Online Evolution

August 20th, 2014

by Harvard Magazine

HarvardX and other institutions continue to create new massive open online courses (MOOCs; see the current list at harvardx.harvard.edu/modules-courses). But with hundreds of offerings available on edX, Coursera, and emerging platforms (such as the Business School’s HBX; see harvardmag.com/hbx-14), emphasis is now shifting to research on applications and assessments.

http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/09/online-evolution

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Rising Confidence in Online Higher Ed

August 20th, 2014

By Timothy Zimmer, Forbes

Online higher education is steadily gaining favor as a credible alternative to the traditional classroom. According to a recent Gallup report, more U.S. adults agree or strongly agree that online colleges and universities offer high-quality education (37 percent) than did so in 2012 (33 percent) or 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first introduced the report. Online higher education has been a divisive issue amongst academics for years, seen by many as convenient and affordable but unremarkable in value and legitimacy. When online education went toe-to-toe with traditional classroom-based learning in another recent Gallup report, Americans considered online better at “providing a wide range of options for curriculum” and offering “good value for the money.” Traditional education overshadowed this accomplishment, however, besting online in areas such as instruction, rigor, employer favorability, and student format.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccap/2014/08/13/rising-confidence-in-online-higher-ed/

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Online K-12 education faces challenges

August 20th, 2014

by Norman Rozenberg, Tech Page One

Kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) cyber schools have yet to receive as much attention as online higher education. For example, brick-and-mortar grade schools have largely resisted the kinds of online options traditional universities have adopted. There are problems with cyber schools that must be addressed, however. Many cyber-schooling programs have not provided students with an education that meets national averages, according to the University of Colorado study. Despite these drawbacks, the virtual option can become a viable alternative to brick-and-mortar grade schools, especially when targeted to specific groups of students for whom traditional schooling is not helpful.

http://techpageone.dell.com/technology/virtualization/online-k-12-education-faces-challenges/

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Google Penetrates The E-Learning Market To Expand Chromebook Sales

August 19th, 2014

by Lior Ronen, Seeking Alpha

The e-learning market grows rapidly worldwide and expected to reach $51B total revenues in 2016. Google introduced an e-learning platform that integrate its services into one suite that is targeted to the education sector. By penetrating the e-learning market, Google tries to increase Chromebook sales and expand its PC ecosystem. Google could use the e-learning trend around the world and expand its Chromebook sales and ecosystem presence globally.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2423025-google-penetrates-the-e-learning-market-to-expand-chromebook-sales

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Diverse Conversations: Is Higher Education Worth It?

August 19th, 2014
by Matthew Lynch, Huffington Post
Speaking with Yvonne Tocquigny who is CEO of Tocquigny, a company that specializes in brand management and development for colleges and universities.  “Online learning and MOOCS will provide innovative ways for schools to cut costs by curbing the cost of labor (the #1 cost for most schools) and amortizing their investment in the best teachers. This will have to be balanced with the need to continue to convince students that the value of an online course from their school is somehow superior to that of a less expensive institution. Many people believe that in a few years, one will be able to acquire online learning through Amazon. So schools will have to do more over time to define the value of a degree from their particular school. They will have to become more efficient at attracting the right students to their school.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-lynch-edd/diverse-conversations-is_b_5678055.html

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Parents with kids playing hockey now required to take online course in respect

August 19th, 2014

by Meghan Roberts, CTV Winnipeg

Parents looking to register their kids for hockey in Winnipeg this fall must now complete the Respect in Sports program. The plan for the requirement was announced earlier this year. The online course costs $12 and takes about an hour to complete. One parent per household is required to finish the program. Hockey Winnipeg said the course will be good for five years.

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/parents-with-kids-playing-hockey-now-required-to-take-online-course-in-respect-1.1954995

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Fla. students required to take online class to graduate

August 18th, 2014

By Leigh Spann, WFLA

In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed the Digital Learning Act requiring students to complete one online course in order to graduate. At that time, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors were grandfathered out of the stipulation. This year’s rising seniors are the first that must graduate with a virtual course. Many haven’t yet. “That’s what we hear statistically from around our districts, 30 percent,” said Celeste Sanchez, District Relations Manager Florida Virtual School. Kelley Brenes is a rising junior at Sickles High School in Tampa. She may be two years from graduating, but she’s fulfilling the online class requirement right now.

http://www.wfla.com/story/26247954/students-need-online-class-to-graduate-many-havent-taken

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Back to School Anything but Routine for Alaska Virtual Academy Students

August 18th, 2014

By Marketwatch

New school supplies and meeting new teachers are still part of the first day of school for Alaska Virtual Academy (AKVA) students across the state. They’ll meet each other in homeroom and catch up with classmates from last year, but there won’t be any backpacks, school cafeteria food or catching the bus for these students, who go to school full-time online. Instead, they’ll be learning how to log on, manage their homework and meet their assigned teacher as they learn from home. AKVA is a tuition-free, online public school, available to students in grades K-8 across the state of Alaska. Students attend school full-time online, and use the internet to access the engaging, award-winning K¹² curriculum. A public school choice, AKVA gives parents and families the opportunity to maximize their success with individualized learning.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/back-to-school-anything-but-routine-for-alaska-virtual-academy-students-2014-08-12

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Canvas Network Announces Minecraft MOOCs and App in a Suite of 15 MOOCs

August 18th, 2014

by Kim Sun-Mi, Korea Times

Learning technology company Instructure, the creator of the Canvas learning management system for K-12 and higher education, today announced a major new experiment in K-12 learning by unveiling a suite of more than 15 MOOCs for teachers, students and even parents on its Canvas Network platform. The most ambitious collection of K-12 MOOCs to date, the suite includes two Minecraft MOOCs that aim to help teachers leverage gamification best practices in the classroom. Enrollment is free and open for registration for anyone in the world at canvas.net

http://www.koreaittimes.com/story/39940/canvas-network-announces-minecraft-moocs-and-app-suite-15-moocs-k-12-teachers-students-a

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It’s Time to End the Device Debate

August 17th, 2014

By Patrick Larkin, Edudemic

Personally, I have no strong emotion tied to one device or another. In fact, as a learner, I get a great deal of satisfaction by figuring out how I can get my daily tasks done on any device that is placed before me. In fact, my main takeaway from most of these debates regarding one device or another is that those of us in schools need to steer clear of strapping on the blinders that can come along with one platform or another. We need to ensure environments that are adaptable and allow learners to accomplish their tasks with whatever devices are available. For all intensive purposes, devices are now basically disposables after two to three years. It is time to dispose of the debate on devices as well.

http://www.edudemic.com/time-end-device-debate/

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Is This The Future Of Education?

August 17th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

It seems to be part of the human condition that we are constantly looking to the future. From things a simple as “what’s happening this weekend” to “are we going to have flying cars in ten years”, wondering, imagining, and creating what our future will look like is so normal that it can often seem like it is just a part of our subconscious. In education, we’re always looking to the future. What can we improve? How can we change, add, or manage our toolkits to do exactly what we need? What skills will students need in the future, and how can we ensure we’re preparing them adequately? What technologies will they be using? The handy infographic below takes a look at the ‘education of tomorrow’. It showcases a few statistics on technology growth over the years along with an overview of what might be next for the future of education.

http://www.edudemic.com/future-of-education/

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Brain-inspired chip fits 1m ‘neurons’ on postage stamp

August 17th, 2014

By Jonathan Webb, BBC

Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called “neurons”. They describe it as a supercomputer the size of a postage stamp. Each neuron on the chip connects to 256 others, and together they can pick out the key features in a visual scene in real time, using very little power. The design is the result of a long-running collaboration, led by IBM, and is published in the journal Science.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28688781

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5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom

August 16th, 2014

By Zapmarketing, Edudemic

Integrating video into our classrooms can be a great way not only to get students more engaged in the material you’re presenting to them, but to get them using technology, giving and getting feedback, and tapping all parts of their brain while they learn. See the videos and factoids linked below.

http://www.edudemic.com/using-video-in-the-classroom/

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The Beginner’s Guide To The Internet Of Things

August 16th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

What does ‘the internet of things’ mean, anyway? It is a term that I’ve heard periodically over the past few years but explored little and never wrote about here, as it doesn’t specifically refer to education and there are so many other (specifically) relevant things to share and talk about. The short explanation is that the Internet of Things refers to the interconnectedness of devices of all types – especially ‘smart’ devices that can react, anticipate, and adapt as necessary. In short, this interconnectedness and advancing technology is expected to simplify automation in so many areas of our lives. See the infographic linked below for more.

http://www.edudemic.com/guide-to-the-internet-of-things/

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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn

August 16th, 2014

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There could be a lot of discussion about the millions of nuances of amelioration brought to classrooms – both physical and virtual. That said, the handy linked infographic below takes a look at 4 ways technology is changing how people learn.

http://www.edudemic.com/technology-is-changing-how-people-learn/

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What’s the best way to keep students on track in an online course?

August 15th, 2014

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

When we published online education specialist Paul Beaudoin’s “6 Ways to Be a Better Online Teacher” a few months ago, it quickly became one of the top three most-read articles on our Web site this year. Paul’s academic background is in music; an accomplished composer, theorist, author and educator, he noticed early on that technology was changing the way he interacted with making music. It wasn’t long before he brought technology into his own classrooms — and online courses — to engage his students. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Exemplary Course Award from Blackboard, and a frequent international workshop and keynote speaker. For this month’s issue, we asked Paul to write a follow-up piece: “Motivate and Engage Online Learners All Semester Long.”

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/08/07/learning-to-teach-online.aspx?admgarea=News

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Extension offers online course for board members of non profits

August 15th, 2014

by Curt Wohleber, Democrat News

University of Missouri Extension is offering online training for board members of nonprofit organizations. “Serving on a board is a little different from volunteering for an event or activity,” says Connie Mefford, associate extension professional and community development specialist in Benton County. “I think many people don’t understand their legal responsibility.” While board members can bring valuable skills and knowledge, they might not be ready to deal with issues such as conflicts of interest, maintaining minutes and other required documents, compensation of paid employees, and proper handling of grants, donations and other income, Mefford said.

http://dailyjournalonline.com/democrat-news/news/extension-offers-online-course-for-board-members-of-non-profits/article_1a7e9396-9115-5685-8d5e-a3f2f9c03ce4.html

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How To Create A Money-Making Online Course

August 15th, 2014

by Dorie Clark, Forbes

The average instructor brings in $7000 from Udemy courses, though there is a wide range of outcomes. I’ve met one instructor whose class earns him only $60 per month, but elite instructors – generally those with very large followings on social media who can mobilize their own audience to buy – can generate six figures annually from their courses.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2014/08/06/how-to-create-a-money-making-online-course/

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Online Ed Leaders Named to 2014 OLC Class of Fellows

August 14th, 2014

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Seven new higher ed leaders have joined the ranks of the Fellows of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium). The annual OLC Fellows program recognizes exceptional professional excellence in the field of online learning. The OLC Board of Directors “confers the distinction upon individual members of the Consortium who have: outstanding and extraordinary qualifications in the field of online learning; significant experience in online learning or an allied field; a record of distinguished service to OLC or the field; and extraordinary

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/08/04/online-ed-leaders-named-to-2014-olc-class-of-fellows.aspx?admgarea=news

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Online education push continues at CSUs

August 14th, 2014

By Isabelle Taft, Sacramento Bee

Assembly Bill 46, authored by Richard Pan D-Sacramento, seeks to ensure that the answers to those questions are shaped in part by data about student achievement in online courses. The bill, which bypassed the Senate Appropriations Committee because it was found to have a low cost, could be voted on in the Senate as early as Wednesday. The legislation would require providers of online courses to share information about course enrollment and completion rates, grades, student demographics and the use of university resources such as libraries with the CSU Academic Senate, the body that represents faculty from the 23 CSU campuses. Pan said he wrote the bill in response to concern that the faculty group lacked sufficient access to data during the SJSU Plus pilot program. Though the partnership with Udacity has ended, Pan wants to be certain that any companies the CSU works with in the future will be accountable for providing positive outcomes for students.

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/04/6605333/online-education-push-continues.html

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Learning Lessons: Net Neutrality and the Future of Online Education

August 14th, 2014

by McNeal Maddox, ClickZ

The end of net neutrality would inevitably lead to online education providers paying more to deliver video course content – which would mean an increase in operating costs that would be bundled into millions of students’ fees. The increased cost would stifle enrollments at a critical moment in the growth of the online education sector. A requirement to pay ISPs for increased bandwidth to stream video to millions of students is an added expense that many online schools may not be willing to pay. Brands like Udemy, Khan Academy, Udacity, Codecademy, and General Assembly have already made significant investments in process and infrastructure to deliver streaming video course content.

http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2358039/learning-lessons-net-neutrality-and-the-future-of-online-education

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