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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. 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. [Understand the challenges that online learning poses for international students.] 2. 3.

Negotiating the Many Definitions of Hybrid, Online Classes. In course listings, university registrars generally include a column labeled "instructional type. " 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.

Other institutions use the definition of an online course originally established by the Sloan Consortium, now called the Online Learning Consortium, as the tipping point to determine hybrid or online status: that 80 percent of the content must be delivered online. Yet another hybrid variation is seen when a course blends synchronous and asynchronous delivery, saving the online designation for exclusively asynchronous courses. [Learn about the Best Online Programs rankings.] 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. [Determine what to ask about course delivery in online programs.] 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.

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 | William Fenton. When I finished Derek Newton's piece on cheating in online education, I found myself unusually despondent. 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.

In this week's column, I want to consider the problem of fraud in online extension courses using their historical antecedent: correspondence courses. Similar to today's online extension programs, correspondence courses offered by commercial start-ups and university extension programs (typically called home study departments) became a big business in the early twentieth century. In the case of Columbia University, extension programs enabled faculty to reach students around the world. 10 steps for making your online courses accessible for all students. New report highlights 10-step plan to applying Universal Design for Learning online According to a new report, incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in online courses not only benefits students with disabilities, but can have significant benefits for all students, ultimately increasing retention and improving learning outcomes. UDL is tough enough in a face-to-face environment, but the real challenge might be how to implement the principles in an online world where students’ abilities and learning styles differ drastically.

The recent report, written by three professors at Montana State University, aims to help educators involved in online learning implement UDL for teaching both general and diverse populations, including students with disabilities. The authors note that while, ideally, UDL allows students with disabilities to access courses without adaptation, it can also help to improve learning—and, therefore, retention—among all students.

Knowing Where to Start. 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. 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.

“Democratizing Education? “One way we might democratize education would be to provide more widespread access to academic experiences previously reserved for the elite,” explains Reich, who is the executive director of MIT's PK-12 Initiative. Reich’s report, published in Science on Dec. 4, demonstrates a novel method for measuring the social and financial resources of MOOC students. 3 Truths and 5 Recommendations for Online Programs | Technology and Learning. Have you been involved in a project where you transitioned a program from on-ground to online? Have you taken a program from a traditional face-to-face format to an online mode of delivery? Anyone who has moved education or training online learns 3 fundamental truths. Truth 1: Online education is harder to do well than on-ground education. Truth 2: Online education takes more time on everyone’s part to create and run. Truth 3: Online education, when done poorly, is much worse than the same program run face-to-face.

None of these truths about online education should dissuade you from moving your programs online. The other advantage of finding opportunities to move campus face-to-face programs online is institutional capacity building. I recommend the following recommendations if your campus is thinking about moving into online education: 1 - Start Small, But Start: Not every school should be SNHU or ASU. 4 - Iterate: Online programs are never done. Reimagining Online Education | Higher Ed Beta. As long as aviation pioneers tried to mimic birds, controlled, heavier-than-air human flight proved impossible. 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. In designing our online experiences, the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning and our faculty partners have adopted an approach that is outcomes-driven, modularized, personalized, gamified, and activity-based (and also bilingual).

To sustain student motivation... 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. 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.

The report takes a wide view at online and blended learning for students with disabilities. The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities is a partnership of the Center for Research on Learning, the Center for Applied Special Technology and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 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. 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. An online course, devoid of these and other deterrents, may breed a cheating heart. Distance learning, with all its perks, is growing exponentially each year on a national level.

DMACC has 13 percent of its students currently enrolled in online-only courses and 20 percent in hybrid distance and classroom learning, according to Joe DeHart, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant to the President. It could also lead into temptation. 1.Buying, stealing or borrowing a paper. 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. 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. Set up a support system in advance: Share your educational goals and how you are planning to accomplish them, and let your family know how important it is to have their support. Have conversations with your kids about why you are returning to school to bring them along on the journey and help them understand what you are doing. 2. [Study these holiday survival tips for online students.] 3. 4.

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: " ... students around the world will be able to use personalized learning tools over the internet, even if they don't live near good schools. Let's do a fact check. Some studies show that these programs can produce improvements in learning, up to half a grade level in some cases and for some subjects. toggle caption Uncredited/AP Uncredited/AP So far, so good. 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. Traditional role of online learning. 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 Building communities online. 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 Today's sophisticated education technology is a blessing for both schools and students. But as education delivery moves more and more into a digital realm, and the ability to collect, store and share vast amounts of data becomes easier every day, student privacy has become a growing area of concern.

Student data can contain highly sensitive, personal information. Concern has escalated recently with the troubling allegations of companies data-mining student emails and gathering student information for commercial purposes. To give families a trusted online learning environment, we must agree that student data is for educational purposes. Of course companies should be free to innovate, to develop and refine their products and services. I've sponsored two bills that are currently progressing through our state Legislature. The Courier : COD introduces online learning guides for internet-based courses. How Taking An Online Course Can Kickstart Your Career. Nigeria: A Social Approach to Online Learning. 5 Attendance Requirements to Watch for in Online Programs. 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. Learn The Do's, Don'ts of Online Group Work. Top reasons online education can work. 3 Challenges Online Education Helps Adult Learners Overcome. 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.