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February 23 2017, 12:51PM PST

Tech Companies Give Input on New IT degrees

With the U.K.'s IT and telecom industry in need of recruits, and underprepared IT graduates struggling to find jobs, companies including IBM have pitched in to help create new degree programs that they say will give IT graduates the skills they'll need in the workplace, reports Computerworld-UK.

The two new distance-learning degrees in IT and computing at the U.K.'s Open University were developed in partnership with a technology-sector skills association. Representatives of IBM, Logica and Capgemini sat [Read More]

Arizona State University Projects Big Numbers for ASU Online

Among brick-and-mortar schools shifting toward online education, Arizona State University has big goals. Officials there project that online course enrollment at the school will increase by 30,000 students by 2020, putting nearly a quarter of its students online within the decade. In the 2011 fiscal year, ASU Online generated an estimated $6.2 million in profit, the school reported to The Arizona Republic. The school benefits from higher enrollment without new building and maintenance costs, and students benefit from the flexibility of [Read More]

Online Enrollment Grows at Two-Year Schools

A national survey of two-year institutions by the Instructional Technology Council released in May 2011 found that community colleges saw a 9 percent increase in online education enrollment between Fall 2009 and Fall 2010, according to an article in Inside Higher Ed. And even though more students are being enrolled in such programs, the colleges are still not meeting demand, with 68 percent of the surveyed schools reporting that the "demand [for online education] exceeds their distance education class [Read More]

Texas Educators Get to Work on $10k Bachelor's Program

In a bid to overhaul the higher education model in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry challenged local colleges and universities in February 2011 to create an online bachelor's degree program that costs students less than $10,000. In an Education Today piece on Classesandcareers.com, Brooke Brown writes that just months later, progress is being made. State Commissioner of Higher Education Van Davis reports that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working aggressively to enact the economical, fast-track degree. In a Houston [Read More]

The expanding presence of distance learning in Asia

The Internet has reshaped the educational landscape in Kuala Lumpur, the Maldives and other Asian nations, writes Liz Gooch in a New York Times article titled "Online Degrees Come of Age in Asia." The shift towards distance learning means that students in far-flung island nations or other countries without plentiful access to campus-based colleges and universities can log on to pursue their studies. Of the online education format, Wong Tat Meng, the president of the Asian Association of Open Universities, said, [Read More]

Finally, a 'Quality Scorecard' for Online Schools

Over three-quarters of academic leaders report that online colleges can provide an education as good as or better than actual classroom instruction, according to a 2010 Sloan Consortium report on distance education. But some 70 percent of faculty believe otherwise, describing online courses as "inferior" or "somewhat inferior to face-to-face."

The question is: Who's right?

The jury remains out on the quality of online programs. Wide disparities still exist among online programs, with some instructors mastering the art of web-based education and others [Read More]

Pennsylvania State Colleges Launch Online B.A. in Arabic

Osama bin Laden may be dead, but as President Obama made clear, U.S. involvement in the Middle East and other areas with radical Muslim factions is far from over. This means that Arabic, already the fastest-growing foreign language for U.S. university study, according to the Modern Language Association, will likely continue to be in high demand. Recently, Pennsylvania launched an innovative effort to develop an online bachelor’s degree program in Arabic for its 14 state colleges and universities, [Read More]

The Forthcoming Data Revolution in Education

Data currently informs so much of what we do. Amazon.com tells us what books we'll enjoy based on what we purchased in the past. Netflix does very much the same thing with movies. Facebook suggests friends algorithmically and now, as of last week, Twitter does too.

The process of formally educating one's self and/or one's children has been slow to adjust to the internet. The reasons are understandable: The acquisition of knowledge is one of the single most important things we [Read More]


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