Far from home, Nigerian-born prep star pursues academic and basketball dreams in Michigan - MLive.com

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When Peter Nwoke remembers the last hug he shared with his mother, a smile spreads across his face. It was a hug 10 months in the making and it remains one of his favorite memories. “It was the best feeling ever,” Nwoke said. The hug happened back in 2018 when Nwoke was just 15 years old. He had just completed the long 14-hour flight home from Detroit Metro Airport to his home Lagos, Nigeria, where his sister, Roselyne, was waiting to pick him up and take him home for a three-week stay. When Nwoke’s mother, Adamma, laid eyes on her son, she rushed to him before he made it to the front door. “My mom hugged me for five-straight minutes,” Nwoke said. “I wasn’t even in the house yet.” It was the first time he had returned to his hometown since moving to the United States in 2017 to fulfill an academic scholarship he obtained at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory, a Catholic boarding school in southeast Michigan. Up until that point, it was the longest Nwoke had ever been away from ho

UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison

UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison


UW–Madison launches new online degrees in business and marketplace studies through UW–Madison Online - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Posted: 09 Feb 2021 07:15 AM PST

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is adding four more degrees to UW–Madison Online — its portfolio of online undergraduate degrees — in an ongoing effort to increase access for nontraditional students and meet demands of employers across the state and beyond.

Applications are now open for these fully online degree programs:

"At a time when online education has been more important than ever, we're leveraging technology and our top-tier faculty and programs to open up the university to more people who are seeking a degree that they can use to build a better future for themselves," says UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

Blank emphasizes the importance of strengthening educational outcomes and increasing access to underrepresented populations, adding that the university must meet the needs of a growing audience of nontraditional students in Wisconsin who can't attend in person and want to balance work, family or other obligations.

UW–Madison Provost John Karl Scholz says the addition of online degrees not only removes barriers to a college education for more Wisconsin students, but the degrees carry the university's excellence in teaching and learning.

"I am excited to see UW–Madison extend its reach to new audiences who welcome the challenges and opportunities provided by a world-class, online Badger education in these vital business and human ecology programs," Scholz says.

Three online business degrees will be offered through the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB), ranked 7th in public undergraduate business programs across the nation. The BBA in Management is a flexible option that prepares people for leadership roles in a variety of growing industries. Students graduating with the BBA in Human Resources will be equipped to a play a crucial role in motivating, developing and retaining an organization's employees. A BBA in Marketing will allow graduates to meet an employer's need to successfully market products and services.

"These new online business degrees respond to the dynamic forces of today's digital economy," says WSB Dean Vallabh "Samba" Sambamurthy. "As the needs of industry continually evolve, the Wisconsin School of Business is committed to creating agile learning opportunities and extending access to business education. These degrees will position students to launch meaningful careers with a solid foundation in business fundamentals."

The degree in Consumer Behavior & Marketplace Studies, preparing people to innovate and lead a rapidly evolving industry, will be offered through the highly regarded School of Human Ecology (SoHE). SoHE pioneered and continues to offer UW–Madison Online's first degree, the BS in Personal Finance.

"At the School of Human Ecology, we work collaboratively to understand the complex relationships among people and their everyday environments, such as the marketplace," says SoHE Dean Soyeon Shim. "With our second fully online degree through UW–Madison Online, our expert instructors will continue to prepare students to address complex problems in an evolving world."

UW–Madison Online degrees are designed for people who have earned an associate degree or have some college credit. Eligible students can ask questions and apply at online.wisc.edu. Students can start the program in fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022 and beyond. UW–Madison Online degrees are designed to be flexible, so students can choose their course load and keep career and family commitments.

UW–Madison is not new to the online arena. For more than 20 years, the university has offered online master's degrees and certificates. The Professional Degrees and Certificates program currently has more than 80 certificates, master's and doctoral degrees available as flexible options for working adults—many of them online. Online enrollments for these programs have grown more than 77 percent over the past five years. UW–Madison Online hopes to enroll several thousand nontraditional undergraduate students in the next decade.

"During a challenging year, our university continues to move forward in building strong online bachelor's degree programs that will serve Wisconsin students, families and the business community so we can grow a brighter future together," Blank says.

FIU is No. 1 in the nation for Quality Matters certified online courses - FIU News

Posted: 03 Feb 2021 06:00 AM PST

FIU Online  is ranked No.1 in the nation for Quality Matters (QM) certified online courses, recognition of the high quality of the university's online offerings.
 
Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer-reviewed process that helps examine the design of an online course through a comprehensive evaluation process, helping to ensure that students can navigate the courses more easily and with more transparency. FIU has more than 500 QM-certified online courses and is on a path to ensure that most online courses achieve the distinguished certification by 2025.
 
FIU is one of more than 1,500 national and international institutions that partner with Quality Matters. Each institution subscribes to the non-profit's prestigious peer-review quality online course design certification process. Today, FIU leads the list, which includes some of the most reputable and well-known educational institutions around the globe from 26 countries and across six continents.
 
The Quality Matters designation joins recent U.S. News and World Report rankings that put FIU's online bachelor's programs in the top 50 among public universities in the nation. FIU also ranked in the top 10 among public universities for its online master's in business programs (non-MBA), and top 50 for its online master's criminal justice program, online master's engineering program, and online MBA program.
 
"Online is the campus of the future," said Kenneth G. Furton, FIU's Provost and Executive Vice President. "FIU has always been committed to quality online instruction and a Quality Matters certified course is the highest recognition of online course design. We made a commitment to support our faculty in designing and redesigning courses to meet Quality Matters standards. This ranking is the result of the hard work of our faculty and our strategic efforts to ensure that all of our students receive an exceptional education."

The key to success for FIU Online is the department's learning and design team, which is trained in best practices in building courses with interactive technology. The team works in close collaboration with university faculty to create dynamic virtual environments that combine innovative digital tools and high quality instruction. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when the university's courses had to suddenly go remote, the team shifted more than 4,600 courses—representing more than 2,400 faculty and 50,000 students—to the new modality.
 
"Our Learning Design and Innovation team has been an invaluable resource during this time, going above and beyond in partnership with our faculty," said Lia Prevolis, interim assistant vice president of FIU Online. "Beyond leading the charge to help maintain academic continuity during the university's emergency response to COVID, the team did not lose sight of quality and worked hard to take FIU to the No. 1 spot for QM-certified courses in the nation."
 
Courses undergo a review process with faculty from outside the institution who are trained and certified in the QM process and includes a content discipline expert. Reviewers perform a broad evaluation to gauge each course's features with 43 specific standards—from overview to usability. Courses that achieve an 85 percent level of compliance with the standards receive a "QM-Recognized" seal.
 
The university launched the FIU Online Panther Quality Course Design Initiative in support of the Florida Board of Governors' online course quality standards. This initiative advances the university vision of learning-centered, evidence-based, and culturally responsive teaching. At the same time, the QM process helps fulfill the FIU Online mission to connect FIU students and lifelong learners to the highest quality online educational experience—anytime, anywhere.

MIT offers over 2,000 free online courses — here are 13 of the best ones - Business Insider

Posted: 09 Feb 2021 07:40 PM PST

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be one of the most prestigious universities in the world — and, through the lenses of price, location, and a 7.3% acceptance rate —  could also be seen as one of the least accessible. But, for an institution that says "the soul of MIT is research" — it has made considerable efforts to remove barriers to its faculty and classes.

In 2012, the university co-founded edX, an education non-profit, with Harvard and currently offers more than 200+ courses that are free to audit. And since 2001, the university has been publishing all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online for free, so anyone with access to the internet can experience over 2,000 MIT courses through MIT OpenCourseWare.

If you choose to learn through edX, many classes will give you a more traditional classroom experience, including video lectures, community engagement in discussion forums, and (in paid versions) graded assignments and a completion certificate  you can share on LinkedIn or on your resume. MIT OpenCourseWare has more course options, but is scrappier and less intuitive; you'll be on your own aside from access to course materials like readings and lecture notes. 

Below, you'll find a few of the most popular Massachusetts Institute of Technology courses you can take online for free. For more, we'd suggest browsing MIT Opencourseware and the whopping 200+ courses offered through edX — spanning topics from computer science to social policy.

13 MIT courses you can take online for free:

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