Online Learning

Feds miscount online students

How many students are learning online? The federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS,  is unreliable, concludes a study by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies and consultant Paul Hill. “After billions of dollars spent on administrative computer systems and billions of dollars invested in ed-tech companies, the U.S. higher education system is woefully out of […]

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In MIT’s MOOC, everyone learned

MOOCs — massive open online courses — work only for the well-educated, many believe. But a new study finds that MOOC participants learned as much or more than traditional students in a MIT physics class. There was no evidence that less-capable students learned less, wrote researchers in a paper published in the International Review of Research […]

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Textbook companies offer online classes

  Community colleges and universities are offering online college classes developed by textbook companies, writes Gabriel Kahn on Slate. Faculty members can modify the courses, but usually don’t. This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online […]

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Mastery + modules = job training revolution

Online competency-based education is the most “disruptive” innovation in higher education, write Michelle R. Weise and Clayton M. Christensen in Hire Education. Online competency-based providers create cost-effective, adaptable pathways to the workforce by breaking learning into competencies rather than courses, they write. The fusion of modularization with mastery-based learning is the key to understanding how […]

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‘College of the future’ improves outcomes

“The college of the future is going to need to be more like this,” says Chris Bustamente, president of Arizona’s Rio Salado College. The college — known for its online courses — is trying a “full slate of innovations, all at once,” writes Jon Marcus on the Hechinger Report. There are 600 courses that start on […]

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Competency degree cuts costs

College for America, an online degree program designed for working adults gives credits for competency, reports PBS NewsHour tonight.

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Higher ed a la carte

Should students loans be available for job training?Accreditation is a higher ed cartel, argues Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, on The Federalist. He proposes letting states accredit alternative postsecondary programs, such as job training, apprenticeships, hybrid on-campus/on-the-job models and distance-learning options. People seeking skills — but not necessarily a degree — could assemble the education […]

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Does Khan help remedial math students?

Can Khan Academy help community college students learn algebra? With a $3 million U.S. Department of Education grant, WestEd will evaluate the effectiveness of Khan Academy’s resources for developmental math students at 36 California community colleges. Khan Academy is a free, Internet-based learning environment that includes instructional videos, adaptive problem sets, and tools for teachers to […]

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Who’s learning online?

Via EdTech Magazine.

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Colleges partner for manufacturing program

Nashua Community College (NCC) and Southern New Hampshire University’s College for America will partner on an advanced manufacturing program that will blend online and competency-based learning, reports AP. The Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design program will create a path for students to move from a certificate in advanced manufacturing to an associate degree in precision […]

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