Difference Between On-Campus Education and Online Education

On-campus education vs. online education! Is one better than the other? Can one completely replace the other? Indeed it sees that online education is the way of the future. Educational institutions, corporations and government organizations equally already offer various forms of electronic teaching. However, can a computer really replace a teacher and a blackboard?

How people learn

Each individual has a form of learning that suits them best. Some individuals achieve fantastic results in courses taught online, although most people drop out of 100% computer-led courses. Educational institutions, as well as companies in carrying out staff training, must recognize that there is no ideal way to carry out the teaching of a large group of individuals, and so must design programs that best suits the needs of the group as a whole.

People learn using multiple senses. This involves learning through both theoretical components of a course, as well as social interaction with both instructors and other students. Students learn from each other's mistakes and successes, not just from what they are told by instructors.

Each individual student has an ideal learning pace. Instructors are there before faced with the challenge of designing courses that move forward such that those students with a slow learning pace do not get left behind, while not moving so slowly that students with faster learning faces get bored.

Online education

In the age of high-speed information transfer, online education is becoming a popular and cheap means for delivering teaching to individuals outside the classroom, and in some cases all over the world. Teaching can be via CD, websites, or through real-time online facilities such as webcasts, webinars and virtual classrooms. However, different methods of online education each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Online education is still a relatively new concept, and in many respects still in the teeth stages. As such, various problems arrive across different online education environments. For example:

1. Lack of immediate feedback in asynchronous learning environments: While some online education environments such as webcasts, webinars and virtual classrooms operate live with the addition of an instructor, most do not. Teaching that is delivered through a CD or website, although having the advantage of being self-paced, provides no immediate feedback from a live instructor.

2. More preparation required on the part of the instructor: In an online education environment, an instructor can not simply stand in front of a whiteboard and deliver a class. Lessons in online education environments must be prepared ahead of time, along with any notes and instructions that may accompany the teaching.

In many cases it would also be necessary that the instructor not only understands the concepts being taught, but the technology used to deliver that teaching. This before increases the skill-levels needed of online education instructors, placing greater demand on educational institutions.

Staffing levels may also be higher for courses run in an online education environment, requiring for example:

The Instructor – able to teach both course content and be skilled in the use …

Contribution From Universities for Open Innovation

University and Industry collaboration has had a positive impact on technology and scientific studies over the years. With an increasing number of businesses relying on ‘open innovation’, the importance of this collaboration is only increasing.

The a mobile manufacturing Research Centre actively engages in open innovation through strategic academic partnerships with leading institutions like MIT, Stanford, and University of California etc. The company believes in deriving value and leveraging ideas by exploring each other’s expertise and sharing resources. Similarly International business machine, through its Open Collaboration Research Programme (OCR), continues to build strong university partnerships to create smarter solutions that are publicly shared.

Recently, a collaboration between Aachen University, Germany and 10 companies along with contributions from 50 auto-parts supplier led to the creation of the Street Scooter, a $7,000 modular electric vehicle. This innovative product can run at top speed of 74 mph with an 80-mile range, using leased batteries. It’s already creating a buzz in the automotive industry as the shipping and logistics giants ordered 3,500 units of this commercial product to leverage its cost-saving benefits! Raven II, a surgical robot developed by University of Washington and UC Santa Cruz is another fine example of ‘open-source’ university-industry collaboration. It will be used by some of the most advanced medical research labs at Harvard University, John Hopkins University etc. to enable new surgical procedures. These are just a few examples that showcase the importance of university-industry collaboration, which continues to revolutionize technology across the world.

Engaging with Universities for Effective Collaboration

While companies are increasingly realizing the value of university contribution to research and innovation, they find it rather difficult to attract the best resources. According to Walter Frick, an associate editor at the Harvard Business Review, companies would have to give up more control over their projects in order to attract and motivate the most productive contributors. Recent research at Duke and London School of Economics showed that by crediting contributors publicly, a company stands better chances at receiving university collaboration. Also, the findings indicate that financial or professional incentives were less of a factor than the value-addition that the project would bring to the community. Hence, companies need to find the right motivators to bring external sources of innovation on board 1.

However, challenges such as ownership of Intellectual Property, time-sensitivity of a project and other issues often hinder an effective collaboration between industries and universities. So, how does one strike the perfect balance between attracting potential contributors and deriving business value from the innovation process?

Productive Partnerships for Open Innovation

CEOs must realize that universities are no longer passive about commercializing their technical expertise and research capabilities. They actively file patents and are responsible for breakthrough innovations in various fields. Today, universities receive billions of dollars in government or company research sponsorships and grants. With cutting-edge facilities and specialized skills available in universities, companies need to foster mutually beneficial collaboration. Whether it’s developing a new product or a software application, companies need to be more forthcoming …

How Data Science Is Changing the World

Our Life and Data Science

When one buys or looks for something on Amazon and Flipkart, the site remembers one of preferences and provides him related suggestions next time one visits the site. How are companies being able to do that? The answer is: Data Science. Companies are storing our data and using them to understand how to improve their products according to our needs and also how to increase customers' engagement with them. The reason why this system is working so well is because today more and more people are coming online and leaving footprints on the internet, which the companies can exploit to make correct predictions.

Visible Examples of Uses of Data Science

  • Search Results: Search Engines like Google predict what we want to search before we can even complete the word, and this is because they have millions of related search keywords already stored in their databases.
  • Digital Advertisements: Ads on Internet are not random unlike the traditional ads on TV and newspapers. The companies collect separate data about each and every user and show only the relevant ads.
  • Recommendations: E-commerce sites like Amazon and online entertainment sites like Netflix are using it to recommend new products and movies based on users' past experiences.
  • Image and Speech Recognition: As artificial intelligence and machine learning are getting better, image and speech recognition tools are getting more advanced and accurate.

Which Industries Are Using Data Science?

Almost every industry is generating a huge amount of data and has moved from knowledge-driven approach to data-driven approach in order to solve problems and produce better results. Some notable industries are as follows:

  • Information Technology: This is the most obvious industry, which Data Science has become the backbone of. From suggesting friends on Facebook to suggesting videos on YouTube, from recommending movies on Netflix to filtering products on Amazon, and from enhancing user experience on Uber to providing real-time tracking on Dominos, Data Science is being used in every aspect.
  • Aviation and Logistics: Airlines are using it to predict weather condition and possible delays and to keep the passengers informed accordingly, while logistics companies like FedEx can discover best routes and best modes of transport to increase cost efficiency.
  • Human Resources: With the help of Data Science, companies find it easy to predict employee attrition and figure out ways to increase their productivity.
  • Medical Science: In Bioinformatics, Data Science along with Genome data is helping researchers and doctors to analyze genetic structures and understand how particular drugs can act on diseases.
  • Astrophysics: In Space Sciences too, it is being used to create large astronomical datasets.
  • Banking and Finances: It helps banks in giving better customer service, fraud detection, customers profiling and forecasting the economic conditions.

Scope of Data Science

It has emerged as the most exciting career of the present era. There are a large number of vacancies, the saloons are high, prospect of career growth are promising, and the work is exciting. Organizations like Glassdoor and Harvard University have even listed …

Statistics on Adults Returning to College

Due to the economy these days, and the huge number of newly graduated youngsters, the job market is a fierce competitive monster to be reckoned with. Many older, more experienced, adults are using a return to school to add extra armor to their resume in an attempt to come out on top. But the process of making that return can be a long arduous fight all on its own.

Most employees over 35 have disadvantages they must tote along with them through their returning education years. They have families to care for, financial instability due to unemployment, or they contend with their unsatisfying job that they must cling to for dear life until they are able to earn that certification that will allow them to advance onto something greater. Battling all of these added troubles can be tiresome, but if you want something better for yourself, you have to make sacrifices.

Now, it seems that many older adults are returning to college and deciding to make those sacrifices. Some find ways to squeeze schooling into their already hectic lifestyle by waking up before dawn to study, or attending weekend, or online classes. Some other adults returning to college will take on a full workload during the day and then attend classes afterward for some nighttime college schooling.

Student admissions over the age of 35 have climbed in numbers, especially in the last 10 years. Adults returning to college now make up almost 20% of enrollment these days, which is double what it used to be when they were the young 18-year-old demographic. These days two in every five college students are older than 25.

Online colleges have become the best ally to older adults who wish to progress in the competitive workforce. About 75% of colleges offer online courses in the U.S. alone. The University of Phoenix Online boasts 63,000 students attending already with numbers rising. Adults returning to college to finish a bachelor’s degree or earn some type of certification tend to gravitate towards these types of methods because it allows them to attend a class at home while watching over their children, or allot their time given for school in a more convenient way.

The numbers on adults returning to college is on the rise, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Soon, the income gap between college graduates and non-grads will grow even larger and education will be more important than ever.…

Top Law Schools

There is some debate as to which schools should compose the list of top law schools. There are a few schools that traditionally top the flags, but whether or not these universities are really worth the cost is quite debatable. For those wishing to pursue a legal career path, though, it is important to know what these rankings actually mean.

The Three Tiers of Law School

Universities that offer a legal education are traditionally grouped into three "tiers" of fifty. The best schools are in the Tier One, followed by those in Tier Two and Tier 3. Traditional wisdom states that the best jobs to go Tier One students, while those in Tier 3 will have the most trouble finding employment. The most competitive bracket is Tier 2, with a number of public universities vying for prestige with some of the larger-name American private colleges.

What Are the Top Law Schools?

As one might expect, the Ivy League is exceptionally well represented in the annual ranking of top law schools. Harvard, Stanford and Yale are traditionally near the top of the list. Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Berkeley usually follow not far behind, with schools like Cornell Law School, Duke, and Georgetown typically bringing up the reminder of the pack. These schools tend to have the best faculty, the most active donors, and some of the most competitive acceptance rates. Whether or not these schools are worth the price, however, is worth questioning.

A Realistic Look

Realistically speaking, the annual report of top law schools is incredibly skewed. Certain schools will always be in the top ten, and certain schools will never rise above the second tier. The quality of education at the top-tier schools is not necessarily better than that in the lower tiers, but the names certainly carry a certain cache with employers. Unless you wish to chase the top one percent of jobs, though, the top ten to fifteen law schools may not be worth the price of admission.

The Top Schools for Your Needs

For the majority of law students, the highest education value can be found in the lower top tier through the second tier of law schools. Most of these schools are reasonably priced, have stellar faculty, and can help a student land a job. While they may not have the name appeal of a Harvard or Stanford, most schools in the second tier also cost only a fraction of those schools' overall price. If you wish to get a legal job in a given area, it is better to seek out a local school than to look at the annual rankings.

The list of the top law schools for one student may not be the same as that for another. The best law school will be one that is affordable for a student's income, yet can still offer a competitive advantage. There is rarely a point in pursuing an education at an incredibly expensive institution if a student is not aiming for …

Thessaloniki Student Housing

A brief Thessaloniki student housing guide

Based on the Greek Ministry of Education, there are approximately 330.000 students at Greek public universities at any one time. Thessaloniki accounts for nearly 1/3 of the total number of students in Greece with an estimated 100.000 students (including those attending private colleges and other higher education establishments).

For a city of 800.000 people (city population 2011) this means a particularly high proportion of students, which is evident from the lively atmosphere and nightlife. The majority of the students are coming from other Greek cities, from Europe via exchange programs and from the Balkan countries in order to study at high quality private colleges. Estimating that on average a full-time student spends about 4 years in Thessaloniki (excluding exchange students), this means that there are approximately 25.000 new students in the city every year. And they all need a place to stay…

This article will provide a brief guide to the types of available student housing, the areas, prices, and things to be aware of regarding student accommodation in Thessaloniki.

1. Types of student accommodation

1a. University public dorms.

The University of Thessaloniki offers dorms to students, based on need and mainly on financial criteria. They are provided free of charge. In practice this means that it is pretty difficult to get a dorm room even if you are eligible to get one. The dorms are mostly located close to the university campus, but their quality is very low and maintenance is a big issue, along with issues about safety etc.

1b. University Student Hostels.

These are private properties (entire buildings) which are subleased by the University and are provided mainly to exchange students requiring accommodation for a few weeks or months. These are usually ERASMUS students. As of 2011 there are two student hostels, “Matsi Street 7” and “Kassandrou Street 134”, both very close to the university. They offer fully furnished “dorm-style” rooms with ensuite private bathroom and kitchenette (Kassandrou 134) single and double rooms, a laundry area and wireless internet access.

1c. Private hostels.

For students wishing to stay only a few days/weeks, these hostels are more appropriate and a better solution than a hotel. However, these are hard to find as private hostels that rent rooms/beds by the day/week are not legal in Greece unless they are Non-Profit Organizations.

1d. Private rental flats.

These are standalone flats (studio, 1 or 2 bedrooms) located all over the city that students can rent from private owners. You can usually find them through real estate agents (beware) or online ads. You will need to find the appropriate one to suit your needs. Most of them are unfurnished or partly furnished and are more suited to students who plan to stay in Thessaloniki for a few years (as you’d have to buy electrical appliances, fridge, cooker, etc).

When you move in you will need to enter into a contract with the electricity company DEI, the water and sewage company EYATH and the gas company for …

Auburn University (AU) Tigers Football Players Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft – Two Selected

There were two Auburn University (AU) Tigers football players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in New York City in April. The two men from the Alabama based campus selected by National Football League (NFL) Teams are:

• Ben Tate (running back) who was picked by the Houston Texans in the second round with the 58th overall pick

• Walter McFadden (cornerback), selected with the 138th overall pick in the 5th round by the Oakland Raiders

Ben Tate hopes to follow in the footsteps of other successfully Auburn running backs that have entered the NFL in the last few seasons. Most recently that list includes impact players Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins and Carnell “Cadilac” Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When football fans go further back in time they notice that the great Bo Jackson was actually a running back product of the Auburn football program.

Ben Tate, born is 1988, is listed as a 5’11” 218 pound back that has a desirable combination of power and speed. Originally from Woodbridge, Virginia Ben grew up in Maryland and attended Stephen Decatur High School where he set a high water mark for the state in terms of rushing yards for a single season with 2,886.

After earning all-state honors his junior season Tate transferred to Snow Hill High School (also in Maryland) for his senior year of high school. As the tailback for the Snow Hill Eagles he led the squad to a second place in the state finish for the football team. Tate chose to follow up his impressive prep football career with the Auburn Tigers after declining athletic scholarship offers from powerhouse football programs the University of Florida and Penn State just to name a couple.

Walter McFadden was selected by the Oakland Raiders to play cornerback and while Walter has no relation to Raiders running back Darren McFadden (a 2008 first round draft pick by Oakland) Walter does have an older brother in the NFL. The older brother of Walter also plays cornerback.

Walter is the younger sibling of Bryant McFadden who played his college football at Florida State University before being selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft to play cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bryant was on both Steelers teams that won Super Bowls after the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

The younger McFadden is a 6’0″ 177 corner with quick feet and an upside that the Oakland Raiders are excited about. The Raiders expect to find some versatility in Walter as an asset both on defense and on special teams during his rookie season.…

Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science – Computing?

Nobody can argue against the importance of learning the intricacies of the English language. It teaches us to effectively articulate our ideas, opinions, needs and wants. Mathematics is equally critical, without addition and subtraction everyday mundane tasks like managing a weekly budget and the hours you have left at work becomes impossible challenges. And Science, as a study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world is an agglomeration of both. So where does the argument for teaching computing as a core subject stand?

With the dawn of the digital age it quickly became clear that commonplace software and technologies like MS Office, the internet and GIs were here to stay, and that we had better start education our younger generation so as not to be left behind in the global race for IT education. ICT courses are now ubiquitous through UK's secondary education and Europe's equivalent institutions.

Today silicon is as popular as ever and practitioners in programming have one of the highest growth and salary rates in the world. Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, Investor, Network Engineer and Systems Administrator are all examples of jobs that require an employee to work closely with complex software applications.

But there are many counter-arguments to this, one being that much of computing science is too difficult to teach. And, then again, if a child is capable of grasping algebra, then they're only a virtual hop, skip and jump away from programming. Programming is an aspect of computing that can not be spoon-fed, it forces engagement from teacher and student alike and imparts larger, highly transferrable, about life. Writing a program is the closest a child can come to thinking about thinking.

Population over-qualification is another unfounded concern as job markets throughout Europe are forcing university graduates to take on entry-level retail, administration and services positions. The computing industry by comparison is a veritable goldmine with 1.4 million computer intense positions expected by 2020 in the US alone (1). As reported by Forbes, some European countries like Romania are already adopting solutions for the IT expert scarcity.

Another problem is the lack of creativity when integrating technology with other subjects and this is largely down to insufficient teacher training and inadequate equipment. Governments need to recognize that raising an army of expert programmers is an economic investment, not an economic hit. Until then we can only dream of a world where art teachers show students how to manipulate photo editing software and Math teachers demonstrate mathematical concepts while teaching how to program calculator functions. Those institutions that do make an effort to introduce IT curriculums tend to focus on teaching how to use software with little to no insight into how that software functions under the bonnet. Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google and British Prime Minister David Cameron are just two advocates behind the scheme to teach children more on this subject . (2)

And finally, beyond the economic feasibility of teaching computer science lies a moral dilemma. English, Maths and …

Online College Courses Make Back To School Easy

If you're one of many people making the difficult decision to go back to school, maybe going to an online college or taking online courses is the perfect solution. Online schools offer many opportunities for those going back to school, and many online schools are designed specifically to meet the needs of those going back to school and looking to finish their degree. An online college education is a great way to begin a new career or start a new direction in your life.

There are countless options and many different online colleges out there, to meet your needs. Many people who are thinking about going back to school are worried that they will not have time to go to class all the time, or are uncomfortable with being in a college bedroom when they are much older than the other students. Taking an online course is the perfect way to get rid of this problem. You are not physically in the classroom, so there is no concern with being around younger students. Additionally, your online courses allow you to complete the work on your own time, instead of having to adjust your schedule to that of the college or university. Instead, you can continue working, from part time to full time, and do your assignments and listen to lectures when you're available.

Getting an online college education is becoming more and more popular for older adults who only finished a few years of college, or who never went to college at all. Online college can be completed in varying amounts of time, and some programs for certain fields can be completed in under a year. After these degrees or certificates are great ways to open door towards new careers and career fields. If you do not enjoy your job, or if you're interested in a career that would offer a higher salary and more benefits, getting your degree is often the perfect way to achieve these goals, and for the working adult, an online college is often the best way to go about getting your degree.

Online college courses range in difficulty, cost, and subject manner, so it's a good idea to look around for a while before decided on the online courses that are best for you. If you're taking an online course for the first time, do not overwork yourself. It might be a good idea to only take one or two courses at a time, until you get an understanding of the workload and what is being demanded of you. After you've gotten an idea of ​​what the courses will be like, feel free to take additional classes, if you feel you can manage them.

It's important to know what program or subject you're working on, when selecting your classes. Often, online schools will have specific classes to take that make up a degree, so be sure when choosing classes you are taking the necessary courses to meet your degree's requirements. If your college college courses …

Colleges For Studying Interior Designing

Nowadays, creative professions have become very popular. Young people prefer to earn money not with their strength and physical capabilities, not even with their mind, but creativeness. These days, young people are very advanced and already before entering senior secondary school they are full with ideas concerning their future profession. Starting to work in the fields connected with creative skills and new tendencies in society is the major goal of today’s youth.

It is a true point of view that uniqueness and creativity are the most important tools of success today. Each person possesses his or her own creative potential, thus, one wishes to develop these skills and talent by mastering some new profession or a course. The latter will not only suggest a person the space for thinking and creativeness, but also invention something new and unusual which has never been done by previous generations. Besides, such creative people are able to build a fundamental starting-point for future generations. Here the freshness of a new approach is of great importance.

It is widely known that there are many new fields and tendencies nowadays. Most of such professions are highly creative demanding a sober and unique imagination, for instance, cinema acting, theatre acting, writing, dancing, painting, crafts, radio jockeying, anchoring, fashion designing, interior designing etc. There is no doubt, that all of these professions are greatly popular among young people, but interior designing can be singled out due to its uniqueness. This uniqueness consists in the fact that it gives an opportunity to future designers to transform the whole universe of their ideas and thinking power into the object of creative beauty. Only the noblest people deserve to have the profession of an interior designer. It’s in their power to decorate one’s house that is considered to be one of the most precious properties in a person’s life. It’s the place a number of people have already got used to and it’s designer’s task to make it much better than it was before.

In order to become a good interior designer one has to be able to fulfill the professional demands of the industry. Thus, students should train their working standards in special colleges which have started courses in interior designing. To enter such a college one has to pass an entrance test which is conducted by the colleges to test imaginative analytical skills, technical drawing, sketching skills of the students.

The applications to the interior designing colleges can be made by the student only after he has passed with his 12th exams. The duration of the course can vary from two to four years, it depends on the chosen course and the institute from which the student is planning to receive his education. There are different colleges providing professional courses in interior designing and you are welcome to make your own choice. They are:

Lovely Professional University, Phagwara

Academy of Art and Design, Maharashtra

International Academy of Fashion and Design, Chennai

Architects may design different surroundings, for instance, those …