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77-Year Old, Setting Example for Society Aims to Earn PhD Online

This story comes to us from The Times of India. It is an inspiration to any learner of any age, but particularly for elder adults who may think it is too late to continue their education.
It is about 77-year-old Binay Kumar of Patna, India, who, through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system there, has ...

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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?

New Research: Continuing Education Increases Employee Income and Corporate Productivity

Recently, an online site called onrec, which positions itself a global recruitment resource, posted a news story focused on a study of corporate attitudes toward the value and benefits of continuing education.

Just to be clear, according to the onrec report, the survey results were originally announced by The EvoLLLution, which is an online newspaper for people in higher education. The study itself was conducted, according to the onrec news story, by an independent firm.

Tips Online MBA Students Can Use to Find Mentors in the Digital World

At the “ONLINE EDU” page from U.S. News & World Report, writer Menachem Wecker, through various sources, discusses the challenges facing online MBA students seeking mentors they may never meet face-to-face.

Georgetown Study: Far Fewer College Educated People Faced Job Losses in Recession

Thanks to a recent article in The Daily Caller, attention is being given to a study and report from Georgetown University showing the link between recessionary job losses and the level of education attained by employees. While most people have long understood, even if only intuitively, that higher education is a pathway to better jobs and higher wages, the Georgetown study, as reported by The Daily Caller, makes a rather shocking additional finding: almost four out of every five jobs eliminated by the recession were held by people with a high school diploma or less!

New Survey: Business Studies Most Popular Among Online Learners

U.S. News & World Report recently featured the results of a survey by The Learning House, Inc., and Aslanian Market Research. Conducted to determine the most popular online programs, the survey and analysis involved responses from 1,500 current and prospective online students nationwide. It found that business studies holds the lead among online learners. But don’t let this finding sway you if, in particular, your interest is in healthcare or social sciences or other areas. As reported by U.S. News:

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