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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Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

Keeping alive a language and culture that were on the verge of dying is critical, and making Cherokee language classes available online has successfully contributed to the effort, said B.J. Foreman, multi-media director for the Cherokee Nation. The online classes are available to the public free of charge, Foreman said; an internet connection and free online registration at www.cherokee.org is all that is needed to access the classes. The classes can be located by clicking “Language Classes” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the website. As part of…

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ONLINE COURSES MAY WORSEN ACADEMIC OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

ONLINE COURSES MAY WORSEN ACADEMIC OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Online university courses might be creating new challenges for the very students they are meant to help, a new study finds. Many non-traditional students turn to, and are recruited for, online degree programs on the promise of greater flexibility and lower fees. But research released by the Brookings Institution last week suggests online courses provide the worst academic outcomes for the students who most need extra support. Looking at the for-profit DeVry University’s enrollment and performance data, Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University report that students who took an online class…

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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…

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