Archive for March, 2016

Compare Top Online, On-Ground MBA Programs Through Data

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

By Jordan Friedman, US News

The top ​online MBA programs had lower average student enrollment than the top in-person, part-time programs, U.S. News data show.​ While acceptance rates and incoming students’ GPAs were similar in both categories, there were greater differences in average GMAT scores. When it comes to online and in-person, part-time MBA programs, both generally attract a similar demographic of students: working professionals looking to balance their jobs and other responsibilities with an education. And while flexibility is a key reason to consider pursuing an online MBA program over one on a physical campus, you can also look at data to compare your options. Most online MBA students complete their programs [at an average 30% lower indebtedness, ed. note] on a part-time basis, experts say. Linked below are the latest data​ submitted to U.S. New​s ​by both the top 20 online MBA programs for the 2014-2015 school year and the top 20 part-time, on-ground MBA programs for fall 2015.​

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2016-03-21/compare-top-online-on-ground-mba-programs-through-data

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Creating Connections for Online Learners

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

by Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed

Online learning is different. It’s not face-to-face. It’s digital-to-digital. People and personalities interacting via pixels and text. And, we’re not sure what to make of it. A lot of people seem quite keen on projecting their inner bias against online learning simply as a reflection of the fact that it’s not “what they did” or “how they learned.” Well, welcome to 2016 and the reality of the higher education sector. Online learning is here and it benefits a lot of people. These are committed individuals who are striving to learn more, to earn a credential, and to increase their career prospects. It’s true that online learners will not have the same types of interactions as their on-campus peers. However, we need to stop thinking about what’s “missing” or “lacking” and focus on what we can do to increase connection and build community via digital channels.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs-and-technology/creating-connections-online-learners

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Open course moves OU professor to top of world online class

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

By Candace Stuart, Crain’s Business

With an investment of $5,000 in video supplies and free labor from family, Oakland University engineering professor Barbara Oakley became the most popular online instructor in the world, at least according to one measurement. Oakley is among educators who have used massive open online courses — Web-based, open-enrollment classes — to teach students across the globe. To date, more than 550 universities worldwide host MOOCs on topics as varied as computer programming and Buddhism. According to Online Course Report, offerings have grown from a handful of courses in 2011 to north of 4,500 today. Oakley’s “Learning How to Learn” MOOC enrolled 1.2 million students by late 2015 after its August 2014 release, earning it the top spot in Online Course Report’s “50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time” list.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160327/NEWS/303279997/open-course-moves-ou-professor-to-top-of-world-online-class

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Marketing Online Education Today: A Look At Strategy

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

by Mike King, Evolllution

Marketing in higher education today means a lot more than designing a strong pamphlet or starting a Twitter account. Students today are savvy consumers with immensely high and very specific expectations of their colleges and universities. Institutions need to work hard to ensure they get in front of prospective students and work even harder to retain them if they choose to enroll. In this interview series, which will run over two parts, Mike King and Emily McInerney reflect on the strategy that underlies their marketing efforts and discuss some of the tactics they put into place to strengthen the bonds they form with students.

http://evolllution.com/attracting-students/marketing_branding/marketing-online-education-today-a-look-at-strategy/

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Better together: Colleges form academic alliances

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

by Sherrie Negrea, University Business

Groups of institutions provide new learning and research opportunities—and expand funding. Colleges and universities across the country are creating shared courses, new academic majors and innovative research programs through consortia that combine the resources of multiple campuses. The growing number of these groups, now estimated at 60 nationwide, has also provided new opportunities for faculty to collaborate on research and teaching strategies. While many institutions initially teamed up to share functions such as library services, the power of numbers has allowed groups of small colleges to expand course offerings and save money by sharing faculty.

http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/better-together-colleges-form-academic-alliances

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The Shift Toward Competency Starts With Faculty

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

By Richard Senese, EdSurge

The demographics of higher education are changing: Today’s degree seekers are older and more diverse than at any other point in our history. Many more work while attending college. With only 59 percent completion rates among four-year colleges, we will not achieve our shared college completion goals by promoting access or improving the odds for traditional learners alone. A major driver of this demographic shift has been the evolution of competency-based learning, which provides nontraditional students with newfound flexibility—and potential for reduced cost and time-to-completion. In fact, when we look back on higher-ed reform early in the early 21st century, we may see the dawn of competency-based learning as a watershed moment that, like the GI Bill, forever alters our perception of the typical college student. This transformation is not, of course, without profound challenges and considerations.

http://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-03-24-the-shift-toward-competency-starts-with-faculty

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Report: Universities must do better with digital resources

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

BY RONALD BETHKE, eCampus News

A new study aims to shed light on lack of university-provided digital media resources; negligence of copyright compliance. There is a major disconnect between student and faculty digital literacy perceptions, and institutions must provide better access to, and knowledge about, digital resources to improve learning outcomes. At least, that’s what new findings suggest. As part of its inaugural 2016 State of Digital Media in Higher Education Report, digital media resource provider VideoBlocks gathered insights online in February this year from more than 300 current educators, students and administrators in higher education, and presented key findings on critical topics such as digital literacy, digital media usage and access, and copyright compliance.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/digital-resources-copyright/

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Penn State Opens Maker Commons

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technologies

Penn State students and faculty all over the world can now design and 3D print their own materials at a new 3D printing lab known as the Maker Commons. The facility is housed in the Pattee Library’s Knowledge Commons at the institution’s University Park campus, but individuals from all Penn State campuses — including the online Penn State World Campus — can upload and print projects at makercommons.psu.edu. Completed projects are delivered via the same system used for intercampus library materials requests. The Maker Commons is equipped with 32 MakerBot desktop 3D printers and includes the Invention Studio, an exploration lab for rapid prototyping developed in partnership with littleBits. LittleBits’ electronic building blocks snap together with magnets to create circuits, and allow students to connect objects to the Internet of Things.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/03/24/penn-state-opens-maker-commons.aspx

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Education and the Business of Information Access: A Q&A with John Robinson

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

By Mary Grush, Campus Technologies

Future learning designs, and the ways learners interact with their education institutions, are and will continue to be advanced most by technology-supported access to information. Information access is the most important driver of change, and we are seeing some of the “most changed” technologies and processes in the realm of information access. Our education system is in the process of enormous change — and of course, information technology plays a key role. Most importantly, improvements in information access are opening the doors to new experiences that will ultimately mean greater success for our learning communities.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/03/22/education-and-the-business-of-information-access.aspx

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Read Thailand’s ancient palm leaf manuscripts online for free

Monday, March 28th, 2016

by Pichaya Svasti, Bangkok Post

Ancient palm leaf manuscripts are an important part of Thai history and culture. For hundreds of years before books, people in Thailand recorded important things on the leaves of palm trees and then bundled them together into a book. Local history, religion, law, astrology, folklore and folktales were all made into palm leaf books (palm leaf manuscripts). These northern Thai (Lanna) palm leaf manuscripts are now available for everyone to read free of charge on their own computer, tablet or even mobile phone.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-from-news/909392/read-thailands-ancient-palm-leaf-manuscripts-online-for-free

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MOOCs move from free to fee as skills demand grows

Monday, March 28th, 2016

by Natalie Marsh, PIE News

Career development continues to be a large motivation for students to enrol in MOOCs, meaning demand for credit certification is growing. In response, a number of providers have introduced fees for a handful of course certifications and assessment services.Implementing a business model that charges a small fee for certain courses is, “a move that is slowly redefining MOOCs’ role in the global marketplace of online education” according to “State of the MOOC” , an article by Online Course Report, a content and resource base for online courses. “MOOC providers realised early on that they could offer more for less by marketing courses from top-tier schools as much cheaper than universities could market a traditional college degree,” it states. Citing data from Class Central, the feature found 4,550 MOOCs were made available in January this year, over twice the number offered in January 2015 (2,150).

http://thepienews.com/news/moocs-move-from-free-to-fee-as-skills-demand-grows/

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Prometheus launches Harvard Computer Science course in Ukraine

Monday, March 28th, 2016

by Iryna Savchuk, KyivPost

Ukrainian online educational platform Prometheus is opening a Harvard CS50 (Computer Science 50) course both online and offline in April. It has been translated into Ukrainian for the platform. CS50 is Harvard University’s introductory course on intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming. It has a free online twin known as CS50x on the U.S. platform Edx. CS50 was Harvard’s largest course in terms of enrolled students in Fall 2015. It was also adopted by Yale in 2015. The Prometheus-translated course has already beaten the all-time registration record of the platform. It reached 50,000 registrations before the start of the course.

http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/technology/prometheus-launches-harvard-computer-science-course-in-ukraine-410707.html

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6 institutions join University Learning Store credentialing initiative

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

Six universities have banded together to offer a new, non-degree credentialing service through the University Learning Store that they expect will give students value in the workplace because of industry-based verification of the skills. Campus Technology reports that students earn the microcredentials following hands-on, skills-based assessments that industry experts and employers approved as appropriate measures of competencies. Courses are organized by category — power skills, technical skills and career-advancement skills — and, if packaged together, they can form larger certifications, including one in Global Business Communication from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Business Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/6-institutions-join-university-learning-store-credentialing-initiative/416257/

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Creating Connections for Online Learners

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

by Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed

Well, welcome to 2016 and the reality of the higher education sector. Online learning is here and it benefits a lot of people. These are committed individuals who are striving to learn more, to earn a credential, and to increase their career prospects. It’s true that online learners will not have the same types of interactions as their on-campus peers. However, we need to stop thinking about what’s “missing” or “lacking” and focus on what we can do to increase connection and build community via digital channels.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs-and-technology/creating-connections-online-learners

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IMD Business School Launches Highly Personalized Online Executive Programs

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

By Marketwatch

IMD, a recognized leader in the executive education field, has now launched eight online-based programs designed to bring the quality of its top-ranked face-to-face learning into the offices of executives worldwide. Participants in IMD’s new Global Leadership in the Cloud [http://www.imd.org/glc ] programs engage in highly-personalized and interactive experiences that involve engaging videos, individual coaching and learning partnerships with peers. In addition, the courses give real feedback and recommendations from IMD in order to maximize the effectiveness of online learning.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/imd-business-school-launches-highly-personalized-online-executive-programs-2016-03-24-4203163

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UT, TPS encourage early college class signup; Credits can add up to associate degree

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

BY VANESSA McCRAY, Toledo Blade

Hundreds of Toledo students are collecting their first college credits while still walking through high school hallways. The University of Toledo and Toledo Public Schools want to put more pupils in that prime position, and they are working to ensure TPS students who enroll in UT courses are choosing classes that add up to an associate of arts degree. Leaders of the two institutions are scheduled to announce today a new push to increase the number of TPS students taking college courses through the statewide College Credit Plus program, and to make sure those students are carefully selecting those courses. “We want to be very strategic about what they are taking and making sure that it transfers to other colleges or that it fits in with a degree here,” said Barbara Kopp Miller, UT’s associate provost for online education.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/03/24/UT-TPS-encourage-early-college-class-signup.html

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9 Online Courses Popular Among Young Indians

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

By SiliconIndia

Millions of students graduate in India every year. Among them, only a few are able to grab a decent job and the rest are lost in the hunt. Generally the next step for them is to either enroll for MBA, or prepare for government jobs. Luckily, there are other options too. Many national and international organizations and universities offer online certification courses. These courses help build knowledge base that subsequently helps them grab the relevant job or even fuels their mind to be creative and start their own business. At the time when the number of internet users in India is growing tremendously, anyone willing to add to his/her knowledge can enroll, learn, and get certified through these portals irrespective of the age and profession. Here we bring you a list of 9 courses that are popular among young Indians, courtesy Business Insider.

http://jobs.siliconindia.com/career-news/9-Online-Courses-Popular-Among-Young-Indians-nid-193730.html

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MIT Offers Online Fintech Certification Course

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

By JD Alois, Crowd Fund Insider

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has decided to offer a “Fintech certificate course” labeled “Future Commerce”. The promotional page notes that venture capital investment into Fintech has jumped to over 600%. Probably more interesting is the fact that Fintech is quickly becoming the norm and not the exception as all forms of finance quickly move online. MIT has produced many graduates that are on the cutting edge of agile Fintech startups so it makes sense that one of the leading educational establishments in the US offers courses that focus on the future and not just the past.

http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2016/03/83337-mit-offers-online-fintech-certification-course/

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Blended Learning Options Rise at Medical Schools

Friday, March 25th, 2016

by Jordan Friedman, US News

Students are experiencing the growth of blended learning – classes presented partially online and partially in person – in medical education. In what’s also referred to as the “flipped classroom” model, several U.S. ​medical schools are requiring students to watch videos and complete online activities prior to class, and then spend face-to-face time on discussion and analysis, rather than passive forms of learning such as taking notes during lectures. Schools like the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine even integrate blended learning into the clinical rotation phase of medical education. At some medical schools, elements of blended learning might have existed in the past, but many are now working to formally integrate them into their curricula, though to varying extents, experts say. Prospective students interested in medical school can determine whether blended learning is right for them by speaking to other students, contacting faculty or researching programs online.

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/articles/2016-03-23/blended-learning-options-rise-at-medical-schools

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Online course on Zika virus launched for health care workers

Friday, March 25th, 2016

By Bismah Malik, International Business Times

OnCourse Learning, an e-learning portal, has launched an online Zika course named “Zika: The Pandemic Threat” for health care workers. The course would educate the workers about the signs, symptoms and impact of the Zika virus. At a time when the Zika virus has affected nearly 52 countries, governments have initiated educational programmes to raise awareness about the virus. OnCourse Learning’s online course aims to raise global awareness about Zika and educate health professionals on emerging studies and discoveries to help tackle the disease. The course would be available for health care workers on nurse.com, an online health portal of OnCourse Learning.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/online-course-zika-virus-launched-health-care-workers-671535

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College program available to high school students

Friday, March 25th, 2016

by Julia Felton, Observer-Reporter

La Roche College has a program called the Scholar Credit Initiative Program (SCIP) that allows high school students to take online classes through the college so they can get a head start on their futures. Many of these classes can be taken online and the credits are transferable. Programs like SCIP offer a plethora of benefits to high school students who are aiming to get a head start on their college experiences. La Roche College’s associate director of admissions, Cheryl Stewart-Miller, pointed out that this program helps students “get used to the college environment sooner,” which helps alleviate stress during the transition from high school to college.

http://www.observer-reporter.com/20160319/college_program_available_to_high_school_students

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