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The news items below may be of interest to those involved with distance and online learning:

U.S. online-education company Udacity raises $35 million for 'nanodegrees'

Posted: 9/25/2014 - 04:42 PM

Udacity - the MOOC provider founded by Sebastian Thrun - has found it's niche in 'nanodegrees'.  These are credentials that will take less time and money to acquire - and they have raised the capital to get moving.

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Free Online Course Catalog

Posted: 9/24/2014 - 04:56 PM

Class Central provides a listing of all free online courses available - along with a MOOC report the first week of each month listing all the massive open online courses starting that month.

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Umbrella Group Backs Unbundling

Posted: 9/11/2014 - 08:50 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
September 11, 2014
by Paul Fain

The American Council on Education anno...
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How to Search for Open Educational Resources Infographic

Posted: 8/12/2014 - 05:06 PM

from the University of Texas Center for OER and Language Learning

A tutorial on how to find and select OER that could be useful to newbies and OER advocates.

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Shrinking Cal State Online

Posted: 8/8/2014 - 02:45 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Carl Straumsheim
July 22, 2014

Less than two years after the Califo...
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Evaluating Your College's Readiness for Technology Adoption

Posted: 8/8/2014 - 01:58 PM

By: Melinda Mechur Karp & Jeffrey Fletcher

The Community College Research Center has designed a Readiness for Technology Adoption (RTA) tool to help colleges identify steps needed to engage in prior to successful deployment of any technology related reform.  The RTA tool looks at four areas of readiness and provides a rubric to help identify areas of need.  Knowing the areas of concern can increase the likelihood of a successful ado...
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Fall 2012 US Distance Education Enrollment: Now viewable by each state

Posted: 7/21/2014 - 08:53 AM

See report for Michigan and all other states at:

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Net Neutrality Offensive

Posted: 7/16/2014 - 11:04 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
July 11, 2014
By Carl Straumsheim

16 OER Sites for More Engaged Learning

Posted: 7/9/2014 - 11:17 PM

from Campus Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser
July 2, 2014

Open educational resources can not only help students save money in textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in various courses.

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Ed-Tech Companies Oppose U.S. Agency’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

Posted: 7/2/2014 - 10:09 AM



from The Chronicle - Wired Campus Blog
July 2, 2014
by Lawrence Biemiller

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to allow companies to pay an extra fee to have their content delivered faster over the Internet has many in education concerned.  Businesses are now weighing in - including four educational-technology businesses that see this as a way to further divide the haves from the h...
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Education Department Again Delays ‘State Authorization’ Rule

Posted: 6/27/2014 - 01:06 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
June 24, 2014

The Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, announced that the Department would not meet a November 1st deadline to develop new rules on state authori...
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Have Aspirations, Will Travel

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 03:11 PM
from Inside Higher Ed

Report: Online learning numbers at all-time high

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 02:03 PM

from EducationDrive Newsletter
By Keith Button

A new study on online education shows that 34% of all college students are taking at least one online course, which is an all-time high, and online enrollment is growing more than five times faster than total enrollment.  Read more at: Read the full news item

A New Teaching Structure Could Make College More Affordable. Why Don't More Schools Adopt It?

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 01:47 PM

from BloombergBusinessWeek

Starting next year, several Washington State community colleges will pilot a new online business administration program - online and competency-based.  Designed to allow students to take as long ...
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Udacity Introduces 'Nanodegree' Credentials

Posted: 6/17/2014 - 09:55 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2014
The MOOC (massive open online course) provider Udacity has developed stackable credentials leading to career-focused "nanodegrees".  Funded by a $1.5 million ...
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