Apr 21st

US working with Champlain College for online education

US working with Champlain College for online education
News from CT Post:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday.

The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a school that offers online education and training to help ensure the f…………… continues on CT Post

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness
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The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), the state-sponsored project that aims to dramatically increase the number of students who earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, has come a long way since it was announced in the fall of 2013, according to the OEI’s executive director, Patricia James.

“If you remember, we were in bad economic times back then, turning away students at almost all of our colleges,” James told an attendees at the annual CT Forum conference, held in Long Beach, CA this month, “and the governor was looking at MOOCs and other business-ed types of activities that would bring courses to our students. But now we’re trying to get them back with the online courses they need to complete their educational goals.”

The permanent staff of the OEI joined James for a panel discussion about the initiative’s progress during one of two “town hall” meetings co-located with the CT Forum event.

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Apr 19th

Online hunter education connects in Washington

Online hunter education connects in Washington
News from The Spokesman Review:

Washington’s online hunter education course is on the verge of becoming more popular than the classroom version that’s been a hunting requirement since 1957.

Of the 16,678 people who registered in the state’s hunter ed program last year, 51 percent took the traditional classroom course and 49 percent took the online course that debuted in 2009. 

“Public demand for the online class is increasing every year,” said David Whipple, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Division manager.

Successfully passing a hunter education course is a prerequisite for purchasing a hunting license in all 50 states and most of Canada.

The traditional classes involve a minimum of 10 hours of classroom instruction and often at least 15 hours. Typically, these classes are taught during three-hour evening sessions spread over a week or two and conducted by certified instructors.

Online courses can be done in a progression at home at any time. Participants must complete a “chapter” and requirements and quiz before moving on to the next block.

Both classroom and online students also must attend a field practicum with instructors to demonstrate safe gun handling, decision making and shooting skills.

“I was skeptical about an online course,” said Keith Trowbridge, 52, echoing the sentiments of most state’s 850 volunteer hunter…………… continues on The Spokesman Review

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MIT Launches Initiative That Explores Online Learning
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Apr 17, 2015 02:13 PM EDT

(Photo : Flickr/CC) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

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The initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, studies the impacts of online learning on the higher education community from a policy perspective. Sanjay E. Sarma, director of digital learning, and Karen Willcox, professor of aeronautics and astronautics in the aerospace, will lead the initiative.

The objective of the program is also to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to influence policy and policymakers to create a welcoming environment for educational innovation.

“If policymakers and educational leaders can understand and anticipate those impacts, they can create a welcoming e…………… continues on University Herald

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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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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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Apr 10th

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
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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.

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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
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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.”

The Global Classroom is organized into a series of Specialty Libraries covering 12 major areas of business, each with a fu…………… continues on Ventura County Star

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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.

He sought a higher educational degree that would enable h…………… continues on Roehampton Online Student … – Vanguard

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