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Online School Helps Grown-Ups Finish College

There are an estimated 37 million Americans who have some college credit but no degree — and Western Governors University is trying to change that. The nonprofit online school is challenging many traditional concepts about higher education with a new approach aimed to help adult students finish college.

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Choosing Telepresence

When and how to take the plunge

Imagine being a student in a class listening to your professor as she writes on a whiteboard at the front of the room. She asks a question and you faintly hear a voice, but you can’t see who it came from or understand what was said—because you’re sitting at your desk participating in class through your webcam.

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M.I.T. Expands Its Free Online Courses

While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught.

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Rethink Higher Education (Opinion)

The new University of Arkansas System president's vision for online education.

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Study Finds More Cheating In Online Education

College students taking online courses are more tempted to cheat, according to a new study that found honor codes are less binding in the rapidly growing online learning sector.

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Weld North to Acquire Learning House, a Leading Online Education Services Company

Weld North Holdings LLC (Weld North), a firm investing in and operating companies in education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Learning House, Inc. (“Learning House”). Founded in 2001, Learning House is a leader in enabling not-for-profit colleges and universities to develop effective ways to deliver online degree programs.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Why You Should Root for College to Go Online (Opinion)

In early August, Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, made an acquisition that is small compared to the billion-dollar deals common to high-tech industries. Apollo paid less than $100 million to acquire Carnegie Learning, a provider of computer-based math tutorials. Such technology acquisitions are rare in higher education, to say the least. Yet this seemingly small deal is a signal of disruptive revolution in higher education.

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Educating Online Universities on Driving Down Enrollment Costs

The success of online education giant University of Phoenix has inspired a host of web-based higher learning and career training institutions. And while this increase is indicative of a growing demand for remote learning options, it also makes delivering the right student to the right school more challenging. Generating leads for the sake of generating leads is an inefficient customer acquisition strategy.

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University of California Investing Millions In New Cyber Studies Program

The University of California will unveil its first top-tier cyber courses in January - 26 online offerings, from global climate change to game theory. At the same time, it's eyeing China and even American soldiers as potential sources of cash to pay for them.

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Lights, Camera, Medical School?

AMX technology turns typical lectures into slick productions that engage students, instructors

The word “class” really doesn’t do justice to what medical students attend in the newly renovated lecture theatre at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

“It’s a production, which is so much better,” said Ed Hipditch, manager of classroom technologies with Memorial University’s Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) department. “Students walk in and say ‘Wow!’ ­The wow factor is important when educating someone. It’s not just someone scribbling on a chalkboard.” ­

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