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Sir Learnalot's Knowledge Blog http://onlineuniversityrankings.org Learning Through Blogging Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:38:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 25 Incredible Sites to Learn How to Transfer College Credits http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/25-incredible-sites-to-learn-how-to-transfer-college-credits/ Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:45:31 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=272 Continue reading ]]> When choosing a university, there is far more to it than rankings. Other items such as major sought and accreditation also have to be factored in. But one of the most pressing questions for the thousands of students who wish to transfer schools every year is: how do I do it while maintaining as many of my credits as possible?

With no one easy answer for the question, it is important to learn as much as possible to keep students from having to retake classes at their new school which costs both time and money. To help, we have gathered 25 incredible sites to learn how to transfer college credits. You can learn more about your current school, future transfers, and even get special help for those outside of the traditional transfer credit questions such as high school students and military personnel.

Incredible Sites to Learn How to Search for Transfer College Credits

  1. College Transfer.net
    Visit here for a site dedicated to all things college transfer. Quick links help you learn more about transfer, connect you to state resources, and even their very own transfer coach. They also have an active online community with more.
  2. Ace Credit
    Get a site all about college transfer from the American Council on Education here. Scroll down to learn more about specific schools by state. There are also benefits to joining the network, including for military members.
  3. uSelect
    Use this site to “get the credit you deserve.” Begin by clicking the state you are in to learn more about transfer credits available to you. They even have a tool where you can make your own personalized plan to see if your courses transfer.
  4. Straighter Line
    They bill themselves as “the shortest distance between you and your degree.” They have a detailed guide on how transfer credit works and accreditation. They also have loads of tools and a paid service with even more.
  5. College Search
    College Board is a serious site for any college student. They have loads of help for finding and applying to college. In this special section, you can use the MatchMaker to generate a list of colleges that match your preferences. Popular matches currently include those for students who have AP credit.
  6. The Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
    Use this search engine provided by the U.S. Department of Education to search for an institution’s accreditation status. You can use it to search for both your present and future school(s). If they are accredited by the same agency, chances are more transfer credits will be allowed.
  7. National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
    Want to know what the numbers are behind transfers? Then stop here to get research from the National Student Clearinghouse. They have reports on college students, as well as high school and other areas of education.
  8. College Navigator
    If you know which schools you would like to transfer to, look them up here. The College Navigator is part of the National Center for Education Statistics and contains reports on thousands of schools. You can build a list of schools, and there is even a transparency center that can help you figure out how much school will cost.

Incredible Guides to Learn How to Transfer College Credits

  1. Everything You Need to Know About Transferring College Credits
    Get an extensive guide to transferring credit here. They have sections on online universities, articulation agreements, and much more. You can even check out the feature stories with more on the topic.
  2. Transferring
    If transferring from a community college to a four year one, check out this guide. From College Board, it tells all about community colleges, which often are built around the concept of transfer credits. They also have loads of other useful articles for the college student.
  3. Demanding Credit
    Inside Higher Ed is a site that takes a deeper look into the world of college. In this article, they tell the ups and downs of the transfer credit debacle. There are also related articles, blogs, and tons more for the savvy student.
  4. How to Transfer College Credit
    The folks at eHow have a guide for just about everything, including this one for college transfers. The short guide outlines the basic steps and tools to course transfer. You can also get many related articles and videos on the topic.
  5. If You Want to Transfer
    University Language Services is a valuable tool for students both inside and outside the U.S. In this guide, they give tips for what to do when transferring credits. There are also tips for students abroad.
  6. Will Your Credits Transfer?
    If going from a community or junior college to a four year school, transferring credits is vital. This article from USA Education Guides can tell you what to expect. You can also get information on graduate programs, universities, and ESL programs.
  7. Transfer Credits From Community College
    College Thrive is full of tips, advice, and resources for students. In this entry, they have information on how to make a successful transfer of credits. You can also find articles on college life, academics, and even a section just for freshmen.
  8. How to Ensure Your Credits Transfer
    If you still need help transferring from a community college, stop here. Community College Review has all things on the topic, including transfer credit. Get a detailed guide to ensure that you get the most transfers possible.
  9. Academic Transfer
    Finally, no list would be complete without the Wikipedia version. This entry tells all about the practice of college transferring from its background to accreditation issues. It also links to references of interest.

Other Incredible Sites to Learn How to Transfer College Credits

  1. Military College Transfer Credits
    If you are a member of the military, you can also qualify for transfer credits. This free PDF is an extensive guide on understanding your transcript and learning more about the transfer process. Simply click on it and other guides to begin learning.
  2. APUS
    Their goal is to help military members get all the credit toward a degree or certificate they can from the American Public University System. You can get the status of evaluations for everything from the arts to science right on the homepage. Click on What’s Accepted or Getting Started to begin.
  3. AACRAO
    Check out the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to learn the latest news regarding transfer credits. Many academics and professionals use their services to learn about accreditation, transfer credits, and more. They also offer other tools in higher ed.
  4. iTransfer
    If transferring to or from a school in Illinois, check out this site. It is especially for students in the state seeking answers to their transfer questions. They have tools, resources, and even coordinators to help.
  5. ASSIST
    Similar to the above, this is a site for California transfer students. It shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. They also have tips for admissions, financial aid, and more.
  6. AP Credit Policy
    If you are or were in Advanced Placement classes in high school, you may qualify for transfer credit. This section from College Board actually lets you find colleges and universities with AP credit policies. Use the A through Z search or school name to begin.
  7. CLEP
    If you have the knowledge but college credits that don’t transfer, stop here. It is a guide from Back to College on the CLEP, or College Level Examination Program. Those who do well on the exam can qualify for college credit.
  8. College Transfer
    If you have earned transfer credits, you are about to switch schools. Stop here for a complete guide from About.com’s Allen Grove. He gives tips on transfer essays, a common transfer application, and even the hidden costs of transferring.

And the above 25 incredible sites to learn how transfer college credits are just one of the many ways in which to choose a school. Be sure and visit the academic counseling departments of any schools you attend or are planning to attend to get the latest information on transferring credits from someone who is trained to answer those very questions.

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The Student’s Complete Guide to Understanding College and University Rankings http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/the-students-complete-guide-to-understanding-college-and-university-rankings/ Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:15:06 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=327 Continue reading ]]> Ever since there have been schools of higher education, there have been systems to rank them. And students in the 2.0 generation are no exception. Finding the right online school for you can be one of the most important decisions you ever make in your life, so it is as important to research them as much as possible. One of the most common and longest running ways of choosing schools involves utilizing the various college and university ranking systems. And with the internet providing instant access to them, the overload of information can be both a blessing and a curse.

Before you view any ranking system, it is important to determine the factors in an online school that are important to you. For example, some students prefer smaller class sizes to decreased tuition, while others are seeking a lower student to teacher ratio or a school that specializes in the major of their choice. Students who are transferring credits into the online college or university or who plan to transfer credits out should also review the school’s policy on transfer credits before deciding on one. Helping determine what is important to you will greatly help when taking in data from various entities that rank colleges and universities.

Defining College or University Rankings

Before considering which colleges and universities to apply to, it is important to learn about which factors are important when getting an education and ultimately a career in your field. Below are a few of the items students should know about a potential school and when taking in college and university rankings.

  • Accreditation – This principle is also important for online schools just as in the traditional, on campus types. Accreditation means the school has been measured for education given to students in exchange for tuition dollars and makes it official in the eyes of other schools and employers. An easy way to see if a school is accredited is to look it up on the Department of Education’s official database.
  • Licensure and/or Certification – If your career path of choice requires a license or certification, such as nurse or ultrasound technician, make sure that the school you are considering qualifies its students to take any licensure or certification exams.
  • Financial Aid – Did you know that most students qualify for some kind of financial aid? If tuition cost is more than a passing concern for you, be sure and see if the college or university ranking you are looking at takes financial aid into account. Financial aid for online students can come in the form of both grants and scholarships, as well as work for study or student loans.
  • Remember that any credible college ranking will show what its criteria is for ranking schools and share them up front so that students and parents know how the ranking order has come about.

    Choosing a College and University Ranking

    Now that you know the basics on choosing and understanding college and university rankings, we have listed a few below. They include some well-known and honored ranking systems, as well as a few newer ones that offer different perspectives.

    1. U.S. News & World Report – They have been rating schools for decades and continue to do so in these rankings. Highlights include getting rankings for specialty schools such as liberal arts, best value schools, and of course, online options. They also have loads of lists such as “Top 10 Highest College Application Fees” and “4 Tips for College Transfer Students.”
    2. OEDb – This ranking entity focuses just on the online schools. They use eight different criteria to determine rankings including acceptance rate, financial aid, graduation rate, and others. You can also check out their past rankings.
    3. Get Educated – They bill themselves as “the consumer’s guide to online colleges.” There are several rankings to choose from including best buy degrees, best in student’s satisfaction, and even best in public perception. Be sure not to miss their blog and forum with more.
    4. Times of Higher Education – Because the U.S. isn’t the only nation with colleges and universities, check out this ranking system. They take universities from across the world and rank them all here. You can also search by subject or region.
    5. Find a College – College Board is a site that hopes to send more students to college. In this section, they have valuable tools for helping match students with the right colleges for them. You can also view best colleges by majors and careers, as well as for any extra-curricular activities you might enjoy.

    And the above are only a few of the college and university rankings available. However, with rankings constantly changing and different breaking stories, it is also important to get up to date information on these rankings, rather than just waiting for next year’s list to come out. Luckily, there are many blogs and sites out there to help.

    One of the best known blogs out there on college and university rankings is Morse Code by Bob Morse of U.S. News & World Report. He develops the methodologies and surveys for the rankings and has more to add in his blog. Washington Monthly also has a College Guide with loads on a behind the scenes look at colleges and universities, including rankings.

    There are also individual blogs that can help students more information on college and university rankings, such as University Ranking Watch. It is a blog devoted to the analysis and discussion of university rankings and even has links to many other rankings across the globe. Good University Ranking Guide specializes in rankings for MBA students but also offers rankings in other areas of study and even in other countries. Other bloggers, such as John V. Lombardi, intensely follow the world of higher education and are constantly analyzing new data with expert views. And if the above don’t give you exactly what you’re looking for, try a specialty search. For example, there is this ranking from Lynn O’Shaughnessy that is specifically for financial aid in colleges and universities.

    Once you have seen the college and university rankings and have narrowed down your schools to a handful, it is a good idea to apply to them all. This often comes with application fees and loads of paperwork, but it is worth the effort to see which schools you are accepted into. Once accepted, students can learn more about the school, including how much tuition will cost out of pocket, transfer credit policy, work for study options, and other factors that can make deciding on a school much easier.

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    The Returning Student’s Complete Guide to an Online Degree http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/the-returning-students-complete-guide-to-an-online-degree/ Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:00:52 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=263 Continue reading ]]> College is an investment of time, money and work. No matter if you attend a bricks-and-mortar college or if you want to obtain an online degree, you might conduct some research to learn more about colleges and the academic degrees those institutions offer. But, an online degree often poses questions that few people would ask about a traditional college education. So, we’ve compiled those questions in this complete guide to an online degree for returning students.

    Distance Learning

    Perhaps the most important question you might want to ask as a returning student is whether or not your prior credits are acceptable to the online degree you want to earn. The answer depends upon the degree you want to pursue now, the degree or certification you earned in the past, how long ago you attended school prior to this investigation, and your previous GPA (Grade Point Average). But, as you’ll learn from many answers to questions listed below, that answer also could apply to anyone who wanted to pursue continued education in a traditional setting.

    Rankings also are important — now that online degrees are more acceptable than in years past, you might check out what others say about the school you want to attend. But, while reviews are helpful, the most important item you can check off your list is accreditation. If the online degree you want to pursue is accredited, your future employers and even your future pursuits at higher education after an online experience will prove more successful.

    What is an online degree? An online degree is defined as a degree obtained by a student who takes online courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Online degrees require just as much course work and studying as in-class degrees, and the difficulty of the coursework depends highly upon the type and level of degree sought. While you can take a all or a majority of classes online, many degrees might require some face-to-face meeting times either in orientation courses or in regular classes. Other than the distance from a bricks-and-mortar college, online degrees often contain the same activities and reading materials as an on-campus class.

    Learning

    What are the advantages of online courses? Taking online courses is a popular way for individuals to continue education while working. Some advantages of online degrees include:

    1. A variety of degree programs and single classes offered through online degrees.
    2. Often reduced materials costs, as necessary texts, syllabi, schedules and other printed matter might be available electronically.
    3. Customizable learning that is self-paced and that allows students the chance to accelerate or slow your progress as needed.
    4. The simplicity of online degrees include the ability to go through registration and coursework as quickly as you want, rather than standing in lines.
    5. Despite objections that online degrees might contribute to isolation, online courses often foster greater student interaction and collaboration.

    What are the disadvantages of online courses? There are several disadvantages to taking online courses and obtaining an online degree, but those disadvantages are far less than the advantages:

    1. Sometimes you might have difficulty transferring course credits both into and from an online degree program. Make sure you choose accredited schools to help remedy this issue (see below).
    2. Unless you take a course that mandates an internship, such as nursing or graphic design, you may experience little to no hands-on learning.
    3. You may encounter some classes with professors who don’t encourage interaction — but you may experience the same issue in an on-campus class as well.
    4. Compare costs — make sure that you aren’t paying more per credit in your online course.

    Which degrees are available in online courses? You can earn an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, a degree from an online MBA programs, doctoral and PhD degree, and certificate program. The U.S. News University Directory provides everything you need to increase your earning potential with an online education, online degree program, or traditional on-campus degree.

    Online Learning

    What is accreditation and why is it important? Most states require that a learning institution be certified, authorized and/or accredited in order to award degrees to students. There are some schools out there that do not meet these requirements. In fact, there are several levels of fraud found in some educational programs and schools. They range from using the student’s work history as the learning period that earned the degree to simply selling diplomas. These “diploma mills” have been around for decades. The most important thing to check out before you begin any kind of distance learning program is the accreditation the school has, or claims to have. To find out whether the school is truly accredited, contact the appropriate State Department of Higher Education.

    How do employers view online degrees? Although online degrees have been a source of distrust among employers in the past, familiarity is becoming more widespread. In many cases, employers do not distinguish from online degrees and on-campus degrees. According to this article, 83 percent of executives in the survey say that an online degree is as credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program. That said, many employers also look at the college to know whether or not that degree is valid or earned from a reputable and accredited educational institution.

    Is financial aid available for an online degree? Depending upon the college you choose, you can begin to search for funds to pay for college much like any ordinary student. Scholarships, grants, federal aid, loans, employer reimbursement, military benefits and your own earning potential all play roles in how you might pay for your online degree. Use the guide linked here to learn more about each option.

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    10 Most Prestigious and Authoritative Worldwide College Rankings http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/10-most-prestigious-and-authoritative-worldwide-college-rankings/ Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:00:17 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=233 Continue reading ]]> College rankings become less and less relevant with an economy that can’t churn out enough jobs for graduates. While college rankings like best party school have made headlines in recent years, here’s a look at the tried and true worldwide college rankings. Whether they appear online or in a magazine, these prestigious and authoritative worldwide college rankings have the usual suspects at the top of their lists and break down further rankings by major, student experience or job placement.

    1. QS World University Rankings This university rankings rank the top schools worldwide, which is usually divided between U.S. and British schools. This site also breaks down top schools by major, with a heavy emphasis on science and technology schools. These rankings are based on academic peer review and employer reviews.
    2. U.S. News and World Report College Rankings This publication is well-known as an authority for ranking colleges in the U.S., but they do the same amount of work each year to compile a list of the best universities worldwide. It does this by program and also offers college ranking systems for foreign countries such as Canada and Australia and New Zealand.
    3. Princeton Review With the Princeton Review come reviews from college students themselves. This traditional ranking system takes into account student quality life, demographics and the social scene. It also has less traditional rankings including one that may stand out for parents – schools that give you most bang for your buck.
    4. Maclean’s University Rankings This Canadian-based magazine has issued worldwide university rankings for years. Maclean’s talks to students and faculty when compiling their list of top schools. There are also lists for best Canadian university, which takes into account job placement and graduation percentages.
    5. Academic Ranking of World Universities This is one of the most widely recognized and prestigious world rankings for universities. It has top 100 lists for subjects like engineering and technology as well as social sciences. A conference is held every year to help the committee decide on rankings and several other publications site the ACRU as a source when conducting their own rankings.
    6. Times Higher Education Rankings For the past few years, the Times Higher Education Rankings have become of the most definitive sources of ranking world colleges and universities on the web. Schools from 15 countries are featured and rankings are conducted by 50 of the top faculty and education innovators working in higher education. The study goes over 400 schools, ranking them in five primary categories such as teaching and “international mix”.
    7. World University Web Rankings This site ranks universities all over the world and is an invaluable tool for students looking to study outside of the country. The site has top 100 lists for the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as links to schools who participate in the social media wave. Unlike many authoritative lists that discount religion schools, this site has a section for them too.
    8. Webometrics Rankings of World Universities This site has been publishing bi-annual rankings each year, covering a whopping 20,000 schools all over the world. The list for top 12,000 schools include learning institutions from China and India. Webometrics ranks schools in numerous areas and with such a large amount of schools, works as a great resource for those attending non-Ivy League schools.
    9. Kiplinger World University Rankings This financial site focuses on what you’re getting out of an education at some of the most elite schools in the world. Is any degree worth $100,000 a year? Apparently, the answer is yes and the economists at this site break down what to look for when choosing to attend one of the top schools in the world.
    10. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has become one of the premiere college and university rankings systems for schools. It bases all of its rankings on how many black students are admitted to the freshman class and the percentage of blacks that graduate from the school each year. It also takes into account black faculty, including how many on staff have made tenure.

    The most prestigious and authoritative world college rankings are released each year. How relevant they are depends on the student, major and job industry, since some place heavy emphasis on a student’s education while others just want to know you can get the job done. These world college rankings boast schools from around the globe and showcase the best programs at each learning institution and what departments the school excels in.

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    25 Enlightening Q&A Sites for Educators, Teachers and Students http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/25-enlightening-qa-sites-for-educators-teachers-and-students/ Mon, 13 Jun 2011 14:00:34 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=220 Continue reading ]]> If you are seeking answers about various studies in classes or online or information about how to finance that education, you have access to several question and answer sites online. Educational resources, especially those questions pertaining to specific educational studies, also abound in Q&A formats. But, it is harder for educators to find relevant question and answer sites. That said, educators have access to other resources, including online magazines, blogs and journals that can answer tough questions for teachers.

    Student Book Art ExhibitionFor Students

    1. ASK Education Questions: The questions and answers on this site are found across the Web by Ask’s AnswerFarm. Topics range from GMAT scores to year-round education and Internet classes to law school ideas.
    2. Ask us your student loan questions! Have a question about college finances? Don’t want to read a boring list of FAQs? Just send in your question and this site will post an answer.
    3. Distance Education: Ask questions about online education. You’ll get answers from online education experts as well as knowledgeable members. They also feature online questions and answers on Twitter for greater exposure, so you’ll get a wide range of responses.
    4. Expert Answers to Med Student Questions: Use the form on this site to have your question answered, courtesy of Doctors In Training.
    5. Federal Student Aid Questions & Answers: Peterson’s College Search offers a Q&A for students on the topic of Federal Student Aid. Learn if you are eligible, and learn about which sources are available.
    6. Ph.D. Prep & Doctoral Student Q&A: This site offers answers for various questions about considering higher education past the graduate level. Answers are provided for those considering the PhD prep track, doctoral school prep and answers on deciding on a school and how to apply.
    7. Q&A with Dr. Christina Castro: Although this counseling and psychological service is offered by the University of California, anyone can read the questions and answers provided at this site. The questions, answered by Dr. Christina Castro, are specific to the needs of graduate students.
    8. Questions and Answers for Psychology Students: Dr. Mike answers high school and college student questions about psychology topics.
    9. Student Educational Employment Program: This site provides answers to Federal employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, 2- or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.
    10. Student Voice Questions and Answers: This section of the International Education site contains a selection of questions that have been submitted to by students who are considering studying abroad, together with any answers provided.
    11. Transfer Student Q&A: College Transfer offers tips and answers for adult learners and traditional students who are transitioning college credits. David K. Moldoff, Founder of AcademyOne, provides the answers to frequently (and not-so-frequently) asked questions.
    12. Yahoo! Questions & Answers: This link leads to the top financial questions about college, including FAFSA, questions about financial aid and financing college with a late start.

    Professor DawkinsTeaching Q&A

    1. New Teacher Q&A: The United Federation of Teachers provides and ongoing series that centers on answers to questions that new teachers ask. Topics include answers about school files, the fear of being laid off, lunch and prep schools.
    2. Responding Effectively to Student Questions: This is the second of a two-part “Teach Talk” devoted to the craft of asking and answering questions in the classroom.
    3. Teacher interview questions and answers: You can use this interview guide as follows for your job interview preparation.
    4. Teacher Professional Certificate Q&A: The answers here apply to the State of Washington, as answered by the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in that region. You might find answers for questions about certification for other states through a search.

    Student and TeacherEducation Q&A

    1. Creation Ministries’ Education Questions and Answers: If, as a student or teacher, you wondered how creationism affects education currently, you can get answers to some of those questions at this site.
    2. Deaf Education: The department of psychology at the University of Michigan offers questions and answers about hearing loss and the ability to learn or teach with this disability.
    3. Education Questions & Answers: Ask Deb’s Education Questions & Answers channel’s goal is to provide you with top of the line education advice that will enable you to grow and expand your learning in any field of study.
    4. Q and A: Questions and Answers On Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s), Evaluations and Reevaluations: The U.S. Department of Education answers questions about IEPs, revised June 2010.
    5. Questions and Answers about U.S. Study: U.S. Journal of Academics offers answers to questions about studying in America. The United States is proud of an educational system that attracts more than a half-million international students and scholars to our campuses.
    6. Questions and Answers on Adult Education: This site includes questions and answers on Adult Education that were written by students in the course ‘Outline of Adult Education’ at OISE/UT. The questions are first raised in class by the students themselves. Then they organize in teams in order to research and answer them. New entries are added regularly.
    7. Questions and Answers on Special Education and Homelessness [PDF]: The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education issued this Question and Answer (Q & A) document to provide State and local educational officials, early intervention services providers, and homeless assistance coordinators with information to assist with implementation of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) in 2008.
    8. Sexuality Education Q & A: SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) offers a series of questions and answers about sexuality education and young people.
    9. Total Special Education System (TSES) Manual and Q&A Guidance: The Total Special Education System (TSES) Manual and Question and Answer (Q & A) documents have been posted to this page to assist school districts in maintaining compliance with state and federal special education law.
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    Top 25 Sites to Get Statistics on Colleges and Universities http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/top-25-sites-to-get-statistics-on-colleges-and-universities/ Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:03:24 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=240 Continue reading ]]> From the celeb with the most Twitter followers to blog posts with the most Diggs, the internet has fast become a place to rank and list the best in just about everything. However long before the days of the web, students and their families were in search of the best colleges and universities via statistics on student population, acceptance rates, grade point average, etc. And now there is an entirely new way to rank them: online. But this isn’t another of those articles where the best in schools of higher learning are listed.

    This is where the sites that rank the schools themselves are put to the test. So without further ado, check out the below top 25 sites to get statistics on colleges and universities. Whether you’re looking for the best bang for your buck or best party to go with all that studying, they have information, statistics, and even rankings for all to enjoy.

    Top Ranking Sites to Get Statistics on Colleges and Universities

    Get the best of the best by checking out these sites for college rankings and many other vital statistics.

    1. U.S. News
      One of the originals is still the best. With over 25 years of analyzing and reporting on colleges and universities, this publication keeps track of all sorts of schools in addition to ranking them. Along with choices for items such as best liberal arts college and up and coming schools, you can also get profiles on over 1,400 colleges and universities. There are also several blogs to choose from such as Inside the College Rankings and the Student Loan Ranger.
    2. Forbes
      As with the tradition of the magazine, there is nothing cute or jazzy about these college rankings. It is strictly a listing beyond the top 500 of colleges in the U.S. for the current school year. However, those who wish to know the total student population and cost of one year of tuition in one visit will appreciate it. Those interested in statistics on any school that appears on the list can click on it to get information such as student to faculty ratio, graduation rates, financial aid data, and even admissions and athletic data.
    3. The Princeton Review
      Another well-known ranking entity, they survey students as well as others in education to come up with their list. A highlight of the site is being able to choose from rankings by subject such as demographics, town life, schools by type, politics, and others. Clicking under Academics/Administration alone shows you which schools have earned extra credit and which need improvement. However, a subscription is required to view a lot of the material.
    4. Newsweek
      This leading publication has also become a go-to service for college rankings. They strive to address the needs of both parents and prospective students. Lists of rankings often include specialized schools such as the most desirable of the smaller universities and best colleges for the service minded. There are also guides for getting into school, along with how to pay for it.
    5. WSJ College Rankings
      See your college or university as a business professional does on this site. Unique rankings, such as the top schools as chosen by recruiters, really show you the real world applications of statistics. Many educational and business experts also stop in to write about how they rank schools and hire students.
    6. College Prowler
      Parents will love the academic rankings. Students will enjoy the rankings of attractiveness of their fellow students. Everything in between is also answered on this site that automatically guesses the schools in your area and lists the grades they got. You can also get statistics and information on campus housing, diversity, athletics, and many others.
    7. Academic Ranking of World Universities
      If international university rankings are what you are interested in, click here. In addition to ranking schools in the United States, they also take on colleges across the globe. You can get more information on the top 500 universities in general, or search by best school in math, sciences, engineering, and others.
    8. College Guide
      This site, blog, and ranking system are provided by Washington Monthly. Specialty items such as dropout factories and fastest degrees are often taken on and examined thoroughly. You can also get traditional rankings such as best master’s, baccalaureate, and community colleges.

    Top Sites to Get Statistics on Colleges and Universities

    If statistics are what you are most interested in, check out the below sites.

    1. College Navigator
      This site is powered by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Scroll by Surveys and Programs to get assessments, data systems, postsecondary information, and other resources. You can also click on Fast Facts and many others to get loads of statistics on everything the department has made public. They also have annual reports for the viewing.
    2. College Stats
      The left column of this site gives the option to show colleges by specialty such as historically black or Jewish. You can also search by size, age, cost, demographic, and other categories. There are even statistics for online colleges. You can also view the latest stories on items such as financial aid and ACT statistics.
    3. College Board
      See how your own stats stack up against other college students at this site. Students stop by to find colleges based on campus life, majors, careers, and other factors. Current popular matches include journalism, swimming, and the availability of studying abroad.
    4. My Chances
      Want to know what your chances are of being accepted into a school without all the applications, essays, and fees involved? There’s a site for that. My Chances claims that it can predict with 90 percent accuracy whether or not a student will get into a school. However, those who just want statistics can stop here to look up their school of choice, click on it, and get loads of information.
    5. Facts and Figures
      The Chronicle of Higher Education is the publication many academics turn to for news. In this section, they offer loads of facts and figures pertaining to higher education. A few recent include professor salaries, how doctoral programs stack up, and an examination of undergraduate students.
    6. National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
      The left-hand navigation of the state contains links to state and county level measures. There is data on race/ethnicity, policy, maps, and special analysis. Graphs, such as the one on college graduation rates, tell a straight forward story. Click on the Using This Website option to learn more on how to use the NCHEMS Information Center.
    7. Campus Grotto
      This is a national college news publication that covers a wide range of college-related topics, including student finance, study tips, college admission, rankings, career advice, and college life. They have traditional rankings and unique ones, such as most expensive dorms and best employers, as well as the more traditional. Scroll down to get College Guides, which are available in admissions, degree type, paying for college, textbooks, and study tips.
    8. Students Review
      Finally, if you want information as compiled exclusively by students, stop here. Over 100,000 reviews of schools from across the globe are featured. There are loads of articles, charts, and other statistical data to keep you busy. They also review majors and literally offer thousands of tips on getting in.

    Top Sites to Get Specialty Statistics on Colleges and Universities

    Focus on a particular statistic or aspect of school on these sites.

    1. Student Aid
      Because financial aid is a part of just about every enrollment into a college or university, stop here. The FAFSA 4caster alone can tell you what your financial aid outcome is without the hassle of having to fill out and turn in the form itself. There are also tools and resources that can tell you much more about the financial aid process.
    2. Best Values in Public Colleges
      With rising tuition costs always on the horizon, the bottom line for college is something every student and parent is concerned about. Use this guide from Kiplinger to compare the top 100 values in public colleges and universities. Statistics include admission rates, total cost, graduation rate, and others.
    3. VOX
      Get research analysis and commentary from leading economists at this site. With a section for just about everything, there are also options for those looking for education statistics. Current popular articles include graduation rates, real world returns from higher education, and income inequality. There are also loads of other topics to choose from.
    4. The Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
      But is the college or university you are interested in accredited? That is the sole question taken on by the database provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Simply type in the name of your school to see which agency it is accredited by. You can also search by accrediting agency or state.
    5. PhDs.org
      Get statistics purely on graduate school here. They offer a rankings and search of schools at both the master’s and doctorate level. There is also a job search and other career resources.
    6. B-Schools
      Interested in information on an MBA or other business degree? Then check out this page by the experts at Bloomberg. It contains all sorts of statistics and rankings of schools for their future and present readers. Be sure not to miss the Business School Tools which include a comparator, calendar, and forums.
    7. Community College Week
      If interested in attending a local community or junior college, check out this site. It is an online publication dedicated to community, technical, and vocational schools across the country. They also have a top 100 list and other information.
    8. Association of American Medical Colleges
      Get the facts and statistics surrounding medical school with a visit here. The AAMC tables comprise the most comprehensive and objective data on U.S. medical school applicants, enrollment, graduates, applicants, and MD-PhD students available to the public free of charge. Check out the newest tables with a view or search for older ones.
    9. American Bar Association
      They conduct the BAR exam and provide many other services to future lawyers, including statistics on a legal education. Choices include average expenses, law school tuition, and J.D. enrollment, in addition to many others. The main site also has tons of other legal resources.
      1. Although the above top 25 sites to get statistics on colleges and universities are useful, they are not the only means a student or family should use to select a school. By choosing which statistics and factors are important to you, you can create a list of schools to apply to, send applications for some or all of them, and see which you are accepted into before making a final decision.

        ]]> 50 Educational Blogs Every Online University Student Should Read http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/50-educational-blogs-every-online-university-student-should-read/ Mon, 30 May 2011 13:00:43 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=210 Continue reading ]]> If you’re studying for a degree online, it might help to know what educators know about online learning — the news, policies, processes, technology, culture and resources that are pushing online education into the future. The following 50 educational blogs you should know about as an online university student are just a smattering of all the blogs available on the Web. These particular blogs are updated, and many have been online since the advent of online learning.

        News ScoopNews and Commentary

        1. Blog Scholar: This academic blogging portal is a project of Chris Brauer, PhD student in sociology/computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
        2. ELearning Post: Explore news, views and stories around corporate learning, community building, instructional design, knowledge management and other topics.
        3. Helge Scherlund’s eLearning News: Keep up-to-date on the latest news and information about flexible, net-based learning and teaching, eLearning, blended learning, online learning, distance learning, m-learning and adult learning.
        4. Online Education Blog: This is a general blog about online education, careers and related topics.
        5. Online Learning Update: This blog has been published daily since early in 2001, and it is intended to provide a scholarly chronicle of the development of the technology, pedagogy and practice of online learning at all levels of education in the U.S. and elsewhere.
        6. Paul Reid: This blog offers commentary on developments in our increasingly networked world, and how it is coming to affect education.
        7. The eLearners News Blog: Get your fix of the latest news and commentary, insight and advice about online education, careers, technology and learning, and much more from this blog.
        8. This Week in Education: Alexander Russo brings updates to readers concerning all policies that affect the educational process.

        School Pushout and Human RightsPolicy and Politics

        1. Change Agency: The mission of Change Agency is to explore new concepts in reinventing education for the 21st century.
        2. Edu.Blogs: Ewan McIntosh is a teacher, speaker and investor, regarded as one of Europe’s foremost experts in digital media for public services.
        3. Eduwonk: Andrew Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners, writes Eduwonk, a blog focused mostly on education policy and politics.
        4. Intercepts: Mike Antonucci writes about public education and teachers’ unions.
        5. Practical Theory: Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy, offers his perspectives from the classroom.
        6. Schools Matter: This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools.

        Essay WordleeLearning

        1. Adventures in Educational Blogging: Susan Sedro conducts explorations on using tech to make learning more engaging and meaningful.
        2. Clive on Learning: Clive Shepherd has spent the past 25 years working with computers trying to make learning things happen electronically.
        3. Connectivism: A deeper blog about networked and social learning from George Siemens, author of elearnspace.
        4. Digital Writing, Digital Teaching: Troy Hicks, an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University, explores the variety of issues related to teaching writing with new media for K-16 teachers and teacher educators.
        5. E-Learning Queen: This blog is all about distance training and education, from instructional design to e-learning and mobile solutions, and pays attention to psychological, social, and cultural factors.
        6. Langwitches Blog: Silvia Tolisano’s passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies as well as digital storytelling.
        7. Moving at the Speed of Creativity: Wesley Fryer uses this site to digitally document his learning journey and to collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe.
        8. Prof Stephen Heppell: Writings: Online education, eLearning, 21st-century learning and future learning, among other topics, find a home at this blog.
        9. Stephen’s Web: Founded in 1995, Stephen’s Web is best described as a digital research laboratory for innovation in the use of online media in education.
        10. The Knowledge Tree: This blog is an e-journal generated by members of the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system to enable the sharing of research and learning innovation in national and global e-learning practice.

        eLearning 10Productivity and Technology

        1. 2¢ Worth: A non-traditional educator grapples with teaching and learning in the new information landscape.
        2. Cogdogblog: This is Alan Levine’s space for “barking about and playing with technology.”
        3. EdTech Innovations: A place for innovative educators to discuss and share how they integrate technology.
        4. EdTech Talk: This blog is a collaborative open Webcasting community meeting place to discuss education, technology, practice and contexts.
        5. EdTechPost: Scott Leslie is an educational technologist, hacker, researcher and open content/open network activist.
        6. eSchool News: News, ideas and research offered on technology for today’s K-20 educator.
        7. Ideas and Thoughts: Dean Shareski is a digital learning consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. He specializes in the use of technology in the classroom.
        8. Infinite Thinking Machine: Through an active blog, an Internet TV show, and other media resources, the ITM shares a “bazillion practical ideas” for turning the infinite universe of information into knowledge.
        9. Internet Time Blog: Jay Cross writes books, blogs, and articles on business effectiveness, especially online.
        10. Tech and Learning: A broad collection of blogs that focus on technology and learning, both in the classroom and distance learning.
        11. Weblogg-ed: Will Richardson is “Learner in Chief” at Connective Learning and the author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, now in its 2nd Edition.

        Second LifeOnline Educational Culture

        1. Dramatech Space: Explore drama, education and technology with Kim Flintoff, a mentor to teachers transitioning to Flexible Learning strategies.
        2. Easily Distracted: An academic blog about culture, politics, academia and “other shiny objects.”
        3. Networked Performance: Networked performance is real-time, embodied practice within digital environments and networks; “it is, embodied transmission.”
        4. Oh! Virtual Learning! Scott Merrick focuses on virtual learning environments and their possibilities.
        5. Snurblog: Dr. Axel Bruns’s research interests are in “produsage” (or collaborative user-led content development), social media mapping, blogging, citizen journalism, online publishing, virtual communities, creative industries, creative hypertext writing, and popular music studies.
        6. Terra Nova: Terra Nova is a Weblog about virtual worlds, also known as synthetics worlds, MMOs, MMORPGs, Social Worlds, MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHes.
        7. Virtual Learning Worlds: Barton is responsible for data mining a vast array of institutional data tied to undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University, helping to identify trends and inform high-level administrators and decision-makers.

        Online ResearchResearch

        1. David Lee King: King creates, writes, thinks, and speaks about library Web sites and emerging digital technology.
        2. Dissertation Research: If you want support for research, resources, reference, online expertise, writing and skill goals, this site is imperative.
        3. Free Range Librarian: This is K.G. Schneider”s blog on “librarianship, writing, and everything else.”
        4. Hey Jude: If you’re learning online, Judy O’Connell can help with her information about emerging technologies, innovation with Web 2.0, and what this all means for schools and school libraries.
        5. Information Wants To Be Free: A librarian, writer and educator reflects on the profession and the tools librarians use to serve patrons.
        6. Panlibus Blog: Panlibus is based on a heritage and experience with over 40 years of serving the library domain, combined with knowledge of leading edge technology.
        7. Research Buzz: Get news about search engines, digital archives, online museums, databases and other Internet resources and collections since 1998.
        8. Resource Shelf Blog: Learn about how dedicated librarians and researchers share the results of their “directed (and occasionally quirky) Web searches” for resources and information.
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        20 Best Old-School Educational Video Games http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/20-best-old-school-educational-video-games/ Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:43:10 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=195 Continue reading ]]> When you think about video games, you don’t usually think about them being educational. However, from puzzle games that can be played to help you improve your mind power, to games that overtly teach you math and develop reading skills, video games can actually aid educational efforts. While you probably won’t get a college scholarship due to your efforts at gaming, you can improve your knowledge.

        But the really cool games, at least for us old school gamers, were found from the days 15- 20 years ago. Some of the classics were educational and fun. And, since video games were a novelty, we’d play just to play. Today’s kids know exactly what you’re trying to pull when you plop a Leap Frog in front of them. And some of them won’t stand for that sort of educational value. If you are interested in a little trip down memory lane, you can check out the following 20 old-school educational video games:

        Puzzle Games

        Old school puzzle games challenged your creativity, and your thinking skills. Puzzle games have always been a great way to give your brain a good work out. These games could help you boost your brain power, preparing your for weightier educational challenges.

        1. Solomon’s Key: This puzzle game is meant to keep you thinking. And possibly frustrated. There are 15 secret levels; if you don’t unlock them all, you don’t actually “beat” the game. But there’s no way to know until you are done. There are so many impossible challenges to overcome (the main character is almost always near death, enemies spawn endlessly). Even if this wasn’t such a brain buster, it would still provide a solid education in failure — and bitter disappointment.
        2. Tetris: Still one of the best puzzle games ever. Figure out how to stack oddly shaped items so that you make rows. You can change their shapes — within boundaries. A great brain work out.
        3. Minesweeper: I’m going to be honest. I spent hours playing Minesweeper. Trying to figure out where all the bombs were was a puzzle that could keep me occupied indefinitely. It was all about deduction, and elimination.
        4. Bomberman: This classic, originally released in Japan, is a classic maze-based puzzle video game. Use strategy to work your way to the surface. Plenty of challenges. This game is often considered one of the first multiplayer games.
        5. The Fool’s Errand: Your job is to use a cryptic treasure map and solve visual puzzles in order to beat the game. It’s a great mental workout, providing a number of different challenges.
        6. Gertrude’s Secrets: Move into different rooms, solving puzzles. There are a variety of different types of puzzles. Most of them are reasonably simple. There are some that take creativity and guessing, though. A great way to spend an afternoon.
        7. Tink Tonk: A great puzzle game from the company Spout. Cool characters, and plenty of learning activities. This game is hard to find, but if you can download it, it’s a great way to refresh your mind.

        Math & Science

        If you wanted to practice math facts, or learn a little science, you could use these games to build a solid conceptual foundation. These games were perfect for budding geeks, who could take the concepts learned and build better computers — and video games.

        1. Math Blaster: Possibly one of the most popular math games ever, Math Blaster presents math problems, and you have to solve them in order to advance. A space game that encourages students to think quickly, learning math facts.
        2. M.U.L.E.: Learn a little more about the “dismal science” — economics — with help from this old-school video game. Your job is to colonize a planet and make it economically viable. Create a commodity, and then sell it. Find out about labor, money, and the market system.
        3. Lunar Lander: Learn about physics concepts like thrust as you try to land on the moon. Landing spots become more difficult as you consider gravity (considerably less of it on the moon), and how to pilot an unwieldy lunar landing module.
        4. Number Munchers: Numbers are delicious! And fun! Learn different math concepts, and practice your math skills with help from this game. You have to become increasingly fast as solving your math problems, since there are Troggles trying to mess you up.
        5. OutNumbered!: This game is from the Super Solvers franchise. Your job is to solve math problems in order to save a TV station from mischief. It also requires that you guess where the bad guy is at the end. A fun game that includes a number of elements.
        6. Astro-Grover: Perfect for kids who need to learn counting and basic math. Join the fuzzy monster on an exploration of space — and arithmetic

        Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

        From music to reading to history, these great games provide a way to brush up on facts, and train the brain. Learn fascinating tidbits of information while playing. And use that information in ways that you might never need in real life.

        1. Loom: Learn a little bit about music from this game. You need to remember musical “spells”, which are comprised of notes on a musical scale. As you progress, more notes are added. Learn about reading music, and maybe even making your own.
        2. Oregon Trail: I actually first played this game in school. I lived along the Oregon Trail, and the game was considered a great lesson in history. Follow the route of pioneers. Figure out how much food to get. Learn about historical events. And try not to die.
        3. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: A perfect game for learning geography. Solve clues and track down Carmen Sandiego — all around the world. Spin offs include a time travel game to help teach history.
        4. Mario’s Time Machine: Learn more about history with help from Mario, one of the most recognizable video games in history. The game, though, was discontinued.
        5. Word Munchers: Practice reading, and learning more about grammar. A great way to learn parts of speech. Perhaps if more kids played Word Munchers, they wouldn’t think LOL and UR are actual words.
        6. Reader Rabbit: This franchise has been around for a while. A fun way to help kids learn to read by playing games.
        7. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing: Playful, game based drills to help you learn typing. The sibling rivalry alone — who can type the fastest? — made it a game at my house. And a fiercely competitive one at that. Updated version available now to teach you to e-mail faster.
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        The History of Online Education in America: The Ultimate Web Guide http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2011/the-history-of-online-education-in-america-the-ultimate-web-guide/ Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:25:26 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=186 Continue reading ]]> It may surprise you to learn that online education, or materials presented over the Internet to provide instruction on any given subject, was used by students before home computers became popular. University of Illinois scientists created a classroom system based in linked computer terminals in the 1960s. While this first online learning experience — now also called E-learning — did not match the Web learning offered today, it was a landmark experience in online education.

        Before that time, distance learning was employed by organizations and individuals through mail and even by telegraph. The following Web sites, resources, articles, journals, organizational histories and abstracts offer insights into the development of online education and how this form of learning has progressed, including forecasts about how online learning may proceed into the future.

        Articles

        1. eLearningA Brief History of Online Education: This short article looks at the beginnings of online education from the corporate angle in the 1980s. The author offers a brief introduction to CALCampus, a distance-learning organization that introduced the first entirely online curriculum.
        2. History of Online/Distance Public Education in America: This article by AdultLearn is a bit more comprehensive about the progress of distance education.
        3. History of Online Education: This article is a short overview of online education history.
        4. Industry Report – Introduction: This is the introduction to a four-part article on the history of online education. The articles discuss online education history as well as issues and possible future of this educational format.
        5. Online Adult Education: A Look Back to the Future: This brief history of online education breaks the history timeline down into earmarked years that saw vast improvements.
        6. Online Education Overcoming Its Origins: This article focuses on the reputation earned through correspondence courses and how online education is overcoming that stigma.
        7. The History of Distance Education: Michael Jeffries, assistant director of educational services IHETS, offers an article that looks at virtual education that dates back to the 1700s.
        8. The History of Higher Education in the United States: This World Wide Learn article approaches online education with a short history about higher education in the U.S.
        9. The Origins of Distance Education and its use in the United States: This journal article explains the difference between distance education, which can include hard-copy correspondence, and online education, which is conducted entirely through the Internet.
        10. What Is the History of Online Education? Another very short summary of online education beginning in 2000.

        Timelines & Infographics

        1. Virtual World ConstructDistance Education Timeline: This timeline, based upon virtual rather than just computer, learning begins in 2840 with Isaac Pitman, who taught shorthand by correspondence.
        2. Online Learning Timeline: This timeline begins with PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations), which was the first computer assisted instruction system.
        3. Pearson Timeline: This leading educational and professional publisher dates back to 1725. Recently, they opened the Pearson iDEA Innovation Center, a digital laboratory focused on user-centered design, software usability testing, and efficacy research.
        4. The History of Online Education: This information graphic begins with the 1960s and offers a timeline as well as other graphically-illustrated information.
        5. Video Game Timeline: If you do any learning through virtual worlds, this video game timeline may interest you…it begins in 1972 with the world’s first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey.

        Web Sites and Abstracts

        1. CALCampus: This is the home of the organization that introduced the first entirely online curriculum. CALCampus remains an accredited online distance learning school, located in the U.S., offering college and high school course instruction through the Internet. They also maintain a page filled with articles about the history of online learning.
        2. Education Program for Gifted Youth: This Stanford University program offers one of the most historic online education courses, as it has offered individual online courses since 1990 and a summer program since 2000 to gifted youth in high school.
        3. ERIC–The First 15 Years. A History of the Educational Resources Information Center: This link leads to an article and abstract concerning this organization’s programs, organization and first 15-year history. ERIC is a federally-funded nationwide information system established to provide easy access to information about education research, including online education courses and programs.
        4. Online Distance Education: Historical Perspective and Practical Application [PDF]: This 1997 report is an abstract of a dissertation submitted to American Coastline University Graduate School of Community and Human Services for partial fulfillment of the requirements for a doctoral degree in distance education and technology.
        5. Quality in ElearningPLATO History: This is the home of the PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations) History Foundation and the archive for information about the history and significance of the PLATO computer system and its online community.
        6. The Virtual University Becomes a Reality [PDF Download]: This paper offers background and history on the MIT OpenCourware Web-based electronic publishing initiative, with goals to provide free, searchable and coherent access to virtually all MIT course materials for educators, students, and individual learners around the world. MIT made their announcement about this project in April 2001.
        7. Visions Shaping the Future of Online Education: Understanding its Historical Evolution, Implications, and Assumptions: The purpose of this paper, written by Dr. Jorge Gaytan, was to present a historical background of online education, review its current status, and provide visions shaping its future in an attempt to understand its potential and limitations that will lead to the advancement of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

        Organizations and Journals

        1. Association for Educational Communications and Technology: AECT is a professional association of thousands of educators and others whose activities are directed towards improving instruction through technology. This site contains information about the organization’s history, its past presidents and history.
        2. Educause: This is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Their press releases date back to 2000, providing ample information about this organization’s role in online education.
        3. eSchool News Archives: The news archives from January 1998 to the present are available for this publication that covers education technology in all its aspects — from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products.
        4. Tech & Learning: This link leads to an article that celebrates 30 years for this journal. The article contains links to some of the most influential individuals — movers and shakers — within the online education industry.
        5. The Adult Education History Project: In 1986, the Adult Education Graduate Program, Syracuse University, began the Syracuse University Kellogg Project. It was designed to “tap the potential” of a large university library archival collection, the world’s largest compilation of English-language materials on adult education.
        6. The eLearning Guild: The eLearning Guild is the oldest and most trusted source of information, networking, and community for e-Learning Professionals. This link leads to information about this organization, its history and its interaction with online educational processes.
        7. The History of iNACOL: The International Association for K-12 Online Learning, is a non-profit organization that facilitates collaboration, advocacy, and research to enhance quality K-12 online teaching and learning. This link leads to a history about this organization and its role in online education.
        8. World Association for Online Education (WAOE) academic NPO: This link leads to resources that hold WAOE electronic bulletin archives, direct access to the Journal of Online Education, a link to history and multicultural activities since mid-2007 and an inventory of WAOE commissioned sites as of 2010.
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        Top 40 Video Web Sites for Teachers http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/2010/top-40-video-web-sites-for-teachers/ Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:49:29 +0000 http://onlineuniversityrankings.org/?p=153 Continue reading ]]> Learning can come from books, or it can come from streaming TV interviews about books and authors. Video produced by universities, major television networks and organizations all provide entertaining and enlightening shows, lectures and films that can enhance learning experiences for students of all ages. The following top 40 sources for open courseware videos (meaning they are no charge and educational) are categorized and listed in alphabetical order within those categories.

        University and College Videos

        1. CalTech Today's Streaming TheaterCalTech Today’s Streaming Theater: Topics include science and technology, campus life and society and culture.
        2. Carleton University Television (CUTV): Now in its 31st year of operation, more than 80 000 students from around the world have used CUTV distributed courses to learn and complete a University degree program.
        3. Columbia Interactive: This is the official gateway to selected electronic learning resources developed by Columbia University.
        4. Dartmouth Chance Videos: Chance is a quantitative literacy course developed cooperatively by the Chance Team members, all from various colleges. The video lectures include discussion of Chance topics.
        5. Duke University on Demand: View lectures, interesting speakers, lively events and more on this Duke on Demand Web site.
        6. Harvard @ Home: Harvard offers exciting teaching, cutting-edge research, and noteworthy events that define and distinguish the University today.
        7. Landon Lecture Series: Gain live access on day of lecture or view archived lectures on public issues, thanks to Kansas State University.
        8. MIT World Video Index: This free and open site provides on-demand video of significant public events, lectures and more at MIT.
        9. Rice Educational Technologies: View featured events, recently archived Webcasts and use their calendar for future events to use in classes.
        10. UCLA Webcasts: UCLA Instructional Media Production (IMP) provides live Webcasts of important and interesting campus events.
        11. Virginia Law Videos: The topics included in these video lectures and information sessions range from administrative law to wrongful conviction.
        12. Webcast Berkeley: Courses and events offered by the University of California (UC) Berkeley, also offered as podcasts.
        13. World Lecture Hall: This is your entry point to free online course materials from around the world, offered by the University of Texas at Austin.

        Organizational Videos and Collections

        1. Academic EarthAcademic Earth: The videos are free and the lectures are from a variety of higher educational sources.
        2. ARKive: With the help of the world’s best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world’s endangered species.
        3. C-SPAN Video Library: The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses.
        4. CERN Webcast Service: The CERN Webcast Service opens CERN lectures and seminars to universities, schools and to the general public.
        5. Community Video: This site previously was known as Open Source Video, but nothing else has changed. You can find free movies, films and videos on just about every topic imaginable here.
        6. Forum Network: Get in touch with this wide variety of lectures and speakers from public stations and community partners.
        7. Free Documentaries: This site streams full-length documentary films free of charge, with no registration needed. For several films, they even offer the ability to watch trailers or to download the actual film.
        8. Mathematical Sciences Research Institute: MSRI provides streaming video lectures on VMath and math education.
        9. Moving Image Collections: Take a seat at a window to the world’s moving images. MIC is a collaboration of organizations and individuals in moving image archives, information technology, and digital education.
        10. PsychLectures: If you need free online psychology lectures from top universities, this site can help with your search.
        11. ScholarSpot: Videos located on this site focus on science, self-growth, technology, politics and more.
        12. TED: You can find many videos here, all on different topics and provided by interesting individuals. Just remember the slogan: “Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”
        13. The Science Network: The mission of The Science Network (TSN) is to build an online science and society agora, or public square, dedicated to the discussion of issues at the intersection of science and social policy.
        14. Web of Stories: Web of Stories currently has two channels: Great Lives and Remarkable People. Web of Stories is published by Web of Stories Ltd and is a member of the Science Navigation Group.

        Educational Television

        1. ABCABC: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation provides a vast array of learning materials. Topics range from education to indigenous peoples and from parenting to religion.
        2. American Field Guide: Immerse your students in the great outdoors without ever leaving the classroom. Choose from over 1400 videos on topics ranging from animals to recreation.
        3. BBC Learning: Subjects on this popular open-source online television site range from art and design to science. Over 6,000 video clips are available for your classrooms that range from young people to adults.
        4. Bio: Need biographies for classroom material? Use this site to watch videos, read news and gain insight into some very important people.
        5. Book TV: C-SPAN2 offers 48 hours of nonfiction books and authors from Saturday 8am (ET) to Monday 8am (ET) every week, with archived materials available any time.
        6. Discovery Channel: Storm chasers, science, history and animals abound in this multicultural and exciting learning venue.
        7. NASA TV: Not only does NASA provide video, it offers HD TV, interactive features, 3D resources, blogs, podcasts and videos.
        8. National Geographic Video: Over 50 videos are available that focus on weather, animals, environment and history.
        9. Nova: This link takes you to the archives, and Nova offers a new beta site with up-to-date videos, all at any teacher’s disposal.
        10. OneWorld TV: These videos from around the world were contributed by OneWorld members. A focus is on cultural difference, environment and economics.
        11. PBS: Public Broadcasting Station offers TV shows and video, including American Experience, American Masters, Need to Know and Washington Week.
        12. Thirteen: This site is all about New York Public Media. If you want to find public media in your state, simply search for the name of your state + public media to find a Web site.
        13. University of California TV Video on Demand: UCTV explores a broad spectrum of subjects of interest to a general audience, including science, health and medicine, public affairs, humanities, arts and music, education issues, and even gardening and agriculture.
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