have been largely positive, student engagement will continue to depend on the way professors construct their classes—online or on campus.

“Positive responses have typically come when faculty have been able to keep th…………… continues on Duke Chronicle

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