Friday, 25 May 2012

Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom..

A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”
Noah Berger for The New York Times Tyler Kennedy, 9, searches the Web at home in California.
The report examined the comparative research on online versus traditional classroom teaching from 1996 to 2008. Some of it was in K-12 settings, but most of the comparative studies were done in colleges and adult continuing-education programs of various kinds, from medical training to the military.
Over the 12-year span, the report found 99 studies in which there were quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the same courses. The analysis for the Department of Education found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile. That is a modest but statistically meaningful difference.
“The study’s major significance lies in demonstrating that online learning today is not just better than nothing — it actually tends to be better than conventional instruction,” said Barbara Means, the study’s lead author and an educational psychologist at SRI International.
This hardly means that we’ll be saying good-bye to classrooms. But the report does suggest that online education could be set to expand sharply over the next few years, as evidence mounts of its value.
Until fairly recently, online education amounted to little more than electronic versions of the old-line correspondence courses. That has really changed with arrival of Web-based video, instant messaging and collaboration tools.
The real promise of online education, experts say, is providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual students than is possible in classrooms. That enables more “learning by doing,” which many students find more engaging and useful.
“We are at an inflection point in online education,” said Philip R. Regier, the dean of Arizona State University’s Online and Extended Campus program.
The biggest near-term growth, Mr. Regier predicts, will be in continuing education programs. Today, Arizona State has 5,000 students in its continuing education programs, both through in-person classes and online. In three to five years, he estimates, that number could triple, with nearly all the growth coming online.
But Mr. Regier also thinks online education will continue to make further inroads in transforming college campuses as well. Universities — and many K-12 schools — now widely use online learning management systems, like Blackboard or the open-source Moodle. But that is mostly for posting assignments, reading lists, and class schedules and hosting some Web discussion boards.
Mr. Regier sees things evolving fairly rapidly, accelerated by the increasing use of social networking technology. More and more, students will help and teach each other, he said. For example, it will be assumed that college students know the basics of calculus, and the classroom time will focus on applying the math to real-world problems — perhaps in exploring the physics of climate change or modeling trends in stock prices, he said.
“The technology will be used to create learning communities among students in new ways,” Mr. Regier said. “People are correct when they say online education will take things out the classroom. But they are wrong, I think, when they assume it will make learning an independent, personal activity. Learning has to occur in a community.”

Friday, 11 May 2012

Pakistan's First Online Education Institute Launched ....

Pakistan's First Online Education Institute Launched

Pakistan First Online Education Institute is a free education resource which teaches non conventional subjects to education seekers for free with help of volunteer teachers.
Idea is simple, if you are in academic or technical field, and want to teach a course of any kind (most likely to be related with your field), Pakistan First will help you create courses with enough resources. You will have the options of uploading your notes, videos; audios etc to help those who are want to study your course. Course can be as short as 1 day training up to 6 months’ certification.
On other side, if you want to learn anything, browse though the available courses and register yourself. Site is recently launched, thus no volunteers yet. But we hope they can bring something great online for free :)
‘Pakistan First Online Education’ is powered by Moodle.
Courses can be in any of the following areas, but are not limited to them:
  • Leadership
  • Business Communication
  • Communication Skill
  • Debating
  • Essay and Article Writing
  • Allama Iqbal Studies
  • Quaid-e-Azam Studies
  • History of Pakistan
  • Website Development
  • Computer Programing (C++, Java, PHP, etc..)
  • Pakistani Constitution
  • Pakistani Law and Legal System
  • Pakistani Political System
  • Human Rights Studies
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Setup & Working


Can I Earn a GED or High School Diploma Online?

higher education studentBy Greg Beatty, PhD

Let me start with the simplest question first. Yes, you can get a diploma online.  To do so, you’d register with an online high school. There are a number of these, and the number is growing.

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What Type of Career is an Associate Degree Good For?

higher education studentBy Greg Beatty, PhD

Good question. Broadly speaking, an associate degree is good for three kinds of careers. First, an associate degree is good for a number of careers that formerly required only certification.

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Does My Undergrad Degree Limit My Graduate Options?

what is accreditationBy Greg Beatty, PhD

It depends on three things. The first is simple: how closely related is your undergraduate degree to the graduate program that you’re considering?

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Can Foreign Citizens Attend American Online Universities?

history of online schoolBy Greg Beatty, PhD

There is no problem with foreign students taking online classes at American universities. It is not only allowed, it is encouraged.

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What is Hybrid Education?

hybrid educationHybrid education classes, also referred to as blended education classes, combine online class sessions with on-campus, face-to-face class time. For example, an instructor and his students might meet three times a week on campus, but much of the discussion and classwork would be completed at home online.
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How are Undergrad and Masters Classes Different?

history.jpgBy Greg Beatty, PhD

That’s a good question, but a complicated one. It’s complicated because there is so much variation from school to school and program to program.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Education Magazines....

American Educator
Professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, published for classroom teachers and other education professionals from preschool through university.

American School & University
Devoted to the business of managing educational facilities.

American School Board Journal
Education magazine offering practical advice on a broad range of topics pertinent to school governance and management, policy making, student achievement, and the art of school leadership.

Black Collegian
In addition to career planning and job search information, there is commentary by leading African American writers, entertainment features and general information on college life.

Current Issues in Education
The mission of the journal is to advance scholarly thought by publishing articles promoting dialogue, research, practice, and policy as well as developing a community of scholarship.

Covers national news affecting minorities and major issues in higher education. Includes news, analyses of trends, profiles, statistics and employment opportunities.

Education Next
Journal of opinion and research regarding education policy and school reform.

Education Review
Scholarly journal of reviews of new books in education.

Education Week
Covers local, state, and national news and issues from preschool through the 12th grade.

eSchool News
Monthly newspaper for K-12 decision-makers covering all aspects of school technology news.

Evidence-based Education
Magazine for K-12 educators from Johns Hopkins University. The focus is on practical, evidence-based advice for decision makers in education.

Language Magazine
Addresses key issues in bilingual teaching, language travel, teaching methodology, teacher education, heritage languages, and more.

Learners Online
Features online lessons and resources for teachers who use the Internet.

Media & Methods
Technology & education magazine used for purchasing decisions in K-12 schools.

Multi Cultural Review
Dedicated to a better understanding of ethnic, racial, and religious diversity. Written for teachers at all grade levels.

Peter Li Education Group
Publisher of Catechist, College Planning & Management, School Planning & Management, Today's Catholic Teacher, and Today's School education magazines.

Rethinking Schools
Advocates the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.

School Leader
Magazine geared to the school board members and administrators. Highlights trends in public education, spotlights local boards of education and offers NJSBA service and program information.

Student Leader
Magazine for college student leaders. Featuring tips from experts and peers across the country, its articles advise students on how to manage organizations ethically and effectively.

SuperKids Educational Software Review
Provides educational resources for parents, teachers, and kids, including reviews of children's software, math worksheets, and vocabulary builder.

News, commentary, features, interactive forums, and blogs spotlighting the K-12 teaching profession.

Teacher Librarian
Journal for school library professionals offering free access to selected past articles, reviews of books and software for resource centers.

Teachers College Record
Journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education. Published since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University.

Teaching Pre K-8
Professional magazine for teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade. Features hundreds of resources including: ready-to-use activities, web links, book and product reviews, how-to articles, more.

Teaching Technology
Quarterly magazine featuring new audio visual technology for teaching.

Technological Horizons in Education
Journal for K-12 administrators and teachers who recommend, specify, or approve the purchase of technology for their districts, schools, and classrooms.

Technology & Learning
Magazine for educational professionals at the district level and K-12 grade level. Provides software and new product reviews, as well as important news on technology for teachers, media specialists and librarians.

Times Higher Education
Features higher education jobs, news and educational resources for college professionals and teachers worldwide.

Newspapers in Education..

Newspapers in Education

Published: May 01. 2012 4:00AM PST

What is Newspapers in Education (NIE)?

It's a cooperative effort among newspapers, local businesses and schools working together to provide the most up-to-date textbook on the market today – the newspaper – as a tool of instruction to Central Oregon area classrooms. During the 2007-08 school year, nearly 200 Central Oregon teachers took advantage of the program – at all grade levels, at-risk youth programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and adult basic education classes. You can help support NIE by donating your newspapers to the program when you go on vacation.

Are newspapers an effective tool in the classroom?

A recent study commissioned by the Newspaper Association of America shows that students who read newspapers in the classroom score at least 10% higher on reading tests than those who are not exposed to newspapers in school. Scores for minority students are as much as 29% higher when they use newspapers. The NIE program is used to teach social studies, language arts, math, science, history, and many other areas.

Why newspapers in the classroom?

As education budgets are cut, those cuts ultimately spill over into curriculum, forcing schools to use out-dated textbooks and other materials. Even new textbooks are already outdated. Newspapers, on the other hand, rewrite history every day, making them to most up-to-date textbooks on the market.

The Bulletin's commitment

Because we believe every child deserves to learn about the community and the world in which they live, and because we believe education is a community responsibility, The Bulletin currently funds 75% the cost of classroom newspapers, and 100% of the costs of special curriculum guides, educational supplements, teacher guides and teacher workshops. Business partners and vacationing subscribers fund the remaining 25%.

Knowledge is power

Classroom newspapers help:

• Provide teachers with tools they need to educate and motivate students.

• Enhance and reinforce their curriculum no matter the subject area.

• Students learn about the world as it is today.

• Encourage kids to think creatively and become more conscientious and active citizens, ready to play positive roles in their communities and our democracy.