Feb 9th

Gibault students add online classes to their busy schedules

Gibault students add online classes to their busy schedules
News from Belleville News Democrat:

— Whether its learning a new language or how to do computer programming, students at Gibault Catholic High School had the opportunity this semester to take an online elective class through the Illinois Virtual School.

And eight students at Gibault jumped at the chance, even though it meant more work, better time management and collaboration with teachers and classmates across the state.

Sophomore Matthew Lock is taking Mandarin Chinese. “It like it,” he said. “It’s actually pretty hard, but I’m enjoying it.”

Matthew said he’s learned how to say “N?n h?o” so far, which means hello, and to write a few Chinese characters.

“Learning a language online is really self-dependent,” he said. “I have to definitely have a lot of discipline to learn it.”

This semester marks the first time Gibault partnered with the Illinois Virtual School, an accredited school that employs certified teachers, to offer additional elective classes that were not previously included in the curriculum such as Mandarin Chinese, oceanography, international business, java programming or digital photography. All the instruction is delivered online and is available to students at any time.

With regular classes and extracurricular activities, it’s challenging for the high school students to find time for their online elective cla…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Will: Education is the business of the states
News from Roanoke Times:

In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive. But Democrats, who controlled the House and were beginning to be controlled by teachers unions (the largest, the National Education Association, had bartered its first presidential endorsement, of Jimmy Carter, for creation of the Department of Education) balked.

In 1992, the former Tennessee governor was President George H.W. Bush’s secretary of education. He urged Bush to veto proposed legislation to expand federal involvement in K-through-12 education. He said it would create “at least the beginnings of a national school board that could make day-to-day school decisions on curriculum, discipline, teacher training, textbooks and classroom materials.” The veto threat derailed the legislation.

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Jan 23rd

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …
News from Forbes:

Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts. After all, what is the point of having instructors in the classroom if a computer can teach everything? But there’s no reason to think that these classes will completely replace instructors. While some adjunct professors will lose their jobs, instructors will still be necessary. Thanks to the increases in productivity from the standardized online course, they will be able to teach more with less labor, and the improved efficiency of teaching can greatly benefit the students.

It’s important to note that most professors will be relatively unaffected by the standardization: many classes can’t be standardized or even taught online. Humanities courses and upper-level courses (regardless of subject) simply can’t be prepackaged,…………… continues on Forbes

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Ohio State ranks in top 10 for distance learning education
News from OSU – The Lantern:

Ohio State currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Ohio State is striving to bring the academic experience of sitting in a lecture hall to the digital classrooms of its online courses, and its placement among some of the top 10 online programs shows evidence of progress.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” report, ranking OSU tied for eighth.

OSU currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students, Office of the Chief Information Officer spokeswoman Katharine Keune said in an email.

Rob Griffiths, senior director of digital scholarship for ODEE, said OSU’s online program is successful because it offers online students similar content to what is taught in on-campus courses, but presents it using…………… continues on OSU – The Lantern

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Aug 24th

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters
News from CBS Local:

By Edward Cardenas

SOUTFIELD (CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering an online education course for hunters.

The hunter education course offers lessons on safe, legal and responsible hunting practices, and according to the DNR, the video uses narration, closed captioning, interactive exercises and photos that replicate what a hunter will see in the field.

“We’re pleased to partner with Hunter Ed Course to offer Michigan residents another option for their hunter education classwork,” said DNR hunter education program supervisor Sgt. Tom Wanless in a release. “We encourage students considering an online course to get their field day scheduled soon so that they’ll be ready to head out into the field in the fall.”

The course is offered through Michigan-based company, Hunter Ed Course, is available for $ 17.99. Before taking the online course, students will need to pre-register for the required field/skills day.

Once students complete the online course, they will be eligible to complete the field day with an instructor and take the written exam. continues on CBS Local

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The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?
News from Wired:

One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.

It is now clear that the hype surrounding MOOCs has outpaced the model’s ability to deliver on the promise of a revolution in higher education. Initial data demonstrates that MOOCs have lived up to their name in terms of generating massive enrollments; however, completion rates — including introductory, lecture courses — hover in the low single digits.

These findings should not be surprising. MOOCs combine a set of existing tools that can be useful instructional supports, such as online lectures, social networks, and quizzes. But few professors would consider these t…………… continues on Wired

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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.

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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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Dec 29th

Adult education classes offered online at Oakton Community College

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

Look below for a press release from Oakton Community College: 

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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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.

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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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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.

The Idaho Education Association didn’t immediately return a ph…………… continues on Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Shopping online for Black Friday deals
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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