Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
News from Omaha World-Herald:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, are launching two free online Ebola education courses.

The downloadable courses will provide easy-to-understand instruction and resources for health care professionals and the general public.

The two courses, The Nebraska Ebola Method for Clinicians and The Nebraska Ebola Method for General Public, will provide instruction and information through videos and printable documents.

The clinicians’ course already is available via the iTunes U app for iPad and iPhone, through this direct link — http://bit.ly/1tAfRVy — or by searching in iTunes U. The course also is available through Moodleat — http://bit.ly/1DSysj7 — for viewing on a desktop, laptop or other mobile devices.

“We have received many phone calls and emails from other health care organizations nationwide seeking guidance on our safety protocols and procedures,” said Dr. Jeff Gold, UNMC’s chancellor and chairman of the Nebraska Medicine advisory board.

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Coursera’s Plan for Online Education: Expansion in China
News from Businessweek:

Daphne Koller is used to responding to skeptics about the value of online education. As a professor of computer science at Stanford, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipient, and a co-founder of Coursera—one of the leading companies offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs—she remains a strong proponent of the format.

If 2012 was a year of outsize expectations for MOOCs and 2013 saw market pushback against the courses, 2014 would be the year that online education “comes of age” and shows “it has meaningful impact that transcends the hype,” said Koller at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in early September.

The man charged with bringing about that transformation is Richard Levin, the new chief executive of Coursera, which is in Mountain View, Calif. Before taking over at the two-year-old company in March, Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years, making him one of the Ivy League’s longest-serving presidents. Levin focused…………… continues on Businessweek

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Oct 23rd

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias

Bertelsman buying Cary online education company Relias
News from News & Observer:

European media giant Bertelsman will buy Relias Learning, a Cary online education company, for a reported half-billion dollars. The Relias deal is Bertelsman’s biggest U.S. acquisition since the conglomerate bought book publisher Random House in 1998.

Bertelsman’s business interests span books, magazines, broadcasting and music rights. With the Relias acquisition, the closely-held German company is now expanding into the online education market. Bertelsman said the Relias deal is valued “in the mid-hundreds of millions” of dollars, and Reuters reported the value at $ 540 million, based on two anonymous sources.

Relias employs nearly 300 people and will remain headquartered in Cary, managed by the current executive team. “The company expects to hire more employees to keep pace with a burgeoning e-learning market,” Relias said in its announcement this week.

Relias supplies online education courses and training materials for workers in the health are and disabled-care fields. Formed in 2012 through a merger of Essential Learning and Silverchair Learning Systems, Relias said it provided more than 20 million course for more than 4,000 organizations.

Bertelsmann is buying Relias from Vista Equity Partners and LLR Partners.

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Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
News from Seeking Alpha (registration):

  • With rising cost of attendance, traditional college is becoming a less popular and less worthwhile investment for many Americans.
  • Online degree programs run as for-profit companies have emerged as the top alternative form of secondary education.
  • Because of these trends, American Public Education Institution and Bridgeport Education Inc. (two of the biggest players in the industry) both seem poised to rebound in coming moths.

Under-valued public companies have become a rarity after years of bullish market tendencies. There may, however, still be hidden gems in the online education industry. Specifically, industry giants American Public Education Institution (NASDAQ:APEI) and Bridgeport Education Inc. (NYSE:BPI) appear poised to deliver in coming quarters. Admittedly, however, both companies do have drawbacks. Since a quasi-bubble burst in the online-education industry roughly five years ago, both companies have s…………… continues on Seeking Alpha (registration)

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Oct 22nd

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks

Why You Should Reconsider For-Profit Online Education Stocks
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Online Education: Why Are Some Online Schools Lacking In Credibility?
News from WebProNews:

You’ve seen the ads by now for various online schools; all encouraging you to sign up today and get to work on advancing your education.

The selling point is that you can earn your degree from anywhere.

However, what these businesses are not telling you is that you could be wasting your time and money.

Even though acceptance of online degrees is said to be on the rise, it could be that your particular school isn’t seen as particularly credible.

Before signing up for an online degree program at an internet-only college, perhaps there are some things you should consider.

Online School vs. Online Degree

The first thing to know is that online degrees and online schools are not mutually exclusive. There are accredited colleges that have online courses. Sometimes only certain classes are available in an online format. Other times, the entire degree can be earned online.

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Oct 20th

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students

Online Education Shows More Promise Among Students
News from The New Indian Express:

CHENNAI: Fantasy and science fiction, forensic accounting and jazz improvisation — the variety in online education is mind-boggling and, more importantly, gives Indians a chance from their middle class apartments in Chennai, with a good Internet connection, to be exposed to western methods of learning liberal arts, culture and music, as well as engineering, science and management.

The reversal of the concept of ‘school’, with the ‘class’ coming home, is still to pick up in India, but there is an audience that is fast reaping the benefits of online education. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is a fast spreading buzzword and ‘Coursera’, the popular online education platform began only in 2012, but it already has over nine million users and over 800 courses in association with 114 universities.

“Coursera appealed to me because the lectures by experts were free and accessible. I could do out-of-the-box courses like ‘How to Change the World’ and ‘Introduction to Banking and Finance’,” said Anirudh Kumar, an engineering student. “And the best part was that the lectures could be saved, so I could go back to them any time.”

While some students follow an interest, for instance, learning a subject like Greek Mythology that is rare to find in India, there are also many who do certified courses to help them in their career. Sheela Sharma who has a re…………… continues on The New Indian Express

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Dissing Online Education
News from Oregon Catalyst:

by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 20. 2014

By Steve Buckstein

One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.

Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution.

A Portland State University professor of educational leadership recently authored an op-ed making the case that “effective teaching practices such as class discussion, relational learning and other activities of the traditional classroom are hard to offer on a computer screen.” That might be true; face-to-face educational interactions may never go away, but soon they could be greatly supplemented or even overshadowed by…………… continues on Oregon Catalyst

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Oct 20th

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …
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NORTHWIND-Maestro released a new eLearning tool that boosts staff productivity with online tutorials, documentation, and streaming videos for quick, flexible mastery of all Maestro Property Management modules whenever busy schedules permit. Maestro eLearning includes a management dashboard that allows supervisors to design eLearning agendas for any module and track staff progress.

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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
News from Forbes:

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
News from LSU The Reveille:

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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