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The Online Learning Consortium | Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education. 5 videos on connected learning from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub [VIDEOS] | Dangerously Irrelevant. Online Pgms 2013 Ranking. U.S. News & World Report has released its 2014 rankings of Best Online Programs. Nearly 1,000 programs answered questionnaires from U.S.

News last summer for this year’s rankings. In 2012 only 860 questionnaires were submitted. Only all-online, degree-granting programs in popular areas, such as nursing, technology, and business, were evaluated. The online graduate business program at Indiana University at Bloomington ranked first this year in its category, up from third place in 2013. Idalene Kesner, dean of Indiana’s business school, said the rankings help administrators compare their online programs with others in the market. Indiana has improved its online courses by working to have them mirror residential courses, Ms. The ranking methodology of U.S. This year’s top-ranked online programs include: Graduate education programs: Northern Illinois University took first place, Indiana University at Bloomington second, and Central Michigan University third. Graduate nursing programs: St. Quality Matters Program.

Tracking Online Education in the US. The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders, the complete survey report, "Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States" can be downloaded here. Read the press release Full report available here The 2012 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million.

Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines. "The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely robust," said study co-author Jeff Seaman, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "This is somewhat surprising given that overall higher education enrollments actually declined during this period. " Key report findings include: Previously underwritten by the Alfred P. Elearnspace.

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age December 12, 2004 George Siemens Update (April 5, 2005): I've added a website to explore this concept at www.connectivism.ca Introduction Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime. Background Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a persisting change in human performance or performance potential…[which] must come about as a result of the learner’s experience and interaction with the world” (p.11).

Driscoll (2000, p14-17) explores some of the complexities of defining learning. Conclusion: Distance Learning Accreditation. UOC 2013 Conference. This international seminar aims to provide an international perspective on the state of the art of e-learning and encourage critical reflection from different points of view. Emphasis will be placed on the description of the most common uses of ICTs in teaching and learning in higher education worldwide through expert contributions from Canada, United States, Europe and Israel.

The future challenges for the use of e-learning in different contexts will be discussed – both the technological and, above all, the educational challenges. The seminar is to involve the members of the eLearn Center's Scientific Committee, who are internationally renowned experts in e-learning from the aforementioned countries. Beyond the use of technology, methods and educational experiences, the speakers will also provide a wider vision and address the issue of the social implications of the use of e-learning in today's society. Roles of an Effective Teacher. June 3rd, 2013 By: Bernard Bull EdD Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are qualitatively different.

In comparison, driving a car and riding a motorcycle are both forms of transportation, but they have enough differences to warrant additional training and preparation when switching from one to the other. The same is true when faculty move from the traditional classroom to the online classroom. There are some things that the two have in common, but there are also plenty of differences. With this in mind, consider the following eight roles of an effective online teacher. Tour Guide – A tour guide leads one or more people through a place or a series of places, usually revolving around some sort of common theme or subject. Dr. Sign up today and get articles like this one delivered right to your inbox. Florida Virtual High School.

What is FLVS? We're glad you asked! Florida Virtual School is a public school but, as you can probably tell, we're not just any public school. We're online. This means no matter where you live you can access more than 120 courses, from Geometry to AP Art History and everything in between. What's more, our courses are just as real as the dedicated, certified teachers who teach them. FLVS is where you go to learn on your time and on your schedule, no matter what kind of student you are. Public, private and homeschooled students, from kindergarten-12th grade, can take our virtual courses whether they live in Florida or not. Just getting started with online learning? How is FLVS Free? Yes, FREE. From core courses to electives, you're sure to find something that's right for you in our course catalog.

Courses There's more to taking an FLVS course than clicking through a few screens. For more information or to browse our full course catalog, click here. MyFLVS. How to Motivate Students. “Correction does much, but encouragement does more“ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe How can course instructors encourage their online students to learn? In this post I’ll describe how course instructors can foster learning in their online classes.

I’ll also examine how the needs of online learners differ from students of traditional learning and how instructors and institutions can support non-traditional students. This is the third post in a four-part series on strategies for online instruction. In post one and two I introduced the Online Learning Support Framework that divides an online course by weeks into three distinct learning phases. In a twelve-week course for example, phase one comprises weeks 1 to 3, phase two weeks 4 to 8, and phase three weeks 9 to 12. Self-Directed Learning (willingness and capacity to conduct one’s own education) The Online Learning Support Framework is a model that can help educators understand the distinct needs of the online student.

Resources:Lowe, S.D. Student support. This is the second post in a four-part series outlining teaching strategies for online instructors that address the unique needs of online students. This post describes how to meet the needs of the dependent learner. Welcome weeks are in full swing at college campuses across the country, “Join us for the many activities during Welcome Week 2012! Celebrate your first night on campus with free food, laser tag …” – reads an email message to full-time college students at a well known university. This is typical of welcome week events planned for new [and returning] students. Orientation weeks are key to students’ success – familiarizing students with campus resources, creating a sense of belonging – these are just a few of the intended outcomes. Yet how does this translate to the online environment? How can course instructors and their institutions cross the virtual divide and prepare students for the online learning experience? 1) The online environment.

What Instructors can DO Like this: Student Orientation Portal. Hybrid Pedagogy. Smart Sparrow - Adaptive Content. STATE U ONLINE.