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Blackboard backs ed-tech standards

Common standards for online learning became more likely this week after Blackboard, Inc. announced that it would support an open database initiative that could make educational content usable on any…

How to find a quality online degree

While online degrees were once largely seen as being second-rate, recent studies have reported that employers are not only more open to, but are even showing a favorable sentiment toward…

The top 10 ed-tech stories of 2010: No. 3

More students should have access to online learning, and the federal e-Rate program should be more widely deployed and should embrace and encourage innovation, according to the National Broadband Plan,…

Enhancing classroom instruction with collaborative technologies

Today’s students are raised in a completely different technology-rich world than previous generations. Typewriters are non-existent and cursive writing is becoming an art of the past. For our…

How online classrooms are helping Haiti rebuild its education system

While reconstructing the destroyed universities is a long-term task, University of the People is hoping to give Haitian students a way to continue their educations before it's completed, reports Mashable.…

Growth of online instruction continues, though unevenly

Online instruction continues to grow quickly overall, according to the latest snapshot of online education programs in grades K-12. But the shape and pace of this growth remains uneven throughout…

Online college classes: An answer to budget shortfalls?

California’s use of online distance education is “limited,” and campuses across the state should partner with a leading online university to expand students’ access to a college degree through online…

New report highlights barriers to online learning

Students must have reliable broadband access if they are to take advantage of 21st-century online education programs that can increase their access to educational opportunities, according to a new report…

Live vs. distance learning: Measuring the differences

An analysis of 99 studies by the federal Department of Education concluded last year that online instruction, on average, was more effective than face-to-face learning by a modest amount. But…

For exposure, universities put courses on the web

Lecture notes and course assignments are available free through M.I.T. OpenCourseWare, reports the New York Times. …