2U Partners with the Yale School of Management to Offer Short Online Courses

2U Partners with the Yale School of Management to Offer Short Online Courses

On Monday, the online program manager 2U announced that it will be partnering with the Yale School of Management to create short online courses intended for mid-career professionals. Courses are currently in development. They are expected to launch in the spring of next year. Online courses are increasingly proving useful for institutions of higher education. Beginning well before the 2012 massive open online course (MOOC) explosion, universities have increasingly offered shorter online alternatives to degree pathways. In their landmark 2014 study on MOOCs, researchers Fiona Hollands and Devayani Tirthali found…

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From cannabis to dinosaurs, online classes cover it all

From cannabis to dinosaurs, online classes cover it all

Open this photo in gallery Mount Royal University, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is offering an online course called the Cannabis Education Program. The course is taught by horticulturalists, marketing specialists, and scientists working in the industry. Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press Kayden Abel was four years old when he started playing soccer. Having just turned 25, the Edmonton resident has parlayed his technical skills into success as a freestyle pro and coach. He’s in demand for his specialized work, but, career-wise, he wanted to expand his options. Mr….

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Wright State is fighting for students. The next battleground: Online courses.

Wright State is fighting for students. The next battleground: Online courses.

The ConVal Regional School District canceled all classes Wednesday after receiving word of a “potential threat,” according to Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders. School is scheduled to resume Thursday, Saunders said. Saunders said the district was notified by police of the threat Wednesday morning at 6. “The local police departments are in the process of assessing the situation, and we are in constant contact with them,” district officials said in a statement Wednesday morning. “Due to this threat, we are cancelling school today and will be sharing further information as it…

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15+ Creative Online Classes to Spark Your Imagination This Week

15+ Creative Online Classes to Spark Your Imagination This Week

Growing up was when many of us fostered a life-long love of learning. For just as many, however, formal schooling stopped in our early twenties. But this fact doesn’t mean that you have to cease all class time. Through the magic of the internet, there is a bevy of online creative classes that’ll teach you a new skill or cultivate what you already know. Best of all, you can take them at your own pace. Are you looking to diversify your interests? Perhaps you’re a photographer who would like to know…

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Free online courses phased out to focus on smaller, revenue-producing programs

Free online courses phased out to focus on smaller, revenue-producing programs

Two free online courses that GW has offered for nearly five years were phased out this summer, officials said. The classes – a business school course about the Federal Reserve and a law school course about patent law – were nixed this summer after first launching in 2012. Officials said the courses were “outdated” and the cuts fall in line with GW’s online learning strategy, which has shifted in recent years to focus on smaller courses. University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said massive, open online courses are not a focus of GW’s…

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Making the Change: EY Takes a Popular In-Person Course Online

Making the Change: EY Takes a Popular In-Person Course Online

EY’s “Facilitator Skills Development” was its most popular nontechnical course; then EY’s new CLO was challenged to do it all online. Intrepid and EY rose to it and created “Teach With Charisma,” an online course that is now showing better results than the in-person version for a tough-to-teach soft skill. I spoke with EY’s director of talent management for the Americas, David Bruesehoff, about the course and got his advice for anyone else looking to move soft skills training online. NB: Can you describe the culture of “reaching down the…

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These 6 online-courses will make you a cybersecurity expert

These 6 online-courses will make you a cybersecurity expert

Growing dependency on computer systems and Internet has made almost everyone vulnerable to cyber attacks. From home users to companies, hospitals, banks, governments, everyone is at risk. While organizations need cybersecurity professionals to protect against these attacks, there’s an acute shortage of such experts. So, cybersecurity has become an important tech skill to possess. Here are 6 online courses to help you learn cybersecurity. This will help you understand what cybersecurity is all about Heimdal Security, a software company specializing in information security tools and systems, offers a five-week “Cyber Security for Beginners”…

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Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online.

Two decades ago, when I was a student in a part-time master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, I would hurry from my office twice a week to make class, hoping like many of my classmates for a few minutes to grab coffee and a bite to eat before settling in for the 2 1/2-hour seminars. Next week, when I address the graduating class of the same school, most of them will probably be meeting face-to-face for the first time at commencement: 70 percent of this year’s graduates earned their master’s…

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Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study by education researchers suggests that the kind of subtle racial discrimination known as implicit bias found in brick and mortar classrooms may be present in online college classes. Researchers from Stanford, the University of California – Irvine and Vanderbilt University began by creating fictitious online student identities. They chose names that suggested racial and ethnic identity, such as Todd, Emily, Tyrone, Tanisha, Mei, Tao, Priyanka, and Samir. They then posted comments using those personas in class forums for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). “The names that had been assigned a…

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Ecampus ranked top ten online degree program

Ecampus ranked top ten online degree program

Each year the U.S. News and World Report publishes a ranking of the nation’s top universities, programs and degrees, and for the past four years, Oregon State University’s Extended Campus, or Ecampus, has been awarded a top ten spot in the online Bachelor’s degree division.  Ecampus offers courses and full degree programs on an online platform to both current OSU students and individuals looking to enroll without travelling to one of OSU’s campuses. Currently, Ecampus offers more than 1100 online courses in over 100 subject areas, 22 undergraduate degrees and…

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