Jul 4th

Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education

Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education
News from Allentown Morning Call:

Small classes. Lots of face time with professors. Lively debates on the humanities.

These have long been the hallmark of liberal arts colleges. They’re also the reason that such schools have resisted what has become a staple on many college campuses: online education.

But with a student body now populated by so-called digital natives, schools like Moravian, Muhlenberg and Lafayette colleges have begun dipping their toes into the digital learning waters.

This summer, Muhlenberg is offering its first fully online course — in astronomy — and educators are working to create blended versions of two other courses, in religion and art history.


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Moravian just landed a spot in a consortium of colleges that got an $ 800,000 grant to explore and compare online teaching methods.

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Feb 13th

A Huge Month: Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast …

A Huge Month: Online Education Is Replacing Physical Colleges At A Crazy Fast …
News from TechCrunch:

Educators knew the online revolution would eventually envelop the physical classroom, but a torrent of near-revolutionary developments in the past month are proving that change is coming quicker than anyone imagined. In just 30 days, the largest school system in the U.S. began offering credit for online courses, a major university began awarding degrees without any class time required, and scores of public universities are moving their courses online. The point at which online higher education becomes mainstream is no longer in some fuzzy hypothetical future; the next president’s Secretary of Education will need an entire department dedicated to the massive transition.

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Online learning for the K-12 set
News from Arizona Republic:

The Republic | azcentral.com Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:39 PM

As online education matures, its audience continues to get younger.

One Scottsdale company is at the forefront of that trend, producing Web-based learning tools for students in Grades 6-12, as well as for college students in need of remedial help.

The company, which changed its name last week from e2020 Inc. to Edgenuity Inc., has grown its customer base to more than 7,000 schools nationwide, including those in the Higley and Phoenix Union High School districts.

Edgenuity, which was auired in July 2011 by Greenwich, Conn.-based investment firm Weld North LLC, also has nearly doubled its workforce in the past year from 160 to 310 employees.

Proponents of Web-based education for grade-schoolers say digital learning tools save school districts money while liberating teachers to spend more time with students who need extra, one-on-one help.

Others, especially some teachers, see online education as a means of replacing them with lower-paid facilitators whose primary function is to make sure the students keep plugging away at their computers.

Most digital-learning experts envision a future in which kids will receive a combination of Web-based and li…………… continues on Arizona Republic

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Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction
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Jan 10th

Colleges Are Warming Up to Online Learning (Teachers Are Not)

Colleges Are Warming Up to Online Learning (Teachers Are Not)
News from The Atlantic:

If U.S. colleges and universities are ever going to bring down their costs, it means that one day they’re going to have to buck up and embrace online learning as regular tool for teaching undergrads. And in order for that to happen, it means their faculty members will have to get on board with the idea. 

Unfortunately, we’re still pretty far off from that point. Babson Survey Research Group has released its latest poll tracking attitudes about online education within academia, and as in past years, it’s evidence of a big split between administrators, a large portion of whom see the web as key to the future, and professors, who are mostly suspicious. 

Babson surveyed the chief academic officers at 2,800 institutions, including everything from for-profit schools to community colleges to full research universities. On the whole, 69 percent of the academic leaders who were interviewed agreed that online learning would be “critical” the long-term plans of the school, up from around half a decade ago.  

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Ohio State spends $ 14M to expand online education options
News from OSU – The Lantern:

Ohio State has taken its latest step in offering online education options to students and staff to the tune of almost $ 14 million.

The university has combined distance education and learning technology initiatives into the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, which will be known as Ohio State Online.

The changes will cost $ 13.8 million and will be funded by existing eLearning and Extended Education resources, with additional resources appropriated by the Office of Academic Affairs. Ohio State Online will work with the University Senate Fiscal Committee, OAA and the Office of Business and Finance to create a long-term fiscal plan, according to OAA.

The office was established on Dec. 1.

Wayne Carlson, vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of undergraduate education, said Ohio State Online will mean more web aspects in university classes.

Carlson said that while professors have been implementing technology on their own, Ohio State Online will help ensure better practices.

“A lot of times we found a server under a faculty member’s desk to provide access to those resources. What we’re trying to do is be a lot more deliberate about it,” Carlson said.

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The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses (0)
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Dec 19th

E-learning makes waves in Chennai city colleges

E-learning makes waves in Chennai city colleges
News from The Hindu:

What was once a supplementary tool in colleges is now sweeping its way into college classrooms, often as a substitute for teachers.

To tackle the shortage of faculty members, many colleges are in the process of installing e-learning systems in their laboratories. Many of them are also intended to assist teachers and aid students with extra training.

While SRM, VIT and Amrita University already have their e-learning platforms, most of these colleges also invest in audio-video training for students. Jayam Group of engineering institutions has their own e-learning platform to assist students too.

E-learning might be the best way to tackle poor-quality teaching, says E. Balaguruswamy, former V-C of Anna University. Colleges too have realised it. For instance, an engineering college in Karapakkam has been struggling to find a programming tutor for the past three years.

“Teachers quit frequently so we have developed a package of 200 commonly-asked Java computer programs. Third-year students use that in labs. We are trying to develop similar programs for students of other branches, with the help of our faculty members,” says the principal.

Other colleges, too, have realised the reach of e-learning initiatives. “For instance, we are offered five…………… continues on The Hindu

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E-learning ‘can help with new business ventures’
News from Virtual College:

With rising economic pressures and limited finances, it is likely that UK consumers struggling to find work are looking towards e-learning to help them start up their own companies.

According to Empowered Ezine.com, some people do not have the time to dedicate themselves to full-time business ventures because of other work commitments, but they may still require extra support from a self-employed role.

If this is the case, it could be wise for these individuals to consider online training courses that enable them to learn about crucial policies and start-up procedures in their own time.

By enrolling into these programmes, people can also learn how to optimise their own sites so that large amounts of traffic will reach it and generate interest in their organisation.

One provider to offer online training resources is Virtual College, which has developed its own Business Series of digital learning programmes.

Beginning with an induction, people are able to learn about a wide range of issues that will aid the development of their company and bring them success.

The facility runs modules in Principles of Personal Responsibilities and Working in a Business Environment, How to Recognise and Reward Your Team and also offers training in Equality and Div…………… continues on Virtual College

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Dec 3rd

Opinion: How online education can aid cash-strapped colleges

Opinion: How online education can aid cash-strapped colleges
News from NorthJersey.com:

Jeb Bush was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Randy Best is founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships LLC, a company that designs online courses.

NUMEROUS articles and commentaries from inside and outside of academia are raising the alarm that American public higher education faces an unprecedented financial crisis.

For years, state legislatures have been disinvesting in public colleges and universities, leaving campus administrators to struggle with how to make do with less. The result: rising debt, deferred maintenance for aging facilities, reductions in programs and course offerings, dismissals, elimination of many student and faculty services and loss of talented faculty — many of whom haven’t received pay increases in years — to private universities.

To try to offset some of these challenges, universities are raising tuition and fees to historically high levels. The cost of tuition alone has soared from 23 percent of median annual earnings in 2001 to 38 percent in 2010.

Given the pressing demands on state budgets, it is unlikely that funding for higher education will return to pre-2007 levels anytime soon. In fact, analysts predict just the opposite: Financing levels will continue to decrease in the years ahead to the point where a number of colleges and universities may be forced to close.

In so…………… continues on NorthJersey.com

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Research on Online Education and Training Market in China, 2012-2017
News from Sacramento Bee:

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In 2011, the market scale of China online education and training was CNY60 billion; it’s estimated that the scale will reach CNY72.3 billion in 2012.

In 1999, China put forward Modern Distance Education Project. After more than ten years of development, online education and training has got great-leap-forward development. Online education, which is for all ages, such as basic online education, higher online education, is booming; other types of online education, including curricula education, vocational training, etc, are flourishing.

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Nov 23rd

More prestigious colleges offer courses online

More prestigious colleges offer courses online
News from Marketplace.org:

Last spring, Harvard and MIT announced a $ 60 million plan to make scores of their courses available for free online. The partnership, called edX, aims to reach a billion people around the world.

“This is the year of disruption for education,” says MIT computer scientist Anant Agarwal, the president of edX. “The time is right because the Internet is available in large parts of the world. Computers and tablets have become relatively low cost. Things are moving extremely, extremely fast.”

edX is part of a nationwide movement led by three big players. Udacity and Coursera are free education companies based in California. edX is in Cambridge, Mass. The goal for all three of them is to make education available to people worldwide for free. But Anant Agarwal says that edX also has a mission to improve teaching. He says computer technology can help tailor courses to how 21st century college students work and live.

“We are finding that most students watch video between 12 and 2 at night, but we still make them come to lectures early in the morning,” says Agarwal. “But by making available online videos with interact…………… continues on Marketplace.org

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Nov 21st

Will online learning destroy America’s colleges?

Will online learning destroy America’s colleges?
News from O’Reilly Radar:

The American college system is staggeringly large: 2,421 four-year institutions enroll about 18.5 million college students. The proportion of Americans with a bachelor’s degree is at an all-time high — a social victory if they’re able to enjoy a positive return on their degrees, which the Pew Research Center estimates at about $ 550,000 on average.

And the very existence of that system is threatened, as we are to believe it, by the massive open online course, or MOOC, offered by new ventures from the likes of Stanford, Harvard and MIT. In an essay last week, Clay Shirky compared universities and MOOCs to record comp…………… continues on O’Reilly Radar

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Idaho no longer requiring online classes for graduation
News from Examiner.com:

On Monday, the Idaho Board of Education rescinded a program requiring online courses for graduation from high school. The decision to revoke the program came from voters’ rejection of proposition 3.

In Idaho, the idea behind proposition 3 was to revitalize attention toward online learning. The proposition to provide laptops to all high school teachers and students was vetoed by voters’.

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Sep 21st

Online education threatens traditional colleges, IdeaFestival speaker says

Online education threatens traditional colleges, IdeaFestival speaker says
News from The Courier-Journal:

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Jul 4th

Liberal arts colleges ‘experimenting with e-learning’

Liberal arts colleges ‘experimenting with e-learning’
News from Virtual College:

Online learning courses are beginning to make an impact in liberal arts colleges across the US, an education reporter has said.

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Steve Kolowich noted a number of “top-rated” institutions of this type have begun to investigate e-learning.

Traditional universities are familiar with this innovation, he stated, pointing out academia in these buildings was previously imparted through the hosting of lectures in large halls, with this education method easily transferring to the internet.

Conversely, the expert explained liberal arts colleges usually had the appeal of “small classes and regular face-time with professors”.

These instructors are now examining online training courses that educate students in concepts by using “artificially intelligent tutoring software” in lieu of human lecturers or static textbooks, Mr Kolowich declared.

Educators are being provided with greater levels of flexibility when working out the course syllabus and learners who are “academically unprepared” are being supported through increasing use of virtual learning environments, he said.

Some of the best liberal arts colleges in the US, such as Wesleyan and Bryn Mawr, strive to provide opportunities to individuals from deprived backgrounds and ai…………… continues on Virtual College

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Apr 10th

Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology holds 6th Conference on eLearning

Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology holds 6th Conference on eLearning
News from Emirates 24/7:

Over 320 educators, from the Higher Colleges of Technology and other educational institutions in the UAE, attended the 6th annual eLearning in Action conference recently held at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology.

The theme of the conference was Opening up Learning and the 40 presentations focused on how educators were using technology in their teaching to design and deliver learning activities that help to open up learning, providing students with richer, more personalized learning experiences in the process.

The conference was opened by Dr. Ged Ryan, Associate Director of the Sharjah Higher Colleges, followed by keynote speeches from Dr. Ahmed Dhabbagh, Ankabut, Carl Robinson, Oxford University Press, and Fadi Abdul Khalek, Pearson.

Presentations covered a range of technology-related topics, including web-based and mobile learning applications, online learning management, ePortfolios, blended-learning delivery and faculty and student digital technology training programs.

Overall, presenters, delegates and sponsors expressed satisfaction with the conference. Carl Robinson from Oxford University Press remarked on the “buzz” around the conference. Presenters commented that the delegates were really keen to find out about new things.

Ian Delahunt from Sharjah HCT commented that “all five sessions [he went to] were interesting and…………… continues on Emirates 24/7

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