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As part of an ongoing commitment to provide students with clear and comprehensive guidance on online education and degree programs, offers a broad range of informational resources on relevant topics in the field of higher education. These articles are meant to complement our rigorous research and reporting on specific online degrees, on trends in online learning, and on careers in fields linked to particular academic programs. The features section includes general interest stories, in-depth reports, and practical guides that delve into a wide array of subject areas, extending beyond online education, and reaching out into the larger world of knowledge and scholarship.

India Emerging from Covid-19 as the Online Education Hotspot

Most people know that online education is widespread in China and picking up steam in the U.S. But those unfamiliar with the industry may not know that India is capturing the gaze of edtech investors worldwide. While interest in the region had been building, it ramped up dramatically during the novel coronavirus pandemic period.

Interview with a Professor: What AI’s Disruption in Education Means for Students

Artificial intelligence technologies have already shown promise in supporting educational markets. As online and tech-driven education solutions come under the spotlight in the fallout of the pandemic, governments and private companies globally are increasing investment in AI to spur the growth of the tech in support of future educational needs.

Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face? Where It Shines and Where It Doesn’t

Distance learning is not new, with correspondence courses being around since the 1800s. However, they became more prevalent and went online with the technical revolution in the 1990s. Covid-19 simply accelerated a process already in motion.

Is Partnership Between Elite Universities and Big Tech Inevitable?

Professor Scott Galloway, a visionary in business and education, predicted that prestigious universities will invariably partner with Big Tech and expand their online offerings and student enrollment. We spoke with other experts in Big Tech and professors knowledgeable on the subject to give their take on the controversial topic.

Job Interview Questions: How to Anticipate and Answer Them, and What Not to Ask

Learn to cultivate situational awareness to anticipate job interview questions, and help prepare your responses. Also, find a distillation of what to ask and not to ask during an interview.

Key Takeaways: An AWS Expert on Best Practices for Securing Student Data

Protecting student data is more critical than ever due to the rapid shift to online learning in 2020. And even without the pandemic, the shift to online learning and digital educational technologies is rapidly increasing.

Law School Goes Online

Offering legal studies online could bring enrollment to target levels by attracting more potential students. It sounds like a win-win situation; both students and universities could benefit from online legal studies programs, but there have been some concerns about the implications of offering law school online.

Learning in Digital Worlds: The Future of Virtual Reality in Education

The power of VR lies in providing users the chance to do something hands-on that might not be possible in the real or the remote world. That means students studying climate change can virtually dive a coral reef to see the effects of ocean acidification up close, or it can give scientists the ability to analyze molecules in 3D at the nanolevel.

Level Up: The Growth of Digital Artist Jobs as Streaming Wars Push Into Video Games

The video game industry has boomed following the pandemic and encompasses a lucrative global job market. Even Netflix is moving into the video games space as the industry emerges as the next battleground for Big Tech’s streaming wars. And this means jobs will be opening up for the taking.

Look Who’s Talking: ADA-Compliant, Accessible Online Courses

Because online learning does not require students to physically travel to and sit in a traditional classroom, there can be a misconception that it is also inherently more accessible to students with disabilities. While this may be the case in some instances, if accessibility is not explicitly addressed by the course designer and/or instructor, it can quickly run afoul of ADA regulations and make learning more difficult for students with disabilities like vision impairment. Combat this by exploring best practices for accessibility, and learn about making online courses ADA-compliant.

Look Who’s Talking: Online Course & Instructional Design

While it’s less common now than it once was, many faculty still have little experience creating online courses, which requires a different process than developing in-person courses. As such, it is important for inexperienced faculty to learn what they can about online course design and instruction before they embark on their first course.

Look Who’s Talking: Online Education Adoption and Growth Statistics

The “move to online” continues, as the number of students taking at least one class online continues to grow, particularly at public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities. Meet 7 experts who are studying the trends in online education growth and adoption.

Look Who’s Talking: Online Education Success Factors & Metrics

Although online learning is still developing, having been around for only a fraction of the time as more established teaching methods, it is possible to look at existing data to get a better sense of what it is that makes one student succeed in an online setting while another fails, and how institutions can design online courses to ensure both a high pass rate and a high retention rate.

Look Who’s Talking: Online Education Tech & Learning Management Systems

Learning management systems allow instructors to create and distribute courses while also letting students interact with course materials and with one another. The Learning management system (LMS) that a school uses can have a significant impact on how students perform and each year schools are investing in tools to make sure that they are using the right technologies to help their students succeed.

Look Who’s Talking: Online vs. Traditional Education

Any student considering taking courses online who has never done so before may understandably have some trepidation. Is an online course really going to give you the experience and knowledge that you need to pursue the degree — and eventually career — that you want?

Los Angeles Schools Serve as Vaccination Sites While Online Education Continues to Support Learning Goals

A year ago, the outbreak of the global novel coronavirus pandemic forced educators and learning providers at traditional brick-and-mortar institutions to pivot to online education platforms and models.

Low-Cost, Educational & Fun: The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning Resources for Kids

Especially in the midst of a pandemic, parents (with kids ages 5-18) are struggling to find distance-based resources to keep children entertained and educated. And while there is definitely an ocean of options available online, it can be overwhelming to search for resources.

Meet and Engage with Top CMOs on Twitter

Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) guide and develop strategy using traditional techniques, such as celebrity influence, as well as those related to developing technologies, including social media and an ever-growing field of data. By following and engaging with these CMOs on Twitter, you can stay on the vanguard of marketing thought and strategy, and monitor emerging methods.

Merit America: What to Know About Affordable Online Technical Training

Merit America is a non-profit that, according to the website, “provides a path to skilled technology careers for Americans who can’t yet compete for these roles.” All Merit America programs are offered through distance learning and have no upfront costs.

Most Useful Online Degrees (2020-2021)

In today’s economic environment, the traditional dreamy narrative of earning a liberal arts degree while attending a storybook campus isn’t practical. While a strong foundation is always a good place to start, today’s employers expect and need specialized skills that many graduating college seniors simply don’t have. Starting the process early on with a roadmap will help students graduate with employable assets.

One Foot in Academia, One in Industry: Experts Who Teach

MOOCs—massive open online courses—have lowered the barrier to entry for students wishing to learn a new trade. Advances in technology have made distance learning more accessible and more engaging and traditional academic institutions like colleges and universities have fully embraced online education.

Online Cannabis Degree: Interview with UMSOP Program Director

The cannabis industry does over $52 billion in annual sales and job availability went up by 76 percent across the sector last year. But with so few academic programs on the subject, where are the leaders in medical cannabis going to come from?

Online Competency-Based Education (CBE)

Competency-based education (CBE) acknowledges the fact that not all students in the same course will learn at the same pace or in the same way. Instead of relying on a rigidly structured timetable, CBE allows students to advance to different parts of a course and even to another level based on their mastery — or competence — in a certain area.

Online Education in the Time of COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, over half-a-million students in the US have been affected by countless university closures. Online education has come a long way in the last decade—and it’s about to be catapulted into the global mainstream.

Online Education Resources for Low-Income and Immigrant Students

Parents working to provide their children with the best education and opportunities available is already challenging when juggling the responsibilities of work and day-to-day life. But imagine having the added pressure of not understanding the language used or lacking internet access to navigate existing education systems.