Jul 19th

Ned Lautenbach: Florida has become a national leader in online education

Ned Lautenbach: Florida has become a national leader in online education
News from Gainesville Sun:

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8:13 p.m.

As an incoming senior at the University of Florida, 20-year-old Luke Bosso had a decision to make when his summer internship at a law firm in his hometown, Pensacola, evolved into a full-time job opportunity as a legal assistant. Should he return to Gainesville to finish his degree? Or should he stay in Pensacola and gain relevant job experience while finishing his degree online?

A year ago, the latter option wouldn’t have existed for Bosso, who studies criminology and law and plans to attend law school. But now thousands of students are benefitting from UF Online — one of the first undergraduate degree programs in the nation — and other offerings across the State University System that allow students to log remotely into their classes, virtually interact with their professors and peers, and experience university through an exciting new dimension.

Florida is a nationwide leader in online education, with several new game-changing initiatives and a far higher percentage of students enrolled in online courses than the national average. In many cases, these courses supplement the lessons learned in the classroom, help keep students on track for timely graduation, and are a cost savings to students and taxpayers.

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Online Education Platform Skilljar Embraces Bitcoin
News from CoinDesk:

Skilljar, a tech company that specialises in enabling third parties to deliver online training courses, has started accepting bitcoin payments.

Skilljar says its platform is used by hundreds of online instructors, who offer classes in a wide range of different fields, from yoga to programming. The instructors can now be paid in bitcoin using Skilljar’s e-commerce platform, alongside credit cards, debit cards and PayPal, with the cryptocurrency being immediately converted to fiat at the time of the transaction.

The company joins a group of other educational platforms that have embraced digital currency as a means to facilitate payments. As Skilljar CEO and co-founder Sandi Lin explained to CoinDesk, one of the chief benefits of the integration is that international students have the opportunity to pay for their education at a reduced cost. She cited the financial barriers within the global payments network, saying:

“We experience the pain of currency conversions on a daily basis in multiple ways, and [bitcoin] was an option that could help reduce that friction for a large number of our instructors.”

She added that bitcoin’s digital nature and international appeal makes it an effec…………… continues on CoinDesk

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Jul 17th

Online education company opens Blount Co. support center

Online education company opens Blount Co. support center
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Udemy: Democratizing Skills-Based Education Online
News from Bloomberg:

How is it different from other online education platforms?

Absolutely.

Our mission is to democratize skills-based education and lifelong learning, rather than focus on k-12 or higher education.

We provide a platform where any expert can teach online within our marketplace of courses.

We focus on skills-based content like learning microsoft excel.

For $ 99, i can do pythons for beginners.

I have to learn pythons just to get smarter.

You are out of northwestern and stanford and you are doing what every politician talks about.

Are you a replacement for an associate skill technical degree?

It is probably more of a supplementsupplement than anything else.

The fundamental degrees we offer today, while they will not be changing fast enough, it is changing to market itself.

They provide a nice space in terms of thinking.

The actual skills, how we operate on a day-to-day basis, is changing way too fast four education to keep up.

One of the concerns in washington is that we have the people in the wrong places or the wrong skills.

Weiss and the government coming to you?

– why isn’t the government coming to you?

We have met with many ministers of education from around the world, but we have not had a lot of action inside the u.s.. is there bias against your work?

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Jul 10th

Online education a valuable resource

Online education a valuable resource
News from The Denver Post:

“The online model offers a world-class education that allows students to study at their own pace, and has the flexibility to attend school anywhere, anytime,” writes Lori Cooney. (Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

There are nearly 17,000 Colorado students who attend an online public school, nearly 6 percent of the state’s K-12 students. It’s time to further our understanding of online education and its role in student achievement.

On July 1, Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond appointed an online education task force to review the best practices and policies for administering multidistrict online schools. Its members will begin meeting in early August.

Parent and student advocates will play a vital role in influencing this task force and future legislation. Together, we can be a part of the conversation that dictates the education our children receive.

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Survey Says 37% of Investors Consider Books, Magazines & Online Media as …
News from International Business Times AU:

A woman reads a book at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Pasadena, California in this November 26, 2013 file photo. The bookseller said it would spin off its Nook tablets and college books business, sending its shares up about eight percent in early trading. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS)

There is no clear investor-education authority insofar as investor education is concerned, a new survey by the CFA Institute showed. Among seven information sources listed in the poll, books, magazines and online media emerged as the top choice, garnering 37 per cent of the responses.

Private wealth managers came second at 28 per cent, followed by not-for-profit associations at 14 per cent, financial institutions at 10 per cent, others at five per cent, self-regulatory at four per cent and government entities at two per cent.

Robert Stammers of CFA noted that organisations that are usually identified as providers of investor education, referring to gover…………… continues on International Business Times AU

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Jul 9th

MSU’s ‘Dean of deans’ on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault

MSU’s ‘Dean of deans’ on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault
News from WKAR:

In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of June Pierce Youatt to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding Kim Wilcox, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside.

June Youatt speaks with Current State about her priorities as provost at a Big Ten university.

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Jul 7th

2U Making Online Education Possible (TWOU)

2U Making Online Education Possible (TWOU)
News from Seeking Alpha:

In a report by Docebo, the worldwide market for self-paced E-Learning market, which was worth $ 35.6 billion in 2011, is projected to grow 7.6% over the five year period to be worth $ 51.5 billion by 2016. The report projects that the market for Learning Management Systems (LMS) that support the rapid growth in online education will grow from $ 40.6 billion in 2013 to $ 51.2 billion by the year 2016.

2U’s Offerings
Hanover, Maryland-based 2U (TWOU) was founded in 2008 to make online education technology simpler for universities. 2U was founded in 2008 by a group of veterans of the education and technology sectors. The company partners with colleges and universities in helping them create online programs. Their cloud-based platform operates on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that allows u…………… continues on Seeking Alpha

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Free online class outlines education plans for families of students with …
News from Kearney Hub:

LINCOLN (AP) — Nebraska families can take a free online class to learn more about education plans for students with disabilities.

Southeast Community College says the class is available now.

The class teaches families about the rules school district’s follow when drafting individual educational plans for students.

A grant covered the cost of developing the class, and the grant is covering the tuition.

Anyone interested in taking the course should contact the continuing education department at 402-437-2700.

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Jul 5th

Why Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun is rolling out ‘nanodegrees’ for online …

Why Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun is rolling out ‘nanodegrees’ for online …
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Sebastian Thrun, co-founder and chief executive officer of Udacity Inc., is betting that credentialing can improve the viability of online education.

Jason McCormick, Contributor

Online education company Udacity last month unveiled “nanodegrees,” online classes that train people for jobs in the technology field — gigs li…………… continues on Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Jul 4th

Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education

Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education
News from Allentown Morning Call:

Small classes. Lots of face time with professors. Lively debates on the humanities.

These have long been the hallmark of liberal arts colleges. They’re also the reason that such schools have resisted what has become a staple on many college campuses: online education.

But with a student body now populated by so-called digital natives, schools like Moravian, Muhlenberg and Lafayette colleges have begun dipping their toes into the digital learning waters.

This summer, Muhlenberg is offering its first fully online course — in astronomy — and educators are working to create blended versions of two other courses, in religion and art history.


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Moravian just landed a spot in a consortium of colleges that got an $ 800,000 grant to explore and compare online teaching methods.

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Jul 2nd

Why Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun is rolling out ‘nanodegrees’ for online …

Why Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun is rolling out ‘nanodegrees’ for online …
News from Silicon Valley Business Journal:

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Sebastian Thrun, co-founder and chief executive officer of Udacity Inc., is betting that credentialing can improve the viability of online education.

Jason McCormick, Contributor

Online education company Udacity last month unveiled “nanodegrees,” online classes that train people for jobs in the technology field — gigs lik…………… continues on Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Parents choose online education for children
News from Hanford Sentinel:

2014-07-02T08:15:00Z Parents choose online education for childrenBy Sandra Guevara Special to the Recorder Hanford Sentinel

There are many reasons why parents opt to educate their children at home. Some want a flexible schedule, some want individualized attention and some want an expanded course offering.

Whatever the reason, more and more parents are enrolling their children at Central California Connections Academy.

Central California Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grades in Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Inyo counties.

State-credentialed teachers work with learning coaches to create an individualized learning plan that meets each student’s needs with a curriculum that meets state education standards.

More than 480 students throughout Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties were served at the Central California branch of the academy in the 2013-2014 school year.

Tracy Heathcote enrolled both her daughters in the online program last year because she was looking for a more challenging curriculum and a flexible schedule to accommodate her daughters’ passion fo…………… continues on Hanford Sentinel

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Jul 1st

Online Education Startups Codecademy, General Assembly, Others Band …

Online Education Startups Codecademy, General Assembly, Others Band …
News from TechCrunch:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got an earful from concerned online education startups today. General Assembly, Codecademy, CodeCombat, and OpenCurriculum cautioned the FCC in their filings today that an Internet fast lane would, “…impede [American's] access to an affordable education and to job skills for the 21st century economy.”

All four companies argue that the newly proposed rules for Net Neutrality creates an uneven playing field in favor of large universities with bigger purse strings.

CEO of General Assembly, Jake Schwartz cautioned the FCC that his company would not have had a chance to even exist under the new proposal:…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Online degree program’s flexibility pays off for officer
News from AirForceTimes.com:

SCRANTON, PA. — When Maj. Chris Costello of the Pennsylvania National Guard received his fourth overseas deployment in a decade, this time to Kuwait in 2012, he decided to go back to school — in the Arabian Desert.

Along with 20 other soldiers at Camp Buehring, about 10 miles south of the Iraqi border, Costello enrolled in an online MBA course through Marywood University, more than 6,000 miles away.

Camels would roam the outskirts of the base. Most of the servicemen and -women lived in tents. And sandstorms sometimes knocked out the base-wide Wi-Fi and sent some of the soldier-students scrambling through the stinging wind for a better connection in the recreation hall. As an officer, Costello had the benefit of living in an air-conditioned apartment on the base with his own Internet connection.

“The biggest challenge I had was dusting the place,” chuckled Costello, now 48 and living in Telford with his family.

The modern comforts and technological advances of online education are allowing more people to get degrees when life prevents or discourages a trip back to a brick-and-mortar school.

According to the Babson Survey Research Group, which has tracked students in online education since 2002, more than 7.1 million higher education students took at least one online course in fall 2012, the most recent time for which d…………… continues on AirForceTimes.com

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Jun 28th

UGA expands online education

UGA expands online education
News from Online Athens:

The University of Georgia has dramatically expanded its online course offerings and degree programs, providing students the flexibility to complete their degree requirements more quickly and expanding access to undergraduate and graduate programs for working adults.

“Online education enables students to make progress toward their degrees while pursuing internships, studying abroad or spending time at home with family over the summer,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “It also expands the reach of our programs to make them available to people who want a UGA education but can’t relocate because of their careers or family obligations.”

The number of students enrolled in summer online courses has increased dramatically in the past year alone, and more online learning opportunities are in the pipeline as the university’s Office of Online Learning approaches its second anniversary.

Vice President for Instruction Laura Jolly noted that 1,900 students enrolled in summer online classes in 2013. This year, that number increased by 32 percent to more than 2,500, and more students are still expected to enroll. Jolly attributed much of this rapid growth to the Online Learning Fellows program, which was launched in 2013 to provide faculty with the training and support to design, develop and teach high-quality online co…………… continues on Online Athens

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