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This Is How Institutions Can Improve Their Online Education

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The Online Learning Consortium releases a list of best practices for digital classes to improve institutions programs.

Higher Education these days is no more limited to empty and dusty classrooms. It is no more about teachers giving long lectures to the students. Online learning in higher education is proving itself much advantageous for both the students and for the teachers. It is not only enhancing the flexibility of the universities but is also proving itself to be convenient for many students especially for those who are unable to attend the classes on a regular basis on a campus.

FACTS AND STATS

With over 400 million internet users online education has reached up to a whole new level. If we have a glance at the global stats, according to a recent survey, enrollment in online programs has tremendously increased from 2015-16. Around 6.5 million students from nearly 5000 universities and colleges in the U.S. have taken up to at least one online program (course) each by the end of 2016; which was certainly a massive rise as compared to the previous years.

In fact, India is no less as it is now the third largest online market for education in the world, which has the worth of nearly $3 billion. With such great stats and performance, it is likely to state that India has picked up great pace in the field of online education.

ONLINE v/s OFFLINE LEARNING

Despite such great statistics and advantages; in some aspects, online learning is probably still not able to keep up with the traditional age-old higher education patterns. Few of the online programs are still lacking behind.

  • According to one of the surveys of some students, it was stated that nearly 60% of the students have opted for online classes.
  • However, another survey says that seven in ten students believe that it is not possible to get the true college experience through online education.
  • Also, around 80% have their perception of online education being better than offline.

With such a controversial battle between online and offline learning there comes great pressure on the university’s shoulders to improve their quality of education not only in the aspect of online learning but in for offline learning as well.

HOW CAN UNIVERSITIES IMPROVE THEIR ONLINE OFFERINGS

There arises a great need for the universities to buck up to improve the quality and availability of online education and learning to the students. The entire timeline of a student’s higher education experience should be covered by the digital offerings of the universities. Certainly, Improvements to support for online students are a win-win situation for all the students. The learning experience of every student can be improved with the help of appropriate tools and aspects especially the ones necessary for student’s success.

A. For the assistance of the universities to build a strong and reliable online learning curriculum, universities should  adopt the points necessary for the growth of any successful online higher education program. For example, A Student Support Checklist has been created by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the State University      System of Florida, which has given few necessary steps/points for how they can assist the students in their career success. With those points, it is assured that if the cooperation from the diverse service areas across all the institutions in achieving the new checklist will overcome the major issues being faced by the students and will help the universities to unite with the online-learner community, promising them to provide the same quality education, support, and opportunities as for the campus students. Some of the pivotal points mentioned in the checklist are given below:

  • Admissions: The appropriate campus and class information should be provided to the students via online portals comprising a virtual campus tour and an online platform for the complete interaction amongst the learner-community and the assigned faculties; making it convenient and accessible for everyone.
  • Financial Aid: The online students can be provided the opportunity to not only contact with financial aid advisers but also will be provided online tools ( like mobile services) to notify students of their options, piece of training and other useful stuff.
  • Advising: The online architecture should be in place in order to support video chat between advisers and students.
  • Library: One of the major point important for both on-campus and online students are the library resources. The universities, students should be given complete access to personnel, tutorial skills, and databases through online portals, and mobile applications.
  • Technology Support: The very necessary aspect for online learner-community is smooth technical support, especially for the students who have heavy confidence on their devices. Therefore, it is obligatory for the universities to have the help desk support and access to information on programs which the courses generally require for the successful operations and running of the online program.

B. Universities need to fulfill the demands of the students by supplying them with as many resources and opportunities available as are provided to the campus students. For example, students find the university apps and websites helpful, but they want more personalization… such aspects should be considered by the universities for the improvement of the accessibility of their online programs.

Universities should also keep in mind about assisting the students in enrolling for their first courses. For example, Institutions should make sure that the students have easy access to online enrollment tools, placement testing, degree auditing and ways to contact service centers for learning disabilities. However, these services should be available 24×7, as it will encourage the students to have thorough interaction about their academic and post-graduation goals. AI chat bots may also be used by the smaller institutions that are not able to appoint staff for the possible interactive sessions.

C. The seven key findings can also be adopted by the universities for having a positive impact on access, retention and/or academic success. In an interview with 151 participants involved in online learning at the Open University,UK; the seven key findings emerged along with major assistance from the academic, professional and management staff at 15 Australian universities. These 7 key findings came out by interviewing 151 participants and by asking them about the interventions/strategies for online students that they were using, which they thought might help their online students stay and succeed. These 7 key findings included.

  • A strategic whole-of-institution approach is needed.
  • Early intervention with students to connect, prepare and engage is crucial.
  • Teacher-presence portrays a vital role in building a sense of belonging to the learning community and in improving student retention.
  • Content, curriculum, and delivery need to be designed particularly for online learning.
  • Regular and structured contact between the institution and the student is important in administering connection and direction along the student journey.
  • Learning analytics play an important role in informing pertinent and effective student interventions.
  • Collaboration across the institution is required to integrate and embed support and assistance; delivering it to students at the point of need.

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Top 5 Educational Websites for Academicians

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If you wish to be the best in the game, then you need to keep technology close to you, in fact, one should make it your best friend. In the 21st century, a wise teacher is one who is capable enough to use technology in his/her classroom. Why do this? The integration of technology into the classrooms makes the classroom more engaging and is an effective way to connect with students and help them with learning new things. Not only this, it will help the teacher to be updated with tech-savvy students and ensure that the students don’t make a fool out of them. And to keep your chase short. Here are Top 5 Educational websites that will keep you updated:

Top 5 Educational Websites

EdTech:

The best about this site is the easy navigation. You can easily get access to articles related to higher education. The main focus of EdTech is to explore technology and educational issues related to  Higher education.

Websitehttps://edtechmagazine.com/higher/

Top 5 Educational Websites

Bw Education:

This website is the sister page of the website called “Business World”. It is a community for every stakeholder in the education sector. It aims to break the invisible walls between the K-12 and Higher Education and the responsibility of the society. The website provides rich insights and articles about the Higher education sector. It will help you to question things and have a new perspective.

Websitehttp://bweducation.businessworld.in/

Top 5 Educational Websites

EdSurge:

The website started in 2011 by Betsy Corcoran, Matt Bowman, Nick Punt and Agustin Vilaseca to connect the emerging community of Higher Education. They share information on various technologies, news and trends in the Edtech industry. They support teaching and learning through the use of emerging technology. Not only that, they also connect people with new job opportunities through there job boards and networks.

The website also has various investors called “Angel Investors” :

Nancy Peretsman, Judy Estrin, Dale Dougherty, Steve Blank, Gillian Munson, Kelly Pope and David Bulfer, Joe Gleberman, George Anders, Bud Colligan, Jennifer Fonstad and Martha Ehmann Conte, John Katzman, Alan Louie, Tim Ranzetta, and Lynda Weinman

Websitehttps://www.edsurge.com/

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Hechinger report:

The website is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University. To carry out there work they take support from donations from various foundations or donors. Their goal is to push the levels of the education sector, bring clarity, depth and explain the new policies and what effects they have on people.

They cover rising topics and stories of people from the education sector. The website has insights on the higher education as well.

Website:https://hechingerreport.org/specialreports/higher-education/

Top 5 Educational Websites

Education Dive:

The website has many tabs to access and Higher Education is one of them. They cover news about the education industry and provide an original analysis of the situation. They also have another separate tab for technologies to assist you with. The website is self-explanatory and easy to use. They also publish feature articles, events and job options, etc.

Website:https://www.educationdive.com

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Top 7 Websites for Online Courses

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Top 7 Online Courses Websites

Teachers have a huge responsibility on their shoulder, they have to not only teach the students but also ensure that with the changing times they are maintaining the level of education. To make the Higher education in India better and maintain its mark globally, teachers need to advance the level of learning and they can only do this if they are updated with the new methods of teaching available across the globe.So read on our article for our list of Top 7 online courses websites.

Online Courses

Udemy

One of the best websites in the world for online courses, Udemy offers over 80,000 courses which are taught by the expert instructors. It is a global marketplace which helps people to master new skills and achieve success in their respective fields. As it is providing best service out their, the courses a little more expensive than the others. Despite this, Udemy offers schemes which you could watch for in which it gives a huge discount for joining those courses. It is best known for its varied Business and Technology courses.

Online Courses

Coursera

Coursera dates back to 2012 and was founded by two Stanford Computer Science teacher who had the visions to share knowledge with everyone across the globe. This idea breaks all the barriers of distance and gives everyone the opportunity to be the better version of themselves, improve skills, have degrees from esteemed colleges in the world and learn new exciting courses according to your likings. The best part about this website is the huge diversity of subjects that it offers courses on. Some courses are also available for free, while others have cheap fees. Only degree courses with official certifications from the colleges are expensive.

Online Courses

edX

With more than 130 global partners, edX is one of the largest online learning platforms which provides courses from the world’s best universities. It was founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012 and aims to enhance the level of learning by providing high-quality education for everyone from anywhere. It also provides advance learning through leaning. Not only that it also offers free courses with open edX feature.

Online Courses

Udacity

Udacity, a well known online platform for learning, initially started as an experiment by two Stanford Instructors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. It is platform well known for its technological courses, therefore, a lot of companies has collaborated with it. Although the number of courses is limited they are well crafted. Data science is the most famous course of the website which has instructors from Salesforce and Facebook etc. Recently, it also partnered with Google to give free Scholarships for courses on the growing technology and skills.it has also launched certain new courses for this project. A good factor is that the payment structure is convenient and pocket saving, as it is monthly based hence if a person wants to leave a course mid-way they can stop paying for it from next month. Udacity’s mission to teach and democratize education by providing the high level of learning is growing day by day.

Online Courses

Lynda

The veteran in the online teaching, Lynda has been working from past 20 years to help students, leaders, teachers, IT, designers etc. in developing new skills according to the need of the modern generation. It offers a subscription at a reasonable cost of $25 per month and more than 80,000 videos to learn from on a broad range of different subjects. Not only that it serves more than 10,000 organizations. Furthermore, now its part of Linkedin and all the courses are now available on Linkedin too.

Online Courses

Skillshare

Skillshare is the growing community that provides online education on more than a thousand courses. The membership costs $9.95 per month and the advantage of getting this membership is that without availing for any course particularly, 20% of the videos are available for all classes. Despite that, you can learn some courses without membership at $20-$ 30.It offers a wide range of subjects with video catalogue format for leaning, in addition, it also gives a workshop in some cities.

Online Courses

Simplilearn

With topping the charts in one of the leading websites globally with 8th rank in 2016, it has helped more than 150 countries to get trained, acquire certifications, and upskill their employees. It is based in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India and has more than 20,000 connections with companies across the globe. It follows a blended learning approach to provide a high level of education for the learner and improve their skills. It has also been named the 8th most influential group globally on LinkedIn.

So what are you waiting for ? Go look for your preference and learn new skills to re-polish your knowledge with the changing technology!

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Top 5 Online Attendance Softwares

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As a person in the teaching profession, a teacher has to not only prepare lessons for the classroom but also have to maintain an administrative record of the students. Often this work keeps on piling due to the shortage of time on one’s hands.

So to ease your work, we have brought Top 5 Online Attendance Software which will be your next buddy to go to for your attendance management requirements.

 Fedena

Fedena is a software that a large number of people use to administrate multiple tasks. The good fact about this site is that you can get a free version of this. Also, if you want to do other things apart from managing an attendance sheet then you can switch to the paid version which will help you maintain course management, saving student information or examination dates, offering better services and management of your data. It is user-friendly and helps in handling records.

Website: https://fedena.com/

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Fekara

Fekara is another all-rounder software that is used worldwide for many administrative purposes. The only drawback of this software is that it is free only up to fifty students or less. After that, it won’t save your data in the free version of the software. But to add the data of more students the cost is pretty cheap, $0.20 per student for unlimited student or you could pay a charge of $350 for unlimited teachers and students. In addition to that, the software is also available for phones so you can use it as per your convenience.

Website: https://fekara.com/

 Gibbon

It is an all in one software that provides many features and services for teachers. The clean user interface helps in adopting a new software system. The software is also quite technical which can get a little difficult to manage but it offers many exciting features.

Website: https://gibbonedu.org/

Top 5 Online Attendance Software

OpenSIS (Open Source)

OpenSIS offers both free and paid version for maintenance. It has other interesting features to assist you with your work too. But the free version is quite limited and for the paid version you should be knowing the basic SQL as it can be quite a technical software. It not only helps with tracking attendance but also helps with scheduling, classroom management and student management, etc.

Website:https://www.opensis.com/

Top 5 Online Attendance Software

 School Tool

If you have classrooms with less than 50 students than this software is best for you as its a free version and only offers management of data up to only 50 students. And the data never expires. You can upgrade to the paid version if you want to manage more student data

Website: http://schooltool.org/

So go try these softwares and manage your attendance sheet better and save your time!

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