Oct 22nd

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
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Online Education: Why Are Some Online Schools Lacking In Credibility?
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You’ve seen the ads by now for various online schools; all encouraging you to sign up today and get to work on advancing your education.

The selling point is that you can earn your degree from anywhere.

However, what these businesses are not telling you is that you could be wasting your time and money.

Even though acceptance of online degrees is said to be on the rise, it could be that your particular school isn’t seen as particularly credible.

Before signing up for an online degree program at an internet-only college, perhaps there are some things you should consider.

Online School vs. Online Degree

The first thing to know is that online degrees and online schools are not mutually exclusive. There are accredited colleges that have online courses. Sometimes only certain classes are available in an online format. Other times, the entire degree can be earned online.

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Oct 20th

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students
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CHENNAI: Fantasy and science fiction, forensic accounting and jazz improvisation — the variety in online education is mind-boggling and, more importantly, gives Indians a chance from their middle class apartments in Chennai, with a good Internet connection, to be exposed to western methods of learning liberal arts, culture and music, as well as engineering, science and management.

The reversal of the concept of ‘school’, with the ‘class’ coming home, is still to pick up in India, but there is an audience that is fast reaping the benefits of online education. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is a fast spreading buzzword and ‘Coursera’, the popular online education platform began only in 2012, but it already has over nine million users and over 800 courses in association with 114 universities.

“Coursera appealed to me because the lectures by experts were free and accessible. I could do out-of-the-box courses like ‘How to Change the World’ and ‘Introduction to Banking and Finance’,” said Anirudh Kumar, an engineering student. “And the best part was that the lectures could be saved, so I could go back to them any time.”

While some students follow an interest, for instance, learning a subject like Greek Mythology that is rare to find in India, there are also many who do certified courses to help them in their career. Sheela Sharma who has a re…………… continues on The New Indian Express

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Dissing Online Education
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by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014

By Steve Buckstein

One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.

Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution.

A Portland State University professor of educational leadership recently authored an op-ed making the case that “effective teaching practices such as class discussion, relational learning and other activities of the traditional classroom are hard to offer on a computer screen.” That might be true; face-to-face educational interactions may never go away, but soon they could be greatly supplemented or even overshadowed by…………… continues on Oregon Catalyst

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Oct 20th

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …
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Oct 18th

Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that

Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that
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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education
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The MOOC was The Next Big Thing—and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started.

Agarwal is an MIT computer science professor and the CEO of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit, edX, one of several purveyors of so-called “massively open online courses,” or MOOCs, which offer free online classes from elite universities to anyone in the world. After it was buoyed by an enormous wave of hype two years ago, the MOOC has now plummeted in terms of public perception—with even one of its most prominent backers turning his back on the idea—but Agarwal is unbowed.

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Oct 18th

How B.F. Skinner Will Save Online Education

How B.F. Skinner Will Save Online Education
News from Forbes:

Adam Smith said that the wealth of a nation consists not in the gold in its vaults but in the productivity of its citizens.  Cool!  We increase productivity by building our human capital through education.  Unfortunately, today public schools exist primarily to funnel tax dollars into teacher pension funds, with our children held hostage.  As for higher education, a generation saddled with indefeasible student loan debt has learned that your American college decal won’t get you into the labor market anymore.  Our education bubble is now being compared to the previous housing bubble — the one that ended with such interesting results.

The answer to all this was supposed to be online education, which was going to allow everyone to do an end run around the massively dysfunctional educational-industrial complex.  But online education got started on the wrong foot.  It is a textbook example of what Marshall McLuhan termed a “rear-view mirror” approach (his buzzword). Yes, I am referring to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Coursera, Udacity, edX, and even the holy of holies, Khan Academy.

McLuhan understood that new media got started by repackaging old media.  The original content of movies was filmed novels and stage plays. The original content of television was broadcast radio shows.  Today, the Internet brings us reheated college lectures.  New media wrap…………… continues on Forbes

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The Top Eight Things You Need To Know About Online Education
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There is a variety of opinions in the media these days regarding online learning. Depending on what you read, online education can appear to be either a cure-all or cancer. In an effort to cut through the smoke, here are the top eight established facts you need to know.

1) Online learning is here to stay. Since 1986, when the first online degree program from an accredited institution was offered (by John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California), growth has been exponential. Today, one-third of America’s 21 million enrolled students are taking some or all of their instruction online. The eleven-year study by the Babson Survey Research Group shows over seven million online enrollments in the fall semester of 2013.

2) There is no significant difference in learning outcomes. Some 30 years of

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Oct 16th

Development focus: Why e-Learning is far from boring

Development focus: Why e-Learning is far from boring
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By 2020, eLearning will make up 95 per cent of the learning market – that is the prediction of Craig Weiss, one of the world’s leading authorities on online learning.

His assertion is that face-to-face learning methodology has been the same for 400 years but in 20 years eLearning has transformed the learning space.

Yet if asked for their perception of eLearning, most advisers would probably have a similar response. The words “boring” “dull” and a “necessary evil” would likely feature heavily and with some justification, given firms’ traditional predominantly regulation-driven relationship with eLearning.

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SES Partners with Academic Institutions for eLearning Project
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[Via Satellite 10-14-2014] SES has revealed its Live Interactive Classroom application for use in an eLearning project called KUganda. The platform will connect the Catholic University Eichst?tt – Ingolstadt in Germany to the Permanent Center for Education in Kampala, Uganda using SES Broadband Services’ solution.

The Live Interactive Platform brings students and teachers together using audio and video communications coupled with presentation slides. Eichst?tt Professor Gaby Gien will deliver a seminar from Germany to students and teachers in Uganda.

“Part of the challenge is to provide teachers in Africa with computers and resources. Without Internet connectivity, teachers and children are deprived of the use of educational content online. Bridging this digital divide is key,” said Gien, speaking on behalf of the KUganda initiative. “With this demonstration, we aim to show how satellite broadband can help to improve social and educational development by pr…………… continues on Satellite Today

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Higher Education in the Digital Age
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Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction
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Oct 14th

Elearning Conference Returns to Ethiopia

Elearning Conference Returns to Ethiopia
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In what is said to be the largest ICT conference on African soil, Ethiopia will host this year’s eLearning Africa, which is also the tenth anniversary edition of it being held under the patronage of the Ethiopian government.

In a statement sent to The Reporter, the organizers indicated that the conference, the largest international event in Africa on ICT for education, training and development, would be held in Addis Ababa from May 20 to 22 next year.

Speaking of Ethiopia’s decision to host the event, Debretsion Gebremichael (PhD), Deputy Prime Minister for Finance and Economic cluster, who is also the Minister of Information and Communication (MoIC) said, “My government is pleased to host eLearning Africa as this is a conference returning to Ethiopia, where my government joined arms with ICWE in conceiving and launching the first eLearning Africa platform on African soil.”

“eLearning Africa 2015 will create an opportunity to reflect on the 10-year journey traversed by eLearning Africa since its first conference in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, Ethiopia, as the seat of the African Union, welcomes conferences that bring together African policymakers and experts once more back to their home,” the statement quoted the minister as saying.

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Tenth Elearning Africa Conference Set Ethiopia in May 2015
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The annual eLearning Africa conference will return to Ethiopia, the country of its inauguration, for its tenth anniversary edition. The conference, which focuses on ICT for education, training and development, will be held in Addis Ababa from May 20 – 22, under the patronage of the Ethiopian Government.

This was announced by Rebecca Stromeyer, CEO of ICWE GmbH and Founder of eLearning Africa, joined by Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Ethiopia.

Speaking of Ethiopia’s decision to host the event, Gebremichael said: “My government is pleased to host eLearning Africa as this is a conference returning to Ethiopia, where my government joined arms with ICWE in conceiving and launching the first eLearning Africa platform on African soil. eLearning Africa 2015 will create an opportunity to reflect on the 10 year journey traversed by eLearning Africa since its first conference in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, Ethiopia, as the seat of the African Union, welcomes conferences that bring together African policy makers and experts once more back to their home.”

Rebecca Stromeyer said: “During its ten-year history, the conference has led to an explosion of new ideas, new projects, new agreements and new partnerships. It has brought the leading…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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Oct 13th

Ethiopia to host eLearning Africa 2015

Ethiopia to host eLearning Africa 2015
News from HumanIPO:

Ethiopia will host this year’s eLearning Africa which is also the tenth anniversary edition and which will be held under the patronage of the Ethiopian government.

The conference, which is the largest international event in Africa on ICT for education, training and development, will be held in Addis Ababa from May 20th – 22nd, under the patronage of the Ethiopian Government.

Speaking of Ethiopia’s decision to host the event, Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said, “My government is pleased to host eLearning Africa as this is a conference returning to Ethiopia, where my government joined arms with ICWE in conceiving and launching the first eLearning Africa platform on African soil.”

“ eLearning Africa 2015 will create an opportunity to reflect on the 10 year  journey traversed by eLearning Africa since its first conference in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, Ethiopia, as the seat of the African Union, welcomes conferences that bring together African policy makers and experts once more back to their home,” he added.

Rebecca Stromeyer CEO of ICWE GmbH and Founder of eLearning Africa said: “During its ten-year history, the conference has led to an explosion of new ideas, new projects, new agreements and new partnerships…………… continues on HumanIPO

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E-learning fails to gain foothold in Vietnam
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Many e-learning websites, even free-of-charge platforms, have told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the number of Vietnamese people using their services for studying is small and unstable.

Zuni.vn, one such site, has seen a strong decrease in its number of users over the last few months.

The Vietnamese site said it had over one million visitors in April, May and June, but this figure decreased to around 700,000 per month for July and August.

In the meantime, the number of people registering to learn at the site in May and June was 20,957 and 40,278, respectively, and then fell sharply to 9,624 and 5,399 in July and August.

“This may be because the period from April to June was when students studied for the high school graduation and university entrance exams, so the number of learners sharply increased,” a Zuni.vn representative shared. “Then it decreased after the exams.”

According to several other online educational websites, Vietnamese users currently access their services only when they need to search for information, and have no long-term study plan.

Only Khan Academy, a world famous online educational website which introduces lessons in the form of videos and does not require fixed learning schedules, expressed optimism over the situation.

“During the last 12 months, we have received more t…………… continues on Tuoitrenews

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The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses (0)
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Oct 11th

Enriching Tomorrow: eLearning Africa 2015 Returns to Ethiopia

Enriching Tomorrow: eLearning Africa 2015 Returns to Ethiopia
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Location: The African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Rebecca Stromeyer, CEO of ICWE GmbH and Founder of eLearning Africa, joined Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael, Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Ethiopia, today (Wednesday) to announce that the annual eLearning Africa conference will return to Ethiopia, the country of its inauguration, for its tenth anniversary edition.

The conference, which is the largest international event in Africa on ICT for education, training and development, will be held in Addis Ababa from May 20th – 22nd, under the patronage of the Ethiopian Government. Speaking of Ethiopia’s decision to host the event, H.E. Dr Debretsion Gebremichael said, “My government is pleased to host eLearning Africa as this is a conference returning to Ethiopia, where my government joined arms with ICWE in conceiving and launching the first eLearning Africa platform on African soil. eLearning Africa 2015 will create an opportunity to reflect on the 10 year journey traversed by eLearning Africa since its first conference in Addis Ababa. Furthermore, Ethiopia, as the seat of the African Union, welcomes conferences that bring together African policy makers and experts once more back to…………… continues on SciDev.Net

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Oct 8th

A Pioneer in eLearning at UC Pilots Echo360 System

A Pioneer in eLearning at UC Pilots Echo360 System
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A Pioneer in eLearning at UC Pilots Echo360 System

One tech-savvy professor from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences uses a new pilot system to capture in-class lectures for online courses.

Date: 10/6/2014 2:00:00 PM
By: Alexis O’Brien
Phone: (513) 558-7584

UC geology professor Warren Huff understands students. It’s an attribute that’s easily evidenced in the online geology course he opened eight years ago with just their needs, plus his interests, in mind.

“A lot of them have jobs, family responsibilities or they don’t want to get up early and come to class,” Huff said. “I understand that and started online geology classes out of my own interest in them, too. The technology was available.”

Huff was one of the first McMicken College of Arts and Sciences professors to offer an online course and has worked with a couple of different lecture capture systems that have enabled him to conduct online courses effectively: Camtasia and Podcast Producer. Now that Echo360 has appeared on campus, he’s piloting that system, too.

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English e-learning course launched
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Now, students of government high schools here can learn spoken English, courtesy an online course.

Launched recently by Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, the course uses daily life scenarios, regional and cultural examples, situation-based learning and an innovative teaching method of grammatical concepts. Local Administration Minister N.G. Pannirselvam was also present at the launch.

“Our academy wants to improve the student’s spoken English skills by giving them a concrete chance to learn and practice English the way it is spoken in everyday life and in the professional environment,” said Terry Leger, Founder and CEO of Azimuth, the company which has developed the course material. The e-course retail pack is available in CD and DVD format, with three levels.

“Today, we have taken an initiative to distribute free copies to the Pondicherry Government High Schools. I hope, we will be able to expand this initiative in future by gathering donations to finance more free copies for the schools that need help,” Mr. Leger added.

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