Online Learning Update

September 23, 2015

Udacity Says It Can Teach Tech Skills to Millions, and Fast

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Farhad Manjoo, NY Times

Economists and technologists agree that in the future, just about everyone’s job will involve more technology. During the last few years, many local and online schools have popped up to teach people how to code. They offer a vast range of prices and techniques. Some, like Codecademy, are free, while others can cost thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.  Now Udacity, a four-year-old online teaching start-up, believes that after years of trial and error, it has hit on a model of vocational training that can be scaled up to teach millions of people technical skills. Udacity’s founder, Sebastian Thrun, a specialist in artificial intelligence at Stanford University who once ran Google X, the search company’s advanced projects division, said that the “nanodegree” program that the firm created last year will result in vastly lower education costs and wider accessibility. Early data suggests the program is efficient and reliably results in new jobs

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/technology/udacity-says-it-can-teach-tech-skills-to-millions.html?_r=0

Share on Facebook

7 Things You Should Know About Personalized Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Michael Feldstein, Phil Hill, Thomas Cavanagh, EDUCAUSE

Personalized learning provides a unique, highly focused learning path for each student. Individual attention from instructors isn’t feasible in traditional educational models with large numbers of students, and personalized learning is intended to use IT systems and tools to tailor learning experiences based on student strengths, weaknesses, and pace of learning. Technologies including analytics, adaptive learning, digital courseware, and others underlie personalized learning, which builds a “profile” of each student and makes continual adjustments to learning paths based on student performance. It also provides information to help instructors better target their teaching to individual students.

http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-things-you-should-know-about-personalized-learning?

Share on Facebook

EdCast Launches New Interactive Learning Platform To Bridge Formal And Informal Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Jonathan Shieber, Tech Crunch

With an eye toward building what EdCast chief executive Karl Mehta calls “the next big social media company,” his company has launched a new interactive platform with the help of some titans of media, technology and finance. “We know we are building something that will be worth $20 billion,” says Mehta of his education startup. The goal, as he sees it, is nothing less than the transformation of learning through a blend of online classes (formal education) with bite-sized tutorials with real practitioners and specialists in certain fields (informal learning). The new 10 Minute Insight Series, which the company launched today, is a key part of that project, says Mehta. “There is not a single social media site that’s focused on knowledge networking,” says Mehta. “Everybody needs to learn every day in a social way. We are building knowledge networking.”

http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/15/edcast-launches-new-interactive-learning-platform-to-bridge-formal-and-informal-learning/

Share on Facebook

September 22, 2015

Data Show Interactivity Quadruples Effectiveness of E-Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

by Sue Pelletier, MeetingsNet

If intuition tells you that an online learning portal that prompts learners with notes and reminders at strategic spots, includes interactive polls and links to resources, and allows learners to take notes and send themselves reminders would be more effective than one that just entails watching the traditional video with periodic polls, you’d be right—times four. At least, that’s what data from a recent comparative effectiveness trial indicates.

http://meetingsnet.com/cme-design/data-show-interactivity-quadruples-effectiveness-e-learning

Share on Facebook

Universities Move to Flat-Rate Textbooks

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Course materials management company Rafter today announced new agreements with several colleges and universities to deploy Rafter360, technology that provides both print and digital textbooks through a flat-rate model. Students at Mars Hill University (NC), Green Mountain College (VT), the Institute of American Indian Arts (NM), Illinois College and Bethany College (KS) will now receive all course materials by the first day of class, for a reduced fee that is incorporated into their tuition. Rafter’s pricing is expected to save students more than 50 percent compared to traditional textbooks. And when students have access to all their course materials up front, their chances of success improve, according to the company.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/16/universities-move-to-flat-rate-textbooks.aspx

Share on Facebook

Survey: Librarians and Faculty a Mile Apart on Need for Better Communication

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Faculty and librarians don’t see eye to eye. While nearly every single academic librarian (98 percent) thinks there needs to be better communication between the library and faculty, only 45 percent of faculty think the same. They even disagree on whether or not they work together to coordinate course reserves. While 57 percent of faculty say they do, 69 percent of libraries say they don’t. The only place they appear to agree with each other is on the preferred mode of communication — email; almost half of librarians push email to confer with faculty, and 61 percent of faculty do so.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/09/15/survey-librarians-and-faculty-a-mile-apart-on-need-for-better-communication.aspx

Share on Facebook

September 21, 2015

Digital Game-Based Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

By Bill Daggett, Raymond J. McNulty, Brian M. Shulman, SNHSU

Online and digital delivery of K-12 learning, including digital game-based learning (DGBL), is exponentially growing in usage and in functionality. Teachers, who bring hands-on knowledge and expertise to the table, typically welcome a sense of involvement in strategic decision making from administrators. Educational leaders, however, need to be drivers, not passengers, on this journey and guide the evolution of digitally enhanced learning so they can shape and direct its emergence and usage. Both teachers and educational leaders can then use DGBL to focus on their ultimate goal of student growth and achievement. Students can and should be drivers in the process, too. Professional educators need to “own” DGBL so they can make their own larger organizational agendas part of DGBL’s emergence, implementation, and usage.

Share on Facebook

Online learning platform Coursera bets big on India, to start new technology, business courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Krithika Krishnamurthy, Economic Times

Online learning platform Coursera, which raised $49.5 million (Rs 328 crore) last month, is doubling down on India, with the aim to introduce hundreds of new courses in technology, data science and business in the coming year. “We expect the next 12 months to be our greatest year of growth yet,” said Daphne Koller, President and Co-founder at Coursera, who added that India is Coursera’s third largest market after the US and China, with over one million users.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/online-learning-platform-coursera-bets-big-on-india-to-start-new-technology-business-courses/articleshow/48964316.cms

Share on Facebook

Survey reveals growing demand for customised e-learning and video content

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by the Training Journal

L&D teams are increasingly buying-in ready-made learning resources, rather than creating their own, according to an annual survey by Video Arts, which reveals an upsurge in the use of off-the-shelf e-learning and video content. The poll conducted in June, surveyed 400 learning and development professionals about how they deliver training and their plans for the future. The results show overall stability in the use of classroom training (89 per cent) as well as e-learning (79 per cent) and coaching (69 per cent). However, e-learning is still being used as a standalone resource in the majority of companies.​

https://www.trainingjournal.com/articles/news/survey-reveals-growing-demand-customised-e-learning-and-video-content

Share on Facebook

September 20, 2015

Are Online College Courses The Way to Go?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Christopher Ly, elPaisano

If you’re the type of student who doesn’t mind being an individual learner and loves to study by yourself and you usually don’t tend to have issues with reading and understanding what is given to you, then the online classes may suit you. But if you’re very weak in the area of math for example, I’d recommend taking the course in person, in a classroom setting instead of online because the online course limits the amount of help you’ll receive from the professor. I am not very great at math and had issues with learning the subject when I took it online, and as a result ended up dropping the course due to my ability not to understand the problems and finding it difficult to communicate with the professor to help me with the problem that I had. If you are a responsible, self-disciplined student that is computer literate then you should do just fine in an online course.

http://elpaisanoonline.com/opinion/2015/09/13/are-online-college-courses-the-way-to-go/

Share on Facebook

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) can help you achieve the next step in your career

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Beth Luberecki, Washington Post

If you’re considering getting a graduate degree, a MOOC (massive open online course) can be one way to check out a university or program. Completing a MOOC can give you an indication of whether you want to enroll in a traditional master’s program. “They can be a great way to find out in a short period of time if that subject interests you or not,” says Elaine Shuck, president of the U.S. Distance Learning Association. These free online courses help give you an indication of a professor’s teaching style and expertise. “You could get a good sense of what a particular faculty member is like and whether or not it’s someone you want to work with,” says Edward Maloney, executive director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2015/09/14/massive-open-online-courses-moocs-can-help-you-achieve-the-next-step-in-your-career/

Share on Facebook

Texas to try free freshman online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By The Texas Tribune

The Texas State University System has an idea for future students busy with families and jobs: Don’t even show up on campus freshman year. Starting next fall, the system plans to encourage nontraditional students to take free massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, before arriving on campus. If they take 10 courses and pass tests for college credit, students could show up at school with a year’s work complete before paying a single tuition bill. The courses will be run by the New York-based nonprofit the Modern States Education Alliance through a program called Freshman Year for Free. The group plans to launch a free online portal providing access to about three dozen free online courses next fall.

http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-09-13/texas-try-free-freshman-online-courses

Share on Facebook

September 19, 2015

BSU on-campus enrollment down, online brings total up

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Seth Slabaugh, Star-Press

On-campus enrollment at Ball State University has dropped for the fourth consecutive year, but overall enrollment is up as the number of online students grows. The school has 16,602 on-campus students this fall, down from 18,241 in the fall of 2011. That means 1,639 fewer students are taking classes on the main campus this fall than four years ago, a decrease of 9 percent. One faculty member is calling the trend “pretty worrisome,” another says it is typical for schools such as Ball State and a third attributes the decline to the high cost of a college education and concerns over student debt.

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2015/09/12/bsu-campus-enrollment-total/72157660/

Share on Facebook

Would-Be Disruptor Modern States Shifts Gears

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

Modern States Education Alliance, an organization initially billed as an accreditor for nontraditional providers of education, is changing its focus and taking a more direct route to increasing access to higher education, its founders say. Last week, the organization recruited another set of institutions to join in that effort: the Texas State University System. Freshman Year for Free is one step toward Modern States’ goal. Starting next year, the initiative will offer about 30 massive open online courses designed to help students pass standardized placement tests for which many colleges award credit. “We want to be an on-ramp to college education for students of varying backgrounds and ages,” Vise said, adding that the courses could benefit high school students, members of the military, adult learners and students looking to complete degrees.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/14/modern-states-education-alliance-shifts-focus-away-accreditation

Share on Facebook

Global policy forum to forge future of online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Karen MacGregor, University World News

People from across the world have been collaborating to develop policies and actions that will chart the future for higher education, says Professor Mandla Makhanya, vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa. A high-level policy forum at next month’s conference of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, or ICDE, will apply regional lenses to help forge the way ahead for online, open and flexible learning. The collaboration is sparking something great and innovative in the higher education environment, Makhanya told University World News. Also: “Technology is bringing about a rethink of the missions of universities, and of business models.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20150912090319378

Share on Facebook

September 18, 2015

Know Your Time Management Limits as an Online Student

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by John LaMar, US News

A full-time job and a full-time course load aren’t workable for every online student. After closing five tabs on my Chrome Web browser and another eight course documents, I looked at my schedule for the upcoming week: three and a half hours of free time left – not for a day, but for the entire week. My typical day as an online bachelor’s student was looking like this: wake up at 5:45 a.m., get to work by 7 a.m. at the latest, do an hour of class work before starting my job at 8 a.m., work eight hours while taking an hour lunch break to study, go home, take a 20-minute power nap before eating, then do another three to four hours of studying before falling asleep. The next day, the routine began again.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-learning-lessons/2015/09/11/know-your-time-management-limits-as-an-online-student

Share on Facebook

Looking to boost enrollment, N.C. A&T turns to online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by John Newsom, News & Record

N.C. A&T last year became the largest historically black college in the nation. This year, A&T thinks it can grow even bigger. University officials said Friday that A&T will emphasize — and expand — its online course offerings and degree programs to better meet the area’s educational needs and increase enrollment. A&T in its long-range plan set a goal of growing to 13,500 students by 2020 and to 15,000 students in the decade after that. But enrollment growth in recent years has been slow.

http://www.greensboro.com/news/schools/looking-to-boost-enrollment-n-c-a-t-turns-to/article_b419f1f7-0081-5434-8997-55a3c2949ddc.html

Share on Facebook

How to Build Your PLN on Twitter

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Denver Fowler, John Riley, THE Journal

Today, more and more school leaders and educators are creating Twitter accounts in order to access the overwhelming amount of free professional development that Twitter has to offer. For this article, we are going to focus on using Twitter chats to interact with your Professional Learning Network (PLN) and to take advantage of all that free PD. A great way to start building your PLN is to search for hashtags of Twitter chats that might be of interest to you. You can do this by searching in the Twitter search box. An example search for an assistant principal might be #apchat (an assistant principals’ chat), whereas an example search for an educator might be #edchat (a chat on all education subjects). Other examples of searches could include #scichat (a science teachers’ chat) and #artsed (an art teachers’ chat). Searching for these hashtags and others allows you to find individuals on Twitter who are interested in the Twitter chats that you are interested in. You can find a detailed list of Twitter chat hashtags listed by time zone and day of the week at EduChatCalendar.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/09/11/how-to-build-your-pln-on-twitter.aspx

Share on Facebook

September 17, 2015

What learners do during MOOCs–and why it matters

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Ron Bethke, eCampus News

A new report examines learner activities during MOOCs, and the importance of integrating certain tools. Course design may take a back seat to personal and environmental factors, and notetaking is just as critical during MOOCs as in face-to-face courses. These are just a few of the findings of new qualitative research that examines the experiences and practices of students who participate in MOOCs. Published by Dr. George Veletsianos and two other colleagues in the British Journal of Educational Technology in May this year, the study aims to provide an understanding of how people experience MOOCs and why they engage in particular activities in the ways that they do.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/mooc-learner-experiences-769/

Share on Facebook

The biggest potential, and biggest challenge, to Big Data in higher ed

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Troy Williams, eCampus News

Slimming down the big data discussion to what really matters. The era of big data in higher education has arrived. However, it’s important for campuses to figure out how to properly capture, manage, and use this data wisely in order to improve student outcomes and retention at their institution. If the data is not properly utilized, the institution runs the risk of wasting both time and money. It’s imperative that this data is properly gathered and assessed in order to turn the results into useful information that will help enhance the institution for both current and future students.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/big-data-higher-265/

Share on Facebook

Universities turn focus to big data careers

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Laura Devaney, eCampus News

Big data, data science studies gaining popularity at institutions across the country. Over the next five years, the University of Michigan will invest $100 million in a new Data Science Initiative intended to help better connect students and faculty researchers to data science and the study of big data’s implications for society. Under the Data Science Inititive (DSI), the university plans to hire new faculty over the next four years, expand the university’s research computing capacity, offer new learning opportunities for students pursuing careers in data science, support data-related research initiatives and foster new methodological approaches to big data, and strengthen data management, storage, analytics, and training resources.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/universities-big-data-572/
Share on Facebook
« Newer PostsOlder Posts »

Powered by WordPress