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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Government moves to boost distance learning centres

Government moves to boost distance learning centres

As part of efforts to provide flexible and accessible education for all Nigerians, the Federal Government has said it would make equivalent programmes being offered by conventional tertiary institutions available to Open and Distance learning Education (ODE) centres. This according to government will enhance access to tertiary education; adopt variety of skillset, as well as providing learning opportunities to a vast number of learners. Speaking at the yearly seminar organised by the department of education science, distant learning institute, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Minister of state for education, Prof. Anthony…

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BOOST TO ONLINE LEARNING

BOOST TO ONLINE LEARNING

Online distance education is gaining prominence as compared to college studies, says Sarika Lidoria The online distance education has turned a new leaf in the approach of delivering knowledge through a blend of personalised learning, accessibility, and innovation. The fusion of technology and academics can transform the way our society perceives edification and has the potential to level the playing field in education as it provides the wings to transcend the boundaries that confine the aspirations for learning. Online distance learning has become the preferred port of call for legions…

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Interest Free Student Loans to boost Higher Education in Bihar

Interest Free Student Loans to boost Higher Education in Bihar

Bihar government under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched multiple programmes to boost higher education. Part of the Chief Minister’s key plans for upliftment of the state and improving the level of higher education in the state, the plans include initiatives like providing interest free student loans of upto Rs 4 lakh through student credit card for the aspirants to pursue higher education. Another major plan is to provide monthly allowance of Rs. 1000 to students who drop off in order to support their families. These sops are aimed towards…

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Pune institute’s Milky Way research gets boost from Infosys

Pune institute’s Milky Way research gets boost from Infosys

India’s unique research project focused around the study of universe, formation of stars, galaxies and interstellar dust got a big boost recently, owing to the financial aid extended by software giant Infosys and three international institutions. The Pune-based premier research institute — Inter-University Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics — which is currently designing a highly sensitive Wide Area Linear Optical Polarimeter (WALOP)-will receive Rs6.5 crore from the Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys. The IUCAA has also received over US$ 3 million from the National Science Foundation of USA,…

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University system looks to boost online classes

University system looks to boost online classes

The Florida university system has set an ambitious goal of having the equivalent of 40 percent of its full-time undergraduate students taking online classes by 2025. That would more than double the usage of online classes from the 2013-14 academic year, under a goal set by the system’s Board of Governors. A key factor in that transition will be cost, with the idea that students may have an incentive to shift to online classes if they receive breaks on tuition or fees. A new report discussed by the Board of…

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