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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.

The Modern Minister: How Online Ordainment has Created a New Avenue for Entrepreneurs

A significant portion of individuals who get ordained online perform just one ceremony at the request of their friend or loved one and never end up officiating again, but others find that performing wedding ceremonies is a fulfilling experience that they want to continue to replicate—and a legitimate way to earn money.

The Most Promising EdTech & Online Learning Startups in 2021

Education is a $6 trillion industry projected to increase to historic levels and reach $10 trillion by 2030. However, the education sector is starved of capital compared to other sectors, especially when it comes to digitalization. This fact was highlighted as Covid-19 forced many education providers and students online across the globe in 2020.

The New American Dream: Reforming Higher Education to Promote Social Mobility

James Truslow Adams coined the term “American Dream” during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, getting a college education is hailed as a ticket to the American Dream. But is it really? The truth is that some U.S. universities are much more successful than others at promoting social mobility among the students that need it most.

The Rise of MOOC-based Master’s Degrees at Elite Universities

People pursue master’s degrees for the same reasons they always have: their profession requires that level of education, or it will help them reach the next pay grade in their current job. That said, the way in which students can complete a graduate-level program has changed, and traditional on-campus degrees are no longer their only option.

Three Universities with Exceptional Social Work Faculty

The National Association of Social Work Professions (NASW) describes the primary goal of careers in social services as enhancing the well-being of the most vulnerable and oppressed members of society. These 14 social work professors have demonstrated expertise gained through years of professional field experience and academic scholarship.

Three Universities with Outstanding Speech Pathology Faculty

This guide profiles 15 outstanding members of faculty from three universities with fantastic speech pathology programs.

Three Universities with Phenomenal Psychology Faculty

Learn about three first-rate university psychology programs and 15 phenomenal faculty members that shine in the classroom and beyond.

Top CIOs on Twitter

CIOs play a vital role in the modern economy, guiding companies in all different industries towards the right strategic information technology investments. The CIOs on this list are active C-level officers who are also engaged on Twitter.

Top Five Factors to Consider When Choosing an Online Master’s Program

Being a distance-based student is an investment of time and money. Choosing an accredited school with support from faculty, a student-focused learning experience, career-based networking opportunities, and accommodating academic schedules is critical to making the most of an online educational experience.

U.S. Student Loan Forgiveness Proposals: Who Stands to Benefit?

Proposals for student loan forgiveness have been debated for years. They have come under increased attention with the financial impact to student borrowers struggling to make ends meet during the novel coronavirus period.

Universal Design: Improving Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

Making physical spaces and products more accessible and inclusive is important. The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) created the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and guidelines to support the process of making learning transformative for all students.

Virtual Games as Classroom Space for Student Learning Online: A Spotlight on Minecraft

Educators have been innovative in their response to the massive move to online learning, whether exploring digital theatre arts or blockchain models in education. In particular, the use of games to support education and create a third-place, digital space for students to learn has emerged as an innovative model.

What do New Vaccines Mean for Brick-and-Mortar Schools with Online Education Programs?

Since the outset of the pandemic, educators globally have responded creatively to ensure access to education for students when countries implemented stay-at-home orders in efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. And while the rapid move to online education options this year by many traditionally brick-and-mortar institutions has been lauded by the broader public, there continues to be somewhat last-minute-planning by institutions grappling to navigate online, offline, and hybrid program offerings.

What Does China’s Fine on Online Education Firms Mean for the Industry?

Online education is booming, and it’s no secret that China is a massive market for the industry, from established companies to up-and-coming startups. Recently, however, the Chinese government fined online education firms for misleading customers.

What Duolingo’s Massive IPO Pricing means for EdTech startups

While startups in China’s edtech landscape face challenging futures following the government’s crackdown on the companies, the environment for those in the U.S. seems to have taken a positive turn as mobile language learning app Duolingo secured strong IPO pricing at the end of July.

What Happens to Brick-and-Mortar Campuses When a School Goes Out of Business?

With Covid-19 straining financial budgets, lots of low- and mid-tier universities might be in trouble, especially if they don’t have robust distance-based offerings. What happens in the event of a permanent campus closure? If history is any indication, such campuses can be repurposed and reimagined in several different ways.

What is Competency-Based Education? Two Expert Perspectives

What if earning a degree was a matter of demonstrating mastery and skill rather than attending a set number of classes for a required number of weeks and repeating memorized information? Students could complete degrees faster and often for much less tuition than traditional programs that award grades and set semester schedules.

What Variables Determine the Efficacy of EdTech in the Classroom?

Researchers at the EdTech Evidence Exchange recently published an “EdTech Genome” study in collaboration with teachers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in education identifying and quantifying variables that determine the efficacy of edtech in the classroom. We spoke with an expert who managed the research project to learn more about the study’s findings, useability, and implications for students, teachers, schools, and companies engaged in edtech.

What Will Remain of the Pandemic-Era Online Learning Infrastructure?

Over the past year and a half, learning turned online for most students. Almost overnight, colleges and universities around the world had to shift to distance-based learning methods, as well as online assigning and grading, as efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 kept people out of classrooms and offices.

Where Does Education Fit in Virtual Worlds and the Metaverse?

We spoke with an expert working with schools and institutions to design spaces for education and learning opportunities in the Metaverse and other virtual and extended reality platforms. She shared her thoughts on the development, implementation, risks, and potential of these tools for education.

Will Online Education Grow in the Wake of the Great Resignation?

Just as important as the reasons for the Great Resignation are the questions of when that resigned workforce will return—and in what capacity. Some of the answers could lie in another pandemic-accelerated trend: the rise of online education, which is helping to transform what it means to be a learner and a worker in the 21st century.

Your Brain Online: Distance-Based Education and Cognitive Function

Some heartening news for educators regarding the brain and online learning is that “if you understand some of the principles about the brain and learning, you can make online instruction as brain-compatible as face-to-face,” Dr. Zadina shared. The reasoning? The same principles generally apply with regard to the brain and learning in both contexts. However, there are three important aspects of how the online environment affects cognition that are important to consider.