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Sarah Askins

Start Up Online Education Company Focusing on Baby Boomers

As the Baby Boomer generation transitions from the work force to retirement, many of these boomers are looking for new ways to keep their minds active or gain new skills in the job force In an announcement, Encore Career Institute has secured enough funding to bring its founder on board as CEO and partner with UCLA. According to an article in The Washington Post, Encore Career Institute plans to partner with UCLA to provide online continuing education and professional courses designed for the Baby Boomers.

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Keeping Online Students Enrolled

Online education draws more students each year through its flexible course schedules, asynchronous format, and cost effectiveness. All of these positive attributions, however, may also indicate the disparity of students entering online degree programs without graduating with a degree. According to the research conducted by Wallace E. Boston and Phil Ice in their journal article Assessing Retention in Online Learning: An Administrative Perspective, Boston and Ice studied a sampling of the undergraduate population at the American Public University System. The purpose of this study was to determine why the attrition rates for online students are higher than traditionally enrolled students and what measures can be taken to address these issues.

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Online Education: Debates Continue

Yesterday, we discussed online education as a “disruptive innovation”; that will bring education back to a student-centered focus. As post-secondary educators grapple with the demands for online education,  state legislatures continue to debate how online education can benefit students in elementary grades through high school. For the past several months, Utah's legislature has debated the effectiveness of online education and its effects on school districts' budgets. According to The Salt City Tribune, educators are still wary of putting these online education ideas into practice. Teachers worry that students enrolled in online courses would have too much free time during the school day and cause disruptions to instruction.

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Online Education: How a New Model Can Help the Old

After the financial collapse in 2008, tuition for colleges and universities has been steadily increasing, and these higher tuition rates are being passed along to the students and their families. What significant change occurred to force students to shoulder these new tuition rates? Unfortunately, nothing has changed. Universities still rely upon an antiquated business model which deferred tuition costs from students through federal grants, generous alumni support, and various endowment funds. This old model, however, is no longer sustainable according to Harvard business professor Clayton M. Christensen and non-profit think tank Innosight Institute executive director Michael B. Horn. In their article published in The Harvard Magazine, both Christensen and Horn believe online education offers a “disruptive innovation” for the higher education community and a better business model for sustaining higher education.

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Compliance in Online Classrooms

With the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, many colleges and universities have offered students with physical limitations the same access and accommodations to help these students succeed. Online education and online degree programs present a new set of challenges for institutions to overcome in order to comply with the ADA laws. According to an article in Inside Higher Education, online courses must comply to the guidelines in the ADA, or the institution could be held liable.

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