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Online education offers more choices for students and personalizes their learning, something traditional public schools can’t always do. It’s adaptable and flexible to students’ needs. It provides credit recovery options for students who have fallen behind, accelerated options for those breezing ahead of their peers, and everything in between.
This is why a moraContinue Reading »
Allowing students to learn anytime (and anywhere). The Philadelphia School District will launch a Virtual Academy this summer in an effort to lure students back from ever-popular cyber charter schools. The school will allow students to work independently from home. (NBC Philadelphia)
Happy Earth Day! Meet three kids who are working hard to save the environment for future generations. (PeContinue Reading »
Statistic of the day. Nearly 90 percent of Americans say students should receive college credit for work experience and other skills learned outside of the classroom. An Education Sector-New America Foundation report last fall highlighted ways that institutions can measure learning based on competencies and prior learning assessments like these. (Gallup)
Oh, the irony. A MOOC intended toContinue Reading »
It’s no surprise that a reader asked us to look into online education given all the attention it has been getting lately. The Department of Education asks colleges if they offer “Distance learning opportunities,” defined as “An option for earning course credit at off-campus locations via cable television, internet, satellite classes, videotapes, correspondence courses, or other means.”
Online education doesn’t lack innovation—clearly—but what is innovation without long-term impact? A 2013 survey of chief academic officers shows that despite a decade of exponential growth in enrollments in online education, many still have concerns about the “value and legitimacy” of this form of learning. Almost 90 percent of academic leaders say that students need more discipline to succeed Continue Reading »
The three most important parts of today’s New York Times article about a groundbreaking free Stanford University online course in artificial intelligence:
…has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe — a class nearly four times the size of Stanford’s entire student body.
One of the reasons higher education has gotten so expensive over the last three decadeContinue Reading »
Quick Hits is a short compilation of question-raising news stories, blog posts, and video clips that Education Sector team members are reading and viewing each day.A community college funding formula based on student outcomes? (Community College Spotlight) Charter school leaders are very often optimistic and academically-focused. But do these qualities make them expert budget managers? (Continue Reading »
The Chronicle reports:
Michael Tricoli was a middle manager looking for a leg up in his career, so he got an online M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Well, not only from Northeastern. Much of his college experience was outsourced to a private company.
The company, Embanet, put up millions to start the online business program. Its developers helped build the courses. IContinue Reading »
Quick Hits is a short compilation of question-raising news stories, blog posts, and video clips that Education Sector team members are reading and viewing each day.If you’re looking for the college that offers the best bang for your buck, where should you go? In-state public schools might be the winners. (The Wall Street Journal) How effective are teacher mentoring programs at boosContinue Reading »
Donald H. Pfister, Dean of Harvard Summer School, has sent a letter in response to my recent column and follow-up blog post. It is reprinted in full below.
Dean Pfister is right to note that Harvard Summer School has been operating successfully for a long time, since 1871. This is important context that I should have provided to readers.
That said, nothing in his letter contradictContinue Reading »