Educational Technology

St. Mary’s Student Overcomes Life-Threatening Disorder to Graduate

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 00:40

by Ken Rodriguez, Rivard Report

Mikayla Bass used to wonder if this day would ever come. It’s hard to imagine finishing college when you can’t type a paper because your fingers won’t move. Or can’t read a book because your eyes see double. Or can’t put on your clothes and brush your teeth because you can’t lift a hand. MG is rare – roughly 20 out of 100,000 people are afflicted – but debilitating, causing Bass to leave volleyball and drop out of school. Over the past two years, she has fainted, lapsed into unconsciousness and been rushed to the hospital. She’s battled severe headaches and wrestled with viral meningitis. Unable to perform basic human functions, it appeared Mikayla would not finish college. But then the university called with an extraordinary gift: A team of professors had designed a set of online courses for Mikayla so she could complete degree requirements without leaving home.

https://therivardreport.com/st-marys-student-overcomes-life-threatening-disorder-to-graduate/

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Dual enrollment grows in Montana, but reduced cost still insurmountable for some

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 00:35

by CHELSEA DAVIS, Missoulian

The state’s Dual Credit Incentive Program gives dual enrollment teachers a “coupon.” For every credit hour taught, the MUS covers the tuition for that same number of credits for the teacher to further his or her education. The state wants to expand online course availability. Cech said the state is a finalist for a J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation grant that if funded would provide $2 million to help Montana grow Big Sky Pathways and dual credit opportunities, particularly in Career and Technical Education. “Specifically regarding tuition, we’re always looking for opportunities,” Williams said. “We’re always looking at other states. Education budgets are always lean; we’re all basically in the same boat. It’s who is innovating best and fastest, and what’s working.”

http://helenair.com/news/state-and-regional/dual-enrollment-grows-in-montana-but-reduced-cost-still-insurmountable/article_c3e7e8f9-7b3a-5d7d-883a-d13c57e514da.html

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Deakin University leads the world in disrupting traditional education

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 00:31

by Tim Dodd, Australian Financial Review

In a world first Deakin University has decided to offer a suite of its degrees through a global massive open online course (or MOOC) provider, bypassing its own sophisticated learning management platform in search of a larger market. From early next year six Deakin post-graduate masters degrees will be available through the rapidly growing UK-based MOOC provider FutureLearn. ​The degrees will be in cyber security, information technology, financial planning, property, diabetes education, and humanitarian and development action. ​The move is a significant step towards a possible future for higher education in which universities are no longer be the main channels through which students study for degrees. Companies such as FutureLearn, which was founded by The Open University in Britain, could become large-scale aggregators of university courses.

http://www.afr.com/news/policy/education/deakin-university-leads-the-world-in-disrupting-traditional-education-20161209-gt86yy

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