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NLU’s Dhupelia at White House to Judge Educational App Contest Competition was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative


Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, poses with the White House in the background. She participated there as a judge in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative Career App Challenge.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate at the White House as a judge in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, a competition launched by First Lady Michelle Obama‚Äôs Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is a prize competition for mobile app developers, educators, and data mavens to create apps designed to help middle school and high school students navigate education and career pathways.

“The Challenge has created an opportunity for true innovation and advancement in the types of career development tools available to students starting from a young age,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »

14 Ways To Engage Online Learners, per Dr. Curt Bonk Champion of online engagement speaks to NLU profs

160204-Curt-Bonk-21 Curt Bonk, Ph.D., is on a crusade against boredom, for both students and instructors, in online and blended courses. He brought that crusade to NLU Thursday to share with professors, offering them lots of practical techniques they can use right away in online instruction.

After getting fed up with poorly-designed courses that lulled students to sleep, Bonk, a professor at Indiana University, put his background at the intersection of business, education, technology and psychology to work to design better online learning techniques.

160204-Curt-Bonk-36As an advocate of blended learning, he cited the Stanford University study which concluded that students in online courses learned more than students in face to face courses, with those online courses having a face to face element (i.e., blended learning) creating the greatest learning of all. Continue reading »

President Megahed To Gates Foundation Panel: Use Data for Higher Quality, Lower Cost NLU's president tells how data can also help students complete their degrees


Chris Bustamante of Rio Salado College, from left; Daniel W. Rasmus, Serious Insights; Nivine Megahed, National Louis University; Suzanne Walsh, Gates Foundation, and Jean Floten, WGU Washington, are pictured at the Gates Foundation Education Forum, 2015.

NLU President Nivine Megahed told Gates Foundation conference participants that she “test-drove” NLU’s new Adaptive Learning platform by teaching the first course herself, writes Daniel Rasmus in

Rasmus served as the facilitator of the breakout session on personalized learning at the recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation U.S. Education Learning Forum, which attracted leaders of the nation’s universities most plugged in to digital learning.

“Megahed, who describes herself as a data geek, has slowly transformed National Louis into a data-driven institution that simultaneously addresses cost, quality and completion,” Rasmus wrote. Continue reading »