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Marco Masoni, Jan. 5, 2012

The alternative model of education offered by Western Governors University is gaining traction. Frankly, this NPR report strikes me as a bit uncritical. For instance, it doesn’t deal with the criticism that Western Governor overly emphasizes how your “life experience” can be turned into credits and then a degree.

For some balanced coverage, I found a nice article in the New York Times that surveys the alternative online degree landscape => http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/education/25future.html

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/03/144439890/online-school-helps-grown-ups-finish-college
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Marco Masoni, Nov. 28, 2011

We talk a lot about “How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education” but this infographic via onlineeducation.net really drives it home.

A choice stat: “67% of colleges are unable to meet demand for online courses.”

A choice excerpt: “Higher education is no longer only for the elite; anyone with an Internet connection can educate themselves.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61668055@N05/6419506231/
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Marco Masoni, Nov. 1, 2011

A year ago, the ideas that are at the foundation of Einztein’s approach to “disrupting” the ed space were laid out in a Mashable article about “Why Online Education Needs to get Social.” Below, you’ll find an excerpt. For the full article, go to: http://mashable.com/2010/08/06/online-education-social/

What’s required are innovative approaches to course design that set aside old models of instruction where theory often trumps actuality. Online course providers must embrace the web’s potential to match students with the kinds of timely knowledge and skills that address current issues head-on, and enable them to thrive in the global marketplace.

It’s not enough for a course to be accessible online, it must also be designed in a way that keys into the digital pulse of current events, trending topics and insider knowledge endemic to the web. The three-quarters of 18 to 29 year-olds who have profiles on social networks are likely wondering why online course offerings aren’t nearly as enticing as the content that they find on their favorite social websites.

To attract and retain the typical college-age demographic, as well as the larger population of adult learners in search of relevant and engaging educational content, the next generation of online education must be characterized by courses that build in the social, real-time information capturing components that have made the web such a dynamic medium for sharing information and knowledge.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61668055@N05/6303483398/
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