online education

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The Purdue University Senate is taking additional actions to scrutinize the school’s decision to purchase online educator Kaplan University.

At the Senate’s first meeting of the academic year Monday, members announced creation of a special committee to serve as a fact-finding body about the deal and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Frank Dooley took almost 20 minutes of questions about the agreement.

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It’s fair to say Purdue President Mitch Daniels has gotten a mixed reaction to his proposal of buying online education purveyor Kaplan.

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Purdue University Trustees have announced the school plans to acquire the university wing of online educator and testing company Kaplan.

At a special meeting of the trustees Thursday morning, Purdue President Mitch Daniels noted the state’s brain drain – which he was unable to address as governor – continues, with one-in-three Hoosiers having no post-secondary education.

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, passed in the 1970s, protects student data. The law applies mainly to student records owned by a school. But as textbooks, standardized tests and homework assignments all move online, third party companies that provide these online education services gain access to student data.

That information could include anything from a student’s grades, demographic information or performance on certain activities.

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The State Board of Education will take more time before deciding whether more schools might be able to take advantage of using the web to help avoid snow make-up days.

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President Obama is pushing for schools to increase their use of technology in the classroom. Teachers nationwide are introducing “Bring Your Own Device” policies, and beginning to use tools like Skype to bring in guest lecturers from around the world. Teachers in Indiana are being recognized for paving the way when it comes to new technology, but effectively incorporating it into teaching can be a challenge. 

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The Indiana arm of Western Governors University has grown more than ten-fold in the past four years, according to numbers released by school administrators.

260 students were enrolled four years ago. Today, more than 3,600 take classes from the online, nonprofit state university.

Chancellor Allison Barber says a new scholarship program could grow that number further.

"In celebration of our fourth anniversary, WGU Indiana just launched [its] largest scholarship offering. And it's $400,000 in scholarship money," Barber says.

Purdue cautiously moving ahead with MOOCs

Nov 4, 2013

The development of Massive Open Online Courses – or MOOCs – continues at Purdue.

The university requested proposals from professors earlier this year to begin teaching this fall. However, administrators are still assessing the effort it takes to implement and manage such a course, which could have thousands of students enrolled from around the world.

President Mitch Daniels says it’s a costly undertaking to do it correctly.

Western Governors University-Indiana is losing one of its most vocal and visible advocates as Governor Mitch Daniels becomes Purdue’s new president. 

WGU-Indiana is a nonprofit online school aimed at working adults looking to advance their education.  Governor Mitch Daniels was primarily responsible for bringing WGU to the state, but will now leave its board as he heads to Purdue.  Still, he says he will remain a firm supporter.