Feb 2nd

Dan Fitzgerald: Free or cheap online education is the answer

Dan Fitzgerald: Free or cheap online education is the answer
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BRIEF-Beijing Lanxum Technology’s unit signs agreement to invest in online …
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* Says unit signs cooperation agreement to invest 300-500 million yuan ($ 47.93-79.89 million) in online education in 1-3 years in Anqing city, Anhui province

Further company coverage: ($ 1 = 6.2588 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms)

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Jan 17th

Pony Club adds new free e-learning site

Pony Club adds new free e-learning site
News from Horsetalk:

PonyPrep Plus Users can learn about many skills needed when working with horses, including first aid and wound treatment.

The Pony Club in Britain has added another step in its e-learning system with the addition of PonyPrep Plus, which is aimed at youngsters taking on the organisation’s C+ level of horsemanship.

PonyPrep Plus is the next level of The Pony Club’s e-learning site www.PonyPrep.org, built in conjunction with e learning specialists HT2. Since launching in 2010, PonyPrep has been enjoyed by over 200,000 users working towards their D-C level Pony Club Efficiency Tests and has also won an e-learning award.

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School board discusses eLearning day evaluations
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The Twin Lakes School Board and staff members of Twin Lakes schools discussed the methodology to calculating the attendance and assignment completion data from the four eLearning days that started the second semester at the school board’s meeting Tuesday evening, with data to be turned in to school officials by Friday.

Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tom Fletcher stated that he had met with the principals from the elementary, middle and high schools of the district Tuesday in order to get input with how to go about the process of compiling the data from the four eLearning days, saying that the process would be fairly “complex” from the sheer number of eLearning days declared last week.

“When we first talked about eLearning, we never envisioned we would have four eLearning days in a row. We thought we’d have an eLearning day and come back the next day and come together with the data. Well, it’s really now pretty complex on how we’re going to evaluate these days,” Fletcher said.

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Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
News from Omaha World-Herald:

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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Sep 7th

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia
News from Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia:

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school — freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web for the latest edition of Lifehacker U, our regularly updating guide to improving your life with free, online university-level classes. Let’s get started.

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Whether you’re a graduate, a full-time worker, a retiree or just someone with a passion for learning, there are loads of great courses online. Anyone with a little time and a passion for self-growth (and a computer) can “enrol” in these courses for their own personal benefit.

Institutions like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, Monash, Macquarie and many more are all offering free online classes that you can participate in from the comfort of your dorm room, office, couch o…………… continues on Plan Your Free Online Education At Lifehacker U (September 2014 Edition) – Lifehacker Australia

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Students turning to online education
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People questioned whether Marina Clapp would receive a real education when she decided to leave the Edina school district for a K-12 online school.

Mary Clapp and her daughter, Marina, who graduated this year from MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, an K-12 online public school. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

It was a difficult concept for her family to accept and no one really understood, she said. Her father would ask her if she was actually going to graduate from high school. Her mother, Mary Clapp, said the family wasn’t convinced, especially Marina’s grandmother, a teacher for 28 years.

Marina began MTS Minnesota Connections Academy in 11th grade, graduating this past year. They now know that Minnesota Connections Academy is very much a real school that provides a real education, Mary said.

In the two years of attending the online school, Mary’s watched her daughter’s life become more balanced with more free time to pursue activities, leading to a more full, less stressed life.

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Aug 30th

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …

With so many free and cheap online courses now available, anyone can go back …
News from Deseret News:

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, make it possible for many people to go to school who previously thought they didn’t have the time or money to.

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For Charlotte Masson, learning is a way of life, but once she had finished her master’s degree, going back to school for a third time wasn’t an option.

“If I could be a professional student, I would be,” Masson, a 34-year-old guidance counselor at Westwood High School in Palestine, Texas, said. “B…………… continues on Deseret News

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Aug 15th

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?
News from The Atlantic:

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven’t stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they’ve become a genre of their own.

Peter Struck, a professor at University of Pennsylvania, stands in front of a special-effects-ready green screen as he records a MOOC on Greek mythology. (Matt Slocum/AP)

It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor Gregory Nagy is rhapsodizing about the death of Roy, the cyborg from Blade Runner, and pointing out how certain tropes from his final soliloquy echo important themes from ancient Greek myth. The class is called “The Ancient Greek Hero,” and it’s one of many MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) created by HarvardX, the university’s online course production company. It appears, from my limited experience, to be a fabulous class, which comes as no surprise, since it’s based on a well-established in-person Harvard course of the same name.

The videos for this course are remarkably elegant and professional, conveying a certain vividness that lectures at the blackboard sometimes lack. The discourse on R…………… continues on The Atlantic

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Jun 23rd

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education
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Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

LAKE WALES | If you have a Lake Wales Public Library card, it’s your ticket to more education this summer.

The Lake Wales Public Library will be offering tuition-free online courses to the library’s cardholders. The courses, known as “massive open online courses” or MOOCs, are being funded by the Lake Wales Library Association — Friends of the Library’s Dell Bullard Trust for Vocation Education. The program uses Gale Courses, a partnership between Gale Cengage and ed2go, that provides course content from community colleges to libraries across the country.

“There are only so many career books you can buy,” said library director Tina Peak. “This (program) can make us a better workforce, a better community.”

The courses are aimed at adults who wish to enhance their skills or learn new ones, but who might not be able to make it to the library. They also offer the chance to interact with students and professors, allowing for the practical application of course content.

Each of the more than 300 courses offered runs for six weeks and begins monthly. The courses offer comprehensive lessons, quizzes and discussion areas. Most classes feature two lessons per week and allow students to pace themselves and receive feedba…………… continues on The Ledger

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ASUS C200 Education Chromebook Available For $ 329 From Multiple Online …
News from Android Headlines – Android News:

On the search for a Chromebook this year one would most certainly have to consider ASUS entry into the space with their enticing ASUS C200 model Chromebook that comes with an 11-inch display, 16GB drive and 2GB of RAM powered by an Intel Celeron BayTrail processor. Those are some decent specs that come along with the $ 249 price tag but if you were looking for something a little more powerful than what ASUS was offering with this model, the Education version of the ASUS C200 is now on sale from a few online retailers and offers up mostly the same specs, except it upgrades the RAM from 2GB to 4GB and the 16GB drive changes to a 32GB solid state drive instead. So in short you get more internal storage space and more memory for those intensive tasks.

The Education model will set you back about $ 329 making it exactly $ 80 more, which isn’t bad considering the RAM and storage are both doubled. Minus those two factors and the price tag, everything else is virtually the same even right down to the color, which is great if you have a thing for matte black. Those looking for the 4GB of RAM and a larger display may want to wait for something else to pop up, or perhaps you’re just not fond of the Celeron chipset and are waiting on something new that features a Haswell chip. In either case, if you wanted to give the Education…………… continues on Android Headlines – Android News

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Jun 22nd

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education
News from The Ledger:

Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

LAKE WALES | If you have a Lake Wales Public Library card, it’s your ticket to more education this summer.

The Lake Wales Public Library will be offering tuition-free online courses to the library’s cardholders. The courses, known as “massive open online courses” or MOOCs, are being funded by the Lake Wales Library Association — Friends of the Library’s Dell Bullard Trust for Vocation Education. The program uses Gale Courses, a partnership between Gale Cengage and ed2go, that provides course content from community colleges to libraries across the country.

“There are only so many career books you can buy,” said library director Tina Peak. “This (program) can make us a better workforce, a better community.”

The courses are aimed at adults who wish to enhance their skills or learn new ones, but who might not be able to make it to the library. They also offer the chance to interact with students and professors, allowing for the practical application of course content.

Each of the more than 300 courses offered runs for six weeks and begins monthly. The courses offer comprehensive lessons, quizzes and discussion areas. Most classes feature two lessons per week and allow students to pace themselves and receive feedba…………… continues on The Ledger

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This Company May Hold the Secret to the Future of Education
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Dec 21st

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014
News from Washington Post:

Many well-known colleges and universities are teaming with two big-name Web sites to offer free online education.

But George Washington University is charting another path into the world of MOOCs.

In 2014, GWU will offer its first massive open online course, or MOOC, on the topic of the Federal Reserve. The university announced the initiative last week at a symposium on the history and future of the Fed.

Notably, the MOOC will not be on the Coursera or edX Web sites. Those are MOOC platforms that have attracted many universities and a worldwide market of users in the past year and a half. Among local universities, Georgetown offers MOOCs on edX and the University of Maryland on

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Oct 10th

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification
News from Penn State News:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has recently teamed up with Microsoft IT Academy to provide free eLearning courses to all University faculty, staff and students. The new online training service also enables faculty and staff across the University to obtain free vouchers to test for Microsoft certification.

“In a time when professional development budgets are a very real concern for many groups across the University, this resource — which allows faculty and staff to take online courses and test for widely-recognized Microsoft certification for free — is extremely valuable,” said Chris Lucas, director of ITS Training Services.

ITS Training Services has a strong history of providing the Penn State community with online technology learning opportunities. The unit offers hundreds of training workshops each year, many of which are hosted online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect. Many class recordings and video tutorials on Penn State tools can be accessed directly from the ITS Training Services website for users who are unable to attend sessions live online. Four years ago, Training Services led the University in negotiati…………… continues on Penn State News

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‘Understand your company’ to make e-learning work
News from Virtual College:

Making e-learning work is down to understanding a company’s goals, getting to grips with the demographics of employees and focusing on results.

This is according to Krissie Owen, a learning and development partner at insurance body RSA, who was speaking at this year’s World of Learning Conference in Birmingham, Personnel Today reports.

She said these techniques have worked for her firm and are helping it to close all skills gaps among staff.

The expert said it is particularly important to know your workforce, as it could consist of a number of different groups, with RSA’s made up of both female employees with an average tenure of one year and men in their 50s.

As a result, the organisation has had to work out how to appeal to and engage with each demographic, rebranding its educational opportunities accordingly through a “user-chooser” approach.

Ms Owen explained: “We had to make our learning offering different so that colleagues can select what is right for them. We keep our learning short, succinct and to the point. We also keep it fun and light-hearted so that people engage with it.”

This is crucial to bear in mind when developing online learning resources for workers, as you don’t want to overwhelm them with huge amounts of material that wi…………… continues on Virtual College

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