Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

An analysis of collegiate graduate and post-graduate programs by AffordableCollegesOnline.org has determined the best places to earn a Master’s and Doctorate Degree Online in the nation for 2016-2017. The site measured cost and quality data to determine the top online programs for each degree level, identifying Western New Mexico University, Fort Hays State University, University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State University and Wilmington University as the top scoring schools for earning an online master’s degree and the University of Colorado Denver, University of Mississippi, Indiana State University, University of Arkansas and Texas A&M University as the top scoring schools for earning an online doctorate degree. Read more.

The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University is launching a fully online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program. This is the first-ever undergraduate online degree program offered at SDSU. The fully-accredited program will begin in fall 2017 and applications are now being accepted through November 30. SDSU’s undergraduate business program is ranked among the nation’s best according to the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” Read more.

element14 is launching a new global competition to discover how engineers can ‘Change the World’ with their design ideas. The aim of the competition is to find out how the world of electronics can have a positive impact on the world we live in by challenging designers to come up with creative ideas of how they could use $1,000 of products from element14. No purchase is needed to enter: entrants simply download their bill of materials and write a short description of how they would use the products to change the world. The competition is open to all, whether they are hobbyists or experienced established engineers. Read more.

The Online Learning Consortium announced two new institutional partnerships with the State University of New York’s Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence and Center for Professional Development, and Drexel University Online. Through these alliances the OLC community will have access to exceptional professional development, quality benchmarking and best-practice research resources. Read more.

A program within the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve services for veterans. The Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program in the McCombs School of Business has formalized a relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs Financial Services Center (FSC) to provide graduate student expertise in support of the VA’s efforts to increase efficiency and reduce fraud. Read more.

Recognizing the urgent need to increase the number of Ohioans earning college degrees, Youngstown State University and Ohio’s other public four-year universities have launched a wide range of initiatives designed to increase efficiency, affordability and degree attainment. This past spring, the state established an Ohio Attainment Goal: By 2025, 65 percent of working-age adults in Ohio will have a degree, certificate or other credential of value in the marketplace. Achieving that goal will require Ohio to produce 1.7 million additional adults with postsecondary credentials. Read more.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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