Online Learning's 'Greatest Hits'

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From the very start of digital education, the big question has always been: ”How can students learn effectively, if they’re not face-to-face with their instructors?” More than two decades ago, when I was hired at Stevens Institute of Technology, as dean of web-based distance learning—a quaint title for what is now known as online learning—few tools were available to help faculty migrate their on-campus courses online.

Blended isn’t just about online learning—it’s making space for real-world relationships

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Blended learning is helping to unshackle schools from the one-teacher one-classroom model and usher in more creative and diverse instructional approaches. Beyond just restructuring the classroom, blended-learning models are starting to open up new connections and diversify students’ networks.

WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

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Then came its partnership with 2U, the standout online program management company. Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019.

A Shakeout Coming for Online Program Management Companies

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With so many online program management companies offering similar services, many market observers agree: something’s got to give. Ten years ago, just three or four companies existed to help universities start online programs.

Report that says online learning growth is slowing misses big picture

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For 12 years, the Babson Survey Group in partnership with other organizations, including the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium), has done critical research into the growth of online learning in American higher education that it publishes in the report Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States. But as of late, the research has suggested that the growth of online learning is flattening.

As Online Learning Grows, So Will Proctors. Case in Point: Examity’s $90M Deal

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Historically that involves bringing some form physical identification, but increasingly companies and institutions are turning to face recognition, fingerprinting and voice biometrics. As a result of the transaction, Great Hill will own a majority stake in the company.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. The online coursework is designed by the education company Pearson. Brown liked the shift to online work.

Research Finds Online Service Providers Boost Program Enrollment

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Universities that contract with an online program management company tend to outperform those that go it on their own. Traditionally, the report noted, OPM companies have signed long-term contracts with schools, incorporating investments in new online programs.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

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With textbooks open, they watched a lecture about Newton’s Laws on a giant screen, while their classroom teacher simultaneously offered examples of those laws in action. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15.

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

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With textbooks open, they watched a lecture about Newton’s Laws on a giant screen, while their classroom teacher simultaneously offered examples of those laws in action. based education company that is part of a nonprofit consortium in the state. million online courses in 2014-15.

The Rise – and Possible Fall – of the Graphing Calculator

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Since then, graphing calculators have become a common – and controversial – tool for learning mathematics. This was not just so students would learn how to use the calculator. After all, if a machine is doing the calculating for you, why bother to learn it?

U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test

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For example, the United States ranked 39th in math on the 2015 PISA test. For example, between two boys with the same math scores, the boy who didn’t play video games tended to score higher on the collaboration test.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

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Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe. Now, as MOOCs have evolved to court professional audiences , so too have MIT’s efforts to harness companies and organizations.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

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Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

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You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

Rethink funding for quality learning

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In 2008, in the book Disrupting Class, Clayton Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson made the bold prediction that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses in America would be online. This post was first published on WISE ed.review.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

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The program, called UPSTART, was developed by a nonprofit company and advertises itself as a kindergarten-readiness program. LeMya’s mother hoped it would help her daughter learn more of the foundational skills she’ll need to get a leg up in school. For example, K12 Inc.

Designing accessible ed tech can be costly, but demand is on the rise

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. They’re putting pressure on ed-tech companies to be more accessible,” Aguiar said.

Tackling the education-to-employment gap

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Earlier this year, CareerBuilder and Capella Learning Solutions announced an innovative partnership, RightSkill , to bridge the growing talent gap in the United States. Qualified job seekers are enrolled in a RightSkill learning experience to learn, refine, and practice their job-ready skills.

Stepping aside to dig deeper: My next career move

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Our education team has galvanized a conversation around transforming our monolithic, factory-model education system into a student-centered one powered by the disruptive innovation of online learning so that all students can realize their fullest human potential—an idea that was not on the radar before 2007. Horn online learning

Schools don’t have to reinvent the wheel

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. K-12 News achievement gap online learning Personalized Learning teachers

How Khan Academy and Tata Trust’s recent partnership could affect the U.S. EdTech market

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In December, Tata Trusts announced a five-year partnership with Khan Academy to develop tech-enabled, high-quality and localized education resources across India by providing a personalized, mastery-based learning experience. A few examples to illustrate the point: TurboTax found early success, not by going after individuals who already used the services of a personal accountant, but by going after individuals who could either not afford or secure access to one.

Coursera, K12, Inc. make bold moves to drive learning

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As I wrote about Coursera last year, although the company held intriguing promise, realizing its potential would require some big pivots. similarly stormed through the early 2000s by bringing online learning to the world of K-12 education and went public in 2007. The then-billion-dollar company was flying high—until people became nervous about some of its academic results and operations—and the storm shifted to douse its growth. Companies like K12, Inc.

Why continuing education programs are poised to become hubs of innovation

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As more adults than ever before enroll in postsecondary education programs and a variety of players—from bootcamps to online and mobile course providers—offer options tailored to match adults’ work and family circumstance, traditional colleges and universities have struggled to keep pace.

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The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

Can law schools disrupt themselves?

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That would involve offering online, competency-based education programs that train students to provide legal services, not necessarily to be a JD, and shoring up the place-based education with extensive training in the lawyering competencies necessary for 21st-century lawyers. A variety of potential disruptors, all powered at least in part through some form of online learning, are also emerging in higher education. Disruption is hitting the legal services market.

Missouri misses Course Access moment

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This year, Missouri legislators had a chance to become national leaders in providing their students with access to new learning opportunities. To this end, Course Access programs can have substantial, positive effects on students’ learning outcomes. Consider, for example, these stories from students in nearby states where Course Access programs are available. Education Blog college ready course access missouri online courses online learning state policy

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EdTech and the accessibility paradox

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For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform.

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

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Teachers use the Desmos “ Activity Builder ” tool to create a series of self-paced math challenges using an online graphing calculator. The hush was troubling, because students learn a lot from debating ideas, sharing feedback and collectively exploring big questions.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

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The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Reinventing research

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The reason why, as Max Ventilla, founder and CEO of AltSchool (where, full disclosure, I am an advisor), told Fast Company, is, “You’re not thinking about the global population as one unit that gets this experience or that experience. For example, a relatively recent U.S. Department of Education-funded RAND RCT study of Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Algebra I (CTAI) product found that CTAI boosted the average student’s performance by approximately eight percentile points.

Coding outside the lines: CoderDojos get kids psyched about programming by turning them loose

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The freedom to mess up, repeatedly, is a core appeal of this club known as CoderDojo , a loosely-connected global network of coding workshops for kids ages 6 to 18, including this Boston outpost that meets in the borrowed offices of the tech company LogMeIn. Read more about Blended Learning.

Google and the Future of Learning

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For example, Google’s new Photos app ( Android , iOS ) had nothing to do with education…or they just made it even easier for students to take pictures, create movies, stories and share those photos with their classmates and teacher.

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Eduro Learning: Changing Culture and Minds

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There has been a lot going on with my new adventure that is Eduro Learning. Kim Cofino and I, along with 5 others, founded the company last May. Beyond one-off PD days and looks at long term embedded learning.

Activate Instruction migrates content to Gooru

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Free, personalized online tool makes high-quality content available to all users. As the public education system evolves toward supporting students’ personalized needs, online learning tools have emerged that allow teachers to customize instruction.