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Expert Advice for Tackling Online Classes | NerdScholar

Expert Advice for Tackling Online Classes | NerdScholar | Online Education |
College is one of the largest personal investments a student can make. NerdScholar is here to help!
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A lot of people think online classes are easier.  My personal experience is that online can be harder.

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Americans' Trust in Online Education Grows for Third Consecutive Year | NEWS.GNOM.ES

Americans' Trust in Online Education Grows for Third Consecutive Year | NEWS.GNOM.ES | Online Education |
Would you hire someone with an online degree to work at your company? Nearly half of American business leaders say they would. As trust in the quality of online education and enrollment in those programs continue to grow, it could bring a wave of change to how people earn college degrees
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As more traditional universities start offering online degrees there will be less differentiation as how they are valued.

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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course | KQED

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course | KQED | Online Education |
“Some of the largest online course providers say there will be big changes to their products in 2014. (Some of the largest online course providers say there will be big changes to their products in 2014.”
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It's not surprising that online education is moving back toward a strategy of student/teacher connection. Technology is just another way to deliver content. Students never said the human interaction wasn't important.
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USA Today: Next Generation of Online Learning

USA Today: Next Generation of Online Learning | Online Education |

Like publishing, communication, and dozens of other industries, education is being reimagined by a new generation.

Shifting workforce demands and demographics, advancements in brain and learning sciences, social and mobile technologies, and purposefully connected communities are all driving forces in this transformation. Online learning is the hub.



Discussion boards have long been a mainstay tool of online learning, but they can feel disjointed, forced and impersonal. Live videoconferencing, on the other hand, can be more personal, but scheduling busy professionals across several time zones negates the flexibility online learners seek. Today, a new modality is emerging – loosely called “live-ish” – that combines the best of both worlds. Using their mobile devices, busy students interact face-to-face in near real-time with audio and video selfies posted in conversation form.



Social relationships and shared purpose make learning meaningful. When people with diverse experiences collaboratively engage in inquiry, problem solving, and real-world projects, personal connections and learning thrive. Historically, facilitating such engagement has been difficult with available tools and methods. Today, however online students from diverse geographic regions and backgrounds in public, private, and non-profit sectors are collaborating with each other and real-world clients to solve some of their biggest problems.



Top-tier schools have always benefited from their loyal alumni network, but new opportunities are emerging in the online space for alumni to engage in more meaningful ways – even when thousands of miles away from campus. Some professional online programs facilitate online mentoring, tutoring, and career coaching programs to support students through school-work and new career opportunities, while alumni simultaneously build their own professional connections and reputation. Purposeful community has lifetime value.


Susan Gautsch
Director of Online Learning, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

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These are some of the ideas that will help take online learning to the next level.  my company partners with the Price school and they are trying some innovative experiments to set them apart from the competition and most importantly create better learning outcomes.

susangautsch's curator insight, June 30, 2014 10:26 AM

There's a number of forces that are driving new developments in online learning.


NEW PRECEDENT: In the last decade, growth in online learning (20%) has far out-paced overall growth in higher education (2%). 


BEYOND THE YUCK FACTOR: The stigma historically associated with distance learning is fading quickly as growth in online learning is accelerating faster in selective universities with rigorous curricula than in lower-tier and for-profit institutions


.NEW PROFESSIONALISM: Traditional boundaries between school and work are blurring such that students choose to do both simultaneously to strengthen both their financial standing and opportunities for relevant and applied learning. 


DIGITAL AGE: Digital technologies have (and will likely continue to) transform the way we work, play, socialize, create, and construct knowledge from information. 


MOTHER OF INNOVATION: Many US institutions are falling into severe financial risk due to the loss of key revenue sources, and are therefore furiously innovating with alternative delivery and business models. 


BIG DATA: Greater transparency in student outcomes is increasingly the norm, and online learning automatically generates lots of substantiating and predictive data in both inputs and outcomes. 


NEW MARKETS: Globalization and mobility are accelerating such that region/location ceases to have relevance in our current market. 


LEARNING SCIENCES: Brain and learning sciences are heavily influencing many of the new technologies that attempt (may or may not work) to combine both “craft” and “industry” in the form of “adaptive learning” and “mass personalization”. 


PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY: And perhaps most importantly, in a world heavily mediated by bigger/better/faster technology, meaningful personal relationships and purposeful community will be seen more as a differentiator than a happy byproduct of earning a degree.

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UC's Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze

UC's Napolitano throws cold water on the online education craze | Online Education |
University of California President Janet Napolitano struck a rare blow for rational education practice this week by pushing back strongly against the craze for online learning courses. Online education isn't a panacea, she said; it's not for everyone, it's not cheap, and if it's done right it may not even save money.
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I don't disagree with Ms. Napolitano's thoughts on Online education.  It's not a "Silver Bullet", but it does potentially expand the number of people able to recieve a high quality education.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads | Online Education |

With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible. Consider the video below created several years ago by two of my students. First they wrote plot summaries. Then they wrote character sketches. From there, they crafted paragraphs about theme, tying the visual and auditory elements of their videos back to the books. Finally, they created storyboards and bibliographies before producing and publishing their final product.

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As many more children are being diagnosed with learning disabilities, the Ipad may be a step in leveling the playing field for some.

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:03 PM


Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 27, 2013 7:19 PM

Worth taking a look at.  How many times have you heard people ask what their students can "do" on the ipad to submit their work.  This will walk you through using the ipad for writing.

Ayoub Idrissi Ouali's curator insight, December 13, 2016 4:42 PM
A new method of writing !