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Online classes can save schools money, expand learning time for K-12 students

New research at the University of Florida predicts more public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade will take classes online, have longer school days and more of them in the next decade. Academic performance should improve and schools could save money. Read More


UF joins Coursera in offering free, online courses

Coursera today announced that the University of Florida is among 17 prominent universities to sign agreements with Coursera to bring its courses online for free to expand education opportunities on university campuses and worldwide. With today’s announcement, Coursera now hosts 200 courses from 33 domestic and international universities and reaches more than 1.3 million students across the globe. “The University of Florida has always been at the forefront of online education, so joining Coursera is a completely logical next step for us,” UF President Bernie Machen said. “As boundaries and limitations begin to disappear in the world of higher education, Coursera is clearly an up-and-coming player on the global stage and we look forward to partnering with them.” Read More


University of Florida launches online master's degree in music education

The University of Florida is now accepting applications for a new 100 percent online master’s degree in music education adapted from its campus counterpart. Read More


UF begins online master's degree, graduate certificate in Web design, online communication

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will launch a fully online, distance learning Master of Arts degree in mass communication with a specialization in Web design and online communication in January 2012. Students in the program will learn principles and advanced techniques in Internet design and strategic communication as it applies to news, commerce and entertainment media. Read More


UF conference focuses on online learning in higher education

“Online Learning and the Future of Higher Education” is a two-day conference presented by the University of Florida’s Provost Office and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service to make the university community aware of the importance of UF Online, a four-year online program launching in January. Read More


UF now offering online degree in sport management

The University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance is now offering an online sport management program for students who earn an associate’s degree from Santa Fe College. The online sport management program will allow qualified students to receive an education equivalent to on-campus students at the click of a button. Read More


UF Program Gives Online Support to Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients, often an overwhelming task, may be easier for family members worldwide thanks to an interactive program developed by University of Florida researchers and available by telephone and the World Wide Web. Read More


Academic Technology to host daylong symposium

The University of Florida’s Office of Academic Technology will host the “2006 Faculty IT Showcase & Symposium: Educating the Net Generation” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Reitz Student Union. Read More


Digital Plant Doctor Diagnoses Plant Problems

University of Florida specialists are using a new system that uses digital cameras and the World Wide Web to send photographs of insects and diseased plants from the field to the lab for rapid diagnosis and identification. Read More


Seeking foothold in fast-growing China, UF opens Beijing office

The University of Florida is joining other American schools that, like corporations and professionals, are putting down roots in rapidly growing China. The UF Center for International Studies in Beijing opened in June, joining a growing number of U.S. universities establishing offices or otherwise ramping up activities in China, home to the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing economy. UF and institutions such as the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland have long had agreements or collaborated with Chinese universities on, for example, international study programs in Chinese or English. UF’s new China-based office seeks to expand these kinds of collaborations into a palette of distance-learning classes and other offerings. The goal: to both entice top Chinese students to pursue UF degrees and help a growing number of American students seeking careers in China get a foothold in the country. Read More


UF to assist university students in storm-battered Gulf Coast

In the wake of the national tragedy spawned by Hurricane Katrina, the University of Florida is offering to enroll university students in the affected areas so they can avoid any interruptions in their studies. Read More


UF Leading Lucent Technologies-Funded Program In Latin America

Lucent Technologies today announced the funding of a collaborative effort between Bell Labs, the University of Florida and universities in Brazil and Mexico to advance distance-learning education around the Latin American region. Made possible by Lucent’s philanthropic arm, the Lucent Technologies Foundation, the funding will total $1.5 million over three years. The collaborative effort, named the Partnership in Global Learning, represents an unprecedented international initiative designed to produce distributed learning on a global scale using technologically enhanced distance learning methods, company and university officials say. It will develop state-of-the-art curricula in science and telecommunications technology as well as in other academic fields. Read More


UF launches online master's degree in art education

The University of Florida College of Fine Arts now offers a new online Master of Arts in Art Education degree program with classes that started this month. The new program will develop art educators, artists and art advocates who can thrive in varied modern learning environments as transformative educators. The program’s curriculum emphasizes the development of teaching techniques alongside studio courses that challenge students to develop their art and to learn new art making techniques and methods of instruction. Through the program, students discover and explore ways that digital technologies can be used to deliver impactful art learning experiences. The program’s online format delivers an educational experience that is flexible and accessible for working professionals who need to work while completing their degrees. Read More


New Distance-Learning Course Aims To Help Foreign Veterinarians Prepare For Professional Licensure Exam

Latin American veterinarians who hope to practice in the United States are receiving help through a new distance-education course offered by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. The 12-week program, now under way, involves a series of videotaped lectures in which UF veterinarians are teaching 53 foreign veterinary graduates how to prepare for the written portion of the licensing examination they must pass if they intend to practice in this country. Read More


At UF, distance learning moves off the planet

There’s no excuse for being late to Paul Fishwick’s class, even though it’s held on an island, one that does not appear on the map of the landlocked University of Florida in Gainesville. That’s because students can just teleport in. Read More


University of Florida earns national recognition in distance education

The American Distance Education Consortium has named the University of Florida Global Forensic Science program the winner of its 2006 national Award of Excellence in Distance Education. Read More


UF's long-distance engineering program expands

The University of Florida College of Engineering has the EDGE, and it’s getting sharper. Read More


Grants boost distance-learning at UF College of Education

University of Florida education technology instructor Richard Ferdig believes earning an education degree shouldn’t be confined to the College of Education’s classrooms at Norman Hall. Read More


UF launches online master’s degree in urban and regional planning

This fall, the University of Florida department of urban and regional planning in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will launch a new online master’s degree in urban and regional planning with specializations in Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, and sustainability. Because all coursework is completed online, the new degree program will help planning professionals enhance their skills and careers or build a solid foundation for those who want to enter the profession for the first time. Read More


UF's First Online Distance Learning Program Off To Strong Start

The on-line program was developed by Haniph Latchman, a UF associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, with a $135,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation, a New York City-based philanthropic nonprofit institution. The College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering department contributed $67,500. The college’s department of computer and information science and engineering is launching a similar program this spring. Latchman said the program targets on-campus and off-campus students. Many of the off-campus students already are taking distance-learning classes through the UF College of Engineering Florida Engineering Education Delivery System, which uses videotapes and printed materials for distance education. In both programs, students can earn certificates as well as the master’s degree, and some students including Worrell are not necessarily seeking degrees. Read More


UF taps Arizona State provost as first leader of online bachelor's degree programs

A key strategic architect of Arizona State University’s successful online degree program has been named the executive director of the University of Florida’s new online bachelor’s degree programs. Elizabeth D. “Betty” Phillips, ASU’s provost and executive vice president, will begin her new duties at UF on Jan. 1 — the same day UF’s online bachelor’s degree programs take flight. Read More


Online MBA Program is ranked No. 1

The Economist magazine has ranked the University of Florida’s MBA Program at the Hough Graduate School of Business No. 1 in the world. The survey was the first to review distance-learning MBA programs, and was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). EIU’s criteria included program content, quality of students and distance-learning elements, which incorporate standards like a sense of connection to the school. Read More


Online Program Could Help Fill Need For Tobacco Counselors

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday will challenge the nation’s smokers to give up cigarettes for at least a day, but University of Florida medical experts say quitting permanently may require more than just encouragement. In many cases, long-term success could depend on whether smokers receive treatment from trained counselors -specialists who are in short supply. Now a unique Internet-based program formally launched today will train and certify tobacco counselors nationwide, said Timothy VanSusteren, associate dean for continuing medical education and faculty development at UF’s College of Medicine and one of several UF researchers who helped develop the program. “We believe this is the first online tobacco counseling certification program offered anywhere,” VanSusteren said. “Tobacco smoking is the No. 1 health problem in the United States, and we need to promote efforts to help people stop.” Read More


UF awards nation's first online doctoral degree in classics

The University of Florida has awarded the nation’s first doctor of philosophy degree in classical studies pursued online. David McClister of Tampa successfully defended his dissertation on Feb. 11 and is set to graduate during UF’s next commencement ceremony in May. Read More


U.S. News ranks two UF online programs No. 1 in Florida

The University of Florida’s online graduate business program is rated No. 1 in the state and fourth in the nation, according to rankings scheduled to be released by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The elite ranking among 213 schools nationwide that reported offering online master’s degree business programs reinforces ratings by the The Economist in which UF’s online MBA was one of only two programs in the world to receive the magazine’s highest grade of “excellent.” Read More


U.S. News ranks UF Online No. 12 in the nation for online bachelor’s degree programs

UF Online, the University of Florida’s online bachelor’s degree program, is ranked No. 12 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs in the country, up eight places from its previous spot at No. 20 in 2017. This makes the University of Florida the top-ranked public university for online undergraduate programs in Florida, according to the U.S. News list. Read More


UF begins online master's degree in global strategic communication

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will launch a fully online, distance learning master of arts degree in mass communication with a specialization in global strategic communication in the summer of 2012. Read More


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