Linkpile for Wednesday, November 23, 2011.
- A November 23, 2011 article in The Australian paints the "Bigger picture for online learning." "The University of New England and education technology company Pearson this month struck a seven-year commercial deal under which Pearson will convert UNE courses into digital offerings with enhancements such as video, as well as supplying extra online content, recruiting new students and staffing a round-the-clock help desk."
- "Government Accountability Office Calls For More Information About Online Education," reports a November 21, 2011 U.S. News and World Report article. "As online courses become an integral part of academia, the U.S. Department of Education has vowed to increase its oversight of web-based programs to ensure that students are still receiving a quality education. However, a new report by the Government Accountability Office states that the department does not have the proper information to do so, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education."
- Has distance higher learning reached a tipping point? "The Numbers Don't Lie: Online Higher Education Surges in Popularity." "'Flexibility' is certainly a watchword in the higher education industry – and for good reason; economic churn and volatility in the labor market means that a looming reality for many workers is the prospect of re-training at various points in their careers. This means that an increasing number of college students are no longer of the conventional sort – aged 18 to 24, and generally occupied only with completing school – but are working adults in their 30s, 40s, or 50s who are hoping to increase their marketability or to burnish their skill sets in order to win a big promotion."
- "'The Next Evolution': Online university offers pathways to success," reports a November 20, 2011 TDN.com article. "This year the Washington Legislature formed WGU Washington, a partnership that allows graduates from Washington's technical and community colleges — including LCC — to transfer 'very seamlessly' to the online university, said university spokeswoman Joan Mitchell. 'And for prospective students and employers in the state, it helps establish credibility and allows us to build a sense of community.'"
- "Community Colleges Turn to Online Education to Solve Overcrowding Issues," reports a November 18, 2011 U.S. New and World Report article. "In light of a troubled economy, many individuals are finding that they need at least an associate's degree in order to find stable jobs that offer a decent wage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who only held high school diplomas faced an unemployment rate of about 10.3% in 2010. However, people who earned associate's degrees were able to lower this figure to approximately 7%."
- "Online Advanced Degrees: Right Choice for You?", asks a November 18, 2011 FoxBusiness.com article. "Students should have a firm grasp on what their learning style is before deciding on a program. Some programs are synchronous, meaning students have to follow a schedule to be simultaneously online with a professor for live chats, while others are asynchronous, where students have more flexibility with how they plan out their time."
- A November 17, 2011 San Diego Reader article brings word that Bridgepoint Wins Online Education Award." "Bridgepoint Education, the San Diego-based operator of two small colleges in Colorado and Iowa that focus on their internet-based offerings, has announced that it is the recipient of a 2011 Quality Matters Making a Difference for Students Award. The award was bestowed upon Bridgepoint’s Clinton, Iowa-based Ashford University, which the for-profit educator purchased in 2005."