Jan 24th

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD
News from Investor’s Business Daily:

Technology has made buying and selling stocks as simple as shopping for shoes. And yet knowing what to buy and sell — and when — remains a daunting challenge.

In response, online stockbrokerages are spreading the gospel of investor education at a phenomenal rate. Preaching to audiences often numbering in the millions, they are rapidly developing and fine-tuning online curricula that let studious investors climb at their own pace from beginner into highly advanced concepts and strategies.

To attract practiced investors, many online stockbrokers are placing more emphasis on mobile trading, tracking and information platforms.

To lure newer, less certain clients, basic educational resources remain a fundamental front gate to the online investing experience.

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This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education
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While online education has been gaining traction in America for roughly 15 years, the inevitable maturation and spread of this technology into developing countries is bound to spark a revolution.

That was a key takeaway from a letter penned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — which, with an endowment of $ 42.3 billion, represents one of the largest private foundations on earth.

On this, its 15th anniversary, the Foundation laid bare its hopes for the world over the next 15 years — including the prediction that online education will reach hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

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The growth of high-speed cell networks and a proliferation of affordable devices will largely fuel this accessibility.

Children who have grown up with smartphones and tablets, for instance, tend to utilize them intuitively. Therefore, according to the Foundation, kids in third worl…………… continues on Entrepreneur

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Jan 21st

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …
News from WFDD:

North Carolina families could soon have another education option. The state board is discussing applications for two virtual charter schools this month.

The two schools seeking approval are affiliated with the online education companies K12 Inc. and Connections Academy. A state advisory committee recently recommended the school’s proposals.  They would be part of a four-year pilot program outlined by the legislature that authorizes the State Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools by the end of 2015. 

Online learning is not new. The state has the second largest public virtual school in the country, with approximately 50,000 students every year who take courses in the program.

North Carolina Public schools are using it now to supplement middle and high school curricula. Proponents say it offers classes that otherwise may not be available and brings more flexibility to students who need it.<…………… continues on WFDD

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Cybrary’s Free Online Training Reshaping Cybersecurity Education
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By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

01/20/2015 ( 2:15pm)

A shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors has left the US vulnerable to major cyberattacks. In response, Cybrary, the world’s first and only free massive open online course for IT and cyber security professionals, has announced the availability of free classes to the general public.

 

“We have the firm belief that IT and cybersecurity training should be free,” Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary, told Homeland Security Today. “Many in the industry feel the skills gap in cybersecurity and a number of reports indicate that there are more cybersecurity jobs than there are qualified people to fill them. We were very aware of that problem.”

 

The Greenbelt, Maryland-based Cybrary is designed to provide comprehensive IT and cybersecur…………… continues on HSToday

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Jan 19th

Flipkart joins hands with online education pioneer TCYonline

Flipkart joins hands with online education pioneer TCYonline
News from Economic Times:

BENGALURU: Homegrown e-retailer Flipkart has joined hands with online education pioneer TCYonline to offer a wide spread of test preparation tools, the company said today.

Starting January 19, products/coaching material for over 90 exam categories from TCYonline will be exclusively available for 90 days on Flipkart.

The partnership will offer students across India access to an entire gamut of educational offerings from TCYonline, the company said in a release.

TCYonline is one of the largest and most popular testing platforms in the country with tests from over 50,000 teachers across 90+ exam categories.

This unique collaboration is Flipkart’s way of exploring new opportunities in the in-demand e-learning space, it added.

Gaurav Gupta, Director – Retail, Flipkart said: “In recent years, the e-learning space in India has s…………… continues on Economic Times

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VSU launches second phase of online orientation
News from Valdosta Daily Times:

VALDOSTA—Valdosta State University’s Office of Extended Learning and Center for eLearning will launch the second phase of its online orientation on Jan. 14.  The online orientation was developed last year to help online students navigate the enrollment process, as well as obtain information and resources specifically designed to move the student toward degree completion.

 

Phase two will include modules focused on student academic success; gaining practical work experience and employment after graduation; tutoring in core classes, study groups, and success workshops; career counseling; and steps VSU is taking to ensure a safe campus environment.

 

According to Kathy J. Sundin, online communications coordinator with VSU’s Center for eLearning, the online orientation portal was designed to empower entering online learners with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully complete their enrollment process.  In addition, the online orientation portal remains available to learners throughout their studies and provides students with a valuable resource to help them graduate.

 

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Jan 17th

Noodle’s Beef with Online Education Lead-Gen Business

Noodle’s Beef with Online Education Lead-Gen Business
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WHERE ADTECH MEETS EDTECH: If sites like “DegreeDirectory” and “Online Masters Degree” sound too good to be true, they probably are. Noodle, a search engine for schools and other education resources, has compiled a list of higher-ed lead generation sites, many of which lack proper disclosure. In a survey of 203 high school students, “only 6% knew that schools were paying to be listed on these sites.”

At the same time, nearly half of the respondents say they weren’t bothered by schools paying to get the word out. So ads aren’t the problem. But lead-gen sites would do well to take a page from Google and separate church and state by clearly distinguishing between paid and organic listings.

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Education Department: Indiana schools unprepared for online tests
News from Chalkbeat Indiana:

About 77 percent of Indiana schools are technologically ill-equipped to to reliably administer state ISTEP tests online, and the Indiana Department of Education told state lawmakers it will take millions of dollars to fix the problem.

At today’s House Ways and Means Committee meeting, state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s top deputy, Danielle Shockey, and testing director, Michele Walker, said it could cost an extra $ 34 million over the next two years to get Indiana schools on solid footing when it comes to the computing power and access speed needed to make online testing seamless.

The deputy superintendent said schools need better broadband Internet support most of all, but in some places schools also need better computers.

“(Schools) need increased broadband before they can even think to increase their hardware,” Shockey said. “Broadband has to come first.”

Indiana hasn’t had an easy go of online testing so far.

The state has embraced online administration of the state ISTEP test for about 500,000 students in grades 3 to 8 since 2010. But in three of the last five years, the state experienced major problems with online testing, including students who were interrupted while taking ISTEP online by glitches or because they were unexpectedly logged out of the system.

The state’s test vendor, CTB/McGraw-Hill, gave the state free ser…………… continues on Chalkbeat Indiana

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Jan 16th

McHenry County employers indifferent on online education in hiring

McHenry County employers indifferent on online education in hiring
News from Northwest Herald:

After making a commitment to get an associate degree partly online, it was much easier for Kathleen Hayhurst of Wonder Lake to transition from a part-time position to a full-time one.

Working as a professional development assistant at McHenry County College, Hayhurst said going to school entirely face-to-face wasn’t an option between work and family obligations. Taking online courses through MCC was more convenient, and it made her feel no less qualified than if she would’ve gotten the degree completely face-to-face, she said.

With more students like Hayhurst coming out of higher education today, a few of the larger employers in the area said for them, a degree obtained completely or partially online is hardly a make or break factor when it comes to hiring.

At Centegra Health System, Director of Employment and Development Matt Johnson said both online and traditional degrees are recognized equally.

If interviewing two candidates with similar experience, the origin of their degrees “wouldn’t be a factor that would weigh real heavily,” Johnson said.

He pointed out that online education wouldn’t be feasible for some positions, such as nurses or other clinical jobs, and a majority of applicants do have traditional brick-and-mortar degrees. Still, Johnson said he’s noticed a higher numb…………… continues on Northwest Herald

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Scottsbluff schools to change online education resource
News from Scottsbluff Star Herald:

Scottsbluff Public Schools will soon change its source for online education resources to help improve student education.

When its Brain Pop subscription ran out in December, the SBPS school district began looking forward to implementing Safari Montage into K-12 and Educational Services Unit #13 classrooms. Scottsbluff High School Technology Integration Specialist Justin Gipe addressed the SBPS school board on the new website last Monday during the monthly meeting and said the district doesn’t have the Safari Montage program running just yet since ESU#13 is still conducting negotiations.

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Jan 14th

Online Education Company Lynda.com Gets $186 Million For A Shopping Spree

Online Education Company Lynda.com Gets $ 186 Million For A Shopping Spree
News from TechCrunch:

Online personal and professional continuing education company lynda.com has raised $ 186 million at a roughly $ 1 billion valuation to go shopping for education technology companies.

It’s the second mammoth round for Lynda, following a $ 100 million initial investment from Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech. The new round was led by TPG, a private equity firm with some $ 65 billion worth of assets under management.

For lynda.com, the new round is all about a shopping allowance. The company already has letters of intent out with three potential acquisition targets and has several more companies in its sights, according to an interview with the company’s chief executive, Eric Robison.

One investor familiar with the market for online education said that the company may look to bring in programming tutorial companies like Thinkful (which raised a round of funding recently) or Treehouse (which hasn’t).

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Bringing Programming Education Online, Thinkful Raises $ 4.25 Million
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Thinkful, the online continuing education services company for programmers and developers, has raised $ 4.25 million in a new round of funding as it looks to expand its portfolio of education offerings.

“We’ve found a away to get a lot of professional engineers excited about helping people learn,” says Darrell Silver, who, along with Thiel Fellowship recipient Dan Friedman, founded the company in October 2012.

Connecting professional programmers and developers with students online, Thinkful operates like a lighter weight and cheaper version of the developer bootcamps and professional education companies that had cr…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Jan 9th

Crime and Mismanagement and the Realities of Gambling and Online Education

Crime and Mismanagement and the Realities of Gambling and Online Education
News from Governing:

Much of the attention to the states’ management of fiscal matters tends to go to the major expenditures like pensions and health care. But there are all sorts of smaller pockets of cash that add up to big money — and which are often managed badly.

An excellent example of this is the funds set aside for crime victims. Some $ 11 billion is currently residing in federal bank accounts, with the intention of distributing it to states to reimburse crime victims for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages and so on. Some states have their own funds as well — as much as $ 10 million apiece — which is brought in through general fund revenues and offender fees.

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The problem is that this money often goes unspent. Part of the reason is a federal annual spending cap of $ 745 million, despite the large amount of money the program has set aside. Worse yet, many states don’t even ask for the money they could be receiving thanks to sloppy recordkeeping, inadequate technology and lack of follow-through.

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China’s Facebook YY Scoops Up Online Education Groups
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Chinese social platform YY began as an online gaming portal in 2005 and today is often described as a “virtual stadium,” where a handful or hundreds of people can interact in real time, visually and through voice, video and text.

Facing more rivals in its core gaming segment, YY (NASDAQ:YY) has diversified into entertainment, business conferencing, online dating — and its latest move, online education.

Online education is posting 20% annual growth in China. An estimated 78 million online learners of all ages are projected for 2014, according to data from independent Chinese research firm iResearch. Double-digit growth each year through 2017, when more than 120 million people in China will study via the Internet, iResearch says.

Other China firms entering the online education field include Internet search leader Baidu (NASDAQ:

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Jan 6th

Regents to look at beefing up CU’s online education

Regents to look at beefing up CU’s online education
News from Boulder Daily Camera:

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What: CU Board of Regents winter retreat

When: Thursday and Friday

Where: President Bruce Benson’s ranch, 0975 Summit County Road 25, Silverthorne

To view the retreat agenda: bit.ly/1qgOocu

The Board of Regents is expected to discuss this week the University of Colorado’s plan for online education at a time when in-state and regional competitors are several years into robust Internet-based programs.

The board is convening for its winter retreat Thursday and Friday at President Bruce Benson’s 300-acre ranch north of Silverthorne, complete with newly elected regents Linda Shoemaker, a Boulder Democrat, and Republican John Carson from Highlands Ranch.

Each of CU’s campuses offers some form of online learning, though the programs are largely unconnected and differ in size and scope.

The Denver campus offers more than 30 online degrees and certificates. CU-Boulder students can take online courses through the continuing education division and can earn some engineering graduate degrees online. and the Colorado Springs campus offers around a dozen online graduate degrees.</…………… continues on Boulder Daily Camera

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About the HEB Excellence in Education Awards
News from Your Houston News:

Have you been nominated for an H-E-B Excellence in Education Award? You can only win if you apply. Go to www.heb.com/education to fill out your application by Jan. 11 for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 100,000.

Award categories include teachers, principals, school districts, early childhood facilities and public school boards.

The application asks nominees to provide written responses about education philosophy, learning experiences, and insights on issues facing educators in Texas.

Last year, the H-E-B Excellence in Education gave out more than $ 800,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants. Since its inception in 2002, the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program has awarded nearly $ 7.5 million to Texas educators, schools and districts.

Nominations are not required for participation. Go to www.heb.com/education to complete an application.

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Dec 30th

Online education: A sports scandal waiting to happen

Online education: A sports scandal waiting to happen
News from azcentral:

Charles B. Corbin, Ph.D., Special for azcentral sports 9:28 a.m. MST December 5, 2014

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Online Learning Holds Promise, Challenges for Low-Income Students
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Dec 23rd

The online education craze

The online education craze
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John Richard Schrock is a professor at Emporia State University.

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported a presentation by Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California system, with the headline “UC’s Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze.” While the shortcomings of these modern correspondence courses are apparent to most veteran teachers and professors, this was the first time that a major university leader has dared proclaim that the digital emperor has no clothes. And Napolitano detailed her objections.

According to the LA Times, in front of an audience of 500, she proclaimed” “It’s not a silver bullet, the way it was originally portrayed to be. It’s a lot harder than it looks, and by the way if you do it right it doesn’t save all that much money, because you still have to have an opportunity for students to interact with either a teaching assistant or an assistant professor or a professor at some level.”

Napolitano challenged the assertion that online courses might serve students needing remedial math or English: “I think that’s false; those students…………… continues on hays Post

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Baker selects familiar face for education secretary
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BOSTON — Staking out ground ahead of his expected push to allow more charter schools in Massachusetts, Governor-elect Charlie Baker on Tuesday named a charter proponent and former Pioneer institute official as state education secretary.

James Peyser, a former education adviser to past governors, has served as the executive director of Baker’s transition team while on leave from his job as managing director at the nonprofit NewSchools Venture Fund.

“I am proud to have Jim join our bipartisan team of experienced professionals,” Baker said in a statement. “I saw firsthand Jim’s experience and leadership improving public education throughout his career and during our time together on the state Board of Education. I look forward to…………… continues on Lowell Sun

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