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:

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

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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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Aug 14th

More Georgia Students Sign Up For Online Public Education

More Georgia Students Sign Up For Online Public Education
News from WSAV-TV:

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA - More than 1.7 million Georgia students are in public school but not all of them are sitting in a classroom. A growing number of students are turning to online public education including here in Chatham County.

More than 17,000 Georgia students will sit in front of their computers instead of in class this year. This is not the same as being home schooled, these online programs fall under public education.

A Chatham County family tells News 3 that the flexibility and not having to worry about bullies made them sign up.

8th grade Georgia Connections Academy student Trey Humphries said he doesn’t miss being in a classroom.

“I do two subjects or sometimes three for the first couple of hours then I rest and I do my last subjects then I’m done,” said Trey Humphries.

The 14-year-old said the teachers are always a click away.

“If you need help you can email them, call them, or they’ll call you,” said Trey Humphries.

Adrian Humphries said her son attended public school in Chatham County last year but it wasn’t the right fit.

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Aug 14th

The Real Value of Online Education

The Real Value of Online Education
News from The Atlantic:

Out of all the students who enroll in a MOOC, only about 5 percent complete the course and receive a certificate of accomplishment. This statistic is often cited as evidence that MOOCs are fatally flawed and offer little educational value to most students. Yet more than 80 percent of students who fill out a post-course survey say they met their primary objective. How do we reconcile these two facts?

We’re used to focusing on completion rates in higher education, but they’re not the only—or even the most meaningful—indicator of engagement in open online courses. With no cost to enroll, no penalty for dropping out, and little reward for actually earning a certificate, MOOCs are fundamentally different from traditional classes— and students use them in fundamentally different ways.

Data from more than 1.8 million students enrolled in 36 MOOCs offered by the University of Pennsylvania show that students treat MOOCs like a buffet, sampling the material according to their interests and goals. Some are curious about the subject matter and just watch one or two video lectures; others use the discussion forums to connect with their intellectual peers around the world. Of all enrolled students, nearly 60 percent watch at least one video, complete at least one assignment, or post at least once in a forum.

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A Different Type Of Online Education Goes Viral
News from WBUR:

Udemy is a platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee. (Kevin McShane/Flickr)

MOOCS — massive open online courses — are a craze in education now. Many are affiliated with brick-and-mortar universities and offer free academic courses.

Dennis Yang is CEO of San Francisco-based Udemy, an online learning and teaching marketplace. (udemy.com)

Udemy.com is little different. The name “Udemy” is a combination of “university” and “academy” and sounds a bit like “you to me.” That seems appropriate, given that it’s platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee.

Udemy was launched four years ago, and already serves nearly 3 million s…………… continues on WBUR

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Aug 13th

MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education

MIT Team Turns 6.9 Million Clicks Into Insights To Improve Online Education
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Online education push continues at CSUs
News from Sacramento Bee:

One year has passed since Julie Spitzer, professor of mathematics education at San Jose State University, taught her last online course to thousands of students across the country through a partnership between SJSU and Udacity.

The SJSU Plus pilot program, launched to great fanfare in the spring 2013 term, was put on hiatus and then scrapped altogether after pass rates for spring and summer courses lagged behind rates for face-to-face equivalents.

Though Spitzer said she would gladly teach another such class, known as a Massive Open Online Course, (MOOC), and still uses some of the course materials she developed with Udacity, the end of the pilot quieted voices that had been hailing affordable, massive-scale online courses as a solution to crowding woes and low graduation rates in the California State University system.

Administrators and state officials, however, say innovation in online education remains a priority for the country’s largest university system.

“Udacity was an experiment in a longer and much broader initiative of the CSU engaging in online materials for our students,” said Gerard Hanley, assistant vice chancellor for academic technology services.

What innovation will look like, who will control it and how much it will alter online teaching (which has been a part of CSU offerings for 20 years) remain…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Jul 19th

Ned Lautenbach: Florida has become a national leader in online education

Ned Lautenbach: Florida has become a national leader in online education
News from Gainesville Sun:

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

As an incoming senior at the University of Florida, 20-year-old Luke Bosso had a decision to make when his summer internship at a law firm in his hometown, Pensacola, evolved into a full-time job opportunity as a legal assistant. Should he return to Gainesville to finish his degree? Or should he stay in Pensacola and gain relevant job experience while finishing his degree online?

A year ago, the latter option wouldn’t have existed for Bosso, who studies criminology and law and plans to attend law school. But now thousands of students are benefitting from UF Online — one of the first undergraduate degree programs in the nation — and other offerings across the State University System that allow students to log remotely into their classes, virtually interact with their professors and peers, and experience university through an exciting new dimension.

Florida is a nationwide leader in online education, with several new game-changing initiatives and a far higher percentage of students enrolled in online courses than the national average. In many cases, these courses supplement the lessons learned in the classroom, help keep students on track for timely graduation, and are a cost savings to students and taxpayers.

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Online Education Platform Skilljar Embraces Bitcoin
News from CoinDesk:

Skilljar, a tech company that specialises in enabling third parties to deliver online training courses, has started accepting bitcoin payments.

Skilljar says its platform is used by hundreds of online instructors, who offer classes in a wide range of different fields, from yoga to programming. The instructors can now be paid in bitcoin using Skilljar’s e-commerce platform, alongside credit cards, debit cards and PayPal, with the cryptocurrency being immediately converted to fiat at the time of the transaction.

The company joins a group of other educational platforms that have embraced digital currency as a means to facilitate payments. As Skilljar CEO and co-founder Sandi Lin explained to CoinDesk, one of the chief benefits of the integration is that international students have the opportunity to pay for their education at a reduced cost. She cited the financial barriers within the global payments network, saying:

“We experience the pain of currency conversions on a daily basis in multiple ways, and [bitcoin] was an option that could help reduce that friction for a large number of our instructors.”

She added that bitcoin’s digital nature and international appeal makes it an effec…………… continues on CoinDesk

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Jul 17th

Online education company opens Blount Co. support center

Online education company opens Blount Co. support center
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Udemy: Democratizing Skills-Based Education Online
News from Bloomberg:

How is it different from other online education platforms?

Absolutely.

Our mission is to democratize skills-based education and lifelong learning, rather than focus on k-12 or higher education.

We provide a platform where any expert can teach online within our marketplace of courses.

We focus on skills-based content like learning microsoft excel.

For $ 99, i can do pythons for beginners.

I have to learn pythons just to get smarter.

You are out of northwestern and stanford and you are doing what every politician talks about.

Are you a replacement for an associate skill technical degree?

It is probably more of a supplementsupplement than anything else.

The fundamental degrees we offer today, while they will not be changing fast enough, it is changing to market itself.

They provide a nice space in terms of thinking.

The actual skills, how we operate on a day-to-day basis, is changing way too fast four education to keep up.

One of the concerns in washington is that we have the people in the wrong places or the wrong skills.

Weiss and the government coming to you?

– why isn’t the government coming to you?

We have met with many ministers of education from around the world, but we have not had a lot of action inside the u.s.. is there bias against your work?

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Jul 10th

Online education a valuable resource

Online education a valuable resource
News from The Denver Post:

“The online model offers a world-class education that allows students to study at their own pace, and has the flexibility to attend school anywhere, anytime,” writes Lori Cooney. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

There are nearly 17,000 Colorado students who attend an online public school, nearly 6 percent of the state’s K-12 students. It’s time to further our understanding of online education and its role in student achievement.

On July 1, Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond appointed an online education task force to review the best practices and policies for administering multidistrict online schools. Its members will begin meeting in early August.

Parent and student advocates will play a vital role in influencing this task force and future legislation. Together, we can be a part of the conversation that dictates the education our children receive.

My own children started in the traditional brick-and-mortar public schoo…………… continues on The Denver Post

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Survey Says 37% of Investors Consider Books, Magazines & Online Media as …
News from International Business Times AU:

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There is no clear investor-education authority insofar as investor education is concerned, a new survey by the CFA Institute showed. Among seven information sources listed in the poll, books, magazines and online media emerged as the top choice, garnering 37 per cent of the responses.

Private wealth managers came second at 28 per cent, followed by not-for-profit associations at 14 per cent, financial institutions at 10 per cent, others at five per cent, self-regulatory at four per cent and government entities at two per cent.

Robert Stammers of CFA noted that organisations that are usually identified as providers of investor education, referring to gover…………… continues on International Business Times AU

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