Online Learning

One Perspective on 2013 Career Trends

Writing for VentureBeat, Gary Swart provides a guest blog post outlining his perspective on 2013 career trends. He, by the way, is the CEO of oDesk which is an organization that enables both buyers and providers of tech services to build business relationships around the world.

It is that time of year, of course. Predictions are everywhere. But some are important; many are valid. This one from Mr. Swart, for example, may influence what and how you study; how you prepare for that career ahead.

Happy New Year!

I was reviewing Wikipedia’s New Year’s resolution overview which includes the history of this tradition dating back to the ancient Babylonians. If you have time to scan it, you will learn that men and women tend to differ a bit in the way they make their New Year’s resolutions, and there are ways everyone can more successfully sustain their resolve. But you will also see that educational resolutions are 4th in a list of most popular resolutions at this time of year.

Do Men and Women Have Different Online Learning Experiences?

Recently, the flagship institution of the largest university in Malaysia conducted research to see if the online learning experience differed for males and females. More specifically, according to the news account, the researchers were focused on these factors: motivation, self monitoring, internet literacy, internet anxiety and concentration of students when engaging in online studying.

Distance Learning: 1892 through 2012

Think distance learning is a recent phenomenon? If so, you’ll want to examine a recent Forbes article that traces distance learning in America back to 1892. This is especially true if you have friends and family who say distance education is a fad, it’s too new, it’ll never last.  (In Europe, I seem to recall, it may have started even earlier with correspondence courses to learn shorthand…)

Dean of UMass Boston University College Featured in Boston Herald Article about Online Learning Growth

A recent Boston Herald article by Rochelle Stewart Rubino features one of our own at UMass in a piece that projects the growth and importance of online higher education options with specific reference to UMass Boston’s own expectations. Here are just a few excerpts from Ms. Rubino’s report:

Is Universal Adoption of Digital Textbooks a Near-Term Inevitability?

Writing for the Associated Press (AP), Josh Lederman reports on recent comments by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan who wants to see traditional textbooks rendered obsolete in a few short years. The article, which has a decidedly K-12 perspective (more on that below) notes the potential economic benefits of textbook digitization. It also notes the importance of digital textbooks when it comes to keeping up with educational systems in other countries where this trend is well underway.

Boston Globe Article on Online Learning Quotes UMass Student and UMass Senior Lecturer

D.C. Denison of The Boston Globe recently penned a terrific article detailing the rigors of online learning in higher education. It is an important piece for two reasons. One, it debunks much of the mythology among some that distance learning is easy. Two, he got his information from some of the most reliable and knowledgeable sources: online students and teachers.

A Global View of Education Trends

Inside Higher Ed has posted a summary of findings from the Education at a Glance report on global education trends as identified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  The formation of OECD dates back to 1960 and its principal objective is to …promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The List

We all have lists, but what is stopping us from checking off our to-do list?  Does this sound familiar?

“I just don’t have the time; there just isn’t room in my budget; I haven’t been to school in ages; work is too busy; I already have too many obligations with the kids…”

Unique, Nine-Week, Fully Online UMass Program Strengthens Organizational Leadership Skills

Leadership. What is it, really, and especially in the real world today? Why is it valuable? Does one have to be born with it, or can leadership skills be strengthened through learning?

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