Archive for September, 2013


What it’s like to teach an online course

Ever wonder what it’s like to teach an online course? In this article, Paula DelBonis-Platt, talks about her experience teaching an online French course.

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Study Shows Online Learners More Satisfied

New reports from the 2013 National Online Learners Priorities Report, published by Noel-Levitz show that online learners are more satisfied with their experience than traditional college students. 74% of online students polled expressed overall satisfaction with their education, and when compared to those students enrolled in courses on a campus, the satisfaction rate was—75 to 55 percent, respectively! You can read more here.

Visit the College Of Westchester online to view our online course offerings.

Now you can take a “Walking Dead” online class!

Though online courses are a fantastic way to further your education and get ahead in your career, some schools are starting to offer some lighter courses as well. For example, love The Walking Dead? Now you can take a free online course on the hit TV show through the University of California, Irvine. The school is partnering with AMC and an online course vendor Instructure to offer the (not for credit) class, which begins in October. Topics covered in part through the use of clips from the show will include infectious disease, social order and structure, managing stress in disaster situations, and post-apocalyptic nutrition.

spread of infectious diseases and interventions, social orders, structures, and roles (i.e., locations such as the farm, Woodbury, the prison, and leaders like Rick and the Governor), managing stress in disaster situations, and — of course — nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/937749/the-walking-dead-free-online-college-course-opens-for-enrollment/#RliwUdiQB3JYVcAM.99

 

If you’re feeling more inclined to sink your teeth into something a little more career-specific? Visit the College of Westchester online to explore the many exciting options!

The Walking Dead as a college course? This is not a reference to college students who drag themselves into an 8 am class. It may not be a “gut,” but the hit TV show The Walking Dead has inspired a free college course that will be conducted entirely online. Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, the interdisciplinary, eight-week course is called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.” The course commences on October 14, the day after the series’ highly anticipated season four premiere episode. The school is apparently partnering with AMC itself as well as online course vendor Instructure to develop the so-called massive open online course (MOOC) — which is not for credit by the way, but be advised that it evidently requires about two to four hours a week of prep work by each student.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/937749/the-walking-dead-free-online-college-course-opens-for-enrollment/#RliwUdiQB3JYVcAM.99
The Walking Dead as a college course? This is not a reference to college students who drag themselves into an 8 am class. It may not be a “gut,” but the hit TV show The Walking Dead has inspired a free college course that will be conducted entirely online. Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, the interdisciplinary, eight-week course is called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.” The course commences on October 14, the day after the series’ highly anticipated season four premiere episode. The school is apparently partnering with AMC itself as well as online course vendor Instructure to develop the so-called massive open online course (MOOC) — which is not for credit by the way, but be advised that it evidently requires about two to four hours a week of prep work by each student.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/937749/the-walking-dead-free-online-college-course-opens-for-enrollment/#RliwUdiQB3JYVcAM.99
The Walking Dead as a college course? This is not a reference to college students who drag themselves into an 8 am class. It may not be a “gut,” but the hit TV show The Walking Dead has inspired a free college course that will be conducted entirely online. Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, the interdisciplinary, eight-week course is called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.” The course commences on October 14, the day after the series’ highly anticipated season four premiere episode. The school is apparently partnering with AMC itself as well as online course vendor Instructure to develop the so-called massive open online course (MOOC) — which is not for credit by the way, but be advised that it evidently requires about two to four hours a week of prep work by each student.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/937749/the-walking-dead-free-online-college-course-opens-for-enrollment/#RliwUdiQB3JYVcAM.99
The Walking Dead as a college course? This is not a reference to college students who drag themselves into an 8 am class. It may not be a “gut,” but the hit TV show The Walking Dead has inspired a free college course that will be conducted entirely online. Sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, the interdisciplinary, eight-week course is called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead.” The course commences on October 14, the day after the series’ highly anticipated season four premiere episode. The school is apparently partnering with AMC itself as well as online course vendor Instructure to develop the so-called massive open online course (MOOC) — which is not for credit by the way, but be advised that it evidently requires about two to four hours a week of prep work by each student.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/937749/the-walking-dead-free-online-college-course-opens-for-enrollment/#RliwUdiQB3JYVcAM.99

 

Online Classes for Sick Kids

College students aren’t the only ones benefiting from online education; children who are unable to attend traditional classes are also now able to use the available technology to keep up with their studies. Sometimes these reasons may be related to work (child actors still need an education) or a parent’s need to move the family frequently. However, illness keeps an unfortunate number of children home-bound for long stretches of time. This article tells the story of a girl with cancer who had a wonderful experience with an online biology course.

Cross Post from NY Times – Google Glass

Very interesting piece about a piece of hardware/software that is not new but is probably the first truly commercially available set of glasses/computer, Google Glass.  This piece, Googling Yourself Take on a Whole New Meaning, from Sunday, September 1, 2013’s NY Times Magazine, penned by Clive Thompson, relates the not-so-enthusiastic phenomenon of a pair of glasses that can research, photograph and video others, as well as other simple functions, at this point.  A few in the story fell that it invades our privacy.  What price convenience and instant gratification?  Maybe a little privacy invasion? 

While it is not the vision of the future that the film Johnny Mnemonic showed us (chip in the back of the head to upload directly into the brain), this new bit of technology squeaks just a little more invasively into our psyche and everyday life.  It is controlled by movements of the head and audio command.

While the author says that others will not be able to relate to someone talking to themselves on the street, who remembers the first cell phone users who we thought were talking to themselves or to us as they walked by on their phone?  If Google Glass catches on, I contend that we will accept those commands much as we do cell phone usage in public; as a nuisance but accepted as part of how life is now.

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