Aug 13th

College of the Canyons hosts Saudi educators as part of eLearning Program

College of the Canyons hosts Saudi educators as part of eLearning Program
News from Santa Clarita Valley Signal:

Earlier this summer College of the Canyons hosted a group of nine female educators from the National Center for eLearning and Distance Education in Saudi Arabia as part of a year-long, comprehensive eLearning Pioneers Program.

The visit was the result of an ongoing partnership between College of the Canyons and the worldwide Open Education Consortium.

During the five-day visit to the college, which ran July 27-31, the group took part in an educational program built on the principles of online learning in the U.S. and meant to prepare female faculty and university leaders with the skills need to engage in online and blending learning.

“Higher education has not yet fully embraced all the opportunities that the digital information age provides to students and faculty,” said Manal Al-Dahash of the National Center for eLearning and Distance Education. “The eLearning Pioneers program will help our female faculty and university leaders embrace technology-enhanced education, which will better prepare our students for the 21st century.”

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Lavastorm Launches Enhanced Web-based Training to Promote eLearning and …
News from MarketWatch:

BOSTON, Aug 11, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Lavastorm Analytics, a leading data preparation and advanced analytics company, today announced the immediate availability of Lavastorm Academy, an online education portal for customers and partners to quickly get up and running on Lavastorm products and features. The portal also provides advanced courses and certifications for returning users who are furthering their careers in advanced analytics and data preparation.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150811005294/en/

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Apr 21st

US working with Champlain College for online education

US working with Champlain College for online education
News from CT Post:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday.

The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a school that offers online education and training to help ensure the f…………… continues on CT Post

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness
News from Campus Technology:

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness

The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), the state-sponsored project that aims to dramatically increase the number of students who earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, has come a long way since it was announced in the fall of 2013, according to the OEI’s executive director, Patricia James.

“If you remember, we were in bad economic times back then, turning away students at almost all of our colleges,” James told an attendees at the annual CT Forum conference, held in Long Beach, CA this month, “and the governor was looking at MOOCs and other business-ed types of activities that would bring courses to our students. But now we’re trying to get them back with the online courses they need to complete their educational goals.”

The permanent staff of the OEI joined James for a panel discussion about the initiative’s progress during one of two “town hall” meetings co-located with the CT Forum event.

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Dec 12th

Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses?

Can this company prevent sexual assaults on college campuses?
News from Fortune:

When Tammy Wincup first read Rolling Stone’s cover story about a gruesome gang rape at a fraternity at the University of Virginia, it hit close to home. Like thousands of others, Wincup is an alumna of the university. She also was president of her sorority, Chi Omega, when she graduated in 1995. Yet unlike many of her former classmates, Wincup is now devoting a large part of her career to stopping sexual assault on college campuses, including at UVA.

Wincup is the COO of EverFi, a Washington D.C.-based company that teaches students critical skills that may be left off the syllabus of their formal education. The tech company partners with more than 440 higher-education institutions to bring students online courses that address topics like high-risk drinking, financial wellness, and yes, sexual violence. A venture-backed firm with heavyweight backers like Amazon AMZN CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter

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Online education recognized for affordability, quality programs
News from Missouri State News:

Affordable Colleges Foundation (ACF), a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, listed Missouri State University as one of 2015’s Best Online Colleges. Schools included offer students affordable, high-quality programs combined with the flexibility of distance learning.

“When it comes to online learning, these schools are the best of the best,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “They appeal to prospective students and working professionals because they provide the same academic excellence in their online programs as their campus courses.”

The number of schools offering fully online degree programs has nearly doubled over the last decade, and online enrollments continue to make up an increasing proportion—nearly 50 percent—of all enrollments in higher education.

To create the list, colleges and universities had to meet specific criteria and were ranked based on a series of variables:

  • Must be not-for-profit institution
  • Must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program
  • Number of online programs available
  • Student-faculty ratio
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Aug 15th

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?
News from The Atlantic:

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven’t stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they’ve become a genre of their own.

Peter Struck, a professor at University of Pennsylvania, stands in front of a special-effects-ready green screen as he records a MOOC on Greek mythology. (Matt Slocum/AP)

It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor Gregory Nagy is rhapsodizing about the death of Roy, the cyborg from Blade Runner, and pointing out how certain tropes from his final soliloquy echo important themes from ancient Greek myth. The class is called “The Ancient Greek Hero,” and it’s one of many MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) created by HarvardX, the university’s online course production company. It appears, from my limited experience, to be a fabulous class, which comes as no surprise, since it’s based on a well-established in-person Harvard course of the same name.

The videos for this course are remarkably elegant and professional, conveying a certain vividness that lectures at the blackboard sometimes lack. The discourse on R…………… continues on The Atlantic

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Apr 20th

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?
News from Worcester Telegram:

Q I’m reading blogs insisting we won’t need college in 15 or 20 years by replacing higher education’s brick-and-mortar learning with online education tools. Yes? No? Maybe? And what are those tools? — J.J.N.

A: Soaring tuition costs and an endless stream of new technologies are unarguably igniting changes in American higher education. But how much and how soon is a crystal ball call. Opinions cover the spectrum. Here’s a quick round-up with suggestions for your further investigation:

One of the best introductions I’ve seen to this incredibly complex issue is “Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?” by Avi Yashchin at Huffington Post. Grab a read! Here’s more:

CONTROL CHANGE

Employers hold the key to how students prepare for the workplace. If they won’t hire candidates who learn on their own, the self-directed online study movement will falter.

Some early moves in employment circles don’t discourage student preparation in online college-level courses, often free, called MOOCs (massive open online courses). Read “Why MOOCs Might Revolutionize Your Recruiting Methods” by Kevin Wheeler at ERE.net.

Wheeler, a well-known recruiting industry commentator, explains that recruiters are starting to probe MOOCS to identify candidates who are most likely to have not only the skills their organization need…………… continues on Worcester Telegram

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4 Online Education Trends for 2014
News from Tech Cocktail:

Looking ahead this year, business owners worldwide are definitely in board rooms steering up plans designed to ensure they have a successful 2014, and the world of online education is no different. The industry has a projected monetary growth of approximately 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, so educators and education startups should take notice of this year’s projected learning trends and leverage them for positive growth professionally and financially.

Learning on the go

As more and more professional educators and even students experience the “long nights, shorter days” phenomenon, the need to immediately assimilate information is definitely going to be a huge factor in how we learn. Therefore, students and employees will seek instant gratification when it comes to studying for a test or professional certification. To meet their needs, educators must design tutorials or teaching materials that are mobile friendly and can be downloaded on tablets, phones, and the variety of smart devices available on the market.

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Apr 4th

Higher education Is college worth it?

Higher education Is college worth it?
News from The Economist:

WHEN LaTisha Styles graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2006 she had $ 35,000 of student debt. This obligation would have been easy to discharge if her Spanish degree had helped her land a well-paid job. But there is no shortage of Spanish-speakers in a nation that borders Latin America. So Ms Styles found herself working in a clothes shop and a fast-food restaurant for no more than $ 11 an hour.

Frustrated, she took the gutsy decision to go back to the same college and study something more pragmatic. She majored in finance, and now has a good job at an investment consulting firm. Her debt has swollen to $ 65,000, but she will have little trouble paying it off.

As Ms Styles’s story shows, there is no simple answer to the question “Is college worth it?” Some degrees pay for themselves; others don’t. American schoolkids pondering whether to take on huge student loans are constantly told that college is the gateway to the middle class. The truth is more nuanced, as Barack Obama hinted when he said in January that “folks can make a lot more” by learning a trade “than they might with an art history degree”. An angry art history professor forced him to apologise, but he was right.

College graduates aged 25 to 32 who are working full time earn about $ 17,500 more annually than their peers who have only a high school diploma, acco…………… continues on The Economist

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Mar 17th

Wiley college expands options for online education

Wiley college expands options for online education
News from Longview News-Journal:

Wiley College has become a hub for historically black colleges and universities in offering online courses through its Center of Excellence in Distance Learning, which launched last semester.

The center is now working with online education resource provider Lumen Learning to broaden the local college’s online opportunities and work with other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) around the nation.

“Distance learning creates inherent challenges for small colleges where the educational experience is grounded in personal relationships that cultivate scholarship and leadership among the students we serve,” said Haywood L. Strickland, president and CEO of Wiley College, in a press release. “We established the Center for Excellence in Distance Learning to encourage collaboration and innovation in online learning within the HBCU community, and open educational resources are essential to our approach.”

Under the direction of Kim Cliett Long, the center offers more than 40 online courses to Wiley students who enroll through the college’s website. More courses are set to launch throughout the summer.

“The Center for Excellence is the ecosystem of historically black colleges and universities working together to create efficient distance learning,” Long said. “Wiley is hos…………… continues on Longview News-Journal

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Move hurts Missouri students who use online education providers
News from STLtoday.com:

Students are being held hostage in Missouri, and state legislators are the hostage takers.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has added language to the state budget that limits money from the Access Missouri and Bright Flight scholarships to use “solely at institutions headquartered in Missouri for purposes of accreditation.” This move targets competency-based, online education providers such as the Salt Lake City-based Western Governors University — an institution that has drawn the endorsement of Gov. Jay Nixon. If the budget passes with this language intact, then any Missouri students who would be best served by institutions like WGU — often students of modest financial means or nontraditional students who depend on WGU’s highly flexible system — will have to make do without state aid.

These legislators are not serving the interests of students, but of regional accreditation monopolies. Their efforts show just how far college accreditation has strayed from its original mission as a means of voluntary peer-review. Accreditors have become protectionist pseudo-governmental monopolies, blocking innovation, sometimes, sadly, with the help of lawmakers.

There is no reason the students of Missouri, or anywhere else, should be held hostage to an outmoded, ineffective regional accreditation monopoly.

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Jan 4th

Editorial: Online learning and college

Editorial: Online learning and college
News from The Recorder:

Adapting to the changing needs of its students: One could say that this has been a hallmark of Greenfield Community College under the leadership of its president, Robert Pura.

Not surprisingly, then, GCC is examining — and implementing — a greater role for online learning. After all, technological advances have made such distant learning better, more accessible and affordable for many. Whether it’s taking just a couple of courses or using this approach to get a degree, college online programs have grown in numbers and scope.

Yet, as with other aspects of the Internet and the promise it holds, an online college has its limits.

GCC’s Pura knows that and that is why it’s good to hear him say that the school is taking a measured approach in expanding its online academic presence, no matter what the pressures.

And clearly there are demands, as GCC and other institutes of higher learning move forward with their mission of providing education to a new generation. Included in the list are the need to prepare students — both traditional and non-traditional — for the rapid changes in the types of jobs available, as well as reining in ever-increasing costs when it comes to a college education.

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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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