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E-Textbooks Could Be Integrated with Blackboard

With more textbooks offering an e-version of the book, college students had to create separate user names and passwords to access the information. This may no longer be necessary. In a recent announcement, the online learning platform giant Blackboard has partnered with several college textbook publishers. This collaboration will allow Blackboard to offer a wider range of services for its learning management system. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Blackboard's new partnership allows textbook companies to offer their e-textbooks through Blackboard.

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Blended Learning: Where Online Education Meets the Classroom

Since the economic crisis of 2008, school districts have seen a substantial cut in their funding. This loss of funding has motivated various school districts to incorporate online learning in conjunction with classroom learning. This online and classroom based online is called blended learning. According to an article in The Huffington Post, blended learning offers teachers more options for improving student achievement with fewer resources.

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Online Education: Profitable for Private Investors

After the release of the Sloan Consortium's online education report, several private investing groups have been raising funds and investing in online education. Online education providers such as Kaplan have recently been purchased by investors. The most recent was the purchase of Education2020 or E2020 by the company Weld North. According to an article in The New York Times, Weld North purchased the online education provider E2020 in order to be a part of the growing market for online education.

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Google Plus: Helping Professors Connect with Students

Last week, Google announced the beta version of its new social networking site, Google Plus. For those who may not be familiar with Google Plus, this new social media site allows users to share information within their social circles rather than the entire group of contacts. This limited sharing feature as some professors excited about the possibilities Google Plus has for education. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, professors see Google Plus as a potential new tool for connecting with their students in the classroom.

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Educating the Adult Learner through Online Learning

As the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement, many economic experts fear the decreasing working population coupled with the increasing lack of equally educated workers. The current workforce does not hold as many post-secondary degrees as the retiring Baby Boomers which could have a significant impact on the economy as more of those Boomers retire. While many adult workers have attempted some post-secondary education, many are finding the rigors of full-time employment, family obligations, and traditional course schedules too overwhelming. According to the research of Erik C. Burns in his paper entitled The Adult Learner: A Change Agent in Post-Secondary Education, Burns cites online education as the key factor for educating the current working population and providing an alternative to the traditional post-secondary education experience.

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