Jan 26th

eLearning assessment highlights program’s success

eLearning assessment highlights program’s success
News from Newsbug.info:

Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:26 pm | Updated: 7:39 pm, Sun Jan 25, 2015.

The Twin Lakes School Corporation released its assessment of the success rates of the four eLearning days that kicked off the second semester, with attendance remaining above 90 percent for all four days.

According to Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tom Fletcher, though attendance was originally reported to have been in the mid 80 percent range, attendance rates increased during the assessment due to the methodology teachers had to use in order to calculate them.

“Grades 9-12 attendance numbers were determined by the completed homework, either on eLearning days or afterwards. So, when the kids came back those four days two weeks ago, teacher’s worked with them to get their homework done that they were supposed to do on eLearning day, and if they got it finished, then they counted them as present for that eLearning day,’ Fletcher said.

Corporation-wide attendance for the first eLearning day was assessed to be 92.3 percent, with the following days calculated at 90.1 percent, 92.3 percent a…………… continues on Newsbug.info

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Nov 26th

Online Programs Offer New Opportunities for Arab Students

Online Programs Offer New Opportunities for Arab Students
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Online education is in its infancy in the Arab region, but students have a few options for digital learning.

By: Al-Monitor.com Staff
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With the explosion of online programs in recent years, distance education is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for many would-be undergraduates in the Arab region, especially those who have jobs or families to take care of. Some education experts even see e-learning as the future for a region where young people far outnumber the available seats at brick-and-mortar universities.

Online programs are still in their infancy, however, so some employers don’t know what to make of degrees that don’t come from traditional schools. These programs also vary widely in terms of both quality and requirements, so make sure to do

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Online Education Options Vary by More Than Cost
News from U.S. News & World Report:

Viewing content on sites such as Udacity, Udemy and Lynda.com can cost anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars.

When it comes to online education, there are a lot of different options with a lot of different price points.

Prospective learners can choose between free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are not for credit, for instance, and for-credit courses, which can cost thousands of dollars.

“Almost all free courses are leisure learning courses, or courses you’re taking because you want to,” says Vicky Phillips, the CEO of GetEducated.com, an advocacy website for distance-learning programs. “There’s usually no certification and no employment credibility. Usually when you have to pay you are paying for the certification, the standardization. The course has to meet certain quality standards.”

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Aug 17th

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts
News from Centre Daily Times:

— Maggie Koon was afraid that if the Bellefonte Area School District didn’t offer an alternative education program, she wouldn’t finish school.

The 17-year-old Bellefonte Area High School senior moved to Bellefonte last year from Lewistown.

Without knowing anyone and hesitant to be back in the classroom, Koon was given information that she could study online instead, through the district’s BeLA program — Bellefonte eLearning Academy.

“I still feel like I’m getting a good, solid education,” Koon said. “I love it and it’s the kind of program that’s good for students who are bullied or not ready to be in school. … I met other students (in) the program who feel the same way.”

The program, which is open to students from fifth through 12th grades, provides an alternative learning style with parallel requirements for graduation — as if the stud…………… continues on Centre Daily Times

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Apr 27th

UW-Whitewater expanding online master’s programs as part of expanding …

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Dec 3rd

K12 Inc.’s Online Curriculum for Blended Learning Programs Named “Readers …

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K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of proprietary curricula and online education programs for students in pre-kindergarten through high school, today announced that its online curriculum, Aventa Learning® by K12®, which is widely used by school districts for blended learning programs, was named a “Readers’ Cho…………… continues on Newsday

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Apr 3rd

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs

‘eLearning Olympics’ Encourages Using Interactive Online Programs
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A community organization is trying to increase interest in a Jefferson County Public Schools initiative to help students struggling in class.

The program developed by Louisville Central Community Centers is being called eLearn Olympics.

LCCC President Sam Watkins says it’s an extension of the school district’s Every 1 Learns initiative, which has partnered JCPS with several community sites to provide two online programs called Success Maker and Study Island. 

Those two programs help students develop certain skills like math and reading through interactive platforms. eLearning Olympics will us…………… continues on WFPL

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Jan 18th

ASU Online Education Programs Ranked in Top 20 by US News & World Report

ASU Online Education Programs Ranked in Top 20 by US News & World Report
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Arkansas State University has been recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for their online education programs.

The magazine has ranked ASU’s online graduate business programs 11th in the country and the graduate education programs 20th.

“Arkansas State places importance on our high-quality distance learning and top-choice academic programs to students throughout the nation and the world. It’s pleasing to see how our faculty has embraced the online masters degree,” ASU Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson said in a news release. “Our online graduate numbers continue to grow as our students are provided with opportunities to prepare for employment and challenges they will face in this globally competitive marketplace.”

Selection is based on several factors including level of accreditation, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students. A two-step process was utilized including compilation of business schools that offer master degree programs online and then collecting data such as faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; student engagement and admissions selectivity.

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During yesterday’s UC Board of Regents meeting at UCSF Mission Bay, University officials and legislators met to discuss issues of faculty diver- sity and online education, with most Regents supporting efforts to increase diversity while the Board expressed mix feedback to the launching of UC online classes.

As the Educational Policy discus- sion began at 9:30 a.m., Provost Aim?e Dorr presented research on the level of diversity seen in University faculty and Regents largely agreed on increasing diversity levels but made no set plans for such efforts. However, online edu- cation created a heated debate amongst Board members, as many applauded the new efforts as cost-cutting and tech-savvy while others questioned the program’s effect on the unique quality of a UC education.

Dorr’s research findings revealed that just 8.6 percent of male faculty members identify as racially or ethnically underrepresented while 30.5 percent of female faculty come from similar demographics.

But Dorr gave evidence of past diversity efforts, recalling the UC Office of the President’s recent reception of National Science Foundation funding, which will finance diversity-friendly activities amongst faculty and adminis- trators.

However, many Regents voiced dis- satisfaction with the report and Dorr conceded that the University lags in this area due to the privileged b…………… continues on Daily Nexus

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Jan 16th

Why US News Ranks the Best Online Education Programs

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How California’s Online Education Pilot Will End College As We Know It
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Today, the largest university system in the world, the California State University system, announced a pilot for $ 150 lower-division online courses at one of its campuses — a move that spells the end of higher education as we know it. Lower-division courses are the financial backbone of many part-time faculty and departments (especially the humanities). As someone who has taught large courses at a University of California, I can assure readers that my job could have easily been automated. Most of college–the expansive campuses and large lecture halls–will crumble into ghost towns as budget-strapped schools herd students online.

[Note: at the end of this article, I offer a timeline for how this all comes crumbling down]

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Jan 5th

Four key parts of successful online education programs

Four key parts of successful online education programs
News from eSchool News (registration):

Proper training, differentiated instruction play large roles

A number of considerations are necessary for success with online learning.

Progress monitoring tools and proper training in online teaching are critical factors in supporting and sustaining successful online education programs, according to a survey of school leaders.

The survey, released by K12 Inc. and conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight, included responses from superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, and special-education directors who are experienced in implementing online education programs. The 220-plus respondents identified and ranked a number of key success factors.

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How aspiring knitters at Craftsy could inspire online education
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Craftsy’s bread and butter may be classes on quilting and sewing, but its success among students who tend to be less tech-savvy could be interesting to all kinds of online learning startups.

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You might not be into hemming skirts or stitching quilts, but if you’re interested in online education, you may still want to keep an eye on Craftsy.

Unlike many of its peers in Silicon Valley, the Denver-based startup clearly doesn’t have designs on disrupting formal education. Its core students are women over 40 who want to learn how to knit with beads, make handcrafted sugar flowers or master pants-fitting techniques. The next step for graduates of its classes is more likely to be an Etsy storefront than a better job or degree program. But given that Craftsy created its learning experience to be discipline agnostic, its success so far is worth noting by anyone with an i…………… continues on GigaOM

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Nov 26th

Online Education Programs Tackle Student Cheating

Online Education Programs Tackle Student Cheating
News from U.S. News & World Report:

The consequences of cheating in online courses could be severe for college students.

Improved technology and cheaper delivery methods have helped usher in the growth and popularity of online education over the past decade. 

According to Babson Survey Research Group’s last survey of online education programs at colleges and universities, 6.1 million students took at least one online class in fall 2010—a 10.1 percent increase over the previous year. But as the number of students in online courses increases, so too does the potential for cheating. 

In online education, it’s easy for students to “collaborate” on tests in ways that wouldn’t be possible in the classroom, says Shannon Miranda, a senior at

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Online-Education Trend Expands
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Another day, another development in the rapidly evolving world of massive open online courses, also known as MOOCs.

Over the past several months, dozens of universities, including the University of Texas System, Brown and Wesleyan, have joined the bandwagon, working with MOOC providers to offer free online courses to anyone with an Internet connection.

Last week, the American Council on Education, an association for higher education presidents, raised the possibility that such courses could count toward a degree when it said it would review several to determine whether they ought to be eligible for transfer credit.

Two days later, a consortium of 10 universities — including Northwestern, Notre Dame and Wake Forest — announced plans to develop an alternative approach — classes are still taught online, but with just 15 to 20 students. The courses, to be offered next fall through an initiative called Semester Online, wouldn’t be free, like MOOCs are, but students who pass the course could earn credit.

Today, edX, a MOOC founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, is expected to announce plans to bring a computer

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