Archive for the ‘Online Learning News’ Category

Can New Technologies Increase Interaction in Online Education?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

by: Angie Parker, Teaching&Learning

There are three types of interaction in online courses: learner-to-content, learner-to-instructor, and learner-to-learner. Each contributes to student retention and motivation. This article elaborates on these types of interaction and suggests which technologies can facilitate each type of interaction.

http://www.magnapubs.com/blog/teaching-and-learning/can-new-technologies-increase-interaction-in-online-education/

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Three (BIG) Barriers to Student Participation in xMOOCs

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

by Online Learning Insights

Though there are a variety of factors that contribute to low completion rates, I suggest that three barriers, 1) technology, 2) poor usability & course design, and 3) anonymity contribute significantly to low student participation levels and completion—barriers that deter, discourage and in some cases intimidate students. Also, in some instances, barriers one and two are potential barriers in closed, online classes (as those offered as for-credit courses at public and private institutions).

http://onlinelearninginsights.wordpress.com/tag/technology-as-barrier-to-online-learning/

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Here are the 12 most popular free online courses for professionals

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

by Business Insider

Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time. Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/14/from-the-basics-of-programming-to-financial-markets-here-are-the-12-most-popular-free-online-courses-for-professionals/

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U.S. News Twitter Chat: How to Develop Good Online Learning Habits

Monday, July 28th, 2014
by  Travis Mitchell, US News
On Thursday, July 31, at 2pm EST, U.S. News Education ​will host a Twitter chat to help students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree online ​develop good habits for success. Topics will include advice on how to best use online discussion forums and tips on ways to effectively balance school and work.  U.S. News Education will moderate a panel of experts, including Ray Schroeder (@rayschroeder)​, associate vice chancellor for online learning ​at the University of Illinois—Springfield; academic staff from Pennsylvania State University—World Campus (@PSUWorldCampus) and the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University—Bloomington​ (@KelleySchool); and Devon Haynie (@DevonHaynie), online education reporter for U.S. News.
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http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/07/24/us-news-twitter-chat-how-to-develop-good-online-learning-habits
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Net Neutrality Offensive

Monday, July 28th, 2014

By Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Colleges and universities, higher education associations and ed-tech companies aren’t always in agreement on issues facing academe, but on the topic of “net neutrality,” they are sending a clear message to the federal government: Don’t touch the internet. One by one, many of these stakeholders have declared their support for net neutrality, the concept that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally, whether generated by academic research, reputable news outlets or streaming video. That idea appeared to be cemented in a set of regulations approved in 2010 by the Federal Communications Commission, but an appeals court earlier this year found those rules illegal, casting the future of internet regulations into confusion.

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/07/11/higher-education-and-library-groups-present-net-neutrality-principles

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7 Programs For Enhancing Course Content Online

Monday, July 28th, 2014

By sameer.b, Edudemic

Creating online content isn’t just for teachers that teach exclusively distance courses. Putting some course content online can be useful in any type of blended learning scenario, or even just to have the information available to in-person students for their use as they need it throughout the year. That said, putting your course content online can feel like a daunting task if you aren’t a “web person” per se. There are so many options out there for making online course content. Below are a handful of options.

http://www.edudemic.com/creating-online-course-content/

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The top 10 ways college students plagiarize

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

By Dennis Carter, eCampus News

Data reveals the ten most common forms of plagiarism in higher education. When it comes to plagiarizing, students who use the unethical shortcut seem to be all in: Copying and pasting a research paper word for word is now the most common form of plagiarism. Those findings, along with the ten most common forms of plagiarism in higher education, were detailed in a national ranking of plagiarism incidents released this month by Turnitin, an online company that makes software designed to detect cheating in homework assignments and research papers.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/college-plagiarism-students-682/

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Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Technology

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

by Patricia Pedraza-Nafziger, BellaOnline

The old method of teachers instructing students has morphed into more of a shared learning environment. The new teaching and learning theory is called andragogy, or adult-leading, as opposed to pedagogy, or child-leading, according to American educator Malcolm Knowles. Key attributes associated with adult learners are motivation fueled by a need to know, an acquired foundation of experience, self-concept, and a readiness or willingness to learn. Teaching methodologies tailored for andragogy are quite common at the college level, particularly in distance and online learning environments, because many students today are already working full-time jobs and hope to acquire higher positions by gaining advanced degrees. These adult students seek the most efficient and time-saving methods for furthering their educations, and distance learning is at the top of the list.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art173983.asp

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Online University Courses Have Growing Pains, But Are Supported By Secular Trends

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

by Equities.com

MOOCs continue to gain ground on their traditional peers, driven by some of the forces identified above. We believe that MOOCs will secure acceptance by more and more institutions for transfer credit, and that the emergence of a blended online/offline program such as that envisioned by Mr. Agarwal is likely. The preeminence of degrees that require the investment of years of study may also come to be challenged by targeted micro-programs, which could come to be highly regarded by employers. What’s increasingly certain is that the university education of the future will not be tied to what we know from the past — and that will be good for students and employers alike.

http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/stocks/technology/online-university-courses-growing-pains-secular-trends

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Retired Ann Arbor Physician and Professor Wields New Media to Teach Health Science

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

by Midland Daily News

If Dr. Lawrence Power has his way, the innovative new online learning program he has just launched at http://www.HealthYourself101.com will expand people’s understanding of the causes, consequences, and management of visceral obesity. Power has set out to provide a health education platform on this modern epidemic and its ill effects that’s actually – dare we say it? – entertaining to dig into and learn from. “The program,” says Power, “aims to engage the remote learner – the solitary individual signing on from a desktop, laptop, or smart phone. Its content addresses the obesity epidemic through interactive options like social media, a playfully simulated rocket launch, and game play.” “Who knows?” Power adds. “This could serve as a model for the online learning methodology that higher education has been seeking.”

http://www.ourmidland.com/prweb/retired-ann-arbor-physician-and-professor-wields-new-media-to/article_16ffbba5-b3d4-548f-a025-99b57d3615f6.html

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IS E-LEARNING ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE?

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

By Maria Mirakaj Brownsell, Community College Campus News

All in all, online classes seem to be helpful for certain lifestyles, but seem to disappoint many. If someone is looking for an easy class where they won’t have to devote much time, they may wrongly turn to e-learning. If someone is looking for a way to take a class in between other activities but has plenty of time to put into, then they shall succeed!

http://cccnews.info/2014/07/13/is-e-learning-all-its-cracked-up-to-be/

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Scientists want to get their latest findings to those who can use them: parents and caregivers

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

Scientists have learned a lot about the preschool brain over the past decade. But unless they read medical journals, most parents and others who care for their young children have yet to hear about those discoveries. Researchers at the University of Washington and a group of nonprofit partners are trying to change that by making outreach and education a bigger part of their work. A variety of new efforts have begun: from a Facebook page with photos of parents and kids demonstrating learning activities to a free online mini-university explaining the science in a way that everyone can understand and apply it.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d215eb98c422430998ddbcf4f04cdc7a/WA–Parenting-101

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Facing the Facts: Facial Recognition and E-Learning

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Facing the Facts: Facial Recognition and E-Learning

by Kate Everson, Chief Learning Officer

Facial recognition software developer KeyLemon has released a new program that applies its product to online education. Not only will it identify users when they first log into a program, it will confirm whether they’re the one taking the test. It also tracks eye movement to make sure learners are paying attention to a lecture instead of just half-heartedly listening while playing a gripping game of Tetris. For learning leaders, this development means they can add some integrity to online development programs that are plagued by plagiarism and cheating. It also means they can make e-learning more personal and responsive by giving the administrator a firmer grasp on what students are paying attention to during lecture.

http://www.clomedia.com/blogs/2-from-the-editors/post/5717-facing-the-facts-facial-recognition-and-e-learning

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So You Think You Can Educate Adults?

Friday, July 25th, 2014

by Alexander Russo, edSurge

Indeed, adult education is experiencing a much-needed surge of interest from the innovation and entrepreneurial communities, according to experts, observers, and providers. They hope that this interest will develop new human capital, improve outcomes, and attract additional resources. Some of the developments – flipped, blended, gamified, mobile learning – are familiar trends generally mirroring those taking place in other sectors. Others trends and concepts – contextualization, “braided” funding, and “bridge” programs – are more specific to the needs of low-skill adults and adult education programs who serve them. Here’s a roundup of some of the most interesting trends and innovations in adult education from our interviews with experts and leaders in the field.

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-11-so-you-think-you-can-educate-adults

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MOOC dropouts – What we learn from students who leave

Friday, July 25th, 2014

by Sherif Halawa, University World News

The wide gamut of interactions that MOOC platforms record helps us not only to predict and understand more about dropouts but also to distinguish between learners who leave because of lack of time, learners who leave because of lack of motivation and learners who leave because of course difficulty. In a classroom setting, the teacher can observe students’ active engagement with a discussion, but cannot measure non-participating students’ engagement (whether or not they are silently following the discussion). MOOCs record forum post visits even for students who never post to the forum. MOOC forums also record conversations between students, which is difficult to capture in a classroom setting. In a dropout diagnosis experiment, we asked students to self-report on their state of perceived course difficulty, motivation and their amount of weekly free time. Analysis of respondents’ learning interaction data revealed that certain behaviours are associated with high or low levels of each of these three factors.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140708163413797

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3 ways Harvard President Drew Faust measures colleges – Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
by Kai Ryssdal, Marketplace
By 2015, the Obama administration will evaluate colleges on average tuition cost, low-income student enrollment, graduation rates and job earnings after graduation. When they released this proposal last year, the higher education community generally disagreed with their criteria. One strong critic is Drew Faust, the president at Harvard University. Here are some measurements she thinks are important to consider:
Measurement: Jobs, but not salaries.
Measurement: The percentage of students on financial aid.
Measurement: How digital-forward teaching is.
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A cheaper, faster version of a college degree

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY

No one appears quite ready to dismiss the value of a college degree, but cheaper, faster alternatives are gaining credibility in the workplace. The latest example: AT&T is working with a for-profit online education provider to develop “nanodegrees,” its name for a series of courses that will take less than a year to complete and lead directly to entry-level jobs at the company related to Web and mobile applications development. The coursework, to be launched this fall by online education provider Udacity, will cost about $200 a month. The only prerequisite: the ability to do high school math. A more advanced learner can skip the courses and go straight to a final project.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/nanodegrees-alternative-credentials/11236811/

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New Portal to Offer Free Online Courses to Africa’s Managers and Entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

BY LILIAN MUTEGI, All Africa

The African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched the first series of online courses developed with top business schools aimed at reaching one million African entrepreneurs and managers in the next decade. Currently reaching over 800 managers, the first course – Managing Customers and Markets – is available on AMI’s new online learning platform. The course was developed by Strathmore Business School. Other online courses offered by AMI include managing myself, managing rojects, managing customers, financing impacts, managing people, scaling impact, managing customers, designing for impact and managing money.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201407100201.html

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Minerva Project Mixes Online Learning With World Travel

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

By KIRK CARAPEZZA, WGBH

Would you attend a college that sends you around the world to live in different cities while taking all of your classes online? Minerva Project CEO Ben Nelson is banking on the notion that the world is ready for a new and different kind of university. “If you want to have a student experience that is around the concept of a campus, sheltered environment, go to your local football games, fraternities, you have plenty of options,” Nelson said. “But if you want to go to school while really immersing yourself in the best the world has to offer, we are your only option.”

http://wgbhnews.org/post/minerva-project-mixes-online-learning-world-travel

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Competency-Based Learning Provides Perks for Online Students

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

By Devon Haynie, US News

Imagine going to school in an online environment separate from any time requirements — where you could test out of a course in a day if you proved you mastered the content. While still rare, students increasingly have the option to do just that as more online programs embrace something called competency-based learning. Competency-based learning allows students to work through an online course at their own pace, taking less time if they understand the material and more time if they are struggling. When students feel like they can demonstrate their knowledge or “competencies,” they take a test or complete a project to show their mastery.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/07/11/competency-based-learning-provides-perks-for-online-students

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A Student-Driven Online Collaborative Learning Environment

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

By Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

Marist College’s The FOLD is a student-designed and delivered learning initiative combining a Web site, MOOC and open online community. Marist College has honed its learning technology innovations for decades and is not new to the Campus Technology Innovators award program, having received previous recognitions in 2006 (Identity Quest podcasting) and 2013 (Open Academic Analytics Initiative). Its latest innovative program, launched in February 2014, is a student-driven online collaborative learning environment called The FOLD (Fashion Online Learning Domain).

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2014/07/09/a-student-driven-online-collaborative-learning-environment.aspx

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