Sep 14th

Should online education be a worry for teachers?

Should online education be a worry for teachers?
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Sep 12th

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …
News from Daily Californian:

UC President Janet Napolitano spoke about tuition hikes, the university’s response to sexual assault, the increasing number of out-of-state students in the system and online education during a webchat with UC alumni and the public Thursday.

The Google Hangout was the third in a series of conversations with particular groups in the UC community. The first, in January, addressed students specifically, and the second was held with employees. The latest hour-long webchat included questions from a panel of representatives from the alumni community as well as the general public.

Julia Lee, a 2013 graduate of UC Riverside, asked Napolitano what her plans were to minimize potential tuition and fee increases. Napolitano said that though the university has frozen tuition for three years in a row, she couldn’t promise there would never again be a tuition increase. However, she said tuition is still relatively low.

“If you compare the full sticker price to an elite private university, you get a four-year education for what you would pay for freshman year at comparable schools,” she said.

Tuition increases may be discussed at the next UC Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17 and 18.

UC alumnus and parent Sherry Nealon expressed her concerns about safety on campus, especially for female students. Napolitano replied by saying the university was taking s…………… continues on Daily Californian

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Online education company edX offering free high school courses
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The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students.

Edx plans to unveil its first free classes for younger students Wednesday, when most of the new courses will open for enrollment. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School.

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The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology.

To date, edX has offered only college-level courses. And, while a smattering of high school-level massive open online courses exist, company officials said edX is the first provider of so-called MOOCs to offer a…………… continues on Boston Globe

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Sep 7th

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia
News from Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia:

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school — freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web for the latest edition of Lifehacker U, our regularly updating guide to improving your life with free, online university-level classes. Let’s get started.

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Whether you’re a graduate, a full-time worker, a retiree or just someone with a passion for learning, there are loads of great courses online. Anyone with a little time and a passion for self-growth (and a computer) can “enrol” in these courses for their own personal benefit.

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch o…………… continues on Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

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Students turning to online education
News from The Sun Current:

People questioned whether Marina Clapp would receive a real education when she decided to leave the Edina school district for a K-12 online school.

Mary Clapp and her daughter, Marina, who graduated this year from MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, an K-12 online public school. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

It was a difficult concept for her family to accept and no one really understood, she said. Her father would ask her if she was actually going to graduate from high school. Her mother, Mary Clapp, said the family wasn’t convinced, especially Marina’s grandmother, a teacher for 28 years.

Marina began MTS Minnesota Connections Academy in 11th grade, graduating this past year. They now know that Minnesota Connections Academy is very much a real school that provides a real education, Mary said.

In the two years of attending the online school, Mary’s watched her daughter’s life become more balanced with more free time to pursue activities, leading to a more full, less stressed life.

“It simplified her life, but yet, it brought…………… continues on The Sun Current

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Sep 6th

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm
News from Baltimore Sun:

Barbara Dreyer, the chief executive officer and co-founder of an online educational business that served students who were not in traditional classrooms, died of breast cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The White Hall resident was 59.

Born Barbara Huss in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Mark Huss, a State Department employee, and Gine Huss, a teacher. Raised on Dunran Road, she was a 1973 graduate of Dundalk High School and earned a degree in economics, accounting and finance at Towson University, where she was honored in 1997 as alumnus of the year.

She also had a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and was a cert…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week
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BANGOR, Maine — The 280-plus students attending Maine’s first virtual charter school connect from as far south as Kittery, as far east as Eastport and as far north as Madawaska, according to the most recent data provided by school officials.

Students at the school, called Maine Connections Academy, finished their first week of online classes Friday. A breakdown detailing which school district each student came from — dated Sept. 2 — showed that 281 students from 88 different districts were enrolled. That list is expected to increase to up to 297 students as more complete the lengthy process of enrolling.

“The first week went really well,” Kelsie Washington, a 15-year-old student from Caribou, said. “I only had one difficulty. Once I called technical support, they fixed it right away.”

Maine Connections Academy has drawn many students from the more heavily populated areas in Maine, according to school board member Amy Volk, with about 30 students each from Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties.

But a large number of students come from Maine’s rural school districts. Regional School Unit 17, which serves the communities…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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From two-time Academy Award(r)-winner Pedro Almodovar (2002 Best Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2000 Best Foreign Language Film…
Online Education and You: Tips for Choosing The Best Online School for You
This book was written to assist individuals who maybe deciding to pursue higher education online. The book expresses study tips, a…
Sep 5th

The rush to online education requires a learning curve

The rush to online education requires a learning curve
News from The Tand D.com:

2014-09-05T02:00:00Z The rush to online education requires a learning curve The Times and Democrat

ISSUE: Online vs. traditional teaching

OUR VIEW: Distance learning here to stay, but establishing effectiveness is ongoing process

In an online world, the news is cause for at least a pause.

Looking for ways to ensure that people are getting the education needed for today’s world includes such basics as being certain students remain in the educational system. Beyond that, there is the cost barrier beyond the primary and secondary levels. And there is a necessity for serious consideration for how teaching is to be done, particularly with the delivery of education via the Internet.

Score one for the traditional. Key findings of a new study co-authored by a Clemson University researcher and published in the most recent issue of Black History Bulletin indicate students taking traditional, in-class science courses reported higher perceived learning gains than students enrolled in online distance-education science courses.

Notably, African-American students taking traditional science courses self-reported greater learning gains than students taking on…………… continues on The Tand D.com

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine
News from Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine:

A college-age woman works on a laptop.Organic chemistry is still hard, even online.

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This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.

Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions, and paying different tuitions, they were taking what amounts to the same course. That’s because the course wasn’t produced by either school. Instead, it was a sophisticated package devised by publishing giant Pearson PLC and delivered through a powerful online platform called MyPsychLab.

Both students worked their way through the same online textbook, watched the same series of videos, and took automati…………… continues on Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes – Slate Magazine

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Sep 2nd

Texas Leads Nation in Online Education

Texas Leads Nation in Online Education
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Some Texas Students Pay More for Online Courses
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AUSTIN, Texas ? 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 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.

But many of the online courses include extra fees or additional costs per credit hour. University officials said higher tuition rates for online courses are the result of expensive infrastructure and the costs for designing the courses.

Barmak Nassirian, of the American Association of State College…………… continues on Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio

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Aug 30th

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties

Education Exchange Hooks Up Students Online in 30 Georgia Counties
News from Government Technology:

A high-speed fiber-optic network that will connect more than 330 schools and 250,000 students across North Georgia is the first of its kind in the nation, its founders said.

The Education Exchange, a 3,600-mile network that will deliver access to textbooks, classroom resources and instructional material through its own 10-gigabit connection, is a joint project of the North Georgia Network, Parker FiberNet and ETC Communications. It was announced at a news conference in Ellijay, Ga.

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Aug 29th

Online Education Must Get Better

Online Education Must Get Better
News from University of Texas at Austin News:

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As students start heading back to campus, there has been a lot of hype about a coming change in higher education, such as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and the problems of rising tuition. It’s time that those who care about the future make advanced online learning not only bigger, but better.

At some point in our lives, we will all be a student, parent and/or teacher. Therefore we all have a responsibility to improve online education. We have a responsibility to our children who are growing up with the Internet as a substantial part of their waking lives. We have a responsibility to our institutions of higher education that generate new knowledge and point humanity towards a brighter, more just, happier future. We have a responsibility to society, including the private sector, who legitimately sees higher education as a path to the actualization of personal and societal potential. We need to lower costs and expand access because it is simply the right thing to do.

There are many detractors of online education with good reasons to be discouraged. While technology has become increasingly faster and easier to use, there are dangerous threats to personal identity and net neutrality. Disruption is throwing research and teaching into question and even its financial viability. Faculty membe…………… continues on University of Texas at Austin News

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Online education: Don’t bake your education in the traditional mold
News from The State Press:

There are many misconceptions about life as an online student. There is a stigma that online students are a group of people looking for a second chance at their education, that they are older, either professional or under-employed, possibly a teen-parent, introverted and looking for an easy way to get through college while wearing their pajamas.

Now, some of this may be true, but let me set one misconception straight.

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Aug 26th

Cicchini: Online education must get better

Cicchini: Online education must get better
News from Austin American-Statesman:

As students start heading back to campus, there has been a lot of hype about a coming change in higher education, such as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and the problems of rising tuition. It’s time that those who care about the future make advanced online learning not only bigger, but better.

At some point in our lives, we will all be a student, parent and/or teacher. Therefore we all have a responsibility to improve online education. We have a responsibility to our children who are growing up with the Internet as a substantial part of their waking lives. We have a responsibility to our institutions of higher education that generate new knowledge and point humanity towards a brighter, more just, happier future. We have a responsibility to society, including the private sector, which legitimately sees higher education as a path to the actualization of personal and societal potential. We need to lower costs and expand access because it is simply the right thing to do.

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Aug 26th

How online education can help Colorado adults

How online education can help Colorado adults
News from The Denver Post:

If Colorado is to maintain an economy and living standard that is a model for other states, extending online education opportunities to low-income and working adults is a vital step in that direction. (AP file)

The technological breakthroughs of the Information Age have been impacting education at both the K-12 and college level. This has caused many debates about the value of online education, and criticism of newer online programs with open and free resources. But no matter one’s views, the truth is that online education will only continue to expand at all levels, and when it comes to making virtual learning opportunities accessible for all, the higher education world has been doing just that.

Many adults across the nation who have some college experience but did not finish harbor aspirations of returning to school, but also believe their various life and work obligations have ruled out those hopes. With online degree offerings, however, low-income and…………… continues on The Denver Post

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Online school programs growing, despite challenges
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Ron Barnett, The Greenville News 7:47 a.m. EDT August 25, 2014

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