Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal

Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Harvard, MIT Part of $800 Million Deal to Push Access to Online Education - The Wall Street Journal Posted: 29 Jun 2021 04:00 AM PDT Education-technology company 2U Inc., which runs graduate programs for dozens of top universities, is buying web-based course provider edX, a nonprofit founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for $800 million. The deal combines two major players in online instruction as universities around the world push more aggressively into digital offerings. Many schools scrambled to shift courses online when the pandemic shut campuses last year, and they are now expected to build on—and polish—the programs. The sale proceeds will go to a nonprofit, to be run by Harvard and MIT, that the schools say will focus on reducing inequalities in access to education. It will maintain the open-acc

What is professional development in education? - KMOV.com

What is professional development in education? - KMOV.com

What is professional development in education? - KMOV.com

Posted: 22 Mar 2021 10:22 AM PDT

Whether you're a seasoned educator or a first-year teacher, it's never too early (or late) in your career to think about professional development.

Investing in yourself as an educator is the best way to ensure both professional growth for yourself and academic growth for your students. The demands of teaching are constantly evolving—and it's up to you to keep up with the latest developments in the teaching field. Taking part in professional development can help you stay on top of teaching and instruction trends, expand your skill set, and create a curriculum that sets your students up for success.

So, what does professional development in education look like? Most people hear the term and think of traditional settings like seminars, college courses, or conferences. However, professional development can happen informally through individual research and reading, classroom observation, or peer discussions. To put it simply, if it's helping you stay informed, educated, and up to date in your profession, you can file it under professional development.

Pursuing professional development opportunities is important for many reasons—after all, a good teacher is a good student—but more specifically it can help you:

  • Fulfill continuing education requirements
  • Expand your knowledge base
  • Improve your instruction methods
  • Gain additional resources for your professional tool belt
  • Increase your own learning and teaching comprehension to help students thrive
  • Increase your chances of job advancement
  • Give you a competitive edge
  • Provide networking opportunities

Common areas of professional development.

There are a number of areas you can pursue when it comes to professional development as an educator. Here are a few categories you might consider:

Technical Training

Developing technical, quantitative, and analytical skills can help you analyze student-performance data and then use the findings to make modifications to your curriculum or teaching techniques.

Specialized Training

Furthering your education and knowledge in your specific subject teaching area—such as advancements in math, history, science, etc.—can help you teach subject-specific content and concepts more effectively.

Leadership Development

If you're an experienced teacher ready to take on a new challenge, it might be time to think about leadership development training. Acquiring leadership skills can be used to develop and coordinate a school improvement initiative or community volunteer program.

Classroom Management

This could be helpful if you're looking to increase your knowledge about student learning and engagement. Learning new strategies for classroom management can help promote positive student attitudes and increase academic motivation and achievement.

Professional development ideas for teachers.

Professional learning opportunities can come in all shapes and sizes, but most fall into two groups: accredited programs and self-teaching.

Here's a deeper look at each:

How to Pursue Professional Development through a Program

If you're interested in a master's degree, you'll need to find an accredited university. But other certifications and programs are provided by states, districts, and schools.

Continuing education from an accredited program might require:

  • Focused, multi-day educational sessions that take place outside the classroom or school
  • Follow-up educational opportunities over the school year
  • A specific time commitment, like a one- to two-year program

Keep in mind that most continuing education requires attending an accredited program. WGU offers many online degree options and certifications for both aspiring and current teachers. Best of all, coursework is completely online and on your own schedule so professional development doesn't have to take away from your job and life.

Self-Taught Professional Development

Unlike traditional professional development, self-directed development can happen in any place, at any time. This can help boost your teaching in simple ways by preparing you to make adjustments on any element. It allows you to gain valuable skills and knowledge outside the classroom at your own pace.

Self-taught professional learning can look like:

  • Study groups among peers focused on a specific topic
  • Observing another teacher's classroom
  • Watching free, online TED Talks
  • Participating in LinkedIn Learning courses for teachers
  • Utilizing a mentor or more experienced colleague
  • Attending workshops or conferences to dig deeper into a subject
  • Taking part in independent reading and research
  • Joining a professional organization for teachers
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What are some examples of professional development?

Here are a few scenarios where you might find professional learning helpful:

Example #1: You're ready to take your career to the next level by becoming a principal. Getting your master's in educational leadership would be the right professional development move for you. WGU offers an online master's degree program that can give you the skills you need to manage a modern educational institution and enhance your expertise in leadership, planning, law, and more.

Example #2: You have a student that's being bullied by their classmates on social media. There are a wealth of resources you can tap into to learn more about internet safety, social media, and cyberbullying. LinkedIn Learning offers a series of videos that can give you the tools to address the situation and find solutions.

Should I pursue professional development?

It never hurts to invest in yourself and your career. Professional development might be right for you if:

  • You want to expand your knowledge base in different subject areas (like math, history, science, etc.)
  • You want to pursue a leadership position, like a principal or school administrator
  • You want to keep up on the latest industry insights
  • You want to network with other teachers

Professional development is likely to be a requirement for all teachers who want to maintain their license. Your state, district, or school will usually require you to complete a professional development program or certifications, so beyond the personal benefits, it may be critical for you to engage in professional development to maintain your standing as a teacher.

As an educator, a commitment to lifelong learning is just as important for you as it is for your students. Investing in your own professional development will give you skills and tools to use now and help you grow professionally over time.

ETSU ranks sixth among Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities - Johnson City Press (subscription)

Posted: 21 Mar 2021 09:00 PM PDT

East Tennessee State University ranks sixth in the nation on a listing of the Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities published recently by Education Reference Desk (EduRef.net), a nationally recognized provider of college planning resources.

This ranking is provided to assist students with learning disabilities, such as ADHD, dyslexia, oral and written language disorders, and more, in finding schools equipped to meet their particular needs at an affordable price.

Schools considered for this ranking were collected from official accrediting agency websites, are regionally or nationally accredited, and offer at least one fully online disability-friendly degree. Colleges were evaluated for affordability based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

EduRef.net, noting a 2020 ranking of ETSU among the top 30 schools for students with learning disabilities by College Consensus, praises the university's Learning Support Program in the University Advisement Center for "evolving to remain up-to-date with current research and needs of students with disabilities." Through this program, "an entire team of instructors, academic advisers, support staff, and department heads work together to provide multiple modalities of learning."

In addition, ETSU was recognized for the free tutoring and counseling available to students with disabilities through Student Support Services in TRIO Programs, as well as for the services provided by the university's Office of Disability Services and Center for Academic Achievement (CFAA).

"ETSU offers a supportive environment for students with a variety of disabilities," said Mary Little, director of the Office of Disability Services. "Students with disabilities can expect to grow and thrive when appropriate accommodations and technology are accessed and paired with support from such services as the Learning Support Program and the Center for Academic Achievement."

"For over 30 years, the Learning Support Program at ETSU has had as its mission to provide the support students need to achieve their academic goals," said Dr. Stacy Cummings-Onks, director of the University Advisement Center and the Learning Support Program. "We appreciate that each student learns in different ways. For that reason, the program continues to grow and evolve as the needs of the students change and to work with all of our campus partners to promote student success."

"This is a great recognition for ETSU," added Dr. Christopher Strode, assistant director of Student Support Services. "The Student Support Services program has long served the needs of students with disabilities at ETSU, particularly those students who are also low-income. We have a great relationship with the Office of Disability Services, which continues to refer students to our program. We are proud to be a part of the network of campus services that serves the needs of students with disabilities and look forward to the opportunity to support them as they work to complete their undergraduate degree."

"The Center for Academic Achievement provides robust online tutoring opportunities seven days a week, delivering a high level of access and flexibility for students with disabilities in online programs who need support," said Dr. Deidre Johnson, CFAA director of Learning Services. "Tutors receive training in how to best support students with learning disabilities, universal design principles and best practices in online tutoring.

"The CFAA tends to work a great deal with students in the online nursing programs and educational leadership programs, which have been providing strong online instruction and support for students for many years."

In addition, the Center for Teaching Excellence offers training and assistance to faculty for designing courses that incorporate best practices for diverse students and provides workshops on such topics as "Accessibility in Remote Instruction," "Disability in Higher Education," "Creating Accessible Online Courses" and "Universal Course Design for All."

"This ranking is an important recognition of faculty and staff commitment to universal course design and student services necessary to ensure that all students can reach their personal and professional goals," said Dr. Amy Johnson, associate provost for faculty and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. "This reflects the university's values in action, and I am proud of how hard the faculty and staff at ETSU work to ensure success for students across the spectrum of ability."

Visit eduref.net/most-affordable-colleges/students-with-disabilities/ to read more and see the full listing.

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Eccles School’s MBA Online Program ranks Top 15 in the world by Financial Times - Newswise

Posted: 22 Mar 2021 08:00 AM PDT

Newswise — The MBA Online program at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has ranked No. 1 in the West, No. 6 in the United States, and No. 13 globally in the 2021 Financial Times Online MBA rankings. This marks the Eccles School's inaugural showing in the Financial Times ranking of the world's best online MBA programs. 

Financial Times draws information for its ranking from two primary sources: surveys of alumni and submissions from school administrators addressing various criteria unique to the experience of online MBA students. Final rankings consider items such as student salary increases, the extent to which alumni's aims in pursuing an MBA were achieved, as well as student experiences with classmates, staff, and faculty. "We're incredibly pleased to be recognized among the best online MBA programs in the world," said David Eccles School of Business Associate Dean Brad Vierig. "When we launched our MBA Online program in 2014, our goal was to replicate the value of our on-campus offerings in a format that would work for a broader audience. The extent to which the program has resonated with the market and, more importantly, added value to the careers of our students and alumni has exceeded our expectations."

Notably, the Eccles School's MBA Online was ranked No. 1 among programs globally in the "Online Interaction" category, which measures the extent to which alumni rate the quality of the interaction between students, teamwork, and faculty availability. Additionally, the MBA Online program was ranked No. 2 in the "Program Delivery" category, which measures alumni experiences with the online delivery of live teaching sessions, other teaching materials, and online exams.

The Eccles School's strong showing in Financial Times comes on the heels of a top-10 Princeton Review ranking earlier this year. To learn more about the Financial Times rankings, visit http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings. 

About the David Eccles School of Business

The Eccles School is synonymous with 'doing.' The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven areas and executive education curricula. The School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.


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