Online education


Online education has gained a place as a legitimate path to traditional educational objectives. High quality teacher training online is now an option for improvement of quality delivery of support and resources that was not previously easily available. Increased options are available to extend continued and advanced learning to new and experienced teachers. according to Dr. Nicholas Breakwell in The Global Search for Education: Training Teachers Online, online learning will not only continue, but will flourish, due to three factors, 1. Access, scale, cost and peer-community advantages; 2. Research supporting the effectiveness of online education; and 3. Spread and acceptance of online learning.

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) launches its fourth edition of an in situ/online course aimed to assist Geneva permanent missions in actively following the increasingly relevant field of digital politics. The course will benefit diplomats who follow IG and other Internet-related policy fields. While improving their knowledge of digital politics, participants will also gain the practical skills and knowledge required to follow current IG processes such as the global IG architecture, privacy and data protection, and cybersecurity. The course focuses in particular on diplomatic and policy processes in International Geneva. More info.



According to EdSurge.com, there are more online courses and students than ever before. MOOCs in 2015: Breaking Down the Numbers asks whether massive open online courses (MOOCs) have emerged from the Trough of Disillusionment to the Slopes of Enlightenment. The article gives an overview of the numbers in 2015, as well as trends that emerged, particularly in new business models.

The Australian government has  proposed changes to the Copyright Act to implement a fair use provision as part of amendments aimed at adapting to the digital world, with the exposure draft providing exceptions for educational and cultural institutions, as well as for those with disabilities.

The amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 are designed to ensure that libraries, archives, educational facilities, cultural institutions, and the disability sector have 'reasonable access' to copyrighted content, with usage of a copyright material not constituting infringement. Source and more information

Beijing's recent red alerts about air quality and the suspension of classes at primary and middle schools in China's capital  are linked to an increase in use of online education platforms, according to China Daily's 'Smog alerts promote online education'. For example, 17zuoye.com, an Internet-based K12 homework service, reported that the 'number of newly registered users on Dec 8 was almost three times as many as the day before, with 3,000 teachers and 160,000 students in Beijing assigning and doing homework there'. Other online sites report similar increases, although online education is still seen as an alternative, rather than a primary educational resource.  

In an article at Forbes.com, Jordan Shapiro writes that 'The top 50 educational apps are mostly all stuck in the stone age'. He considers how we use online education tools, specifically, how we use touchscreens, and how we use computers differently from mobile phones and tablets, and compares how children and adults approach digital learning. He closes with an interesting hypothesis: 'I suspect the very notion that tablets can help us learn has more to do with habit than we’d like to admit. Moderns, in any era, tend to be far less innovative and far more tethered to the past than they’d like to believe.'



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