Monthly Archives: November 2013

Enrolling Online in any Course is Possible Now – You just need to Explore it

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Have you always wanted to spend long hours at home to learn and analyse secret codes? Did you always desire to learn computer programming languages instead of wasting an entire morning in an institute of technology? Believe it or not, you can now study any course online from anywhere under any reputed university of your choice.

Online learning institutions are springing up

Studying in traditional institutions or what you call today the brick and mortar classrooms are gradually getting outdated, and the reason is simple. Massive developments in technology have made numerous online learning providers grab the opportunity to complete higher studies within their means. Moreover, the outcomes witnessed among the majority of online learners have been incredible over the years especially after the initiation of a wide range of learning tools and software applications.

Professor David Evans adopts a new way to offer an online course

University of Virginia’s David Evans, who is associate professor of computer science runs a series of online courses in a special subject known as cryptography. He said, “Open online classes provide a way to reach an amazing group of students that do not have access to traditional higher education.” The majority of the content he delivers comes through short videos, quizzes and several interactive exercises. He also makes use of problem sets comprising challenging puzzles that help students to apply creative ideas while pursuing the course.

Studying online flexibly for any subject is now possible

University of Edinburgh’s project coordinator of distance education initiative and MOOCs, Amy Woodgate has come up with a practical observation. According to her, there are many who think that certain courses cannot be studied online, which hadn’t been actually proved with strong evidence. In this respect, Lloyd Bingham who is an online diploma course pursuer in Translation under the London Metropolitan University said that one can now take up any course online.

Talking about her personal experience, Tracy McLaughlin said that online learning for her had been so flexible that she had been able to dig deep into subjects that are obscure. While pursuing an online course for more than ten years under an Open University, she has managed to fit her work amidst her personal commitments. She added, “My course was pick-and-mix; it had modules from lots of different subjects.”

Exploring a subject is more important than merely pursuing it

The primary objective of obtaining education should not be solely qualifications. In fact, those who want to remain exposed to high career prospects are eyeing upon distance learning courses that can unlock doors for casual learners. These people will not only ‘study’ a subject but would prefer exploring it as much as possible. In this context, Dr Christopher Stokes who teaches MOOCs online at the University of Sheffield said, “Lots of people would like to learn a bit more about what is happening when they go to the dentist.”

Stokes, who had managed to run students’ workshops for eight years, had given opportunity to individuals coming from under-represented backgrounds. With the prime intention to allure a global audience, he says, “It will allow discussion between learners about their perception and experiences of dentistry around the world.”

Today, the developments in online education are happening so rapidly that online learners are now offered specialist subjects that can lead to bright career pathways. However, a question remains whether online courses would be able to keep up to their efficiency and outscore the conventional ones. Well, it will all depend on how they will be provided and what strategies would be taken by the online degree course providers to let students access them with ease.

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Kno now an Acquisition of Intel

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As the popularity of e-learning is increasing by the day, many companies around the world are trying to help out the online learning sector in any way possible. Just recently, Intel announced that they have acquired Kno, a company that provides a platform for e-textbooks and software for education.

According to Intel, this acquisition will aid a planned effort by Intel Education to build an environment or network of hardware, digital and software content, which is especially designed to aid students in the learning process while also providing tools to educators to efficiently incorporate technology into day to day classrooms.

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The vice president sales and marketing group, at Intel Corporation John Galvin said The acquisition boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments … We’re looking forward to combining our expertise with Kno’s rich content so that together, we can help teachers create classroom environments and personalized learning experiences that lead to student success. (Source:

Kno also provides a platform for educators and administrators, with tools to manage, allocate and supervise, the initiative taken for digital learning. John Galvin also added that Intel is keen to combine their existing expertise with the rich content Kno has to offer. According to them, this will assist teachers to construct an environment like a classroom and also add a personal touch to learning experiences so that students can succeed.

The apps that Kno provides are accessible to many operating systems like Android, iPad, Windows 7 & 8. The e-books they offer also help teachers, share information, gauge the progress made by students, and get more involved in its content. Intel adds that the e-books will remain the same but will only become ‘smarter’. Also, the e-books will improve in quality as the entire Kno team, excepting the CEO, will be joining Intel. It has also been heard that Intel, the world’s biggest ‘chipmaker’ will mostly work on hardware but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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6 Advantages of Online Distance Learning Programme

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Distance learning has become an integral part of modern education system. The rigid immigration policies along with increasing relocation costs have resulted in the rise of online distance learning programmes. Many educational institutions all over the world have accepted it as mainstream learning approach.

Distance learning has been in place for a long time now yet some people tend to treat it indifferently and have negative mindset. Need is to realise the potential of distance learning programmes and approach to it with an open mind.

A lot of people are of the view that complicated online interfaces make online learners isolated and prevent them from mingling with other students, hampering overall growth. Though it is true that there are certain things that curtail students from learning under traditional university environment but the benefits offers by distance learning are something that overlaps its shortcomings.

According to some surveys conducted by eminent educationalists, online learners have the ability to connect with pupils from across the world. Moreover, distance learners have the access to global resources and can share their opinions and views over a single, large platform. Here are a few additional  advantages of distance learning programmes that have completely changed today’s educational scenario.

Study the course of your choice – Online distance programmes typically give more options to the students in selecting a course of their choice. As distance education is accessible to even the students from remote areas, distance learning is benefiting a large mass.

Flexible learning – When it comes to flexibility, distance learning is a way ahead of traditional learning mode. Students engaged with their jobs can easily balance their studies and work schedule, as the assignments can be prepared whenever they have free time.

Networking – Online learners have bigger opportunities to build productive and useful networks. They can connect with the pupils from across the world and become acquaintance with a diverse range of people.

Study at own pace – As the assignments can be submitted behind the due dates also, distance learning provides the students with lots of opportunities to study at their own pace. Similarly, students can also schedule their study hours according to their own convenience.

Study schedule – Even if you are a working professional, middle aged person or stay at home mother, you have the options to schedule your study hours. Most of the times classes are held in the evening or at the weekends, so it becomes easier for busy persons to chalk out their own study plan.

Overall costs – Tuition fees at most online colleges and universities are lesser than the traditional institutes. So, even the students from poor economic background can enrol in their choice of course without burning a hole in their pocket. Moreover, they can save several other costs such as relocation costs, transportation costs, stationeries costs, etc.

Hence, online learning is quite advantageous to the modern students, who desire to achieve their ambitions in most flexible and easiest manner.

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