How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

How schools got hooked on online learning to boost graduation rates

Nearly a decade ago, state officials decreed that starting in 2009, graduation data would factor into the letter grades assigned to individual schools. The stakes were high: Consecutive failing marks meant that the state could mandate major changes, like replacing the school’s principal; significant improvement translated into extra cash for perks like teacher bonuses and athletic equipment. The policy change worried Reginald James, then the superintendent of the Gadsden County School District in the Florida Panhandle. By 2010, Gadsden’s graduation rate had fallen to a bleak 43 percent. So at the…

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Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

There are times when 31-year-old Erin Kendrick turns on her computer and logs into her online classes with her 10-week-old daughter sitting nearby or atop her lap. Kendrick is pursuing her MBA online through the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a new parent who until recently traveled often for work, she says the flexibility of online education simply made sense for her and her husband, who’s also an online MBA student. “We were nervous about potentially moving somewhere that wouldn’t have good internet, or having a…

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Classes resume after threats at Washington state college

Classes resume after threats at Washington state college

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Classes are resuming at a small college in Washington state after protests on the progressive campus attracted national attention – and threats. The Evergreen State College in Olympia announced on its website that it reopened its campus as of 3 p.m. Monday. Administrators didn’t immediately provide further explanation. The college had been closed for the third consecutive weekday Monday. Officials said police were reviewing new “external threat information” received over the weekend. FILE – In this Wednesday, May 24, 2017 file photo, hundreds of students at…

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Online Education Market In India To Touch $1.96 Bn By 2021 – Decoding The Impact On EdTech Startups

Online Education Market In India To Touch $1.96 Bn By 2021 – Decoding The Impact On EdTech Startups

Online education in India will see approximately 8x growth in the next five years, says a recent report by Google, KPMG. This will have a significant impact on the edtech market that has a potential to touch $1.96 Bn by 2021 from where it stands now i.e. $247 Mn. Traditional education systems (such as classrooms, tuitions) are slowly losing their importance as both students and educators embrace what edtech startups offer – convenience, personalisation, and agility. Then, we have newer concepts such as MOOCs (massively open online courses) gaining popularity…

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Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?

Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?

  Facebook, a brand with an untarnished reputation and a pedigree for reliability, is getting into the e-learning game. The social media behemoth is quietly testing a feature that would let anyone running a group to create their own online classes, which would include units and discussions. I have no idea how this could possiblybackfire in any way. Follow Matt Navarra ⭐️ ✔@MattNavarra WOAH! Facebook is testing an online learning feature for Groups to compete with the likes of @udemy h/t @MariSmith 12:53 AM – 1 Jun 2017 1515 Retweets 3131 likes…

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Punjab Government Approves Online Transfer Of Government School Teachers From Next Academic Session

Punjab Government Approves Online Transfer Of Government School Teachers From Next Academic Session

Punjab Government Approves Online Transfer Of Government School Teachers CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today approved a policy for online transfer of government teachers from the next academic session, on the lines of a similar system existing in several other states, including in neighbouring Haryana. The decision, taken by the Chief Minister at an Education Department review meeting here, will facilitate transfer of school teachers, while making the process more transparent, according to an official spokesperson. The Chief Minister directed the Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) to discuss…

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Are Online Classes for Everyone?

Are Online Classes for Everyone?

When I was given the opportunity to take ECON 201 as an online course for the Spring 2017 semester, I seized it right away, even though I had never taken an online class through NJIT before and had no real idea of what to expect. The discussion surrounding the effectiveness of online courses was enough to make me feel comfortable registering for the class, despite my slight reservations. This scenario is not uncommon, as over the past decade online classes, also known as “distance learning” courses, have developed a strong…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Online Class and Virtual Attendance Challenges

Open Thread Wednesday: Online Class and Virtual Attendance Challenges

  Like many of you, I’m in a moment of rapid transition, with spring semester grades barely posted and summer classes already underway. For students who are motivated by their graduation pace, funding, or other needs, summer classes are a great way to move forward: when I was an undergraduate I regularly embraced the format. As a faculty member I have more mixed feelings, particularly with the rising popularity of online summer classes. This summer I’m revisiting a difficult format that I’ve only taught once before: the online-only, six-week accelerated…

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Youngest FL House rep. pioneers free online classes bill

Youngest FL House rep. pioneers free online classes bill

TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) – Through Facebook videos, State Representative Amber Mariano is giving her Pasco County constituents a look inside her new world in the Florida House in Tallahassee. “I love doing the weekly videos,” said Rep. Mariano. “I’ve gotten very good responses on them. I think people get to know what’s going on and to follow it in the news is really tough because there are a lot of intricacies. It’s tough to interpret if you’re not in the process and so I try to give my constituents a…

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9 online classes that’ll help recent grads avoid common pitfalls of post-college life

9 online classes that’ll help recent grads avoid common pitfalls of post-college life

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Graduating from college can be a roller coaster of emotions. Between landing your first job, finding an apartment, and managing your finances, the first few months of adulthood have a steep learning curve. To help streamline the transition from college life to real life, we rounded up nine skills every recent graduate should master and corresponding online classes for each. [“source-ndtv”]

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