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The Secret Benefits of Online Learning

by Daphne Koller, Huffington Post Coursera’s goals and priorities are very well-aligned with those of our partner institutions – that’s a large part of the reason that we’ve been able to partner with over 140 of the world’s best universities. Every partner brings a slightly different perspective and strategy to their open online programs, and the [...]

Sign of the Times: World Campus Certificate in Online Teaching Popularity

by Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed Penn State U’s World Campus plans further changes to its faculty development efforts after an online teaching certificate program became a surprise hit among graduate students. Pennsylvania State University is rethinking how it trains future faculty members after doctoral students flocked to a crash course in online teaching. The university [...]

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes

By Michelle Pacansky-Brock, EdSurge While teaching online certainly changes how instructors communicate with their students, the instructor-student relationship is just as vital to the student learning and engagement in online classes as it is in an offline class. So what makes an online class feel less like it’s taught by a bot and more like it’s [...]

Scaling Up Digital Literacy: A Q&A with Jan Rune Holmevik and April O’Brien

By Mary Grush, Campus Technology “There is a difference between being digitally native and digitally literate. My new students find out quickly that their high degree of facility with cell phones and social media is simply not enough.” — April O’Brien The transition from print to digital modes is going on all around us, changing [...]

Women In Machine Learning: Katie Malone

By Arpan Chakraborty, Udacity Blog The excitement around our Machine Learning Nanodegree program has been amazing to witness, and the vitality and dynamism in the space right now is pretty incredible. There are so many fascinating storylines in the world of Machine Learning, it’s sometimes hard to even know what to focus on. But unquestionably, the [...]

Incubating Innovation at Southern New Hampshire University

By Michael Hart, Campus Technology Many are familiar with the Southern New Hampshire University story — how Paul LeBlanc, in the depths of the recession, transformed a financially troubled but otherwise unremarkable brick-and-mortar New England institution into one of the fastest growing not-for-profit online educators in the world. However, LeBlanc, SNHU’s president, was not willing [...]

Hispanic Outlook Magazine Lists Online Learning Options

By Tyler Collins, Newswire Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine Poses Five Must-Ask Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Online College. Hispanic higher education students looking to simplify their search for the right online degree program need to look no further than the May issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, which features [...]

University’s best online classrooms to be honored

By Matthew Reisen, Daily Lobo According to UNM press release, the University’s best online courses are being recognized in an awards ceremony on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB ballroom, sponsored by the UNM Center for Teaching & Learning. In 2012, the University of New Mexico Provost Chaouki Abdallah tasked the Online [...]

Switching struggling students to online classes shows mixed results

By Molly Bloom, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution This is what Sharell Latimore fears: That she’ll graduate from Atlanta’s Crim High School, enroll in college and find out she’s “the dumbest one there.” Crim is one of two Atlanta high schools that switched over the past two years from classes taught by teachers to “blended learning,” where students [...]

Online classes are good alternative to mountains of college debt

by Froma Harrop, Providence Journal It’s ludicrous that student debt has passed $1 trillion and that nearly 20 percent of the undergraduates who borrowed for college are in default on their student loans. Happily, there exists an alternative to four bankrupting years on campus. There’s almost no learning, be it liberal arts or STEM (science, technology, [...]