Aug 17th

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses
News from Eureka Times Standard:

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Beginning Italian: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 17-Nov. 17 from 7:30-9 p.m. This course, taught by Elenora Gire, will teach useful, simple, idiomatic expressions for practical situations. The fee is $ 380. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

Introduction to Holistic Medicine: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Wednesdays, Aug. 26-Oct. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. In this course taught by John Yamas and Melissa Berg, participants will learn about different factors that impact health and what is needed to heal. Topics will include: major blockages to healing, self-care, strengths and weaknesses of different systems of medicine, the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the importance of diet. The fee is $ 70. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

A Course in Consciousness: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. This course, taught by David Sandercott, will support students to learn the art of meditation and become more conscious of their consciousness through studying the eight limbs of yoga, Vendanta, Jhana Yoga, Shaktipat, and Kundalini Yoga. The fee is $ 85. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended…………… continues on Eureka Times Standard

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Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
News from Omaha World-Herald:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, are launching two free online Ebola education courses.

The downloadable courses will provide easy-to-understand instruction and resources for health care professionals and the general public.

The two courses, The Nebraska Ebola Method for Clinicians and The Nebraska Ebola Method for General Public, will provide instruction and information through videos and printable documents.

The clinicians’ course already is available via the iTunes U app for iPad and iPhone, through this direct link — http://bit.ly/1tAfRVy — or by searching in iTunes U. The course also is available through Moodleat — http://bit.ly/1DSysj7 — for viewing on a desktop, laptop or other mobile devices.

“We have received many phone calls and emails from other health care organizations nationwide seeking guidance on our safety protocols and procedures,” said Dr. Jeff Gold, UNMC’s chancellor and chairman of the Nebraska Medicine advisory board.

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Coursera’s Plan for Online Education: Expansion in China
News from Businessweek:

Daphne Koller is used to responding to skeptics about the value of online education. As a professor of computer science at Stanford, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipient, and a co-founder of Coursera—one of the leading companies offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs—she remains a strong proponent of the format.

If 2012 was a year of outsize expectations for MOOCs and 2013 saw market pushback against the courses, 2014 would be the year that online education “comes of age” and shows “it has meaningful impact that transcends the hype,” said Koller at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in early September.

The man charged with bringing about that transformation is Richard Levin, the new chief executive of Coursera, which is in Mountain View, Calif. Before taking over at the two-year-old company in March, Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years, making him one of the Ivy League’s longest-serving presidents. Levin focused…………… continues on Businessweek

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Sep 3rd

Some Texas students pay more for online courses

Some Texas students pay more for online courses
News from Valley morning Star:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some online higher education courses are costing Texans more money than brick-and-mortar classes.

At the University of Texas at Arlington, students are charged an extra fee of $ 75 to $ 90 per online class to “defray the cost of course development and implementation,” said Pete Smith, the college’s vice provost for digital teaching and learning.

The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1r9ykad ) analyzed 18 universities and found that only the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Austin had lower costs for online classes. State leaders have hailed online education as one fix for ballooning college prices, but tuition for those classes can be more than 20 percent higher.

In 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged state public universities to establish bachelor’s degrees that would cost $ 10,000 or less. Some state lawmakers and public policy groups say online courses could be the answer to reducing tuition rates by opening a way for universities to save on facility and faculty costs.

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Sustainable Development Goes Massively Online As EdCast Launches With …
News from TechCrunch:

In the spring of 2015 thousands of students from universities around the world will participate in online negotiations under the tutelage of Jeffrey Sachs to draft a comprehensive treaty on climate change, ahead of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled for December 2015 in Paris.

The curriculum and its massive dissemination is the first test for a new online education startup, EdCast, launched by serial entrepreneur and Menlo Ventures venture partner, Karl Mehta.

“This approach of online education is the future of the area I’m dealing with, which is global sustainable development,” says Sachs. “We need a mass scale-up in understanding of these issues to confront big challenges like climate change.”

To achieve that scale-up, Sachs is leveraging his position as director of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an organization comprised of hundreds of universities and think tanks created by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Through EdCast Sachs will distribute a curriculum he’s designing includ…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Aug 30th

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …
News from Deseret News:

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, make it possible for many people to go to school who previously thought they didn’t have the time or money to.

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For Charlotte Masson, learning is a way of life, but once she had finished her master’s degree, going back to school for a third time wasn’t an option.

“If I could be a professional student, I would be,” Masson, a 34-year-old guidance counselor at Westwood High School in Palestine, Texas, said. “B…………… continues on Deseret News

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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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Jun 26th

Google launches new courses in programming with online education provider …

Google launches new courses in programming with online education provider …
News from VentureBeat:

Google is starting to take education into its own hands with the launch of four new courses to teach the next generation of mobile programmers how to use its Android operating system.

Today at Google’s big annual developers conference, I/O, the company announced plans to expand its vocational training partnership with online education provider Udacity.

Thanks in part to a broken immigration system, Silicon Valley is constantly starved for talent. Even worse, our institutions of higher education treat vocational training like “the ugly stepchildren of education,” often refusing to provide practical hands-on learning that will help students get a job after graduation. As a result, startups like Udacity have teamed up with…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Parents choose online education for children
News from Hanford Sentinel:

2014-06-25T08:15:00Z Parents choose online education for childrenBy Sandra Guevara Special to the Enterprise Hanford Sentinel

There are many reasons why parents opt to educate their children at home. Some want a flexible schedule, some want individualized attention and some want an expanded course offering. Whatever the reason, more and more parents are enrolling their children at Central California Connections Academy.

Central California Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grades in Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Inyo counties.

State-credentialed teachers work with learning coaches to create an individualized learning plan that meets each student’s needs with a curriculum that meets state education standards.

Over 340 students throughout Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties are enrolled at the Central California branch of the academy.

Tracy Heathcote of Selma enrolled both her daughters in the online program last year because she was looking for a more challenging curriculum and a flexible schedule to accommodate her daughters’ passion for music.

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Jan 17th

E-learning courses on commercialising research in the health sector

E-learning courses on commercialising research in the health sector
News from Cordis News:

E-learning courses on commercialising research in the health sector

[Date: 2014-01-17]

Three new e-learning courses designed to teach health researchers how to commercialise their findings have been developed through the EU-funded HEALTH-2-MARKET project. The courses, which are free of charge, focus on three key issues: entrepreneurship and business planning; business ventures and marketing; and intellectual property and ethics.

The premise of each course is that science is not just for labs and libraries, but should be commercially exploited for the benefit of industry and the general public. Indeed, a key aspect of Horizon 2020, the EU’s new research and innovation programme, is very much about taking discoveries and breakthroughs from the lab and into the market place.

Each e-training tool offers an interactive learning environment for researchers in the health and life science field, and has been created by professionals at some of the top European Business Schools: SKEMA business school in France, IE Business School in Spain and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Modules consist of interactive online elements and techniques such as short presentations, videos, quizzes and case studies.

The Entrepreneurship and Business Planning course was designed at SKEMA Business School. Transforming opp…………… continues on Cordis News

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OTC earns recognition for eLearning
News from Nixa Xpress:

The Instructional Technology Council has recognized OTC Mathematics Instructor Marylynne Abbott and OTC’s Online Blackboard Support for Excellence in eLearning.

ITC is an organization that advances distance education through research and collaboration and by sharing best practices among its member institutions.

OTC’s Online Blackboard Support is the 2014 award recipient for Outstanding Technical Support or Service. Online Blackboard Support assists students and faculty with using Blackboard, an online learning platform used in seated, hybrid and online classes.

“This award is gratifying because we work hard to solve technical issues for students and faculty and assist faculty in utilizing Blackboard to optimize student learning,” said Philip Arnold, OTC’s director of eLearning systems, in a press release. “Since the summer, our office has offered students an online Blackboard orientation. That allows first-time online students to get comfortable with the software before they being their classes.”

Mindy Gomez, OTC’s coordinator of online instructional design and web development, who is presenting at ITC’s 2014 eLearning Conference, will accept the award for OTC. ITC’s eLearning Conference is Feb. 15-18 in Orlando, Fla.

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Dec 15th

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought
News from New York Times:

Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a rethinking of how college instruction can best use the Internet.

A study of a million users of massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, released this month by the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education found that, on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses.

Much of the hope — and hype — surrounding MOOCs has focused on the promise of courses for students in poor countries with little access to higher education. But a separate survey from the University of Pennsylvania released last month found that a…………… continues on New York Times


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The Next Phase Of Online Education: 24/7 Digital Video Channels
News from Co.Exist:

Walk into CreativeLive’s airy San Francisco studios and you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in just another snazzy software startup office. That is, until you open one of the closed doors and notice the cameras, producers, presenters, and live studio audience.

Co-founded by photographer Chase Jarvis in 2010, CreativeLive offers free, live online workshops taught by experts. You won’t learn how to code in CreativeLive classes (online education startups like Udacity and EdX can help with that), but you could learn about photography, design, the music business, e-mail marketing, and other hands-on topics. Think of it more as a replacement for enrichment classes at a community college than high-level classes at a university.

“We’re now providing much broader access and content selection.”

Since its launch, CreativeLive has grown the number of shows it broadcasts from its San Francisco and Seattle studios; this week, the studios are hosting eight live shows. CEO Mika Salmi, the former president of Viacom Digi…………… continues on Co.Exist

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Dec 12th

Massive online courses pose possibilities but also concerns for professors

Massive online courses pose possibilities but also concerns for professors
News from McClatchy Washington Bureau:

— In October 2012, some 40,000 students from around the world enrolled in professor Al Filreis’ online course about modern and contemporary American poetry.

A couple of them, who were to receive credit for the course, were part of an experiment in which Antioch University had purchased the class to incorporate it into its coursework, even though the class was created by Filreis and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania. And the arrangement raised a question: What can Antioch do with a course after it’s bought permission to use it?

For the American Association of University Professors, it’s a pressing issue. Among the concerns are that institutions will change online courses created by professors and that professors will sign away their intellectual property rights to the courses they create. Doing so may have long-term consequences, as a professor might not be able to use a course after leaving his or her institution, the organization said.

“I would say that the battle is with (university) administrators. Intellectual property is the source to a lot of conflicts at the moment, and will be so in following years,” said the association’s former president, Cary Nelson.

Worried that these issues will set a precedent, the organization has launched a campaign to educate professors about their righ…………… continues on McClatchy Washington Bureau

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Online training provides continuing education for veterinarians
News from Bovine Veterinarian:

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Animal Care Training program hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University continues to grow and provide education for beef, dairy, equine, transportation and livestock marketing. Among the most widely attributed programs are the business training modules released earlier in 2013, which are offered by the National Food Animal Veterinary Institute (NFAVI) and tailored for veterinarians’ continuing education.

Five courses and 25 video modules are being offered online to address topics such as budgeting, recruiting and hiring new employees, improving client satisfaction, personal financial management and sales forecasting. The program, which targets veterinarians in rural areas, is available on K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute website at www.beefcattleinstitute.org.

Educational institutions, including Oklahoma State University and Iowa State University, are using these video modules for students studying to become veterinarians and have purchased use of the program for their curriculums.

Chris Ross, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, said business training is essential for those o…………… continues on Bovine Veterinarian

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Jul 19th

eLearning End of Life: Move Courses to eCampus by August 2014

eLearning End of Life: Move Courses to eCampus by August 2014
News from Texas A&M University:

Published: July 18, 2013

The new eCampus learning management system, powered by Blackboard Learn, is now available for all instructors. The previous eLearning system, Blackboard Vista, has reached end of life with vendor support stopping in December 2013. We expect more issues in supporting eLearning going forward. Consequently, we ask that all eLearning courses be moved to the new eCampus system before the Fall semester in calendar year 2014.

Moving to the new system during the next academic year will become increasingly important. eLearning system bugs will no longer receive updates, security and Java pop-up messages will increase, and students will have issues viewing or submitting assignments if they use newer versions of Internet browsers.

eCampus provides choices in how you teach your courses, from simply uploading a syllabus and posting grades securely to completely delivering an online curriculum and tracking student progress. New features that can enhance teaching and learning include:

  • Updated Grade Center for working either online or offline,
  • Mobile app allowing students to receive course updates on their mobile devices, and
  • Improved interface for teaching more efficiently.

Training is not required. However, Instructional Techno…………… continues on Texas A&M University

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