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Creating a Quality Test for Online Education

Since the inception of online education, these new programs have been unfairly compared to their traditional classroom counterparts; however, more traditional higher education institutions are now creating online education programs. The question now becomes: how does someone determine the quality of an online education program compared to other online education programs? According to an article in Inside Higher Education, Kaye Shelton and Sloan Consortium(Sloan-C) have collaborated to develop a quality matrix that will allow online higher education programs to be compared to each other.

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Connecting with Online Students

Online education has had the stigma of an impersonal learning platform; however, Allyson Beall is working hard to change this misconception. She teaches an online class “Environment and Human Life” at Washington State University where she actively engages her students through online discussion and course materials. According to an article in WSU Today, what makes Beall's online course design successful is the focus on student interactions and applications of the course to the real lives of the students.

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Online Education Working to Improve its Image

After raising funds to invest in online education, 2tor plans to use those funds to encourage college and universities to improve their online education programs. According to an article on Fortune.com, blogger Alex Taussig responds to an important question raised after 2tor's announcement: “why wouldn't a university want to improve its online education program? Taussig believes that higher online education is improving when both corporations and universities invest in it.

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Virtual Classes May Lower Dropout Rate

For some students, high school is an exciting experience; however, some students struggle to their entire high school career. Many students struggle with the core subject matter and may lack the financial ability to hire a tutor. Sadly, this may result in the difficult choice to dropout of school.  According to the Eastern Arizona Courier, online education could give potential high school dropouts another option to earn their diploma.

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Purdue University Collaborates in Online Education

This week, online higher education provider Deltak edu, Inc. and Purdue University officially made public  Purdue's new online education program collaboration with Deltak. In an article in The San Fransico Chronicle, both Deltak and Purdue University see this combined effort as a positive force in the demanding market for online degree programs. This partnership is designed to help attract more students to Purdue's new online program through the marketing resources of Deltak.

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