What is “Online Education”?Online Education is a type ofeducation in which the majority ofthe content and testing involved isdone online –through the Internet.Today there are many differentplaces people can go to learn avariety of things. Unlike moretraditional types of education suchas an Elementary School orUniversity, the students of an onlinelearning course may be there formany different reasons and comefrom many different walks of life.
Opening Discussion• What do you think might be some of the benefits and weaknesses of online education?• Have you ever studied anything on the internet? What did you use? Where did you go?• Are some things easier to teach online than others? What might be the best things to learn online?
PodcastA podcast is a type of digital media consisting ofa series of audio files (usually mp3s)downloaded through the web. Podcasts enablestudents and teachers to share informationwith anyone anytime. If a student is absent, heor she can download the podcast of therecorded lesson. Teachers may also createpodcasts to be used as a preparation tool forstudents.Podcasts are a great way for people to learnwhile on the go. With any portable mp3 playera student can listen to language lessons on thesubway, bus, or out on the street.
ChinesePod ChinesePod is a web-based Chinese language- learning service composed of three key components: audio lessons, mobile & online review tools, and live speaking practice with professional Mandarin teachers. The service was founded in October 2005 in Shanghai, P. R. China, by Hank Horkoff, Ken Carroll, and Steve Williams. ChinesePod Mandarin lessons, study tools and teacher services are designed for adult learners of every level. The company mission is "to make language learning easier for adult students by taking advantage of modern educational principles and the latest web and mobile technologies." Learners can access content via mobile phone, mobile apps, RSS feed, and directly on ChinesePod.com.
ScreencastA screencast is a video recording ofcomputer screen output, oftencontaining audio narration. The termscreencast compares with the relatedterm screenshot; whereas screenshotis a picture of a computer screen, ascreencast is essentially a movie ofthe changes over time that a usersees on a computer screen, enhancedwith audio narration.Screencasting has proven to be agreat way to teach people how to usenew computer software.
Online Traffic School Online traffic school refers to a traffic school course that is completed over the Internet. These courses are similar in content to a traditional classroom traffic school course; however, online traffic school allows the student to complete the course on his own time and at his own pace. Online traffic school programs were born out of the concept of “home-study” traffic school and the increasing popularity of the Internet. The main purpose of taking a traffic school course is to maintain a clean driving record, and preventing a point from the DMV point system being added to your driving record.
What do you think?• Is a free education as good as one you pay for? Why or why not?• Do you ever use your mp3 player to listen to anything besides music? What do you listen to?• Can you think of a better way to teach people over the internet?• Do you think that people can learn about good driving from the Internet?
SlideShareSlideShare is a Web 2.0 based slide hosting service. Users can uploadfiles privately or publicly as PowerPoint presentations and view themonline. Launched on October 4, 2006, the website is considered to besimilar to YouTube, but for slideshows.The website gets an estimated 58 million unique visitors a month, andhas about 16 million registered users. SlideShare.com was votedamongst by the Worlds Top 10 tools for education & e-learning in 2010.
Khan AcademyThe Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization, created in 2006 byAmerican educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT. With the stated mission of"providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere", the website suppliesa free online collection of more than 2,800 micro lectures via video tutorialsstored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine,finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organicchemistry, American civics, art history, microeconomics and computer science.
Online Degree An online degree is an academic degree (usually a university degree, but sometimes the term includes high school diplomas or other certificate programs) that can be earned primarily or entirely through the use of an Internet-connected computer, rather than attending college in a traditional campus setting. Improvements in technology and the increasing use of the Internet worldwide have led to a proliferation of online colleges that award associate, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.There are several online universities are fully accredited by the educationaldepartments of many countries, including the United States. This means that thedegree is as official as a degree offered by traditional university.
The Open Universitysite: http://www.open.ac.uk/The Open University (commonly Open University or itsinitialism OU, but officially "The" is part of its name) is adistance learning and research university founded in theUnited Kingdom. The university is funded by acombination of student fees, contract income, andgovernment funds. It is notable for having an open entrypolicy, i.e. students previous academic achievements arenot taken into account for entry to most undergraduatecourses. The majority of the OUs undergraduatestudents are based in the United Kingdom andprincipally study off-campus, but many of its courses(both undergraduate and postgraduate) can be studiedoff-campus anywhere in the world.
MIT OpenCourseWaresite: http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htmMIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) isan initiative of the MassachusettsInstitute of Technology (MIT) to putall of the educational materials fromits undergraduate- and graduate-levelcourses online, partly free and openlyavailable to anyone, anywhere. MITOpenCourseWare is a large-scale,web-based publication of MIT coursematerials. The project was announcedin October 2002 and currently offersover 2080 courses available online.
What do you think?• Do you think a University education is more valuable than an online course? Why or why not?• In the future do you think there will be more or less people getting online degrees?• If you were the boss, would you hire someone who got their degree online? You can review this presentation anytime by going to www.englishslide.com
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