How to get an MBA education for less than $1,000

March 21st, 2015

by Lauren Everitt, Forbes

Laurie Pickard started her journey in August 2013 and planned to complete 16 courses over two to three years. Now, a little more than halfway in, she’s completed 20 courses, exceeded the MBA curriculum, and can “graduate” at any time. However, she has no intention of stopping now. “I have to keep my finger on the pulse and keep my skills fresh,” she says. She also has no plans to leave her current job as a development and entrepreneurship specialist at USAID. “I just see this [MOOCs] as a totally new field, and I want to be in it,” she says. Pickard plans to offer a No-Pay MBA community and support package, including a handbook, a regularly updated course guide, a course checklist, support networks, a digital credential, and a web presence where No-Pay MBAs can present their work to potential employers. Pickard plans to launch the program in June 2015 with a tiered pricing structure.

http://fortune.com/2015/03/16/how-to-get-an-mba-education-for-less-than-1000/

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Online Technologies Will Reshape Continuing and Professional Ed

March 21st, 2015

by Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

John L. Hennessy, president of Stanford University, speaking at the annual ACE meeting, said the “unbundling” of degrees that many are predicting — where students assemble the learning they want, offered in person or online, by one or more institutions to earn credentials — is something that Hennessy predicted was the future of continuing education and professional education. “Online technologies will dominate this marketplace,” he said. And this will include many professionally oriented master’s programs, he said.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/16/stanford-president-offers-predictions-more-digital-future-higher-education

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3 Big Issues We Heard About at SXSWedu

March 21st, 2015
by  Goldie Blumenstyk and Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed
Student privacy, easier-to-use digital tools for instructors, and efforts to offer alternative credentials were some of the most-talked-about topics this week at the South by Southwest Edu conference, an offshoot of the popular South by Southwest music festival. The event brings together a mix of participants from different parts of education — teachers, administrators, and publishers in elementary, secondary, and higher education.

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/3-big-issues-we-heard-about-at-sxswedu/56063

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Microsoft Looks Forward To Creating Free Online Programming Courses for EdX

March 20th, 2015

By David Barry, US Markets Daily

The world is going after initiatives that help humanity to grow further, and corporate houses don’t seem to miss this opportunity. The newest addition to the list of corporate houses that tend to offer free services for social betterment is Microsoft Corporation. According to reports, Microsoft has decided to enter the world of free education. The company has partnered with EdX, based in Cambridge, MA.

http://www.usmarketsdaily.com/microsoft-corporation-nasdaqmsft-looks-forward-to-creating-free-online-programming-courses-for-edx-10346

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Earning a bachelor’s degree the new way

March 20th, 2015

By Jennifer Doody, Harvard Gazette

Jonathan Haber earned his bachelor’s degree, in chemistry, from Wesleyan University in 1985. Nearly three decades later, he decided to earn another bachelor’s, this one in philosophy. He also resolved to complete his studies in just one year, entirely online, for free. Haber documented those 12 months on the website Degree of Freedom, detailing his experience completing the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree using Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, and other forms of free learning. As the inaugural HarvardX Visiting Fellow, Haber recently spoke at the Harvard Ed Portal about what he had learned during his year of intense online study. Appropriately, in addition to nearly three-dozen Ed Portal visitors, more than 80 people watched the talk online.

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/03/earning-a-bachelors-degree-the-new-way/

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E-learning advice from 4 troops who are making it work

March 20th, 2015

By Adam Stone, Military Times

For those who wear the uniform, the appeal of online learning is obvious. Deploy with a laptop and you’re still in school, regardless of where you go. When the marching pace picks up, put the books aside and learn when it’s convenient. Don’t be lulled, though. Just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it’s easy. Timing matters when chasing a degree. Technology tools can ease the load. And just as when out on maneuvers, it always pays to plan ahead. Here, four military members and veterans share what they’ve learned about making the most of online learning opportunities.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/best-for-vets/education/2015/03/14/e-learning-advice-from-4-troops-who-are-succeeding/23224055/

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The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework

March 19th, 2015

by Paul J. LeBlanc, EDUCAUSE Review

The enthusiasm of the ed-tech and DIY sectors sometimes lapses into a kind of insurgent rhetoric. In this narrative, all traditional colleges and universities are dinosaurs, and the meteor that will spell their doom is about to hit. A key part of this “disruptive innovation” argument is the broad displacement of faculty and staff by technology. In truth, higher education, like health care, is a highly regulated industry that remains slow to change. There is no precipice. But there are certainly tough times ahead. Even if technology will not soon replace people, it seems poised to dramatically redefine roles and to change the nature of faculty/staff work.

http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/human-technology-intersection-framework

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How interactive profiles could help provide CBE credibility

March 19th, 2015

by eCampusNews

Udacity and Accredible have partnered to provide Udacity’s Nanodegree program students with professional profiles powered by Accredible, which develops interactive certificate technology. The profiles will provide recruiters with a better understanding of the capabilities and learning styles of potential candidates. The Nanodegree program is a new type of credential for lifelong learners giving professionals the ability to advance their skills or get a new job. They are designed to be efficient, focused and affordable, making them extremely applicable to the needs of today’s tech-centric world. Developed to take about 6-12 months to complete, Nanodegrees are lean and “stackable” enabling individuals to earn new credentials over the course of their career.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/profiles-nanodegree-learners-894/

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9 Ways to Doom Your Data Analytics Efforts

March 19th, 2015

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology

Higher education has been talking about big data for years now. And most schools have come around to the idea that massive amounts of data can be collected, analyzed and used to make recommendations to decision-makers who must determine the best paths for their institutions. Yet, as a practical matter, data analysis and data-driven decision-making are still in their infancy. According to the Education Advisory Board, just eight institutions have a staff member who carries the title of chief data officer — out of 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. It’s no wonder, really. There are countless pitfalls and obstacles on the way to successful data analytics. Here are nine common mistakes, and what some institutions are doing to avoid them.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/12/9-ways-to-doom-your-data-analytics-efforts.aspx

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IPEDS Fall 2013: Less than Half of Fully Distant Students Come from Other States

March 18th, 2015

By Russ Poulin, WCET

This is the third in a series of three blog posts examining the 2013 IPEDS Fall Enrollment survey and its counts of distance education enrollments. The first blog focused on the 2013 survey statistics and the second compared the growth between 2012 and 2013. The survey also asked if institutions enrolled students from other states or other countries. We examine those statistics in this blog post, especially in relation to state authorization regulations.

https://wcetblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/ipedsstateenrollments/

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Online learning: studying for an MBA in another continent

March 18th, 2015

by Adam Palin, Financial Times

While universities have been largely protected from the competitive pressures of international competition, technological advances are quickly making the world of higher education much smaller. Massive open online courses, (Moocs), non-degree programmes usually offered free, are often heralded as an embodiment of the globalisation of higher education, with students from around the world enrolled on courses. But the process is not restricted to Moocs. Advanced online technology is also breaking down geographical boundaries in degree learning, with distance programmes seen increasingly as an attractive alternative to studying on campus.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d1bab2c6-aaf5-11e4-81bc-00144feab7de.html

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Online Learning in Postsecondary Education: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2013-2014)

March 18th, 2015

by D. Derek Wu, Ithaka S+R

“Online Learning in Postsecondary Education: A Review of the Empirical Literature (2013-2014)” assesses the current state of research on online teaching and learning. In reviewing twelve recent studies we found that there are still significant gaps in our understanding of the effectiveness of online and hybrid formats of teaching. The most methodologically rigorous studies in this review join a growing list of similarly rigorous research finding that students in online and hybrid formats perform about as well as their counterparts in face-to-face sections. Yet, we identify several areas where more research is needed.

http://sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/online-learning-postsecondary-education

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Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions

March 17th, 2015

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Recent efforts are tweaking the formula for massive open online courses and expanding their reach to new audiences. The MOOC philosophy has always come across as “Go big or go home.” But some of the most interesting experiments occurring right now would better be described as “Divide and conquer.” These undertakings — one an experiment at Harvard (MA) and the other a longer-term commitment at the University of Michigan — are allowing schools to try out new practices from a narrower perspective, while still impacting the broader workings of the institution.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/03/11/innovative-moocs-take-learning-in-new-directions.aspx

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3 factors that are changing online learning

March 17th, 2015

by eCampusNews

New infographic illustrates latest trends shaping the future of higher education and online learning. According to recent data, online enrollments are growing faster than overall higher education; and today’s “typical” college freshman is no longer a rising high school senior–two trends that are shaping the future of learning, say researchers. Rising tuition costs and an evolving workforce are two other major factors driving change in online learning in higher education, according to research released by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). In a new infographic, the OLC examines the impact of the internet and changing “consumer” behavior on higher education.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/factors-online-learning-532/

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Net Neutrality: A Huge Victory for Education

March 17th, 2015

By Aiden Wolfe, Edudemic

No, net neutrality won’t suddenly give consumers more choice for high speed Internet, nor will it put an end to the polarizing debate over the role of government. What it will do, however, is ensure the web remains an uncorrupted medium for commercial innovation, self expression and the pursuit of knowledge. Thankfully, as plagued by partisan bickering and bureaucratic inefficiency as our political system may be, America’s heart usually ends up in the right place. Let’s hope this time that place continues to be free, open and fair.

http://www.edudemic.com/net-neutrality-huge-victory-education/

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Microsoft is taking you back to school — free online courses through edX!

March 16th, 2015

By Brian Fagioli, Beta News

Microsoft is partnering with edX to offer courses taught by its employees and experts. The best part? Most of them are free! “Taught by Microsoft experts, these first courses focused on in-demand skills feature interactive coding, assessments, and exercises, and are now open for enrollment. Anders Hejlsberg, technical fellow at Microsoft, will co-teach Introduction to TypeScript; with Introduction to Bootstrap, students will learn a popular front-end web development framework; Programming with C# will help learners gain expertise in a widely used programming language for .NET; additional courses in fast-growing technologies such as cloud computing, data platforms, and Office 365 are also available on edx.org. Students can enroll in Microsoft courses for free or obtain a verified certificate for a fee. Enrollment is open, with courses beginning at the end of March”, says edX.

http://betanews.com/2015/03/11/microsoft-is-taking-you-back-to-school-free-online-courses-through-edx/

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7 Myths About Online Education

March 16th, 2015

By Terri Williams, US News

Online education is becoming commonplace. About 5.3 million U.S. students took at least one online course in fall 2013, according to a recent study. Yet, while online education is growing in popularity, myths and misconceptions abound. Linked below, experts separate the fact from fiction.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2015/03/09/7-myths-about-online-education

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Now you can earn a Yale degree from your own home

March 16th, 2015

By AINSLEY O’CONNELL, Fast Company

Earning a Yale degree will no longer require moving to New Haven, Connecticut, thanks to an online program for would-be physicians’ assistants that the university plans to launch early next year. The graduate program, developed in partnership with software-as-a-service provider 2U, will grant Master of Medical Science degrees exactly equivalent to those of on-campus students. “This is a Yale degree,” Lucas Swineford, who oversees the university’s digital strategy, told The Wall Street Journal. Online education, he said, is “coming of age.” Students will complete the vast majority of their coursework through 2U’s cloud-based platform, with some in-person training at a local medical center.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3043476/fast-feed/now-you-can-earn-a-yale-degree-from-the-comfort-of-your-living-room

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Next Phase for Gates’s Completion Agenda

March 15th, 2015

By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed

After spending roughly half a billion dollars on the college completion agenda during the last seven years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is ready to be more assertive about what it thinks should happen in four key areas of higher education policy. The foundation lays out what an official there calls its “strategy reboot” in a newly released document. It describes a focus on data and information, finance and financial aid, college readiness, and innovation and scale.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/11/gates-foundation-announces-four-priority-policy-areas-college-completion-data-system

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California offers $50 million carrot for college innovation

March 15th, 2015

BY LISA LEFF, Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown has made a habit of criticizing California’s public colleges and universities for what he sees as a failure to adapt to the 21st century. Now he is putting the state’s money where his mouth is. The governor has pledged $50 million to reward campuses with creative and cost-effective approaches to getting more students to earn degrees in less time. A seven-member committee chaired by Brown’s finance director is scheduled to name the winners of the California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education later this month.

http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/03/08/4415990_california-offers-50-million-carrot.html?rh=1

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Parents flock to free online course on autism

March 15th, 2015

by Danielle Kutchel, the Age

Swinburne University has designed an online course to give families practical strategies to cope with a child with autism. More than 10,000 participants have registered for a new, free online six-week course beginning in April, which has been designed by Swinburne University to provide practical help to families with a child on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong condition affecting about 1 per cent of children who typically have preoccupations, aversions, obsessions and difficulties with social interaction. But, despite the disorder’s frequency and the challenges it poses to parents, carers and teachers, much online information is about diagnosis and emotional support rather than practical help. Now, a team at Swinburne University has stepped in to move away from “the theory of autism” to provide a free, practical online six-week course designed to give parents and carers strategies to help their child – and the family.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/parents-flock-to-free-online-course-on-autism-20150308-13vcc9.html

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