Is Online Education the Future or the Last Resort?

In a recent episode of All Things Considered, NPR highlighted the University of the People, an online institution that claims to be “the world’s first, tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution.”  It helps individuals like Naylea Omayra Villanueva Sanchez who, due to a motorcycle accident, can neither physically attend nor financially afford a university education. Sounds dreamy, … Continue reading Is Online Education the Future or the Last Resort?

Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms'

A growing number of educators are working to turn learning on its head by replacing traditional classroom lectures with video tutorials, an approach popularly called the “flipped classroom.” Interest in that teaching method was in full view this summer at the International Society for Technology in Education annual conference in San Diego, where almost every … Continue reading Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms'

Education like the London Olympics Must Embrace Online Media

The major media outlets are writing a great deal of misleading articles about online learning.   The foolhardy would be unwise to follow the advice of NY Times writer Mark Edmunson.   His article, “The Trouble With Online Education”is flawed on so many levels I can’t even compel myself to rebut it.  I’ll let my friend and … Continue reading Education like the London Olympics Must Embrace Online Media

Online Learning is where Online Music was Five Years Ago

YouTube is gearing up to transform the way we learn…We are at the beginning of an exciting revolution in online educational content. That’s the message that came across loud and clear at this morning’s VidCon breakout panel on education. In an overflowing room of well over two hundred conference goers, head of YouTube Education Angela … Continue reading Online Learning is where Online Music was Five Years Ago

Live or taped lectures? Which is best?

Some intended learning sticks with us, some slips away into oblivion and most hovers somewhere in between. The determinants are nuanced and complex. In all of the current enthusiasm for so-called flipped classrooms and the wonders of the Khan Academy’s online lectures these distinction are often overlooked. Part of the flipped idea is appealing and … Continue reading Live or taped lectures? Which is best?

Can anything to be done about the rising price of higher education? (Video)

Is there anything to be done about the rising price of higher education? That was the question posed to John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, and Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit online-learning organization. They sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg to discuss how technology might be part of the … Continue reading Can anything to be done about the rising price of higher education? (Video)

How to Really Make Six Figures Teaching on the Web

Miguel Hernandez, the founder of a company specializing in explanatory videos for startups, said he spent about three hours a day for three weeks making an online video course explaining his craft. But, last year, that one video series earned him nearly six figures on the online course platform Udemy. This year, now that he’s … Continue reading How to Really Make Six Figures Teaching on the Web

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

In 2004, a former hedge fund analyst began recording and posting videos of himself explaining some math techniques. He created the material to help tutor his young cousin. Rather than keeping it private, however, the analyst posted the videos to YouTube. By 2012, Salman Khan had more than 3,000 lessons online, 140 million views, and … Continue reading Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video