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Higher Ed Holdings Helps UTA Professors Expand Reach of Courses Online

Higher Ed Holdings Helps UTA Professors Expand Reach of Courses Online

Teachers Advance Careers with Accessible, Affordable, Online Degree Programs

By Dave Sorter

At the University of Texas at Arlington, administrators and faculty members are embracing online learning because of the way it fits students today.

“For us, it’s about meeting a need. It’s what students are demanding,” said Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, the university’s associate vice president of K-16 Initiatives and Dean of the College of Education. “Many students grew up using technology, and it’s the platform they want to use for their course work.  We see some students (in online courses) who are much more tech savvy than even we are.”

UTA has been at the forefront of online learning through its participation in the University of Texas System’s TeleCampus program, but it broadened its distance-learning offerings this 2008-09 academic year by partnering with Higher Ed Holdings to help distribute UTA’s College of Education and College of Nursing degree programs.

The Dallas-based company delivers the university’s courses through high-quality production and chat-room capabilities that facilitate discussion among students and instructors. It also funds student support services including academic coaching and student recruitment.

UTA’s new online offerings at the education college have begun attracting students in the first semester and enrollment is expected to grow significantly as the word spreads, Gerlach said. “On line options provide access to people who can’t make it to campus” she added. “The world is changing; we must change with it.”

Work and family life make an on-campus university program untenable for a lot of working teachers, said Dr. Ann Cavallo, a UTA professor who designs and supervises the online courses at the education college. Travel also is an obstacle, especially for someone who works full-time trying to negotiate rush-hour traffic to get to class. Distance learners, on the other hand, have the flexibility that comes with being able to time-shift their studies. They can watch the video presentations when they want, work their assignments around their schedules and join discussions and chat rooms at their leisure.

“The online platform makes it extremely accessible; a lot of teachers cannot take on-campus courses for a variety of reasons, but they are able to take them online,” Cavallo said.

Equally important is affordability – especially in an economic downturn such as the one we are currently experiencing.

The new 18-month online degree programs at UTA costs classmates $4,950. The cost would be about double that amount if they took the class on campus. And it’s even more of a bargain compared to for-profit providers like the University of Phoenix, which is three to four times more for a master’s in curriculum and instruction.

“That’s one of the beauties of these programs,” Gerlach said. “Students have had access issues, but affordability is a greater issue.”

According to Measuring Up 2008, a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition continues to outpace family income and the price of necessities such as medical …

Pros and Cons of Elearning

As obvious, the term “online education” or “distance learning” simply means what it implies. Through eLearning or distance education programs, students have the capability to enroll in classes that are carried out completely over the internet. Classes are conducted from online colleges and universities across the world, and all that is needed is a bit of motivation from the student’s side to acquire his/her degree online.

In the past couple of years, online education has gained much popularity, as traditional along with online-only colleges began offering distance learning courses after realizing that there are individuals out there who have trouble attending regular classes due to hectic lifestyles. There are numerous reasons why one should opt for eLearning, while on the other hand there are reasons why institutions providing online education are not all that well-reputed.

Pros of Online Education
There are numerous benefits of acquiring online degree, and those already enrolled in distance education programs know the true worth of the education they receive. The most prominent benefit of studying online is that neither the student nor the teacher has to travel long distances to attend classes at a particular location as eLearning can be conducted from just about anywhere in the world. The courses and online degree programs are carried out over the internet, through online learning management systems, internet char, real-time lectures, webinars etc.

The second benefit is that online students have the capability to study at their own pace. In a traditional setting, students need to finish their given assignments within a particular period of time, while through online education they can study whenever they are free. The online faculty assigns projects with a deadline and students can finish their projects at whatever time they find feasible within that particular deadline.

This leads us to the third benefit of online education, which is that those enrolled in an online college or university can easily balance work, family and their studies, thereby fulfilling all commitments. Instead of being away at a traditional college for about 8 hours a day, they can easily spend time with their family or even carry out work-related tasks while studying online.

Cons of eLearning
Just like anything else in life, eLearning has its disadvantages as well. First of all, there is the downside of there being no face-to-face interaction between the student and the professors. Even though they CAN meet outside the World Wide Web once in a blue moon, but it just does substitute for the entire social interaction that takes place in normal settings. Professors and students just do not get to know each other the way they do in a traditional classroom. Another con to the entire eLearning experience is that the college or university individual’s enroll in might not be properly accredited.

There are numerous benefits of proper accreditation, but it is of utmost importance for those who are willing to seek employment upon graduation. Not all online colleges and universities are accredited and you need to make sure …

Online Teaching Jobs: Teaching Music Online

Many thousands of music teachers give instruction to learners in their own homes every day. People with a music teaching qualification have long been well placed to work from home. With the advent of the internet a new dimension has been added. Now the student need not commute either. Music teachers may not have considered online teaching jobs, having become accustomed to the traditional face-to-face teaching jobs.

For music teachers, an online teaching job is not impossible to create, even if it lacks the personal contact that they, and music students, may be accustomed to. However, teachers hoping to create a teaching job for themselves using the internet will need to think carefully about the medium and how it can most effectively be used for students’ benefit.

Online Music Lessons

If you are a music teacher you will know that mastering a musical instrument has many facets. A serious student of music will have to engage with many different aspects of the subject beyond the core task of playing the instrument of their choice. To acquire proficiency, the music student must read music and understand music theory. Understanding the history of music in general and as it pertains to the musical instrument they are learning to play is part of a well-rounded musical education. Musicians must also develop a critical ear, by listening to the maestros and developing the skills to criticise and appreciate their accomplishments is another dimension of learning music.

All these aspects of learning music can be taught by music teachers in the context of an online teaching job. In addition, the interactive nature of the internet means that it is also entirely possible to give practical instruction as well. This may not have the intimacy or directness of traditional teaching but it can still be effective. Music teachers should remember that for some learners, including those who live in remote areas, who are disabled or otherwise isolated, the online learning option may be the only one available.

Music teachers working in online teaching jobs will find that video links make many of the tasks of conventional teaching entirely possible. You may not be able to physically correct a learner’s hand position but you can still instruct them on correct technique and demonstrate it via video. Most importantly, you can hear your students as clearly as if they were in the room with you – and certainly well enough to give them feedback on their performance, including technical aspects and interpretation of the piece, amongst other aspects.

Another option for music teachers interested in online teaching jobs is the equivalent of homework help. Learners seek tutoring assistance, including mentoring to keep them on track with the syllabus and help with test preparation in music, as in other academic subjects. If you have a passion for music then your enthusiasm and expertise could be hugely helpful to students seeking that extra bit of input to boost their success. If you have the verbal communication skills as well as …

Teach For America Reduces the Achievement Gap For Thousands of Students in Los Angeles Schools

After bidding adieu to the Bush era, many parents and concerned citizens experience lingering indignation toward the ineffectualness of the No Child Left Behind Act. Fortunately, institutions like Teach for America target twenty-nine urban and rural areas where educational inequality has hit the hardest. With only 45.3 percent of high school graduating seniors, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area is one of the nation’s most prominent regions of educational disparity. One of the goals of Teach for America is to ensure that a child’s birthplace does not determine his or her education and life prospects. For the 2008 school year, Teach for America has employed 350 teachers to alleviate the education gap in underserved schools in Los Angeles. As there has been a 42 percent increase in Teach for America applicants for the 2009 school year, Teach for America staff will continue to improve students’ performances in Los Angeles schools in 2009.

For applications due February 13th, Los Angeles candidates had the choice to sign up for several interview dates and locations throughout Los Angeles. Applicants signed up for interviews at three venues including McKinsey & Company in downtown Los Angeles. They attended interviews consisting of a five minute teaching presentation, problem solving activities, a group activity, and a personal interview. These rigorous evaluations were designed to provide interviewers with a way assess the dedication, preparedness, and stamina of future teachers and educational leaders in underfunded Los Angeles communities. Such communities include Baldwin Park, Compton, Los Angeles, Lynwood, and Pasadena.

In the five minute teaching presentation, applicants demonstrated their organizational aptitude and ability to teach key academic subjects. The subjects and grade levels chosen for five minute teaching presentations reflected the subjects taught most by corps members in LA , including: Secondary English, Secondary Science, and Secondary Math. To ensure successful funding for these grades and subject levels, twenty-eight percentage of Teach for America’s budget is used for corps member’s professional development. Twenty percent is devoted to pre-service training; eighteen percent for recruitment and selection; sixteen percent for national support; six percent for alumni support and development; and five percent is dedicated to local program administration.

Without support from corporate and public foundations, Teach for America would be unable to fulfill its increasing budget demands. The organization receives corporate and public support from such companies as The Ahmanson Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, MSST Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, State Farm Insurance, Symantec Corporation, and The Weingart Foundation. These contributions make it possible for Teach for America to extend its services to new regions such as the Mississippi Delta and Greater New Orleans, in addition to expanding the corps’ population in Los Angeles.

You may wonder why Teach for America generates such a colossal impact on students’ lives. Why are so many organizations donating funds to support a non-profit organization when there are qualified teachers who already exist? Do schools in Los Angeles really need Teach for America or is the corps’ presence in Southern California superfluous, especially during a time …

Be Happier And Healthier With A College Education

Be Happier and Healthier With A College Education

It has always been clear that a college graduate could make more
money than a high school graduate but new research is showing
that college degree holders and their families are generally
more happy and healthy than those with just a high school
diploma.

The money equation has never been simpler math. A college
graduate will make on average twice as much per year than a high
school graduate. Over an average working lifetime that will add
up to a million dollar gap in earning power. A person with a
masters degree can make triple the money and a doctorate will
bring in as much as four times the income as a high school
diploma.

But the intangible value of a college education have long been
in doubt and debated widely. Now studies are showing a
remarkable list of quality of life benefits that accrue to
college graduates versus their high school only counterparts.

That list includes longer life spans, better access to health
care, and better dietary and health practices. In other words,
better overall health. But the list also includes things that
make people happier. Things like greater Internet access,
greater attendance at live performances, greater participation
in leisure and artistic activities and more book purchases.

A college education makes better citizens as well. College
graduates have less dependency on government assistance, lower
levels of criminal activity and incarceration, greater community
service and leadership, and more volunteer work. Who would you
rather have living next to you, a high school graduate or
someone with a university degree?

Knowledge is indeed power and not every college graduate is a
saint and not every person with only a high school education is
a sinner. But it appears that those who have more knowledge do
less damage to their society on average and contribute a great
deal more. One only need look at societies where education was
banned to see the result.

The other intangible but real impact of a college education is
on the children of those who complete a college degree program.
Once the door has been opened they gladly follow through. They
end up improving their own lives and their children’s lives as
well. Just as welfare pulls children under, education lifts them
higher.

Not everyone can attend university or college for a wide range
or reasons that are almost all related to finances. But every
year more of those barriers get knocked down and more and more
students walk through. Knowing what we know now, wouldn’t this
be an even greater country if everybody who wanted to could have
a college education…

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