Get your degrees online: UGC issues draft rules, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for courses

Get your degrees online: UGC issues draft rules, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for courses

The examinations for the courses may be conducted on campus of higher educational institutions, with Aadhaar biometric authentication of each student.(Representative image)   In what might pave way for obtaining degrees online, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted UGC (Online Education) regulations, 2017 and has sought public feedback till August 18. Once the regulations are in place, students and working professionals will be able to obtain a degree online, recognised by the UGC. Institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy,…

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Weigh Noncredit, For-Credit Online University Courses

Weigh Noncredit, For-Credit Online University Courses

After Tiffany Williams-Rice decided to pursue a career in health care administration, she spoke with employers and conducted research online. Ultimately, she discovered that a master’s degree would help her move into a hospital setting. The recent graduate, now 33, enrolled in an online graduate program at Colorado State University—Global Campus. But when Florida resident Alexandra Faugeras decided to transition from a career in business operations to one in project management, she believed a noncredit online course allowing her to earn a certificate in the field was sufficient. She already had a bachelor’s…

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Are online classes and course work worth it?

Are online classes and course work worth it?

Students, like myself, choose online or hybrid classes for their simplicity, easy time management and the guaranteed passing grade. Other hybrid classes, such as math, require online aspects of teaching. In the math class I’m currently taking, my professor’s exact words were, “It’s like you don’t even need me here, I’m just talking out of the textbook.” This results, from my personal experience, in you not showing up to class because the professor doesn’t take attendance, so you eventually end up slacking and failing the course. Thirty percent of my…

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What Happens When Their School Doesn’t Offer Physics? Rural Students Head Online

What Happens When Their School Doesn’t Offer Physics? Rural Students Head Online

This story is part of the special series United And Divided, which explores the links and rifts between rural and urban America. Schools in rural school districts often don’t have the budget or the teachers to offer students all of the courses they would like to take. One rural district in a Missouri county decided to offer credit for online classes in an effort to give its students the educational opportunities it can’t otherwise afford. In Jefferson County in eastern Missouri, the high school, middle school and elementary school that make…

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Online Courses Will Eventually Replace Traditional Education

Online Courses Will Eventually Replace Traditional Education

The internet has changed the way humans do — well, almost everything. For instance, instead of physically giving five bucks to a friend for buying coffee, one can Venmo them. Social circles are connected through Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and so on. Even grocery shopping can be done online thanks to Amazon. So why wouldn’t education follow this trend of improving the way in which humans live and interact? Change can already be seen in higher education with massive open online courses (MOOCs). There are criticisms associated with online learning models and how…

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I finally found a way to get students talking in class: Teach it online

I finally found a way to get students talking in class: Teach it online

Bill Bergman taught digital marketing to students at the University of Richmond Robins School of Business. Here, he writes about the unexpected result of an experiment in teaching:  Bill Bergman. (Kevin Schindler/Kevin Schindler Art and Design) I feel especially close to the 20 undergraduate students who just completed my five-week summer session marketing class. This close bond wasn’t a result of the usual experiences that bring students and their instructors together, like individual office meetings or vibrant classroom discussions. The closeness was created digitally, because this was a class delivered…

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10 Online Bachelor’s Programs With Small Classes

10 Online Bachelor’s Programs With Small Classes

The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College, The Short List: Grad School and The Short List: Online Programs to find data that matter to you in your college or graduate school search. For online students, interaction with classmates can be challenging given their distance from campus – and each other. But…

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Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

From Advanced Placement courses offered by state-run virtual schools to credit recovery classes delivered via third-party software, supplemental online education courses have exploded in K-12 education. To help policymakers, administrators, educators, parents, and students make sense of it all, Education Week published an overview explaining the many varieties of online classes now available to K-12 students. It’s part of our new special report on the state of classroom technology, which you can read here. For those who want to dig deeper, here are the reports and research studies that have…

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Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

There’s a widely circulated YouTube video you may have seen called “A Conference Call in Real Life.” To spoof the strange, stilted dynamics of conference calls, it replicates them in a face-to-face setting. Participants stiffly announce their names at the door of a meeting room, are suddenly interrupted by bizarre background noises, and find themselves inexplicably locked out of a room they were just in. If you haven’t watched it, do. You’ll recognize the familiar awkwardness of virtual meetings, where the rhythm of conversational interaction is thrown wildly askew by…

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Hannibal High dual-credit program expands to include juniors; online, summer courses added

Hannibal High dual-credit program expands to include juniors; online, summer courses added

  The first big leap in Hannibal High School’s (HHS) Dual Credit program is poised to offer classes during summer for the first time, preparing more students for the college experience while they receive higher-education credits at a reduced rate. The first big leap in Hannibal High School’s (HHS) Dual Credit program is poised to offer classes during summer for the first time, preparing more students for the college experience while they receive higher-education credits at a reduced rate. Assistant Superintendent Darin Powell said college dual-credit courses have been available…

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