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News from HeraldNet:

Last June, Everett High School science teacher Kelly McCoy earned her master’s degree in earth science education.

Jason Colby, who lives in Lake Stevens and works in Seattle, is studying for a bachelor’s degree in information technology, with an emphasis on security.

It’s not uncommon for working adults to lead double lives as college students. But ask McCoy or Colby where they studied, you might be puzzled by the answer. Their university has no football team or fight song.

Ever heard of Western Governors University Washington? It’s been a year since the online, nonprofit university was established by the Legislature. With Gov. Chris Gregoire’s signature, the school became a reality April 22, 2011.

McCoy was a student at Western Governors University before WGU Washington was founded.

In 1997, governors of 19 states, supported by more than 20 corporations and foundations, created WGU. Among supporters are AT&T, Microsoft, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lilly Endowment Inc. The aim is to fill the need for a well-educated workforce, and help employed adults earn…………… continues on HeraldNet

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At Altius’s Online College, Students Will Learn Through Stories
News from Xconomy:

Wade Roush4/19/12

Altius Education, the San Francisco startup that launched the two-year online junior college called Ivy Bridge, now hopes to blossom into a full-fledged, four-year institution called Altius University. And to prepare the way, it’s rolling out a new software platform designed to improve education through “the power of stories.”

Paul Freedman, Altius’ founder and CEO, revealed the new platform yesterday at Arizona State University’s Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s called Helix, and is intended not only to replace the open-source Moodle learning environment currently offered to Ivy Bridge students, but to serve as the backbone for the new university, which is currently being evaluated for accreditation by regulators.

Freedman gave Xconomy an early look at the Helix platform week. He says Moodle and other learning management systems used by online education companies “are all base…………… continues on Xconomy

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