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Microsoft expands tech training program for active duty service members

Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt) Sarmiento-Louttit’s United States Marine Corps missions have taken her all over the world: from Okinawa, Japan, to the Red Sea to off the coast of Africa, where she was part of a crew involved in a high-profile operation: rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. But her latest mission brought […]


Distance learning needs re-tooling, captains tell chief

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, July 18, 2014) — It was to be a panacea. It could save money and reduce the carbon footprint by eliminating travel costs, decrease the need for infrastructure and perhaps even instructors, while allowing students to learn on their own time, in their own spaces, on their own devices. […]


FCC takes key step toward modernizing eRate

Voting along party lines, the FCC approves more funding for Wi-Fi connectivity—but doesn’t raise the funding cap eSchool News Full Article


One Professor Schemes to Keep Colleges in the Web’s Fast Lane

William F. Baker has no quarrel with net neutrality, the principle that says all Internet traffic should be treated equally regardless of substance or source. He’s all for it—in the abstract. Chronicle of Higher Education Full Article


11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles

The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality. Echoing almost a decade of pro-neutrality sentiment in academe, 11 higher-education and library groups released a set of 11 principles on Thursday that promote the notion that all Internet content, regardless of origin, should be treated equally. […]


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS): Emerging Trends in Assessment and Accreditation

In 2014, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are expected towitness a phenomenal growth in student registration compared to the previous years. As MOOCs continue to grow in number, therehas been an increasing focus on assessment and evaluation. Because of the huge enrollments in a MOOC, it is impossible for the instructor to grade homework and evaluate each student. […]


Editorial: The Weakest Link -­‐-­‐Assessment and Accreditation in MOOCs

In his blog, the renowned distance educator Tony Bates makes known his utter disappointment with developments in relation to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) suggesting that its proponents, “mostly Ivy League institutions in North America have simply ignored the research and evidence we already have on what works in online distance education to create MOOCs […]


Harvesting Alternative Credit Transfer Students: Redefining Selectivity in Your Online Learning Program Enrollment Leads

Several recent issues and trends in online education have resulted in consolidation of efforts for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), increased Open Educational Resources (OER) in the form of asynchronous course repositories, with noticeable increases in governance and policy amplification. These emerging enrollment trends in alternative online education are highlighted as a means of tackling […]

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

State Authorization Negotiated Rulemaking Concludes Without Reaching Consensus

State authorization of distance education programs has been under the focus of Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) , as well as colleges and universities and the United States Department of Education (USDE) in the recent past. This month CHEA reported the results of the USDE negotiated rule making regarding authorization of distance education programs. The report stated […]


Ed-Tech Companies Oppose U.S. Agency’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

Four educational-technology businesses have filed objections to a Federal Communications Commission plan under which companies could pay extra to have their content delivered more quickly over the Internet. Wired Campus Full Article