Sep 2nd

Preparing Your Busy Life for Modern Online Education

Preparing Your Busy Life for Modern Online Education
News from Tech Cocktail:

It’s that time of year again. Summer has nearly run its course, and a more scholarly schedule is on the horizon. Kids all over the world are being sent off to school. In regards to pursuing an education, so are their parents. There’s no shame in going back to college at any age. Society has become more and more accepting of all generations trying to further their lives through education.

With the modernization of higher education, online courses have definitely changed the scope of what’s possible for a busy lifestyle. However, it is all too common for those going back and trying online schooling for the first time to make some very crucial mistakes. Like everything in life, we learn from these kinds of mistakes. If it’s possible to identify these mistakes beforehand, why not save ourselves a ton of time, effort, and of course money?

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Online education rises in popularity
News from Education Week (subscription):

Published Online: September 1, 2015

HOUMA, La. (AP) — Online education enrollment has skyrocketed as parents and families search for a more individualized education for their children.

Nancy Toups, a former public school teacher who home schooled three of her children, started eLearningK12 with two other teachers in 1999, seeking to provide individualize education in an efficient manner. They started in Toups’ Thibodaux loft with less than 20 students. Now, enrollment is over 1,000 with students from across the country and locations in Thibodaux, Houma and Baton Rouge.

Earlier this month, eLearningK12 received a perfect score in its evaluation from the state Department of Education.

The Courier reports ( the program was founded to get students to work at their own pace.


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Aug 22nd

More Nevada students choose an online education

More Nevada students choose an online education
News from KLAS-TV:

By Patranya Bhoolsuwan |, Mark Mutchler

Published 08/20 2015 04:03PM

Updated 08/20 2015 06:02PM

More Nevada parents are going the non-traditional route when it comes to the education of their children.

Online classes are becoming more popular and virtual schools are expanding their programs to meet the needs of students.

One online school that has seen significant growth in recent years is the Nevada Connections Academy.

The school has been around since 2008 and has continually added programs.

The love of learning has always come easy for 15-year-old Devon Kisfalvi. For him, the challenge was staying focused in a traditional classroom.

“Before in regular schools, I didn’t feel happy like some kids are, I didn’t feel motivated,” he said.

That all changed six years ago when his mother Diana enrolled him in the Nevada Connections Academy, an online charter school where students get to learn from home, at their own pace.

“They don’t put a child in a box or classroom setting where everyon…………… continues on KLAS-TV

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Online K-12 Education Dissected
News from Education World:

K-12 technology in the classroom is one thing, but what about classes that are designed to facilitate lessons from home or help students learn anywhere they can get a Wi-Fi connection? K-12 online classes might raise plenty of questions from parents and educators, but one reporter is setting out to debunk the myths that often go along with such institutions.

“At our school, Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest tuition-free virtual public charter school for students in grades K-12, we receive inquiries from hundreds of families considering switching their students to online school,” according to Allison Galvin of the Statesman Journal.

Galvin does preface her dissection of K-12 online by saying that it’s not for every student. If there is anything educators and administrators have learned over the years, it is that not all students learn the same way. She also insists that these schools still use resources from public schools, including state-certified teachers.

She takes on five myths: “online school is the same as homeschooling, students spend all of their time in front of a computer, vir…………… continues on Education World

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Aug 19th

Rogers School District exploring online education

Rogers School District exploring online education
News from Arkansas Online:

ROGERS — School officials are exploring launching an online program for high school students next year.

Administrators will survey students within the next few weeks to gauge how many are interested in such a program. Cris Carter, chief information officer, told the School Board at its meeting Tuesday officials have done extensive research on options for implementing a virtual school.

Robert Moore, assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction, is in charge of working with different virtual school providers to understand those options.

“We definitely believe this is going to be a big part of education in the future,” said Superintendent Janie Darr.

The state Board of Education last week gave the School District a boost in its move toward online education.

The board granted the district a waiver from a rule that defines a unit of credit as one given for a course which meets for 120 hours; the same rule also requires a minimum of six hours of instruction per day or 30 hours per week.

The district made its request under a new law allowing school districts to apply for the kinds of legal waivers granted to charter schools in those districts. Arkansas Arts Academy is the only charter school in the Rogers School District.

“Arkansas Arts Academy has a long list of waivers,” Moore said. “We looked through (t…………… continues on Arkansas Online

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Get the most out of your education with online learning
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Michigan has been recognized nationally as a leading force in online learning, and not just for higher education. The state is on the cutting edge of kindergarten through high school education. Among those leading the way is Michigan Virtual University.

A request by the governor and legislation in 2000 led to the creation of Michigan Virtual University. It’s a wonderful option for students who cannot attend traditional school because of a health issue, scheduling conflict, or for other reasons. Students have a wider variety of courses available to them, taught by certified teachers from all over the state, including specialized classes and AP classes.

The state of Michigan has policy framework that allows every student in grades six through 12 to enroll in up to two online courses in any given academic term, with the school covering enrollment costs.

To learn more about online learning and Michigan Virtual University, talk to your student’s guidance counselor or visit their website.

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Aug 18th

Online education can isolate students, professors

Online education can isolate students, professors
News from Central Florida Future:

Deanna Ferrante, Central Florida Future 9:38 p.m. EDT August 18, 2015

When you have a question in a class or you don’t understand something, what do you do? You raise your hand. You approach your professor after class.

But what if your professor couldn’t see your hand? What if you couldn’t walk to the front of the classroom to receive immediate answers?

This, I feel, is the real problem with online classes. They create a boundary, a cyber wall, which has the potential to cut us off from the knowledge we need and the person who can provide it to us.

This year, the University of Florida introduced a program called the Pathway to Campus Enrollment. The program requires incoming freshman to spend two semesters taking only online classes.

They must earn 15 credits through the program, and when they r…………… continues on Central Florida Future

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Aug 15th

Does Hillary Think Online Education Is The Same As For-Profit Education?

Does Hillary Think Online Education Is The Same As For-Profit Education?
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The wording of Hillary Clinton’s recently-announced plan for reforming American higher education is raising questions about whether Clinton really knows that much about the issue.

In her campaign’s write-up of her proposed “New College Compact,” released Monday, Clinton declares firmly that “We must bring integrity to online learning and will not tolerate programs that fall short.” (RELATED: Get To Know Hillary’s $ 350 Billion College Plan)

As was first pointed out by Inside Higher Ed, Clinton’s wording implies that online colleges are inherently lacking in integrity, a wilderness of diploma mills and scams that currently cannot be fully trusted in providing education. Clinton seems to…………… continues on Daily Caller

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Hundreds Attend Online Education Expo in Duluth
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DULUTH, Minn. –

Families interested in online schools gathered at the Great Lakes Aquarium Thursday to learn more about programs available in Minnesota. 

It’s called Duluth ‘Discovery Day.’

The online education expo offered families the opportunity to meet with teachers, ask questions and get tips ahead of the school year. 

Online leaders say it’s not only beneficial to those struggling in school but the students who are advancing. 

“They aren’t getting what they need at a traditional setting because a teacher has to teach at the average student level pace. So, the students that are excited either get bored or aren’t being challenged enough. So, they can come to us and work at their pace,” said Minnesota Virtual Academies Local Development Manager Jennifer Houghton.

More than 100 families were registered for this year’s event.

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Apr 21st

US working with Champlain College for online education

US working with Champlain College for online education
News from CT Post:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The federal government is working with Vermont’s Champlain College to provide online educational and training opportunities to millions of federal civilian employees and their dependents at up to 70 percent off the regular cost, officials said Monday.

The partnership between the federal Office of Personnel Management and the Burlington-based Champlain is the second such agreement between the U.S. government and a school that offers online education and training to help ensure the f…………… continues on CT Post

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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness
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California’s Online Education Initiative Pushes Forward on PD, Student Readiness

The California Community College Online Education Initiative (OEI), the state-sponsored project that aims to dramatically increase the number of students who earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year colleges, has come a long way since it was announced in the fall of 2013, according to the OEI’s executive director, Patricia James.

“If you remember, we were in bad economic times back then, turning away students at almost all of our colleges,” James told an attendees at the annual CT Forum conference, held in Long Beach, CA this month, “and the governor was looking at MOOCs and other business-ed types of activities that would bring courses to our students. But now we’re trying to get them back with the online courses they need to complete their educational goals.”

The permanent staff of the OEI joined James for a panel discussion about the initiative’s progress during one of two “town hall” meetings co-located with the CT Forum event.

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Apr 19th

Online hunter education connects in Washington

Online hunter education connects in Washington
News from The Spokesman Review:

Washington’s online hunter education course is on the verge of becoming more popular than the classroom version that’s been a hunting requirement since 1957.

Of the 16,678 people who registered in the state’s hunter ed program last year, 51 percent took the traditional classroom course and 49 percent took the online course that debuted in 2009. 

“Public demand for the online class is increasing every year,” said David Whipple, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Division manager.

Successfully passing a hunter education course is a prerequisite for purchasing a hunting license in all 50 states and most of Canada.

The traditional classes involve a minimum of 10 hours of classroom instruction and often at least 15 hours. Typically, these classes are taught during three-hour evening sessions spread over a week or two and conducted by certified instructors.

Online courses can be done in a progression at home at any time. Participants must complete a “chapter” and requirements and quiz before moving on to the next block.

Both classroom and online students also must attend a field practicum with instructors to demonstrate safe gun handling, decision making and shooting skills.

“I was skeptical about an online course,” said Keith Trowbridge, 52, echoing the sentiments of most state’s 850 volunteer hunter…………… continues on The Spokesman Review

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MIT Launches Initiative That Explores Online Learning
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Apr 17, 2015 02:13 PM EDT

(Photo : Flickr/CC) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched an Online Education Policy Initiative, an offshoot of a recent task force on the institute’s future, on Thursday.

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The initiative, which is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, studies the impacts of online learning on the higher education community from a policy perspective. Sanjay E. Sarma, director of digital learning, and Karen Willcox, professor of aeronautics and astronautics in the aerospace, will lead the initiative.

The objective of the program is also to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to influence policy and policymakers to create a welcoming environment for educational innovation.

“If policymakers and educational leaders can understand and anticipate those impacts, they can create a welcoming e…………… continues on University Herald

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Apr 17th

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online

District Loans Out Wireless Hubs to Bring Students Online
News from Education Week News:

Published Online: April 13, 2015

Published in Print: April 15, 2015, as K-12 System Loans Hotspots for Connectivity

At Washington Middle School in Green Bay, Wis., library media specialist Kristin Brouchoud has 11 mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices to lend to students who want to take the Internet home with them. One recent day, they were all checked out.

The devices are part of a districtwide experiment to make sure that students have handy access to the Internet outside of school hours for homework or research. In past years, students without home service might have had to seek out a coffee shop, a McDonald’s, or a library or community center to do their online work. But the 22,000-student district is quietly trying a new approach this year.

“A lot of our teachers have changed the way they teach, and their lessons are all digital,” Ms. Brouchoud said. “It’s important for us to provide that service so we’re not giving some students an advantage while others are at a disadvantage.”

Students can take home those hotspots—a

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Apr 16th

2U report touts success of its online learning partnerships

2U report touts success of its online learning partnerships
News from Education Dive:

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  • While many are still wary of the quality of online education, 2U’s second annual Impact Report shows how its online partnerships with top universities have been a great success.
  • Among the key findings of the interactive report: 90% of 1,241 faculty member survey respondents say the online format is as good or better at enabling participants to meet learning objectives.
  • The report also busts common myths about online learning, showing that the same top on-campus professors develop and teach the courses ?in 2U’s programs, with a student-teacher ratio around 10 students and high engagement, graduation, and student success following completion, DCInno reports.

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2U partners with top universities for online master’s programs. It helps students earn MBAs from the University of North Carolina, social work degrees from the University of Southern California, and perhaps eventually, medical science degrees from Yale, though that partnership is pending accreditation approval that could take years. While online education has been stigmatized as inferior, especially when it is offered by for-profit providers, 2…………… continues on Education Dive

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Apr 15th

MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative

MIT creates new Online Education Policy Initiative
News from MIT News:

Through its newly created Online Education Policy Initiative (OEPI), made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, MIT aims to catalyze the national conversation on the future of education and online learning.

Led jointly by Professor Karen Willcox and Dean of Digital Learning Sanjay Sarma, the initiative’s broad objectives are: to explore teaching pedagogy and efficacy, institutional business models, and global educational engagement strategies — and to present a cohesive report on these issues that can be used by policymakers and leaders in education; to engage in the public discourse surrounding online learning and to encourage productive discussion; and to aid policymakers in creating a welcoming environment for educational innovation.

“There’s been much written about online education recently,” Sarma says. “OEPI is an opportunity to pause and have a thoughtful, scholarly discussion about everything from the cognitive psychology of learning to the policy implications of online courses.”

Amplifying MIT’s pioneering expertise in digital learning with the perspective of an exc…………… continues on MIT News

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