Feb 23rd

BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE: Master’s program, online education a focus …

BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE: Master’s program, online education a focus …
News from News Courier:

Looking back over the past year, Athens State University President Bob Glenn said the state’s approval of a master’s program in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management is what he’s most proud of.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved the program in December, though it may be spring of next year before the school begins offering coursework at the master’s level. Athens State has offered a bachelor’s degree in the field since 2010, but Glenn believes the master’s level program will open the door to bigger and better things for the school.

“It was hard work, and we drove the length and breadth of the state many times over, and we faced significant opposition from our sister institutions that were concerned our having master’s programs would somehow hurt their institution,” he said. “We believe the expansion will not cause a problem for any other institution, and we will seek programs that will serve our region and not compete with those other institutions.”

Glenn said regional cooperation is what Athens State has strived for, and cited the school’s partnership in 2013 with the University of North Alabama on a master’s in business administration degree as an example of that. He said the school would contin…………… continues on News Courier

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Sep 17th

5 Expert Predictions for the Future of eLearning

5 Expert Predictions for the Future of eLearning
News from Business 2 Community:

You don’t need a crystal ball to know that technology has forced the world of eLearning into a constant state of evolution. Last year, mobile learning was among the hottest trends for corporate training and higher education organizations alike.

So what does the future hold for the rest of 2013 and beyond?

Here are five expert predictions from around the web on what to expect from eLearning and online training going forward.

#1. Cloud-based learning will become the norm.
Jeffrey Roth of Interactyx writes that the shift to more online training is unavoidable:

“There is an increasing demand for inexpensive, high-quality, global training. Currently, business is transitioning from costly in-person training routines to eLearning programs. In the coming years, any stigmas attached to online learning will be abolished. Instead, cloud-based technology will streamline corporate training procedures and open doors to customized learning o…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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TIS listed among the top 10 eLearning content companies
News from CIOL:

TIS has also bagged the Top 20 Content Development Companies 2013 and German eLearning Awards 2013

MUMBAI, INDIA:Tata Interactive Systems (TIS), strategic partner in enabling the success of key organizational initiatives of Fortune 500 companies, has for the first time in a row been selected as one of the Top 10 eLearning Content Development companies based on an extensive survey conducted by eLearningindustry.com.

The Top 10 has been compiled by eLearningIndustry.com as independent researchers, to help learning and HR professionals interested in eLearning content development make informed procurement decisions. Companies providing eLearning services and solutions from around the world have been evaluated against a set of key criteria designed to help organizations choose the best companies to partner with. The selection of this year’s Top 10 eLearning content development companies were selected based on the following criteria:

· eLearning Content Development Quality

· eLearning Expertise

· eLearning Industry Innovation

· Quality of Clients

· eLearning Company Growth Potential

TIS, a pioneer in learning solutions,…………… continues on CIOL

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May 24th

The future of virtual learning is bright

The future of virtual learning is bright
News from The Information Daily:

Like it or not, the education landscape is changing. There are more types of learner than ever before – part-time, full-time, distance and online. This highlights that people want to learn in different ways which support their preferred learning styles- so it’s important that we ‘meet demand’ and give learners what they want, when they want it. 

Here at AAT, we have adopted and implemented e-learning materials to support students through their studies and training providers in their delivery of AAT qualifications. With a large part of our qualifications already computer based – particularly assessments – it made sense to develop e-learning at the same time.

While it may sound obvious it’s important when developing e-learning material that it be relevant to audiences that need the support. We did research with a large pool of our students which gave us insight into their areas of need and the type of materials that would provide solutions to their problems.

The benefit of developing e-learning tools ourselves is that we are in a strong position to deliver course content quickly, make amends in-house rather than relying on suppliers and, most importantly, react quickly to the changing needs of our students, training providers and members.

There are copious benefits of e-learning. Firstly you can view and monitor the interaction of your e-lear…………… continues on The Information Daily

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eLearning: Getting your business ‘ahead of the pack’
News from The Information Daily:

Technology has transformed the way we work, play and live our lives. Take a moment to think about what technology has done for transport. A hundred years ago we travelled by horse and cart – now we can be anywhere in the world within a day. The world is changing at such an incredible pace, and the shift is not only confined to travel.

The impact of technology on learning is equally amazing – impacting the cost, delivery and range of training available and transforming traditional learning and development methods into the proverbial horse and cart. This is especially true for workplace and ‘on the job’ training, which has progressed in leaps and bounds since the introduction of web-based learning.

Long gone are the days when training had to be confined to an all-day classroom event. Many of today’s learners grew up using a PC and have become accustomed to technology-based learning resources. This technology-savvy workforce now demands a more self-directed, technology-based approach to learning, which means that the training method of choice for many organisations is increasingly elearning.

The rise of elearning

Elearning has been a viable replacement for traditional instructor-led training since the late nineties for many corporations and educational institutions. Fast forward to 2013 and as new generations continue to filte…………… continues on The Information Daily

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Feb 17th

Online education the way of the future

Online education the way of the future
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

One might say that the advent of online education has been disruptive for higher education in California. One might also say that the advent of penicillin was disruptive for the practice of medicine.

More than 20 years ago, technology began to creep into my teaching. Ten years ago, I began to use electronics to present information in my classrooms and to allow students, even remote ones, to give me input during class.

Now, everything I say, present or draw during class is posted to the class website as it happens; any student with Web access can submit questions, suggestions or comments to me during my lectures. I love how dynamic my lectures have become with the varied opportunities for student input. I am hooked, and so are my students.

I keep reading articles about how education is due for the same catastrophic makeover that music, journalism and publishing have gone through. But online education didn’t just suddenly spring up full-blown; we’ve been headed this way for years. We’ve been experimenting, evaluating and improving every step of the way.

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Lynda.com Acquires European Online Learning Company Video2brain
News from Santa Barbara Independent:

lynda.com announced this acquisition less than one month after the news of its $ 103 million growth equity investment that positioned it for expanded opportunities in technology, content and international expansion.

“This acquisition is an investment in our future as we see a huge growth opportunity in new and emerging markets that demand multi-lingual educational content,” said Eric Robison, lynda.com president and CEO. “We have long envisioned the company providing content in multiple languages. The two options were to organically grow that capability from scratch, or find a company aligned with our culture and business model. What video2brain has built in 11 years is impressive and we are fortunate to welcome their employees, members, partners and authors to lynda.com.”

Now a branded division of lynda.com with a team of more than 60 people, video2brain provides an extensive multi-lingual library of 1,700 video courses covering many of the same categories as lynda.com. Based in Graz, Austria, the video2brain brand has over 400,000 subscribers who purchase access to the library either through individual and multi-user subscriptions, or through DVD and single-course downloads.

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Jan 23rd

Financial uncertainty clouds future of UC online education

Financial uncertainty clouds future of UC online education
News from Daily Californian:

Online education has come to the forefront of the UC agenda following a push by Gov. Jerry Brown and the UC Board of Regents to solve the university’s fiscal problems despite an unclear business model.

Both called for an expanded online program to serve students throughout the state this month, citing cost reduction and system efficiency as university priorities that online education could address.

“Campuses are beginning to consider (online and hybrid courses) and recognize the likely need to make special short-term investments and to establish long-term models that make these newer instructional forms useful, of high quality, and financially viable and sustainable,” reads an executive summary from the UC Office of the President released at the Jan. 16 UC Board of Regents meeting.

Despite this push for increased funding, the business model for online education remains unclear.

“I don’t necessarily think that we at UC know if (online education is) going to save money or make revenue, but no one really has the answer,” said UC media specialist Shelly Meron. “Everyone is struggling with (determining) what’s an effective business model.”

Like many UC campuses, UC Berkeley currently operates a campus-specific program that involves massive open online courses (MOOCs) and UC Extension courses, as well as some online courses that correspond…………… continues on Daily Californian

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‘Bill of Rights’ Seeks to Protect Students’ Interests as Online Learning …
News from Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription):

A dozen educators met last month in Palo Alto, Calif., to discuss the future of higher education. They had been convened at the epicenter of technological innovation in higher education by Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer of massive open online courses, and yet the task at hand had nothing to do with software or strategy. It had to do with citizenship.

The Philadelphia Convention, it was not. But the 12 educators, many of them well-known in online-education circles, did manage to draft a document that they hope will serve as a philosophical framework for protecting the interests of students as online education, propelled and complicated by the rise of MOOCs, hurtles into a new phase.

Called “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age,” the document proposes a set of “inalienable rights” that the authors say students and their advocates should demand from institutions and companies that offer online courses and technology tools.

Those rights should include access and p…………… continues on Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

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Jan 6th

Online classes raise questions about future of higher education

Online classes raise questions about future of higher education
News from Kansas City Star:

Around noon most days at Johnson County Community College, educational technologist Marziah Karch shuts her office door, relaxes in front of her laptop and spends her lunch break with a sandwich and a MOOC.

MOOCs — massive open online courses — have attracted millions of students from all over the globe to learn from top professors at elite universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Princeton and Harvard.The best part is that MOOCs are free. All you need is time, a computer and the Internet. With that kind of anywhere, anytime, no-cost flexibility, MOOCs have moved to the center of a national discussion about the future of higher education. If students can get their higher education from MOOCs, then could universities’ ever more costly brick-and-mortar classrooms be in jeopardy of losing students?Some education experts say they expect that before long, higher education may look very different.MOOCs are poised to “change the game” for higher education, said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education.“MOOCs are changing the delivery system,” said Ed Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University. Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that “the future is so clearly one of universal access to free, high-quality, impeccably bra…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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Nov 22nd

Online-education trend growing, future uncertain

Online-education trend growing, future uncertain
News from The Durango Herald:

Another day, another development in the rapidly evolving world of massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs.

During the last several months, dozens of universities, including the University of Texas System, Brown and Wesleyan, have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

Earlier this month, the American Council on Education, an association for higher education presidents, raised the possibility that such courses could count toward a degree when it said it would review several to determine whether they ought to be eligible for transfer credit.

Two days later, a consortium of 10 universities, including Northwestern, Wake Forest and Notre Dame, announced plans to develop an alternative approach ? classes are still taught online, but with just 15 to 20 students. The courses, to be offered next fall through an initiative called Semester Online, wouldn?t be free, like MOOCs are, but students who pass the course could earn credit.

EdX, a MOOC founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, is expected to announce plans to bring a computer science…………… continues on The Durango Herald

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Quality matters in online instruction, experts agree
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In today’s world, technology is used by educators for distance learning in online classes as well as face-to-face classes.

“We use a lot of technology today,” Usha Venkat, director of information and communication technologies, said Nov. 9 in an “open space” forum in visual arts. “Not only online education, but even education (in general) as in face-to-face classes.”

As part of National Distance Learning Week Nov. 5-9, the office of technology services and the Teaching with Technology Committee sponsored the forum.

“Open space” is a concept where the audience determines the agenda, Venkat said Oct. 29.

In an open space forum, audience members post topics they would like to discuss and break into smaller groups with common interests.

About 20 faculty, staff, administration and technology support members participated.

Venkat asked these two “groups” to come up with a list of distance learning topics they would like to discuss.

The focus topics of the faculty group related to quality of online courses and how various aspects of technology can apply to these courses.

Virginia Stewart, district director o…………… continues on The Ranger

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Sep 25th

What Will the Future Bring for Coursera and Online Learning?

What Will the Future Bring for Coursera and Online Learning?
News from The Atlantic:

Newly created online learning platforms have opened up the world of higher education to the masses.

On Sept. 19, Coursera, a “social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free,” announced that it has expanded to 17 new universities, including four that are based outside the United States (University of British Columbia, University of Melbourne, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). 

By enabling anyone with Internet access to take classes taught by world-renowned professors, Coursera is opening up education in computer science, business, social sciences, humanities, medicine, biology, and more.

Though its first course offerings only started some five months ago, the education start-up, founded by Stanford University Computer Science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, has already seen some 1.35 million students enroll in its classes.

In addition to Coursera, other platforms have also developed to make online learning accessible to the masses. Udacity, a startup that believes in higher education as a basic human right, is on a mission to “bring accessible, engaging and effective higher education to the world.” 

Founded by yet another Stanford C…………… continues on The Atlantic

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News from Santa Barbara Independent:

Pensionmark continues to be a retirement plan market leader in leveraging technology to enhance employer and individual investor outcomes with the introduction of their revamped website. The enhanced, user-friendly website which was released in August offers greater functionality and a more comprehensive suite of educational tools to help employers manage their retirement plan responsibilities and to help individual investors on their path towards retirement.

The robust Education Center offers hundreds of online resources including relevant articles, newsletters, videos, webinars, calculators, and more designed to help maximize plan and individual success.

”In our connected world it is imperative to provide people with resources that are at their fingertips and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our website was designed to provide that functionality while at the same time encouraging our clients to engage our service team and leverage our expertise,” stated Troy Hammond, Pensionmark’s President/CEO.

Pensionmark has already initiated the next phase of the website rollout scheduled to be released later this year which will include additional advisor resources, educational content, and integration with mobile devices. For more information on Pensionmark and to see the new website, visit

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Sep 22nd

New MIT president tells of vision for future

New MIT president tells of vision for future
News from Boston Globe:

CAMBRIDGE — MIT faculty, staff, and students officially welcomed L. Rafael Reif as the school’s 17th president Friday, and he laid out a vision that further embraces online education, bolsters investment in ­research, and makes education more accessible.

Reif succeeded Susan ­Hockfield, the school’s first ­female president, in July. Reif, 62, has spent 32 years at the elite school, most recently as provost for seven years.

He said at Friday’s anauguration that the institute, like most other colleges and universities, faces growing costs, while new technologies offer afford­able and quality educational opportunities.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he said, must lead the way in developing new strategies to offer students an affordable and effective education both online and on campus.

“The residential research university of the future should offer the best of both worlds, ­integrating the best ways to learn online with the best ways to learn in person,” Reif told the crowd that gathered on a crisp afternoon on the school’s ­Killian Court.

He invited faculty and students to help develop the possibilities new technology can bring. “The printing press did not weaken universities; it strengthened them,” he said.

Already, the school has joined with Harvard University and the University of California Berkeley to develop e…………… continues on Boston Globe

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Aug 28th

InstaEDU Positions Itself For The Future Of Online Education By Letting …

InstaEDU Positions Itself For The Future Of Online Education By Letting …
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Popular online tutor service InstaEDU now allows students to choose particular tutors in advance and schedule future sessions. The company, which launched in public beta this past May, previously only offered on-demand tutoring.

CEO and cofounder Alison Johnston tells me the expanded services stem from feedback the company has received from students. Students had sessions with tutors they liked and wanted to follow up with another session, schedule tutoring before their next test or assignment and plan ahead to find a tutor that perfectly fits their needs.

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Nurses embrace new simulated online education
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ANF federal education officer Jodie Davis.

The Australian Nursing Federation has been inundated with inquiries after launching its innovative new simulated online education program.

ANF federal education officer Jodie Davis said the Simulation Education Online website, which features 32 training modules with 3D simulation, had prompted a flood of queries and website registrations.

“The day that we put it up on the website, before we actually launched it, we had 100 people register with the site,” she said.

“That just goes to show how much interest is out there.”

The website provides online clinical simulations for nurses and midwives for continuing professional development.

The modules cover vascular, surgical, gynaecological and general procedures along with urinary bladder catherisation, injections, electrocardiography and vital signs, and includes specific clinical procedures such as how to administer an injection, insert a nasogastric tube or perform and interpret an ECG.

Ms Davis said the website, developed by New Zealand cognitive simulation pioneering company SIMTICS, was the first of its kind for nurses in Australia.

“Each module teaches a different procedure through an interactive simulation, accompanie…………… continues on Nursing Careers Allied Health

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