Distance Learning

The Campus Tsunami (Opinion)

Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007.

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Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.

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Iowa Universities Adjust To Burst Of Interest In Online Learning

Some students filing into classrooms to take final exams at the University of Iowa next week will first be asked to fork over their electronics.

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Bryan College Partners with Pearson to Launch Online Workforce Education Program

Bryan College has partnered with Pearson to launch the college’s online workforce education program, the company announced today.

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Better Use of Lecture Capture

Recently, McGraw-Hill Higher Education issued a white paper, “The Tipping Point in Development Education” stating that adaptive learning technology in higher education can bridge remedial education gaps.

The report noted that technology-enabled developmental education programs that are designed specifically for underprepared students entering or returning to college can improve educational and other outcomes. These benefits can include increased retention and completion rates, a more accelerated and efficient process for students bound for college, and greater affordability.

Community Colleges Using Lecture Capture

Big Bend Community College (Wash.)

  • Using: Mediasite by Sonic Foundry
  • Started using lecture capture: 2007
  • Classes: Pre-college level math and English

California Community Colleges

  • Using: Blackboard Collaborate
  • Started using lecture capture: 2002 (upgrades in 2005 and 2012)
  • Classes: Basic skills (including ESL,tutoring, and writing labs)

Holmes Community College (Miss.)

Level Playing Field

Community colleges using lecture capture in remedial courses

Boosting success for students in remedial education is crucial, particularly given the readiness gap seen at some community colleges. A recent report from McGraw-Hill Higher Education showed that despite receiving a high school diploma, at least 75 percent of first-year students at community colleges aren’t college-ready. And the number of students dropping out during their first year of college continues to rise. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including financial difficulties.

Online Education Venture Lures Cash Infusion and Deals With 5 Top Universities

An interactive online learning system created by two Stanford computer scientists plans to announce Wednesday that it has secured $16 million in venture capital and partnerships with five major universities.

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University Of Michigan Offering Free Online Courses

In a move that expands higher education to a global audience, the University of Michigan has begun to offer online courses to anyone for free.

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