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How a 15-year-old ‘hacked’ his way into UC Berkeley

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How a 15-year-old ‘hacked’ his way into UC Berkeley

Jacobs and her son say they did not cheat the system; they "hacked" it. They used legitimate but little-known ways to accelerate Ryan's schooling so that by 14, he had…

Hot new skills course gets the cloud treatment

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Hot new skills course gets the cloud treatment

The NMC Academy, the New Media Consortium's online learning initiative, has announced a new mini-course, "Teaching Entrepreneurship with HP LIFE e-Learning," developed in partnership with HP. …

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Trust in online education on the rise

A growing trust in digital institutions is occurring with online learning. According to a new Gallup poll, more U.S. adults (out of a random sample of about 1,000) agree or…

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Blended learning design advice for collaboration & retention

According to a new roundup of case studies from spanning multiple universities in Australia, blended synchronous learning can improve student retention rates and ease the concern that online students aren’t…

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Disruption in higher ed is growing, but not instantaneous

In 2009, Joe Marani, a resident of Marshfield, Mass., lost his job during the height of the recession. Having only partially completed college, he was left with few options. Like…

Which online courses are women taking?

While the average online college student is a woman in her early 30s, the massive open online course (MOOC) landscape has been dominated by men since the courses first took…

3 ways online courses could become more like iTunes

3 ways online courses could become more like iTunes

Modularization is hardly a mainstream concept in online education today, but if colleges and universities follow suggestions laid out by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) task force, it could…

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8 tips for creating video in online learning

Instructor-generated video can increase student satisfaction with, and engagement in, online courses. But there are many variables to a video's success. Here are eight tips to help educators create effective…

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Faculty ‘empowered’ in university’s MOOC rollout

Faculty members at at a host of universities have blocked massive open online course (MOOC) initiatives, criticized the corporate interests driving MOOC adoption, and raising labor union concerns about the…

4 vital tips for using MOOCs for majors

It's not easy to select a college major, especially when the choices include subjects outside the core K-12 curriculum. Enter MOOCs, which can provide a cost- and risk-free way to…

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