The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising

The Number of Students Taking Online Courses Is Quickly Rising, But Perceptions Are Changing Slowly (EdSurge)
Online course offerings in the United States have expanded. In both K12 and higher education options for students to take whole courses, blended courses and—in some places—entire degree programs online are more prevalent than ever.
Research presented in EdSurge, but here is the real takeaway. Bad teaching is bad teaching...online or off. Patrick R. Lowenthal, an associate professor of educational technology at Boise State University, notes that he was one of those professors who began to view online learning more favorably after engaging with the medium back on 2001. Since…

From Personality Cults to Collective Intelligence: The Democratization of Education Online

From Personality Cults to Collective Intelligence: The Democratization of Education Online by Tara Gentile (Medium)
Our market is just catching up. Here’s where it’s going.
There’s a major shift occurring in the world of small business education, coaching, and training.   This third group has employed the “gatekeeper model” — which thrives by sequestering “the good stuff” behind a paywall. The reason they’re experiencing diminishing returns is simple…The rest of the market has already moved away from gatekeepers and towards the Access…

A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a devil’s bargain?

A rural school turns to digital education. Is it a devil's bargain? (NBC News)
“When you eliminate the school, we’ve seen what happens to these small towns,” a school board member said. "We didn’t want our community to die.”
A case study of a distance ed program in Modoc, Indiana. The report focuses on the Indiana Digital Learning School, which serves students in K through 9th grade. The report shares: Public school advocates are concerned that the district is acting out of a sense of desperation for dollars because consolidation is on the horizon…