In 2012, "massive open online courses" were lauded as the most important trend in higher education. But this year, educators and even students rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning. Two of the biggest MOOCs say they're making big changes in how they deliver their classes in 2014.
New York City is experimenting with new tools and tactics with its Innovation Zone, a devoted unit for trying out new approaches to learning and sharing best practices with like-minded educators. The iZone, as it’s commonly called, started in the 2010-11 school year with 81 schools, and since then, they’ve more than doubled that number … Continue reading Experimenting and Innovating: How to Find the Best Tools and Tactics →
Flickr:VFS As the number of K-12 students who take online courses continues to grow — more than two million are currently enrolled — the need to uphold rigorous standards to online education is becoming that much more important. And with criticism leveled at many online schools for poor academic performance, the online education model needs … Continue reading How to Uphold Online Learning Standards to Quality Education →
By Doug Ward The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionary now pop up in … Continue reading Where is Technology Leading Higher Education? →
By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent — and more divisive. Students want more control over how they use technology in school, but many classrooms are still making it difficult. That’s according to the most … Continue reading Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology →
Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan will join Stanford in the new online venture Coursera. Two venture capitalists are investing more than $15 million in the company.
By Steve Henn Last year, Stanford University computer science professor Sebastian Thrun — also known as the fellow who helped build Google’s self-driving car — got together with a small group of Stanford colleagues and they impulsively decided to open their classes to the world. They would allow anyone, anywhere to attend online, take quizzes, … Continue reading Lessons and Legacies from Stanford’s Free Online Classes →
Lenny Gonzales By Joanna Lin For public school students in California, where you live usually determines where you can learn. To David Haglund, that’s not right. Last month, Haglund, principal of the Riverside Virtual School, an online independent study program run by the Riverside Unified School District, introduced a statewide ballot initiative [PDF] that would … Continue reading Will Online Education Expand in California? →
There are some 40,000 tutoring companies in the U.S. While most of these are face-to-face operations, many offer online tutoring. The problem is that most of the online services don’t have a particularly good reputation — not among students, not among parents, and most damningly perhaps, not with the Better Business Bureau. The $8 billion-a-year … Continue reading Can Online Tutoring Work as Well as Face-to-Face? →
Stanford Artificial Intelligence class By Anne Raith Professor Sebastian Thrun has given his lecture on artificial intelligence at Stanford University more than once. He knows that a lot of students are interested in his introductory course – almost 200 students have showed up in past years. But this fall, it will be different, even for … Continue reading Stanford for Everyone: More Than 120,000 Enroll in Free Classes →
Most people think of online learning as a quiet, solitary experience. But over the past few months, after interviewing students, parents, and educators, a different sort of picture has emerged. We’ve learned about who teaches and learns online, and why, what works and what doesn’t, and perhaps most importantly, whether online learning affords the same … Continue reading 5 Surprising Perspectives About Online Schools →
Because her husband’s military career kept the family on the move, Patti Joubert — the mother of two full-time students at Florida Virtual School (FLVS) — always homeschooled her daughters. Now that they’re in high school, Joubert wanted to find a more resource-enriched alternative. “[Online schools] offer extra classes that aren’t necessarily in a regular … Continue reading Its Flexibility Draws One Family to Virtual School →