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Online Learning

For-Profit Colleges Scrutinized On Courses
The Wall Street Journal
By Alan Zibel
May 26, 2014

How many students acquire degrees from colleges that are merely “on track” for proper accreditation? Despite their offer of “high quality education” and being accredited on the national level, a high proportion of for-profit schools are being investigated for marketing career training programs that don’t provide the proper accreditation in more specialized fields. Federal and state officials are looking into many for-profit colleges, such as the law-enforcement program at ITT Technical Institute, whose accreditation is not recognized by over 20 police departments.

Don’t Confuse Certification With a Training Certificate

American Society for Quality

Any quiz from a training program or even Buzz Feed can offer you a certificate of completion, but what matters most is the authority and authenticity that offers the certification. Many people might confuse a professional certification with mere training certificate. The American Quality Society offers some insight how to spot the difference between the two and even works directly with other programs to ensure the legitimacy of their certifications.

A Smart Way to Skip College in Pursuit of a Job

The New York Times
By Eduardo Porto
June 17, 2014

Udacity and AT&T offer the “NanoDegree,” built by the corporations for prospective employees of the corporation. Charlene Lake, an AT&T spokeswoman, said, “This is designed by the business for the specific skills that are needed in business.” Since they are so affordable, at around $200 per month, Udacity is developing more NanaDegrees with other companies as well.

A New Twist in Online Learning at Stanford

The Wall Street Journal
By John B. Taylor
September 1, 2014

Professor John Taylor taught the first undergraduate online course offered for credit at Stanford–and free to anyone online. Besides the interactive sessions, grades, and course credit, the course content offered was the same, though Stanford also issues a Statement of Accomplished that anyone taking the course could earn. Students from some of the poorest countries in the world thanked him for this opportunity from Stanford for free.

Letters to the Editor: Online University Education Grows, With Some Bumps

The Wall Street Journal
By Timothy B. Michael, David Churchman, Marc Chopin
September 9, 2014

Some WSJ readers had some thoughts to share on Professor John Taylor’s article “A New Twist in Online Learning at Stanford,” which described the Stanford economics course that was offered for free online. Readers brought up some concerns in quality and testing, but also noted how some M.A. programs are offered entirely online–and the fact that Stanford’s credibility helps legitimize the medium of online education.


Corporate Training Gets an Online Refresh
The Wall Street Journal
By Melissa Korn
October 1, 2014

How can corporations make the best use of the training and education that are offered by MOOCs? Anant Agarwa, the CEO of edX, an online education company, grossed nearly $1.75 million in a course with enrollments from over 2,000 companies, including Microsoft. More and more corporate training are expected to take advantage of the appeal of the affordable and efficient structure of online education programs.

Via Tablet or Smartphone, Learning With MOOCs

The New York Times
By Kit Eaton
June 4, 2014

While some are still skeptical to online learning at large, others are already learning online, and now their learning is mobile. Imagine taking a lunch break, sliding your phone open, opening your Coursera app to video lecture that you watch with your sandwich, and finish the quiz while you munch on your dessert. Imagine doing the same but with breakfast on the bus to work.

‘Mobile’ Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom

The Wall Street Journal
Ana Campoy and Julia Harte
September 7, 2014

The pre-teen students at A+ Unlimited Potential have classes in coffee shops, parks, and museums while staying connected on phones and laptops. A+ UP is a small private school of about 40 students that, with its mobile methods in practice, reports an improvement in academic performance and lower administrative costs, while only 10% of principals allow students to use their own laptops, cell phones, and tablets to learn in traditional schools.

News & Trends

Simon Schuster to Sell Online Courses Taught by Popular Authors
The New York Times
By Alexandra Alter
January 12, 2015

Simon & Schuster is beginning to sell online video courses, taught by authors of books in self-help, health, and finance. They are offering affordable classes starting from just $25, with live Q&A, workbooks, and video content on a new website. With the billions of hours of video content being watched online every day–and so much of it free–this could may be a move to capitalize on online content, or perhaps another push to promote authors and the decline of print books.

Why B-Schools Are Expanding in Africa

The Wall Street Journal
By Melissa Korn
August 6, 2014

Universities such as Webster Univerisity in Missouri and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan are hoping to tap into the opportunities for providing business education Accra, Nairobi, and other cities in Africa. As international firms are growing, these ventures may prove to be early adapters to training the future managers in international businesses.

Harvard Gets Largest-Ever Donation

The Wall Street Journal
By Douglas Belkin
September 8, 2014

Harvard University’s School of Public Health received its largest donation to date in fall of 2014. As the U.S.’s richest university, Harvard received a $350 million donation from the family of Gerald Chan, a former student of the university and ranked as the 17th richest in Hong Kong by Forbes. The past few years have shown a significant increase in donations such as these, from wealthy individuals to wealthy institutions.

Udall’s Shorter Work Week

The Wall Street Journal
October 13, 2014

The University of Colorado capped its working hours for student workers to 25 hours a week, which, on one hand ,gives students more time to be students and simply study (“to support degree attainment,” as the university put it), though it also prevents the opportunity for students to work 30 or more hours–one of the requirements for receiving health benefits under ObamaCare.

Advice & Inspiration

The Student Becomes The Teacher
By Jeffrey R. Young
April 23, 2014

Battushig Myanganbayar, a boy-genius from Mongolia, would watch two videos lectures simultaneously while taking the first massive open online course from MIT. Soon after he was hired by MIT to help improve their online courses. Myanganbayar spend much of his time gathering information from sources outside of what the course content offered. One thing they learned was to create specialized materials for key concepts that aren’t available to learn elsewhere.

How Tests Make Us Smarter

The New York Times
By Henry L. Roediger III

Tests require students to recall information that they’ve learned, which is a skill to learn in itself. You may not recall exactly what you learn in, say, your middle school social science class, but one important you did develop, there and in every test for every class, was the ability to retrieve data from your memory. So what else can we do to make the test-taking experience better for the student?

Beyond the Campus

TC Today, The Magazine of the Teacher’s College, Columbia University

What will the classroom look like in fifty years? How will technology continue to change our educational experience? Students are already making use of technology to make learning easier: Wikipedia, quicker dictionaries, TED talks, and so on. This series of articles looks at how teachers can do the same.

A Nobel Economist’s Caution About Government

The Wall Street Journal
By Donald J. Boudreaux and Todd J. Zywicki
Oct. 12, 2014

According to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, about 18% of employers reported that the Affordable Care Act caused them to reduce the number of workers they employ. Applying a classic economist’s wisdom to today’s policies, Boudreaux and Zywicki suggests some humility in how we “engineer society,” after seeing how some programs, such as the ACA, have unintended negative consequences. He takes this insight further and looks into the effects of programs such as the 2010 Dodd-Frank law and Obamacare.


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