Mar 19th

EACS OKs eLearning to make up missed classes

EACS OKs eLearning to make up missed classes
News from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

NEW HAVEN – Despite at least one board member’s concern, East Allen County Schools officials approved an eLearning plan Tuesday to help make up for some of the district’s missed instructional time.

School board members also approved a plan to continue adding 30 minutes to each school day through May 8.

EACS students have missed 14 days because of snow and ice, but have been in the process of making up for missed time by extending each school day.

Each full week of extended days allows the district to make up three hours and by May 8, students will have made up 25 hours of instruction, Superintendent Ken Folks said.

The Indiana Department of Education recognizes elementary school days as five hours and a secondary school day as six hours.

With the current plan, elementary school students will make up five days and middle and high school students will make up four days and one hour, Folks explained.

To avoid a situation in which older students would be required to go an extra day, district officials approved an eLearning plan to help middle and high school students make up an additional five hours.

Folks said the district will likely select a Saturday in April for the eLearning day, but will meet next week to discuss the exact date.

Students across the district will have access to computer labs at schools or can use…………… continues on Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

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Majority of our female students are from MENA region, says QNET
The President of Harvard University once said, “If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.” Any career necessitates a lifetime commitment to what you do, and that means a commitment to a lifetime of learning. This is perhaps the reason for the explosive growth of the e-learning industry around the world. According to a report by GSV Advisors from Silicon Valley, the global eLearning market is estimated to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23% over the next three years, at which time its value will exceed $ 255 billion by 2017.

Access to education has never been more convenient, and the beauty of it is that learning is now an experience that can truly be shared with people across the w…………… continues on Zawya (registration)

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Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing
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Dec 29th

Adult education classes offered online at Oakton Community College

Adult education classes offered online at Oakton Community College
News from Lincolnwood Review:

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Wear your pajamas to class if you want! Take adult education courses without leaving home by enrolling in online offerings by Oakton Community College’s Alliance for Lifelong Learning. 

Featured sessions run from January 15 – March 7. Course fee is $ 119 ($ 80 for in-district seniors).

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Dec 16th

College classes move online to meet student demand

College classes move online to meet student demand
News from Press of Atlantic City:

New Jersey’s fastest-growing college doesn’t even have a campus.

Thomas Edison State College, based in Trenton, has almost 21,000 students this year, more than double the 10,200 enrolled at the college a decade ago. Students never set foot in a classroom, taking all of their courses online or through other distance-learning formats.

Traditional colleges also are offering a greater number of online courses and degrees as they work to meet students’ desire for flexibility and alternate paths. But it is a challenge for colleges to keep up with rapidly changing technology that can accommodate all the ways students learn and communicate.

“The future of online education has to change to meet student expectations,” said Matthew Cooper, assistant provost at Thomas Edison. He said the school has switched from the Blackboard delivery system to Moodle and Google Docs. It also moved content into cloud storage, where students can download it to whatever device they are using.

“We have to have technology that is compatible with all the other technology,” he said.

About 26 percent of all students at Atlantic Cape Community College take online courses, making up about 15 percent of all credits, said Ronald McArthur, dean of liberal studies. The college was an early advocate of online c…………… continues on Press of Atlantic City

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Nov 26th

Will online classes make professors extinct?

Will online classes make professors extinct?
News from CNN:

  • David Wheeler: Tenure-track full-time professors are an endangered species
  • Wheeler: Blame it on the fervor for large-scale online education initiatives
  • He says colleges are embracing online courses for cost-cutting reasons
  • Wheeler: But in the long term they could destroy America’s higher education system

Editor’s note: David R. Wheeler lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he is a freelance writer and a journalism professor at Asbury University. Follow him on Twitter @David_R_Wheeler

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UF to host online learning conference to kick off pioneering effort in digital …
News from University of Florida:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As the University of Florida adds four-year programs to its online course offerings in January, the Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service will kick off this pioneering effort in digital education with a conference Dec. 3 – 4 in University Auditorium.

Leaders from around the nation and faculty and administrators from UF and other State University System schools will gather to engage in a substantive discussion about new technologies and ways they can be deployed to strengthen the learning experience of students. Issues surrounding online education from delivery platforms to student engagement to intellectual property will also be addressed.

Will Weatherford, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, will offer a luncheon address on Dec. 4. Weatherford, a champion of the legislation that mandated the online track at UF, will discuss the impetus behind the expanded funding for online education by the Florida Legislature.

“We are looking to set UF Online apart from other online learning experiences by employing innovative teaching frameworks,” said Joe Glover, UF provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “It is critical that faculty be involved in the development of curriculum…………… continues on University of Florida

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Nov 16th

Why Online Classes Might Not Be Good for Developing Countries

Why Online Classes Might Not Be Good for Developing Countries
News from Slate Magazine:

Bolivian students in 2010. Can rising computer-teaching in developing countries enhance, rather than compete with, existing education systems?

Courtesy International Institute for Communication and Development/Flickr

This article originally appeared in the New America Foundation’s Weekly Wonk. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

Time zones away from the quads of Cambridge, Mass., and Palo Alto, Calif., there’s a curious educational evolution happening.

Though the modern massive open online course movement (MOOCs) originated in North America, two-thirds of their users live abroad—in places like Rwanda, China, and Brazil.

Foreign users are adapting the courses produced at Harvard, MIT, and Stanford to fit their local communities and cultures. And in the…………… continues on Slate Magazine

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News from Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course – Fast Company:

There’s a story going around college campuses–whispered about over coffee in faculty lounges, held up with great fanfare in business-school sections, and debated nervously by chain-smoking teaching assistants.

It begins with a celebrated Stanford University academic who decides that he isn’t doing enough to educate his students. The Professor is a star, regularly packing 200 students into lecture halls, and yet he begins to feel empty. What are 200 students in an age when billions of people around the world are connected to the Internet?

So one day in 2011, he sits down in his living room with an inexpensive digital camera and starts teaching, using a stack of napkins instead of a chalkboard. “Welcome to the first unit of Online Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” he begins, his face poorly lit and slightly out of focus. “I’ll be teaching you the very basics today.” Over the next three months, the Professor offers the same lectures, homework assignments, and exams to the masses as he does to the Stanford students who are paying $ 52,000 a year for the privilege. A computer handles the grading, and students are steered to web discussion forums if they need extra help.

Some 160,000 people sign up: young men dodging mortar attacks in Afghanistan, single mothers struggling to support their children in the United States, students i…………… continues on Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun, Godfather Of Free Online Education, Changes Course – Fast Company

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Jan 6th

Online classes raise questions about future of higher education

Online classes raise questions about future of higher education
News from Kansas City Star:

Around noon most days at Johnson County Community College, educational technologist Marziah Karch shuts her office door, relaxes in front of her laptop and spends her lunch break with a sandwich and a MOOC.

MOOCs — massive open online courses — have attracted millions of students from all over the globe to learn from top professors at elite universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Princeton and Harvard.The best part is that MOOCs are free. All you need is time, a computer and the Internet. With that kind of anywhere, anytime, no-cost flexibility, MOOCs have moved to the center of a national discussion about the future of higher education. If students can get their higher education from MOOCs, then could universities’ ever more costly brick-and-mortar classrooms be in jeopardy of losing students?Some education experts say they expect that before long, higher education may look very different.MOOCs are poised to “change the game” for higher education, said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.“MOOCs are changing the delivery system,” said Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University. Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that “the future is so clearly one of universal access to free, high-quality, impeccably bra…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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Nov 19th

After vote, Idaho ed board ditches online classes

After vote, Idaho ed board ditches online classes
News from Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Bending to the will of Idaho voters, members of the State Board of Education voted 7-1 to ditch a requirement that Idaho high school students take two online classes to graduate.

But Monday’s decision clearly won’t be the last time the issue comes up: Nearly all of the board members said some Internet-learning mandate was necessary, to prepare public school students for the evolving, technology-dominated work force.

On Nov. 6, voters rejected all three laws that encompassed public schools chief Tom Luna’s education overhaul.

Most unpopular was Proposition 3, which included a $ 180 million contract for laptops — and the law directing the State Board of Education to establish an online requirement. Board members said their repeal of the two-credit requirement essentially resets discussions with groups including the Idaho Education Association teachers union about what level of online learning is appropriate.

“I still want to rapidly get back to the stakeholder approach that does something regarding the integration of technology in our classrooms,” said Board President Kenneth Edmunds, of Twin Falls, during the meeting in Boise.

With the vote, Idaho retreats from the ranks of states — Alabama, Florida and Michigan are the others — requiring Internet-courses to graduate.

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News from Examiner.com:

If you are not up for fighting rabid crowds in the middle of the night for a chance to purchase a laptop at a descent price, cyber shopping may be a safe alternative. Amazon has already begun its Black Friday Deals Week. Waiting lists have been instituted, so do not delay!

One excellent deal that is about to close (in 49 minutes) is a Samsung Series 3 laptop for $ 299.99. A 32 GB flash drive for $ 18.99 deal is also about to expire. Other electronics are also available. Samsung Galaxy tablets are currently on sale as well as printers, desktops, and monitors.

Best Buy is also advertising Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday online sales. The store will announce its Black Friday cyber deals on Thursday, November 22, 2012. Signing up for Best Buy email alerts will enable you to receive timely information about Black F…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Nov 8th

Offering Online Classes to Non-UC Students Will Benefit Transfer System

Offering Online Classes to Non-UC Students Will Benefit Transfer System
News from The UCSD Guardian Online:

No one should be surprised that the world’s premier public university wants in on the most pervasive trend in higher education: online learning.

In 2010, before the current explosion in online classes, open courseware and numerous flashy start-ups, the UC system created the UC Pilot Instruction program with the hope of offering for-credit online classes. Two years on, the program has finally launched its first classes and is on the brink of opening said classes to non-UC students. If program administrators can get their act together, this would be a welcome move that could be tailored to help our transfer students and address the problem of impacted community college classes.

In many ways, the UC Pilot Instruction program has bucked the trend of online learning. While other universities made their classes available for free online long ago, albeit without offering credit — for example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology put its first courses online in 2002 — the UC pilot program is not only late, but lacks cohesion. Within the system’s 10 campuses, UC Irvine has been part of the open courseware trend since 2006, and UC Berkeley recently joined EdX, a high-profile online education collaboration between MIT and Harvard University. Given that many of the UC system’s own campuses have put their efforts elsewhere — and especially in li…………… continues on The UCSD Guardian Online

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News from Online Athens:

Craig H. Kennedy, senior associate dean at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and a professor of special education and pediatrics, recently was named dean of the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

The appointment was announced by Jere Morehead, UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, to whom Kennedy will report.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Kennedy has accepted our offer to become dean of the College of Education,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “The University of Georgia has a nationally important leadership role to play in ensuring access to quality education and conducting research that provides a foundation for optimal learning and human development. I am confident that Dr. Kennedy’s leadership will guide the college effectively in its important missions.”

Kennedy’s appointment is effective Jan. 1.

“The College of Education plays a vital role in preparing teachers and other professionals while also conducting outreach and research whose impact extends well beyond the state,” Morehead said. “Faculty in the college are already ranked among the most productive researchers in the nation, and Dr. Kennedy has the skills and experience to take the college and its research enterprise to an even higher level of prominence.”

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Oct 15th

Harvard launching free online courses; 100000 sign up for first two classes

Harvard launching free online courses; 100000 sign up for first two classes
News from Boston.com:

About 100,000 students have signed up for Harvard University’s first free online courses — computer science and an adaptation of the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatics. The online courses, part of a joint venture called edX, begin Monday, according to Harvard.

The university’s provost, Alan Garber, said Friday that the free courses are part of an effort to educate people worldwide and that the effort will help improve education on Harvard’s own campus.

“We really think that the first courses we offer will be great, but long term, the payoff is going to come from a better understanding about how people learn,” Garber said.

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology established edX, a nonprofit organization, in the spring, and the University of California Berkeley joined the effort over the summer.

Courses offered through edX are branded MITx, HarvardX, and BerkeleyX. Anant Agarwal, president of edX, said interest has been equally high for the courses offered by all three schools: 155,000 students registered for a course in circuits and electronics that MIT offered through edX in the spring.

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News from The Conversation:

Quality education which is free online may only affect some parts of the higher education sector.

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: We continue our series on the rise of online and blended learning and how free online courses are set to transform the higher education sector. Today RMIT’s Vice Chancellor, Mararet Gardner looks at how online education will affect different parts of higher education.


New technologies and online learning are set to transform universities bringing an era of great change. But as we struggle to understand exactly what and how much disruption we will experience – and how soon – we need to also understand that change won’t be uniform across the sector.

With so many different sectors in tertiary education, the challenge created by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – free online courses offered by prestigious universities – will be more immediately important for some more than others.

Real disruption

The debate to date has mades it seem that the large-scale online free courses known as MOOCs, will affect every element of what universities offer. And underlying this debate is fear. Will there be fewer universities as we now know them? Undoubtedly, yes.

These fears about online learning and recognising their potential have been around for a while, but have reignited since we added “massive” and…………… continues on The Conversation

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Sep 18th

Education Dept. investigating complaint that some UM online classes not …

Education Dept. investigating complaint that some UM online classes not …
News from The Republic:

MISSOULA, Mont. — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has been investigating a complaint that educational technology used at the University of Montana is not adequately accessible to all students with disabilities.

The Alliance for Disability and Students at the University of Montana filed a complaint with the Department of Education last May alleging students with disabilities face discrimination at UM. The department’s Office of Civil Rights confirmed in an email to the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/QlCqcY ) Monday that it is investigating.

Travis Moses, a blind student, said he can’t always do his homework because some online videos loaded onto the learning management system Moodle don’t have adequate captions and some online images are not clear enough for a screen reading program to translate.

“I’ve been told every year, ‘Oh, we’re working on it,’” said Moses, a senior majoring in social work. “Well, you know, I’ve gotten to the point that I doubt it. I’m angry that something was put in place that was not verified.”

Courtney Damron, director of ADSUM, said the group tried to resolve the problem through channels on campus, but after five years of discussion, they felt UM administrators had not adequately addressed problems so the st…………… continues on The Republic

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Florida online education provider K12 under investigation
News from Bay News 9:

Every day, thousands of young students log onto the internet to take online classes.

They learn everything from arithmetic to American history and then get a grade that will count toward graduation.

Those grades are supposed to be awarded by certified teachers, but that may not be happening in the case of K12, a company contracted to run virtual schools.

The Florida Department of Education is investigating allegations of grades being doled out by uncertified teachers working for K12.

The company offers online classes in 43 Florida school districts, including Leon County, where district spokesman Chris Petley says red flags have gone up.

“We have a very limited number of classes (that) our students have taken specifically (from) this company, and in (those instances), we’ve had a couple where we have…moved the students,” Petley said.

The revelation is casting new light on the integrity of the virtual school program, putting officials at the State Department of Education in a difficult position.

They now have to investigate the very company they’ve turned to in an effort to help reduce class sizes and save money.

It’s a company that may also be using certified teachers to sign off on students they’ve never taught.

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