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 Officials said the courses were “outdated” and the cuts fall in line with GW’s online learning strategy, which has shifted in recent years to focus on smaller courses.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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UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for degrees in non-technical disciplines. (Representative image) In a landmark reform, universities and higher educational institutions from this academic session will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online in non-technical disciplines. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for such degrees. “The regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The higher education institutions, which have been…

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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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Students Are Going Crazy Over The Online MBA From Edinburgh Business School—Here’s Why

Students Are Going Crazy Over The Online MBA From Edinburgh Business School—Here’s Why

©Beer5020—Edinburgh’s Online MBA students get the benefits of a full-time MBA, wherever they are Studying an MBA online doesn’t always mean full flexibility. Even distance-learning courses often have strict schedules, which are not always convenient for busy professionals who can’t afford prolonged absences from their families and jobs. Edinburgh Business School has a totally different approach. The Online MBA at Edinburgh Business School—the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University—is based on a unique way of learning, whereby students can choose which subjects they study and when. They can begin, defer…

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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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Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Have an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? These online classes can help.

Everyone and their mother has an idea for a startup, but the impressive part is getting it off the ground. Luckily, there are a few critical skills that will help you succeed in the startup world no matter which industry you plan to disrupt. The Startup School Bundle, which is just $40 right now (a massive 97% discount) offers ten courses that can help you learn essential skills for any field. Generating Ideas Most ideas for startups and apps are pretty vague, and just about everyone has a plan for “the Uber of…

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CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

CES Debut: Peloton’s First Treadmill Offers Live Online Classes with Trainers

Fitness-industry darling Peloton launched its Internet-enabled smart stationary bike—the company’s very first commercial product—just 4 years ago. In that short time, it quickly amassed a legion of dedicated—even cultish—fans who regularly tune in to participate in live and on-demand cycling lessons with professional trainers and compete with other cyclists around the world. This year at CES, the Manhattan-based brand officially expanded its unique, tech-driven exercise platform to treadmills with the aptly named Tread. Like its forbearer, the treadmill is equipped with a large 32-inch touchpad that can stream live classes—at least 10 are held daily—with…

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This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

This set of online classes can help you master the entire Microsoft Office Suite

Don’t let your Google Docs-loving friends tell you otherwise – Microsoft Office is still the king of the professional world. If you want to be a top performer in the office, you need to have a solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite. These programs can be challenging to learn, but there’s a new collection of online classes that’s great for newbies and experienced users alike: The Complete Microsoft Office Certification Bundle. This four-course collection gives you 20 hours of instruction in Excel, PowerPoint, and Access so you can not only learn the…

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