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Tracking Key Education Trends on a Late Summer Day

By Jeffrey McCafferty, Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning at the American Public University System

Late summer and early autumn is one of my favorite times to visit New York City. The weather is warm, people are bustling, and there is a sense of starting anew as summer vacations have concluded and all are back to work.

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MOOCs and 78 Banbury Road

Dr. Paul Rich is President of the Policy Studies Organization, an academic partner of APUS and publisher of many academic journals.  His enthusiasm for affordable learning through technology mirrors mine and I asked him if he would provide an introduction for the conference that we are attending this week at Oxford.

Every two years, American Public University System (APUS) is part of a conference held by Oxford University on aspects of the Internet.

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Two-Minute Video Application for College

Last week, Goucher College, a liberal arts college in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that it would allow prospective students the choice of submitting the standard college application including transcripts and recommendations or, alternatively, a two-minute video plus two samples of academic work.

The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that Goucher is taking a bolder step than other colleges that have incorporated videos into their application process. 

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

Open-access journals are scholarly journals that are available online to the reader at no cost.

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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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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Emerging Trends in Digital Scholarship – Authorship: Part I

By: Melissa Layne, Ed.D., Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in-Chief Internet Learning, American Public University System

Have you ever created audio clips of yourself narrating a piece of your work? A video to supplement or illustrate your research? Do you have a blog to share your thoughts, your research, or to allow readers to comment or write guest postings?

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Social Discourse is Valuable to Online Grad-Student Experience

By Patricia Campbell, Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies

American Public University System (APUS) and the Sloan Consortium recently co-sponsored a workshop on online graduate teaching and learning as part of the annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning. Sloan-C is an association of institutions and organizations of higher education with the mission to advance online education and make it more accessible to

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Data Ubiquity May One Day Revolutionize Education

By: Sebastián R. Díaz, Ph.D., J.D., AVP Marketing Analytics, American Public University System

A great concern I have regarding the education of my young daughters is that my wife and I are trying to prepare them for careers and social contexts that might not yet exist—that we can’t fully anticipate. This concern extends well beyond typical finger-pointing at public schools.

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Surveys Show Americans See Quality of Online Education

According to a new Gallup survey of Americans aged 18 and older, a majority of the 1,000 adults responding believe online instruction is “at least as good” as classroom-based courses in terms of value, offering a format in which most students can succeed, and tailored instruction.

When asked to rate online vs. face-to-face courses based on the courses’ reach and quality, more Americans rated online courses as better than traditional courses in five categories.

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Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise by Robert Zemsky

When I was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Bob Zemsky constantly reminded my classmates and me of two important things to remember when writing research papers or dissertations. The first was to show the reader the evidence; making statements or conclusions based on flimsy evidence was not a pathway toward graduation or a means of building a successful academic career post graduation.

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