Archive for September, 2010

Nursing college attributes jump in enrollment to online learning courses

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

by Edna Horton, The Shorthorn (U of Texas Arlington)

Enrollment in the Nursing college has increased 60 percent since last fall, mainly due to increased interest in three online programs. This fall the school has 5,053 students enrolled, an increase of 1,897 students from fall 2009. Beth Mancini, undergraduate nursing programs associate dean, said the state set a standard in 2009 for the number of nursing graduates to double by 2012. UTA decided to accomplish this goal by offering online nursing courses, which is an academic partnership program. Mancini said 20 percent of the college’s growth is from online programs. “Nursing is a growth profession, one of the fastest growing professions with the greatest need,” she said.

http://www.theshorthorn.com/content/view/20260/58/

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Pursuing a degree via online learning

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

By Jennie Bragg, CNN

Your may save time on your commute by choosing to study online versus at a bricks and mortar institution, but an online course will usually require just as much study and prep time as a class you would take in a lecture hall with a professor. “I think a lot of people sign up for online courses thinking, oh, it’s online, it’ll be easy,” says Kim Clark. “The teachers I’ve talked to say, at the minimum, you have to budget 10 hours a week for class time and study. And the best courses, 15 or 20 hours. And don’t think you can take a vacation in the middle. A lot of these classes require you to post something two or three times a day.”

http://money.cnn.com/2010/09/20/pf/saving/getting_an_online_degree/?section=money_latest

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Libraries offer online databases for better research

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

by the Voice News

These days it can seem like technology is encroaching in every aspect of our lives. For libraries, technology has made it easier for patrons to look up books, allow for faster checkouts and enable cardholder’s access to the Internet. However, one of the best, and somewhat unknown, resources now available through most public libraries is online databases. An electronic online database is a searchable catalog or index that provides articles and information from journals, books, magazines, newspapers and other sources. Databases are great research tools for many types of projects. The Ira Township Library has over 100 online databases available to cardholding patrons at the touch of a keyboard.

http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2010/09/22/life/doc4c9a021549cef000771078.txt

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Clinton to help set up online learning university for students in Haiti

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

by Tracy Lynn Cook

The Clinton Global Initiative and University of the People have announced a commitment to provide access to higher education through an online university program in Haiti. The tuition-free online institution will provide Haitian students with the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. The hope is to that through education, they will improve their own standard of living, as well as that of their families and communities. According to a press release, The University of the People will accept 250 qualified Haitian students to study online with their peers around the world, utilizing the institution’s resources to earn a Degree in either Business Administration or Computer Science.

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978533136

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Congress questions if service members are served by online learning classes

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

By Charley Keyes, CNN

From bases in Afghanistan and Iraq to hundreds of military installations around the United States, members of the U.S. military are spending off-duty hours hitting the books, booting-up their laptops and sitting in college classrooms. Members of House panel, however, asked Wednesday if the courses are worth the $580 million a year of taxpayer money that pays for them and whether they deliver what is promised. “It is an issue that has flared up in recent years. It is not going away,” said Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Arkansas. Snyder chairs the House Armed Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, which is looking at how for-profit and online colleges, as well as traditional non-profit colleges, are serving members of the military.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/09/22/military.online.classes/

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Sloan-C Honors Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

by the Sloan Consortium

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, will present its 2010 awards at the 16th Annual International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks: The Power of Online Learning: Stimulating New Possibilities in Orlando, Florida, Thursday, November 4, 2010. “The investments made in online learning are paying real dividends as enrollments continue to soar,” said Bruce Chaloux, President of Sloan-C: “Our watchwords of quality, scale and breadth are epitomized by individuals and institutions we honor this year.” Burks Oakley II, Chair of the Awards Committee, added, “The 2010 recipients all have demonstrated exceptional leadership and real success in advancing online education.”

2010 Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education

Western Governors University

2010 A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award

Raymond E. Schroeder, University of Illinois Springfield

2010 Sloan-C Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning

Outstanding Achievement in Online Education by an Individual

Anthony G. Picciano, Hunter College and the Graduate Center

Excellence in Online Teaching

Glenda A. Gunter, University of Central Florida

Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching

Kennesaw State University

Outstanding Online Program

Masters of Teacher Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield

Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education

Boston University

Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education

Drexel University

Sloan-C President’s Special Achievement Award

Valerie C. Haven, UMass Boston / UMassOnline

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sloan-c-honors-excellence-in-online-teaching-and-learning-103429474.html

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How to manage your time while learning online

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

by Katarzyna Radzka, Helium

Online education is emerging as a popular choice for students young and old. For adults who work full time online education is a great way to further their education and gain higher qualifications in the comfort of their own home. The challenge of online learning is making time to fit in the reading, assignments, note taking and studying for exams. Split your semester into weekly portions. Look at the workload that is demanded of you and divide it between the weeks throughout the term or semester of your studies. That way you’ll know exactly what you have to do to keep up with the work and not have everything left for the last minute. It’s much easier to handle all the reading, writing and research you have to do when you have an outline of activities that need to be done by the end of each week.

http://www.helium.com/items/1957185-how-manage-your-time-while-learning-online

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Online learning courses offer a lesson in Western teaching methods

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

by Daniel Chan, Global Times (China)

Over the past summer, many young Chinese students reportedly downloaded and watched online courses given by top-ranked universities from the US and UK. Many people welcome this as a new form of acquiring knowledge, while some see this as an opportunity to learn from these top-ranked universities without paying the hefty fee. By talking to some Chinese friends who enjoyed those online courses, I find that what they like about those courses is largely the free, interactive and witty atmosphere in American university classes. Some Chinese professors, especially young ones, have already taken steps to reform course structure, provide more class discussion and adopt diversified assessments rather than one final examination to determine students’ grades.

http://opinion.globaltimes.cn/commentary/2010-09/575237.html

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Kids show up for online learning classes at high school

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle

Every weekday morning, the 65 high school students enrolled in a new San Francisco charter school show up in a conference room of a Union Square hotel, flip on their computers and start class. A handful of teachers are present, but they don’t tell the teens what to do. And for the most part, the teachers don’t teach – at least in the old-fashioned way. In this free alternative public school, students are entrusted to learn on their own, each at his or her own pace, and almost entirely online.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/19/BARB1FEGD2.DTL

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Online Learning: Dental Surgery on the Computer

Monday, September 27th, 2010

By Dental Health Magazine

These days’ dentistry students only have to have access to the Internet to download case studies with image and film that shows surgical procedures and disease directly to their iPhone, iPad, or laptop. This is Germany’s only platform for e-learning and the guidelines are issued by the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE), as the basis for this online learning program. The advantage of this tool is that it provides students with a guide structure to make sure that they know what is important in dentistry. In addition, it facilitates rapid access to information and course relevant subjects.

http://worldental.org/dental-news/e-learning-dental-surgery-on-the-computer/1693/

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Taiwan provides e-learning program for Chinese language

Monday, September 27th, 2010

by Chinese News Agency

Taiwan has released its official version of an online learning program for traditional Chinese characters and an English version for those whose mother tongue is not Chinese, the country’s top education agency said Sunday. The Ministry of Education (MOE) said the new version features the stroke orders of 4,808 frequently used characters and the 37-symbol “bopomofo, ” a Mandarin phonetic system used only in Taiwan, and they come

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?ID=201009190019&Type=aEDU

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Benefits of university and college online learning courses for students

Monday, September 27th, 2010

by Katarzyna Radzka, Helium

Online university and college courses for students is the way of the future. More schools are offering online opportunities to gain certification, diplomas and degrees. To some it seems not good enough to study online and get a degree in this non-traditional fashion, but the fact is that online studies could be creating much smarter and more competent employees of the future. Online university and college courses require that students are more disciplined and organized than those offered on campus.

http://www.helium.com/items/1956470-college-online-courses

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HBCUs Get Into Online Game, Capitalizing on Growing Demand for Distance Online Learning

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Candi Sparks, Atlanta Post

In attempting to reach more students, select HSBC’s have opted to offer online courses and distance learning that would provide graduates with an HBCU certificate or degree. The program, HBCUsOnline is an educational initiative/company in collaboration with celebrity Tom Joyner. This collaboration is promoting the benefits of having access to the social environment of an HBCU, getting a certificate or accredited degree from a recognized HBCU, and of graduating into the ranks of famous HBCU alumni like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tom Joyner, Ann Bradley, Spike Lee and others. HBCUsOnline is set to begin classes in January 2011. Joyner first announced the online program for students who want to study at HBCUs during a speech at Fayetteville State University in February, around the time of Obama’s executive order.

[ed note: Hampton University recently launched a significant new online learning initiative!]

http://atlantapost.com/2010/09/16/hbcus-get-into-online-game-capitalizing-on-growing-demand-for-distance-learning/

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Wisconsin orders for-profit college to halt online learning enrollments

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

By Kate Golden, Wisconsin Watch

A for-profit college that is providing online classes without approval in Wisconsin was ordered Thursday by state regulators to immediately stop enrolling students in the state or face possible fines of up to $500 a day. The Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, the state regulatory agency that oversees for-profit colleges, told the parent company of Westwood College Online that recent news coverage and a complaint from a Westwood student “make clear that the risk exposure to Wisconsin residents warrants our attention.”

http://www.wisconsinwatch.org/2010/09/16/state-orders-for-profit-college-to-halt-enrollments/

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Online Learning Cuts Education Bills

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

by Public Net UK

The cost of teaching children who are unable to attend mainstream schools because of educational, behavioural or medical needs, can be slashed by introducing live online learning. A report by Accipio Learning reveals that local authorities could halve the costs of alternative provision and still significantly boost the achievement of children who cannot learn in mainstream schools. The report outlines how a typical local authority could slash the average cost. Expenditure on traditional methods of teaching children out of school, like home tuition, can cost up to £40 per hour and with transport costs included, the amount authorities spend on alternative provision each year can run into several millions of pounds.

http://www.publicnet.co.uk/news/2010/09/17/on-line-learning-cuts-education-bills/

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From Schools to Screens: can online learning revive the liberal arts?

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

By Ian Scheffler, the Eye (Columbia Daily Spectator)

As Taylor points out, however, the internet is a viable alternative to travel. With tools like video, photography, audio, text and videoconferencing, all of which can be linked together, a platform exists that can pluck information from its resting place and deposit it at the user’s fingertips. Though electronic media cannot perfectly recreate objects from the past or distant locations in the present, the new array of tools can passably imitate—and in some ways enhance—traditional modes of learning. As Columbia students know, panoramas of the Parthenon on the Art Humanities website provide better representations of the building than do slides on a projector. In addition, online learning has the potential to drive down the cost of a university education. Since online courses can be taken anywhere, they eliminate the need to travel and live on a school’s physical campus.

http://eye.columbiaspectator.com/article/2010/09/16/schools-screens

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Florida class-size rule puts some Pasco students in online learning classes

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

By Jeffrey S. Solochek, St. Petersburg Times

Though she’s inside Wiregrass Ranch High, just a few steps from the Spanish 2 classroom, Catharina is taking her course through Pasco eSchool, which offers virtual online learning courses students can take anywhere, anytime. The reason? Florida’s class size rules. “We were full and couldn’t get another kid into the class,” principal Ray Bonti said. Unlike last year, when Florida schools could exceed voter-mandated student-teacher ratios so long as they met the cap as a schoolwide average, this year the rules count classroom by classroom.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/florida-class-size-rule-pushes-some-pasco-students-to-online-courses/1121854

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High school: version 2.0 — District introduces full menu of online learning

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

By Michelle Rindels, Nevada County Union

After a successful online summer school program this year, Nevada Joint Union High School District is unveiling virtual high school as part of its independent study program, Sierra Mountain High School. The school on McCourtney Road, west of Grass Valley, enrolls about 70 students who opt out of traditional high school for a variety of reasons. Some have a long-term illness, some live in remote areas, others are home-schoolers. Students mix and match teacher instruction, assignments and — new this fall — online learning coursework.

http://www.theunion.com/article/20100916/NEWS/100919843/1001&parentprofile=1053

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Online Distance Learning Boom: On line Distance Education Courses Gains Popularity

Friday, September 24th, 2010

According to the United States Distance Learning Association, educational institutions expect the number of students engaged in online distance learning to reach a number of over 2.6 million. In fact, online distance learning education courses are now estimated to be about 10% of the available training. Schools and universities have responded to the trend of online distance learning by increasing their offerings of fully online distance education courses. About two-thirds of the largest institutions in the United States have online programs. In addition to this, online students are mostly undergraduates, reflecting that the trend of popularity will likely continue. The educational system has obviously evolved to keep up with the times. Many schools and universities have realized that people need convenience almost as much as access to the opportunity to learn. This need has spawned an innovative way of learning, which is online distance learning.

http://www.i-newswire.com/online-distance-learning-boom-on/59707

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Learning English Online – The Rise In Online Learning

Friday, September 24th, 2010

by Jason Manning, WebWire

Learning online is becoming increasingly popular especially in field of language, and more specifically the English language. One of the main reasons for this growth in online learning is an improvement in resources, technology and established effective methods of learning. All these important factors amalgamate to a very practical and convenient option for an English learner. An option that millions of people are now choosing.

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=123166

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University Book Store to sell e-books online

Friday, September 24th, 2010

BY ALICIA KRAMME, Daily Iowan

Starting next semester, students will be able to purchase some of their textbooks without ever setting foot outside their homes. The University Bookstore plans to offer 125 e-book titles through its website next semester. This fall is the first time they have offered e-books, but students had to purchase them in the store. The books cost around 40 percent of the price of their new print versions. The store has sold 97 e-books since the first day of classes and Richard Shannon, the University Bookstore general manager, said that number may rise once the e-books become available on the bookstore’s website. “Everybody in the market is looking for ways to lower the price of textbooks — whether that’s through rentals, used books, or e-books,” he said.

http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/09/14/Metro/18760.html

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