Friday, May 23, 2014

Innovations in Online Education – Part 2 edX

The second innovation that came to mind was the edX,, site that hosts online courses and classes from partner institutions. A complete list of schools and partners can be found at The site was founded by Harvard and MIT. It is a great resource for those wanting to experience an online class or add credentials to a resume. The site also has verified certificates and course series. I plan on trying out one of the introductory computer science class to get a feel of how it works.

Innovations in Online Education – Part 1 Mobile Education

In a course I’m taking from University of West Georgia we were asked to write a couple of posts on our blog about innovative approaches to distance education/online learning. The first innovation that came to mind was mobile education. I first started experimenting back in 2009 when I got an iPhone 4 and the first gen iPad. Content creation and the ability to share and consume on mobile devices have come a long way since then. For example, the iOgrapher,, is a case for iPads that turns your iPad into a device for creating movies. There are lens, lighting and other accessories available to turn your iPad into a complete video solution. Being able to create content and share it on the go is pretty amazing to me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A quick glance at distance education in higher ed

Looking at the “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States” report I gathered a few facts and highlights of distance learning in higher education. It is based of responses from more than 2800 colleges and universities.

“Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States is the tenth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. The survey is designed, administered and analyzed by the Babson Survey Research Group. Data collection is conducted in partnership with the College Board.