Feb 28th

Harvard grad Matthew Fields finds success in online education with Stanford …

Harvard grad Matthew Fields finds success in online education with Stanford …
News from BayStateBanner:

A business he launched during his time at Harvard University has allowed Matthew Mugo Fields to fulfill a promise he made while a young immigrant student back in high school: to one day help other students better their educational opportunities, just as he was helped.

Fields left Harvard and Boston about a dozen years ago and now is a successful entrepreneur sitting on a number of education-focused ventures that have touched the lives of several hundred thousand students.

He began his foray into educational services with Rocket Learning, a tutoring company he co-founded with several others while a student at Harvard from 2000 to 2002. Rocket Learning won a Harvard Business School business plan competition, which gave the startup a boost to get going.

Rocket Learning evolved into the Rocket Group, a company with a number of different ventures under its wing focused on using technology and innovation to improve education and advance the field of online learning.

Growth potential

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HBCUs Should Implement Online Education With Caution
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This blog post is the first in a series that takes a look at online education at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Research on the current state of online education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) boldly claim HBCUs lag behind their national counterparts in the proliferation of online education. As a result, proponents of equal access and quality instruction may be led to believe HBCUs are neglecting the needs of their unique student populations by “lagging” behind larger, more resourced institutions.

But on the contrary, closer examination of student success at HBCUs shows that they are indeed addressing the needs of their students by introducing online programs at a modest pace.

Of the 106 total public and private HBCUs in the U.S., only 33 currently offer online degree programs according to the 2014 edition of the Digital Learning Lab. An even closer look at these data show that only 24 HBCUs offer online bachelor’s degree programs and a mere…………… continues on EdCentral

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Feb 26th

Online Hunter Safety Education Course

Online Hunter Safety Education Course
News from WSIL TV:

WSIL  –  Spring Turkey Season is not far off. If you’re looking to get into hunting, most people will have to take a Hunter Safety Education Course. 

If you have a hectic schedule, you can take a portion of the class at your own leasure online.

It usually takes less time the the traditional two day class had to be taken in-person.

If you opt to take the online format, you still must attend a field day.

The class online costs $ 25, while the traditional class is free.

The course has nine chapters with a quiz after each one and then a 25 question final test.

You need to score above 80 percent on the final exam.

If you don’t pass the quizzes or the test you can retake them if necessary.

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Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers
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Helga Stokes regularly tutors college-level students in English as a foreign language, evaluating their papers and suggesting revisions. Astrid Kersten supervises students who are doing master’s-level projects in management and human resources.

It sounds routine. But for the students of the two-Pittsburgh area women — connected by computer from half a world away — it’s anything but. To get an education, they are risking prison.

The instructors are part of a fleet of hundreds of volunteers from around the world who teach in the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. It provides free education to members of the Baha’i faith who live in the Islamic Republic of Iran and who are largely barred from colleges and universities because of their religion, according to human rights groups.

“There’s not much I can do from here, but there’s at least a little something,” said Ms. Stokes of Dormont, an adjunct education instructor at Duquesne University and, like Ms. Kersten, a convert to the Baha’i faith.

Added Ms. Kersten of Observatory Hill: “For people who really want education and, to work hard for it, not to be able to get it was, I felt, a great injustice. Whatever small contribution I could make to remedying that injustice, I thought would be a good thing.”

The plight of Baha’i students is being highlighted in a new documentary, “To Light a…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Feb 25th

Namcol Launches Online Education Radio

Namcol Launches Online Education Radio
News from New Era:

The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) now has an educational campus radio, which will aid learners with their studies. For now, the Namcol campus radio is streaming live on the internet. But, it will later expand to a radio frequency.

In an interview with New Era yesterday, the Education Radio Project Coordinator, Manfred Isaacks said the primary aim of the campus radio is to supplement Namcol learners, especially those who are pursuing their studies through distance learning with lectures on the different subjects.

“… It’s to support distance students. They don’t get face-to-face classes. Through radio they can listen to different lectures given by the tutors. So, it’s more of a support tool,” Isaacks explained.

He noted that campus radio is the country’s first educational radio and its mandate is to educate learners to obtain better grades.

Isaacks also explained that Namcol currently pre-packages the educational material that is aired on the radio and at a later stage there will be live tutorials. Namibians, who are anywhere in the world, can log onto the Namcol website and access campus radio, he noted.

The campus radio streams on weekdays from 08h00 to 17h00. The content consists of different school subjects offered in schools and at Namcol, news headlines, whether report, sports, Namibian music and notices.

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White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law
News from Lynchburg News and Advance:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the measure in the House.

Republicans say the bill would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates. Democrats say it would allow billions in federal dollars to flow out without ensuring they will improve student learning.

The White House said the bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America’s students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, and students of color.”

The White House statement was the latest in a series of veto threats issued by President Barack Obama since both chambers of Congress went under Republican control last month.

A vote is expected on Friday, and it’s possible that members will vote strictly along party lines. That’s what happened with a similar bill in 2013.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the education measure “a good conservative bill that empowers America and does not empower the bureaucracy here in Washington.”

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Feb 24th

Austin library adds online education service

Austin library adds online education service
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The Austin Public Library is furthering its mission to educate patrons by subscribing to a new service for card holders. The new service will allow members of the Austin Public Library to take courses online from expert instructors around the country.

“We have subscribed to online courses that people can take for free,” said Library Director Ann Hokanson. “You use your library card and they run for six weeks.”

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Feb 24th

Member Reminder: Online Education Savings Available Through ACA’s Training …

Member Reminder: Online Education Savings Available Through ACA’s Training …
News from ACA International:

ACA International is offering several teleseminars and online seminars in March, and members can save on the critical educational sessions by purchasing ACA’s Training Pass.

ACA members can get unlimited access to more than 80 informative teleseminars and online seminars for a low, one-time fee of $ 1,149. After attending just a few events, the pass pays for itself.

Training sessions slated for March include coverage of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Essential Collection Skills & Techniques as well as compliance in a March 10 teleseminar focusing on common questions about adding fees to consumer debts.

Kim Rath, ACA’s director of compliance, will lead the session on the concept of adding interest, collection fees or other costs to consumer debts. Before adding such costs to debts, debt collectors must review the terms of the agreement creating the debt and understand relevant federal and state laws. The seminar will provide critical information for industry professionals who are currently adding fees to debts, considering doing so, or loo…………… continues on ACA International

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CA Dept. of Education Sets Up Online Training to Help Schools Protect Kids …
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Posted Monday, February 23rd 2015 @ 7pm  by KFBK News – Joe Michaels

The California Department of Education is making it easier for school employees to get the training they need to protect children from abuse and neglect.  

With a new law requiring California schools to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect, the state’s education officials are providing online training to help school employees protect children. 

“Warning signs of abuse and neglect, what to do in response to your suspicion that a child has been abused or neglected and really what not to do,” the Education Department’s Stephanie Papas said. 

Papas says the mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training lessons are self-paced and always available at no charge.

The Department of Education has also updated its Child Abuse Prevention Web page to provide schools with resources on training, reporting guidelines and procedures, and other information to create safe environments for children.

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BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE: Master’s program, online education a focus …

BUILDING A BRIGHTER FUTURE: Master’s program, online education a focus …
News from News Courier:

Looking back over the past year, Athens State University President Bob Glenn said the state’s approval of a master’s program in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management is what he’s most proud of.

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved the program in December, though it may be spring of next year before the school begins offering coursework at the master’s level. Athens State has offered a bachelor’s degree in the field since 2010, but Glenn believes the master’s level program will open the door to bigger and better things for the school.

“It was hard work, and we drove the length and breadth of the state many times over, and we faced significant opposition from our sister institutions that were concerned our having master’s programs would somehow hurt their institution,” he said. “We believe the expansion will not cause a problem for any other institution, and we will seek programs that will serve our region and not compete with those other institutions.”

Glenn said regional cooperation is what Athens State has strived for, and cited the school’s partnership in 2013 with the University of North Alabama on a master’s in business administration degree as an example of that. He said the school would contin…………… continues on News Courier

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Feb 20th

Public can comment online about Kansas education standards

Public can comment online about Kansas education standards
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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas education officials have created an online tool to allow the public to comment about math, reading and writing standards.

The tool, called “Join the Conversation!” will be available online until Oct. 30. People will be able to read about the standards and make suggestions on moving a standard to another grade level, creating a new standard or rewriting a specific standard.

Kansas based its standards in part on the Common Core state standards, which have faced criticism in recent years. The Common Core standards replace a hodgepodge of educational goals that had varied greatly from state to state.

The standards will be up for review in 2017 in Kansas.

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Hunter-Trapper Education course now offered online
News from Timesonline.com:

Some things in life are just better when you have to wait for them. A little anticipation makes the end result that much sweeter. Some things in life are just better when you have to work for them. A little time and effort spent makes the accomplishment that much more appreciated.

That about summed up my take on the new, online-only Hunter-Trapper Education course announced by the Pennsylvania Game Commission this week. The course, which can be completed online in six to eight hours, is available to those 16 and older.

I remember taking my HTE course at a local sportsmen’s club, and my kids have all gone to sportsmen’s clubs to take theirs. Taking the course at a club, with the instructors and props, on your own, without your parents, was about as much fun as actually going hunting.

But in today’s society, for good or bad, things must change.

“People live increasingly busy lives these days,” said Andy Hueser, a hunter education specialist for the Game Commission. “In recent years, we’ve upped the number of traditional classroom courses we offer, and have offered many more courses at peak times in the fall when more people are thinking about hunting and hunter education; and record numbers of new hunters have become certified as a result.

“But demand still exists, and some folks simply can’t make t…………… continues on Timesonline.com

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Kansas education department launches online feedback tool for language arts …

Kansas education department launches online feedback tool for language arts …
News from Kansas.com:

Kansas education officials have launched an online tool to gather feedback from parents, teachers and others on the state’s language arts and math standards.

The standards, which have come under fire in recent years, were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010 and will be up for review in 2017.

Officials say the goal of the new online survey – at http://standards.ksde.org – is to collect public input on the math and language arts standards at every grade level and provide specific feedback to help guide the standards review team.

“Given the fact that the standards have received so much attention this time around – people are starting to pay attention – we wanted to make sure everyone knew they had an opportunity to weigh in,” said Denise Kahler, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Education.

“We want to do it in a way that’s constructive, specific feedback,” she said. “It’s going to create some awareness and drive some folks who haven’t seen the standards to read them.”

To provide feedback, respondents are prompted to select a grade level and subject area. Drop-down menus show specific standards within that subject area.

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Tech Tuesday: Bill Gates on online education
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For the month of February, the billionaire inventor and philanthropist Bill Gates will be guest-editing the online site “The Verge” to talk about how technology will affect everything from banking to farming during the next 15 years. One of his most recent discussions with the site was about online education and the limitless possibilities with the platform.

Gates began the discussion by addressing how far we’ve come in terms of education not just in the United States but the world as a whole. During the past 15 years it has become more prevalent to see women attending higher levels of education, as well as greater numbers of people in developing countries accessing online education platforms such as Kahn Academy and Coursera.

His discussion is especially inspiring and eye-opening because many professors and those of different generations see online learning as a factor for diminishing personal contact and traditional learning environments. Gates’ view, though, sees online learning platforms as the springboard for the developing world to take their futures into their own hands.

A caveat to these benefits, however, is that gender equality must be properly addressed first so that these online courses don’t become “a cause of inequity, rath…………… continues on Iowa State Daily

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Feb 17th

Eye On Education: Newburyport School Teaches Black History Month Online

Eye On Education: Newburyport School Teaches Black History Month Online
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Newburyport (CBS) — It’s a history lesson without the textbooks. Only iPads and laptops are required.

Students at the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport are traveling back in time to the 1800’s to learn about the Underground Railroad using a game developed by Muzzy Lane.

“The most important thing that a product like this can do is make history relevant and current rather than something that seems like it happened a long time ago so why should I care so much about it,” says President and CEO of Muzzy Lane, a Newburyport educational video game developer.

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South Dakota approves new online hunter education course
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- Associated Press – Monday, February 16, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Young South Dakotans can now go online to finish much of the state’s hunter safety certification course.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department approved the new HuntSAFE program as an alternative to in-person classroom instruction. The online part of the course costs $ 15, while the classroom instruction is free.

After passing the online test, students must participate in the required, in-person HuntSAFE field day, which takes about four to six hours and includes a written final exam.

Hunter education is recommended for all hunters, but South Dakota law requires anyone younger than 16 to finish a hunter education course. Students must be at least 11 years old.

The online portion of the test is available at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota .

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South Dakota approves new online hunter education course

South Dakota approves new online hunter education course
News from Rapid City Journal:

2015-02-16T00:20:12Z 2015-02-16T02:03:34Z South Dakota approves new online hunter education courseThe Associated Press The Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Young South Dakotans can now go online to finish much of the state’s hunter safety certification course.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department approved the new HuntSAFE program as an alternative to in-person classroom instruction. The online part of the course costs $ 15, while the classroom instruction is free.

After passing the online test, students must participate in the required, in-person HuntSAFE field day, which takes about four to six hours and includes a written final exam.

Hunter education is recommended for all hunters, but South Dakota law requires anyone younger than 16 to finish a hunter education course. Students must be at least 11 years old.

The online portion of the test is available at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota .

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