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Here are some notable quotes about the world of online learning from the past several months.
On addressing distance education regulatory burdens
“A major initiative to ease the regulatory burdens of online learning across state lines found its first ally this week as the state of Indiana joined the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
SARA is a nationwide attempt at making distance education courses more accessible to students living in different states.”
Jake New, editor, eCampusnews.com
SOURCE: “Indiana clears online learning regulatory hurdles,” eCampusnews.com, February 25, 2014
On MOOCs as a gateway for prodigies
“If innovation in its many forms is the currency of the future, could MOOCs emerge as a tool for finding the unknown geniuses of tomorrow? That’s what universities from Harvard to Duke to MIT to the Berklee College of Music in Boston believe. They are rushing to use online courses as a way not just to bring education to vast numbers of people who normally wouldn’t have access, but also to use them as a way to conduct a global talent search. It’s like “American Idol” for the Einstein set.”
Laura Pappano,correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
SOURCE: ““How colleges are finding tomorrow’s prodigies,” Christian Science Monitor, February 23, 2014
On using online learning to deal with severe weather
“Online learning is getting a boost at area colleges and universities this semester, as snow, ice and power outages continue to force closures at a rate not seen in recent memory.
With some schools already having closed for as many as seven days, mostly since the start of the second semester, schools are asking professors to use more online lectures, journals, blogs, quizzes, database research and other methods that don’t require face-to-face meetings, officials said.”
Susan Snyder, philly.com
SOURCE: ““Universities use more online learning to deal with winter woes,” philly.com, February 13, 2014
On the schools of education and online learning
“Technology is swiftly assuming a dominant role in classrooms, and in students’ lives. Many observers have raised doubts about whether schools of education are providing future teachers with the skills they need to address blended learning, and whether they’re using digital tools to improve instruction.
Faculty members at Clemson’s school of education and at a number of other higher education institutions are determined to address the issue head-on.”
Robin L. Flanigan, Education Week
SOURCE: ““Teacher Colleges Seek to Shift to Digital Age,” Education Week, January 27, 2014
On higher education online growth
“Online learning activity in higher education shows modest improvement. The overall number of students enrolling in online courses has increased year over year by over 400K, though the annual growth rate has dropped from 6% to 9%. This drop in growth is compounded by retention fears: 40% of academic leaders believe retaining students is a greater problem for online courses than it is for face-to-face courses. Babson reports the total number of online learners at 7.1 million, though industry consultant Phil Hill feels that number is closer to 5.5 million as outlined in the longitudinal data from NCES’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.”
SOURCE: “Survey Captures Online Learning Attitudes in Higher Ed,” edsurge.com, January 21, 2014
On working papers by Harvard and MIT on MOOCs
““A fixation on completion rates limits our imagination of what might be possible with MOOCs. A better criterion for success might be for students to complete more of the course than they thought they would, or to learn more than they might have expected when they first clicked on a video or course forum.”
Andrew Ho, professor, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education
SOURCE: “Harvard and MIT release working papers on open online learning,” Harvard Gazette, January 21, 2014
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