Online Learning Update

August 10, 2010

Exemplary Online Learning

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

by Richard Keir, UK Prestige Blog Arena

You do want to make positive that wherever you resolve to study, that it is accredited and that any diploma or certification in a area that requires licensure or state certification will be accepted by your state. If your employer has an educational reimbursement plan, be sure to verify that the college or college you chose might be acceptable. In some cases, a part of your expenses may additionally be tax-deductible. Accreditation is vital not just for employer acceptance, but also if you are going to seek scholarship funds to help with the cost. With today’s calls for for extremely educated and specialised professionals, the worth of on-line learning has by no means been clearer. The quick paced and mobile life so frequent now demand solutions that can fit into our lives, not ones that require us to squeeze into them and disrupt our careers and families for 3 or 4 years. The growth and acceptance of on-line education makes it nearly certain that you can find a program and a university or college that gives what you should get forward – and a solution to fit it into your life.

http://www.blog.uk-prestige.co.uk/index.php/2010/07/31/exemplary-online-learning/

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Reviewing the Virtual Campus phenomenon: The Rise of Large-scale Online Learning Initiatives Worldwide

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

by the International Council for Open and Distance Education

This handbook aims to provide policymakers in the field of higher education with valid, in-depth information on virtual campuses in different forms. The handbook seeks to provide a glimpse into the complex world of higher education – including traditional universities, distance education providers, public and private institutions, associations and consortia – and how all these institutions are experimenting with the set-up of what are refered to as virtual campuses. In particular, the handbook gathers the outcomes and experiences of the Re.ViCa project, which aimed to undertake a systematic and extensive review of virtual campuses in higher education.

http://people.uis.edu/rschr1/onlinelearning/wp-admin/post-new.php

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Online Learning Opportunities

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

by the Programming Librarian

Looking for free, online webinars to help with your programming? Look no further—here you will find learning opportunities from around the web. Have a free webinar to add to the list?  For example:

Best Practices in Library Fundraising

Date: August 11, 2010

Library Strategies consultant and President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Peter Pearson, will present strategies for implementing a comprehensive fundraising program to support your library. Pearson’s program will be based on the successful activities of libraries and library organizations across the nation. Topics will include: cultivating individual donors, annual campaigns, corporate sponsorships, special events, planned giving and much more.

http://www.programminglibrarian.org/online-learning.html

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August 9, 2010

Online Learning Requires Online Teachers

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

By Free Blog Share

The demand for online courses has been increasing each year. This recession has increased the demand. Maintaining an online faculty pool is now a critical objective for educational institutions and public school districts. It is also a major factor for large corporations who downsize and their remaining employees need to be trained for new tasks. There is no doubt that the growing demand of elearning has caught the attention of the private sector. As a result more entrepreneurs are entering the market to cater to the growing demand of students to learn on line.

http://www.freeblogshare.com/general-information/online-learning-requires-online-teachers.html

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Online Learning Western Governors University Could be New Model for Education

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

By Jessica B. Mulholland, Government Technology

Debates about the rigor of online versus traditional degrees abound, but the truth is that the recession is straining traditional public universities, tuitions are continuously rising and students are being turned away from already-overcrowded classrooms. So does online education offer a viable alternative for delivering higher education, career retraining and lifelong learning? Ray Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association, thinks so. “I really believe that higher education has to move online,” he said at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers midyear meeting in Baltimore. “Private universities have done it; government will have to follow along.”

http://www.govtech.com/gt/767122?topic=118264

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Online Learning: Novell Finds a Pulse in Google Wave’s Death Throes

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

By David Murphy, PC Magazine

Google Wave might be officially kaput—or, at least, slowly dying throughout the course of 2010 until the company pulls the final plug on the live-updating communication platform—but that doesn’t mean it’ll be gone for good. Not only has Google promised to blend its Wave technology into other Google services, but much of the code and protocols fueling Wave are already distributed as open-source projects via Google’s Wave Federation Protocol site. Novell has taken some of these materials, and the charge of building a real-time messaging system, to create Novell Pulse—an enterprise-based, “collaborative platform that leverages real-time technology and combines it with document co-editing, file management, social connections, rich profiles and the ability to create groups and communities,” writes writes Novell’s Kari Woolf.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2367514,00.asp

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August 8, 2010

UC must go online with care

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

by the Merced Sun-Star

Distance online learning can increase access, but to maintain standards it has to be done right. The University of California is looking for ways to increase access to its campuses for qualified students. That’s a worthy goal, especially as budget cuts have limited enrollment. But we urge caution as university officials consider offering online courses in high-demand subjects. UC must make sure that online learning offerings are of the same quality as those taken in the classrooms of its 10 campuses.

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2010/07/30/1512245/our-view-uc-must-go-online-with.html

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Committee suggests better use of online learning and ‘no-frills’ education

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

By MELISSA LUDWIG, San Antonio Express-News

Other recommendations in the report include: Prioritize recipients of need-based state grants by academic merit; Coordinate degree plans across the state so students can transfer smoothly among institutions; Offer more “no-frills” education, possibly outsourced to for-profit colleges; Require students to complete 10 percent of their degree outside the classroom, either through online classes, internships, dual credit courses or placement exams for college credit; Give the Coordinating Board authority to create an online college that awards two-year degrees

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7131352.html

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The Children Are Our Future: So Why Aren’t They Learning Online?

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

by Michael Wille, the Foundry

One component of education reform that often gets overlooked is online or virtual learning. Education reformers across the nation are listening. In 2000, only 50,000 students were enrolled in online classes. Today, that number is over 1 million. Julie Young of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) set up a system to offer supplemental courses, not replace the curriculum of the public schools. Students in FLVS have been performing better than students in traditional public schools, surpassing them on both advanced placement tests and state standardized tests in math.

http://blog.heritage.org/?p=40018

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August 7, 2010

To Succeed In Distance Online Learning Education Courses

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

by the Online Learning Guide For Online Education

Distance online learning classes are ideal for students who may have transportation problems, work full time, have small children, living away from campus, etc. Most online learning classes allow you to work at their own pace, but most still have deadlines for submission of assignments. Do not let anyone try to say that these courses are easier than other regular classes because they are not. Distance online learning courses are often more difficult for most students. To succeed in online learning you need to be highly motivated and be self-started to do well and complete the courses.

http://www.online-learning-guide.com/to-succeed-in-distance-education-courses/

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Online learning options are not second-rate, says task force chair

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

By Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education

Dame Lynne Brindley aims to dispel myths and build on UK’s position. The idea that online learning is a “poor substitute” for campus provision is a myth, according to the head of the UK’s Online Learning Task Force. In a time of hefty cuts to higher education, sceptics will argue that the government’s heightened interest in online learning is driven – at least in part – by a desire to cut costs. But, in an interview with Times Higher Education, Dame Lynne Brindley, chief executive of the British Library and chair of the task force, said the best examples of online learning were “not cheap alternatives” and required “deep consideration”.

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=412768&c=1

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Online Learning: Things you can do with a computer to save time

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

by Sophia Tesch, Helium

Want to update your skills but don’t have the time. Try online classes. Several colleges offer online classes as does the Small Business Association, the IRS and Chicago Board of Exchange all offer free online classes that are very interesting and did I mention free? This is an option to save time to drive to a workshop you may access the information at your leisure.

http://www.helium.com/items/1905591-time-saving-tips-things-you-can-do-with-a-computer-to-save-time-time-management-computing

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August 6, 2010

Cloud Computing Provides Flexibility for Online Learning in Higher Education

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

by IBM

Cloud computing is a model for delivering Internet-based information and technology services in real time. It allows users to see the services while the infrastructure that delivers these services remains transparent (or in the “cloud”). More importantly, cloud computing can focus the power of thousands of computers on one problem, allowing researchers to find patterns and make discoveries faster than ever and help build a smarter planet. Cloud has many benefits for educational institutions.

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/cloud/

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Google Wave, Embraced by Many on Campuses, to Get Wiped Out

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

By Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Google Wave may have had more fans on campuses than it did anywhere else, but those academic enthusiasts weren’t enough to keep the free service afloat. Google announced yesterday that it will stop development of Wave, its experimental next-generation e-mail system that blended instant messaging, video chat, document sharing, and other tools in one platform.

http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Google-Wave-Embraced-by-Many/26039/

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Online Learning Update; an interview with Raymond Schroeder

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

by Udemy

Certainly students of today are well aware of social networking technologies. The come to college expecting to have access to a wide array of online tools. But, these students are not universally tech-savvy. They understand the technologies they have used, but in some cases their experience is rather limited. It is important for all of us who teach online to make sure that our students are fully up to speed on the technologies we employ in our classes.

http://academyofu.udemy.com/online-learning-update-raymond-schroeder/

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August 5, 2010

Update on Google Wave – Development Halted

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:17 pm

Official Google Blog

We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. We showed character-by-character live typing, and the ability to drag-and-drop files from the desktop, even “playback” the history of changes—all within a browser. Developers in the audience stood and cheered. Some even waved their laptops. But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/update-on-google-wave.html

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Tips for online learning students

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

by Erica J. Smith, Helium

Before going to a university, consider this: Would you rather enjoy the aspect of social interaction and face to face lectures, or the unique learning format which engages your mind and has more flexible scheduling? Learning online is a choice and for some, it is a risk. There are ways to stay ahead of the game and succeed in distance learning. All it requires is a bit of revamping old ideologies.

http://www.helium.com/items/1903939-distance-learning-tips

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Tutor.com introduces online learning assistance for miltary families

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

by Amelia Conway, Seattle Online Learning Examiner

Tutor.com, the world’s largest online tutoring service, announced yesterday that it is partnering with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to offer online tutoring access for children of military parents. The purpose of this collaborative effort, titled Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families, is to provide children of American service members with the necessary skills to prepare for college and the job market. The program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and free to eligible military family members.

http://www.examiner.com/x-50911-Seattle-Online-Learning-Examiner~y2010m7d22-Tutorcom-introduces-online-learning-assistance-for-miltary-families

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Online Learning: It’s All in the Preparation

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

By Vanessa Hua, THE Journal

Needing every possible edge, students are looking to online solutions to get them ready for college admissions exams. Fortunately, as online learning tools are helping to drive up college applications, they are also helping students perform better on college entrance exams. Riley logged on to Grockit for up to two hours a day, and she credits the tool for raising her score by better than 100 points on each of the three sections of the SAT. Those scores, along with her volunteer social work, tutoring underclassmen, taking on leadership roles in extracurricular clubs, and performance in honors and AP classes, landed her at the University of the Pacific’s School of Pharmacy in Stockton, CA.

http://thejournal.com/Articles/2010/08/01/Its-All-in-the-Preparation.aspx

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August 4, 2010

For-Profit Colleges: Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 1:35 am

by the US Government Accountability Office

Undercover tests at 15 for-profit colleges found that 4 colleges encouraged fraudulent practices and that all 15 made deceptive or otherwise questionable statements to GAO’s undercover applicants. Four undercover applicants were encouraged by college personnel to falsify their financial aid forms to qualify for federal aid–for example, one admissions representative told an applicant to fraudulently remove $250,000 in savings.

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-948T

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National Rural Education Technology Summit – Announcing Online Learning Registry

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

by John White, the White House Blog

The day-long Summit opened with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announcing a new Online Learning Registry to make it easier to access the vast educational resources currently dispersed across various federal agencies. He told attendees that that we can use the best technologies to overcome the unique challenges that rural schools face in order to overcome distance and provide new opportunities for students and teachers. We have the means to provide a world-class education for all students regardless of zipcode.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/22/department-education-hosts-national-rural-education-technology-summit

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