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Why More Teachers Are Getting Advanced Degrees From Online Schools

Western Governors University has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, but most online students never visit the Utah campus. About a third of WGU students in Indiana are enrolled in the school's teachers college.

A decade ago, the University of Phoenix awarded 72 online education degrees. In ten years, that number skyrocketed to 5,976. Western Governors University didn’t award any education degrees in 2001. Last year, the online university — based in Utah but with a state school here in Indiana — awarded nearly 2,000. The pace at which [...]

Are Online Charter Companies Profiting From Underperforming Indiana Schools?

Stock in a corporation behind three Indiana charter schools sunk by 20 percent after a front page story in Tuesday’s New York Times raised a tough question: Are K12 Inc. and other online charter school companies like it making hundreds of millions in revenues while offering sub-par education to students? K12 runs a Ball State-authorized online charter school, two more hybrid [...]

For-Profit Colleges: Game-Changers Or 'Diploma Mills'?

For-profit colleges have a lot of accusatory fingers pointing in their direction, mostly from politicians and commentators looking for someone to blame for soaring levels of student debt. But are for-profits indeed fatally flawed ‘diploma mills’? Or convenient scapegoats? In Indiana, this debate has special significance. The state’s student default rate is one of the nation’s highest — and Congress [...]

How YouTube Is Changing The Classroom

Troy Cockrum, an English teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school on the north side of Indianapolis, helps a student having computer issues. Cockrum "flipped" his classroom this year, and painted the walls of his classroom to reflect the new change.

Some educators think they’ve found a solution to a laundry list of age-old problems teachers have faced in reaching students. So how exactly might putting lecture videos online help students learn?

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