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
News from Greenville News:

Ron Barnett, The Greenville News 7:47 a.m. EDT August 25, 2014

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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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Aug 23rd

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

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

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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……………. continues on Wired

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education
News from MIT News:

The rise of online education and massively open online courses (MOOCs) have prompted much naysaying on their effectiveness, with detractors citing single-digit completion rates and short-lived pilot programs.

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good?

This year edX, the online learning platform co-run by MIT and Harvard University, gave researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) data on the second-by-second viewing habits of more than 100,000 learners perusing more than 6.9 million video sessions.

In a paper published this spring, the CSAIL team outlined some key findin…………… continues on MIT News

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Aug 22nd

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

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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Online Catholic Study Program Provides ‘Backbone of a Liberal Education’
News from The Cardinal Newman Society:

The Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program (LSP), a Newman Guide recommended institution, has been providing sound Catholic online higher education since its establishment in 2010. In an interview with The Catholic World Report (CWR), program president Patrick Carmack, J.D., shared some insight into the guiding vision, advantages, and limitations of this form of education.

In the interview, Carmack explained that the LSP is designed to be “an online, Catholic, generalist/liberal education using the Great Books as primary texts … combined with a deeper, more systematic concentration on the Catholic Faith.” The program was developed by Ignatius Press and the Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program, and consists of eight six-credit classes in the Great Books…………… continues on The Cardinal Newman Society

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Aug 21st

Ned Lautenbach: Online education takes off in Florida

Ned Lautenbach: Online education takes off in Florida
News from Tallahassee.com:

Ned Lautenbach/My View 6:27 p.m. EDT August 19, 2014

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Online and in-person education — rolled into one
News from St. George Daily Spectrum:

Samantha Sadlier, STG 3:03 p.m. MDT August 19, 2014

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Aug 17th

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts
News from Centre Daily Times:

— Maggie Koon was afraid that if the Bellefonte Area School District didn’t offer an alternative education program, she wouldn’t finish school.

The 17-year-old Bellefonte Area High School senior moved to Bellefonte last year from Lewistown.

Without knowing anyone and hesitant to be back in the classroom, Koon was given information that she could study online instead, through the district’s BeLA program — Bellefonte eLearning Academy.

“I still feel like I’m getting a good, solid education,” Koon said. “I love it and it’s the kind of program that’s good for students who are bullied or not ready to be in school. … I met other students (in) the program who feel the same way.”

The program, which is open to students from fifth through 12th grades, provides an alternative learning style with parallel requirements for graduation — as if the stud…………… continues on Centre Daily Times

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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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