Apr 15th

MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative

MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative
News from MIT News:

Through its newly created Online Education Policy Initiative (OEPI), made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, MIT aims to catalyze the national conversation on the future of education and online learning.

Led jointly by Professor Karen Willcox and Dean of Digital Learning Sanjay Sarma, the initiative’s broad objectives are: to explore teaching pedagogy and efficacy, institutional business models, and global educational engagement strategies — and to present a cohesive report on these issues that can be used by policymakers and leaders in education; to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to aid policymakers in creating a welcoming environment for educational innovation.

“There’s been much written about online education recently,” Sarma says. “OEPI is an opportunity to pause and have a thoughtful, scholarly discussion about everything from the cognitive psychology of learning to the policy implications of online courses.”

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Apr 11th

Education School to offer online degrees this fall

Education School to offer online degrees this fall
News from University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily:

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Program promises significantly reduced costs

by Anna Houghton | Apr 10 2015 | 04/10/15 8:28pm

The University Education School will begin offering three degrees online starting fall 2015 including an M.Ed. in reading education, M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in reading education.

Catherine Brighton, Education School associate dean of academic programs and student affairs, said the online degrees will allow the school to reach more students, overcoming obstacles like geographic location.

The new online programs will also offer greater financial flexibility for students. For the 2015-16 school year, graduate tuition currently stands at $ 14,856 for in-state, full-time students, and at $ 24,288 for out-of-state, full-time students. Class credit rates for regula…………… continues on University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

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LinkedIn: Moving Into Online Education
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How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education

How ‘Elite’ Universities Are Using Online Education
News from Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription):

After years of skepticism, higher education’s upper class has finally decided that online learning is going to play an important role in its future. But what will that role be?

Recently, conversations about “elite” online education has revolved around the free online courses, aka MOOCs, which Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and dozens of other top universities started offering several years ago. But it soon became clear that high marks in those courses would not translate to academic credit at the institutions offering them (or anywhere else).

So how exactly does online education figure into the future of elite higher education? Judging by what we’ve seen so far, the answer can be divided into three parts.

1. Free online courses for everyone.

MOOCs are the McMansions of online higher education — capacious, impressive-looking, and easy to supply to the masses once professors have drawn up the blueprints.

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Online MBA program will launch this summer at Caldwell University
News from NorthJersey.com:

Thinking about advancing your career? Changing careers? Do you want to earn a higher salary? Are you a business owner looking for tools and know-how for growth and global appeal? If you can relate, you might want to consider earning an MBA this summer, and still find time to tan.

Caldwell University is offering online MBA courses that will allow you to complete your degree totally online or in addition to on-campus courses. A Master of Business Administration is one of the most valued credentials in the business world. In fact, just having the degree can be a powerful marketing tool that announces your knowledge and expertise.

If you’re one of the many college graduates who always thought they’d eventually obtain an advanced degree, now just may be your time. While you may believe a master’s will greatly benefit you professionally, you may be worried about all your other competing responsibilities. Caldwell University understands that your educational dreams have to align with your life in order to become reality. Its new 100-percent online MBA program does just that, and you can begin as early as this summer.

Highlights include:

* Accelerated seven-week course

* 100-percent online or combined with on-campus classes

* General track or accounting concentration

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Apr 9th

LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $ 1.5 Billion
News from TechCrunch:

Professional network LinkedIn is getting into the professional skills education market in a big way: The social company purchased Lynda.com, the online learning company founded in 1995 by technical skill instructional book author Lynda Weinman and co-founder Bruce Heavin. Lynda.com has long been the go-to resource for online learning on subjects like Photoshop, basic HTML, CSS, management practices and many more, offering instructional videos and tutorials from industry experts and vets long before e-learning was at anywhere near the level of interest it enjoys today.

The acquisition is valued at $ 1.5 billion total, combining 52 percent cash payout and 48 percent stock, with an expected close date sometime in the second quarter of this year. “Most” Lynda.com employees will join LinkedIn as part of the deal, according to a release from the companies.

In a blog post addressing the deal, LinkedIn

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Apr 6th

EDUCATION: New online test arriving at Inland schools

EDUCATION: New online test arriving at Inland schools
News from Press-Enterprise:

ABOUT THE NEW TEST

What are the Smarter Balanced assessments?

A. They are new computer-based tests that measure students in the Common Core curriculum in English and math. They replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice exams.

Why does California need new tests?

A. Educators say the new Common Core curriculum includes more rigorous academic standards that emphasize critical thinking, analytical writing and problem-solving skills. The new exams were created to measure these skills by requiring that students explain their work, cite evidence or mark more than one correct answer.

How will testing work?

A. The tests will be taken entirely online. The average student will spend 8 to 10 hours testing over the course of a couple weeks. Teachers should receive results within a few weeks, instead of several months under the old testing system.

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Apr 5th

Online schools offer customized education for students

Online schools offer customized education for students
News from UpperMichigansSource.com:

Many parents are now looking to the internet for their children’s education.

The Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy is online school run by K12.com. They provide education for students from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. They are classified as a public school, so they are accredited just like any other public school. This also means the costs for the school would also be covered by the state.

Those interested in applying can sign up online. According to a representative at K12.com, they have a rigorous application process to see if online education is appropriate for the student. They talk to their parents and look at their class history to see if a virtual academy would be the right fit. Online programs can be tailored to a wide range of students, from special needs to advanced placement.

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Apr 3rd

UTMB creates new online tool that offers full education of EBP skillset to nurses

UTMB creates new online tool that offers full education of EBP skillset to nurses
News from News-Medical.net:

As tremendous advances are made in medicine, practitioners have new tools, but they also have more information to absorb and incorporate to provide evidence-based patient care: integrating best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient’s perspectives.

For the bedside nurse, this information can be lifesaving but time consuming. This has been a huge problem – until now.

The University of Texas Medical Branch has developed a new program that trains nurses how to pose questions that will point them to the needed information quickly. The Disciplined Clinical Inquiry – Evidence-Based Practice Literacy pathway is an online tool that helps nurses rapidly access filtered research evidence that present information in concise, easy to understand formats. An article describing this new program is available in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.

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Apr 2nd

EDC-VC’s Global Classroom eLearning Delivers Online Education Opportunities

EDC-VC’s Global Classroom eLearning Delivers Online Education Opportunities
News from Ventura County Star:

CAMARILLO, Calif. – The Small Business Development Center of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (SBDC) announces the launch of a comprehensive online education center. The Global Classroom program offers thousands of interactive courses and video tutorials focused on the latest information in business, technology and career readiness.

Accessed through EDC-VC’s website at www.edc-vc.com, the Global Classroom is a robust, cloud-based eLearning system that connects users with an extensive library of content developed by nationally recognized technology and training companies such as Microsoft, Franklin Covey, Skillsoft and WIN Learning. The program also offers a built-in Learning Management System to create, deliver, and manage online education as well as a social media center for collaboration, networking and user engagement.

“The Global Classroom is a resource for our small and developing businesses grappling with the demands of a rapidly changing marketplace,” said Ray Bowman, director of the SBDC of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. “Available 24/7, the Global Classroom is an easy-to-use, content rich eLearning platform that can help with workforce training and enable employees to upgrade their skill sets.”

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Using Public Health Education to Fight Ebola
News from Roehampton Online Student … – Vanguard:

THE outbreak of Ebola in parts of West Africa saw health officials, hospitals and other industry stakeholders reassessing their levels of preparedness for dealing with public health emergencies.

Widespread shortages of doctors, nurses and volunteers possessing requisite knowledge and skills for containing the epidemic was recorded in affected areas, resulting in the spread of the deadly disease from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria and outside the shores of Africa.

Against this backdrop, it has become imperative to be able to respond swiftly to stopping the spread of the disease to new localities. In order to achieve this, there is an urgent need for citizens to be empowered to respond to Ebola, alongside other infectious and deadly diseases, and also to properly deal with other chronic public health issues.

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This need for empowerment was an important factor for Daniel Tom-Aba. Currently occupying the role of Senior Data Manager and Team Lead for the Polio and Ebola Emergency Operations Center with the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in Abuja, Tom-Aba coordinates all data management activities as well as builds software solutions geared at solving public health challenges.

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Apr 1st

Can Apollo Fight Online Education Any Longer? (APOL)

Can Apollo Fight Online Education Any Longer? (APOL)
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  • Online courses are rapidly growing; this is good news for many educational bodies, but not Apollo.
  • Revenues and profits are dwindling; prices have plummeted below all analysts’ expectations.
  • At current prices, our algorithmic analysis is bullish on Apollo, in contrary to most investors and analysts.

Online Courses are Likely to Shape the Future of Education

While most elite non-profit universities such as Harvard and Duke might benefit from the emergence of online courses, private for profits could very well find themselves squeezed out. Most importantly, the acceptance of online education by these elite bodies, such as in the example of Coursera and edX, will legitimize this form of education very quickly. However, smaller colleges that are not a part of these high-reputation online networks are about to face a serious challenge in coming years. In the online report “Shifting Ground: Technology Begins to Alter Centuries-Old Business Model for Universities,” Moody’s outlines who will benefit and who will lose from this transition to online courses.

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Online Course-Taking Evolving Into Viable Option for Special Ed.
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Published Online: March 31, 2015

Published in Print: April 1, 2015, as Virtual Spec. Ed. Is Evolving Option

Cole Moxley, far left, talks with Melany Garcia during a 9th grade special education course in applied science at Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, N.C.

—John W. Adkisson for Education Week

As new technologies allow digital lessons to be tailored to various learning styles, a growing number of programs are evolving to enable students with disabilities to take online courses created with their needs in mind.

While such options are still not readily available for most students in special education, virtual programs are being seen as a means to fill gaps in special education services in cost-effective ways.

Some schools are offering online speech therapy classes that feature video interactivity, for instance, while others are turning to digital curricula designed specifically for special education students, rather than trying to adapt existing online courses to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

But these developments—which are part of a bigger trend to blend face-to-face and online learning in public schools—are raising questions about the role and effectiveness of online coursetakin…………… continues on Education Week News

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Mar 28th

UGA to offer music education online degree program

UGA to offer music education online degree program
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Atlanta’s airport is opening a new northbound entrance Saturday. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in a news release that the relocated access point from Riverdale Road will be marked by a…

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Jeb Bush Offering Online Courses Promoting Common Core
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Bush’s education foundation, in fact, is offering online courses for policy-makers focusing on how to promote the idea that the standards are necessary for national security, why data collection is essential, and how to win over parents, teachers, and citizens in the education reform conversation.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education was founded by Bush, and he served as its chair up until a couple of months ago, when he turned the reins of the foundation’s board over to Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

As the New York Times also reported, Bush’s foundation is now offering three free online courses, including one titled “

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