Online Degree and EdTech Blog

December 15 2017, 9:24PM PST

Top 10 Affordable Online Computer Science Degrees

Online degrees in computer science can range drastically in price, a recent survey found. Consumer research group GetEducated.com recently posted its list of the most affordable online computer science master's degree programs, Digital Journal reported in June 2011. East Carolina University came in first, with residents paying only $4,860 for an online master's degree. While distance learning programs are typically available to students nationwide, out-of-state tuition was markedly more expensive with students paying $20,040 for the same degree. Columbus [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]

Real-Time Lectures and FB-Style Profiles for USC Online Program

With tools like virtual classrooms and interactive student profiles, an increase in customization is advancing online education at many schools. Educators at the University of Southern California (USC) have found specific benefits to bringing classes online.

"Putting the education online means you can see what issues are universal," Melora Sundt, associate dean of academic programs at USC's Rossier School of Education, told The Atlantic. "It's wonderful to hear students say, 'I have that issue in Kansas!' and 'I have the same issue [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]

Getting smart with educational smartphone apps

Compost your No. 2 pencils and paper (if you still have any), and power down the laptop. Today's classroom necessities can be accessed from your mobile phone.

Mobile devices are revolutionizing the college classroom. Smartphones power new ways for students to learn, access information and communicate with each other. They create a "24-7 learning environment," according to Sprint educational sales director Ed Davalos. In 2007, the New Media Consortium said that "the time is approaching when these little devices will be as [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]

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