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The Morning Briefing: Online learning

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about innovation in online learning.
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Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributor on

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about innovation in online learning.

1.) The online tsunami of higher ed. Online education is not new. The University of Phoenix started its online degree program in 1989. Four million college students took at least one online class during the fall of 2007. But, over the past few months, something has changed. The elite, pace-setting universities have embraced the Internet. Now online activity is at the core of how these schools envision their futures.

2.) Why flip the classroom when we can make it do cartwheels? Adding some technology to the educational process is one thing, but truly revolutionary learning experiences take a deeper sort of innovation, which you can see at a program at Duke working for change in Haiti.

3.) Harvard and M.I.T. team up to offer free online courses. Harvard and M.I.T. committed $30 million each to a joint online education partnership last week in which both universities will offer free courses online.

4.) Vieth Consulting adds new online learning system. Vieth Consulting has recently released its new Online Learning System, providing associations with the ability to create self-guided online courses.

5.) Innosight Institute releases updated 'Blended Learning' definition and models for implementation. Innosight Institute – a non-profit think tank co-founded by innovation expert Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School – today released the report “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” which defines the emerging phenomenon of mixing online learning into brick-and-mortar schools.

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