online learning

Education
12:05 am
Mon March 3, 2014

UW's MOOC On Public Speaking Proving To Be Massively Popular

Hamish Gunn

University of Washington professor Matt McGarrity teaches a wildly-popular MOOC, or a free massive open online course open to virtual students everywhere.

McGarrity’s course on public speaking is one of more than a dozen MOOCs offered by UW. The communications professor likens the MOOC approach to a yoga class that might air at 6 in the morning on TV.

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Education
6:01 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Critics say alternative learning program raises red flags

The Alternative Learning Experience program helps students like fifth grader Gabriel Johnson get the non-traditional education he needs, but some districts have drawn scrutiny over how they administer it.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Not every student thrives in a traditional classroom, but changing technology and new research on learning mean Washington kids have more alternatives than ever. They can homeschool part-time or go to class online, even if it means enrolling in a district clear across the state. But that’s allowed a whole raft of questionable practices, and set up a dilemma for policymakers.

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