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Sarah Askins

Michigan Pushing for More Open Online Education Options

Online education continues to be popular option in the state of Michigan; however, some educators and legislators believe the current education laws hinder the growth of online education programs. Currently, a middle or high school student in Michigan can enroll in two online courses per semester , and the school district must apply to waive this limit. Theses waivers are limited to a small percentage of the state's school districts. According to an article in The Detroit Free Press, Michigan's Department of Education is looking to override the current limits placed upon online education courses and make online education more accessible to its students.

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Two Higher Education Companies to Merge

In an announcement last week, two of the leading companies making student management software, SunGard and Datatel, plan to merge their assets. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, this merger between SunGard and Datatel has the potential to create better management systems for their respective higher education clients. This merger has many in various colleges and universities concerned since both companies offer student record management technologies.

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Online Education: Changing the System or Conforming to It?

With the increasing popularity of online education, several states have or will soon require all high school graduates to take an online course. This innovative pedagogical tool can accommodate various learning styles, incorporate new technology media in the virtual classroom, and allow students to work at their own pace. The question remains: can online education really change the educational system if it operates under the same course and pedagogical objectives? According to an article in the Huffington Post, Andrew K. Miller voices this concern that online education may simply repeat the mistakes of the current education system.

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Online Education: Changing the Classroom Dynamic

For many high school students, school is a series of lectures taking place in various classrooms on campus. After school, students muddle through homework and the cycle repeats. Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, saw the need to question the fundamental practices of the education system. Why are students being lectured in the classroom and doing the real work of learning in their homework? According to an article in The Bangor Daily News, Khan Academy offers teachers a series of videos and lectures for the students to watch as homework assignments which allows class time to be used for questions, problem solving, and unique projects.

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Online Learning: Designing Courses for Culturally Diverse Learners

With the increasing popularity of online learning courses, instructional course designers must account for the ever expanding global reach of online courses and the cultural needs of a diverse learning population. Traditional classroom learning environments could address these cross-cultural issues during class discussions and open dialogues with the instructor; however, online learning and its course design has not always openly acknowledged that there are cultural learning differences amongst its students. According to a case study conducted by Mamta Sazena entitled Learner Analysis Framework for Globalized E-Learning: A Case Study, Sazena interviews several online course designers to see how they have or could possibly address the cultural needs of the students.

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