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.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

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For example, states already operating in a budget deficit can hardly expect to come up with the millions of dollars that would be required each year to make physics teachers’ pay commensurate with the pay typical of private industry positions.

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. Think of the car industry.

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How to Build an Online Learning Program Students Crave and Employers Want

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all students—not just digital natives—expect learning resources to be rich with animation or digital learning objects that make learning more realistic and relevant. What’s made the work possible, Schneider says, is a special combination of online learning tools that is helping NAIT educate students so they are prepared for the complexities and responsibilities of real world situations from the day they graduate.

Online Learning Platform, NovoEd Acquired by Boston Private Equity Firm

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Boston-based private equity firm Devonshire Investors has acquired NovoEd , a San Francisco-based provider of an online learning platform. NovoEd traces its roots to Stanford University, where engineering professor Amin Saberi and Farnaz Ronaghi, then a PhD student, launched their first online course in 2012. These online courses are easy to sign up for, yet few students actually stick through and finish them.

What the closure of 2 bootcamps means for the industry’s future

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The truth is that what people tend to refer to as a “bootcamp industry” really involves a massive amount of variability, both in terms of the visions and strategies of different providers. We also believe we are in the very early innings of the era of renewable learning. Horn: Given the explosion in coding bootcamps, it seems as though the industry was ripe for consolidation. Do you expect to see consolidation in the industry?

Meaning of 'Online Courses' Is Shifting, Industry Survey Finds

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In the ed-tech industry, "online course" revenues jumped 320 percent, and the advent of blended learning is one of the main reasons, a study finds. Ed-tech Online Learning Virtual Schools harvardgraduateschoolofeducation johnrichards onlinecourse siia virtualeducation

Education Technology Industry Network and StartEd Will Host Ed Tech Growth Event in New York

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and New York, NY) — The Education Technology Industry Network ( ETIN ) of the Software Information Industry Association ( SIIA ), the largest non-profit software industry policy and advocacy association, announced today a partnership with StartEd Inc.,

?Why an iTunes Model for Online Learning Is Bad for Educators

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In the future,” he wrote, “I envision three tiers of education that look a lot like the music industry of today. Many online learning platforms, such as LinkedIn Learning and MasterClass, are indeed pivoting towards business models that look a lot like subscription-based streaming services Pandora, Spotify or Netflix. We could be pushing online teachers in a similar direction. Now, the price points for online learning products are widely varying.

Big Names, Brash Claims at SF Edtech Industry Pitch Event

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At an industry-focused education technology event hosted by Cooley, a law firm, in San Francisco this past Wednesday, several dozen entrepreneurs and investors gathered to network, scout for new business opportunities and share a mix of practical and questionable wisdom. Rather, they target professionals who have already successfully navigated the education system, and know how to take advantage of online learning opportunities to advance their careers.

Education Technology Industry Network Grows With Addition of Education Industry Association Members

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The Education Industry Association, which struggled to keep membership after a downturn in federal funding for tutoring, is joining a division of the Software & Information Industry Association, or ETIN, effective immediately, under an agreement announced today. The move adds about 50 percent more members to that division, the Education Technology Industry Network. Follow @EdWeekMMolnar and @EdMarketBrief for the latest news on industry and innovation in education.

Virtual Schools Take Off Even As Performance Lags

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By Meg Conlan Poor academic outcomes haven’t stopped the online education industry from growing. Classroom Digital Content Distance Learning Online Learning

How do schools train for a workplace that doesn’t exist yet?

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He’s also seen just how fast changes are happening in his own industry, information technology. Burns’ industry, though, is one that’ll experience some of the biggest whiplash. “He’s

Data analysis reveals keys to student success

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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. Trilogy’s instructors are industry experts, not veteran educators.

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.

Investors at Ed-Tech Forum Offer Advice to Companies

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Ed-tech Fundraising Innovation Online Learning etiasiia edtech industry investment marketplace venturecapitaliThree major investors in ed-tech said companies looking for investment capital should focus on addressing unmet needs in schools.

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. The ed-tech industry is facing pressure to change that, though.

These glasses give teachers superpowers

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Disruptive innovation can help solve nation’s teacher shortage

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A critique against the power of disruptive innovation to help our schools educate each child more effectively has been a backhanded one: Yes, re-architecting schools around personalized learning is important, but even more important is having a highly effective teacher for every child. Online learning advocates have for a long time made this point. Second, officials should move from seat-time requirements to competency-based learning models.

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Is disruptive innovation driving K-12 privatization?

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Christensen coined the term “disruptive innovation” to describe how large and well-resourced industry incumbents like U.S. Talk of disruptive innovation in K–12 education took off when Christensen’s 2008 book, Disrupting Class , used the theory to conclude that online learning is poised to transform K–12 schooling. Second, full-time virtual schools and other purely online options are not disrupting traditional public schools either.

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Innovators Worth Watching: Lambda School

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Welcome to our “Innovators Worth Watching” series, spotlighting interesting and potentially disruptive players across a spectrum of industries. The software development industry is in a bit of a bind. All courses are entirely online, live, and competency-based, meaning a student won’t progress to a new week of material without demonstrating mastery of the previous week’s topics.

How independent schools can ward off disruption

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With the enabling technology of online learning in a blended-learning setting, micro-schools are able to offer similar or even higher levels of personalization than traditional independent schools with a lower-cost business model. Although the campuses do not have full gymnasiums, auditoriums, or other facilities frequently seen at independent schools, they focus on providing a customized student learning experience.

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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.

The global phenomenon of e-learning courses.

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The rise of online business has created many new and exciting industries, not least of which is eLearning. With a laptop, tablet, or phone, and a WiFi connection, it’s now possible to learn pretty much any skill you require wherever you are, whenever you want.

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Vendors Must Hone in on Successful Models for Educator PD

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Currently we include in-person or online PD as an optional add-on to our subscription offering, but to be honest, no one buys it. At ISTE, I attended a Software & Information Industry Association breakfast focused on PD. But there is a booming business in online PD.

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Complement and ‘commoditize’ teachers, but don’t substitute for them with tech

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In education, the question of whether technology will replace teachers was a common meme to fight the emergence of digital learning but has increasingly faded away as a serious threat. In all industries, when a disruptive innovation emerges, it typically commoditizes expertise. This may mean eliminating “classrooms” as we have known them and creating new learning environments in which students interact with lots of adults in multi-faceted ways.

Federal Court Allows FCC Open Internet Rules to Go Forward

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The liberal arts have a bright future in competency-based learning

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Although competency-based learning in higher education is arising based on the need for more affordable programs that prepare students for the workforce, by no means is competency-based learning inherently synonymous with the demise of the liberal arts. Second, online, competency-based programs don’t have to be about training students for a specific job; they can offer a more general liberal-arts program.

How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

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But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully. Embrace what you don’t know and be open to learning from those outside of your traditional teams.

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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Ten EdTech Conferences to Attend before the End of 2015

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Attending a conference is a great way to network and learn about what’s going on in the education industry, especially when it comes to edtech. The post Ten EdTech Conferences to Attend before the End of 2015 appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

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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. As we have seen in industry after industry, competition is not limited to current market players. Disruption is hitting the legal services market.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

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According to a longtime observer of the Florida education scene, rather than have the school control the educational experiences, as occurs in course access, a subset of parents, particularly at the elementary school level—both public and home-school—are opting to manage their children’s education and customize a mix of public brick-and-mortar school, online school, home school, and even some private school (such as private music lessons) experiences.

Disruption will not stop at the law school door

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In industry after industry, disruptive innovations have changed sectors in ways that do not allow for a return to the status quo. Heavily regulated industries can be disrupted. Uber’s assault on the taxi industry illustrates one strategy. As we have seen in other industries, once innovations like this accumulate sufficient market support, the regulations will ultimately be loosened to accommodate them. And students may find online programs attractive as well.

The demise of the full-time MBA

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That realization shifted significant momentum to shorter part-time and more convenient online MBA programs, as well as other forms of management education (most recently in the form of Smartly’s free-yet-premium MBA —full disclosure, I’m an advisor to the company). In short, in the early years of an industry, when the service isn’t good enough to satisfy the functionality needed in mainstream markets, the architecture tends to be interdependent and proprietary in nature.