Mar 27th

Online learning could disrupt higher education, but many universities are …

Online learning could disrupt higher education, but many universities are …
News from The Economist:

WHEN MASSIVE OPEN online courses (MOOCs) took off three years ago, there was much concern that they would destroy traditional universities. That isn’t happening. “We’re doing a better job of improving job skills than of transforming the university sector,” says Rick Levin, a former president of Yale, who runs Coursera, the biggest of the MOOCs.

At the margins, technology is making education cheaper, more convenient and more effective. University of the People, a non-profit American-accredited online university, offers degrees to students all over the world at a total cost of $ 4,000; if they are poor, they can get scholarships. It started teaching in 2009, was accredited last year, has produced 65 graduates so far and now has 1,500 students. The faculty is made up of academics who volunteer their services.

The convenience of online study makes it especially suitable for working people. According to Phil Regier, dean of Arizona State University (ASU) Online, the market for online degrees i…………… continues on The Economist

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UGA to offer music education online degree program
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— The University of Georgia plans to begin offering a master of music education online degree program.

The university says its Hugh Hodgson School of Music will begin taking applicants immediately for the program that is set to start this summer. It is meant for certified music educators seeking to enhance their practitioner and research skills.

Dale Monson, director of the Hodgson School, says the online program will provide opportunities for those who might otherwise be unable to complete post-graduate studies.

The school says the degree will prepare teachers for professional leadership roles in curriculum design, mentorship and teacher research.

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Mar 27th

Elearning Africa to Focus On ICT for Education in Rural Areas

Elearning Africa to Focus On ICT for Education in Rural Areas
News from AllAfrica.com:

High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.

Over 70 per cent of African workers are employed in farming and the role ICTs can play in boosting agricultural growth has been identified by the African Union as a key factor in making a reality of its 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.” The subject has been described as “critical” by African political leaders and will be one of the matters under discussion at a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers at the conference.

eLearning Africa will provide a showcase of a series of presentations about new training-based solutions to some of the most enduring challenges facing Africa’s farming and rural communities. Presenters include:

Mr Willis Ndeda Ochilo of CABI, a leading agricultural entomologist, who will explain how CABI’s ‘Plantwise’ initiative, which organises weekly plant clinics supported by an online database with access to international expertise, is helping to improve the productivity of agricultural crops.

Ghanaian Mr Albert Yeboah Obeng of Foresight Generation Club, who will discuss the contribution new initiat…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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The impact of e-learning in the workplace
News from Times of Malta:

E-learning is one of the most important services powered by the internet. It has the potential to transform how and when employees learn and integrates a learning culture with the work environment.

E-learning is not only about training and instruction but also about learning that is tailored to an individual. It brings together different fields such as online training, web-based training and technology driven instruction. Computers, tablets and smartphones facilitate and enhance the approach towards e-learning.

Today’s workplace is defined by a new employer-employee relationship. The employer provides the tools such as e-learning whereas employees have to manage and develop their skills and employability and ultimately are responsible for maintaining the value they add to the company.

E-learning can motivate employees to invest more time and energy in workplace learning. The key is that the alternative and flexible learning environments allowed by technology can reduce the obstacles and practical difficulties of scheduling learning activities around work schedules. The result is a more personal commitment and control over learning.

Research suggests that there is no significant difference in educational outcome between e-learning and traditional learning. This means that goals can be achieved irrespective of the…………… continues on Times of Malta

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Mar 27th

COLUMN: Why online education matters

COLUMN: Why online education matters
News from Indiana Daily Student:

As students at a traditional university, we are oftentimes blind to the situations or needs of others. As a result, we oftentimes leave behind policies or programs that do not directly correlate with our way of living and learning. Thus, certain programs are left to stagnate and rot, which is detrimental to the University as a whole.

According to U.S. News & World Report, IU ranks No. 72 in the nation for online ?bachelor degrees programs.

According to the same source, Penn State, a fellow Big Ten member, ranks No. 1 in the country. So, what is the difference between Penn State and IU when it comes to online education?

U.S. News ranked schools based off three categories — Faculty Credentials & Training, Student Services & Technology, and Student Engagement. Presently, IU’s program, dubbed IU Online, falls short in all three categories behind Penn State’s World Campus.

Now, it seems to me that there are no serious differences between IU and Penn State other than how the system is…………… continues on Indiana Daily Student

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Online learning enrollment flattens
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Mar 25th

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa

eLearning 2015 to focus on ICT for education in rural Africa
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High-level presentations at eLearning Africa, Africa’s leading conference on technology for development and education, will focus on the role ICTs are playing in transforming the continent’s rural economies by improving access to information and training.

Reports indicate that over 70 per cent of African workers are employed in farming and the role ICTs can play in boosting agricultural growth has been identified by the African Union as a key factor in making a reality of its 2063 Vision of a “transformed continent.”

The subject has been described as “critical” by African political leaders and will be one of the matters under discussion at a roundtable meeting for education and technology ministers at the conference.

The 10th eLearning Africa Conference is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. As the largest annual conference of its kind, the three-day event is a must for those wanting to develop multinational and cross-industry partnerships and contacts whilst enhancing their knowledge, expertise and abilities.

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India e-learning market outlook to fy’2018
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India E-learning Market Outlook to 2018: Increasing Technology Adoption to Drive Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of India E-learning market, market segmentation by content and technology and allied services.

India E-learning Market Outlook to FY’2018: Increasing Technology Adoption to Drive Future Growth provides a comprehensive analysis of the market size of India E-learning market, market segmentation by content and technology and allied services. Further segmentation of Content and technology segments are also provided in the report.

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Best Practices in Online Program Development: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning)
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Teach Online: Develop Your First Online Course
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Mar 19th

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency
News from Wired:

In the early ‘90s, I could tell what someone thought about the Internet’s prospects for transforming higher education by listening to their vocabulary. If they used terms like “distance learning” or “distance education,” they’d probably been working in continuing education for some time and saw the Internet as simply the latest in a line of technologies — beginning with correspondence courses, and including the latest two-way video systems – to expand the reach of colleges and universities. The Internet wasn’t going to disrupt the field. So why should it define it?

In contrast, those of us who rejected “distance learning” in favor of “online learning” understood that the Internet was a game changer. The potential of the new medium to not only mirror and extend the classroom but enable entirely new approaches to education was intuitive, if not obvious. And so we gathered in corners of “distance learning” conferences and symposia, whispering furtively about how the distance learning guys simply didn’t get it.

In a decade, online education may be recognized not for making higher education accessible to anyone with a smartphone—but as the midwife who delivered competency-based learning into the world. Like so many other technology-driven advances, competency-based learning is theoretically possible in a paper-pencil world. Global positioning…………… continues on Wired

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5 Questions to Ask About Online Community College Courses
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Experts suggest prospective online students ask whether their community college has an office devoted solely to supporting online instruction.

Students heading to community college to pursue an associate degree, professional certification or transfer to a four-year school, will probably find they can do a significant portion of their course work online.

The vast majority of two-year schools offer at least some online learning options. And as far back as 2008, a third or more of community college students in states like Virginia and Washington took at least one online course during their studies, according to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s 

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Mar 18th

How to get an MBA education for less than $1000

How to get an MBA education for less than $ 1000
News from Fortune:

As the blogger behind The No-Pay MBA, which chronicles her journey through the B-school curriculum, Pickard has become a household name in the MOOC (massive open online course) world. Poets&Quants first profiled Pickard in January 2014. Since then, the Kigali, Rwanda-based development worker for USAID has appeared in TIME , Entrepreneur, The Wall Street Journ…………… continues on Fortune

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Mar 17th

Online education & drones

Online education & drones
News from FederalNewsRadio.com:

March 17, 2015 — Today’s interview is with Dolly Oberoi and Bob Tarter from C2 Technologies.

Many federal information professionals are in the position where they have to increase the knowledge of rapidly changing technology. This can be in healthcare IT or cybersecurity. The interview takes a look at the general idea of online education or distance learning.

Dolly Oberoi is the founder of C2 Technologies and was one of the first persons to incorporate learning online. The subsequent explosion of online learning is demonstrated with the rapid growth of systems from organizations as far ranging as Harvard University to Coursera.

Bob Tarter takes the concept of online learning and applies it to the world of aviation. Tarter is uniquely qualified to speak on this topic. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General with twenty years’ experience as a pilot for Delta Air Lines.

The topic at hand is training for unmanned aerial vehicles, or what are commonly known as drones. Right now, the whole idea of training for pilots of these vehicles is under consideration.

You may be surprised to learn that Tarter was trained in a virtual environment for flying commercial…………… continues on FederalNewsRadio.com

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What’s Wrong With Online Education—and How to Fix It
News from Singularity Hub:

What’s Wrong With Online Education—and How to Fix It

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There are many things right with online education—like the plethora of free and easily accessible content developed by Udacity, Coursera and others. In particular, online education excels at teaching while using simulations and improving instruction by making sense of data submitted by the learner.

But many others have written about the power of online education. This article is not about that.

For all online education’s potential, there are still some key difficulties holding it back. And the sooner we tackle these challenges, the sooner we’ll be able to unleash its potential.

Here are the three most difficult challenges facing online education today.

Learning online is good at multiple-choice questions. While this technique works well for the test makers, it is generally not effective at pushing learners to think of new ideas.

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Mar 16th

Guangdong Couple Becomes China’s Latest Online Education Billionaires

Guangdong Couple Becomes China’s Latest Online Education Billionaires
News from Forbes:

A couple from southern China’s Guangdong Province has become the latest entrepreneurs from the country to become billionaires in the online education industry.

Chen Chichang, 44, and Lin Xiaoya, 42, were worth $ 1.1 billion today after shares in their Shenzhen-traded Guangdong Qtone Education rose by their 10% daily limit to hit a record high on expected growth this year.

Qtone’s stock has rocketed 500% in the past year on hopes for expansion in online education business in the country.  Qtone’s website www.qk100.com offers a communication platform for K-12 schools, students and families.  Some 25 million families and 8,000 schools use its services, the company says.

Qtone, whose profits were a mere $ 7.9 million last year on revenue of $ 31 million, has also announced education-related acquisitions worth $ 181 million this year. The transactions are still pending.

Chen and Lin own 47.9% of Qtone. Our estimate of their wealth discounts collateralized shares.

China has been one of the world’s fast-growing sources of new billionaires in the past decade.  The country ranked second only to the U.S. on the 2015 Forbes Billionaires List announced last month with 213 billionaires. Other current or recent billionaires in the Chinese online education industry include TAL Education’s Zhang Bangxin and New Oriental Education’s Yu Minhong.

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7 Myths About Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:

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Mar 4th

Competency-Based Education: 4 Considerations for Online Students

Competency-Based Education: 4 Considerations for Online Students
News from U.S. News & World Report:

While many competency-based programs grant federal financial aid to students, there are a number of new programs, called direct assessment programs, that may not.

?Traditional brick-and-mortar education was not a fit for 27-year-old Tyler Harris. He tried attending classes at a few colleges in his native Utah, but didn’t find the courses challenging.

“I would go and get bored,” he says. “I felt like I was wasting my time.” 

Then ?Harris discovered the competency-based program at Western Governors University, which allowed him to move through online courses at his own pace. He enrolled in July 2014 and aims to earn his bachelor’s degree in in…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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Mar 1st

UAE reaping the fruits of online education

UAE reaping the fruits of online education
News from Al-Bawaba:

“We are on the verge of tremendous change, as both the amount of data available increases and methods for collection are increasingly embedded in modern life,” said Dr DiCerbo.“The key to harnessing this potential is identifying the most effective ways to capture this data and turn it into meaningful information educators can use to assist their students.”

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How Cultural Differences Drive Diversity in Education Innovation
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Online learning is big business. Revenues from e-learning are estimated by many to exceed $ 51 billion by 2016. And while the U.S. and Western Europe currently have the most learners, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America are projected to have the highest rates of growth.

This “melting pot” of learners brings a new level of cultural diversity and cross-pollination to the global education market. It’s also increasing the variety of online learning options available, as different cultures emphasize different aspects of learning and teaching techniques based on their particular norms and values, as well as factors such as infrastructure and socioeconomic conditions.

The Role of Education in Society

Cultures that place a premium on education drive competition within the learning marketplace. This goes a step further in countries where academic achievement is viewed as the most important precursor to personal and professional success. In these countries, the educational market is hyper-competitive with immense pressure placed on students to perform.

This view is pervasive in South Korea, Singapore, Japan and other Asian countries where families hold student performance and advancement as core…………… continues on EdSurge

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