Technology is completely transforming education in more ways than one. Without looking back at the progress that has been made in the last couple of years, it can be difficult to understand the speed at which education has changed during the last decade. And if the past is of any indication, technology will continue to have a huge impact on how education will be dispensed in the future. In this article, we’re going to explore three ways new technologies are completely revolutionizing the world of education.

Online Educational Programs of Equal Quality as Brick and Mortar Institutions

While online diploma mills showed up almost as soon as online education was becoming serious, most online educational programs by major institutions are of equal quality as their brick and mortar counterparts.

Online education no longer consists of watching videos and filling out a survey, then receiving your “credentials” after the final payment clears. Instead, improvements in technology allow the teacher to present the material actively or passively by showing pre-recorded lessons.

In the case of online MBAs,  MBA online coursework includes projects that your designated teacher will review. Whether they are market analysis or business case studies depends on the class, but at the end of the day, the same level of work is required of online MBA students as regular ones.

Online Education Eliminates the Need for the Training Department

Does your company have offices in California? Do you have someone in that facility up to date on sexual harassment rules and qualified to give the state mandated training for all managers in that facility? Unless you have a large office in that state, you probably don’t have someone with the expertise to teach that state mandated training. Then there are requirements like diversity training for federal contractors and suppliers who work with federal contractors. Online education is increasingly eliminating the need for keeping Human Resources personnel up to date on all of these rules and regulations, or paying an exorbitant amount to an outside trainer to teach the classes.

Instead, there are a number of companies that offer these classes online. To help reinforce the lessons and prove that the student paid attention, quizzes will be peppered throughout the online material.

Your Company Needs Fewer People to Train Your Customers and Clients

Another way technology is transforming education is by reducing the time and effort required to train customers and clients. For instance, your company can create training videos on how to use or maintain particular products and then post them online. The benefit of this includes fewer calls to technical support from people failing to follow the instructions correctly. And you have fewer sales people asked to train customers instead of focusing on what they should be doing, selling. This makes you whole sales and customer service team that much more efficient.

Online education is reducing the need for trainers to travel to various worksites in the same city or around the world to train customers, clients and employees. Online education allows companies to tap into lower cost knowledge systems and online educational programs like online MBA courses bring advanced degrees within reach of far more employees at a lower cost and greater schedule flexibility, without sacrificing quality.

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pursue your degree with the masters of science in nursing online curriculum program, then it may be helpful to learn about the ways it can shape your future. Earning a degree is nothing to take lightly. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, so you want to know it’s worth it in the end. While there are all kinds of ways it can shape your future and benefit you, we’ll take a look at some of the top advantages to earning a degree.

Provides You with Confidence

As you head into the world and search for that career job, confidence is something you will need. If it’s your first real career position, confidence can be a bit hard to come by. By earning your degree you will be armed with all kinds of skills and knowledge that will provide you with that boost of confidence you will need. It will help to carry you through that first position as you work to build upon your knowledge and gain experience.

Open More Job Opportunities

Another great advantage to earning a degree is that it opens a variety of career paths. There is no need to just focus on one set job, as your degree can help you land a variety of positions. What this means is that you can find a job easier and faster. It also means you can switch things up if you’re unhappy with your current job.

Increase your Earnings

Of course, it’s always nice to know that you can make a decent amount of money in your field. By possessing a degree you will be guaranteed higher earnings potential. Now this may not happen right away in your first job, but as you work your way up the career ladder you can command a higher salary than those without a degree. You will be eligible for those higher up positions since you will have the qualifications and skills required.

Enjoy Health Benefits

Here’s a factor that doesn’t always pop into your mind, but usually the higher paying jobs also offer some sort of health benefit package. Think how much this can save you down the road in medical costs. This is even more important if you plan on having a family, or already have a family to care for. This can work out to be a pretty big advantage.

Increased Job Security

It’s true that no job is ever 100% secure, but when you have a degree your employer is likely to value you that much more. They know they just can’t turn around and hire any person to do your job. You come with a set of skills and knowledge that is needed.

Making a Decision

as you mull over all the advantages to earning your masters degree in nursing it becomes evident that it can lead to all kinds of benefits not just for you, but also for your family.

Let me start this post by answering that question with a big YES. Online MBA courses are now the most popular courses in education, with thousands of new students enrolling to get their master’s degrees. You don’t need to worry about the online MBA education not meeting the standards set by companies looking for new managers and supervisors either, because over 300 of the best courses from top names such as Ohio University are fully accredited.

There are other reasons why pursuing your MBA online is a good idea. An online degree can be up to 40% more affordable than the equivalent offline master’s degree. Plus, you have complete control over how you take the course. You can allocate more time, take more classes each semester and complete the course in as little as a year. You can also choose to take the course more slowly, especially if you’re maintaining a full time job or running a business at the same time.

 

To find out more about online MBA degrees, the Rise of Online MBA Education infographic by Ohio University is definitely worth a read.


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An old lecturer of mine once said that marketing is a combination of art and science. As I delve into the world of internet marketing further, I find what he said to be true. Marketing involves a lot of creativity, but it is also a scientific process. Both creative thinking and data-driven decision making abilities are critically important if you want to be a good internet marketer.

One of the best ways to master these skills – and the other essential abilities every marketing executive must have – is by pursuing an MBA from top names such as Pepperdine University. Today’s best MBA programs are tailored not only to help you master marketing-related skills, but also to allow you to understand the A-to-Z of internet and mobile marketing along the way.

Upon completing the course, you will have a vast new array of knowledge to implement.

 

Find out more about these knowledge and other details about how an MBA can help you be a better marketer from the Anatomy of a Marketing Executive by mbaonline.pepperdine.edu.

Marketing Executive | MBA Online Pepperdine

 

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A student loan bailout is a dreadful idea–one that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

An estimated 5.3 million people are enrolled in repayment plans, with about $353 billion in outstanding student loans, according to the General Accounting Office. The GAO estimates that $215 billion, or only 61 percent of the debt, will be paid in full. Another $108 billion will be forgiven altogether, with the remaining $29 billion discharged because of death or disability.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump said he would make it even easier for students to let their payments slide. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/13/trump-just-laid-out-a-pretty-radical-student-debt-plan/

As a college professor for more than 20 years, I understand that student debt is a serious issue. But it doesn’t make sense to let borrowers off the hook. Students and their parents signed a contract for a loan to get money. If they borrowed money to buy a car or a house, they would have to repay the loan.

As Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith put it: “Students who take out loans don’t tend to follow the strict rational decision-making process that economists often blithely assume. In other words, they fail to calculate carefully whether it’s worth it to take out the loans, and they don’t have a good idea of what it will take to pay off the debt. Students who take out loans don’t tend to follow the strict rational decision-making process that economists often blithely assume. In other words, they fail to calculate carefully whether it’s worth it to take out the loans, and they don’t have a good idea of what it will take to pay off the debt….That mistake is increasingly being encouraged, aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”

Individuals have an option if they cannot pay their loans: bankruptcy. That’s a difficult lesson, but it may get people to think twice about meeting their commitments in the future.

It is also important to look at the underlying causes of student debt, such as the government regulations that create bloated administrative staffs.  Since I started in higher education in 1994, I have seen the expansion of administrative personnel to meet, in part, state and federal guidelines. For example, there were three administrative jobs at the first school I worked at. The second one had seven. My current school has more than 30 administrative staff members, including a dean, a senior associate dean, an associate dean, four assistant deans, a senior vice dean, a compliance officer and myriad other positions. Throughout the university, I have seen the addition of hundreds of people to fill administrative posts. It seems as though everyone has an assistant who also has an assistant.

Trump and his new secretary of education. Betsy DeVos, need to tighten the requirements to get loans and cut the federal regulations that result in colleges and universities expanding their administrative staff. Both of these actions would go a long way to reducing the cost of higher education and make students responsible for their financial decisions.


Christopher Harper worked as a journalist for more than 20 years. He teaches media law.

Sheldon Cooper: Actually, I’m here to file a complaint. Someone has used sexual language that I found to be offensive.
Janine Davis: And who would that be?
Sheldon Cooper: You, you dirty birdy! I’ve been thinking about those things you said to me yesterday, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they’ve made me very uncomfortable. So be a dear and grab me one of those complaint forms.

The Big Bang Theory: The Egg Salad Equivalency 2013

Shortly after the Election Glenn Reynolds wrote about how post Trump college campus have become kindergarten:

The response to the shock has been to turn campuses into kindergarten. The University of Michigan Law School announced a ”post-election self-care” event with “food” and “play,” including “coloring sheets, play dough (sic), positive card-making, Legos and bubbles with your fellow law students.” (Embarrassed by the attention, UM Law scrubbed the announcement from its website, perhaps concerned that people would wonder whether its graduates would require Legos and bubbles in the event of stressful litigation.)

Stanford emailed its students and faculty that psychological counseling was available for those experiencing “uncertainty, anger, anxiety and/or fear” following the election. So did the University of Michigan’s Flint campus.

Meanwhile, even the Ivy League wasn’t immune, with the University of Pennsylvania (Trump’s alma mater) creating a post-election safe space with puppies and coloring books:

A few weeks later (Yesterday that is) Reynolds talked about how colleges are making things difficult for conservatives on campus:

Harvard student Emily Hall watched the election results at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and, as one of the minority of Trump supporters there, saw her pro-Hillary classmates literally sobbing as the results came in. “I felt bad for them,” she told The Boston Herald. “But I also recognize that people would not have felt bad for me if I had been the one crying.”

At least sometimes people are honest. When SUNY Buffalo’s law school held a forum on the election and its traumas, the Dean, Jim Gardner, remarked that if someone else had won, “we would not be here.” But he then went on to attribute Trump’s election to “profound democratic immaturity,” implying, I guess, that Trump supporters are immature. I’m sure that made the Trump supporters among his faculty and student body feel included.

People who study patterns of discrimination talk about behaviors like “othering,” about marginalization, and about microaggressions. But in my experience, these behaviors are prominent in the world of academia, and they’re often aimed at conservative or libertarian students and faculty who depart from whatever the current left-leaning orthodoxy is.

This has been going on long before the election but some people are fighting back:

Attorney Jeffrey Robbins wrote to Babson’s lawyers yesterday saying the college’s handling of the incident “badly defamed” his client, and that Babson is “liable to Parker for the tort of defamation and, it would appear, for violations of the Massachusetts Civil Rights statute under the common law, for the intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”

Robbins is calling for the college to retract statements its officials made impugning the pair, offer a public apology and withdraw internal charges of harassment and disorderly conduct.

And do you know what’s interesting about the various state and federal laws and campus regulations concerning defamation, emotional distress and unwelcome environments.  None of these laws have the words:  “These rules don’t apply if these acts are done against conservatives in general and Trump supporters in particular.”

So if you are a Trump supporter at a college who is doing this, or at a company like Kellogg’s and find yourself in a “hostile environment”  remember all of these laws and rules are there for the using and the best part about it is as our friends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson have demonstrated, Large Corporations and Colleges with deep endowments are the perfect targets for these type of complaints.

The Moral of the story , this now famous tweet

applies just as well to schools and states that have weaponized laws and rules for three to four decades.

Punch back twice as hard.

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The three or four years you spend working towards a degree, is likely to be a tough. You will have your work cut out juggling coursework, a social life, and maintaining links with family and friends back home. Then there are the other things you need to do regularly, such as eat and sleep. No doubt you are wondering at this point in time whether you can even fit a hobby in, since there doesn’t appear to be much free space in your schedule!

No matter how little free time you have, it is worth making time for hobbies. Even if you are pushed to the limit studying for an online masters in computer science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, you should still make time for a hobby. Hobbies help us relax, improve our skills, and can even be helpful to our degree or career. Read on for some useful tips on which hobbies you should choose if you want to boost your degree studies, and career.

Build a Blog

If you have your eye on a career in tech, running a successful blog will give you serious bonus points. It’s incredibly easy to build a blog, with content management systems such as WordPress available to everyone and simple to use. And if you are working towards an online computer science masters, you can showcase your code writing skills and create an online project portfolio for potential clients.

Learn a Foreign Language

Becoming fluent in a second language is a valuable skill to have. We are living in an increasingly global world, with job opportunities available in a multitude of different countries. Just because you live in one country, it doesn’t mean you can’t take a job on the other side of the world when you graduate. Boost your employability in this regard by learning a second language. That way your resume will be more attractive to global corporations.

Develop Websites

Building websites is a fun hobby, but as well as being an interesting sideline, it can also give your career a helping hand. Employers love tech savvy applicants, so showing you can build a website and market yourself online puts you head and shoulders above someone who lacks these skills. It’s also good practice if you are studying a computer science or tech-related degree.

Excel in Sports

Playing sports is an excellent way of letting off steam and maintaining your health and fitness. Team sports in particular are useful, especially if you want your resume to stand out in a pile of hundreds. Employers like people who are team players. Colleges also like students who are happy to represent them in team sports. It’s a win-win situation.

Work Your Social Media Channels

Never underestimate the power of social media. People with thousands of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, or Instagram followers are serious influencers. Employers want people like you running their social media accounts, so you will be in demand.

Don’t keep quiet about your hobbies when you fill in a job application. It shows you are a well-rounded person, which employers like.

You really need to read Oleg Atbashian’s entire post about the disgraceful behavior by George Mason University that would have had their namesake rolling in his grave, but the whole thing can be summarized by this snippet:

I can argue that in our case, we were handcuffed and spent a day in jail not as much for the fact of posting the stickers, but for breaking a much more important, unwritten campus law – we confronted ideological uniformity, also known as political correctness, which in today’s American universities is as oppressive as racism was in Alabama in 1955.

I went to that campus to challenge that uniformity, not to get arrested. But if being thrown in jail will help break the cowardly silence on campus, I will consider it a small price to pay for starting an honest conversation about the festering ideological intolerance, lack of free speech, and totalitarian impulses at GMU and other American universities.

Who would have thought that a quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell that we would see an American University mimic the old Soviet tactics in defense of those who would murder jews?

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Behold the New Segregation! From last month:

California State University Los Angeles recently rolled out segregated housing for black students.

The arrangement comes roughly nine months after the university’s Black Student Union issued a set of demands in response to what its members contend are frequent “racist attacks” on campus, such as “racially insensitive remarks” and “microaggressions” by professors and students. One demand was for a “CSLA housing space delegated for Black students.”

“[It] would provide a cheaper alternative housing solution for Black students. This space would also serve as a safe space for Black CSLA students to congregate, connect, and learn from each other,” the demand letter stated.

(…)

Cal State LA joins UConnUC Davis and Berkeley in offering segregated housing dedicated to black students. While these housing options are technically open to all students, they’re billed and used as arrangements in which black students can live with one another.

(Emphasis mine. Personally, I learned a lot from other black students in my K-12 years when I used to get accused by them of wanting to be white. My “crime?” Getting good grades.)

I’d almost be for the new segregation, if I thought it was based on shaking off the unspoken uselessness of the old integration and unacknowledged black inferiority complex which made integration seem necessary—the notion that white schools, neighborhood and businesses were better because they were white.

But I suspect that, just like all the Leftist movements of this century—pun intended—the ideological foundation of the new segregation is non-existent. A true ideological foundation would require independent reading, mostly from the works of evil dead racist white males or from the non-white Civil Rights proponents of the 20th century.  I’d wager that none of the new segregationists have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X or Why We Can’t Wait. Too long; too many words to look up.

Assuming that the vast majority of the new segregationists are not paid to do what they are doing—and I think that only the leaders are paid–by hidden actors–it’s a safe bet that the new segregation is based more on [insert race/ethnicity here] Supremacy—an old form of idolatry.

It’s Carcass Worship. Love of dust and clay. Unrequited.

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As a general rule there are not a lot of reasons for conservatives in Massachusetts to smile come election time but WCVB polls on Question 2, the expansion of charter schools in the state is an exception:

On charter schools, 49 percent of likely voters support the question and 39 percent oppose, with 12 percent unsure. With leaners, the support goes up to 52 percent and opposition to 41 percent.

These polling stats come despite the opposition of such liberal icons as Senator Elizabeth Warren coming out against Question 2. And the NAACP maintaining its opposition to such schools.

In fact there has been a divide on the question amongst liberals  with the Boston Globe editorializing against fiscal objections to charter schools and some Cambridge city officials  spitting from their fellows on question 2.

US News has noticed this split between the liberal grass-roots and their leadership on this issue

But why do many civil rights groups oppose charters? The more deeply one looks, the more puzzling the question. Unlike rank-and-file teachers, the African-Americans we surveyed support charters by a nearly two to one margin. Forty-eight percent of African Americans say they favor the formation of charters, while only 29 percent stand in opposition, with the remainder taking the neutral position. In fact the opinions of African-Americans resemble those of the American public as a whole – 51 percent support, 28 percent oppose, 21 percent neutral. A March Boston Globe poll found much the same level of support for charters in the Bay State as we found nationally, both among the public as a whole and among all demographic groups.

Not only does the black community support charters, but African-American students enjoy over-representation in charter schools. According to the U. S. Department of Education 27 percent of all charter students are black, even though black students constitute only 16 percent of the overall public school population. Hispanic students at charters (30 percent) are slightly over-represented, as their share of the school-age population is 25 percent. But white students constitute just a quarter of the enrollees at charters, even though they are half of all students attending public school. Mysteriously, the NAACP calls this segregation

This divide has not slowed down the teachers unions and their allies.  In my home town of Fitchburg a local office opened up in the parkhill plaza area with a big sign Fitchburg Educational Association over it.  This has been a source of the lawn signs against question two that have popped up all over town.  In my travels I’ve yet to notice any such comparable effort locally on the other side.

Of course it could be the reason for the inactivity of the pro-question 2 side might be a decision to allow the results from the Sizer School, the local charter serving grades 7-12 speak for itself

the Massachusetts Department of Education released the accountability results for schools across the state. Sizer School, a 7-12 public charter in Fitchburg, has reached Level 1 status – an exciting accomplishment. In the aggregate and by subgroup, Sizer students met state targets for achievement. Sizer also saw strong improvement in subgroup performance in English Language Arts, and in moving students from warning/failing into proficient, and from proficient to advanced. This benchmark is due to the achievement and dedication of Sizer staff, students, and families. It represents diligence and is the result of hard work to ensure students understand and are able to demonstrate mastery of content and concepts in a testing environment.

According to the Massachusetts State 2016 glossary of accountability terms level one means?

Massachusetts’ Framework for District Accountability and Assistance classifies schools and districts on a fivelevel scale, classifying those meeting their gap narrowing goals in Level 1 and the lowest performing in Level 5. Approximately eighty percent of schools are classified into Level 1 or 2 based on the cumulative PPI for the “all students” and high needs groups. For a school to be classified into Level 1, the cumulative PPI for both the “all students” group and high needs students must be 75 or higher.

It defines “high needs students” as:

The high needs group is an unduplicated count of all students in a school or district belonging to at least one of the following individual subgroups: students with disabilities, English language learners (ELL) and former ELL students, or economically disadvantaged students. For a school to be considered to be making progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, the cumulative PPI for both the all students group and high needs students must be 75 or higher.

Sizer school scored 76 on all students and an even higher 78 for “high needs” students.

Meanwhile according to state stats Fitchburg in General (Level 3 62/60) and the schools servicing comparable grade levels   Fitchburg high  (Level 3 60/51)   Longsjo Middle school (Level 2 74/68)  and Memorial Middle School (Level 3 61/53) did not do so well.

On the minus side Sizer overall performance relative to other schools in same school type was 40 meaning that 60 percent of comparable schools scored better.  That might have been a good talking point for the folks at the Fitchburg Educational Association trying to move voters in Fitchburg voters if it wasn’t for the fact that Longsjo Middle school relative overall performance score was a 23, Memorial Middle school  a 22 and Fitchburg high a lowly 10 barely making double digits.

As election day grows nearer those opposed to charter school expansion in Massachusetts find themselves in the same position as Senator Richard Russell of Georgia who during the debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1957 had a memorable exchange over the need for a such a law with Senator Pat McNamara of Michigan on the senate floor.  Russell arguing for the status quo, noted McNamara’s stated racial issues in Michigan could be handled without outside interference and asked “Then, why does not the senator let us [in the south] do the same?”  McNamara, in a loud voice answered the argument for maintaining things as they were by saying:  “Because you’ve had ninety years and haven’t done it.”

That’s the dilemma of those hoping to reverse those polling numbers.  If the local schools had produced results that parents wanted for their children the whole question of charter schools would be moot.  But as long as the stats from the state and more importantly the results that are visible to the voters every time their children come home from school remain what they’ve been for years, lawn signs not withstanding the argument for the status quo will remain a difficult sell.


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