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Online education providers join forces to one platform

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The new online education platform with courses from top-ranked universities will be available to students for college credit starting in autumn 2013. Semester Online, the partnership between a consortium of schools and the online education provider 2U Inc. will deliver university-accredited courses through a virtual classroom environment.

Universities involved in this project are:

Brandeis University,
Duke University,
Emory University,
Northwestern University,
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill,
University of Notre Dame,
University of Rochester,
Vanderbilt University,
Wake Forest University, and
Washington University in St. Louis.

Students who attend consortium schools and other top schools across the country can take courses through the platform. This is the first venture 2U’s in the undergraduate space where the online provider has partnered with graduate schools since its founding in 2008. (Graduate programs are also offered through 2U include USC Rossier Online, or Nursing@Georgetown.

Chip Paucek, co-founder, and CEO of 2U says that the look and feel of the new undergraduate courses will be similar to the site’s current graduate offerings. This initiative will be defined by its rigor. High-quality courses with intense, small class size. When one uses the platform, it is a very intimate process which will bring benefit for online students and will be well practiced by the online professors. All courses at 2U are like standard online courses: asynchronous content, pre-recorded lectures and reading materials provided by a university professor for students to review each week. The difference is that the students are required to attend a virtual classroom at a scheduled time once a week.

The difference in this online courses is the fact that the student has to attend the online class with his mate. When the student is in the class, the professor is in one square, and the rest of the students are in other squares, Paucek explains. Peter Lange, Provost, Duke University, states that Duke has partnered with Coursera and 2U. He says that they have been very open to experimenting with different ways of online learning to improve the on-campus teaching and learning. Coursera has allowed Duke faculty members to expand their courses to a wider audience, but they have not sold on the “fully online” experience”. They did not believe that the fully asynchronous, no face-to-face aspect was going to be a format that would be particularly attractive to them and has decided to go for this platform.

There’s a whole lot of interaction you can’t do in an asynchronous course. Weekly “in-class” video component of 2U’s Semester Online, is what ultimately enticed the institution to enter the consortium. The schools offering those courses are very high-quality schools in which high degree of confidence in the faculty exists.

The official launching is months away, and the specific courses will be determined soon. The expenses of each course are being evaluated. Paucek says that the online courses will be “slightly less” expensive than its in-class counterparts. In a Semester Online course, there are fixed costs that need to be paid with a course, every time that you teach it. Being a high-quality operation offering ultimate experience of distance learning, it is expected that it will fully justify the expectations.

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Duke University: Duke to Offer Online Courses for Credit

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How to choose a plumbing course?

How to choose a plumbing course?

If you are considering taking plumbing courses and beginning your training to become a professional plumber this year, there are several factors to consider. This article will discuss in depth at least five critical tips to consider while choosing plumbing courses in 2014.

Type of training

Before getting started, you must first determine what type of plumbing training you are looking for. Doing online research or even speaking with plumbers you might know or who work in your community is a great way to determine what type of training is best for you. Also considering apprenticeship training is another factor to consider. Take some time to think about your personal goals and what you want to gain from your training experience. This will help you determine the best route for you to go on your road to becoming a plumber.
Time for study Another tip to consider while choosing plumbing courses is how much time you have for study and dedication to the classes. You need to consider your personal situation in order to determine whether or not you should take classes during the day or night, and how many classes you can take at once. You should also consider how much time you have in your schedule to study in addition to attending classes. Factors to consider when making this decision could include your work schedule, kids school and activity schedule, spouse’s work and activity schedule, etc. Knowing our limits beforehand will keep you from taking on too much within your busy schedule. If you need to pace yourself with the courses, there is no harm in doing so.

Where do you want to work? Knowing where you want to work is another factor to consider before choosing your plumbing questions. Some questions you might want to ask yourself is where you will be doing your apprenticeship? Do you want to work for a large or small company? Do you want to own your own business? The answers to these questions will determine which courses you take. This is because there are many courses to choose from and you need to be sure of what you want out of your training before enrolling. Different jobs require different skills and techniques. Companies like RF Training offer courses to join big companies, also they provide training to start a business.

Affordability With any type of training or schooling, affordability is always an important factor to consider. Before deciding the plumbing courses you want to take, you need to first determine your budget. Once you have a budget in mind, conduct research on which courses best fit that budget and your educational needs. If you are unsure of whether or not you can afford to take any courses, you might want to consider obtaining financial aid. This will also take some time to research and apply for. Keep in mind that is financial aid available to you.

Create a timeline Create a timeline for yourself as to when you want to be finished with your plumbing education and training and begin working in the field. Having a timeline will allow you have a goal to look forward to, and will also serve as a motivation to keep taking courses and making the time to study for them. Also, the benefit of having a timeline will allow adequate time for you to begin your job search ahead of your completion date in order to gain employment much quicker than waiting until after you are finished with your training. By following these tips you will be able to meet your goal of gaining employment as a plumber.
Take your time and research your options to begin the right career path!

By John Gary