Tag Archives: Online Learning

Is Online Learning Right For You?

Will online learning replace the traditional college experience? Can it help solve the student debt crisis? Will employers ever take online learning seriously? These are just a few of the common questions that people ask about online learning and the future of education. To further complicate matters, the phrase “online learning” describes both formal degrees gained online and free online courses that have no official credentials associated with them (yet).

According to recent research, 61% of CEOs are familiar with online training programs, and 83% of that group lends equal weight to traditional and online degrees. That’s a hair over 50% of CEOs who won’t consider an online degree a knock against your qualifications. The numbers skew better for certain industries, especially technical services, so an online degree can be a valid choice provided the student devotes extensive research and career consideration to the decision. Here’s part of that research for you: an infographic outlining the pros and cons of online education, which should give you a solid idea of whether an online degree is right for you.

This Week in Online Learning: Video Tutoring, Skills Gap Debate, Freemium College and more

Online LearningLife is exciting on the edge of a bubble. EdTech, Education 2.0, and online skill learning are all moving really fast, and if you blink you might just miss some major events. From a new hat thrown into the university disruption ring to a debate about who’s responsible for the skills gap, here’s what happened this week in online learning.

The Future of Education: An Online University that Charges $199 for Unlimited Classes via FastCompany

Until now, there have been pretty traditional styles of college online, for real tuition bucks, and there have also been free lectures in the vein of edX and Khan Academy. It looks like New Charter University is exploring a subscription model instead, complete with free trial – and they’ll be awarding actual, accredited degrees to boot. They’re starting small, with just a College of Business and a College of Public Policy, but a real degree on the cheap is bound to have some serious potential for demand.

EduTech Team-Up: Course Hero Buys Cardinal Scholars In-Person Tutoring Business From InstaEDU via TechCrunch

Course Hero is now going to be offering on-demand video tutoring alongside their more self-directed learning tools, which should make for an interesting combination. Tutoring over the Internet decreases overhead significantly, making qualified instructors much more available, at all hours, than they would be in your standard tutoring-center or in-home approach.

Does a Skills Gap Contribute to Unemployment? via The New York Times

In the opinion pages of the NY Times this week, five interested parties from the worlds of public policy, education, and recruiting all show down on the pressing issue of the American skills gap. Who’s responsible for the discrepancy between wanted skills and skills Americans have? How do we solve it? Does it even exist? These folks have some fascinating perspectives on the very serious topic and its impact on the unemployment numbers.

The Role of Instant Feedback in Education via Huffington Post

In an op-ed for HuffPo, Robert Sun, the CEO of online math resource Suntex, explains the importance of testing and assessments to the process of learning. His perspective is that practice and application must go hand-in-hand with feedback that allows the student to adjust their learning style and areas of focus – and with emerging technologies, it’s easier than ever to implement this feedback loop.

The Meaning of Mastery: How to Identify and Learn a New Skill via Online Courses

The folks at Online Courses read a book called How to Master Any Skill by Greg Wingard, and were nice enough to outline the key take-away for those of us with fuller reading schedules. The process breaks down into two key areas of focus, theory and practice. If you’re trying to teach yourself a new skill, like coding or surfing, it’s a must-read.

That’s what we read this week. How about you? If we missed anything you think we should check out, leave it in the comments or tweet @Smarterer.

Today’s Online Learning Options: 5 Things to Know

With new services popping up all the time for those of us who desire to learn more, online education is no longer a novel idea, but rather an industry of innovation. Education 2.0 is now giving us opportunities to extend our knowledge, especially as it is becoming more apparent that jobs for graduates are harder to find. But with all the different online services out there, how can you know which ones to trust to give you a high-level learning experience like that of a classroom?

Edudemic, an online magazine focused on education, and STIZZiL, an online tutoring platform, both agree that there are certain criteria that are crucial to positive learning experiences. STIZZiL suggests evaluating any online learning platform on the following 5 components:

  • Human Guidance—to what degree can you interact with instructors and students?
  • Pedagogical Expertise—do instructors know the subject matter and effective ways to engage students?
  • Real-time Interaction—can you communicate in real time with your classmates?
  • Personalization of Content—will your curriculum fit your learning style?
  • Innovative Use of Technology—are instructors using technology to their advantage?
Read the full article here: 5 Things to Know About Today’s Online Learning Options | Terry Heick