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July 11, 2013

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Digital Learning Now! Releases Report on Online Learning Myths & Realities
Press Release
Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national campaign under the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), today released the eighth white paper in the DLN Smart Series — “Online Learning: Myths, Reality & Promise.” The paper addresses misconceptions about what online learning means for (read)
SC law expanding students’ online course offerings
Associated Press
A new law allows South Carolina’s virtual education program to expand opportunities for middle- and high-school students statewide while saving districts money, its director said Wednesday. The law signed by Gov. Nikki Haley last month, following unanimous votes in the House and Senate, removed the (read)
EDITORIAL: Technology only a tool, not the final solution
Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL
In a sense, the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education’s response to Davis-Emerson Middle School’s failing grade was predictable. Education professionals usually view student transfers out of district for any reason as a nuisance. But it would follow logically that they’d be particularly resistant when they feel that (read)
Flipping the Classroom
Martlet | British Columbia, Canada
For generations, students have spent their days furiously copying lecture notes from a chalkboard and their nights churning out assignments based on those notes. This familiar model is the dominant one for most university classes, but a few UVic instructors are turning this model on its head. Instead of letting (read)
Selling the NCLB Act Rewrite to Conservatives
Politics K-12
Now that a new version of the No Child Left Behind Act looks headed to the House floor next week, the bill’s sponsors, U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., are in full-on member-education mode, meeting with rank-and-file Republicans who may not be familiar with the key pieces of the bill (read)
Broward College’s newest campus is all online
Sun Sentinel | Palm Beach, FL
Broward College is opening a new campus, and you don’t have to leave your living room to visit it. The state college, which focuses mostly on two-year associate’s degrees, has created Broward College Online. It will be considered the college’s fourth major campus, akin to the campuses in Davie, Hollywood and (read)
The liberal arts: dead or alive?
Christensen Institute
Full disclosure: I majored in comparative literature in college and then went on to do a master’s and a Ph.D. in English literature. Having also served as a professor for several years at a small private liberal arts college, I clearly have a particular leaning toward the liberal arts. This doesn’t mean, however, that (read)
A Plea for ‘Close Learning’
Inside Higher Ed
What an exciting year for distance learning! Cutting-edge communication systems allowed colleges to escape the tired confines of face-to-face education. Bold new technologies made it possible for thousands of geographically dispersed students to enroll in world-class courses. Innovative assessment (read)
Program Invites Test-Takers to ‘Study Smarter,’ Not Longer
Marketplace K-12
Schools have been experimenting for years with “personalized learning” tools and environments, meant to tailor instruction to individual students’ needs. And commercial providers, not surprisingly, have become increasingly boastful about their ability to deliver that content. But can this personalization be applied (read)

What the National Digital Strategy means for education and elearning
Irish Times
To utilise ICT to its full potential across the education system, including the use of the internet in learning, the National Digital Strategy will see the completion of the rollout of 100mb to all post-primary schools by summer 2014. It is hoped access to online educational media will allow schools to share resources (read)
New Fresno venture offers digital reading curriculum
The Business Journal
New Fresno company SNAP Learning LLC aims to offer an easier learning digital reading curriculum that will be available on computers, smartboards and mobile devices. The company is the result of a venture between local curriculum publisher SNAP! Learning and Fremont-based technology provider (read)
Blackboard Harnesses Student Data to Flag At-Risk Learners
Press Release
Blackboard Inc. today announced a new analytics feature that harnesses a range of student information to identify learners in danger of falling behind or dropping out. The new capability of the Blackboard Analytics™ platform leverages more than 25 different factors to build a risk profile based on a (read)

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