Distance education

Stanford professors spin off company to support free online courses

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Two Stanford professors spin off their experiments with massively open online courses (MOOCs) into a company that could serve as a platform for similar projects.

California State rolls out plan for centralized online learning portal

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The nation's largest university moves to embrace distance ed, hoping to solve growing capacity issues. Some faculty are dubious.

Stanford open course instructors spin off for-profit company

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Open Education
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The instructors of Stanford's massively open online artificial intelligence course spin their idea into a for-profit venture.

Colleges excited as their iTunes classes go live

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Academics at a research university and a community college talk about why they jumped at chance to be part of new iTunes courses.

U.S. News & World Report releases first ever online college program rankings

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Online Education
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Despite data collection bugs, U.S. News & World Report publishes the first online iteration of its controversial college rankings.

Stanford's open courses raise questions about true value of elite education

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How close can Stanford's computer science department get to offering world-class courses for free?

Florida International U. explores the impact of course redesign on students and faculty members

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Florida International U explores whether redesigning courses according to best practices actually leads to improvements for faculty members and students.

New York U at Shanghai experiments with educational videos to study how it can reach Chinese students online

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New York University at Shanghai experiments with educational videos to study how it can reach Chinese students online.

Education Department to make final push for state authorization rule

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Education Department will push to finalize rule on state approval of online programs before the end of the year.

2U hopes to lower risk with program selection algorithm

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Companies spend millions of dollars so colleges can offer their programs online. 2U says data can tell the company if the investment will be worth it.

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