For some students, virtual labs replace hands-on science experiments

November 21st, 2014

by Carla Rivera, LA Times

Cal State L.A. biology students are breeding fruit flies to learn how mutations, such as white eyes or curved wings, are passed to future generations. On other campuses, subjects on treadmills are monitored for changes in blood pressure and heart rate. These are fairly common lab experiments, except for one thing: They are being conducted via computer. At colleges and universities across the country, students increasingly are using online simulations, animation and other technologies to replicate — and, some say, improve upon — the hands-on experience of a typical lab.

http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-college-labs-20141115-story.html

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How This 25-Year-Old Made $66,000 In A Month By Teaching An Online Course

November 21st, 2014

by LIBBY KANE, Business Insider

Nick Walter spent four days reading Apple’s documentation of the newly-released programming language Swift, “kind of translating into English and giving some extra examples.” Apple announced its release on June 2, and four days later Walter posted 50 videos, or one full course, to the online education site Udemy. It was an introduction to Swift for beginners, called Swift By Examples. That first month, his course earned him $45,000. Udemy charges students a set price — in this case, $99 — to access the online course as many times as they want. If these students find the course through a link sent by Walter, he gets 97% of the money. If they find the course through Udemy, he splits the money 50/50 with the company.

http://www.businessinsider.com/man-made-money-teaching-online-apple-course-2014-11
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Experts See Traditional Campus, Online Education Mix Becoming the Norm

November 21st, 2014

by Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Education

When it comes to making higher education more affordable in the future, the question of whether to go to school online or to a traditional campus won’t be an either-or proposition—it will be a question of how much of which. That was one of the major points made during a panel discussion on college access and affordability Thursday at a National Education Week “Thought Leader Summit” held at the National Press Club. As competency-based credentials and online courses become more common on the landscape of higher education, students will have to decide whether football, fraternities and other things to be found on traditional campuses are worth thousands of dollars more than less costly alternatives, one of the panelists suggested.

http://diverseeducation.com/article/67922/

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Online MBA Education Infographic

November 20th, 2014

by Best Education Infographics

Ohio University’s MBA program offers this Online MBA Education Infographic about the rise of the online MBA degree. With over 6.7 million students enrolled in online education, a Master of Business Administration is the #1 most popular online graduate degree offered by 355 accredited programs. Many people believe that online degrees don’t carry as much weight as an on-campus degrees, but 77% of academic leaders say that online learning is of equal quality or better than “Face-to-Face” learning. For part-time students, it takes about 3 years to complete an online MBA. See link below for details.

http://elearninginfographics.com/rise-online-mba-education-infographic/

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Cousera pledges free MOOC certificates for military vets

November 20th, 2014

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Coursera, the for-profit education technology company and massive open online course (MOOC) provider, is offering each of the 21 million U.S. military veterans a free voucher to receive a verified certificate for one of hundreds of courses to help veterans land jobs. Coursera and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will launch 20 veteran “learning hubs” throughout the country to promote interactive learning for veterans, as well as online accessibility and support.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/cousera-pledges-free-mooc-certificates-for-military-vets/332613/

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Report: 82.6% of higher ed faculty have not taught online-only course at current school

November 20th, 2014

By Keith Button, Education Dive

Only 17.4% of college and university faculty have taught an exclusively online course at their current school, according to a national survey taking during the 2013-2014 school year. For faculty at public four-year higher education institutions, 27.2% have taught an exclusively online course within the last two years, compared to 8.5% at private universities.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/report-826-of-higher-ed-faculty-have-not-taught-online-only-course-at-cu/332620/

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More Business Schools Invest In Virtual Learning

November 19th, 2014

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Stanford GSB became the latest leading business school to ramp up its online education offering last week, with a new program for executives that will be delivered entirely through a digital platform. Business schools have been thinking of ways to monetize their free online programs known as Moocs, or massive open online courses, and see off the threat posed by learning technology companies such as Coursera and FutureLearn. Stanford’s new LEAD Certificate program aims to recreate the school’s on-campus experience through instructional video, online exercises, group projects and live-streamed events. It will use technology developed by NovoEd, a distance learning company which also provides tech to business schools Wharton, Darden and Haas.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2904/business-schools-bet-on-virtual-learning-for-global-growth

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MOOCs pose a threat to brick and mortar B-schools, but still need a stamp of credibility

November 19th, 2014

by Rozelle Laha, Business World

In the US — the Mecca of business education — student applications to B-schools have been dropping steadily. On investigation, it was found that students are increasingly opting for MOOCs or massive open online courses. MOOCs have, in fact, caused great disruption in higher education since 2012. This has led some to predict that half the B-schools in the US will shut shop in the next few years. According to data from three of the biggest MOOCs aggregators — edX, Coursera and Udacity, India is currently the second largest market for online courses after the US. While edX has 26,000 students from India, Coursera has 6,18,654 Indians enrolled. A recent Technopak report on higher education says the enrolment from India in Coursera and edX is 10 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively, of their totals.

http://www.businessworld.in/news/b-school/surveys/now-in-session-the-digital-classroom/1616473/page-1.html

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Yale’s Former President — Now Coursera’s CEO — Settles Into Silicon Valley

November 19th, 2014

By Nellie Bowles, Re-Code

“Over time, yes, there will be some substitution of online degrees for brick-and-mortar, sure,” he said. “But it’ll happen slowly. Access is first, not disruption.” His next move with Coursera will be to expand its “specializations,” like computer science, which offer certificates recognized by companies, and to expand on-demand course offerings. Right now, most of the Coursera courses are offered the way university classes are (livestreamed Tuesday afternoon, 4 pm to 6 pm or some such), but this mirroring is silly on the Internet, Levin argued. “Professors have this idea that students arrive at one time, work in lockstep,” he said. “That’s not what Internet users want. They might want to binge in one day.”

https://recode.net/2014/11/11/yales-former-president-now-courseras-ceo-settles-into-silicon-valley/

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Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms

November 18th, 2014

by James G. Mazoue, EDUCAUSE Review

Four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo.  It is ironic that at a time when higher education is seemingly more interconnected than ever, deep divisions exist over how best to carry out the core mission. The recent rancor over MOOCs reveals just how sharply divided the disagreement is between those who wish to preserve educational orthodoxy’s traditions and those who seek to abandon legacy practices in favor of more progressive alternatives. What MOOCs and other emergent trends might signify is a developing schism within education between traditionalists and progressives.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/beyond-mooc-model-changing-educational-paradigms

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Montana State U online program helps students finish a bachelor’s degree

November 18th, 2014

by MSU

A Montana State University online program that helps students complete their bachelor’s degree online saw its first-ever graduates this past year. Shanna Stanley of Conrad finished her bachelor’s in August through MSU’s online liberal studies bachelor’s degree completion program. Stanley has a 4-year-old daughter and works full time as a certified nursing assistant. The liberal studies bachelor’s degree completion program, developed for students who have completed at least two years of college and would like to earn a bachelor’s degree online, saw its first five graduates this past year. Since its inception, more than 90 students have enrolled in the fully online program. Two more students are expected to graduate this December.

http://www.montana.edu/news/15227/msu-online-program-helps-students-finish-a-bachelor-s-degree

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More students take on J-term, online courses

November 18th, 2014

By Corinne Hazen, The Miami Student

Miami University students have happily welcomed the addition of the winter term to the university’s calendar. With a total student enrollment increase of 29 percent from last J-term, the administration sees the addition as an overall success. According to Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs David Sauter, there are changes being made to this upcoming winter term. “[There will be] increased online and hybrid classes, more study abroad and more entrepreneurial offerings by faculty” Sauter said. Sauter said both students and faculty have found the additional term to be beneficial.

http://miamistudent.net/?p=17002979

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New Modes of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

November 17th, 2014

by the European Commission

The higher education landscape is undergoing significant change as a result of technological innovations. We are witnessing changes in the way higher education is taught and in the way students learn…. There is enormous potential for widening access to higher education and increasing the diversity of the student population. Online technologies provide opportunities to learn anywhere, anytime and from anyone. This flexibility is essential for non-traditional learners and will enable a shift change in the engagement of higher education institutions in lifelong learning and continuing professional development. This will provide an important tool to governments in ensuring a diversity of provision within higher education systems to meet the needs of all learners. It also provides a platform for reaching international markets and complements existing developments in cross-border education.

http://web.docuticker.com/go/docubase/71949
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5 lessons from job-training programs: The original competency-based experts

November 17th, 2014

By Dian Schaffhauser, eCampus News

Some community colleges have succeeded in converting their job training programs into full-fledged competency-based degrees. One success story shares five lessons. Community colleges, which have been offering occupational education for decades, have long understood how to address the skills needed by local employers. Now they’re also learning how to integrate competency-based assessment into those courses.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/funding/job-training-competency-927/

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Online professional development gets industry prestige

November 17th, 2014

by eCampus News

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, demand for continuing education for adults aged 35 or older will continue to grow through 2016. “Despite compressed national median family income and claims that higher education might be over-promising and under-delivering, the underlying value proposition for continuing education persists,” said the School. TDJ-SOL’s courses and programs, including The Women’s Leadership Institute and The Daymond John Certificate in Entrepreneurship with marketing classes taught by ABC-TV Shark Tank star Daymond John, are “engineered for adult learners seeking concentrated continuing education opportunities that will help them grow and excel in their professional and personal development,” explained the School.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/online-industry-regent-571/

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Saying No to Fully Online

November 16th, 2014

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

UF Online, the University of Florida’s online education arm, won’t offer a political science degree after the department, concerned about quality and the state’s shifting leadership, voted against the idea. Unlike many online education initiatives, which target adult learners and other groups of students not normally served by course offerings on campus, UF Online is meant to educate first-time-in-college students — high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 22. When a department at UF declines to participate, it creates a hole in UF Online’s lineup. The decision wasn’t based on passionate opposition to online education, said Ido Oren, associate professor and chair of the political science department.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/11/10/u-florida-political-science-department-declines-build-fully-online-degree

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New Initiative Aims to Teach People to Code—Then Find Them Jobs

November 16th, 2014

BY ISSIE LAPOWSKY, Wired

Codecademy already makes it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn how to program a computer. Now, the New York City-based startup wants to make it just as simple for this new generation of coders to find jobs, as well. On Friday, the company announced the launch of a new workforce development initiative called ReskillUSA, which will help connect people in cities from Los Angeles to Detroit to Miami with employers in need of tech talent. Codecademy is partnering with some of its fellow skills education startups, including Flatiron School, DevBootcamp, Sabio.la, Grand Circus, Wyncode, and Thinkful. Together, they’ve created an online platform where people can find coding classes and bootcamps across the country. The partners are also actively urging employers to tap ReskillUSA’s graduate pipeline for potential employees. The goal, says Codecademy CEO Zach Sims, is to streamline what has become a fragmented industry of coding classes and camps.

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/reskillusa/

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‘India is great potential market for online education’

November 16th, 2014

by Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times

India has a huge market for online education and this should be tapped to meet the demand and supply gap for employment, says Rick Levin, the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera, a leading online learning platform worldwide. “ India is one of the fastest growing markets. In fact, after the US, the maximum number of Coursera learners come from India and China. In just two years we have around 8 lakh Indian learners and this will grow in the coming years,” Dr Levin, who was the President of Yale University for almost 20 years before joining Coursera, told HT. Most of the Indian learners prefer courses on business management and technology, he said, adding: “Another unique feature is that more than 50% of the Indian learners are under 30.” Coursera signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business (ISB) on Monday, to develop content and design courses for Coursera’s 10-million-plus learners.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-is-great-potential-market-for-online-education/article1-1284217.aspx

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Online courses are getting TV network brands

November 15th, 2014

by eCampus News

A+E Network®’s HISTORY® Channel will partner with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to offer the first TV Network-branded online course for transcripted college credit or for the lifelong learner. HISTORY® Channel’s “United States, 1865 to the Present” course enrollment will launch on October 28 at History.com/courses and will be taught by teacher, OU professor, and historian Steve Gillon. “United States 1865 to the Present” will provide an interactive way for college students to earn three transcripted credits, and life learners the opportunity to learn U.S. History from one of the country’s “leading institutions of higher education,” said the University.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/online-courses-tv-919/

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Distance Learning: Internet Opened “Pandora’s Box” On Education

November 15th, 2014

by Seb Murray, Business Because

The vice chancellor of the Open University and founder of FutureLearn, the massive open online course, or Mooc, platform, said that the internet has opened “Pandora’s box” on education, as the learning technology revolution begins to take hold of the business education world. “Disruptive innovation is forcing so many of us to reconsider the very foundations of our learning and teachings,” said Marin, speaking to a crowd of education heads from across the UK. “There isn’t a higher education institution in the world that shouldn’t be thinking about the role of technology and innovation…. This is something that’s going to be a massive shift,” he said.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2898/distance-learning-internet-opened-pandoras-box-on-education

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Move over MOOCs – Collaborative MOOC 2.0 is coming

November 15th, 2014

by Yojana Sharma, University World News

A new type of MOOC – dubbed MOOC 2.0 – could even disrupt the way courses are devised, altering the top-down university designed curriculum and the professor-to-student course structure that is still part of the MOOC model. MOOC 2.0 is currently in alpha form to test its functionality – “we had a group travelling in the Congo who tested it from there, and we have also tested it in South Asia”, said Yoonil Auh, a professor of instructional technology at Kyung Hee Cyber University. The platform will move into beta version with a course on global citizenship education for teachers in Korea, developed collaboratively with community groups and NGOs. The two-way platform is expected to launch early next year with not just institutions but also community groups, including civil society organisations, providing input for learning. “MOOC 2.0 will act as an academic mediator,” Auh said. “The MOOC 2.0 technology is such that students can actually learn from each other and the MOOC is the facilitator.”

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141105144147849

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