Online Learning Update

August 17, 2010

The Open, Social, Participatory Future of Online Learning

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

By Marc Parry, Wired, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Madison, Wis. — Educators from around the country are gathering here this week to trade ideas at the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. One expert they’ll hear from is George Veletsianos, an assistant professor of instructional technology at the University of Texas at Austin who edited the new book Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Wired Campus caught up with Mr. Veletsianos to get his take on the state of online education.

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/The-Open-Social/26000/

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Ohio Calls on Blackboard To Create Statewide Online Learning Clearinghouse

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Ohio’s Board of Regents will be working with Blackboard in developing a program to host distance learning courses in the state. Chancellor Eric Fingerhut chose Blackboard’s consulting team to build a new, statewide digital learning clearinghouse that will provide a common platform for online courses. The goal of the program is to use the courses to graduate more students, keep more of them at Ohio colleges and universities and in the state’s workforce, and attract more out of state graduates to pursue additional education and careers in Ohio. Participating schools can both add and tap into the courses offered in the program. High school students could earn college credit through dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses or use remediation offerings. College students could attend a wider range of courses and other options for earning credits and completing degrees more quickly. The resources are also expected to help adult learners who want to pursue training to advance or change their careers and prepare for certifications.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2010/08/05/ohio-calls-on-blackboard-to-create-statewide-online-learning-clearinghouse.aspx

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Arizona schools putting more classes online

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

by The Arizona Republic

Newspapers have migrated online. Music has gone digital. It was only a matter of time before education went the way of the iTouch and smartphones. Once a fringe offering, online learning has gone mainstream, with 27 percent of all high-school students taking at least one online class last year, according to a new survey by Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow. Students cited the ability to work at their own pace and personalize their learning as more important than earning college credit, taking classes not offered at their school or fitting classes into their crowded schedules as reasons for enrolling in online classes.Statewide, more than 17,800 students were enrolled full time in an online class as of March 2009, according to the Arizona Department of Education. Classes typically are free to students because they are part of the public school system.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2010/08/08/20100808arizona-online-classes.html

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August 16, 2010

Bill Gates: on Online Learning Classes

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

by Ina Fried, CNet news.com

As for how he spends his time, Gates said he reads two to three hours a day, but is also up for spending an hour or two watching video, particularly online classes. “There are dozens and dozens of mind-blowing courses you can buy from Teach12,” he said. There are plenty of free options too, he said, but it is often hard to find the ones that match one’s interests and for which they have the right background. “There’s a lot of dead-ends where a course might not give you what you want,” he said. Gates also said that he hopes that eventually the best online courses will start to get significant funding to get even better, not unlike concert videos and other entertainment. “Why don’t the best physics classes have a million-dollar budget for neat experiments?” he said.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20012929-56.html

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How to manage working full time and taking online learning classes

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

By ARA

Online learning has made it possible for working professionals to go back to school without sacrificing their jobs. Just because it’s possible to work and go to school at the same time, however, doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Here are a few tips to help you balance your life, school and job:

http://www.crestonnewsadvertiser.com/articles/ara/2010/08/06/8047654266/index.xml

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Online learning regulation sufficient

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

by Jeffrey Elliott, Advanced Academics, NewsOK

“Virtual schooling in state should get a closer look” (Our Views, Aug. 1) calls for additional state oversight of online education. As an organization dedicated to helping kids graduate and succeed, we welcome transparency and accountability but caution against the creation of artificial barriers that will limit student options. While online learning isn’t for everyone, it’s an effective option for students who aren’t served well in traditional settings and for students whose health or family situation might keep them from attending a traditional school. Online programs are attracting previously homeschooled students back into the public school system. Children can’t enroll in virtual schools without their parents’ consent and involvement, and parents are actively involved in monitoring their student’s academic progress.

http://newsok.com/online-learning-regulation-sufficient/article/3483001

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August 15, 2010

Online learning courses- “Road to success”

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

by Berkeley College Student Onlilne

So, as I posted in my last blog I decided that since I have a 3 hour break in between my classes I would take an online course so I would have a total of 16 credits instead of just 12. However, before I can take an online course I had to pass the non-credit class ‘Road to Success’. When I found this out I quickly decided to have administration register me for the class so I can take it now. When I started the course work I noticed that their are only four assignments I must complete in order to be able to take the class. Two writing assignments, one discussion board post, and a 50 question test. So last night I decided I could most definitely dissolve this course-load and began at my work.

http://berkeleycollege-studentblogger.blogspot.com/2010/08/online-courses-road-to-success.html

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College OKs class hike for Online Learning

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

By Jamie Oppenheim, Merced Sun

Students living in the rural reaches of Merced County may have an easier time achieving their academic or career goals come fall semester. At Tuesday’s board meeting, Merced College trustees approved an increase in the number of online learning course offerings and classes available at the Los Banos campus that are requirements for various majors and certificate programs. In other words, Los Banos and the virtual college could have more than 50 percent of classes available for certain majors.

http://www.modbee.com/2010/08/04/1281270/college-oks-class-hike-for-net.html

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Cohorts in Online Courses

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

by eLearners.com

People are communal learners, which explains why classmates and study groups provide such great learning supports. As an online student, you can lean on your cohorts to stay motivated, to feel more involved, and to relieve feelings of frustration. So what is a cohort? In a college setting, a cohort is a group of classmates that enters the same program, and completes their courses in tandem. Some college programs emphasize the partnership among cohorts by focusing on group work and team projects. Other schools provide student boards that allow cohorts to chat, debate, or collaborate.

http://www.elearners.com/guide/how-online-learning-works/cohorts-in-online-courses/

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August 14, 2010

Tolkien and Fantasy Online Learning Courses at UWIC – Online Enrolment now open!

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by xoanon, the One Ring

Dr Dimitra Fimi writes: Enrolment is now open for two new, exciting online courses on Tolkien and on Fantasy Literature, offered by University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) and taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi (author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, which recently won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies). You can enroll online here, the courses will be taught entirely online and they are open to students and adult learners all over the world. Fantasy Literature: From Victorian Fairy Tales to Modern Imaginary Worlds will explore the history and evolution of fantasy literature from its Victorian and Edwardian roots (the work of William Morris, George MacDonald, and the mythology of childhood developed by Charles Kingsley and J.M. Barrie) to the seminar work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien’s legacy (C.S. Lewis Narnia books, and Terry Brooks and Stephen Donaldson’s work) and the best works of American fantasy (including Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz and Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series).

http://bit.ly/9ESATx

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Texas Students Could Be Required to Seek Off-Campus Learning Options

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

By Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Ed

A Texas higher-education panel is recommending that students be required to complete at least 10 percent of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses. The proposal is one of several online-learning ideas in a new draft report prepared in response to Gov. Rick Perry’s call for higher-education cost-savings recommendations. The report also recommends that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board be given authority to create a new institution to offer associate’s programs online.

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Texas-Students-Could-Be/25935/

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Online Learning College Degree Programs–Can Online College Courses Help Unemployed Find Jobs?

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

By Alex Strobel, Red, White and Blue Press

Many unemployed men and women are returning to college in order to gain additional skills or experience that may allow them to advance in their search for a job, or those who may be lucky enough to currently be employed are taking college classes to help them go further in their career. However, many unemployed individuals are unable to take traditional classes on a college campus, but rather, are turning to online college courses for additional education or to earn their degree for the first time.

http://www.rwbpress.com/2010/08/03/online-college-degree-programs-can-internet-college-courses-help-unemployed-find-jobs/

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August 13, 2010

Openness as Catalyst for an Educational Reformation

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

by David Wiley, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 4 (July/August 2010): 14–20

For the authors of content, resources, courseware, or textbooks, being open is about overcoming the inner two-year-old who constantly screams: “Mine! You can’t have it! It’s MINE!” Unfortunately, modern law and college/university policy tend to enable this bad behavior, allowing us to shout “Mine!” ever more loudly, to stomp our feet with ever less self-control, and to hit each other with ever harder and sharper toys. Throughout our tantrums, society soothingly whispers that unbridled selfishness is a natural and therefore appropriate feeling. Regrettably, some educators and administrators have allowed themselves to be swayed by the siren song: “It’s OK. Be stingy with your lecture notes. Don’t share your slides. They’re yours. Sue those students who posted their class notes online. It’s legal. Go ahead.” By contrast, the idea of openness reminds us of what we knew intuitively before society gave us permission to act monstrously toward one another. I’m frequently asked: “What is the appropriate role of openness in education?” I find the question to be deeply troubling and insidious. The question implies that openness might play any of several roles in the educational enterprise—a core or a peripheral role, a large or a small role. The question subtly distracts people from seeing that openness is the sole means by which education is effected. If a teacher is not sharing what he or she knows, there is no education happening.

http://bit.ly/aIspJ5

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Demand prompts WCCC to expand online learning – half of all students are taking online classes!

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

By Debra Duncan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dawn Arendas, 37, of North Huntingdon is one of 4,500 students taking classes this summer at Westmoreland County Community College — from home. Students taking online courses make up about half of all students currently enrolled at the community college. Mrs. Arendas works and has children, so she likes the flexibility that online classes provide. She is enrolled in a two-year associate nursing degree program.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10210/1076005-56.stm

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The advantages of online piano tutorials

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

by PoolBoy, Helium

If you’re thinking of learning piano, your first thought may be to seek a teacher locally at a music store or in the classifieds. The obvious disadvantage to doing so, is that it will undoubtedly be costly when compared to the multitude of free services available online. Granted, one-on-one instruction with a real human being will most likely be the quickest and most efficient way to learn piano. However, online instruction should not be overlooked.

http://www.helium.com/items/1910281-is-a-piano-tutorial-online-a-good-option-over-an-actual-teacher

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August 12, 2010

iTunes University Offers a World of Online Learning for Free

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

by Tokeli Baker, Suite 101

Online learning tools include iTunes University audio and video podcasts as continuing education alternatives. Imagine a virtual world of open learning on any conceivable subject matter that is free to anyone with natural curiosity. Sound like nirvana? It already exists, waiting at your fingertips. Online learning tools will come as no new news to university students; au courant professors not only advertise but often require the use of online applications to enhance live lectures. This technology is also open to anyone who has access to the internet. A continuing thirst for knowledge is the student’s only requirement for admission.

http://adult-education.suite101.com/article.cfm/itunes-university-offers-a-world-of-online-learning-for-free

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Online schools see rapid enrollment growth in Ohio

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Margo Rutledge Kissell, Dayton Daily News

More than 29,000 K-12 students attend school online in Ohio, about five times more than did seven years ago. They log onto their computers from home without ever stepping into a classroom. Some are in kindergarten. Doug and Linda Sellers of Beavercreek took the virtual leap from the traditional bricks-and-mortar public schools when they enrolled their four children in an e-school three years ago. The couple said it was a difficult decision and a tough sell to relatives, many of whom are teachers. They’re happy with the results.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/e-schools-see-rapid-enrollment-growth-in-ohio-840003.html

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Learning languages online

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

By Peter Wayne, New York Times

The message from the 14-year-old Tunisian skateboarder was curt. “Totally wrong,” he said of my French. My conjugation was off and I should study spelling. On a scale of one to five, he said, my French practice essay was worth a one. Then he disappeared into the anonymity of the Internet. If there is any truth to the old Russian proverb that enemies parrot yes while friends say no, then it is easy to form fast friendships on Livemocha.com, a website devoted to helping people learn languages by swapping messages over the Internet and then correcting each other’s messages.

http://www.mercurynews.com/business-headlines/ci_15654285?nclick_check=1

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August 11, 2010

Adoption to Institutionalization of Online Learning in Universities: Needs for Further Research

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by Ines Casanovas, EJEL

Online education in institutional contexts means new organizational problems. The fact that universities need to change to accommodate the impact of technology on learning is already known and accepted. Coping with changes from adoption until institutionalization of online education represents a formidable management challenge for universities. Online education, under the umbrella of e-learning was perceived by several early researchers as an innovation per-se, “established and embedded” in educational institutions. Nevertheless, the Department for Education and Skills of UK insists that e-learning is not embedded at any stage of education. The focus was strongly set on technological, practical and pedagogical aspects but there are relevant reports about failures in embedding innovations in educational institutions. The institutional lack of strategies to cope with international students and new technologies as well as supporting for future online developments clearly appears in recent studies. Competition in the market of Higher Education has pushed universities towards the adoption of sophisticated organizational practices to ensure effectiveness. These new institutional models require changing traditional functions and roles, as online education does not usually fit into the existing university structure. The transition from on-campus to online education evolves in new roles, either in the pedagogical or in the administration domains. Organizational factors, more than teachers’ and students’ attitudes or technological features seem to mark the differences in the general perception about technology-mediated education getting successfully embedded in institutional new programs, roles, procedures, culture and structures. The aim of this paper is to revisit the existing theoretical background about the process from adoption until institutionalization of online education and explore the needs for further research. The overall purpose is to encourage researchers to fill the gaps of knowledge helping university managers to address a more clear understanding of the individual and organizational interactions that influence the development of strategies and institutionalization of emergent online educational initiatives.

http://www.ejel.org/Volume-8/v8-i2/v8-i2-art-3.htm

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How do Students Measure Service Quality in Online Learning? A Case Study Regarding an Internet-based University

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by María Martínez-Argüelles, José Castán and Angel Juan, EJEL

This article discusses the importance of measuring how students perceive quality of service in online higher education. The article also reviews the existing literature on measuring users’ perceptions about quality in e-services. Even when there are a lot of articles on this matter, none of them focuses on e-learning services, so this paper tries to fill that gap. The article proposes using the Critical Incident Technique to perform a qualitative analysis, which contributes to identify the main dimensions and categories that contribute to students’ perception of service quality. A case study, regarding a completely online university, is presented and the proposed model is used to obtain some preliminary research results. Among these, key quality dimensions from a student point of view are identified. Some of these dimensions are: learning process, administrative processes, teaching materials and resources, etc. After discussing the research results, a list of recommendations for university managers is formulated. We believe that both the proposed methodology and the case-study recommendations can be of potential interest for managers of several universities offering online higher-education worldwide.

http://www.ejel.org/Volume-8/v8-i2/v8-i2-art-11.htm

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Wiki Tools in the Preparation and Support of Online Learning Courses

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

by Antonín Jancarík and Katerina Jancaríková, EJEL

Wiki tools, which became known mainly thanks to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, represent quite a new phenomenon on the Internet. The work presented here deals with three areas connected to a possible use of wiki tools for the preparation of an e-learning course. To what extent does Wikipedia.com contain terms necessary for scientific lectures at the university level and to what extent are they localised into other languages? The second area covers the use of Wikipedia’s essays specialising in one theme as a knowledge base for e-learning study materials. Our experience with Enviwiki which originated within the E-V Learn project and its use in e-learning courses is presented. The third area aims at the use of wiki tools for building a knowledge base and sharing experience of the participants of an e-learning course.

http://www.ejel.org/Volume-8/v8-i2/v8-i2-art-8.htm

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