Dec 14th

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …
News from VentureBeat:

Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that’s comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created.

Khan is the founder, executive director, and faculty member at the Khan Academy, an online education provider.

Speaking at the Atlantic’s Navigate tech conference, Khan said that the online education providers and independent technology “boot camp” schools will end up playing an important role in pressuring legacy universities to change their outdated ways.

“I feel like society is ripe for challenging the model of school” he told The Atlantic’s editor, James Bennett, earlier this week.

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“The credentialing piece is somewhat broken now,” Khan said. “A very small fraction of the population has the opportunity to attend a university that is broadly known.”

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Gov. Inslee to announce education plans in online town hall
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Gov. Inslee will announce details of his education plan Monday.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is hosting a statewide online town hall meeting Monday to talk details of his education plan.

Gov. Inslee’s plan wants to make significant investments in public school funding and reducing early-grade class sizes. It will also include investments in early learning, higher education and efforts to increase graduation rates.

Four schools including Spokane’s Rogers High School will host the online conversation. Other schools participating are Newport High School in Bellevue, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake and Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma.

The town hall will also include a moderated Q&A with educators, parents and students

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Dec 13th

China’s New Oriental Education Presses Ahead With Online Education

China’s New Oriental Education Presses Ahead With Online Education
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China’s New Oriental Education& Technology Group is investing heavily in online education, as enrollment of its summer camps and adult tutoring services drops amid China’s ongoing education reform.

In addition to providing more online courses, the group is partnering with Tencent Holdings to develop mobile applications that it hopes can translate into long-term revenue growth. The first product is uDA, which allows users to scan test questions with their smartphones and get answers from the company’s database as well as its network of teachers. The application is currently designed for English tests, but more subjects will be covered in the coming year, New Oriental said in a Dec.8 press release.

The launch of uDA comes as the group’s brick-and-mortar classroom business took a hit from China’s planned overhaul of its university-entrance examination- the notoriously difficult Gaokao tests. The number of New Oriental’s middle and high school students declined by 30% year-over-year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 that ended on August.31, as Chinese authorities plan to reduce the English component of future college entrance exams.

Revenue growth is also disappointing. Net revenue grew 1.4% to $ 394 million, while profit decreased by 11.2% year-over-year to $ 112.4 million in the same period. Shares have tumbled 30% to $ 21.04 in New York tr…………… continues on Forbes

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Online education growing at Purdue
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Posted: Friday, December 12, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 10:13 am, Fri Dec 12, 2014.

The amount of online classes available to Purdue students has continued to grow in recent years.

Currently, there are about 135 undergraduate courses that can be taken online each semester, and this number will only increase in the future. In fact, according to statistics from Purdue’s spring 2015 graduating class, about 51% of the graduates have taken at least one online course throughout their time at Purdue.

The most popular online class that is offered at Purdue is MUS 25000. This class is in such high demand that the faculty often has trouble keeping it available. The Distance Learning office does their best to select courses they believe would work well in the online format and then contribute to the design of the classes. As of now there are about 21 total degrees that are entirely online, 15 of which are master’s degrees and six that are graduate certificates.

Some of these classes are almost entirely online, whereas others still conduct the course partially face to face. This type of course is becoming the pre…………… continues on Purdue Exponent

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Dec 3rd

Manitoba throne speech prioritizes online education

Manitoba throne speech prioritizes online education
News from The Manitoban:

At last month’s throne speech the provincial NDP announced a number of policies to be implemented in the coming year. While interest-free student loans have been heralded as a major treat for post-secondary students, a number of other policies that will affect students have been proposed. Among those is a two-fold increase in the number of courses to be offered online – from 500 to 1,000 across the province.

“We will build on the significant steps taken over the last decade to ensure post-secondary education is accessible and affordable,” said Premier Greg Selinger in a speech to media on Nov. 20.

Enrolment in online courses is already on the rise at the University of Manitoba. In the 2013/14 academic year, 9,318 U of M students were registered for online courses. That represents a 42 per cent increase from 2009/2010, when 6,547 students were registered for online courses.

In 2013/14, 151 online degree credit courses were offered across 12 faculties and 28 departments.

Extended education at the U of M, which oversees distance and online education, does not have access to the numbe…………… continues on The Manitoban

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Duke to expand mix of in-person and online education
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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series examining online education at Duke. Today, The Chronicle looks at the future of online courses for credit and unique uses of the massive open online courses. In Part 1, The Chronicle assessed how Duke has already brought digital education to the physical classroom.

As Duke continues its involvement with online education, administrators face questions of how courses might be counted for credit and how new adaptations might be brought to the physical classroom.

Each semester since Duke’s initial partnership with Coursera in Fall 2012 has seen the addition of new massive open online course offerings, or MOOCs. The growth of online education has been met with measured optimism by students and faculty alike, said Lynne O’Brien, associate vice provost for digital and online education initiatives. Although early results have been largely positive, student engagement will continue to depend on the way professors construct their classes—online or on campus.

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Dec 3rd

Online education run amok – Politico

Online education run amok – Politico
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Private companies want to scoop up your child’s data.

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Massive open online courses, first envisioned as a way to democratize higher education, have made their way into high schools, but Washington is powerless to stop the flood of personal data about teenage students from flowing to private companies, thanks to loopholes in federal privacy laws.

Universities and private companies this fall unveiled a slew of free, open-access online courses to high school students, marketing them as a way for kids to supplement their Advanced Placement coursework or earn a certificate of completion for a college-level class.

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A world-class business education for free? Here’s how.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 3:01 AM

Laurie Pickard wanted an education from a world-class business school. She didn’t want to pay the $ 168,000 for a degree from Wharton. So she found a way to get the education — though minus the sheepskin — for next to nothing. 

Pickard is the creator of the No Pay MBA, and she is perhaps the first person to ever pursue a complete business education through massive open online courses (MOOCs) on the Internet. During the past year, she’s taken free courses from Harvard, Yale, MIT, the Darden School — and Wharton. 

She’s also created a blog and a website nopaymba.com — where anyone with an Internet connection can track her progress, learn from her mistakes, and follow her lead.

A former Philadelphia school teacher, Pickard discovered online courses in 2013 while with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. “A friend with an MBA was taking a MOOC finance course just to brush up on it,” Pickard said. “He suggested I look into it. The first thing I thought was: ‘This is how I could get my MBA!’ ”

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Nov 22nd

CORONA: Teen excels in online education

CORONA: Teen excels in online education
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Online education offers opportunities, raises concerns
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Nov 17th

Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education

Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Results from one survey suggest online instructors are more likely than on-campus instructors to use social media for both personal and professional reasons.

In his University of Hawaii online course, Introduction to e-Learning, associate professor Michael Menchaca requires his students to introduce themselves to each other by creating 15-second videos on Instagram.

Later in the semester, students “meet” to discuss their group projects using Google Hangouts. Twitter is popular in his classes, too, enabling students to share resources and engage in discussions, Menchaca says.

These are just two examples of the social media tools Menchaca uses to foster communication among his students.

“We’ve had online learning for quite a long time  – since the 1990s, when it started to become popular – but the inclusion of social media is something that’s relatively new,” Menchaca says. “A lot of us are starting to use it more. I guess we’re still tinkering around and trying things.”

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Arizona among national leaders in online education
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There are nearly 50,000 students enrolled in online schools in Arizona.

Mark Olalde, The Republic | azcentral.com 5:39 p.m. MST November 12, 2014

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Nov 3rd

Online education options increase for students but many faculty doubt their …

Online education options increase for students but many faculty doubt their …
News from The Plain Dealer – cleveland.com:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – While online education is a growing and valid option for college students, many faculty believe students learn more if they are in a classroom, according to a survey by Inside Higher Ed.

Universities, including Cleveland State University and Kent State University, have developed numerous online courses and also offer degrees online.

The courses are taught by faculty members. But Inside Higher Ed’s Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests faculty fear that students taking online classes are receiving an inferior experience to what can be delivered in the classroom.

Gallup surveyed 2,799 faculty members and 288 academic technology administrators this August and September on issues identified by Inside Higher Ed.  A copy of the report can be downloaded

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Choose Between an Online Graduate Certificate, Degree Program
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Those pursuing online certificates as opposed to online degrees typically seek a quicker return on their investment, says one expert.

When it comes to making a decision about graduate online education, many may wonder whether to select a certificate or degree program.

Online certificates, which typically take a year or less to complete, often focus on developing a particular skill or furthering knowledge in a more specific area, experts say. For instance, somebody with a bachelor’s degree in education might pursue a certificate in administration and supervision, as is offered at the

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Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
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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
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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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Oct 23rd

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias
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European media giant Bertelsman will buy Relias Learning, a Cary online education company, for a reported half-billion dollars. The Relias deal is Bertelsman’s biggest U.S. acquisition since the conglomerate bought book publisher Random House in 1998.

Bertelsman’s business interests span books, magazines, broadcasting and music rights. With the Relias acquisition, the closely-held German company is now expanding into the online education market. Bertelsman said the Relias deal is valued “in the mid-hundreds of millions” of dollars, and Reuters reported the value at $ 540 million, based on two anonymous sources.

Relias employs nearly 300 people and will remain headquartered in Cary, managed by the current executive team. “The company expects to hire more employees to keep pace with a burgeoning e-learning market,” Relias said in its announcement this week.

Relias supplies online education courses and training materials for workers in the health are and disabled-care fields. Formed in 2012 through a merger of Essential Learning and Silverchair Learning Systems, Relias said it provided more than 20 million course for more than 4,000 organizations.

Bertelsmann is buying Relias from Vista Equity Partners and LLR Partners.

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Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
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  • With rising cost of attendance, traditional college is becoming a less popular and less worthwhile investment for many Americans.
  • Online degree programs run as for-profit companies have emerged as the top alternative form of secondary education.
  • Because of these trends, American Public Education Institution and Bridgeport Education Inc. (two of the biggest players in the industry) both seem poised to rebound in coming moths.

Under-valued public companies have become a rarity after years of bullish market tendencies. There may, however, still be hidden gems in the online education industry. Specifically, industry giants American Public Education Institution (NASDAQ:APEI) and Bridgeport Education Inc. (NYSE:BPI) appear poised to deliver in coming quarters. Admittedly, however, both companies do have drawbacks. Since a quasi-bubble burst in the online-education industry roughly five years ago, both companies have s…………… continues on Seeking Alpha (registration)

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Oct 22nd

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
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Online Education: Why Are Some Online Schools Lacking In Credibility?
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You’ve seen the ads by now for various online schools; all encouraging you to sign up today and get to work on advancing your education.

The selling point is that you can earn your degree from anywhere.

However, what these businesses are not telling you is that you could be wasting your time and money.

Even though acceptance of online degrees is said to be on the rise, it could be that your particular school isn’t seen as particularly credible.

Before signing up for an online degree program at an internet-only college, perhaps there are some things you should consider.

Online School vs. Online Degree

The first thing to know is that online degrees and online schools are not mutually exclusive. There are accredited colleges that have online courses. Sometimes only certain classes are available in an online format. Other times, the entire degree can be earned online.

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