Apr 23rd

Capitol News

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News from Chalkbeat Colorado:

Proposed changes in state law governing multi-district online schools got generally bad reviews from witnesses at a committee hearing Monday, and a vote on House Bill 14-1382 was delayed so its sponsors can work up some amendments.

The bill was one of 10 bills on a House Education Committee calendar that was an odd mix of big bills, relatively routine measures, a couple of new ideas and bills that have no chance of passage but are being kept alive out of courtesy.

Those sorts of long mixed-bag calendars become increasingly common as committees race to finish their work before the legislature’s May 7 adjournment deadline.

Controversial

House Bill 14-1382 proposes to update the definition of online education in state law, make changes in how online enrollment is counted, require school districts to more promptly transfer student records to online schools and to create pilot programs to test innovations in online education. (Read bill summary here.)

Its most controversial recommendation is to have the Department of Education set standards for districts that authorize multi-distric…………… continues on Chalkbeat Colorado

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Online K-12 School Offers Free Education Option for Napa, Sonoma County …
News from Patch.com:

Families in Sonoma and Napa counties interested in a full-time, online K-12 public school option for the 2014-2015 school year can look into the California Connections Academy @ North Bay. 

The school is currently enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year and hosting information sessions throughout the regions. 

Virtual education is continually growing in California, with more than 40,000 students across the state enrolled in full-time online schools in the 2012-2013 school year, according to California Connections staff.

School officials said their students work at a flexible pace and can expand learning opportunities with unique offerings such as Connection’s Academy’s new Career Technical Education (CTE) classes and 

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Jan 14th

US News and World Report ranks UB’s Graduate School of Education online …

US News and World Report ranks UB’s Graduate School of Education online …
News from Niagara Frontier Publications:

Mon, Jan 13th 2014 01:55 pm

Programs make huge jump from No. 61

The University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education online programs earned a dramatic increase in national ranking compiled by the prestigious U.S. News and World Report, climbing from 61 to 25 among 238 higher education institutions.

“I would like to commend dedicated online education program administrators and staff as well as innovative faculty who work together to provide high-quality online education,” said Jaekyung Lee, dean of the Graduate School of Education. “I expect that GSE will continue to play a national leadership role in online education and serve as a model for pedagogical innovations.”

The national magazine, which issues annual rankings of colleges and programs, rated the best online master’s in education degree programs based on five categories: student engagement, student services and technology, faculty credentials and training, admissions selectivity and peer reputation.

The dramatic rankings increase in one year follows the UB Graduate School of Education’s increased emphasis to offer more online programs, giving students living away from Western New York the ability to take UB courses off campus.

“Our online programs attract students from all over the world who seek collaborative experiences with our full-time resear…………… continues on Niagara Frontier Publications

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Why U.S. News Ranks the Best Online Programs
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Online education is becoming an essential part of the higher education landscape. Students and employers are increasingly finding value in the way subjects can be mastered in a digital environment.

Schools are responding with a proliferation of course offerings. And U.S. News is responding with data and rankings to help our readers sort out the best options for them.

In our third year of collecting data from distance education programs, we’ve been able to greatly expand the range and depth of our information. Because so little information is publicly available about specific online degree programs, we rely on individual schools to report key metrics such as graduation rates and debt levels.

We’re gratified by the growing number of responses: We have assessed nearly 1,000 online degree programs, up more than 16 percent from the 2013 list. That reflects the trust that schools have in us to publish useful information that will help guide students to their programs.

We’ve been working with the schools and other experts to develop metrics that matter. And we’ll continue to refine the data sets and expand the categories.

Some schools argue that you…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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Jan 18th

ASU Online Education Programs Ranked in Top 20 by US News & World Report

ASU Online Education Programs Ranked in Top 20 by US News & World Report
News from KARK:

Arkansas State University has been recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for their online education programs.

The magazine has ranked ASU’s online graduate business programs 11th in the country and the graduate education programs 20th.

“Arkansas State places importance on our high-quality distance learning and top-choice academic programs to students throughout the nation and the world. It’s pleasing to see how our faculty has embraced the online masters degree,” ASU Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson said in a news release. “Our online graduate numbers continue to grow as our students are provided with opportunities to prepare for employment and challenges they will face in this globally competitive marketplace.”

Selection is based on several factors including level of accreditation, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students. A two-step process was utilized including compilation of business schools that offer master degree programs online and then collecting data such as faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; student engagement and admissions selectivity.

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UC Board of Regents Debate Financial Strengths, Weaknesses Encompassing …
News from Daily Nexus:

During yesterday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UCSF Mission Bay, University officials and legislators met to discuss issues of faculty diver- sity and online education, with most Regents supporting efforts to increase diversity while the Board expressed mix feedback to the launching of UC online classes.

As the Educational Policy discus- sion began at 9:30 a.m., Provost Aim?e Dorr presented research on the level of diversity seen in University faculty and Regents largely agreed on increasing diversity levels but made no set plans for such efforts. However, online edu- cation created a heated debate amongst Board members, as many applauded the new efforts as cost-cutting and tech-savvy while others questioned the program’s effect on the unique quality of a UC education.

Dorr’s research findings revealed that just 8.6 percent of male faculty members identify as racially or ethnically underrepresented while 30.5 percent of female faculty come from similar demographics.

But Dorr gave evidence of past diversity efforts, recalling the UC Office of the President’s recent reception of National Science Foundation funding, which will finance diversity-friendly activities amongst faculty and adminis- trators.

However, many Regents voiced dis- satisfaction with the report and Dorr conceded that the University lags in this area due to the privileged b…………… continues on Daily Nexus

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Jan 16th

Why US News Ranks the Best Online Education Programs

Why US News Ranks the Best Online Education Programs
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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It
News from TechCrunch:

Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $ 150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who has taught large courses at a University of California, I can assure readers that my job could have easily been automated. Most of college–the expansive campuses and large lecture halls–will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online.

[Note: at the end of this article, I offer a timeline for how this all comes crumbling down]

Traditionally, droves of unprepared teenagers were crammed into the faceless lecture halls of lower-division and remedial courses. “They graduate from high school, but they cannot pass our elementary math and English placement tests,” said Ellen N. Jun…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Dec 18th

With new CTO, online learning site lynda.com looks to up its game — Tech News …

With new CTO, online learning site lynda.com looks to up its game — Tech News …
News from GigaOM:

Online learning site lynda.com on Monday announced that it had hired Frits Habermann as its new CTO. The former PopCap and Adobe executive will oversee the expansion of the company’s cloud infrastructure and build out new mobile and international platforms.

In the last year, a new crop of online learning upstarts, such as Coursera, Udemy, Khan Academy and Codecademy, has attracted plenty of media attention and investor dollars for bringing quality educational content to K-12 and college schools, as well as lifelong learners.  But lynda.com, something of an old-hand when it comes to online education, has remained relatively quiet.

Now that it’s bringing on board a new CTO, however, it looks like the Carpinteria, Calif.-based company might h…………… continues on GigaOM

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Florida universities plan to expand online degree programs
News from Orlando Sentinel:

The State University System is investigating ways to expand online education as a way to help more Floridians earn college degrees.

A committee of the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida’s public universities, met Monday to discuss boosting the number of bachelor’s and graduate degrees that students can complete almost exclusively through online classes.

While the group did not make a decision, it did shy away from one of the most controversial ideas on the table — creating a new, fully-online university.

Some education leaders had spoken out against the idea, but some committee members also got sticker shock when they learned that it could cost an estimated $ 65 million to $ 70 million.

Higher education officials in Florida and around the country are taking a hard look at how to better use online programs to accommodate students needing more flexibility in their academic schedules — including working adults with families.


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Oct 31st

Free Guide to Online Education Available from U.S. News University Directory

Free Guide to Online Education Available from U.S. News University Directory
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — An increasing number of college students choose online education – and the flexibility it offers them for scheduling – as the method for earning degrees and certifications.

To better serve those interested in online learning, U.S. News University Directory now offers a Guide to Online Education that is available as a free download on the U.S. News University Directory website.

The need for a Guide to Online Education became clear as technological advances have improved online delivery platforms, making education possible for millions of students around the globe. In addition, more top-tier colleges and universities are offering online courses and degree programs, so students have greater access to high-quality education no matter where they live.

According to a study published by Babson Survey Research Group in 2010, nearly 30% of higher education students take at least one course online. An estimated 6 million students are enrolled in online courses.

However, as online education grows, the choices of programs and schools can be overwhelmin…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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States Look to Better Regulate Online Universities
News from Government Technology:

Many U.S. states regulate who provides online education to their residents to ensure consumers aren’t getting stiffed — and now a group of states is brainstorming how to make the process of regulating these online universities smoother and more cost-effective.

Under Minnesota law, for instance, colleges that provide online courses must register with the state’s Office of Higher Education and pay a fee if they want to enroll students in the state. Currently 150 to 160 online schools are registered in the state.

This process ensures that the office can investigate student allegations that faculty members aren’t qualified. The office also can look at the schools’ financial structure to see if they’re likely to be around long enough for students to complete a quarter or semester. And it makes sure they’re a real school.

“We know they’re in the state, we know they’re operating in the state, and we have some control so to speak over them if they do something that upsets a student or that is wrong,” said George Roedler, manager of institutional registration and licensing in the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

This law came up…………… continues on Government Technology

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Today UL , a world leader in advancing safety, introduces four eLearning modules with continuing education units (CEUs) for fire service personnel that instruct on new and advanced areas of fire science. Available from Knowledge Services , UL’s training and advisory business, the courses empower firefighters to better understand fire behavior in modern home environments and craft operational tactics to enhance safety and response.

For the more than one million firefighters working in the U.S. todayi, shifts in modern home construction and design are contributing to a new reality:

Fires can become uncontrollable in less than three minutes and reach flashover eight times faster.ii,iii Unintended but significant safety hazards emerge in homes built with open floor plans and lightweight engineered lumber. More than ever before, furnishings consist of synthetic materials that generate toxic smoke and burn rapidly when ignited. With the use of PV panels on the riseiv, firefighters increasingly encounter shock and casualty hazards when attempting to disma…………… continues on FireEngineering.com

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School District’s online offerings now open to elementary students
News from Ocala:

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.

The Marion County School District opened its first online elementary school last week, the first phase in its quest to create its own K-12 virtual school network.

Tracy Patterson, a district curriculum program specialist who integrates technology into the classroom, is the coordinator for the new school, called Marion eLearning.

The school opened to fourth- and fifth-graders for the remainder of the 2012-13 year. The district created its own curriculum for the classes.

District staff will create online curriculum for additional elementary grades based on demand. Officials hope to have all K-5 grades up and running in a few years.

“We do expect the demand to grow very fast,” Patterson said. “We have been flooded with phone calls.”

State law requires school districts to offer virtual learning for all grade levels, even elementary school. It doesn’t matter whether the virtual instruction is created and operated by the district or contracted out to a state-approved vendor.

Currently, most of Marion’s virtual students are in middle and high school. They use Florida Virtual School and/or Marion Virtual School. Florida Virtual is a for-profit company, while Marion Virtual is operated by the distri…………… continues on Ocala

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Oct 5th

News: Heppell helps eLearning Network celebrate 25 years

News: Heppell helps eLearning Network celebrate 25 years
News from TrainingZone.co.uk:

Stephen Heppell, ‘Europe’s leading online education expert’ is to provide the keynote session at the eLearning Network’s landmark 25th birthday celebrations in London on 6 December 2012.

With a host of eminent positions at the University of Wales and the universities of Bournemouth, and Anglia Ruskin, Heppell will host a session exploring the impact of technology on learning. It is a fitting part of a programme designed to celebrate the past 25 years of the eLearning Network whilst looking ahead to what the next 25 years might bring with it.

Comments Rob Hubbard, Chair of the eLearning Network, ‘We couldn’t be more delighted to be joined by Stephen Heppell. He really is at the forefront of using technology in learning and education, and has both witnessed and affected so much change in his career. His keynote is bound to be the highlight of the day.’

He continues, ‘We really wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion, not just in our history but of the history of elearning in the UK. So much has happened in the past 25 years. And we’re looking forward to a short trip down memory lane, coupled with a look ahead at some of the very latest that learning technology has to offer both now and in t…………… continues on TrainingZone.co.uk

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Milpitas students receive e-learning from Chromebooks
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Students in the Milpitas Unified School District in California are benefitting from Google’s Chromebooks.

Over 1,000 pupils at the institution – from kindergarten level to the 12th grade – are using the online learning tool, the Milpitas Post reports.

As the computers run the Google Chrome operating system (OS), they load up in between five and ten seconds and provide students and members of staff with access to a range of educational applications and resources.

It has a battery life promised to last all day and built-in virus protection, as well as Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Cary Matsuoka, superintendent for the district, said not only were the Chromebooks inexpensive at $ 500 (?310) but “they’re also very simple”.

International Data Corporation (IDC) was recruited to devise a report for Google on the value of Chromebooks in educational institutions.

Over ten weeks, IDC carried out an investigation involving interviewing pupils on the work they were doing, finding out how long it took them to complete and whether it was quicker to use the Chromebooks or not.

It found that Chromebooks require 69 per cent less effort to install than regular personal computers and 92 per cent less labour to support them.

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Sep 3rd

Business News: E-learning firm in line for award

Business News: E-learning firm in line for award
News from Coventry Telegraph:

A COVENTRY supplier of eLearning development has been named as a finalist in a major awards ceremony.

E-Learning Studios, which is based in Innovation Village, has been shortlisted in the Innovation category for the annual Minority Supplier Development UK awards.

MSDUK is a membership organisation which was set up to champion supplier diversity – which is backed by major firms such as BT, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo.

Nitin Thakrar, managing director executive, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for e-Learning Studios to win such a prestige award. This is the first time we have entered and it has given us a great confidence boost to try for other awards.”

Mayank Shah, director at MSDUK, said: “Our annual awards are the only one of its kind in the UK that rewards ethnic minority entrepreneurs and companies who are making a real and positive impact to supplier diversity today.

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School Board to focus on sports and e-learning
News from Pune Mirror:

The School Board of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has budgeted Rs 344 cr for the next academic year. The two main points they have highlighted in the budget is the launch of e-learning schools and sports academies for which they have proposed an allocation of Rs 4 cr each.

Pradip Dhumal, chairperson of the School Board said, “We are envisaging the set-up of four e-learning centres across the city and the launch of daylong sport-centric schools that will focus on honing the sporting aptitude of students.

We are awaiting responses from corporators willing to co-operate with us to help implement these plans. We have already received a positive response from Baburao Chandere, Standing Committee chairman of PMC, who is also a corporator from Baner.”
 
According to the Board’s vision, sports academies will function as specialised training schools. “These krida niketans will teach the school curriculum and develop an inclination towards sports among students.

Since it will be a day-long school, detailed monitoring of students’ diet, nutrition intake, developmental needs and sports psychology will be given precedence,” explained Dhumal.

The principal objectives are to sharpen students’ skills and impart training in traditional Indian games like kho-kho, kabaddi, wrestling and yoga – that have started to lose…………… continues on Pune Mirror

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Feb 5th

US News & World Report ranks LU online nursing program third in the nation

US News & World Report ranks LU online nursing program third in the nation
News from Liberty Vindicator:

The master of nursing online program in the Lamar University JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing has been ranked third in the nation for excellence in faculty credentials and training by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings were made public recently in the magazine’s 2012 edition of Top Online Education Programs.

“The ranking demonstrates to current and prospective students that our nursing faculty members have excellent preparation in online teaching and learning,” said Eileen Curl, chair and professor in the nursing department. “The ranking exemplifies the quality of education provided by the faculty from their expertise in graduate nursing courses emphasizing nursing education and nursing administration.”

Online nursing programs nationwide were ranked in four categories including faculty credentials and training, student engagement and accreditation, admissions selectivity and student services. Criteria for inclusion in the rankings were restricted to programs that offer a minimum 80 percent of the program requirements online. Lamar’s nursing program offers 100 percent of its course requirements online.

U.S. News & World Report evaluated 87 online nursing programs on factors including class size, percentage of faculty with terminal degrees, best practices training and student services. Overall, Lamar’s online…………… continues on Liberty Vindicator

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