UPenn Launches Fully Online Bachelor’s Degree

By Cait Etherington September 19, 2018

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Once considered too low-brow for Ivy League universities, over the past decade, online degrees have been increasingly embraced by the nation’s top-ranked schools. In recent years, MIT, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania have all launched rigorous online graduate degrees. What these schools have not done is explore the potential of offering online undergraduate degrees. […]


Couch Potatoes Can Now Pursue Varsity Esports Scholarships

By Cait Etherington September 16, 2018

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In the past, sports scholarships were just for jocks and occasionally, for those brave souls who agreed to work as mascots throughout their college years. This meant that most couch potatoes also remained on the sidelines of the sports scholarship world. Now, the tide has finally turned. As “esports,” another way of talking about competitive […]


Evaluators Take a Second Look at Purdue Global as Controversy Lingers

By Cait Etherington September 15, 2018

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In 2017, Purdue University acquired Kaplan in an attempt to expand its online programs. The acquisition shocked many people since Purdue University is an established public university while Kaplan is a private institution. In March 2018, Purdue University issued a press release indicating that the merged entity, Purdue Global, had received final approval from the […]


How Audio Feedback Via Social Media Can Drive Engagement and Enhance Instruction

By Henry Kronk September 04, 2018

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While online learning excels in certain areas, it chronically suffers in others. Among the latter, student engagement, personal connection, and student-teacher interaction have been areas of focus for educators and researchers practically since the birth of the digital learning environment. Engagement in all learning environments, furthermore, is a topic of ongoing concern. A recent study conducted by Yueting Xu, a researcher at the School of English and Education, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guanghzhou, China, purports to have found a piece of the puzzle. An instructor of a university level English language course decided that, instead of providing written feedback, she would use a popular social media platform WeChat to record her comments on student assignments verbally.


Professors Are Overworked and Poorly Paid by a Troubled System of Higher Education, Top Hat Survey Finds

By Henry Kronk August 16, 2018

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University faculties and and departments tend to gain the reputation of the ivory tower, where members have wandered too far into their research and, in doing so, lost touch with reality. But a new survey from the OER platform and curator Top Hat suggests that narrative is more myth than fact.


New Report Describes the Viability of Promise Programs

By Henry Kronk July 12, 2018

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Since Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential run in 2016, liberal and progressive Americans have added another initiative to their platform: free college. Promise programs, which generally cover college tuition and fees for certain populations, are now in effect in 19 states. Opposition to adopting these measures frequently meets the same roadblocks as other social welfare programs. Fiscal conservatives say they’re too expensive and unsustainable. But a new report from The Century Foundation’s Senior Fellow Jen Mishory paints a more nuanced picture of promise programs’ popularity and political viability.


Get Your Freshman Year for Free with OnlineDegree.com

By Henry Kronk July 11, 2018

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There’s no question that higher education is a troubled system—and that is making Americans increasingly unsure of how to pursue professional training. Many say a four-year degree is a waste of money and even urge students to drop out, but there’s no shortage of data indicating that a degree translates into higher earnings. A recent survey of young Oregon workers, for example, found a community college degree can double your pay. One startup thinks it has a solution to this unique situation. OnlineDegree.com has created a suite of free online courses that, in certain institutions, can count for an entire freshman year of university.


University of the People Survey Finds 59% of College Non-Completers Want to Return and Finish Their Degree

By Henry Kronk June 11, 2018

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No matter where a student lives, higher education is expensive. Even in countries where tuition is paid for by the government, learners must spend most of the week learning, leaving little room to make a sufficient income to pay the rent. But according to Shai Resef, CEO and founder of the University of the People, the most expensive degree is one a learner begins, but never completes.


This Fall, SUNY Empire State College Will Debut A Virtual Residency

By Henry Kronk May 23, 2018

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At SUNY Empire State College, students have long been able to participate in residency programs. These opportunities typically stand adjacent to a major or minor program. They’ll involve visits to sites of interest, events that bring together experts, professors, and learners. They often involve blended—online and in-person—study. This fall semester, however, the institution will debut a new modality altogether: a virtual residency.


World Bank Report Concludes that Education Is Still a Good Investment

By Henry Kronk May 13, 2018

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Last month, the World Bank sought to quantify one’s investment in education in broad, understandable terms. Their recent study, titled ‘Returns to Investment in Education: A Decennial Review of the Global Literature,’ looked at education in terms of ROI.