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Plaudits for an Online Degree Program

Howard Budin


TC’s online master’s degree program in Computing and Education has been rated the nation’s best online graduate education degree by GetEducated.Com, a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and university ratings.

The ranking has been reported on the Web site for Kiplinger’s, the Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The article on the Kiplinger’s site notes that enrollment in online master’s degree programs has jumped 17 percent during the past year.

GetEducated based its rating on the quality of the courses and the quality of the technology used, among other factors.

TC’s program in Computing in Education was launched three years ago by the College’s Department of Math, Science and Technology. The program admits about 20 students each year from across the United States and from several other countries as well. Most are working teachers who want to sharpen their use of technology or else become computer teachers or program coordinators.

The program uses online technology platforms such as Moodle and Blackboard, as well as Adobe Connect for live class sessions conducted in real time.

“We try to increase communications between students and students and students and instructors as much as possible,” says program director Howard Budin, Co-Director of TC’s Center for Technology and School Change.

TC is launching its second online-only program next fall, in diabetes education.

To view the story on Kiplinger’s, visit http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/grad-degrees-from-a-distance.html

To view the original ratings on GetEducated, visit 15 Top Online Graduate Schools.

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