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August 25, 2012 | By Meeri Kim, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two months ago, to take a course from the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, you needed to excel at a grueling admissions test and pray you were one of the few who got accepted - not to mention pay tuition once you got there. Now you can stumble out of bed halfway around the world and still catch courses taught by Penn medical professors. All for free, at the moment. Both the medical school and the university are amping up their participation in the online education game.
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September 14, 2012 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey legislators got a crash course in online education this week, from virtual schools to "blended" ones, and how far other states and countries have gone with the technology. The committee held the special session Wednesday to discuss the various models, as the Christie administration has moved ahead in approving charter schools employing the technology in levels not seen before in the state. Two charter schools have been approved that would be entirely online, with students taking class from home or other remote locations.
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May 9, 2009 | By Zoe Tillman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At a trade conference for educators several years ago in Boston, Peirce College president Arthur Lendo was shocked to hear his school held up as a model of online education. The speaker didn't know that the president of the small, Philadelphia-based college was in the audience, and Lendo said he "had a hard time keeping a straight face. " Lendo, 63, will retire from Peirce next month after 18 years as president. His greatest legacy, he said, is the school's transformation into a regional hub for online education.
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June 7, 2001 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ten students who have completed their senior year of high school by taking Internet courses at home will don blue caps and gowns tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. The seniors will watch a videotaped address by Gov. Ridge, and they will receive commemorative CDs containing the governor's remarks and video clips of every member of the class. Finally, they will be handed the very first diplomas conferred by the Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. "It is going to be a salute to these pioneers," said Nick Trombetta, chief administrator of the cyber school and superintendent of Midland Borough School District in Beaver County.
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December 27, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 11, 2012
Pennsylvania higher education officials took a contentious pay cut off the table in contract talks with state university faculty Friday, but the union said it intended to press ahead with strike-authorization votes next week. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties said the sides remain at odds on issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health-care benefits, and online education. During talks Friday in Harrisburg, negotiators for the State System of Higher Education withdrew a proposal for a 35 percent salary cut for temporary, or adjunct, faculty.
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January 5, 2013
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania higher education officials are heading back to the negotiating table with the union representing state university faculty. The sides are to meet Friday for the first discussions since Dec. 11. Members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties have been working without a contract for about 18 months. Bargaining has stalled over issues including pay for part-time instructors, health-care benefits, and compensation for online education.
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April 18, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
It costs well over $50,000 a year to attend the University of Pennsylvania, but beginning in June, anyone anywhere will be able to get a sliver of that Ivy League education for free. Penn has joined a group of top universities, including Princeton, that will begin offering select courses online for free through Coursera, a California-based online education company founded this year by two Stanford University computer-science professors. The goal is to make top-notch education available worldwide, including in developing countries, and to a much larger group of people.
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December 25, 2013 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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April 23, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 19, 2014 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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December 27, 2013 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 25, 2013 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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September 17, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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May 14, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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April 23, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 23, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 12, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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February 8, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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