Apr 21st

Online education, MOOCs to aid UNL’s push for growth

Online education, MOOCs to aid UNL’s push for growth
News from Daily Nebraskan:

Online and distance education is growing quickly at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and administrators expect it to be a key piece of the enrollment puzzle.

In fall 2013, 6,633 students were enrolled in undergraduate online courses and fully online programs. The combined population of these groups is growing an average of 25 percent per semester, according to Online and Distance Education Executive Director Marie Barber. For distance only-programs, which are fully online, growth is about 10 percent per semester.

At his 2013 State of the University address, Chancellor Harvey Perlman said 70 percent of online enrollment includes students who are also present on campus.

“This allows flexibility in scheduling, increased teaching capacity and implementation of different teaching methodologies, all very positive outcomes,” he said. “But they do not contribute to our enrollment or revenue growth. We are committed to reexamining the way we finance online instruction to ensure it creates appropriate incentives to engage broader markets. This no doubt will include providing departments with a more substantial share of online revenue from courses taken by students not already enrolled at UNL.”

Perlman’s goal is to increase the number of students who rarely – if ever – set foot on campus to receive their educations. These students are enrolled in on…………… continues on Daily Nebraskan

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Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free textbooks – CNN
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Recent surveys by the National Association of College Stores suggest annual student spending on course materials is decreasing with the emergence of alternatives to retail, from textbook sharing and rentals to e-books and online resources. Click through the gallery to find find out how students are getting around paying top dollar for course materials.Recent surveys by the National Assoc…………… continues on Removing ‘barriers’ to education through free textbooks – CNN

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Apr 20th

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?

Will online education replace college in 15-20 years?
News from Worcester Telegram:

Q I’m reading blogs insisting we won’t need college in 15 or 20 years by replacing higher education’s brick-and-mortar learning with online education tools. Yes? No? Maybe? And what are those tools? — J.J.N.

A: Soaring tuition costs and an endless stream of new technologies are unarguably igniting changes in American higher education. But how much and how soon is a crystal ball call. Opinions cover the spectrum. Here’s a quick round-up with suggestions for your further investigation:

One of the best introductions I’ve seen to this incredibly complex issue is “Will Online Learning Replace the Classroom?” by Avi Yashchin at Huffington Post. Grab a read! Here’s more:

CONTROL CHANGE

Employers hold the key to how students prepare for the workplace. If they won’t hire candidates who learn on their own, the self-directed online study movement will falter.

Some early moves in employment circles don’t discourage student preparation in online college-level courses, often free, called MOOCs (massive open online courses). Read “Why MOOCs Might Revolutionize Your Recruiting Methods” by Kevin Wheeler at ERE.net.

Wheeler, a well-known recruiting industry commentator, explains that recruiters are starting to probe MOOCS to identify candidates who are most likely to have not only the skills their organization need…………… continues on Worcester Telegram

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4 Online Education Trends for 2014
News from Tech Cocktail:

Looking ahead this year, business owners worldwide are definitely in board rooms steering up plans designed to ensure they have a successful 2014, and the world of online education is no different. The industry has a projected monetary growth of approximately 10 percent between 2012 and 2015, so educators and education startups should take notice of this year’s projected learning trends and leverage them for positive growth professionally and financially.

Learning on the go

As more and more professional educators and even students experience the “long nights, shorter days” phenomenon, the need to immediately assimilate information is definitely going to be a huge factor in how we learn. Therefore, students and employees will seek instant gratification when it comes to studying for a test or professional certification. To meet their needs, educators must design tutorials or teaching materials that are mobile friendly and can be downloaded on tablets, phones, and the variety of smart devices available on the market.

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Apr 17th

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award
News from Worcester Telegram:

A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.

On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.

Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.

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SU partners up with Marist College, technology companies for online …
News from SU The Daily Orange (subscription):

Syracuse University is partnering with an inter-state college and two leading technology companies to offer an online educational series with a curriculum based on computing operations.

The School of Information Studies, Marist College, the Linux Foundation and IBM are teaming up to present a three-part massive open online course series done online on enterprise computing.

The courses will be taught separately by each institution with the Marist College course beginning in May and the Linux Foundation course starting in August, according to an April 9 iSchool press release. The iSchool course, titled “Enterprise Computing Strategies,” begins September 2.

The iSchool course is free and self-paced with no prerequisites, according to the press release. Those who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of completion from the iSchool and IBM.

Enrollment in the course is not limited and is open to anyone interested in mainframe and enterprise computing, said Vicky Williams, the iSchool’s director of online education.

The iSchool’s partnership with Marist College, Linux Foundation and IBM is the first of its kind, Williams said. It presented a unique opportunity to host a MOOC series between two schools and two leaders in computing industry, she said.

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Apr 15th

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …
News from Re/code:

CreativeLive CEO Mika Salmi is stepping down from that role and handing it to co-founder Chase Jarvis, the photographer and photo app designer who started the online video education company four years ago.

After two years as CEO, Salmi’s continuing involvement in the company will be as a CreativeLive board member.

“Founders are very powerful CEOs, and at this point Chase as a founder is a great thing to have,” Salmi said today.

CreativeLive was a profitable online course provider based in Seattle and teaching live classes on topics like PhotoShop when Salmi joined two years ago.

Salmi was previously a Viacom/MTV exec after selling his company Atom Entertainment for $ 200 million in 2006.

Under Salmi’s guidance and with his Silicon Valley connections, CreativeLive raised $ 30 million in two rounds of funding, grew to 85 employees from eight and opened a big studio in San Francisco.

Jarvis said the timing of the CEO shift came from a sense of stability and a desire for CreativeLive to “own creative education.” He had many kind words for Salmi. “Riding shotgun with Mika was an incredible learning experience for me. We traveled the globe together over the past two years……………. continues on Re/code

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Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education – New York Times

Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education – New York Times
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Apr 12th

Minority Students Should Weigh Pros, Cons of Online Education

Minority Students Should Weigh Pros, Cons of Online Education
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Some minority students say online courses provide a comfortable learning environment where race doesn’t play a role in class dynamics. 

Trina Jordan, a 49-year-old single mom from Nashville, Tenn., was always aware of her race in college.

As an African-American undergraduate at Tennessee State University, a historically black school, she felt like other students were judging her for her dark skin. But that all changed when she signed up for an online master’s degree in professional studies at Middle Tennessee State University. There, Jordan was comfortable with her virtual classmates – and her skin color –? in ways she never was in an on-campus setting. 

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Brenau offers state’s 1st completely online Early Childhood Education program
News from Access North Georgia:

GAINESVILLE – The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the government agency charged with overseeing teacher education, has approved Brenau University’s undergraduate degree program in early childhood education – the first totally online program in that discipline in Georgia.

“It is quite an honor for Brenau to host the first totally online bachelor’s degree program with early childhood education curriculum,” said Education Dean Sandy Leslie.

“This will enable potential teachers who are in more distant counties in our state (or just can’t make it to class) to receive excellent teacher educational training fully online, preparing them for potential licensure as teachers for our state school systems. While other institutions have the ability to offer parts of this training online, Brenau was chosen to offer the entire program in this manner.”

Leslie said the university also will continue to offer the degree track “on ground” on various campuses around the state.

Brenau staff and faculty have been aggressively marketing the program to potential undergraduates who might be interested in the online early childhood program as well as other programs for any prospective or current teachers and administrators who seek to improve their education credentials. For the latter group, for example, Brenau offers online master’s and education specialist degree pro…………… continues on Access North Georgia

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Apr 11th

Don’t give up on online education

Don’t give up on online education
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Interest in Wyoming online education increases

Interest in Wyoming online education increases
News from The State:

— Dagmara Motriuk-Smith wore a microphone pinned to her sweater and a battery pack tucked into the band of her pants.

The assistant lecturer in biology stood behind a waist-high podium at the University of Wyoming-Casper on a recent Thursday afternoon, dabbling at her computer.

With a few mouse clicks and keystrokes, Motriuk-Smith’s electronic presentation appeared on a screen, and she lifted her gaze toward her class.

She was not wearing the microphone to amplify her voice in a crowded lecture hall. The five students blinking back at her could hear her voice just fine.

Motriuk-Smith wore the microphone to reach the rest of her students – the ones in Riverton, Cheyenne, Sheridan and Laramie who would see her as a two-dimensional figure on a screen and would hear her voice transmitted over a video conferencing network.

This is distance learning in the 21st century.

Demand for courses taught online or through video-conference portals like Motriuk-Smith’s has skyrocketed in Wyoming in the past six years. As the technology has developed and colleges caught on, more courses began offering online or video conference options.

At Wyoming’s community colleges, enrollment in courses taught online or by video conferencing increased from 1,985 students in 2008 to 3,016 students in 2012.

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Support, communication, and engagement key for student success in online …
News from Oregon Daily Emerald:

Thomas Failor is a 47-year-old, full-time, working man, husband and father, and is currently enrolled in the Applied Information Management masters program — despite living 250 miles north of campus. For the last two years the Tacoma, Wash. native has dedicated one to two hours (three if he’s lucky) every evening to completing University of Oregon’s only online masters program, one course at a time. For students like Failor, support, communication and engagement are key for student success, no matter what format a course is in.

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Apr 7th

Interest in Wyoming online education increases

Interest in Wyoming online education increases
News from Sacramento Bee:

Dagmara Motriuk-Smith wore a microphone pinned to her sweater and a battery pack tucked into the band of her pants.

The assistant lecturer in biology stood behind a waist-high podium at the University of Wyoming-Casper on a recent Thursday afternoon, dabbling at her computer.

With a few mouse clicks and keystrokes, Motriuk-Smith’s electronic presentation appeared on a screen, and she lifted her gaze toward her class.

She was not wearing the microphone to amplify her voice in a crowded lecture hall. The five students blinking back at her could hear her voice just fine.

Motriuk-Smith wore the microphone to reach the rest of her students – the ones in Riverton, Cheyenne, Sheridan and Laramie who would see her as a two-dimensional figure on a screen and would hear her voice transmitted over a video conferencing network.

This is distance learning in the 21st century.

Demand for courses taught online or through video-conference portals like Motriuk-Smith’s has skyrocketed in Wyoming in the past six years. As the technology has developed and colleges caught on, more courses began offering online or video conference options.

At Wyoming’s community colleges, enrollment in courses taught online or by video conferencing increased from 1,985 students in 2008 to 3,016 stu…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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News from CMU The Tartan Online:

Students, faculty and staff jostled to get into Rashid Auditorium to hear a talk by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, Thursday morning. Ten minutes before the speech was scheduled to begin, the 250-seat auditorium was standing room only — it was so crowded that the University Police closed the doors, barring additional spectators to prevent a fire hazard.

Determined to see Khan, many students looked in through the window instead, like Robert Buarque de Macedo, a sophomore physics major, who said that seeing Khan was amazing after hearing his voice so often in Khan Academy videos. “Khan helped me through high school,” Macedo said, although he had never met Khan nor seen him in person before. Aatish Nayak, a first-year electrical and computer engineering major, added, “It’s crazy that [Khan] makes his own videos; it shows his dedication.”

Khan’s videos, which now form the basis of the website Khan Academy, have become enormously popular, with more than 10 million students viewing them each month.

Khan is, in many ways, an accidental educator. While working for a hedge fund, his family was visiting and he learned that his cousin Nadia was struggling in math. “I told her, ‘Look, I think you’re fully capable of this … if you’re willing to … we’ll work on the phone everyday,’?” Khan said. Starting in August 2004, Khan worked with her on her math skills…………… continues on CMU The Tartan Online

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Apr 3rd

Online university’s chancellor calls Lee’s Summit home

Online university’s chancellor calls Lee’s Summit home
News from Lee’s Summit Journal:

Angie Besendorfer is new to Lee’s Summit. Literally. As in barely two weeks in town new.

Besendorfer is chancellor of Western Governors University-Missouri, a statewide position that requires Besendorfer to travel the state to interact with key stakeholders and students enrolled in WGU-Missouri, an accredited online university focused on furthering education for the working adult.

The former assistant superintendent of Joplin schools chose Lee’s Summit as her new home base to be closer to her oldest daughter who is a freshman enrolled in the six-year medical program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. That and the proximity of Lee’s Summit to zip to anywhere in the state that she is needed.

“I’m an educator. That’s who I am through and through,” Besendorfer said during a recent trip to the Journal to expound on the WGU-Missouri education model. She started work there in February. “I knew I had to move to a bigger area; that was one of the requirements of the job, moving from Joplin, which was one of the hardest decisions to make, honestly.

“My daughter (Karlie, age 19) is in Kansas City and so…that was the draw to the Kansas City area. And then it became, where do I want my seventh grader (Maddie, age 13) to go to school and so I chose (Lee’s Summit). Lee’s Summit is great and it’s closer to the St. Louis side and the Jeffers…………… continues on Lee’s Summit Journal

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