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Sophia Pathways for College Credit Courses Receive ACE Credit Recommendation

Five courses from Sophia Pathways for College Credit (SPCC) have received recommendations from the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit). Launched in fall 2012 and designed to be significantly cheaper than traditional college courses, SPCC classes are self-paced, open for enrollment at any time, Web-based, and include online course materials in the original price. Featuring Sophia's "Many Ways to Learn" model, each course also includes individual concepts "taught by a variety of different instructors each with their individual style, so students can choose one that works best for them," according to a company news release.

EdTech 10: Top 15 Announcements

We spent the week connecting with familiar edtech friends and making new ones at the ASU/GSV Education Innovation Summit (#EISummit). We were excited by the growing interest in creating more cohesive personalized experiences for students. There were loads of announcements this week, in the desert and elsewhere. In fact, there were so many that we’re breaking our normal “EdTech 10” format to bring you instead the week’s Top Announcements – all 15 of them.

On campus beat: 5 Sophia courses get a key OK for credit

Online courses created by Minneapolis-based Sophia have gotten a national nod. The American Council on Education has endorsed five of the online learning company’s general education courses for credit, Sophia announced Wednesday. Before, only Capella University awarded credit for courses completed through Sophia. That’s because Sophia is owned by Capella Education Co. But the council’s recommendation could lead to more colleges accepting Sophia classes for credit, much as they might for military training or AP courses.

Try these free resources for the flipped classroom

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News [Article from eSchool News] The flipped classroom is an education trend that has generated a lot of buzz, but some educators have struggled to create or find videos that are both short enough and engaging enough to hold students’ attention. Yet, three free resources can help educators do that—and more. During a webinar hosted by edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community, Shannon Holden—a former middle and high school teacher, principal, and now an online educator—described how the free resources found via TED-Ed, Khan Academy, and Sophia have been used by educators to flip their classroom.