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As a turbulent snowstorm whips across the vast, desolate Mongolian grasslands, a group of schoolchildren huddle over laptops, their eyes transfixed as the sagacious Sal Khan works through Newtonian physics. But Khan is only reaching these kids because of a bold initiative from another creative edupreneur: Neil Dsouza , age 27, cofounder of TeachAClass.org , a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to enabling access to education in developing countries. Dsouza was previously an engineer at Cisco, where he helped develop the first 4G core routers for AT&T and eventually Verizon’s mobile network. Plenty of people have tried to tackle education in remote areas.
"The rate of growth in online enrollments is ten times that of the rate in all higher education" said study co-author I Elaine Allen, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group and Professor of Statistics & Entrepreneurship at Babson College.
More than six million college and university students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year. This almost 10% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the less-than-1% growth in the overall higher education student population nationwide. Source: 2011 Survey of Online Learning, Babson Survey research Group
I get lots of questions from those who are just getting started with rapid elearning.
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Mobile Computing | News CourseSmart Launches E-Textbook App for Android CourseSmart has released a new mobile electronic textbook app for Android OS-based smart phones and tablets, CourseSmart for Android 1.0 .
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International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1(1), 1-12, January-March 2009 Copyright © 2009, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited. We have to recognise that attempts at identifying and dening mobile learning grow out of difference, out of attempts by emergent communities to separate themselves from some older and more established communities and move on from perceived inadequate practices.
In this presentation I will look at new open, social and participatory media and consider their key characteristics. I will then explore the ways in which they can be used to support new more open practices in terms of open resources, open courses, open design and open research. I will provide examples of each of these.
What if a reference librarian was assigned to a college course, to be on hand to suggest books, online links, or other resources based on class discussion?
“The entering freshman class in 2011 will have several interesting traits," Abilene Christian University officials noted in a 2006 report, "not the least of which is that they were born the same year the Internet became mainstream." Indeed, 2011 will be an interesting year for Texas higher education. At Texas' public institutions, it will assuredly be marked by budget cuts, even as they are asked to graduate more students.
Since I am a great fan of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. 41 Free e-Learning Books – (Update 10/11/2011) => If you have read any of the following books I will highly appreciate if you share your opinion with the e-Learning community.
A Texas higher-education panel is recommending that students be required to complete at least 10 percent of their degrees outside the classroom, through options like online courses.
Distance education is growing quickly at community colleges, according to the results of a study published by the Instructional Technology Council. For the 2008-9 academic year, enrollment in distance learning at community colleges grew 22 percent over the 2007-8 academic year, up from a growth rate of 11 percent in the previous year.