Information graphics which are the visual representation of data known as infographics are making rounds online these days. It seems like web users are favoring this form of content format over other forms. Their visually attractive display, the bright and shiny colors they include are what make them an appealing means of communication.
Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.
Students could soon receive college credit for taking free online courses. Massive Online Open Course platform Coursera is working with accreditation standards institution American Council on Education to evaluate whether its online classes are sufficient for the kinds of college credit awarded in Advanced Placement courses.
Should free online courses be given accreditation, it could dramatically reduce the cost of the first two years of college and release a significant portion of education from the confines of schools. ”Students will have an unprecedented opportunity to obtain recognized credentials for their work,” said Professor William G. Bowen, former President of Princeton University. “This could significantly reduce the costs of higher education for millions of students.”
Coursera is part of a broader educational movement to provide universal access to world-class education by putting lectures and materials from top universities online for free. MIT OpenCourseWare, the pioneer of the system, has seen over 125 million lifetime views. Coursera augments its lectures with interactive forums and peer graders, which it argues are close to the quality of a college teaching assistant.
Despite their success, accredited schools hold a monopoly on the American education system. No matter how competent a student or quality a class, only classes that can be counted for credit are taken seriously. As a result, pretty much everyone has to be funnelled through the traditional classroom.
But if free online courses could be given the recognition of something like Advanced Placement, it would disrupt the very foundation of the education system.
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From the early days of online learning, there has been an emphasis on enabling learners to construct knowledge through questioning, discussion, the analysis of resources from multiple sources, and instructor feedback.
Technology can be intimidating, and even frightening—but Eric Sheninger, principal of New Jersey’s New Milford High School (NMHS), says that educators must overcome their fear of putting technology into students’ hands.
IT organizations seek ways to take advantage of mobility.
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Participants include Dennis Cromwell of Indiana University, Joy Hatch of Virginia Community College System, Thomas Hoover of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Joanne Kossuth of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Kirk Moore of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
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Modo Labs has released a major update to its mobile campus portal platform. Mobile Campus 2.0 adds new functionality that allows institutions to bring data from learning management and student information systems to students' mobile devices through a single interface. The announcement was made at the Educause 2012 conference, taking place this week in Denver, CO.
Three important takeaways about the current state of this growing trend.
Fifty-eight percent of faculty surveyed feel pessimistic about online education. Administrators, on the other hand, are overwhelmingly excited about teaching students over the Internet, with more than 80 percent indicating their optimism. It’s easy to see why: Online education programs are a revenue stream for cash-strapped schools. At the same time, they redefine the professor’s role in a way that may be difficult for some teachers to accept.
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