Online college wins over students in Missouri

March 28th, 2015

by Koran Addo, St. Louis Today

Two years ago, it might have seemed strange when Gov. Jay Nixon starting pushing for Missouri to create its own branch of Western Governors University. After all, WGU is a bit of an oddity. It’s a nonprofit online university that doesn’t use teachers. Students work at their own pace and are assigned course mentors who offer tutoring, advice or pep talks as needed. Students can also skip large sections of the curriculum if they can demonstrate command of the subject. After two years and a state investment of $4 million, WGU-Missouri leaders say the school is doing what it’s supposed to do: providing access to students who don’t fit the mold of a traditional student.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/online-college-wins-over-students-in-missouri/article_ab774237-d266-5074-9f32-df7b95369ea1.html

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From Disruptor to Bestie: How Instructors are Learning to Leverage MOOCs

March 28th, 2015

by Charlie Chung, EdSurge

Only a handful of sessions at SXSWedu this year used “MOOC” in their titles or descriptions, but those four letters were still mentioned quite a bit. It is safe to say, MOOCs have been passed over as the disruptor du jour of higher education. But this is a good thing, because now we can get on with the real work to figure out how to best study, utilize and improve their role in education. Here are a few of the takeaways I gathered about MOOCs during the conference.

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2015-03-20-from-disruptor-to-bestie-how-instructors-are-learning-to-leverage-moocs

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Learning How to Practice Medicine—Virtually

March 28th, 2015

by Alia Wong, the Atlantic

Soon, an aspiring Physician’s Assistant might be able to complete nearly all this coursework online—and through an Ivy League to boot: Yale. Yale announced earlier this month that it’s partnering with 2U, Inc.—a firm that helps selective nonprofit universities develop virtual degree programs—to launch its online PA initiative. The project is still pending approval by the accrediting commission for PA schools and from various state licensing agencies. But if it gets the green light, it would likely be the country’s first fully online PA degree. (Some programs are considered “hybrid” and entail a combination of on-campus and online coursework.) It would also become Yale’s first fully online master’s program and join the university’s existing on-campus PA program, which was launched in the early 1970s.

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/03/learning-how-to-practice-medicinevirtually/388276/

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Local college to let students decide on-the-fly to go to class in-person or online

March 27th, 2015

by Lauren Hertzler, Philadelphia Business Journal

Peirce College has a new program that takes its historically flexible schedule to the next level. For the past year, the college has been testing a model where students can decide on-the-fly to attend class in person or online. It’s aimed at the students that primarily make up Peirce’s population — the working adults that are often hit with last-minute tasks for a job or for their family. If they can’t make it to class due to a sudden engagement, they can read up on all the lecture notes at a later date and even, in some cases, receive audio feedback on assignments and turn in assignments online. For online students, it allows them the opportunity to go to class for that extra in-person interaction if need be.

http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2015/03/19/on-the-fly-college-class-in-person-or-online.html?page=all

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Masters Level Computer Science From Udacity

March 27th, 2015

by Sue Gee, i-programmer

Applications for the Fall 2015 admission to Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMS CS) are due before April 17, 2015. But if you don’t want to wait you can follow along for free with Udacity. President Obama visited Georgia Tech last week and pointed to the OMS CS as an example of the kind of innovation needed by the United States to address the rising costs of higher education. This is because, with tuition entirely online, students are charged as little as $6,600, less than one-sixth of the cost of an on-campus equivalent at $45,000.

http://www.i-programmer.info/news/150-training-a-education/8400-udacity-masters.html

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Anyone Can Be a Teacher in This Online School

March 27th, 2015

By JONAH BROMWICHMARCH, NY Times

Susan Orlean was considering giving up teaching. She had taught courses at New York University and at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College but was finding it difficult to maintain a consistent class schedule while fulfilling her obligations as a staff writer for The New Yorker. “I just started thinking, well, maybe there’s a different way to do this that doesn’t tie me to a physical location,” she said. “And right around that time, Skillshare contacted me.” Skillshare is an online video platform that allows anyone to sign up and teach a class. The company has proved adept at recruiting experts to teach on its website. Aside from Ms. Orlean’s class on creative nonfiction, the website has a class on visual storytelling from the design maven Debbie Millman and a marketing course taught by the entrepreneur Seth Godin. The company allows users to determine the courses they want to teach and take. A thousand courses are available for $10 a month.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/education/anyone-can-be-a-teacher-in-this-online-school.html?_r=0

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For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Re-Define Competency

March 26th, 2015

by Ryan Craig, Wired

In a decade, online education may be recognized not for making higher education accessible to anyone with a smartphone—but as the midwife who delivered competency-based learning into the world. Like so many other technology-driven advances, competency-based learning is theoretically possible in a paper-pencil world. Global positioning is, after all, feasible without a handheld GPS. But it’s not nearly as appealing, and a long way from a mass-market product. Competency-based learning turns higher education on its head – starting not with the curriculum, but rather the competencies one should exhibit upon completion (according to, say, employers).

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/online-really-matter-education-need-redefine-competency/

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How to Use Online Learning as Part of Your Test Prep

March 26th, 2015

by Chuck Cohn, Huffington Post

In recent years, online learning has become an increasingly popular option for many students. Because online learning shatters the traditional borders of education, students can immediately access many benefits that were previously unavailable to them. Resources like MOOCs, OCW, and OERs can help with classes, employment skills, and even test prep. If you’d like to strengthen your test prep with these tools, here is everything you need to know:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-cohn/how-to-use-online-learnin_b_6880340.html

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Online Course Provision Grows As Three University of London Colleges Sign Up To Digital Partnership

March 26th, 2015

by Shannon Greenhalgh, MISCO

The move to online course provision by UK universities is under way, as three University of London colleges, including Goldsmiths, enter a partnership that will enable their students to participate in massive open online courses (MOOCs), Government Computing has reported. The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and St George’s, alongside Goldsmiths, have announced an agreement to offer MOOCs through the FutureLearn platform – joining a network of 51 other higher and specialist education institutions globally which are using the service to offer courses online. FutureLearn (owned by the Open University) has already been adopted by other universities in the UK, with industry experts predicting that MOOCs will play a “complementary” role in higher education.

http://www.misco.co.uk/blog/news/02804/online-course-provision-grows-as-three-university-of-london-colleges-sign-up-to-digital-partnership

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EdX Partnership with Microsoft, Smithsonian Could Provide Professional Preparation

March 25th, 2015

By HANNAH SMATI, Harvard Crimson

EdX, a massive open online course platform founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012, will launch seven courses on programming and cloud technologies in collaboration with Microsoft. A motivation behind the partnership might have been to reach edX’s student audience, according to Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield. Schroeder said there is an increasing number of employers looking for students that have specific technical skills for entry-level jobs, and so collaborating with edX would be a good way to target potential employees.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2015/3/24/edx-microsoft-smithsonian-collaboration/

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LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch With Students and Alumni

March 25th, 2015

by Casey Fabris, the Chronicle of Higher Ed

LinkedIn is doing more these days to attract college students, and to work with colleges to use the website to get better data on what their students do after graduation. The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/linkedin-expands-efforts-to-help-colleges-keep-in-touch-with-students-and-alumni/56171

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Access free online courses with your L.A. County library card

March 25th, 2015

by Colleen Park, My LA News

Everyone with a Los Angeles County library card now has access to free online video courses teaching business, technology and creative skills, the county’s lead librarian announced Tuesday. The new program, dubbed lynda.com, can be accessed remotely and on mobile devices, allowing users to learn at their own pace. “All you need is a county public library card and PIN to access lynda.com’s vast collection of courses,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “Our patrons can take an unlimited number of lynda.com classes with 24-7 access on their computer or smartphone.”

http://mynewsla.com/education/2015/03/17/access-free-online-courses-with-your-l-a-county-library-card/

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Market 2015-2020

March 24th, 2015

by MarketWatch

MOOCs appears as a very lucrative and commercially interesting solution for many companies looking to implement effective training programs for employees, MOOCs have the potential to revolutionize the corporate learning industry. Visiongain believes that 2015 will be a pivotal year and one of significant growth for MOOCs market as vendors address demands of higher education providers, schools and organizations. Not only will the MOOCs market flourish across education & learning sector. This growth will also generate additional demand across many industries especially wireless infrastructure, big data and cloud computing. The IT sector will also witness huge growth through widespread implementation of Big Data to derive maximum value from the valuable data collected via MOOCs and Cloud services for the seamless delivery of MOOCs no matter where you are located. As a consequence, Visiongain expects global MOOCs revenue to reach $1.5 billion in 2015.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/massive-open-online-course-mooc-market-2015-2020-meducation-distance-open-e-learning-in-higher-education-enterprise-2015-03-17

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People Who Use Firefox or Chrome Are Better Employees

March 24th, 2015

by JOE PINSKER, the Atlantic

Cornerstone’s researchers found that people who took the test on a non-default browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, ended up staying at their jobs about 15 percent longer than those who stuck with Safari or Internet Explorer. They performed better on the job as well. (These statistics were roughly the same for both Mac and PC users.)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/people-who-use-firefox-or-chrome-are-better-employees/387781/

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Online course aims to put public gardens on a community mission

March 24th, 2015

By Alex Koeberle, Cornell Chronicle

Cornell has joined an effort to teach public garden educators how to use natural assets as a resource for learning and social change within their communities. Crnell has joined a national online education effort designed to help public garden educators transform their natural assets into community resources for scientific knowledge and social change. The first online class co-hosted by Cornell, a free six-week online course called EECapacity for Public Garden Educators, wrapped up last month and is part of an ongoing national environmental education training program. Lectures were delivered as a series of live videos, with opportunities for participants to answer questions and provide feedback on Facebook.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2015/03/online-course-aims-put-public-gardens-community-mission

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Engaging Faculty in Online Education

March 23rd, 2015

by Karen H. Sibley and Ren Whitaker, EDUCAUSE Review

By drawing on direct experience, facilitating learning from peers, and exploring engagement practices, Brown University’s online development team is creating an online learning “adoption wave” among faculty. The online development team continues to introduce ways of helping faculty and senior administrators more fully understand and expand on the opportunities online learning presents. An institution steeped in the traditions of residential education and initially dubious of online education now builds on its early success with online learning.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/engaging-faculty-online-education

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Faculty Success Means Student Success: Supporting Online Faculty

March 23rd, 2015

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology

The push for “student success” is all around us. Today, new campus IT implementations, software development efforts, and academic program redesigns all seem conceived in the popular context of student success, or they are in some significant way connected to it. But what about the notion of “faculty success”? Michael E. Cottam is Webster University’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of its Online Learning Center. He has moved innovative support programs for online faculty forward there and in his previous posts with very large online programs at higher education institutions including Rio Salado College and Mount St. Mary’s University Online. Michael Cottam: I think faculty are the most important piece in achieving student success. In spite of all the supports we might provide (advisors, success coaches, counselors, tutors, and so forth) I do not believe that student success will happen without really effective faculty.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/17/faculty-success-means-student-success.aspx

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World-first internet braille course launches in North Rocks

March 23rd, 2015

by David Catt, Hills Shire Times

The Kelly family, Julian, Charlie, and Michelle are one of the first to use the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s eLearning Braille course. It is hard to imagine the isolation that being blind can create, especially when you live in a far-flung outback town like Tamworth. Until now. The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children at North Rocks has launched the world’s first eLearning system for braille that is aimed at teaching people who can see the incredibly challenging language.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/world-first-internet-braille-course-launches-in-north-rocks/story-fngr8i1f-1227265112688

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Higher ed gets a new domain in .college

March 22nd, 2015

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

XYZ, the company that owns .college, is opening the first sales period for its domain today to registered trademark holders looking for matching .college addresses. The “sunrise” period lasts until April 17 and will offer domain registry for free, XYZ announced today. XYZ is announcing its sales push for .college domains as a way to open opportunities for colleges and universities that were previously restricted by the regulations surrounding .edu. Accredited, post-secondary, U.S.-based institutions were the only ones with access to .edu, while .college will be available to higher education institutions, organizations trying to recruit the campus community, and individual professors, departments, or programs, according to XYZ. Back in 2013, XYZ CEO Daniel Negari said he expected .college to supplement .edu, not replace it. That is probably a safe bet as .college sales get underway this week.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/higher-ed-gets-a-new-domain-in-college/375843/

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University of Illinois to offer more online summer courses

March 22nd, 2015

By Liyuan Yang, Daily Illini

This summer the University will offer over 300 online courses, including more than 20 new ones, in a range of subjects. So far, 138 graduate sections and 186 undergraduate sections have been added, though more are on the way, Deanna Raineri, associate provost for Education Innovation, said. Registration starts April 6 for students with Chancellor’s Honors status, and eligible veterans or service members. Courses were chosen based on a survey conducted by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning during the winter term, said Raineri. The “two big ones” students asked for were general education and business courses, she said.

http://www.dailyillini.com/news/article_3e1c2b30-cc47-11e4-ab80-c75a1a5072f3.html

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24 Data Science Resources to Keep Your Finger on the Pulse

March 22nd, 2015

by Cheng Han Lee, Udacity

There are lots of resources out there to learn about, or to build upon what you already know about, data science. But where do you start? What are some of the best or most authoritative sources? Here are some websites, books, and other resources that we think are outstanding.

http://blog.udacity.com/2014/12/24-data-science-resources-keep-finger-pulse.html

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