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California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Udacity, a start-up that offers online college courses, will offer low-cost remedial and introductory classes to students at San Jose State University and local community colleges and high schools.
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A plan to offer an array of online college classes at a California state university could, if the students are successful, open the door to teaching hundreds of thousands of California students at a lower cost via the Internet.

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Knewton partners with education publishing giant to bring online learning to ... - VentureBeat

Knewton partners with education publishing giant to bring online learning to ... - VentureBeat | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Fast Company Knewton partners with education publishing giant to bring online learning to ...
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Cost to expand Texas 'virtual schools' puts bill in Legislature at risk

Cost to expand Texas 'virtual schools' puts bill in Legislature at risk | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Public education groups strongly oppose the measure, whose supporters were stunned by the hefty price tag.
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Can Online Education Help Business Innovate Faster? | Business 2 Community

Can Online Education Help Business Innovate Faster? | Business 2 Community | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
The business world is ripe for an e-learning explosion as the number of qualified experts can’t keep pace with innovations like mobile, cloud, and Big-Data.
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Florida approves online-only public university education

Florida approves online-only public university education | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Public university students in Florida next year will be able to start working toward college degrees without actually going to college, under a law Governor Rick Scott signed on Monday in front of educators and...
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Study cuts before risking harm to Fla. Virtual School

Study cuts before risking harm to Fla. Virtual School | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Let's stipulate, for a moment, that Florida lawmakers support education and are working to position the state among the scholastic elite.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Denmark to allow internet in exams

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Denmark to allow internet in exams | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Danish students could soon be allowed full access to the internet while sitting their final school exams if a pilot scheme goes well.
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How can they let students use outside resources?  It is because students are not tested on their knowledge of facts and figures.  The are tested on their ability to research and analyze information.  Testing 21st century skills!

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California bill would promote statewide online college courses

California bill would promote statewide online college courses | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Students locked out of overcrowded core courses at California's state colleges and universities should instead be able to take those classes online, according to legislation introduced Wednesday in Sacramento — sending shock waves through academia...
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Virtual Education Expansion Makes Florida More Competitive - Florida Chamber of Commerce

Virtual Education Expansion Makes Florida More Competitive - Florida Chamber of Commerce | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
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Today, the Florida House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee took a step towards making Florida more competitive on education by passing CIS3, a Florida Chamber-backed bill that expands virtual education and increases transparency and accountability.

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Get Ready for the Future of EdTech: NMC Horizon Report - Online College.org

Get Ready for the Future of EdTech: NMC Horizon Report - Online College.org | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Find out more about the Horizon Report's 2013 predictions for the future of edtech over the next five years.
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Interesting article on the Horizon Report from OnlineCollege.org

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Online learning goes official as five Coursera courses get approved by the American Council on Education

Online learning goes official as five Coursera courses get approved by the American Council on Education | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Coursera announced a massive milestone today: the first big step towards credit options. The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has made ...
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California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial

California to Give Web Courses a Big Trial | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Udacity, a start-up that offers online college courses, will offer low-cost remedial and introductory classes to students at San Jose State University and local community colleges and high schools.
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A plan to offer an array of online college classes at a California state university could, if the students are successful, open the door to teaching hundreds of thousands of California students at a lower cost via the Internet.

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McGraw-Hill to Sell Education Business to Apollo for $2.5 Billion - Businessweek

McGraw-Hill to Sell Education Business to Apollo for $2.5 Billion - Businessweek | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2012 The McGraw-Hill Companies today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC, for a purchase price of $2.5...
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Class of 2013: U.Va. Faculty, Students Give Online Education a Mostly Positive Grade

Soon-to-be graduates find the experience rewarding. Professors do, too, but worry that the time demands of producing online lectures detract from their research and scholarship.
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Jimmy Wales: Boring university lectures 'are doomed' - University World News

Jimmy Wales: Boring university lectures 'are doomed' - University World News | VR2Learning | Scoop.it

The boring university lecture is going to be the first major casualty of the rise in online learning in higher education, says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

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As media design and education merge, it will become even more apparent that long lectures are one of the least effective ways to convey concepts.

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Online or In-Person: Study Looks at Students' Learning Preferences

Online or In-Person: Study Looks at Students' Learning Preferences | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
Community college students typically have the option to take at least some of their courses online rather than in a classroom setting, but this arrangement may not be best for everyone.
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The smaple size is very small, but the results are interesting.

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University of Alaska distance delivery and e-learning program for teachers is approved

University of Alaska distance delivery and e-learning program for teachers is approved | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
JUNEAU, Alaska - The University of Alaska Southeast has gained approval for a program to help teachers become better online instructors.
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Three reasons why leadership development should go virtual - 4/19/2013 - Personnel Today

Three reasons why leadership development should go virtual - 4/19/2013 - Personnel Today | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
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As we read articles like these in the business sector, it becomes even more apparent that preparing students for 21st century skills includes preparing them to learn and collaborate online.

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Online Learning Requirements: Keeping Pace 2012 Update « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace

Online Learning Requirements: Keeping Pace 2012 Update « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
The K-12 online and blended learning field is changing a great deal this year; we’ll have our work cut out for us with Keeping Pace 2013 research! Among the…
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What Happens Each Minute on the Internet [Infographic]

What Happens Each Minute on the Internet [Infographic] | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
  via Übergizmo As people who are part of the internet family we feel that it is only right for you to know what exactly is happening out there. In a day we can all assume the transactions, th...
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“In this article from Übergizmo, the Internet happens in a minute—literally. The info graphic that follows gives you just a look at what's happening every minute at present."

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Tracy Weeks: Online school success | Letters to the Editor | NewsObserver.com

Tracy Weeks: Online school success | Letters to the Editor | NewsObserver.com | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
The New York Times editorial you reprinted on Feb. 20 (“Online college classes not making the grade”) highlighted shortcomings of online courses for college students.
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While we have much to learn in this new environment of online learning, it is important to know that the N.C. Virtual Public School is successful with secondary students in online courses.


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/28/2715150/tracy-weeks-online-school-success.html#storylink=cpy
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Coursera Adds 29 Schools, 90 Courses And 3 New Languages To Its Online Learning Platform | TechCrunch

Coursera Adds 29 Schools, 90 Courses And 3 New Languages To Its Online Learning Platform | TechCrunch | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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It’s almost as if there’s an arms race in online education. Which MOOC platform can expand the fastest?

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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
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The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes

The Myths of Online Learning - Forbes | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
More than one-third – six million – of all students in higher education took at least one online course in the fall of 2011.
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There are six commonly heard myths that are often used to denigrate this form of instruction.

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Throwing the baby out with the bath water « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace

Throwing the baby out with the bath water « Uncategorized « Keeping Pace | VR2Learning | Scoop.it
We are continuing our examination of trends and themes identified in this year’s Keeping Pace with K-12 Online and Blended Learning 2012…...
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