Online Learning Update

November 7, 2017

English department offers “Game of Thrones” online class

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

by  Natalie Sears, DM Online

The English department has created an online Medieval class to help a student complete his degree while serving in the military overseas. The class — Studies in Medieval Literature: “Game of Thrones” and Its Medieval Worlds — is being adapted to an online format by English professor Mary Hayes, who has taught the class twice before in a traditional classroom setting, and has taught multiple other classes online. Game of Thrones is the popular HBO series based on the book franchise by George Martin. Classic Medieval literature such as “Beowulf” and Machiavelli’s “The Prince” have been cited by Martin as inspiration for his series, making examining the show from a literary standpoint even more fascinating. Ole Miss is not the only place that Game of Thrones has inspired coursework. UC Berkeley offers a linguistics course, and both Northern Illinois University and The University of Tulsa offer history courses.

English department offers “Game of Thrones” online class

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September 6, 2016

Penn is teaming up with the State Department to offer online courses to English language learners

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

By CHASEN SHAO, Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn is partnering with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to offer a series of online courses geared towards English language learners. The courses are being offered through Online Learning at the School of Arts and Sciences as well as the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The curriculum is designed for advanced beginner and intermediate learners, and in total, 33,000 students are enrolled across 161 countries. The collaboration focuses on five content areas: Business and Entrepreneurship, English for Journalism, Career Development, Media Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Using the predetermined content areas, LPS created five courses through the online learning platform Coursera with the same names.

http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/08/penn-english-journalism-course

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June 26, 2016

Coursera, State Department Launch Online Classes For Asylum-Seekers

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

BY JULIA GLUM, International Business Times

Refugees trying to start their lives over in new places are about to have a whole host of new learning opportunities. The U.S. State Department announced Monday a collaboration with the free education site Coursera aimed at helping recent transplants access more than 1,000 massive open online courses, nicknamed MOOCs, according to a news release. The program appeared to be live Monday morning at refugees.coursera.org. Timed to launch on World Refugee Day, the initiative is intended to give refugees a chance to gain “important skills that will help them in the global economy,” Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, told reporters on a press call last week, Quartz reported. Nonprofits around the world can apply to Coursera to get fee waivers that will fund refugees’ participation in MOOCs, which are run by institutions like Stanford University.

http://www.ibtimes.com/world-refugee-day-2016-coursera-state-department-launch-online-classes-asylum-seekers-2384332

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June 25, 2016

The U.S. State Department and Coursera Offer Free Online Courses to Refugees

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

by EdSurge

Coursera has announced the launch of Coursera for Refugees in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The initiative lets refugees and nonprofits supporting them apply for financial aid to access Coursera’s library of online courses. Coursera is not the first to offer a MOOC-for-refugees program—edX stepped into this space in February—but it is the first to partner with the State Department, which will provide in-person facilitation at embassies and consulates and help identify partner organizations currently supporting refugee communities. In 2013, the State Department announced its MOOC Camp initiative, hosted at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, partnering with Coursera as a Global Learning Hub. Coursera for Refugees continues this partnership, potentially enabling refugees to build career skills to find employment as now any nonprofit (501(c)(3) or international equivalent can apply for at least one year of comprehensive group financial aid.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-20-the-u-s-state-department-and-coursera-offer-free-online-courses-to-refugees

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May 16, 2014

U.S. Department of State To Offer Second Massive Online Course for English Language

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

by IVN

The State Department is launching Part II of Shaping the Way We Teach English, a massive open online course (MOOC) for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators, on May 12, 2014. By strengthening the quality of English teaching around the world, the Department of State hopes to open economic opportunities in science, business, technology, and higher education for more of our international partners and offer skills for a better future. Part I of the Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC, completed in April 2014, successfully enrolled over 18,000 participants worldwide. Designed both for professionals already working in the area of EFL and for those pursuing the field as a career, both MOOC sessions assist EFL educators worldwide in updating and augmenting their teaching methods. When educators employ the teaching methods and technologies learned throughout the course, they improve leaning outcomes for their students and build leadership among their peers.

http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/latest-news/8631-u-s-department-of-state-to-offer-second-massive-online-course-for-english-language.html

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February 2, 2014

State Department Hosts ‘MOOC Camp’ for Online Learners

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

By DEVON HAYNIE, US News

Enter the U.S. State Department, which has launched a new initiative aimed at making online learning a more interactive experience for learners across the globe. The program, called MOOC Camp, invites people taking the courses to gather at U.S. embassies, consulates and other spaces over a period of several weeks to discuss class content. Discussions are led by Fulbright scholars, embassy staff or others with a connection to the State Department. The State Department ran a pilot version of the program over the summer but is starting a new group of courses this winter. Courses are being offered in India, Nigeria, Tanzania and Peru, among other countries. The State Department plans to announce new locations in coming days and weeks, and students are encouraged to check the department’s website for new announcements.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/01/20/state-department-hosts-mooc-camp-for-online-learners-abroad

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July 4, 2012

Department of Energy Creates Online-Learning Platform for Technical Training

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

By Angela Chen, Chronicle of Higher Ed

The U.S. Department of Energy has unveiled a new open-source online-learning platform designed to facilitate technical training. The platform, called the National Training and Education Resource, or NTER, is already being used at Duke University Medical School and 17 Illinois community colleges, said John Shockley, senior project manager at SRI International, the company that developed the platform. Developers are also collaborating with the University of Missouri at Columbia, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Rio Salado College.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/department-of-energy-creates-online-learning-platform-for-technical-training/37175

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May 27, 2011

Academic departments at University of Missouri to take control of online learning through faculty committee

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

By Caitlin Swieca, University of Missouri Maneater

The committee was formed in response to academic departments’ concerns about changes in MU’s eLearning programs. In response to concerns over the proposal to realign MU’s eLearning program, a faculty committee will be organized in the fall to develop curriculum for online courses. Interim Vice Provost for eLearning Jim Spain said the shifts in the program will be mainly administrative. The report, released Feb. 25, was developed by former MU Extension Director Tom Henderson at the request of the UM System. “That report included input from a wide range of campus constituents — including administrators, staff involved in teaching and learning online and faculty that have extensive experience in distance education programs,” Spain said. Under the plan, MU Direct and the Center for Distance and Independent Study will be moved out of the MU Extension program and into the academic administrative structure of MU. Spain said he intends to have this process finished by the end of summer.

http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2011/5/17/academic-departments/

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December 20, 2010

Commerce Department tackles online privacy

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

by eSchool News

Aiming to set ground rules for companies that collect personal data online and use that information for marketing purposes, the U.S. Commerce Department is calling for the creation of an online privacy “bill of rights” for internet users. The proposal, outlined in a Commerce Department report issued Dec. 16, is intended to address growing unease about the vast amounts of personal data that companies are scooping up on the internet, from web browsing habits to smart phone locations to Facebook preferences. The information often is mined to help companies better target their advertising—a practice that has children’s advocacy groups in particular calling for more online privacy safeguards.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/12/16/commerce-department-tackles-online-privacy/

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May 4, 2010

SUNY Geneseo departments offer online coursework

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

by David Campbell, the Lamron of SUNY Geneseo

Material for online learning is offered in digital format. Timed assignments typically must be completed within 24 hours since students may be taking the course from different time zones. “The students are definitely interested in these courses, but the biggest problems we have are in providing technical support for the students who need it,” Iyer said. The professors teaching the online courses are mostly full-time faculty. Provost Carol Long will be teaching an online course in British Literature, and said her mission is to lead by example and encourage a more comprehensive online course offering.

http://bit.ly/9x97VO

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February 22, 2018

Maltzman defends online learning programs after faculty report

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:21 am

By Meredith Roaten, the Hatchet

After a report raised questions about unequal standards and oversight of courses taught online, Provost Forrest Maltzman defended the quality of the University’s online learning programs in a presentation to the Faculty Senate Friday. Maltzman insisted the University’s online offerings are equally as strong as traditional classes, citing data showing that programs have high student satisfaction and often outperform peers in national rankings. But he also recommended departments and programs act to increase monitoring of those courses using surveys and retaining lectures. “There is no reasonable examination of this that anyone can walk away and say our online programs are worse than our other programs,” Maltzman told the Faculty Senate.

Maltzman defends online learning programs after report raises concern

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January 29, 2018

Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?

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

By Robert Ubell, EdSurge

The latest data on the nation’s college and university enrollment shows that online is steadily climbing its way up to more than a third of the student population—as face-to-face continues to plummet. That’s a surprising turn in the long-time arc of academic population growth. If online weren’t in the picture, on-campus enrollments, as reported in the most recent U.S. Department of Education 2016 results, would have fallen by more than 1.5 million between 2012 and 2016, says Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, who has been tracking the country’s virtual education lifeline for 15 years. “Without digital, higher ed would be in far worse shape than it is now,” he adds. “Distance ed is saving higher ed.”

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-01-18-will-online-ever-conquer-higher-ed

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January 26, 2018

Universities jump into online courses

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

by  China Daily
China ranks first in the number of Massive Online Open Courses-with 3,200 launched by 460 higher education institutes, including 200 courses available on foreign MOOC platforms-the Ministry of Education said on Monday. Since 2012, China has established 10 MOOC platforms, and 55 million people have tried the courses, including more than 6 million university students who have earned credits by finishing the courses, said Wu Yan, director of the ministry’s Department of Higher Education. On Monday, the ministry selected and released the first batch of 490 national-level MOOCs, 70.2 percent of which were established by China’s top universities.

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-01/16/content_50231265.htm

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December 13, 2017

Choose an Online Program for a Law Enforcement Career

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

By Jordan Friedman, US News

When selecting an online degree, weigh one in criminal justice against a more specialized focus, such as homeland security. Prospective undergraduate and graduate online students have many decisions to make – including the type of credential they pursue. David Poulin, a detective at the Salinas Police Department, is also considering eventually teaching law enforcement courses at a college or university. A master’s will enable him to do that, says the 46-year-old, who adds that he has taken on additional responsibilities at his job since graduating earlier this year. For those hoping to launch or accelerate a law enforcement career, online education offers flexibility in both program types and scheduling, which experts say is beneficial for police officers and others in the field who work shifts around the clock. When looking into different, relevant online options while assessing your career goals, here are four to consider.

https://www.usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2017-12-07/choose-an-online-program-for-a-law-enforcement-career

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September 15, 2017

Standardization in Online Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:15 am

By Ashley A. Smith, Inside Higher Ed
Accreditor’s [HLC] rejection of Scottsdale Community College’s online expansion suggests that consistency and mandated faculty training could become a focus for quality control in online education.  A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. In a peer review report, which Inside Higher Ed obtained, HLC’s reviewers described “strong foundational components critical to online delivery and a clear passion for such delivery.  In particular, the reviewers found a lack of required training for online instruction. “SCC’s contract with the faculty was cited as the reason training could not be mandated. Further authority for reviewing and overseeing online delivery was pushed down to the department level.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/15/accreditor-denies-arizona-community-colleges-bid-expand-online

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July 20, 2017

FAMU seeks millions to invest in STEM faculty, online technology upgrades

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

by Byron Dobson , Tallahassee Democrat

Florida A&M University is seeking more than $24 million from the state in its education budget next year, with most of the money directed at hiring faculty and support staff, strengthening its academic portfolio and advancing online education. Of that, more than $7 million is needed for technology improvements throughout the campus, while another $1.3 million is needed for upgrades at the 3,800-acre agricultural research campus in Brooksville it inherited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2015. The legislative budget requests call for a combination of one-time funding and money FAMU needs annually.

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2017/06/30/famu-seeks-millions-invest-stem-faculty-technology-upgrades/444055001/

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June 25, 2017

New Analytics Tool Tracks Cheating Patterns for Online Testing

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

By Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Online proctoring and identity verification company Examity today launched examiDATA, a data platform designed to “aggregate and analyze information on test performance and academic integrity.” The tool examines information from hundreds of thousands of students at colleges and universities across the country to discern test-taking patterns, measure the rate of test-taking violations and help institutions benchmark against their peers, according to the company. Cheating information is broken down by category, such as tuition level, type of school and department of study.

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/06/08/new-analytics-tool-tracks-cheating-patterns-for-online-testing.aspx

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June 11, 2017

Helping Graduate Students Join an Online Learning Community

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

by Christina Yao, Brian Wilson, Crystal Garcia, Erica DeFrain and Andrew Cano; Educause Review

Online learners in graduate studies often face two new realities at the start of their academic careers: shifting identity into becoming graduate students, and developing online course competency. The Student Success Center — a strong orientation to online learning and graduate education — provides a foundation for establishing a community of online graduate program learners. Through that community of learners and with frequent interactions with instructors and staff, students can begin the process of becoming socialized into our department and their field of study. Finding collaborative ways to reduce their feelings of isolation and help online graduate students realize that they are part of a learning community that spans the university greatly improves the student experience and helps foster their success.

http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/5/helping-graduate-students-join-an-online-learning-community

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May 30, 2017

ASU athletes rely on online classes for high-demand schedule

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

By Samantha Pell, Cronkite News

Whether it is football, basketball, soccer or gymnastics, student-athletes have the added pressure to perform not only on the field but in the classroom. Practices, workouts, film sessions and travel days take up chunks of their weeks and demand creativity to build schedules with full-time academic loads. Enter online classes. At Arizona State, athletes are able to learn on an equal playing field with their in-class peers. Athletic department time commitments can’t be blamed for missing lectures or quizzes. Taking multiple online classes is common. This semester, ASU men’s basketball player Shannon Evans has all but one class online. During her senior year, former ASU women’s soccer player Lucero Lara had all online classes. The exception is freshmen athletes, who are expected to take all classes in person.

https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2017/05/15/online-classes-asu-athletes/

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May 5, 2017

Option of shorter online courses gaining popularity at Fort Hays State

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

by Hays Daily News

Eight-week courses are gaining popularity at Fort Hays State and are available in a broad range of programs through the university’s Department of Advanced Education Programs, which offer core courses across several programs. Instead of enrolling in a traditional 16-week course in time for the fall and spring semester start dates, online students can now choose from several other dates to enroll in the same course that is completed in half the time. “These offerings are being developed to meet the needs of the adult students who are looking for both an expedited timeline to complete their degree and/or have decided to go to school after one of the three traditional start dates,” said Dennis King, assistant vice president for student affairs. “The idea is to offer something for the adult student who presses to move through their program at a little faster pace.”

http://www.hdnews.net/press_releases/option-of-shorter-online-courses-gaining-popularity-at-fort-hays/article_10df9398-492a-5831-94f2-0916bfc25a00.html

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April 17, 2017

Thinking Small About Online Learning

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

By Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Online programs can be a vehicle to highlight differentiation. What school, department, program, or area of research does your school do better than anybody else?What degree programs are you most proud? What areas of teaching and knowledge creation have you build a critical mass of faculty? Building online programs around your strengths is a way not to compete with the Liberty’s, WGU’s, and SNHU’s of the world. My advice is that you don’t want to compete with these schools anyway. They have figured out the efficiencies around scale. Competing against the recruitment and student services and course development and instructional engines that they have built is a losing proposition. So do something different. The economics of online education mean that it is possible to build a very small program that is financially sustainable. If the focus is institutional differentiation and program quality – economic sustainability should be enough.

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/thinking-small-about-online-learning

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