Mar 28th

UGA to offer music education online degree program

UGA to offer music education online degree program
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Atlanta’s airport is opening a new northbound entrance Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in a news release that the relocated access point from Riverdale Road will be marked by a…

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Jeb Bush Offering Online Courses Promoting Common Core
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Bush’s education foundation, in fact, is offering online courses for policy-makers focusing on how to promote the idea that the standards are necessary for national security, why data collection is essential, and how to win over parents, teachers, and citizens in the education reform conversation.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education was founded by Bush, and he served as its chair up until a couple of months ago, when he turned the reins of the foundation’s board over to Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

As the New York Times also reported, Bush’s foundation is now offering three free online courses, including one titled “

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Mar 27th

Online learning could disrupt higher education, but many universities are …

Online learning could disrupt higher education, but many universities are …
News from The Economist:

WHEN MASSIVE OPEN online courses (MOOCs) took off three years ago, there was much concern that they would destroy traditional universities. That isn’t happening. “We’re doing a better job of improving job skills than of transforming the university sector,” says Rick Levin, a former president of Yale, who runs Coursera, the biggest of the MOOCs.

At the margins, technology is making education cheaper, more convenient and more effective. University of the People, a non-profit American-accredited online university, offers degrees to students all over the world at a total cost of $ 4,000; if they are poor, they can get scholarships. It started teaching in 2009, was accredited last year, has produced 65 graduates so far and now has 1,500 students. The faculty is made up of academics who volunteer their services.

The convenience of online study makes it especially suitable for working people. According to Phil Regier, dean of Arizona State University (ASU) Online, the market for online degrees i…………… continues on The Economist

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UGA to offer music education online degree program
News from Bradenton Herald:

— The University of Georgia plans to begin offering a master of music education online degree program.

The university says its Hugh Hodgson School of Music will begin taking applicants immediately for the program that is set to start this summer. It is meant for certified music educators seeking to enhance their practitioner and research skills.

Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School, says the online program will provide opportunities for those who might otherwise be unable to complete post-graduate studies.

The school says the degree will prepare teachers for professional leadership roles in curriculum design, mentorship and teacher research.

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Mar 27th

Elearning Africa to Focus On ICT for Education in Rural Areas

Elearning Africa to Focus On ICT for Education in Rural Areas
News from AllAfrica.com:

High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.

Over 70 per cent of African workers are employed in farming and the role ICTs can play in boosting agricultural growth has been identified by the African Union as a key factor in making a reality of its 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.” The subject has been described as “critical” by African political leaders and will be one of the matters under discussion at a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers at the conference.

eLearning Africa will provide a showcase of a series of presentations about new training-based solutions to some of the most enduring challenges facing Africa’s farming and rural communities. Presenters include:

Mr Willis Ndeda Ochilo of CABI, a leading agricultural entomologist, who will explain how CABI’s ‘Plantwise’ initiative, which organises weekly plant clinics supported by an online database with access to international expertise, is helping to improve the productivity of agricultural crops.

Ghanaian Mr Albert Yeboah Obeng of Foresight Generation Club, who will discuss the contribution new initiat…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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The impact of e-learning in the workplace
News from Times of Malta:

E-learning is one of the most important services powered by the internet. It has the potential to transform how and when employees learn and integrates a learning culture with the work environment.

E-learning is not only about training and instruction but also about learning that is tailored to an individual. It brings together different fields such as online training, web-based training and technology driven instruction. Computers, tablets and smartphones facilitate and enhance the approach towards e-learning.

Today’s workplace is defined by a new employer-employee relationship. The employer provides the tools such as e-learning whereas employees have to manage and develop their skills and employability and ultimately are responsible for maintaining the value they add to the company.

E-learning can motivate employees to invest more time and energy in workplace learning. The key is that the alternative and flexible learning environments allowed by technology can reduce the obstacles and practical difficulties of scheduling learning activities around work schedules. The result is a more personal commitment and control over learning.

Research suggests that there is no significant difference in educational outcome between e-learning and traditional learning. This means that goals can be achieved irrespective of the…………… continues on Times of Malta

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Mar 27th

COLUMN: Why online education matters

COLUMN: Why online education matters
News from Indiana Daily Student:

As students at a traditional university, we are oftentimes blind to the situations or needs of others. As a result, we oftentimes leave behind policies or programs that do not directly correlate with our way of living and learning. Thus, certain programs are left to stagnate and rot, which is detrimental to the University as a whole.

According to U.S. News & World Report, IU ranks No. 72 in the nation for online ?bachelor degrees programs.

According to the same source, Penn State, a fellow Big Ten member, ranks No. 1 in the country. So, what is the difference between Penn State and IU when it comes to online education?

U.S. News ranked schools based off three categories — Faculty Credentials & Training, Student Services & Technology, and Student Engagement. Presently, IU’s program, dubbed IU Online, falls short in all three categories behind Penn State’s World Campus.

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Online learning enrollment flattens
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Mar 25th

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa
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High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.

Reports indicate that over 70 per cent of African workers are employed in farming and the role ICTs can play in boosting agricultural growth has been identified by the African Union as a key factor in making a reality of its 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.”

The subject has been described as “critical” by African political leaders and will be one of the matters under discussion at a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers at the conference.

The 10th eLearning Africa Conference is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. As the largest annual conference of its kind, the three-day event is a must for those wanting to develop multinational and cross-industry partnerships and contacts whilst enhancing their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

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India e-learning market outlook to fy’2018
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Mar 23rd

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]
News from EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education:

Online learning has become one of the fastest-growing industries in education technology, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

The availability of mobile devices on campuses has drastically changed the playing field for e-learning. By 2020, the global mobile-learning market is on track to reach $ 37.8 billion, according to a new infographic from TalentLMS, a learning management system. By 2019, half of all college students will be enrolled in online courses.

“This means that the development costs of eLearning courses will diminish with time, boiling down to only the cost of the student. With the cheaper rates at which mobile broadband data is available, 74 percent of eLearners will be mobile learners,” according to a March 2 blog post from TalentLMS.

Online learning is also changing the culture of learning itself.

An introductory course in computer science at Harvard College, Computer Science 50, broke course registration records in the fal…………… continues on EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

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MG varsity budget plans online evaluation, e-learning
News from The Hindu:

The annual budget of Mahatma Gandhi University for 2015-16 shows an expenditure of Rs. 562.42 crore against a revenue of Rs. 419.07 crore, denoting a deficit of Rs.143.35 crore.

The budget document presented by C.I. Abdul Rahiman, convener, syndicate sub-committee on finance on Saturday envisages the preparation to evolve an action plan named Vision 2030, through participatory process to position the institution into a new generation university equipping it with state-of-the-art ICT tools, which include platforms for e-learning, e-content delivery and online evaluation.

In addition, the budget proposes to make the service delivery mechanism proactive and student-friendly. Special attention is also given to address the access issues of the differently abled students.

The university will negotiate with industrial giants like Intel to make rapid strides with appropriate e-initiatives. A dedicated e-learning portal with 4 terra byte capacity and connectivity extending to all affiliating colleges. All learning contents with text, audio, video, Virtual lab and simulations will be made accessible online. The students will be able to access the lessons anywhere anytime using a user name and password. Wi-fi network will be ensured on the campus. Video conferencing facility will also be installed.

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Mar 21st

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …
News from Economic Times:

NEW DELHI: e-Learning firm Educomp Solutions today launched its new product ‘SmartclassOnline’, which will allow students and parents to access course material, s…………… continues on Economic Times

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Plymouth Schools to make up snow days with eLearning on Saturdays
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What would your child think about having school on Saturday?

Believe it or not, Plymouth students are happy to do it because it means not having to make up snow days at the end of their school year.

Students will be doing online eLearning curriculum on three Saturdays: April 11, April 18 and May 16.

Last year was a test year for Plymouth high schoolers. They had eLearning classes from home for one Saturday.

“It was just like school,” says Angel Ulloa, a junior. “Wake up, do your normal routine, and do your homework.”

It went well, so the corporation decided to do the same thing this year for all grades.

The corporation says this is possible because every single one of their students is given a computer. Grades 2 through 12 have laptops, kindergartners and first graders have iPads.

While they know not everyone is a fan of school on Saturdays, assistant superintendent Andy Hartley says it’s better than the alternative.

“Adding onto the end of the year makes it rough, so the more we can keep things in line with the typical school year calendar, the better,” Hartley explains.

Hartley says homework won’t be due until the following Tuesday. Plymouth High School will be open for those who need Internet access, and teachers will be available to h…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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Mar 20th

Online schools give students extra choices for busy lives

Online schools give students extra choices for busy lives
News from Fresno Bee:

• Online schools allow students flexibility to continue their education and pursue career goals.

• Online schools remain a small piece of California’s education community.

• Different curricula are offered in California’s online schools programs.

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The Delsid family calls Kingsburg home, but it’s really more a base of operations as they deliver their children to dance classes in Clovis, martial arts training in Visalia and acting classes and auditions in Southern California.

When their children’s manager calls from Los Angeles with an audition opportunity — no matter which day — they dash off. So it’s not surprising to find daughter Jalene in the back seat of the family sport-utility vehicle immersed in a school lesson.

“She can do a live lesson on the road,” said her mother, Crystal Delsid. “I plug in our phone as a hot spot and she can do school work from her laptop. Her teacher never even knows we’re on the (Highway) 99.”

Online school lets the Delsids help their three older children realize their dreams. All three attend school through

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Kevin Cookingham: Clovis Online School an alternative to traditional education
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A lot of attention has been paid to what isn’t working well in education, but there is a new option that has helped many students who have struggled in a traditional school environment to become successful.

Clovis Online School, a direct charter of Clovis Unified School District, started about five years ago to meet the needs of the 7%-10% of students who want and/or need another option for attaining their high school diplomas.

We now deliver to 360 students in grades seven-12 an option that meets their personal, unique circumstances in a high-quality, online environment. Clovis Online School services students from throughout Fresno County and its eight surrounding counties.

We are commonly asked, what kind of students attend Clovis Online? The answer is all kinds. We have students who travel with hockey teams, actors, race car drivers, students who have day jobs, teen moms, brilliant students who want to work on their own, students who were bullied and/or have anxiety concerns, and, of course, students who have made poor decisions and need another educational option.

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Mar 19th

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency
News from Wired:

In the early ‘90s, I could tell what someone thought about the Internet’s prospects for transforming higher education by listening to their vocabulary. If they used terms like “distance learning” or “distance education,” they’d probably been working in continuing education for some time and saw the Internet as simply the latest in a line of technologies — beginning with correspondence courses, and including the latest two-way video systems – to expand the reach of colleges and universities. The Internet wasn’t going to disrupt the field. So why should it define it?

In contrast, those of us who rejected “distance learning” in favor of “online learning” understood that the Internet was a game changer. The potential of the new medium to not only mirror and extend the classroom but enable entirely new approaches to education was intuitive, if not obvious. And so we gathered in corners of “distance learning” conferences and symposia, whispering furtively about how the distance learning guys simply didn’t get it.

In a decade, online education may be recognized not for making higher education accessible to anyone with a smartphone—but as the midwife who delivered competency-based learning into the world. Like so many other technology-driven advances, competency-based learning is theoretically possible in a paper-pencil world. Global positioning…………… continues on Wired

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5 Questions to Ask About Online Community College Courses
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Experts suggest prospective online students ask whether their community college has an office devoted solely to supporting online instruction.

Students heading to community college to pursue an associate degree, professional certification or transfer to a four-year school, will probably find they can do a significant portion of their course work online.

The vast majority of two-year schools offer at least some online learning options. And as far back as 2008, a third or more of community college students in states like Virginia and Washington took at least one online course during their studies, according to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s 

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Mar 18th

How to get an MBA education for less than $1000

How to get an MBA education for less than $ 1000
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As the blogger behind The No-Pay MBA, which chronicles her journey through the B-school curriculum, Pickard has become a household name in the MOOC (massive open online course) world. Poets&Quants first profiled Pickard in January 2014. Since then, the Kigali, Rwanda-based development worker for USAID has appeared in TIME , Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journ…………… continues on Fortune

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