Guest Post: Quality Of Online Schools Is Compared And Questioned Against Their Traditional Counterparts

Online education has been a hot topic in recent years as more people, particularly Millennials, are turning to it as an alternative way of learning. Technology is changing the possibilities for education, and crowdsourced courses are even available, which tap into a Millennial mindset of collaborative learning. However, online courses can also have drawbacks and often aren't considered as credible as traditional education. Estelle Shumann, a writer at OnlineSchools.org, a resource for digital education, discusses the debate and how online education is expected to evolve.

Guest Post: Quality Of Online Schools Is Compared And Questioned Against Their Traditional Counterparts

Online EducationOnline schooling is growing extremely rapidly. At the current rate, students who are enrolled in at least one online class will reach 50% of the total student population before 2020. At the same time, recent studies have concluded that virtual classrooms have some significant disadvantages over their traditional counterparts. With the field growing quickly, it is important to address the concerns regarding quality of online education today.

Already, a significant number of students are taking or have taken online courses. According to green news service smartplanet, the growth rate of online education continues at an astronomical 10% per year. This figure is over ten times the growth rate of education overall. Now, out of a total 20 million students, over 5 million are taking at least one online class. In 2011, 560,000 more students took an online course than in the previous year.

The lack of a physical campus has some drawbacks, but can also lead to a number of advantages. Costs are significantly reduced, for one thing. Lectures can reach and engage students across the globe. Course materials can be…

 
 

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One teacher has declared war on homework. A note that has gone viral on Facebook and Reddit outlines a teacher’s new policy that homework will be limited to the work that students did not complete during the school day. They explain, “Research had been unable to prove that homework improves student performance, Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eating dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.” Schools in Massachusetts have also adopted a “no homework” policy, signifying the start of a larger trend. (Mashable

Adidas is winning out with young consumers of all ages in China. According to RTG Consulting Group’s brand relevance report, Chinese Millennials and teens agree on similar brands as the most relevant in the apparel and footwear industry. Adidas came in first for both groups, for its products and social media strategy, and Zara, Uniqlo, and Nike followed. The least relevant fashion brand was H&M for Millennials, and Converse for teens. (Sourcing Journal

Game developer Blizzard is using the Broken Windows Theory—the idea that disorder breeds more disorder—in its war with cyber bullying. For its team-based shooter game Overwatch, Blizzard has implemented a chatbot to keep an eye out for negative phrases and turn them into “charming, self-effacing statements.” For example, “gg ez,” a commonly used phrase to let opponents know that victory was too easy, is automatically turned into phrases like "I'm wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life but thank you all for playing with me." The developer hopes that by hiding toxic behaviors, others won’t be encouraged to do the same. (Motherboard

Millennials are more likely than Boomers to marry someone with a different approach to finances. A recent TD Ameritrade survey asked respondents to categorize themselves as either savers or as spenders, and found that although more than half of Millennials and Boomers agree that savers being married to savers prevents financial disagreements in a marriage, 66% of Boomer savers are married to other savers, compared to 52% of Millennial savers. The younger generation is also more comfortable with it: only 23% of Millennial savers said they wouldn’t be happy with a spender, versus 40% of Boomers. (Investor’s Business Daily

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, schools should be teaching coding as a second language. Computer programming been shown to help “kids see the world algorithmically, in patterns, and in cause and effect,” and some experts say coding education is crucial for kids to stay competitive. Although the youth of North America are well versed in Snapchat and YouTube language, one media theorist argues: "Unless kids understand how [the platforms they use] ­­are created…they're at a disadvantage to those who do know how to build and take apart these platforms." In the British Columbia province of Canada, students will soon be required to take coding from Grades 6-9. (CBC News)

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