Monday, January 22, 2018

The Best Online Colleges of 2018

As online education grows so do the educational institutes that offer online programs. This article talks about The Best Online Colleges of 2018.

The number 1 college for online education is University of Florida. This school offers 200 online courses at affordable tuition. Not only does this school offer Bachelor's degrees but online Master's degrees are also offered. Some of the programs offered to achieve a Master's Degree are: business management, art education. educational leadership, etc. Some of the Bachelor's degree programs offered are:  biology, criminology and geography. This university also offers virtual job fairs. Who could ask for anything more. To be able to receive an education from the comfort of your own home and then have an online interview is priceless. The graduation rate is 87%

The number 2 college for online education is University of Central Florida. This establishment opened its doors in 1963. This university is the largest school in the country offering secondary education. The university now serves around 63,000 students, some of which are online students. The university's Distance Through Learning program brings in those who would like to receive an online education.  The professors who teach the students on campus are the same ones teaching an online student. This makes the online student feel no different from the standard college student, as they receive the same education.  The university features 18 online Bachelor's Degree programs and 24 Master's Degree programs. The graduation rate is 67%.

The number 3 college for online education is Northeastern University. This university began college education in 1898. Their global network is not only in Boston but has satellite campuses around the United States. They offer 10 Bachelor's programs and 37 Master's programs. The school also holds partnerships with education and research facilities throughout 150 countries. This school has an 87% graduation rate.

These are just three of the 50 best online colleges of 2018. For more information please visit

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Six Advantages of Online Learning

This video from the Wall Street Journal presents the Six Advantages of Online Learning from the perspective of Anant Agarwal, the founder and president of edX. As this video was taken in 2013 it's still very relevant in today's online Education.

To view more regarding EdX or more on Anant Agarwal please view the following links:

Friday, December 29, 2017

I Tunes U

This interesting app created by Apple is a game changer for education. Please see more by following the  link below

Thank you Bill Martin for sharing this!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Exploring children’s power of self-organized learning to reduce the achievement gap in education

An urgent issue in the U.S. is the wide and growing gap between low and high achieving students(1). Young African Americans are only about half as likely as white students to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 29, and young Latinos are only one-third as likely as whites to earn a college degree(2).

The achievement gap issue has been studied by various authors and has been the reason behind a number of special education projects(3). One additional strategy that could be explored and adapted to the American situation is the Minimally Invasive Education (MIE) strategy.  MIE was developed by Sugata Mitra of India as part of his world renowned “Hole in the Wall Project.” Sugata’s strategy focuses on creating a SOLE (Self Organizing Learning Environment) where learning  happens naturally.

The three main components of a SOLE are 1) computer/ broadband, 2) collaboration, and 3) encouragement/ admiration. SOLEs need a computer with internet connection, a spirit of friendship and collaboration among those involved, and a role model( not necessarily a teacher) to be there offering encouragement and admiration to the students.

The “Hole in the Wall” Project found that  when provided a computer  to groups of children, they are able to organize and teach themselves. Mitra has found this to be true in various parts of India as well as Australia, England, Italy, South Africa, etc.

Mitra found that the children’s ability to teach themselves seems to be independent of their educational background, literacy level, social or economic status, ethnicity and place of origin. As well as their gender, geographic location (i.e., city, town, or village) or intelligence(4). If low American achievers are placed in a Self Organizing Learning Environment from a young age, there is a possibility that the current size of the achievement gap in schools could be significantly reduced.

In an American experiment, students in a gang-ridden  middle school were provided laptops.  There was a concern that there would be “too much play and not enough work.” However this was found not  to be true(5).  The laptops actually made the students more “engaged” and “more attentive.”


To watch “Sugata Mitra TED 2013 Winning Talk,” click here.


Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Online Colleges

I read an article by US News that spoke of online education and the degrees students were achieving.  I found it amazing how far education has come. No longer does one need to sit in a classroom to receive a college degree. This article referred to all the different online degrees that can be achieved. This being ideal for the working student,  full time mother or father, the college student working full time to afford his/her education and others. These programs make it easier for older students to go back to school and earn a degree which they may not have otherwise earned in their earlier years.
Some of the programs offered are:
·         Pursuing a bachelor’s degree online is a great option for students who are returning to college but are uninterested in more traditional campus life. An online undergraduate education can also help students accelerate their career as they balance work and school.
  • The bachelor's program offers courses in Accounting, Business Administration   and Management, Computer Science and Health care administration plus others.

Graduate Programs

 Earning a master's degree online can help professionals get ahead in their career – whether it's to change fields or advance into a management role.

  •  The Graduate program offers courses in Accounting, Business Administration and Management and many others. If you click on the full list of courses offered it sends you to another site that shows the user which universities offer these online programs. From Temple University to Carnegie Melon University not only does the student receive an online education but an education that one can be proud of.

 MBA & Graduate Business Programs

An online master’s degree in business can equip students with leadership skills that are vital to advancing careers. Many programs offer opportunities to network with classmates and business leaders.
How wonderful that a professional student can expand their field of expertise with this online program. Not only does this help enhance one's career but it shows the student that you are never too old to pursue a degree.

There are many other programs offered for the online student. As our society depends on technology more and more this becomes a simpler way to receive an education and not have to leave the comfort of your home. The student receives a full education on his/her schedule. 

Please refer to this article for more information:

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Increasing college costs and the search for new education models


College tuition is continuously increasing. According to Forbes, in 2017, private colleges planned to raise tuition to almost double the current inflation rate. For example, Massachusetts, recently announced that tuition at their public universities will increase by three percent this fall. This increase follows five percent or higher increases within the past two previous years. In the last twenty years, tuition has increased more than 100 percent at public four-year institutions and more than 60 percent at private four-year institutions after adjusting for inflation. During that same period of time, family income has increased less than 20 percent. As a result, student loan debt has skyrocketed. In 2016, the average debt per college student was just over $37,000. In total, Americans owe over 1.4 trillion in student loan debt , a number that’s larger than the annual GDP of Russia, Australia, and Spain. Clearly, the current model is broken and unsustainable.

According to the MissionU website2, while the cost of tuition continues to skyrocket, the value of a bachelor's degree is plummeting. Only 18% of students who start a bachelor's degree graduate in 4 years, and less than half of those strongly agree that it was worth the cost.


The emerging, new education model discussed here has three key components:
·         It employs internet-based technologies 1
·         It involves a major shift in focus from providing a 4-year  on campus college education to simply acquiring the necessary skills to begin rewarding careers1
·         It involves institutions investing in their students, instead of vice versa3


MissionU, San Francisco3
MissionU charges no monies up front. Instead, students agree to pay 15 percent of their salary for three years after graduating from the program and securing a position that has a salary of at least $50,000 a year.
"We are in the midst of a national crisis around student debt," said Adam Braun, CEO and co-founder. "We need to have institutions investing in their students, instead of vice versa."

Learner’s Guild, Oakland4
At the California-based Learners Guild, students go through a 10-month software development program. The school does not ask for any tuition unless they are able to acquire a job that pays at least $50,000 a year. If they do so, the students share 12.5 percent of their salary with the school for the next three years.

Holberton School, San Francisco4
Holberton School has a similar structure. Students attend school for nine months before participating in a six-month internship. After that, students are encouraged to find a job while continuing to study online for the next nine months. Holberton requires its students to pay 17 percent of their internship  as well as 17 percent of the first three years of their salary, only if they accept a position paying more than $50,000 a year.

Make School, San Francisco4
Make School conducts its program over a two-year period, in which students come to school for nine months, leave for a six month internship, and return for another nine months. The students can use the final nine months to focus their studies on specific areas of computer science that intrigue them. The school collects 25 percent of students' internship salaries as well as 25 percent of their first three years salary. If students earn less than $60,000 a year following the program, the repayment is paused, the school says.


In this newly emerging education model, elements of ancient Chinese Medicine can be found. This  helthcare system developed independently of Western medicine 3,000 years ago.  Historically, a Chinese Medicine doctor was paid a retainer to keep their clients healthy.  If a client became sick, the doctor would not be paid until the client’s health returned.  In a similar vein, a doctor that resorted to surgery was considered an inferior doctor. If doctors did their job correctly and helped their clients stay healthy, there would be no need to perform surgery.


Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi