Jan 24th

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD
News from Investor’s Business Daily:

Technology has made buying and selling stocks as simple as shopping for shoes. And yet knowing what to buy and sell — and when — remains a daunting challenge.

In response, online stockbrokerages are spreading the gospel of investor education at a phenomenal rate. Preaching to audiences often numbering in the millions, they are rapidly developing and fine-tuning online curricula that let studious investors climb at their own pace from beginner into highly advanced concepts and strategies.

To attract practiced investors, many online stockbrokers are placing more emphasis on mobile trading, tracking and information platforms.

To lure newer, less certain clients, basic educational resources remain a fundamental front gate to the online investing experience.

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This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education
News from Entrepreneur:

While online education has been gaining traction in America for roughly 15 years, the inevitable maturation and spread of this technology into developing countries is bound to spark a revolution.

That was a key takeaway from a letter penned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — which, with an endowment of $ 42.3 billion, represents one of the largest private foundations on earth.

On this, its 15th anniversary, the Foundation laid bare its hopes for the world over the next 15 years — including the prediction that online education will reach hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

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The growth of high-speed cell networks and a proliferation of affordable devices will largely fuel this accessibility.

Children who have grown up with smartphones and tablets, for instance, tend to utilize them intuitively. Therefore, according to the Foundation, kids in third worl…………… continues on Entrepreneur

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Jan 23rd

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …
News from Forbes:

Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts. After all, what is the point of having instructors in the classroom if a computer can teach everything? But there’s no reason to think that these classes will completely replace instructors. While some adjunct professors will lose their jobs, instructors will still be necessary. Thanks to the increases in productivity from the standardized online course, they will be able to teach more with less labor, and the improved efficiency of teaching can greatly benefit the students.

It’s important to note that most professors will be relatively unaffected by the standardization: many classes can’t be standardized or even taught online. Humanities courses and upper-level courses (regardless of subject) simply can’t be prepackaged,…………… continues on Forbes

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Ohio State ranks in top 10 for distance learning education
News from OSU – The Lantern:

Ohio State currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Ohio State is striving to bring the academic experience of sitting in a lecture hall to the digital classrooms of its online courses, and its placement among some of the top 10 online programs shows evidence of progress.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” report, ranking OSU tied for eighth.

OSU currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students, Office of the Chief Information Officer spokeswoman Katharine Keune said in an email.

Rob Griffiths, senior director of digital scholarship for ODEE, said OSU’s online program is successful because it offers online students similar content to what is taught in on-campus courses, but presents it using…………… continues on OSU – The Lantern

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Jan 21st

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …
News from WFDD:

North Carolina families could soon have another education option. The state board is discussing applications for two virtual charter schools this month.

The two schools seeking approval are affiliated with the online education companies K12 Inc. and Connections Academy. A state advisory committee recently recommended the school’s proposals.  They would be part of a four-year pilot program outlined by the legislature that authorizes the State Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools by the end of 2015. 

Online learning is not new. The state has the second largest public virtual school in the country, with approximately 50,000 students every year who take courses in the program.

North Carolina Public schools are using it now to supplement middle and high school curricula. Proponents say it offers classes that otherwise may not be available and brings more flexibility to students who need it.<…………… continues on WFDD

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Cybrary’s Free Online Training Reshaping Cybersecurity Education
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By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

01/20/2015 ( 2:15pm)

A shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors has left the US vulnerable to major cyberattacks. In response, Cybrary, the world’s first and only free massive open online course for IT and cyber security professionals, has announced the availability of free classes to the general public.

 

“We have the firm belief that IT and cybersecurity training should be free,” Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary, told Homeland Security Today. “Many in the industry feel the skills gap in cybersecurity and a number of reports indicate that there are more cybersecurity jobs than there are qualified people to fill them. We were very aware of that problem.”

 

The Greenbelt, Maryland-based Cybrary is designed to provide comprehensive IT and cybersecur…………… continues on HSToday

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Jan 19th

Flipkart joins hands with online education pioneer TCYonline

Flipkart joins hands with online education pioneer TCYonline
News from Economic Times:

BENGALURU: Homegrown e-retailer Flipkart has joined hands with online education pioneer TCYonline to offer a wide spread of test preparation tools, the company said today.

Starting January 19, products/coaching material for over 90 exam categories from TCYonline will be exclusively available for 90 days on Flipkart.

The partnership will offer students across India access to an entire gamut of educational offerings from TCYonline, the company said in a release.

TCYonline is one of the largest and most popular testing platforms in the country with tests from over 50,000 teachers across 90+ exam categories.

This unique collaboration is Flipkart’s way of exploring new opportunities in the in-demand e-learning space, it added.

Gaurav Gupta, Director – Retail, Flipkart said: “In recent years, the e-learning space in India has s…………… continues on Economic Times

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VSU launches second phase of online orientation
News from Valdosta Daily Times:

VALDOSTA—Valdosta State University’s Office of Extended Learning and Center for eLearning will launch the second phase of its online orientation on Jan. 14.  The online orientation was developed last year to help online students navigate the enrollment process, as well as obtain information and resources specifically designed to move the student toward degree completion.

 

Phase two will include modules focused on student academic success; gaining practical work experience and employment after graduation; tutoring in core classes, study groups, and success workshops; career counseling; and steps VSU is taking to ensure a safe campus environment.

 

According to Kathy J. Sundin, online communications coordinator with VSU’s Center for eLearning, the online orientation portal was designed to empower entering online learners with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully complete their enrollment process.  In addition, the online orientation portal remains available to learners throughout their studies and provides students with a valuable resource to help them graduate.

 

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Jan 17th

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps
News from VentureBeat:

Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agreed to launch an integrated, chat-centric education service. The question every university should be asking is: What does this mean for online learning?

Just 10 years ago, many of us thought online learning meant earning a degree anytime, anywhere. With smartphones, it’s now possible to learn on the move. The trade-off is efficacy. The holy trinity of online learning — content/lecture, discussion, assessment — doesn’t translate to smartphones. To wit:

  • Navigating content: Navigating curriculum is challenging on a smartphone. Not only because of the small screen, which requires buttons/areas large enough to be selected by thumbs, but also because we use smartphones differently; smartphone users are much more likely than PC users to abandon content that takes more than five seconds to load.
  • Discussion: Discussion boards can work well on smartphones. Ubiquity counts for a lot in discussions. Synchronous video discussions also work, but not for an entire cohort or section (more likely 1:1, as with FaceTime), and also for sessions much s…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Jan 17th

Noodle’s Beef with Online Education Lead-Gen Business

Noodle’s Beef with Online Education Lead-Gen Business
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WHERE ADTECH MEETS EDTECH: If sites like “DegreeDirectory” and “Online Masters Degree” sound too good to be true, they probably are. Noodle, a search engine for schools and other education resources, has compiled a list of higher-ed lead generation sites, many of which lack proper disclosure. In a survey of 203 high school students, “only 6% knew that schools were paying to be listed on these sites.”

At the same time, nearly half of the respondents say they weren’t bothered by schools paying to get the word out. So ads aren’t the problem. But lead-gen sites would do well to take a page from Google and separate church and state by clearly distinguishing between paid and organic listings.

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Education Department: Indiana schools unprepared for online tests
News from Chalkbeat Indiana:

About 77 percent of Indiana schools are technologically ill-equipped to to reliably administer state ISTEP tests online, and the Indiana Department of Education told state lawmakers it will take millions of dollars to fix the problem.

At today’s House Ways and Means Committee meeting, state Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s top deputy, Danielle Shockey, and testing director, Michele Walker, said it could cost an extra $ 34 million over the next two years to get Indiana schools on solid footing when it comes to the computing power and access speed needed to make online testing seamless.

The deputy superintendent said schools need better broadband Internet support most of all, but in some places schools also need better computers.

“(Schools) need increased broadband before they can even think to increase their hardware,” Shockey said. “Broadband has to come first.”

Indiana hasn’t had an easy go of online testing so far.

The state has embraced online administration of the state ISTEP test for about 500,000 students in grades 3 to 8 since 2010. But in three of the last five years, the state experienced major problems with online testing, including students who were interrupted while taking ISTEP online by glitches or because they were unexpectedly logged out of the system.

The state’s test vendor, CTB/McGraw-Hill, gave the state free ser…………… continues on Chalkbeat Indiana

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Jan 16th

McHenry County employers indifferent on online education in hiring

McHenry County employers indifferent on online education in hiring
News from Northwest Herald:

After making a commitment to get an associate degree partly online, it was much easier for Kathleen Hayhurst of Wonder Lake to transition from a part-time position to a full-time one.

Working as a professional development assistant at McHenry County College, Hayhurst said going to school entirely face-to-face wasn’t an option between work and family obligations. Taking online courses through MCC was more convenient, and it made her feel no less qualified than if she would’ve gotten the degree completely face-to-face, she said.

With more students like Hayhurst coming out of higher education today, a few of the larger employers in the area said for them, a degree obtained completely or partially online is hardly a make or break factor when it comes to hiring.

At Centegra Health System, Director of Employment and Development Matt Johnson said both online and traditional degrees are recognized equally.

If interviewing two candidates with similar experience, the origin of their degrees “wouldn’t be a factor that would weigh real heavily,” Johnson said.

He pointed out that online education wouldn’t be feasible for some positions, such as nurses or other clinical jobs, and a majority of applicants do have traditional brick-and-mortar degrees. Still, Johnson said he’s noticed a higher numb…………… continues on Northwest Herald

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Scottsbluff schools to change online education resource
News from Scottsbluff Star Herald:

Scottsbluff Public Schools will soon change its source for online education resources to help improve student education.

When its Brain Pop subscription ran out in December, the SBPS school district began looking forward to implementing Safari Montage into K-12 and Educational Services Unit #13 classrooms. Scottsbluff High School Technology Integration Specialist Justin Gipe addressed the SBPS school board on the new website last Monday during the monthly meeting and said the district doesn’t have the Safari Montage program running just yet since ESU#13 is still conducting negotiations.

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Jan 14th

Online Education Company Lynda.com Gets $186 Million For A Shopping Spree

Online Education Company Lynda.com Gets $ 186 Million For A Shopping Spree
News from TechCrunch:

Online personal and professional continuing education company lynda.com has raised $ 186 million at a roughly $ 1 billion valuation to go shopping for education technology companies.

It’s the second mammoth round for Lynda, following a $ 100 million initial investment from Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity and Meritech. The new round was led by TPG, a private equity firm with some $ 65 billion worth of assets under management.

For lynda.com, the new round is all about a shopping allowance. The company already has letters of intent out with three potential acquisition targets and has several more companies in its sights, according to an interview with the company’s chief executive, Eric Robison.

One investor familiar with the market for online education said that the company may look to bring in programming tutorial companies like Thinkful (which raised a round of funding recently) or Treehouse (which hasn’t).

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Bringing Programming Education Online, Thinkful Raises $ 4.25 Million
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Thinkful, the online continuing education services company for programmers and developers, has raised $ 4.25 million in a new round of funding as it looks to expand its portfolio of education offerings.

“We’ve found a away to get a lot of professional engineers excited about helping people learn,” says Darrell Silver, who, along with Thiel Fellowship recipient Dan Friedman, founded the company in October 2012.

Connecting professional programmers and developers with students online, Thinkful operates like a lighter weight and cheaper version of the developer bootcamps and professional education companies that had cr…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Jan 9th

Crime and Mismanagement and the Realities of Gambling and Online Education

Crime and Mismanagement and the Realities of Gambling and Online Education
News from Governing:

Much of the attention to the states’ management of fiscal matters tends to go to the major expenditures like pensions and health care. But there are all sorts of smaller pockets of cash that add up to big money — and which are often managed badly.

An excellent example of this is the funds set aside for crime victims. Some $ 11 billion is currently residing in federal bank accounts, with the intention of distributing it to states to reimburse crime victims for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages and so on. Some states have their own funds as well — as much as $ 10 million apiece — which is brought in through general fund revenues and offender fees.

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The problem is that this money often goes unspent. Part of the reason is a federal annual spending cap of $ 745 million, despite the large amount of money the program has set aside. Worse yet, many states don’t even ask for the money they could be receiving thanks to sloppy recordkeeping, inadequate technology and lack of follow-through.

This appeared to be the case in the Criminal…………… continues on Governing

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China’s Facebook YY Scoops Up Online Education Groups
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Chinese social platform YY began as an online gaming portal in 2005 and today is often described as a “virtual stadium,” where a handful or hundreds of people can interact in real time, visually and through voice, video and text.

Facing more rivals in its core gaming segment, YY (NASDAQ:YY) has diversified into entertainment, business conferencing, online dating — and its latest move, online education.

Online education is posting 20% annual growth in China. An estimated 78 million online learners of all ages are projected for 2014, according to data from independent Chinese research firm iResearch. Double-digit growth each year through 2017, when more than 120 million people in China will study via the Internet, iResearch says.

Other China firms entering the online education field include Internet search leader Baidu (NASDAQ:

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Jan 7th

Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $52.5M For Its Online …

Chinese Mobile Development Giant NetDragon Raises $ 52.5M For Its Online …
News from TechCrunch:

NetDragon, one of China’s leading mobile and games development companies, has raised $ 52.5 million in Series A funding for its online education business from investors including IDG Capital, Vertex Venture, and Alpha Animation, an animation studio based in Shenzhen. The round values NetDragon’s online education subsidiary at $ 477.5 million.

Targeted at students in kindergarten through senior high school, NetDragon’s online education platform is accessible through websites or mobile apps. The subsidiary was launched in January 2014 as a joint venture between NetDragon, private equity firm Vision Knight Capital, and Foxteq, a hardware manufacturer that is owned by OEM giant Foxconn.

Online education is a fast-growing sector in China: overseas companies like Coursera have launched Chinese language platforms, while domestic startups like language-learning platform Tutor…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Where Colorado colleges stand in U.S. News online-education rankings
News from Denver Business Journal:

Jan 7, 2015, 12:16pm MST Updated: Jan 7, 2015, 12:31pm MST

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