May 19, 2014 |
You'd be hard-pressed to find a college not offering online courses. Some are cheap alternatives to traditional schooling. Here are some things to consider about inexpensive distance learning. Coursera offers free online access to hundreds of college courses from Yale, Peking University, Penn State and 106 other institutions of higher learning. That's impressive, but can you get real credit for taking a course on Coursera? Yes, in a way. Within a few weeks of starting a course, you can decide to opt for Signature Tracking.
December 27, 2013 |
For six years, Alessandra Mullin excelled at Masterman, one of the top schools in the state. But when she heard about a new cyber venture of the Philadelphia School District, she was intrigued. Mullin dances with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and switching to online education would allow her to pursue her dream of dancing full time, she reasoned. The Philadelphia Virtual Academy wasn't an easy sell, though - her parents were loath to allow Mullin to surrender her seat in such a good school, especially in her last year of high school.
December 25, 2013 |
Have you ever wanted to invest in a young person - invest in him or her as you would a stock or a bond? Basically, investing in the person's future value? Now you can, via a website called Upstart. Dave Girouard, Upstart's cofounder and CEO, was formerly president of Google Enterprise, and dreamed up the idea of backing young people financially. Rather than invest in a company, Upstart backers invest in young people, like University of Pennsylvania 2012 graduate Michael Olorunnisola.
September 17, 2013 |
Sex sells in the video industry. So do horror and romance. But power tools, blowtorches, and drafting software? They've indeed been the props in instructional productions that have sustained a family-run video business in Chadds Ford for 43 years. Bergwall Productions Inc.'s work - dating from the era of filmstrips (remember those?) - is classroom fare, intended mostly for viewing at community colleges and technical high schools. Through three generations of Bergwalls, the company has been creating how-to guides for industrial-arts students.
May 14, 2013 |
Raise Labs Inc. , of San Francisco, last week climbed to the top of the 2013 Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition - one of several recent competitive business events. Raise, which wants to change how college scholarships are distributed, won three $25,000 prizes: the Milken Family Foundation First Prize, the Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources, and the K12 Prize for Online Learning in Grades K-12. It's the latest win for Raise, which landed $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-based College Knowledge Challenge in January.
April 23, 2013 |
After a six-month global search for the next president of Princeton University, the board of trustees ended up choosing the school's second-in-command. Princeton provost Christopher L. Eisgruber will succeed Shirley M. Tilghman as the university's 20th president effective July 1, the board announced Sunday. Eisgruber's deep ties to the university, his leadership as provost during the recession, and his "instinct for transparency" made him a standout candidate from the start, university board of trustees chairwoman Kathryn Hall said.
February 23, 2013 |
The flagship state colleges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey announced steps Thursday to begin offering open online courses to the masses free. Both Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University said they were partnering with Coursera - a California-based online education company that has been a pioneer in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). They join a growing number of universities around the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, that have begun to experiment with the movement to provide courses free to hundreds of thousands around the globe.
February 12, 2013 |
Do you remember that the secant function has vertical asymptotes? Neither did I, but it came right back to me when I listened to the soothing tones of Robert Ghrist. He is a mathematics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, but since January, his audience has grown exponentially: 48,000 people in more than 62 countries. Ghrist is spreading the gospel of calculus through an online education service called Coursera, and he scored a big vote of confidence last week when a higher-education umbrella group said the course deserved official college credit.
February 11, 2013
The Anti-Education Era Creating Smarter Students Through Digital Learning By James Paul Gee Palgrave Macmillan. 256 pp. $17. Reviewed by Paul Jablow When Philadelphia's new school superintendent, William Hite Jr., started looking for ways to entice students back who had left the School District, one of his first stated goals was to start a new cyber school. Hite was hardly claiming to be a pioneer in the area of fully online curricula.
February 8, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania is at the forefront of what may be the first significant move to make Massive Open Online Courses count for credit, officials announced Wednesday. The American Council on Education - a national higher education umbrella group - has given its credit endorsement to five open online courses taught by professors at Penn, Duke University, and the University of California, Irvine, and offered by Coursera, a California-based online education company that has been a pioneer in the courses, or MOOCs.