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
News from 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. 

“With an online cours…………… continues on U.S. News & World Report

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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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Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete?
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Online degree programs are proliferating – and many cost a fraction of…………… continues on NPR

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Apr 8th

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 …
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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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Khan lectures about online education
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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Apr 3rd

Opinions mixed on online education

Opinions mixed on online education
News from Coldwater Daily Reporter:

COLDWATER ? The internet has forever changed how the world works.

Business, service clubs and communications have all been altered by the swiftness and variability the internet provides.

Increasingly, education is being affected by the internet as well.

Megan Susterich helps to represent Connections Education, which encompases the online schools Michigan Connections Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy and Nexus Academy. According to Susterich, online education can help students who have difficulties in a traditional educational setting.

?Some students just have unique stories,? Susterich said.

For example, some of the students who participate in these online programs ?weren?t getting the attention they needed at school.? Susterich said the approach of online learning allows these students to have more flexible and specialized options that aren?t available with traditional education.

Susterich said the online schools she represents range from completely online education to a blended approach. In the blended schools, students do a portion of their learning online and meet in regular classrooms, located in larger cities such as Grand Rapids an…………… continues on Coldwater Daily Reporter

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Apr 2nd

What’s trending in online education?

What’s trending in online education?
News from Casper Star-Tribune Online:

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.

Since 2007, the number of students takin…………… continues on Casper Star-Tribune Online

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Learn New Skills Using These 8 Online Education Tools

Learn New Skills Using These 8 Online Education Tools
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Feeling lackluster about your skill set lately? How would you like to pick up some knowledge without all of the hardship of student loans, applications to postgraduate education programs and mind-numbing studying for the GRE?

We’ve compiled a list of eight free educational tools that cover many topics, including programming, entrepreneurship, entertainment and the sciences.

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Online Education ‘Not a Silver Bullet’, Says University of California President
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BACK TO THE BASICS: Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano, is keeping an even keel about the prospects of online education. In an interview last week with the Public Policy Institute’s Mark Baldassare, she casts some doubt on whether online learning is really cost-effective:

And, by the way, if you do it right, it doesn’t save all that much money, because you still have to have an opportunity for students to interact with either a teaching assistant or an assistant professor or professor at some level. And preparing the courses, if they’re really going to be top-quality, is an investment as well.

Napolitano’s comments (brief among many other topics) suggest the new leadership sees online education as a potential cost-saver, not the revenue-generating education-for-all mechanism that investors and some innovative reformers have hoped for.

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