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 Officials said the courses were “outdated” and the cuts fall in line with GW’s online learning strategy, which has shifted in recent years to focus on smaller courses.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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When to Earn a Smaller Credential With Your Online Degree

For some students, an online degree alone may not be enough to fully meet their career goals. This was the case for LaShelle Morrison, a fifth-year student pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology partially online at the University of Iowa. “I am most interested in teaching and helping others to teach better, whether that be K-12 instructors or even faculty at colleges – so understanding how teaching works the best for various types of people in different populations,” says the 39-year-old. Beyond her degree program, she has earned two graduate certificates, both of which included…

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Lowest-paid workers to receive smaller pay rises, says thinktank

Millions of workers on the national living wage are set for smaller than expected pay rises by the end of the decade after the EU referendum, according to a thinktank. The “national living wage” introduced by the chancellor, George Osborne, is set to rise more slowly because it is linked to average worker earnings, which are now expected to come under pressure following the referendum. The real-terms value of the wage by 2020 could be up to 40p an hour lower than the £8.31 predicted before the EU vote, according…

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