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Northeastern Students Consult with Italian Renewable Energy Company


Note to readers: This is the second installment of a series of blog posts Day 2 Four students within the College advised ETA-Florence Renewable Energies on ways to deepen partnerships with U.S. scientists. Students Michael Proverdi, Rhonda Woods, Cheryl Szafran and Binta Barry met with ETA company founder Angela Grassi and senior staff to discuss strategy. The company expects the ... Read More »

Graduate Students Serve as Consultants to Italian Industries


Note to readers: This is a the first of a series of blog posts Day 1 How do Italian firms incorporate the challenge of sustainability in businesses with both a global and local outlook? Nineteen Northeastern University students from an online course in the Master’s in Global Studies and International Relations program are combining a study-abroad trip and an international consultancy ... Read More »

Grad School: Why Enroll and What to Watch Out For


Students share their experience Making the decision to pursue a graduate degree isn’t easy—nor should it be. The investment is as much emotional as it is financial and will affect the next two to three years of your life. “You need to make it work for you,” said Iona Tice, a Master of Public Administration candidate, on Saturday, March 14, ... Read More »

How Can Faculty Improve Online Instruction with Technology?


As an instructor for the past 18 years, with many of those years spent teaching online, I’ve found that an online class is only as good as its professor. Often, instructors in online formats believe that posting course materials and discussion board posts each week is sufficient for students. But I have found that the online experience can be somewhat nerve ... Read More »

3 Online Learning Myths and How I Busted Them


I’ll be the first to admit it: I was skeptical of going to school online. “It’s easier than on campus,” I’d hear. “You get no interaction with other people,” they’d say. After hearing many different opinions about pursing a degree online, doing research and putting my master’s degree off for many years – I had earned my B.A from Auburn ... Read More »

The Top Ten Trends in Online Education in 2013

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Online education continued to grow, change and define itself in 2013. Here’s what we’ve seen in 2013, as told through Aspire blog posts throughout the year. What’s missing from a lot of online education? The education. For years we’ve heard about the capacity of online learning to level the playing field, reduce costs and give people around the world access ... Read More »

MOOCs Get LinkedIn to Employers

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Struggling with low completion rates, some providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have launched a new strategy to increase student motivation. And it’s social. Social media platform LinkedIn announced this week it would begin a pilot program to allow students to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile. That way, students may be able to market themselves ... Read More »

MOOCs Try to Pinpoint the Missing Ingredient

Thanks to a new deal highlighted in the New York Times, the U.S. State Department has committed to a partnership with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera to open in-person “learning hubs,” where students can access free MOOCs and meet with discussion groups.

Different strokes for different MOOCs. Thanks to a piece in Venture Beat this week, we learn that the major Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Coursera has begun testing on how to increase engagement with its students. The company is examining its messaging to students to see if, for example, telling them they have an upcoming deadline is more effective than periodic encouragement. ... Read More »

Udacity’s MOOCs Facing Pushback – From Its Own Founder

Future transportation: Sebastian Thrun

It recently came out that, from an educational standpoint, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun wasn’t satisfied with his own product. The professor-turned-entrepreneur-turned-CEO is known for single-handedly starting the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) revolution, which held the promise of bringing world-class education to all corners of the world. He’s now begun to shift his company’s path toward more workplace-aimed training. “I’d ... Read More »

What’s missing from a lot of online education? The education.


For years we’ve heard about the capacity of online learning to level the playing field, reduce costs and give people around the world access to a top-notch education. But somehow the technology—and our seemingly endless need to turn everything into a vehicle for celebrities or celebrity-making—has gotten in the way of the most important thing: the learning itself. Sample just ... Read More »

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