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Threat of rescinded federal funds prompts range of responses from online education experts

Threat of rescinded federal funds prompts range of responses from online education experts | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Department of Education’s inspector general says Western Governors University’s competency-based courses do not meet distance education rules. What does finding mean for online learning? Experts weigh in. 
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Very interesting article-key take-away: Are students left on their own to learn and could/did students receive a credential?

 

This was in regards to Competency Based Education-but how many online courses "leave students on their own to learn"?

 

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Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear - 

Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear -  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
These new online learning myths are spreading almost as fast as program creation.
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Hmm online credits do transfer, unless you're taking something unusual..cheating happens in all types of classrooms and most colleges offer online classes, including Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. And if an instructor is a lousy teacher f2f, they probably will be online, too..and vice versa. 

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Engagement Inside & Outside the Virtual Classroom Critical to Success 

Engagement Inside & Outside the Virtual Classroom Critical to Success  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

As the non-traditional student demographic continues to grow, the demand for greater programmatic flexibility grows with them. Increasing numbers of colleges and universities have launched online programs, but what does it take for a program to truly be considered high quality?  

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It can take time and resources to set up the support online students need as well as matching the right faculty to online teaching..

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U. of Florida political science department declines to build a fully online degree

U. of Florida political science department declines to build a fully online degree | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

The U. of Florida's political science department turns down a request to build a fully online degree over concerns about quality and the university's commitment.

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Actually, the faculty were concerned since this program is primarily for first-time-in-college students, and they already were offering online and hybrid classes...at my community college, we only a couple of programs that offer *only* online and hybrid courses.

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Accreditor denies Arizona community college's bid to expand online

Accreditor denies Arizona community college's bid to expand online | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Accreditor’s rejection of Scottsdale Community College’s proposed expansion suggests that consistency and mandated faculty training could become a focus for quality control in online learning.
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Wow-the accreditor didn't think the faculty had enough faculty training to teach online, due to inconsistencies across online class content..

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Is Your University’s Online Course Up to Code?

Is Your University’s Online Course Up to Code? | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Scorecards offer benchmarks for digital learning and instruction.
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This article contains links to 5 different scorecards to evaluate how ready your college administration is for online learning, for blended learning programs, course design, and digital course ware.

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