Missouri misses Course Access moment

The Christensen Institute

This year, Missouri legislators had a chance to become national leaders in providing their students with access to new learning opportunities. On April 30, the House passed a bill to create a statewide Course Access program with a favorable vote of 110 to 40. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Hopefully, the legislature will consider Course Access again during next year’s session.

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Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

Last month, Nat Malkus of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) published a study on the trends in Advanced Placement course offerings in public schools from 2000 to 2012. The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. Some districts, of course, have embraced this potential.

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Texas fumbles on Course Access leadership

The Christensen Institute

But this legislative season, the Senate made a major blunder that keeps students from accessing the educational options they deserve. Larry Taylor introduced a bill that would have removed barriers that block some students from accessing supplemental online courses offered through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). TxVSN has a catalog of more than 89 different courses—including U.S. Nonetheless, TxVSN’s supplemental courses currently serve only 0.1

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How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

Edsurge

Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

EdisonLearning and Pointful Education Partner To Expand Access To Online Career and Technical Courses

eSchool News

The partnership will offer secondary students of all current and future EdisonLearning partners a wide variety of learning opportunities spanning several career pathways with courses ranging from eSports to Entrepreneurship.

New Texas bill would increase access to online courses

The Christensen Institute

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Texas State Senate Education Committee held a public hearing for SB 894, a bill that would expand students’ access to courses through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN). Disruptive innovation is a term we use to describe how sectors get transformed so that life-improving technologies become more accessible. Similarly, online learning plays the critical role of making educational opportunities accessible to students.

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The unintended benefits of online courses

The Christensen Institute

Online learning can provide students with anytime, anywhere access to education that would have been implausible decades ago. A La Carte courses—in which students’ teachers of record are online—are one of the fasted-growing blended-learning models in K–12 education and offer many students access to and flexibility within courses otherwise out of reach. As districts become hubs and purveyors of online courses, they are beginning to change how they do business.

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10 Awesome Courses To Improve Your Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve also included the links to Advancement Courses’ professional development courses that relate to this topic. This course is sponsored by Advancement Courses. Flipping Your Classroom: Redefining Homework and Instruction is an excellent course to help you with this.

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Accessible text message-based courses

eSchool News

Artist is a pioneer in accessible text message-based courses, they believe that they are uniquely suited to make a positive impact in this difficult time. As a result, effective immediately, Artist is making their platform available free-of-charge to all professors, teachers, and institutions affected by COVID-19. More Information on the Artist Website. Coronavirus Update free teachers text message Time

Can the ‘Netflix For Textbooks’ Model Actually Improve Access?

Edsurge

per month for one access to one digital textbook or $14.99 per month to access all of the more than 1,500 titles on the company’s platform, with each plan requiring a four-month minimum. Users also get access to audiobook versions of their texts?available

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe. As a result, an online course was created with the help of Participate. Below you will see how the course is structured as well as learner outcomes. Course Description The Learning Transformed course is designed to support your classroom, district or school's transformation efforts!

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New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

Included are courses on Chromebooks, becoming a Trainer, and Fundamentals and Advanced training for using G Suite in the classroom. They recently added two new courses that are very relevant to educators. Like the other courses, they are easy to use and excellent materials. The Digital Citizenship and Safety Course helps teachers learn how to help their students stay safe online and become responsible digital citizens.

Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

The CoolCatTeacher

Curriculum Specialist Mandy Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and prototyping course. Mandy talks about how the course is structured, gives a story of how students are being transformed, and shares how they are re-working the course based on what they learned the first year. Inventionland: A Transformational Invention Course. What first attracted me to her is a very interesting Inventionland Innovation Course.

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Amazon Providing Free Online Access to Amazon Future Engineer Computer Science Courses

techlearning

Amazon Future Engineer will provide free online access to sponsored computer science courses in the US

Free online courses form Scholastic

eSchool News

The learning journeys are accessible on any device. Coronavirus Update Teaching & Learning device Education free grades learning need online online courses open resources scholastic schools student students teachers

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Providing access to technology is important but not a complete solution when it comes to getting rid of systemic disparities caused by issues like income inequality, geographic isolation, or discrimination.

Combining Online Courses With In-Person Supports, ‘Hybrid Colleges’ Unite

Edsurge

to offer students who take online college courses a physical space to study and interact. The concept is designed to improve college access and degree completion, especially for people who pursue higher education part-time— a group that historically has had low graduation rates.

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Prepare For Fall: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Blended Learning Self-paced Online Course

Catlin Tucker

After a year and a half of uncertainty and now with concerns about COVID variants emerging again, we want educators to feel prepared to tackle whatever challenges come their way while providing diverse groups of students with engaging, inclusive, and accessible learning experiences.

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What If Free Online Courses Weren’t Inside 'Walled Gardens'?

Edsurge

Large-scale online courses called MOOCs can get millions of registered users over time. In other words, the only way to get to all the material inside is to enter this walled garden of the online course by registering. And it's an opportune time to rethink open courses.

Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

Digital Promise

In this first post, we explore how Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices. Powerful learning must be personal and accessible because every learner is different, and the ways in which we learn are complex and variable. Powerful learning practices are attuned to the variability of individual learners and ensure that learning is accessible to all.

How courses like coding and design lead to tech literacy

eSchool News

As technology users, students access technology for entertainment, communication, and learning. Encouraging technology creators means engaging students in project-based technology courses that introduce them to coding, design, gaming, and animation.

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Designing courses for students with diverse needs

Neo LMS

Of course, as a teacher, it can be difficult to pick up on specific issues a student might be having. These should include assignments that test students’ intellectual progress so far with a given topic, self-assessments about students’ learning skills and preparedness to move forward, and an open-ended survey allowing students to provide feedback about different teaching methods, materials, assignments, and exams within the course.

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Free computer programming courses

eSchool News

DataCamp for the Classroom offers free access to data science and analytics educators across the globe to all DataCamp content. This includes a growing library of 325+ courses in Python, R, SQL, and other technologies.

Learning Without Limits: Increasing Tech Accessibility in the K–12 Classroom

EdTech Magazine

Over the course of the past year, K–12 districts have created entirely new ways for teachers and students to connect and collaborate. And while a portion of this back-to-school reticence stems from safety concerns, a subset of students also found solace in the accessibility of e

Secrets of Accessible Online Content You Need to Know

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In some of the statistics about online acceessibility , we see that, up to 20% of people are excluded from websites when our site is not accessible. Today, we dig into a university that is making progress on accessibility and compliance. Teachers who are putting content online can make content more accessible if we learn these tips. What does accessibility mean?

@VictoriaTheTech’s Favorite Microsoft Educator Center Courses – #3: Techquity- Creating Learning Environments for Sustainability, Equity, and Access

Teacher Tech

The post @VictoriaTheTech’s Favorite Microsoft Educator Center Courses – #3: Techquity- Creating Learning Environments for Sustainability, Equity, and Access appeared first on Teacher Tech.

Course Hero Adds $70 Million to Series B Fundraise

Edsurge

When Course Hero raised $10 million in early February, the amount seemed curiously small for $1.1 Andrew Grauer, co-founder and CEO of Course Hero, says this latest fundraise was “not in the works when we did the first close” of the Series B round, which was led by NewView Capital.

Mentoring 2.0 tackles college access

The Christensen Institute

Even more troubling are the profound gaps between rich and poor students’ access to mentors in general: according to Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, nearly two thirds of affluent children have some mentoring beyond their extended family, whereas nearly two thirds of low-income children do not. There are a number of organizations emerging to tackle these shortages by using technology to expand students’ access to adult supports in ways never before possible.

'Better Every Semester': How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

Edsurge

It didn’t align with the structure of her course. So Hardy and a colleague decided to create their own lab manual—and make it open access. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too.

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Some universities’ response to budget woes: Making faculty teach more courses

The Hechinger Report

It was at 8 one evening that a woman Stretch advises admitted she was having trouble catching up with three unfinished courses from a previous semester while taking a full load of additional classes and struggling to earn enough to pay tuition. “I

How to create beautiful online courses: layout

Neo LMS

But when your course is riddled with misspellings and ill-placed imagery, all your students will lose their focus from your message, and run to other more beautiful things. A great course design will support your message in many subtle ways. Creating beautiful online courses by mastering layout. So, what can you do to structure all your information so that your students spend enough time on each of your course pages? A small thing can pass by unnoticed.

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OPINION: Equity in online learning is about much more than technology access

The Hechinger Report

Debate about the fairness of online learning tends to revolve around technology access. And there are indeed sharp disparities in home access to computers and reliable broadband service. Courses must be designed so that content is easily accessible.

Pandemic reduces number of high school students taking dual enrollment courses

The Hechinger Report

Like many students taking college courses during the coronavirus pandemic, Alexis Lopez struggled with a poor Wi-Fi connection and professors who didn’t offer much support. I’ve never had to withdraw from a course until the pandemic hit,” she said.

Affordability and Accessibility in EdTech

Omega Notes

The financial costs of textbooks and course materials acts as one of the primary obstacles college students are forced to overcome in order to have a fully developed and successful education in the 21st century. A survey conducted by Morning Consult in July 2018 consisted of 1,651 current and former college students, which revealed that paying for course materials was the second most reported source of financial stress, second only to paying for tuition.

As students fill summer courses, many ask: Why aren’t all colleges open in the summers?

The Hechinger Report

With millions of Americans unemployed or reluctant to travel or socialize because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and even though most courses will be online, summer registrations at colleges nationwide appear to be booming. I won’t do anything else until I get my course done,” she says.