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NM online classes will go out of state

By Mike Bush, ABQ Journal The ability of New Mexico’s public and private colleges and universities to offer online programs beyond the state borders just increased considerably and includes target states from coast to coast. In addition, New Mexico students who take distance education courses from institutions in those other states can now rest assured that [...]

Archaeology professor designs first online companion course for field work in Kenya

by Ryan Lasker, GW Hatchet Before GW’s archaeology students visit Kenya, they’re going to have to see it on their computer screens. A field archaeology course run by David Braun, an associate professor of archaeology, now features a four-week-long online course that prepares students to study early human origins for six weeks over the summer at [...]

Online classes, convenience does not mean easier set up

By Rachel Fradette, State News My fellow procrastinators, you cannot procrastinate in these classes and expect to pass with flying colors. Online classes require participation throughout the entire class. If you wait to work on anything, you will get far behind and you can kiss that 4.0 goodbye. So if you are constantly battling your own [...]

Stigma over online courses has gone away

by Patrick Murphy, Ft Wayne Journal Gazette Online degrees are more common and accepted part of the educational landscape, according to career counselors and people like Jennifer Schramm, manager for workforce trends and forecasting with the Society for Human Resource Management. “More and more employers and job applicants are realizing the opportunities available online,” Schramm said. [...]

4 Steps to Smart Online Learning at Your Agency

by Paul Terry, ATD Every agency has requirements for training and professional development. From keeping Baby Boomers at the top of their game to getting a new generation of federal employees up to speed, talent development leaders need to align training with the mission and objectives of their agencies. However, most government agencies are at [...]

Community of practice helps faculty and staff step into role of online learner

by Lika Balenovich, University of Wisconsin Lisa Hebgen and other TeachOnline@UW participants shared their lessons learned during mini-presentations after the Fall 2014 workshop. This past year, more than 20 faculty and instructional staff received another chance at being a student — a role reversal that allowed each of them to explore the opportunities and challenges facing [...]

Purdue hires actors to deliver online course content

By Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive Purdue has seen success with its online courses by hiring actors who can be more engaging to watch than industry professionals. Campus Technology reports that the university cut the standard 20- to 40-minute lecture series by subject-matter experts in favor of 7-minute videos from actors contracted by a studio in [...]

Feds say Miami University failed to accommodate disabled students

by Collin Binkley, The Columbus Dispatch Miami University has failed to accommodate students with disabilities and provide them the technology they need to learn, the U.S. Department of Justice reports. The department joined an existing lawsuit filed against Miami by a blind student who said the school promised to accommodate her but failed to deliver.  A [...]

Learning online offers many educational, financial benefits

By Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle Students are finding out that online programs can be an affordable education path. Though not all online programs have less expensive tuition than traditional schools, the associated costs can be lower. “The financial benefits of enrolling in online programs at universities is that students do not have to pay commuting expenses, [...]

Does financial literacy ed need a “flipped” boost?

by eCampus News New course intends to give program facilitators an in-depth understanding of financial literacy. iGrad and the University of Illinois (UI) have launched a financial literacy instructor certification program, aimed at boosting instructor confidence in the subject. The online course will be led by Scott Johnson, Program Coordinator of the Illinois Online Network (ION), [...]