Sep 14th

Should online education be a worry for teachers?

Should online education be a worry for teachers?
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Sep 14th

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem
News from University of Cincinnati:

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Director of eLearning and adjunct professor, Paul Foster leads creation of Canopy and looks toward the future for improvements to a continuously evolving eLearning ecosystem.

Date: 9/9/2014
By: Alexis O’Brien
Phone: (513) 558-7584

Paul Foster, UCIT eLearning Center director, didn’t know what he was in for when initially tasked to update Blackboard to the most current version of the system about a year ago.

“Blackboard upgrades had been put off because UCIT did not have the staffing or resources,” Foster said. “When we understood the need for it, UCIT tapped into people already working in eLearning in various colleges, then we realized we weren’t really just upgrading, we were rebuilding the entire system.”

This is when Foster earned the title of Canopy project team manager, assembled a team of about fifty eLearning leaders and IT experts from across campuses and played a prominent role in creating UC’s new, collaborative and student-centric eLearning ecosystem online.

“Depending on the day, I was project manager, technical worker or cheerleader,” Foster said. “The most important thi…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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SCC focuses on eLearning through its QEP
News from Stanly News & Press:

Stanly Community College is accredited through a regional association called the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

Accreditation through SACSCOC affirms that SCC is providing a quality learning experience for all students. This year, SCC is undergoing its reaccreditation process. As required by this process and as proof that we are focused on student learning and success, we have developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). This new improvement plan focuses on eLearning (electronic).  

The reason that an improvement strategy for eLearning, or online learning, is so critical is because the vast majority of students who are currently enrolled at SCC receive all or part of their instruction through an Internet component. And, that Internet component must provide quality instruction as well as vast opportunities for faculty/student interaction in order for learning to occur.  

In fact, more than 85 percent of SCC students took an online class or used an online component in their class during the 2013-14 school year.  Our data illustrates that in 2003 we had 1,757 students utilizing eLearning; by 2013, that number had grown to over 17,000.  

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Sep 12th

EN adds eLearning days to school calendar

EN adds eLearning days to school calendar
News from KPCnews.com:

KENDALLVILLE — East Noble will have two eLearning Days under an amended 2014-2015 school calendar, and may use eLearning for snow makeup days.

On Wednesday, the East Noble School Corporation Board of Trustees approved an amended 2014-2015 school calendar that has Friday, Oct. 31, as an eLearning Day for all students and Monday, May 4, as an eLearning Day for high school students only.

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eLearning for the Maritime Industry
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A growing number of organizations are turning to eLearning courses to ensure employees are properly trained to perform duties safely and efficiently. Marine Testing Solutions (MTS) said its eLearning initiative is helping more key staff members become empowered to make the maritime industry safer and more efficient.

In previous years, many owners and operators within the industry were reluctant to introduce formalized training schemes, MTS said, explaining that employees were often given only the most basic information in order to fulfill their role. Now, increasingly strict regulations are entering force within the industry, making that model a thing of the past.

MTS said its five eLearning courses – fire safety training, asbestos awareness, legionella awareness, food safety and manual handling – are affordable, professional and simple to understand. Employees from all sectors within the industry can take part in training and educational sessions at their own pace and be safe in the knowledge that they are equipped to carry out their role safely.

All MTS courses are compliant with relevant regulations and are approved by the relevant governing body.

MTS recognizes that more and more people are busy with day to day operations and are time poor. It therefore offers eLearning courses that…………… continues on MarineLink

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Sep 12th

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …
News from Daily Californian:

UC President Janet Napolitano spoke about tuition hikes, the university’s response to sexual assault, the increasing number of out-of-state students in the system and online education during a webchat with UC alumni and the public Thursday.

The Google Hangout was the third in a series of conversations with particular groups in the UC community. The first, in January, addressed students specifically, and the second was held with employees. The latest hour-long webchat included questions from a panel of representatives from the alumni community as well as the general public.

Julia Lee, a 2013 graduate of UC Riverside, asked Napolitano what her plans were to minimize potential tuition and fee increases. Napolitano said that though the university has frozen tuition for three years in a row, she couldn’t promise there would never again be a tuition increase. However, she said tuition is still relatively low.

“If you compare the full sticker price to an elite private university, you get a four-year education for what you would pay for freshman year at comparable schools,” she said.

Tuition increases may be discussed at the next UC Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17 and 18.

UC alumnus and parent Sherry Nealon expressed her concerns about safety on campus, especially for female students. Napolitano replied by saying the university was taking s…………… continues on Daily Californian

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Online education company edX offering free high school courses
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The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students.

Edx plans to unveil its first free classes for younger students Wednesday, when most of the new courses will open for enrollment. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School.

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The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology.

To date, edX has offered only college-level courses. And, while a smattering of high school-level massive open online courses exist, company officials said edX is the first provider of so-called MOOCs to offer a…………… continues on Boston Globe

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Sep 9th

Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales

Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales
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Summary

  • The e-learning market grows rapidly worldwide and expected to reach $ 51B total revenues in 2016.
  • Google introduced an e-learning platform that integrate its services into one suite that is targeted to the education sector.
  • By penetrating the e-learning market, Google tries to increase Chromebook sales and expand its PC ecosystem.
  • Google could use the e-learning trend around the world and expand its Chromebook sales and ecosystem presence globally.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) followed another hot trend and entered the e-learning market with Google Classroom after it had entered the web services market with Google Domains, the crowd-funding market with YouTube’s fans-funding, and the same-day grocery delivery market with Google Shopping Express.

E-learning is a term used to describe the use of technology in education. It includes a number of categories such as computer-based traini…………… continues on Seeking Alpha (registration)

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Sep 7th

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia
News from Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia:

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school — freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web for the latest edition of Lifehacker U, our regularly updating guide to improving your life with free, online university-level classes. Let’s get started.

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Whether you’re a graduate, a full-time worker, a retiree or just someone with a passion for learning, there are loads of great courses online. Anyone with a little time and a passion for self-growth (and a computer) can “enrol” in these courses for their own personal benefit.

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch o…………… continues on Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

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Students turning to online education
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People questioned whether Marina Clapp would receive a real education when she decided to leave the Edina school district for a K-12 online school.

Mary Clapp and her daughter, Marina, who graduated this year from MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, an K-12 online public school. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

It was a difficult concept for her family to accept and no one really understood, she said. Her father would ask her if she was actually going to graduate from high school. Her mother, Mary Clapp, said the family wasn’t convinced, especially Marina’s grandmother, a teacher for 28 years.

Marina began MTS Minnesota Connections Academy in 11th grade, graduating this past year. They now know that Minnesota Connections Academy is very much a real school that provides a real education, Mary said.

In the two years of attending the online school, Mary’s watched her daughter’s life become more balanced with more free time to pursue activities, leading to a more full, less stressed life.

“It simplified her life, but yet, it brought…………… continues on The Sun Current

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Sep 6th

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm
News from Baltimore Sun:

Barbara Dreyer, the chief executive officer and co-founder of an online educational business that served students who were not in traditional classrooms, died of breast cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The White Hall resident was 59.

Born Barbara Huss in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Mark Huss, a State Department employee, and Gine Huss, a teacher. Raised on Dunran Road, she was a 1973 graduate of Dundalk High School and earned a degree in economics, accounting and finance at Towson University, where she was honored in 1997 as alumnus of the year.

She also had a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and was a cert…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week
News from Bangor Daily News:

BANGOR, Maine — The 280-plus students attending Maine’s first virtual charter school connect from as far south as Kittery, as far east as Eastport and as far north as Madawaska, according to the most recent data provided by school officials.

Students at the school, called Maine Connections Academy, finished their first week of online classes Friday. A breakdown detailing which school district each student came from — dated Sept. 2 — showed that 281 students from 88 different districts were enrolled. That list is expected to increase to up to 297 students as more complete the lengthy process of enrolling.

“The first week went really well,” Kelsie Washington, a 15-year-old student from Caribou, said. “I only had one difficulty. Once I called technical support, they fixed it right away.”

Maine Connections Academy has drawn many students from the more heavily populated areas in Maine, according to school board member Amy Volk, with about 30 students each from Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties.

But a large number of students come from Maine’s rural school districts. Regional School Unit 17, which serves the communities…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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Sep 6th

E-Learning Finds a Foothold in Africa

E-Learning Finds a Foothold in Africa
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Can e-learning support the development of the continent’s young workforce?

The eLearning Africa Report 2014, published by International Communications, Worldwide Events, compiled recent research on e-learning in Africa and took a broader look at how the continent’s communications infrastructure affects how Africans are learning on the job and in school.

According to the report, e-learning professionals in Africa are confident about the future, a feeling bolstered by the growing economy, as well as increasing access to Internet and a growing content sector. Africa has the highest growth rates in telecommunications in the world, with rocketing mobile-cellular subscription rates (predicted to reach 69 percent by the end of 2014). Mobile-broadband subscription rates also are growing and are predicted to reach 19 percent by the end of 2014. This increasing penetration of mobile broadband creates a demand for locally relevant content and applications, forming a subsector of the African e-learning industry.

According to Ambient Insight, a market research firm, e-learning in 16 African countries is just over 15 percent, with revenues expected to reach to $ 512.7 million in 2016. Ambient Insight suggests three catalysts of the boom in the African e-learning market: wide-scale digitization of academic content,…………… continues on T+D

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eLearning Lab resources just a click away
News from Petoskey News-Review:

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…………… continues on Petoskey News-Review

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Sep 5th

The rush to online education requires a learning curve

The rush to online education requires a learning curve
News from The Tand D.com:

2014-09-05T02:00:00Z The rush to online education requires a learning curve The Times and Democrat

ISSUE: Online vs. traditional teaching

OUR VIEW: Distance learning here to stay, but establishing effectiveness is ongoing process

In an online world, the news is cause for at least a pause.

Looking for ways to ensure that people are getting the education needed for today’s world includes such basics as being certain students remain in the educational system. Beyond that, there is the cost barrier beyond the primary and secondary levels. And there is a necessity for serious consideration for how teaching is to be done, particularly with the delivery of education via the Internet.

Score one for the traditional. Key findings of a new study co-authored by a Clemson University researcher and published in the most recent issue of Black History Bulletin indicate students taking traditional, in-class science courses reported higher perceived learning gains than students enrolled in online distance-education science courses.

Notably, African-American students taking traditional science courses self-reported greater learning gains than students taking on…………… continues on The Tand D.com

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine
News from Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine:

A college-age woman works on a laptop.Organic chemistry is still hard, even online.

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This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.

Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions, and paying different tuitions, they were taking what amounts to the same course. That’s because the course wasn’t produced by either school. Instead, it was a sophisticated package devised by publishing giant Pearson PLC and delivered through a powerful online platform called MyPsychLab.

Both students worked their way through the same online textbook, watched the same series of videos, and took automati…………… continues on Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine

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Sep 3rd

Some Texas students pay more for online courses

Some Texas students pay more for online courses
News from Valley morning Star:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some online higher education courses are costing Texans more money than brick-and-mortar classes.

At the University of Texas at Arlington, students are charged an extra fee of $ 75 to $ 90 per online class to “defray the cost of course development and implementation,” said Pete Smith, the college’s vice provost for digital teaching and learning.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1r9ykad ) analyzed 18 universities and found that only the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Austin had lower costs for online classes. State leaders have hailed online education as one fix for ballooning college prices, but tuition for those classes can be more than 20 percent higher.

In 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged state public universities to establish bachelor’s degrees that would cost $ 10,000 or less. Some state lawmakers and public policy groups say online courses could be the answer to reducing tuition rates by opening a way for universities to save on facility and faculty costs.

But many of the online courses include extra fees or additional costs per credit hour. University of…………… continues on Valley morning Star

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Sustainable Development Goes Massively Online As EdCast Launches With …
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In the spring of 2015 thousands of students from universities around the world will participate in online negotiations under the tutelage of Jeffrey Sachs to draft a comprehensive treaty on climate change, ahead of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled for December 2015 in Paris.

The curriculum and its massive dissemination is the first test for a new online education startup, EdCast, launched by serial entrepreneur and Menlo Ventures venture partner, Karl Mehta.

“This approach of online education is the future of the area I’m dealing with, which is global sustainable development,” says Sachs. “We need a mass scale-up in understanding of these issues to confront big challenges like climate change.”

To achieve that scale-up, Sachs is leveraging his position as director of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an organization comprised of hundreds of universities and think tanks created by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Through EdCast Sachs will distribute a curriculum he’s designing includ…………… continues on TechCrunch

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