Transparency for Students – Typically, there are too many unknowns for students entering American higher education. For the most part, when students enrolls in their first year of college, they have little insight into the course, professor or possible add-on fees. Colleges don’t publish course-by-course pass rates, don’t include student comments and reviews of professors and don’t include information about textbook and other fees. With StraighterLine, a student will know the syllabus, course pass rate, professor pass rate, student rating, student comments and itemized additional fees and requirements at the point of enrollment. With this kind of information, students can make enrollment decisions on value – the combination of quality and price – rather than making guesses in the dark
StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith talks about the problems and solutions in Higher Ed.
In a previous post we predicted that this year MOOCs will morph into MOCCS (Mid-Sized Online Closed Courses).
"Online courses taught by “freelance” professors. As mentioned by InsideHigherEd on Friday, StraighterLine is launching “Professor Direct,” - 15 professor-taught online courses. In this direct-to-student model, a self-described “eBay for professors,” the individual professor sets the course price, office hours and class size. Tutors will be available to help students, and some universities will offer credit for these courses. Sounds MOCCish."
"Self-employed professor" could soon be an actual job title, thanks to two companies that are helping a small group of college professors market their own online courses, set prices for them and share the tuition revenue.
Washington Post quotes StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith on MOOcs. “Massive open online courses,” or MOOCs, have caught fire in academia. They offer, at no charge, what was once exclusive to students who earn college admission and pay tuition.
Educators who have not taken a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) and do not understand their history, are currently writing about these courses which is causing them to be inaccurately represented in the press. The main problem is there is all the publicity around Coursera and Edx that ignores other kinds of MOOCs like StraighterLine (which is more of an OC.)
The establishment will inevitably take a while to embrace new forms of postsecondary education. And it would be naïve to assume that the excitement around MOOCs means that they will solve all that ails higher ed. But it would be a big mistake not to give them a chance to unleash their potential. A pilot of ACE credit recommendations for Coursera classes (and soon EdX as well) is a key move toward respectability. Full-blown accreditation, if the establishment can seize the opportunity to maintain its relevance in the face of change, would be even better.
What is grade inflation in college, grade inflation statitics. Yes, a number of college students do not retain information or improve on critical thinking and writing skills Grade inflation could be the answer...
Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.
We shall miss the rush for MOOCs fame, but since the same fad occurred at the end of the ‘90’s, we know that there is time and room, especially in Europe, to invent another model, a responsible and relevant one for the challenges of our time.
Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
In yet another step toward democratizing higher education, StraighterLine, a pioneering provider of accredited, low-cost, self-paced online college courses, has started a new feature called "Professor Direct." The program--which will be eligible...
In a great article about the rising costs of education, The Economist mentioned us. "StraighterLine is already selling courses that gain students credits for a few hundred dollars." Read more: http://btfy.me/246gwk
Education that includes at least some online work is more effective than classroom-only teaching, according to a major research review done for the Department of Education. (A study finds #online learning better than the classroom!
Here are four things universities are deathly afraid of:
What if the model that “everyone must go to college” stops being pushed by employers and governments? What if they simply can no longer charge large tuition fees to students? What if professors, who at top universities are primarily researchers, were actually made to have teaching be their primary activity? What if the students stop showing up on campus?
A consortium of 10 top-tier universities will soon offer fully online, credit-bearing undergraduate courses through a partnership with 2U, a company that facilitates online learning. Yet they are still behind StraighterLine...
The rule lasted one day. News of the clampdown led to a national outcry, and the restrictions were quickly lifted, allowing time for the Minnesota Legislature to update its education statutes. Coursera restored its normal terms of service. It and other organizations such as Udacity, edX, the Saylor Foundation and StraighterLine offer free or low-cost digital instruction of relatively high quality.
StraighterLine has been saying online course content is equivalent across colleges since 2008.
A big thank you to our guest blogger, Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost at the Colorado Community College System and past chair of the WCET Executive Council, who shares with us today a new study of ...
In September 2012, the Colorado Department of Higher Education released a comparison study of CCCS students who took science courses online versus in traditional classrooms, and then tracked those students who transferred into four-year institutions in Colorado. The data set included students enrolled in first year Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for majors.[ii] Data were pulled for academic years Fall 2007 to Fall 2009. The sample of CCCS students totaled 4,585 (2,395 taking science courses online and 2,190 taking traditional science courses in the classroom). The study examined cumulative GPA, cumulative credit hours, and science-only GPA.
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