Monthly Archives: July 2012

Online Education Craze: A Different Vantage Point

By Lillian Williams From Time Ideas: Are those popular, free courses from elite schools such as Princeton and Harvard actually widening the learning gap? Put another way, the question posed by Noliwe M. Rooks in Time Ideas is this: Are we leaving behind a substantial … Continue reading

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Significant Online Program Growth for Liberty University

By Lillian Williams “Liberty University’s  net assets headed for $1 billion, thanks to online.” That’s a recent headline from The News & Advance, a daily newspaper in Lynchburg, Virginia. The News & Advance paper examined the IRS 990 tax forms … Continue reading

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U. of I.: 14,000 Students (on first day) Enroll In Free MOOCs

By Lillian Williams Free online courses offered by the University of Illinois are a big hit worldwide. How big? The Chicago Tribune reports that 14,000 students signed up for University of Illinois’ free, Web-based courses on the first day of registration. … Continue reading

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Resource: Free YouTube Production Workshops

By Lillian Williams Considering a YouTube Channel for your school, business, or nonprofit group? YouTube is offering a series of free workshops–covering everything from pre-production to post-production strategies. Workshops topics include choosing equipment, lighting and sound, and basic editing techniques. The online workshops are held … Continue reading

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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

By Lillian Williams Ever wonder about the strategies of MOOCs–those much-talked-about Massive Open Online Courses (and variations of these courses), popping up on the market these days? Listen to this brief TED talk by American computer scientist, Peter Norvig. In the Fall of … Continue reading

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Five Ways To Rev Up Online Course Discussions

By Lillian Williams Um. Having difficulty encouraging—or participating in–healthy discussions within an online class? As the literature notes, class discussions are key to a successful teaching and learning experience. Space for these discussions must be built into the course design. … Continue reading

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Online Learning Tools: Illinois School District Gets On Board

From the Daily Herald: “By 2015, all 4,000 students who attend school in Carol Stream [Illinois] Elementary District 93 could have their own computer to use in the classroom. The district is rolling out its so-called “1:1 learning initiative” that … Continue reading

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Top Sites For Free E-Learning Courses

A bevy of reports highlight the thirst across the world for free e-learning materials, including courses and other resources. If you are a teacher, student, or perhaps a researcher interested in the types of free courses and resources being offered, here are some handy references: BostInno, … Continue reading

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20 Technology Skills For Students & Educators: A Baseline

From Digital Learning Environments: “Although, realistically, you would not use all of these technologies, you should be knowledgeable” about how these tools might be used in a classroom. Digital Learning Environments developed this list. You might adapt this general, skills/tools list to the … Continue reading

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Instructional Technology: Opportunity In Mobile ?

From Inside Higher Ed’s Interview with Brian Chen: : A BRIC Education Growth Roadmap: “The BRICS are Brazil, Russia, India and China – they are the fast growing emerging economies with huge populations and a rapidly increasing role in global … Continue reading

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