Improving Education

Bill Gates Throws Down the Gauntlet to Higher Education

“Colleges need to hold themselves more responsible, or someone else will.”

That statement came from Microsoft founder Bill Gates during his keynote address this week at the National Association of College and University Business Officers’ (NACUBO) annual meeting in Seattle earlier this week.

Speaking on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he urged the more than 3,000 financial officers in attendance to become more transparent by disclosing how much they spend on athletics, expensive dormitories, and administrators whose roles do not directly benefit students.

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An Inspired Teacher Uses Entrepreneurship to Inspire Her Students

By Dr. Suzanne Minarcine

The James P. Etter Award for Innovation and Creativity came as a huge surprise to me, and I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award. I knew that Dr. Jill Fuson had nominated me, but I never really thought I did anything special. Student success comes first for me, along with the reputation of APUS, and the award was given for my work in the classroom and in the community, beyond the confines of the classroom.

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Dr. Wally Boston

A Leader’s Perspective

Dr. Wally Boston was invited by The Education Alliance, a non-profit that works to improve K-12 education in the state of West Virginia, to participate in: EDTalks: Connecting Education, Jobs and Our Future event.

The EDTalks event featured three speakers: the Honorable Joe Manchin, III, United States Senator, Erin Sponaugle, 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, and Dr.

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Virtual Leadership

The Rise of Virtual Leadership

By Melissa Layne, Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in-Chief for Internet Learning Journal

Are leaders born or made?  This widely debated question has been a topic of conversation for decades. I decided to ruminate upon this question after being chosen as the recipient of the Wagner Award for Distance Education Leadership, sponsored by Pearson Learning Solutions.

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Internet and Big Data

The Internet of Things

A recent Economist blog post entitled, “Google and Android: They have a plan” compelled me to add it as a bookmark, so that at some point in the future, I can compare the status of Google’s advancement on tracking Internet-connected devices and website content, otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IOT) coined by Kevin Ashton.

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Engaging Online Faculty

Engaging Online Faculty & Administrators in the Assessment Process

By Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm, Vice President and Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System

 

Foreword by Wally Boston:

The Quality Matters organization developed a very famous rubric for evaluating the quality of online courses, and online educators throughout higher education utilize this rubric. Earlier this year, the organization published, Assuring Quality in Online Education: Practices and Processes at the Teaching, Resource, and Program Levels which, according to the foreword, “…provides a comprehensive overview of quality assurance, a snapshot of current practices and proven recommendations for raising standards of quality in online education.”

I’m proud to congratulate Dr.

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Internet Learning: An Open Access Journal Documenting Digital Changes in Academics

By Dr. Melissa Layne, Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in-Chief, Internet Learning Journal

Internet Learning is an open access journal published by American Public University System in partnership with the Policy Studies Organization. Since the publication of our inaugural issue in 2012, we continue to provide and promote scholarship that mirrors our digitized world by:

  • Expanding editorial and reviewer boards with highly-regarded experts and visionaries in in the field of online learning
  • Broadening our reader and author audience by disseminating scholarship in traditional paper, online, and kindle versions via Westphalia Press
  • Striving to make research more visible to readers via press releases, research alerts, social media outlets, and professional blogs
  • Utilizing digital publishing tools that promote content marketing, social media engagement, targeting and personalization, conversion rate, and mobile optimization
  • Soliciting high quality articles that tell a story by making use of visualization tools, audio, graphic, video, animation, and simulations
  • Encouraging authors to self-promote their research through academic-related social networks

In a few short years, Internet Learning has doubled the size of its reviewer board, the members of which come from diverse backgrounds ranging from faculty to academic leaders, published authors, editors, graphic designers, and entrepreneurs.

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Lifelong learning

Three Reasons for Assessing Lifelong Learning in Higher Ed

In 1982, my parents and I visited Marietta College, where I hoped to enroll later that fall as a freshman. Seated across the desk from then Director of Admissions, Mr. Dan Jones, my father candidly expressed his immigrant sensibilities about my employability upon graduation. Mr. Jones looked my father directly in the eye and said, “Dr.

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Memorial Day, A Reflection on Honor, Sacrifice, and Duty

Sometimes, I wonder if the sacrifices of our soldiers are forgotten because of time, the remoteness of many wars, and the volunteer status of our armed forces.  Memorial Day is a national holiday and a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in order to preserve our freedoms.

The poem below was written by one of our alums, Joe DeCree.  

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Milken Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and the Innovators Changing the Landscape of Education

Over the past two days, I attended the 2014 Milken Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition and Conference at the University of Pennsylvania. The Milken Family Foundation awards an overall first prize of $25,000 and a second prize of $15,000 for distinguished innovations to the way we improve education and learning outcomes throughout society. In its fifth year, the conference has steadily grown in the number and quality of business plans presented.

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