Sydney Johnson

Faculty Say Online Programs ‘Cannibalize’ On-Campus Courses at George Washington University

Who oversees online programs at colleges? The question sparked an internal investigation at George Washington University, after a lawsuit last year raised questions about whether the academic quality of online programs was on par with their in-person versions.“There was concern among members of the faculty senate that little was known about online programs at the university, how large there were or how many there were,” says Kurt Darr, professor emeritus of hospital administration at GW. “The purpose was to investigate what we have and how it was being managed.”

Public Educators Share Fallouts on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

Educators from around the U.S. gathered in Oakland this past weekend for the Network for Public Education’s (NPE) national conference, where several sessions centered around a common theme: protecting public education amid an era of federal budget cuts and concerns over the increased presence of technology in classrooms.

Woz U? Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development

He may be best known for co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, but now, Steve Wozniak is dipping his toes in online education. Today, Wozniak announced his latest project, an online school called Woz U, which aims to provide tech training to aspiring software developers. The startup venture is part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI), a private for-profit school based in Austin, Texas. The business offers 15 online and in-person programs in fields such as technology, medical services and cosmetology.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe.

?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. But up until last week, three of those publishers—Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning—were suing Follett over alleged counterfeit sales.

?Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too

Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn’t short on initiatives—such as Google’s Code Next program or the White House’s Obama era Computer Science For All campaign—which aim to change that.

A South Texas University Turns to Online Courses to Help Commuters, Students in Mexico

For the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, geography is everything. Split into two satellite campuses in South Texas—one in Edinburgh and another nearly 60 miles away in Brownsville—students and professors may commute more than an hour to get to their next class. And that’s just for those who live who live in the United States.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow

It’s not uncommon for U.S. companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. Last year
the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City.”

?Access or Prestige: Can Colleges Do Both by US News?

Most U.S. colleges see pronounced gaps in completion rates along racial and economic lines. Asian and white students graduate at a rate of 63.2 percent and 62.0 percent, respectively, while just 45.8 percent of Hispanic and 38.0 percent of black students complete their degrees, according to a study by the National Student Clearinghouse.

Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Campaign Aims to Help Students Text Their Way to College

In 2014 Michelle Obama launched the Reach Higher initiative, which set out to help schools and counselors help young people see college as an option. But after about a year into the program, the former first lady realized Reach Higher wasn’t directly reaching an important group: students themselves.

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