Apple To Host Education Event Next Week – How Will Tablets Evolve For Online Learning?

Yesterday, Apple announced that they will be holding a media event related to education next week; however they haven’t revealed much else at this point. The invite sent to news organizations featured a graphic shaped like an iPad. The portable iPad has gained popularity for educators and students at all levels by serving as an alternative to traditional textbooks and laptop computers.

The event, that takes place at the Guggenheim Museum next Thursday, will likely address its latest product updates and how they will benefit educators and learners. For online learners, this could be huge. The tablet has already revolutionized learning, in that it allows the classroom and its related materials to be portable.

While fantastic for mobility and convenience, some question their effectiveness as a learning tool. Penn State released a study of their approaches to online mathematics programs, with mixed results. Some of the problems found related to the rendering of mathematical symbols. In general, tablets are geared specifically towards the written word, meaning that students of online courses related to mathematics should be aware of potential issues when selecting a tablet PC.

This is just the beginning for tablets though. It will be interesting to see how they evolve, and how online programs adapt them into their course design and curriculum. How do you think tablets will evolve over the next year?

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What Will The Most Popular Online Degrees In 2012 Be?

The New Year marks a new chapter. It’s a time when people pledge to stick to the goals they’ve lost sight of in the past year. Be it health, education, organization, or a laundry list of other New Year’s resolutions, the beginning of the New Year is a popular time to recommit. For those seeking a higher education, online universities offer a flexible way to go back to school without sacrificing personal or work life. These five online degree options are gaining popularity, and we expect them to be the most popular online degrees in 2012.

5. Bachelor’s in Education

Even though in some areas in the United States recent graduates are hard pressed to find teaching jobs, the country is still in need of the next generation of quality educators. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in Education, students will be prepared to sit for their state’s Board of Education certification examination.

U.S. Department of Labor Average Salaries:
Elementary School Teacher: $54,330
Technical Education Teacher, Secondary School: $56,010
Special Education Teacher, Middle School: $56,500
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U.S. News To Rank Online Degree Programs Starting January 10

Back in July, we posted that U.S. News and World Report plans to introduce rankings for online colleges. Well that time is almost here. On January 10th, 2012, U.S News will launch their inaugural rankings exclusively on usnews.com, using data compiled from all online bachelor’s degree programs and five master’s level education programs in the United States. The 5 master’s programs that will be ranked are:

  1. Business
  2. Computer Information Technology
  3. Education
  4. Engineering
  5. Nursing

The number of students enrolled in online degree programs is increasing, and quickly. According to one study, “Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011,” it is reported that more than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during fall 2010. 10.1 percent more than the previous year. Continue reading

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Best Online Universities Holiday Party 2011

Last Friday, Best Online Universities North hosted our annual holiday party at Revolution Brewery in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. We celebrated with staff from our Houston office and our significant others as well as valued partners and contractors. The festive evening began with cocktails and a brewery tour, followed by a delicious feast of bacon-fat popcorn, assorted pizzas, chicken wings, pulled-pork sandwiches and other snacks. The night reminded us all of the successes we’ve achieved in 2011, and of the ambitious plans we have for 2012. Continue reading

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The Secrets Of A Successful Online Course

Last week, an article was published on Campus Technology.com by Richard Rose, who is the program chairman for instructional technology and design at West Texas A&M University. In the article, Rose reveals 6 easy steps for online success. For the benefit of our readers, I’ve summarized his points below. Don’t forget to check out the full article, here.

Secret 1: UX and Layout Matter

While early on, it was excusable for web-based courses to appear as if they were thrown together by a novice, with varying font sizes and lack of structure, it is not acceptable today. It’s imperative that not only is the content of the course well planned for and interesting, but that layout and structure are thoroughly considered as well. The bottom line is that students won’t respect the material if the course looks like a tech-savvy middle school student put it together. Continue reading

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Best Online Universities Adds 3 New Hires To Meet Growing Company’s Needs

We’ve added 3 new staff members this fall to meet our growing company’s needs. The new hires will help us further the development and growth of our niche websites to generate highly qualified leads for accredited universities across the United States.

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Best Online Universities Announces Upgrades to Lead Reporting Technology

Additional reporting capabilities and better account tracking will increase lead generation opportunities

Chicago, IL – (September 2nd 2011) – Best Online Universities LLC announced updates to their proprietary technology Best Online Monetization (BOM) today, including additional data reports, reporting visuals, and enhanced account tracking features.

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Best Online Universities Hosts One Of The Web’s Most Robust Catalogs Of Online Education Options For Students

Find and enroll in accredited online degree programs from colleges and universities across the United States as back-to-school season approaches

CHICAGO, IL – ( Aug 18, 2011) – For prospective college students who are interested in getting a higher education, but who haven’t enrolled in a degree program yet, Best Online Universities LLC, houses a robust catalog of accredited degree programs across the United States. Interested students can request information directly from schools and enroll in online and brick-and-mortar degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and post-doctorate degree levels. Continue reading

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BOU Sponsors CureSearch Hike Benefiting Children’s Cancer

On Saturday, October 8th, 2011, approximately 40 dedicated hikers who have raised funds for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer will embark on a 26 mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail located in Big Bear, CA. The goal is to complete this challenging course in one day, rain or shine, and raise essential funds for pediatric cancer research.

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BOU Welcomes 2 New Hires!

We’re growing! BOU Chicago added new team member Becky Mastey and BOU Houston welcomes Amy Evans!

Becky joins Best Online Universities as a Web Developer. Prior to joining BOU, she worked as a freelance PHP developer for just over five years. She has also done stints as a reporter for the local paper and has experience as a technical writer and project manager for web start-ups. Becky lives with her four children in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her kids, walking around local nature preserves and baking delicious cookies!

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