Spotlight On Online Learning: Top Articles of March 2013 | KnowledgeVisionAs a college student who has taken an online course before, I definitely see the great benefits of allowing a flexible course away from the classroom. There have been great strides made to further this movement to online learning. Fittingly, I’m going to share 20 great online content about the strengths, weaknesses, and tips on the growing massive open online courses (MOOCs) trend.

Online Education Can be a Good Tool by D.G. Martin (March 5, 2013)

Although D.G. Martin mentions the apprehension that professors around are having about online learning, this article offers some great examples of how online learning can provide a unique learning experience that he believes is worth taxpayer funding.

Higher-ed leaders meet to discuss future of online education by Larry Hardesty (March 6, 2013)

This article highlights the daylong meeting called “Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education” hosted by edX, the online-learning initiative founded by MIT and Harvard University. There were several different colleges represented at this meeting. Check out this article to learn their interesting perspectives of the topic.

Online Learning: Campus 2.0 by M. Mitchell Waldrop (March 13, 2013)

This article mentions the University of Maryland’s quest in offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), which many colleges – 74 at the last count – are considering right now. Check out this piece to find out why this is a growing trend!

How Online Credits Could Change Higher Ed’s Business Model by Amy Scott (March 13, 2013)

On March 13, there was a bill proposed in California that would require public colleges and universities to grant credit for MOOCs and other online courses if a student isn’t able to get into those classes on campus. One of the main arguments behind this proposal is “no college student should be denied the right to complete their education because they could not get a seat [in] the course that they needed in order to graduate,” as stated by Darrell Steinberg, president pro tem of the California senate.

Online Learning: Will Technology Transform Higher Education by Jamie Beckett (March 14, 2013)

On March 5, there was a symposium for the National Academy of Engineering’s regional meeting held at Stanford’s School of Engineering. At this meeting, six panelists discussed the future of MOOCs. A majority of the panel agreed that MOOCs would have a bright future in education. Take a look at this article for both sides of the argument and a link of the video from the panel discussion.

On Education: Online Education and the Real World by Megan O’Neil (March 15, 2013)

Megan O’Neil has a great article about the limitations to online learning. Although she acknowledges the incredible new opportunities created by online learning, she mentions some downfalls, such as pricing, credits, and success rates of online learning vs. traditional learning.

Challenges of Online Learning: 4 Ways to Keep Your Online Student Engaged by Eric Schwartzman (March 15, 2013)

Eric Schwartzman makes a good point that a major problem with online courses is that they are only effective if the content is actually consumed by the students. To account for this problem, he explains four different ways to keep students involved so they will get the most out of online learning.

Give Online Courses the Old College Try Los Angeles Times Editorial (March 18, 2013)

The Los Angeles Times writes in response to the California bill to grant credit to MOOCs. This is a great piece that addresses the concerns of online learning, such as quality, if an online course expands to 500 or 5,000 students. One great point mentioned is that if the bill is passed, a panel of faculty from University of California, California State University, and community colleges would be in charge of picking the courses that would best fit an online class, design the course content, and choosing the professor best qualified to teach it.

Even the Professors Behind Massive Online Classes Aren’t Sure They Should Count for Credit by Ki Mae Heussner (March 18, 2013)

This article highlights some key statistics from a survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education. The respondents were made up of 103 out of the 184 professors who have taught a MOOC. One interesting stat is that although 79 percent of those professors surveyed believe MOOCs are “worth the hype,” but only 28 percent think that these online classes should count as formal credit from their college.

USNH Head’s Goals: Online Classes, Sharing by Kevin Landrigan (March 19, 2013)

Among other things, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is planning to jump on the online class bandwagon that is making its way throughout the country. The reason that USNH is planning on offering online courses is to compete with national private and public colleges. By allowing online classes USNH believes they will be able to students a more affordable learning solution.

The Rise of the Digital Degree: How recruiters are dealing with the shift to online education by Courtney Symons (March 20, 2013)

With a major shift towards online learning, Courtney Symons addresses the parallel shifts in business models. This article mentions the “democratization of education” in which students are looking for creative, affordable new methods of learning which will not be able to be evaluated by simply just a resume anymore.

How to Finish a MOOC OnlineCollegeCourses (March 22, 2013)

With all of this talk about whether MOCCs are beneficial or not, this article gives tips on how to successfully complete one. The problem with completing an online course is that it is very easy for students to fall behind when there are no due dates, formal grades, and no professors bugging you to participate. To succeed, users of MOOCs have to be on top of their time management and self-motivation, among other things.

10 Ways to Become a Better Online Learner by Katie Lepi (March 23, 2013)

Katie Lepi provides us with a really great infografic on 10 important do’s and don’ts of online learning to be a successful online student. Overall, she recommends that if online learners are able to focus and truly learn from the course, they can be successful.

Walk Deliberately, Don’t Run, Toward Online Education by William G. Bowen (March 25, 2013)

William Bowen agrees that online learning is a rapidly approaching trend in the very near future. This article mentions the obstacles of this trend being a true success. He explains in detail the lack of evidence of online learning success and affordability as well as the need for a new approach within the learning community.

How Online Education Has Changed in 10 Years by Katie Lepi (March 26, 2013)

Education has rapidly changed since the integration of learning with Internet resources. Even in the recent past, online learning itself has had some big changes. This article has a great infographic of some important changes and statistics of online learning in the past ten years.

Turn On, Log In and Graduate: Online Solutions to Student Debt Crisis by Nicco Mele (March 27, 2013)

This Huffington Post article discusses the changing perceptions of online courses. In the past, online coursework was not valued as highly as a traditional diploma for students entering the job market, but that could be changing now. Nicco Mele makes a great point that with a much larger amount of students graduating college, “a bachelor’s is what a high school diploma used to be.” With that in mind, online courses offer a unique experience that may make students stand out from their peers while also saving money.

The Skills Both Online Students and Teachers Must Have by Colleen DeVine (March 21, 2013)

According to the Babson Survey Research Group, there are more than 6.7 million students who have taken at least one online course, which accounts for an increase of over 570,000 students from the previous year. Even so, online courses have a lower completion rate than traditional classes. To help students and teachers have a more successful online experience, Colleen DeVine offers some great tips.

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries by Ariana Stone (March 29, 2013)

Most of these articles I’ve mentioned are about online classes. However, online learning can also be used in the traditional learning space to enrich student learning. This article gives some great examples of technologies that are a great addition to a classroom moving towards mobile learning.

Massive Open Online Courses Discover Global Talent by Tyler Falk (March 29, 2013)

This article makes a good point about online learning. It is allowing for vast opportunities to some young people around the world. This article mentions a story by The Financial Times about a boy from India who was accepted to MIT because his online professor was impressed with him and wrote him a letter of recommendation.

How to Make A MOOC, MIT Style by Michael Fitzgerald (March 29, 2013)

This is really interesting article about the process of turning MIT Professor Eric Lander’s Introductory Biology class into a massive open online course. This article shows how much time and effort goes into adapting a traditional course of 90 students to an online one with 36,000.

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