Tag Archive: online college

Who Takes Online Courses?

When Massive Open Online Courses appeared on the scene a few years ago, many educators speculated about the types of students most likely to enroll and complete these online learning programs. A recent report, “HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses,” looked at data from July 2012 through September 2014 to give some insight into the different types of students taking these courses. This article highlights some of the findings.

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Chrysler to Offer Tuition Reimbursement

First Starbucks expanded its online degree program, and then Chrysler announced several weeks ago that it would cover dealership workers’ online college education. This program was formed in partnership with Strayer University and will benefit workers at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat dealerships all over the United States.

Al Gardner, the Chrysler brand’s chief executive, said, “Our goal is to position our dealer network as the ‘employers of choice’… Our collaboration with Strayer demonstrates our focus on building our dealers’ hard-working employees’ skill sets to help them perform at an optimal level while also investing in their long-term success.”

How to Stay Sane While Getting an Online Degree

Online education offers freedom to work flexible hours from virtually anywhere, but it also comes with many challenges. This article offers some great tips for staying sane while you complete your online degree.

This cool infographic from PC Magazine details the profile of an online college student.


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Meet the Brainy Bunch

Six out of ten kids in college is a big accomplishment. Not only that, the Harding family of Montgomery, Alabama can boast seven children in college by the age of twelve. In their new book The Brainy Bunch, mom Mona Lisa and dad  Kip Harding share their experience of encouraging their kids to pursue college education at young ages through the use of online courses and other flexible learning programs. The family recently appeared on the TODAY show to talk about their book and their lives.

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Online Education for Veterans

Happy Veterans Day! The College of Westchester wishes to express its gratitude for all those who have served our country and continue to do os.

For veterans looking to establish themselves in a new career, online education can be a great way to further education while acclimating to civilian life.

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Next Step: Virtualize the College Experience

With the growth of online college education programs, fewer students have the “typical college experiences” many of us have come to equate with higher education: sports teams, coin-operated laundry rooms, campus parties…This article from the Huffington Post examines the challenges of virtualizing the college experience.

Advantages of an Online Education

Spring has sprung! What better time to invest in your education? There are many advantages to online education. This article from Education Connection lists 6!

  • Convenience
  • Success
  • Cost
  • Safety
  • Textbook Savings
  • Versatile Degree Program

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How to Prepare for Online Education

Thinking about getting your college degree online? Here are some helpful tips from College Mogul to keep in mind.

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Inside Higher Ed recently ran an essay called “The Bitter Reality of MOOConomics” by Carlo Salerno.

The piece begins by exploring the notion that students choose colleges because colleges provide a good education and help students obtain career goals. Writes Salerno, “They seek to earn a credential that they can successfully leverage in a labor market.” In turn, colleges are selective about which students they accept because graduates and their success are a reflection on them. “Who gets in matters a great deal to these schools,” the author explains, “because it helps them control quality and head off the adverse effects of unqualified students either dropping out or performing poorly in career positions”

It is assumed in the article that MOOC/Coursera founders from Stanford are looking to address the ills of high cost of college education by providing a new method of instruction that relies not only on instructors, but on the peer experience. MOOCs allow anyone to take a course and are not selective, so, according to Salerno, this creates a dichotomy between MOOC admission and college goals

One example used to compare MOOCs (aka Massive Open Online Courses) to a real college experience is the difference between learning from a history professor in a real college as versus watching the History Channel in order to become an expert on history —most of us just won’t do it, and it isn’t won’t hold up as a legitimate credential —even though learning can take place everywhere. Says Salerno, “There has to be a specific reason that people would be willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars and several years of their life to get it from one particular source like a college….I’m simply not going to get a job as a high-school history teacher with ‘television watching’ as the core of my resume, even if I both learned and retained far more information than I ever could have in a series of college history classes.”

Salerno goes on to say that “Stanford was perfectly in the right for clarifying that the letters of completion professors wrote on behalf of students who finished the MOOCs were NOT a certification” from the University.

The article also likens MOOCs to a rudimentary Ford Model T by stating that it is not quite yet road ready, but it is not going away, and it is revolutionary.  “Still, what our elite higher education institutions have produced in the MOOC looks and feels like one of Ford Motor Company’s futuristic concept cars – something that provides a vision for how tomorrow might look, or which includes niche features that may be built into near-term models, but in its current form is simply not road-ready.”  Even though this is a criticism, it is a significant statement.

One of the biggest questions, according to Salerno, is whether colleges can accept some prior learning-type credit or credentials without watering down or even nullifying their institutions’ quality.

Says the College of Westchester’s Mary Beth Del Balzo, LCSW, “Even though there is some concern about protection of the educational system, especially at elite colleges such as the Ivies, other colleges are positioning themselves to begin to provide post-course testing to certify that someone actually did complete courses satisfactorily.” She adds, “All articles, whether from the New York Times, Inside Higher Ed, or the hundreds of others that have already given Coursera press, have one thing in common: They all say that while not perfect, that MOOCs are not going away, that they are revolutionary, and they could eventually profoundly affect how we help students earn their degrees.”

You can read the full essay here.