Oct 18th

Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that

Want an online degree? Net ruling threatens that
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Why Free Online Classes Are Still the Future of Education
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The MOOC was The Next Big Thing—and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started.

Agarwal is an MIT computer science professor and the CEO of the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based non-profit, edX, one of several purveyors of so-called “massively open online courses,” or MOOCs, which offer free online classes from elite universities to anyone in the world. After it was buoyed by an enormous wave of hype two years ago, the MOOC has now plummeted in terms of public perception—with even one of its most prominent backers turning his back on the idea—but Agarwal is unbowed.

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Oct 18th

How B.F. Skinner Will Save Online Education

How B.F. Skinner Will Save Online Education
News from Forbes:

Adam Smith said that the wealth of a nation consists not in the gold in its vaults but in the productivity of its citizens.  Cool!  We increase productivity by building our human capital through education.  Unfortunately, today public schools exist primarily to funnel tax dollars into teacher pension funds, with our children held hostage.  As for higher education, a generation saddled with indefeasible student loan debt has learned that your American college decal won’t get you into the labor market anymore.  Our education bubble is now being compared to the previous housing bubble — the one that ended with such interesting results.

The answer to all this was supposed to be online education, which was going to allow everyone to do an end run around the massively dysfunctional educational-industrial complex.  But online education got started on the wrong foot.  It is a textbook example of what Marshall McLuhan termed a “rear-view mirror” approach (his buzzword). Yes, I am referring to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Coursera, Udacity, edX, and even the holy of holies, Khan Academy.

McLuhan understood that new media got started by repackaging old media.  The original content of movies was filmed novels and stage plays. The original content of television was broadcast radio shows.  Today, the Internet brings us reheated college lectures.  New media wrap…………… continues on Forbes

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The Top Eight Things You Need To Know About Online Education
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There is a variety of opinions in the media these days regarding online learning. Depending on what you read, online education can appear to be either a cure-all or cancer. In an effort to cut through the smoke, here are the top eight established facts you need to know.

1) Online learning is here to stay. Since 1986, when the first online degree program from an accredited institution was offered (by John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California), growth has been exponential. Today, one-third of America’s 21 million enrolled students are taking some or all of their instruction online. The eleven-year study by the Babson Survey Research Group shows over seven million online enrollments in the fall semester of 2013.

2) There is no significant difference in learning outcomes. Some 30 years of

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Sep 22nd

MIT Professional Education announces new offerings of Online X professional …

MIT Professional Education announces new offerings of Online X professional …
News from MIT News:

MIT Professional Education will offer two new deliveries of the online professional course, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” to a global audience beginning Nov. 4, 2014 and Feb. 3, 2015. Their first course, offered in the spring of 2014, drew approximately 3,500 professionals from 88 countries, and more than 2,000 organizations worldwide. Participants from around the world, many of whom would otherwise lack access to world-renowned MIT educational resources, benefitted from this comprehensive online course, which addressed a priority-learning need of working professionals.

“The success of our first offering on big data proved there is a real value and robust appetite to offer this online course to a broad span of industry players once again. And based on feedback received from the first offering, we have integrated several enhancements into the new version,” said Bhaskar Pant, executive director of MIT Professional Education. 

The six-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, tackles state-of-the-art topics in big data — ranging from data collection, storage, and processing to analytics and visualization — and also addresses a range of real-world applications. A record 12 faculty experts from MIT’s Com…………… continues on MIT News

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Online Options Expanding in Higher Education Landscape
News from U.S. News & World Report:

As online options become more prevalent among universities, they are earning a reputation as an alternative, but not less prestigious, route.

Christine Shakespeare, assistant vice president of continuing and professional education at Pace University, and her colleagues frequently describe the interrupted educational paths of their adult student population like this: “Life gets in the way.” By enrolling in online courses, however, students are able to reintegrate higher education into their lives without their studies getting in the way of their work or family commitments.

“We are dealing with an adult audience; many have started and stopped,” she says.

Students who graduate from iPace, the online version of the undergraduate program at Pace University in New York, receive the same diploma as the traditional students. “Part of…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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Sep 21st

Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education

Business leaders hope online university can boost Hispanic education
News from Houston Chronicle:

While more jobs in Texas require college degrees, the state’s fastest-growing population group has struggled more than any other to make it to graduation.

The situation creates a growing skills gap that has business leaders looking to boost the number of Hispanic college graduates.

Just 17 percent of Hispanic adults in Texas have a four- or six-year college degree, according to the Lumina Foundation, a private organization that aims to expand access and success beyond high school. The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, the state’s Hispanic chamber, is looking for ways to increase that number.

The association is partnering with Western Governors University, an online institution created by a coalition of governors several years ago. Its 3-year-old Texas wing has seen staggering growth.

WGU generally caters to adults who don’t have time to go to a physical university. The chamber is hoping its model will be ideal for adult Hispanic workers who want to earn a degree while working.

“There’s such a void and such a need, as far as educational attainment for Hispanics,” said J.R. Gonzalez, executive vice chair of the Hispanic chamber association. “Unfortunately, the Hispanic community is pretty much at the bottom rung of the ladder. So as we’re looking at that, and our growing population … there’s a recognition tha…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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Opinion: Online education ignores importance of teachers
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In LSU’s Fall 2014 Distance Learning Programs Guide, there’s a picture of a young, supposed “GEOG 1001 student,” with a quote that says, “Excellent course! I enjoyed the flexibility of DL [Distance Learning] courses but still learned as much as if I was physically attending class!”

Distance learning usually means the course is taken online. There are also print-based options which involve submitting work through the mail, but either way, attending in a physical classroom or interacting with an instructor face-to-face isn’t part of the equation.

Distance learning is praised for its outreach to a wider range of students and the enticing amount of flexibility it can offer. It usually comes at the expense of replacing a human with a computer screen.

What’s the big deal? Teachers are boring and replaceable, right?

Clearly, “GEOG 1001 student” was excited to share his thoughts on his DL course. The exclamation points say it all.

Here’s what the Distance Learning Programs Guide is trying to say: taking a distance learning course is equally beneficial as attending class in a physical classroom with a human being who’s paid to share their knowledge and interact with you.

The quality of education received from a distance course can never be equated to that of a traditiona…………… continues on LSU The Reveille

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Sep 18th

Online Education by Discipline: a Graduate Student’s Guide

Online Education by Discipline: a Graduate Student’s Guide
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Law programs have been slower to turn to online education, though there are some master’s and certificate programs out there, experts say.

The transition into the digital age has led to the rise of distance learning. When it comes to graduate online degree programs, however, experts say some academic disciplines are adopting this new form of education more quickly than others.

When considering whether an online graduate degree is the right step for your career path, it’s important to understand the opportunities available in your field, especially as online education becomes more prevalent.

“Employers’ perceptions of online degrees is improving,” says Meg Benke, an expert in distance and online education and a professor at

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Online Education Initiative brings change
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Community college students all over California might have the option of taking online classes from any CCC campus. Though this process is still in the works, eights colleges have been selected to participate in the Online Education Initiative.

The selected campuses are Mt. San Jacinto College, Butte College, Coastline Community College, Foothill College, Shasta College, Fresno City College, and Ventura College. The project will take place from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016.

Schools participating in the program were chosen for multiple reasons, such as their accreditation and the quality of their online degree programs. The OEI also announced an online associate degree for transfer in several different programs such as criminal justice, psychology, anthropology and many more.

There has been a dream to have an online campus since the late ’90s, according to Pat James, the new executive director of the CCC Online Education Initiative. The online world of education has been around for more than 20 years. In 2013 and 2014 there were only 41,000 online courses available to 620,000 students statewide.

The rate of online education remains low. Supporters of the OEI hope that by bringing in more advances to technology, there will be better online student success rates.

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Sep 14th

Should online education be a worry for teachers?

Should online education be a worry for teachers?
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Sep 14th

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem
News from University of Cincinnati:

Paul Foster Heads Creation of Online eLearning Ecosystem

Director of eLearning and adjunct professor, Paul Foster leads creation of Canopy and looks toward the future for improvements to a continuously evolving eLearning ecosystem.

Date: 9/9/2014
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Paul Foster, UCIT eLearning Center director, didn’t know what he was in for when initially tasked to update Blackboard to the most current version of the system about a year ago.

“Blackboard upgrades had been put off because UCIT did not have the staffing or resources,” Foster said. “When we understood the need for it, UCIT tapped into people already working in eLearning in various colleges, then we realized we weren’t really just upgrading, we were rebuilding the entire system.”

This is when Foster earned the title of Canopy project team manager, assembled a team of about fifty eLearning leaders and IT experts from across campuses and played a prominent role in creating UC’s new, collaborative and student-centric eLearning ecosystem online.

“Depending on the day, I was project manager, technical worker or cheerleader,” Foster said. “The most important thi…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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SCC focuses on eLearning through its QEP
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Stanly Community College is accredited through a regional association called the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

Accreditation through SACSCOC affirms that SCC is providing a quality learning experience for all students. This year, SCC is undergoing its reaccreditation process. As required by this process and as proof that we are focused on student learning and success, we have developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). This new improvement plan focuses on eLearning (electronic).  

The reason that an improvement strategy for eLearning, or online learning, is so critical is because the vast majority of students who are currently enrolled at SCC receive all or part of their instruction through an Internet component. And, that Internet component must provide quality instruction as well as vast opportunities for faculty/student interaction in order for learning to occur.  

In fact, more than 85 percent of SCC students took an online class or used an online component in their class during the 2013-14 school year.  Our data illustrates that in 2003 we had 1,757 students utilizing eLearning; by 2013, that number had grown to over 17,000.  

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Sep 12th

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …

Napolitano speaks with alumni about tuition, online education in webchat …
News from Daily Californian:

UC President Janet Napolitano spoke about tuition hikes, the university’s response to sexual assault, the increasing number of out-of-state students in the system and online education during a webchat with UC alumni and the public Thursday.

The Google Hangout was the third in a series of conversations with particular groups in the UC community. The first, in January, addressed students specifically, and the second was held with employees. The latest hour-long webchat included questions from a panel of representatives from the alumni community as well as the general public.

Julia Lee, a 2013 graduate of UC Riverside, asked Napolitano what her plans were to minimize potential tuition and fee increases. Napolitano said that though the university has frozen tuition for three years in a row, she couldn’t promise there would never again be a tuition increase. However, she said tuition is still relatively low.

“If you compare the full sticker price to an elite private university, you get a four-year education for what you would pay for freshman year at comparable schools,” she said.

Tuition increases may be discussed at the next UC Board of Regents meeting Sept. 17 and 18.

UC alumnus and parent Sherry Nealon expressed her concerns about safety on campus, especially for female students. Napolitano replied by saying the university was taking s…………… continues on Daily Californian

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Online education company edX offering free high school courses
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The online-learning collaborative edX, a partnership between Harvard University and MIT, is expanding its reach beyond higher education and will begin offering courses geared toward high school students.

Edx plans to unveil its first free classes for younger students Wednesday, when most of the new courses will open for enrollment. The 26 high school courses were created by 14 institutions — including MIT, Georgetown and Rice universities, the University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Weston Public High School.

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The online classes, available to anyone in the world, will cover such subjects as computer science, calculus, geometry, algebra, English, physics, biology, chemistry, Spanish, French, history, statistics, and psychology.

To date, edX has offered only college-level courses. And, while a smattering of high school-level massive open online courses exist, company officials said edX is the first provider of so-called MOOCs to offer a…………… continues on Boston Globe

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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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Sep 6th

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm

Barbara Dreyer, founder of online education firm
News from Baltimore Sun:

Barbara Dreyer, the chief executive officer and co-founder of an online educational business that served students who were not in traditional classrooms, died of breast cancer Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The White Hall resident was 59.

Born Barbara Huss in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Mark Huss, a State Department employee, and Gine Huss, a teacher. Raised on Dunran Road, she was a 1973 graduate of Dundalk High School and earned a degree in economics, accounting and finance at Towson University, where she was honored in 1997 as alumnus of the year.

She also had a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and was a cert…………… continues on Baltimore Sun

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Students at Maine’s online public school complete first week
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BANGOR, Maine — The 280-plus students attending Maine’s first virtual charter school connect from as far south as Kittery, as far east as Eastport and as far north as Madawaska, according to the most recent data provided by school officials.

Students at the school, called Maine Connections Academy, finished their first week of online classes Friday. A breakdown detailing which school district each student came from — dated Sept. 2 — showed that 281 students from 88 different districts were enrolled. That list is expected to increase to up to 297 students as more complete the lengthy process of enrolling.

“The first week went really well,” Kelsie Washington, a 15-year-old student from Caribou, said. “I only had one difficulty. Once I called technical support, they fixed it right away.”

Maine Connections Academy has drawn many students from the more heavily populated areas in Maine, according to school board member Amy Volk, with about 30 students each from Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties.

But a large number of students come from Maine’s rural school districts. Regional School Unit 17, which serves the communities…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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