Coursera's Huge Online Classes Roar Into Brazil, India and China

08/09/2012

One million students have signed up for college-level classes being offered online by California-based Coursera — and most of them aren’t in the United States. A newly released list of Coursera’s geographic reach shows that non-U.S. signups account for 61.5% of Coursera’s enrollment, with Br
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Udacity - The Future of Education

07/26/2012

With the troubled economy, many people are facing unemployment or looking for a way to learn new skills to make themselves more appealing on the job market. For some, this means pursuing an advanced education, whether through a traditional university or an online college.

The traditional model
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Berkeley to Join the Free Online Learning Partnership EdX

07/24/2012

In the scramble to stake out a leadership role in the world of online education, the University of California, Berkeley, is announcing on Tuesday that it is joining edX, the free nonprofit online learning venture founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Berkeley will be of
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Want an Encore Career Education? Tap Your iPad

07/22/2012

Whether you’re looking to change lost your job, adding new skills is often a key to making a transition. But heading back for a master’s degree is not really what most of us need at this stage in our boomerlicious lives. It’s too expensive and time-consuming.

There are, however, some grea
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Is Coursera the Beginning of the End for Traditional Higher Education?

07/17/2012

In the New York Times story today about the dramatic expansion of online higher education venture Coursera, co-founder Daphne Koller is quoted as saying that the year-old company is not planning to offer degrees. But the more I read about Coursera and other outfits that offer free massive open onlin
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Employers Warm Up to Online MBAs

07/06/2012

Online MBA programs may be losing some of the stigma they have in the marketplace, as more employers say they are increasingly open to hiring graduates of these programs, according to a study published in this summer’s Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.

The authors of t
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Distance learning degrees are on the increase

07/03/2012

As professionals develop their careers, distance learning is becoming a growth area for universities.

Employers and universities have been putting their heads together. Recently the Higher Education Academy reported on the outcomes of eight flexible learning pathfinder projects, funded by the
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Here's the Interactive Future of Higher Education

07/01/2012

Online education is the next hot bet in venture capital.Coursera,  a joint venture of Stanford, the University of Michigan, the and Princeton received an investment of $16 million back in April from two of Silicon Valley’s biggest VC firms – NEA and Kleiner Perkins.  edX, a non-profit partnershi
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Big Changes Coming to Health Care and Education

06/27/2012

Facebook’s post-IPO flop is a reason to cheer. It’s slowed the flow of funds and IQ into silly social media. Free-labor businesses are whimsical. Fans say Facebook can become a platform for more serious businesses built on firmer ground, such as health care and higher education. But health care and ed
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Why Steve Jobs Would Have Loved Digital Learning

05/31/2012

In the wake of Steve Jobs’ passing, many wrote about the statements he made throughout his adult life about how to improve the U.S. education system. Some noted that for much of Jobs’s life, he had, ironically perhaps, been skeptical of the positive impact technology could make on education.

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An Apple for the iPad? Technology & Education Start-Ups

05/07/2012

Transformational is how some describe edX, an online education platform that will make Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) courses available to everyone. Inevitable is probably a better term. As textbooks go digital, more testing is conducted on-line and mobile applications democrat
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Will edX Put Harvard and MIT Out of Business?

05/06/2012

Online education is getting a sudden burst of media attention. That’s because the two biggest brands in the business – Harvard and MIT – announced a multi-million dollar program to deliver some courses online. And since these schools are widely admired, other colleges and universities are aski
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How Online Gaming Can Teach Kids About the Economy

05/01/2012

Economics doesn’t play a large role in childhood education. Children learn the basics of currency and mathematics in elementary school. They may be taught the basics of interest rates as a mathematical principle, but applied economics is a topic often left until high school for study. Even the
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Online Video Invades the Classroom

04/23/2012

In his 40 years of teaching, Al Hasvitz has always understood the importance of video aids in the classroom. “I am one of the few teachers in the United States who can thread a 16mm projector,” the award-winning social studies teacher from Walnut, Calif., boasts. But today, like most teachers, Ha
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Badges Lend Gravitas To Free Education Revolution

02/25/2012

Just over a year ago, I wrote a column about badges, those digital displays of hyper-focused competency that migrated from foursquare, gaming, and e-commerce to education. I noted then that badges “won’t supplant transcripts, majors, degrees, and resumes anytime soon,” but that “they are a f
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Distance learning breaches prison walls

02/20/2012

Despite lack of the internet, prisoners can study via distance learning, but there are many hurdles to leap.

"When I was sentenced to 10 years, I was determined that I'd get something out of it and that I'd educate myself to a level where I could do a job I wanted to, with young people, when I
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Results of the first e-learning barometer in Europe

01/31/2012

The European leader of e-learning solutions providers unveils the results of a survey that sheds light on the place of e-learning within training strategy and gives a better understanding of its application. The results of the first barometer on the use of e-learning in Europe*, conducted by CrossKnowl
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Skillshare: Non-Traditional Education 2.0

01/24/2012

The concept behind Skillshare is simple: empower everyone to teach anything, anywhere. And sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that have the greatest long-term impact. The Skillshare philosophy is that everyone has something valuable to teach. Skillshare.com provides countless opportunities to enr
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Apple and the Education-Information Chasm

01/20/2012

Apple’s digital textbook venture, launched yesterday in New York, is just the latest attempt to bridge a yawning gulf between technology and learning. It’s still the beginning. The gulf is so large, it will take decades and thousands of experiments to cross. But we’ve begun, and things will move f
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Bertelsmann ventures into online education

01/16/2012

Bertelsmann is making its long-awaited foray into education as anchor-investor in a $100m fund that aims to form partnerships with universities and vocational schools to offer online study and other types of courses worldwide.

The German media group has pu
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MIT launches online learning initiative

12/19/2011

MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will:

-organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace


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M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All

12/21/2011

For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce
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Free Online Stanford Class On Tech Entrepreneurship (Begins January 2012)

12/06/2011

This January 2012, you can attend Stanford’s Technology Entrepreneurship class from the comfort of home, online! This class is for technology entrepreneurs and provides a combination of in-depth case studies and research on the entrepreneurial process. The professor is Chuck Eesley from Stanfor
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Codecademy: Next Frontier In Digital Education Movement

12/02/2011

Education is undergoing a dramatic wave of digital innovation that will make learning vastly different for students and curious adults over the next five to ten years. Many of the changes are coming from outside the system, recognized innovators like Sal Khan, a former hedge fund analyst whose 2,700 fre
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US: Online education growth dwarfs overall enrolment

11/20/2011

I am co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group which, for the last nine years, has published a survey of online education in the United States. It has yet to see any clear indication of an overall slowdown in the growth of online education but there are changes in the differential growth of progra
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Philippines: a lesson on education

11/11/2011

Free lunches for undernourished pupils, distance learning and subsidies for poor families are helping to keep children in school. Distance learning, free school meals and child-centred learning techniques in the Philippines are pushing the country closer to the goal of universal primary education.<
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MBA Admissions 2.0: Technology Makes Inroads

11/07/2011

Despite the brevity, the admissions committee could learn a lot from the applicants’ tweets, says Fine. “It helps them boil down their main selling points,” she adds. And MBA candidates could add links to separate Web pages, videos, and blogs that would inform the school even more about the pers
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A Secret Rule

11/04/2011

WASHINGTON -- Among the many new program integrity rules the U.S. Education Department issued a little over a year ago was one that went relatively unnoticed at the time: a rule that defines the “last date of attendance” for students who withdraw from online programs more stringently than in t
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Future Of Education Is Mobile, Social, and in the Cloud: Lessons from EduCause

10/25/2011

EduCause is the annual Woodstock of higher education. With a particular emphasis on “the intelligent use of information technology” in the robust arena of online education. Over 5.6 million people enrolled in at least one online course in 2009, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning
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Online language training now earns promotion points

10/21/2011

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 17, 2011) -- Soldiers can now earn up to 16 promotion points for completing language instruction with the Headstart2 language training program.

The Headstart2 software uses digitally animated characters involved in military scenarios to teach reading, writing,
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