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3 Ways Your Online Classmates Might Surprise You. It was the first week of my online course, and we had to introduce ourselves to the class.

3 Ways Your Online Classmates Might Surprise You

I discovered that I was the only student who lived in Nebraska. Others lived in China, England, the Middle East and Africa. The discussion posts and interactions between the students of the class brought with them many differences, complications and insights that only an online class could bring. I had never been in a classroom where, during a group project, the teacher had to rearrange the members of the teams according to time zones.

Here are four things that surprised me about working with other students in an online setting. 1. Hearing stories from African students who struggled to find Internet access to attend school, Middle Eastern students who live in areas of conflict, you get a much broader perspective on the events that shape world history. Negotiating the Many Definitions of Hybrid, Online Classes. In course listings, university registrars generally include a column labeled "instructional type.

Negotiating the Many Definitions of Hybrid, Online Classes

" Historically, this column has contained basic terms such as "traditional," "hybrid" or "online. " While traditional instruction requires no further explanation, increasingly the lines between hybrid and online courses have become blurred. For example, at some institutions, if a class meets in person just once, it is listed as hybrid. As Online Courses Evolve, Could A Nudge Help People Finish MOOCs? Moocs-for-credit partnership sees slow start on completions. Less than 1 per cent of the learners in the massive open online course partnership between Arizona State University and edX are eligible to earn credit for their work, according to enrolment numbers from the inaugural courses.

Moocs-for-credit partnership sees slow start on completions

The partnership, known as Global Freshman Academy, was announced this spring with great fanfare. University officials and fans of the effort said that the new way of delivering education (in addition to traditional online and face-to-face options) might be a way to get new students excited about and enrolled in degree programmes. The initiative launched this autumn with three credit-bearing Moocs – Human Origins, Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy and Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe – drawing a total of 34,086 registrants. Despite the added incentive of credit for completers, for each Mooc only about 1,100 learners remain active in the course throughout its seven-week duration. The number of learners who opt for credit may be even smaller. Distance Learning Fraud Not Limited to Online Education. When I finished Derek Newton's piece on cheating in online education, I found myself unusually despondent.

Distance Learning Fraud Not Limited to Online Education

Newton shows how students can game online extension courses using a growing network of freelancers who will take online courses for them. In the case of one such service, No Need to Study, a proxy enrolls in his online English literature class at Columbia University and guarantees him a B or better for $1,225.15. That students can earn credits without showing up does not bode well for higher education. 10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students. How socioeconomic status impacts online learning. The driving force behind the increasing popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is that they provide — as the term defines it — open access to a massive online audience.

How socioeconomic status impacts online learning

Anyone with an Internet connection who wants to learn, can. Whether you’re rich or poor, living in a New York City high-rise or a remote Nepalese village, MOOCs promise to level the higher education playing field. The question is: Does reality reflect this ideal? A new research study by MIT education researcher Justin Reich and Harvard University’s John Hansen seeks the answer. 3 Truths and 5 Recommendations for Online Programs. Have you been involved in a project where you transitioned a program from on-ground to online?

3 Truths and 5 Recommendations for Online Programs

Reimagining Online Education. As long as aviation pioneers tried to mimic birds, controlled, heavier-than-air human flight proved impossible.

Reimagining Online Education

Along somewhat similar lines, it is only by breaking decisively from traditional face-to-face models that it will be truly possible to create the kinds of immersive, social experiences in online education that will truly engage students and promote high levels of attainment among broad profiles of students. If online learning is to be more than a pale imitation of the face-to-face experience, educational innovators must rigorously address and radically rethink four key facets of online education: Motivation, learning acquisition, the student experience, and assessment. Online Degree Hits Learning Curve. Researchers conduct extensive examination of online learning for students with disabilities. Across the nation, online education is becoming an increasingly important part of the school experience for many students.

Researchers conduct extensive examination of online learning for students with disabilities

Yet close attention is not always paid to how this new educational horizon affects students with disabilities. Researchers at the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities have issued "Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities. " The expansive report analyzes the online education policies of all 50 states and five U.S. territories and combines those findings with other research projects in the center to support recommendations for how to improve online and blended learning for all students.

Online learning presents new opportunities for cheating. One could equate speeding to cheating on several levels: It is clearly something that you are not supposed to do, yet some still will do it.

Online learning presents new opportunities for cheating

Those who do try to avoid any and all enforcement. There are regulations in place to prevent us from doing so, and yet, everyone was 16 once. So what happens when the enforcement, or perception of enforcement, is removed? This is the question posed by distance learning online. Classroom deterrents are fairly straightforward with a professor present. Distance learning, with all its perks, is growing exponentially each year on a national level.

Consider How to Balance Parenting, Pursuing an Online Degree. ​For working parents who want to purse their education online, constant motivation is a great first step in achieving your career goals.

Consider How to Balance Parenting, Pursuing an Online Degree

If I could offer one piece of advice to parents considering going back to school, it would be to just start. Take baby steps at first if you need to, but once you put yourself out there and start your education journey, the rest will fall into place. Here are some tips I've learned from ASU Online students that will help you to balance schoolwork and family, even during the busiest times of year. [Get tips from moms on how to succeed in online education.] 1. 2. Mark Zuckerberg Is Betting Tech Can Address Educational Equity. Is It That Simple? : NPR Ed.

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, used the occasion of their daughter's birth to announce they'll be investing nearly all their fortune, some $45 billion, in good causes. They announced this, of course, in a lengthy Facebook note.

"Personalized learning" makes up the first item on their wish list: "Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. " The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is making one main bet: Technology can broaden access to quality education. As the two write: How online learning can prepare your company for the global market - The Business Journals.

Going global has become the norm for businesses. In a survey of small and medium enterprises from 12 countries around the world, conducted in 2014 by the Economist Intelligence Unit, 72 percent expect to make between 11 percent and 50 percent of their revenues internationally within the next five years. With a focus on the global market, business leaders need to develop skills to effectively lead in this new environment with increasingly complex logistical, cultural and structural challenges. However, most organizations struggle to equip their global leaders with the skills they need to be successful. Middle-management challenge Investing significant time and resources to develop leaders at the very top of the organization through in-person development and coaching isn’t difficult, but it is much harder to scale such development through the middle-management level.

A social approach to learning. By Craig Marsh Advancements in the field of information technology have allowed online learning to become more sophisticated and diverse. As universities around the world boast more online students than ever, traditional ways of learning are transforming. In the last decade, Nigeria has experienced massive institutional growth in its university education sector. However, demand for higher education still outweighs supply. According to the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), over 1.4 million candidates sat the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 2015; but there were fewer than 800,000 places available at tertiary institutions across the country.

With similar challenges faced across the globe, increasing numbers of students are choosing to study online to strengthen existing skills and expand capabilities while maintaining family and career responsibilities. Designed for the working professional. Students' online privacy needs protection from data mining.

Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, is chair of the Senate Education Committee. He represents the 25th Michigan Senate District. Phil Pavlov By State Sen. Phil Pavlov. The Courier : COD introduces online learning guides for internet-based courses. In 2012, Babson Survey Research Group reported that 5.5 million students all over the U.S. took online courses in their college education. How Taking An Online Course Can Kickstart Your Career. Last April, Jeff Manabat, one-quarter of the San Francisco dragapella act The Kinsey Sicks, had a dilemma: how to redesign the quartet’s aging website, while balancing touring obligations?

“I do a lot of travelling, we’re on the road a lot,” Manabat said, “I can’t dedicate the time to taking a multi-week classroom course. So taking it online was the obvious choice. Nigeria: A Social Approach to Online Learning. By Craig Marsh. 5 Attendance Requirements to Watch for in Online Programs. ​The notion of earning a degree or certificate entirely from the comfort of your couch is appealing to certain students. 7 trends that will revolutionize online learning. Theconversation. The Teacher as the Learner: Professional Development for Online and Blended Learning. The positive connection between games and online learning. By Mitch Weisburgh, cofounder of Games4Ed Game-based learning has the potential to drastically improve the way children are taught. Learn The Do's, Don'ts of Online Group Work.

Top reasons online education can work. Today, most online classes have seamless production and participation tools and can be completed on a PC, tablet or smartphone. 3 Challenges Online Education Helps Adult Learners Overcome. ​After a long and difficult decision, I decided to return to college after a 12-year gap between my sophomore and junior years. Things had changed since I had been to college, both for me and in education. I now had a pregnant wife and bills to pay – something I never had to consider as a young man in my early 20s. And an undergraduate degree somehow became the new high school diploma. I needed a way to find financial security while maintaining my responsibilities as a father, a husband and as an adult. Blending online education with pedagogic concepts. Adaptive Learning: The Real Revolution in Online Learning. What's Next After Online Learning? Revisiting Online Education Quality. Online Learning Growing In Acceptability.

Online learning for underserved students in focus at International Conference for Online Learning.