May 31st

Adobe releases eLearning Suite 2.5 with monthly subscription plans

Adobe releases eLearning Suite 2.5 with monthly subscription plans
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Last week Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) announced the release of version 2.5 of the Adobe eLearning Suite, the suite of tools designed for trainers and developers that includes Adobe Captivate 5.5, Adobe Flash Professional CS5.5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 and much more.

In addition to purchasing the suite outright, Adobe is offering subscription services with price plans of $ 89 per month for the one-year plan and $ 135 per month for the month-to-month plan. If you know that you are only designing courses on occasion or you want to spread out your costs (as a small business might want to do), the subscription plans make a lot of sense.

Trainers who aren’t interested in anything except Captivate can subscribe to just that for $ 39 per month for the year plan and $ 59 per month, for the month to month plan.

The latest version of eLearning Suite has some interesting upgrades includ…………… continues on FierceContentManagement
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E-learning ‘allows substantial cost savings’
News from Virtual College:

Businesses providing e-learning opportunities for their workforces could save money compared with those that receive training from outside parties.

Using the internet and online tools to train employees in the workplace cuts travel and associated costs by a substantial amount, Cool Avenues reports.

Companies have been urged to continue to better their workforces by providing opportunities for growth, despite the difficult economic climate.

According to the MBA community portal, 70 per cent of all learning occurs while a person is carrying out day-to-day tasks in their work environment.

For this reason, increasing numbers of businesses have adopted web-based methods to train staff in their place of employment.

Meanwhile, emergency services staff at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to receive traini…………… continues on Virtual College
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May 31st

Do schools share too much with parents?

Do schools share too much with parents?
News from CNN:

Thanks to school-funded technology, parents can track their child’s grades, assignments and progress online.
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  • Some teachers use technology to help parents track their child’s progress
  • Online programs have expanded so parents can now conduct full academic surveillance
  • Some students feel this is an invasion of privacy and causes tensions at home

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May 30th

Adobe upgrades eLearning Suite and Captivate

Adobe upgrades eLearning Suite and Captivate
News from Digit:

Adobe has released a mid-cycle update to its eLearning Suite, a collection of tools used to make educational content for academic use and professional training. Updates to the suite, now in version 2.5, focus on creating more streamlined workflows, expanding output options, and improving the software’s overall usability.

The software is used by instructional designer and developers who create online or technologically delivered learning or training content. An example of e-learning content that many corporate employees would find familiar is work safety and hazard training or sexual harassment training, which might blend videos, narrative storytelling, reading, and quizzes, all facilitated through a computer. E-learning is now used widely across higher education, government, co…………… continues on Digit
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May 30th

Amid protests, Medford sets fee for student-teachers

Amid protests, Medford sets fee for student-teachers
News from Cherry Hill Courier Post:
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Vallejo’s freshmen are target audience
News from Vallejo Times-Herald:
Phyllis James knows that a lot of freshmen in Vallejo schools have lofty dreams of becoming a sports star or a rapper.

“But what do you do if that doesn’t work?” James said, hoping to give students a “dose of reality.”

The answer? Get a solid foundation in education — not to squelch dreams, but to be prepared if those dreams don’t happen.

Establishing that foundation

is one of the goals of the Vallejo City Unified School District’s new ninth-grade programs, which will launch with the new school year this fall.

Ultimately, the goal of the ninth-grade programs — one at Jesse Bethel High School and another at Vallejo High School — is to reduce the district’s alarming dropout rate.

According to the latest state Department of Education figures, just half of all Vallejo public school freshmen will manage to graduate four years later. Part of the loss stems from students’ experience in ninth grade, James said.

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May 29th

Campaign to raise taxes for education uses online strategy to collect signatures

Campaign to raise taxes for education uses online strategy to collect signatures
News from Denver Post:

Supporters of an initiative that would ask voters in November to raise taxes for education are using an online, grassroots strategy to gather signatures that could revolutionize the petition process.

“It is the first time that I have seen this kind of tactic,” said veteran ballot-issue consultant Rick Reiter. “I’m watching it closely because I could learn a lot.”

Great Education Colorado Action is the political arm of Great Education Colorado, a group that urges more spending on education, and it has sent e-mails to supporters and turned to social networking to jump-start a signature-gathering drive for Initiative 25.

That proposal would, for five years, raise state sales taxes from 2.9 percent to 3 percent and hike the state’s income tax from 4.63 percent to 5 percent. If voters approved it, the proposal would generate an estimated $ 3 billion for K-12 and higher education.

Supporters say the tax hikes are needed to offset three years of deep cuts to educ…………… continues on Denver Post
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May 28th

Adobe Upgrades eLearning Suite and Captivate

Adobe Upgrades eLearning Suite and Captivate
News from PC Magazine:

A mid-cycle release for the e-learning market brings a more streamlined workflow and monthly subscription options.

Adobe today released a mid-cycle update to its eLearning Suite, a collection of tools used to make educational content for academic use and professional training. Updates to the suite, now in version 2.5, focus on creating more streamlined workflows, expanding output options, and improving the software’s overall usability.

The software is used by instructional designer and developers who create online or technologically delivered learning or training content. An example of e-learning…………… continues on PC Magazine
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E-learning courses to be offered to London 2012 staff
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Emergency services staff in London are set to be offered e-learning courses in order to prepare them for the rigours that will be associated with the staging of the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games, it has been revealed.

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is putting on the scheme that will benefit 250,000 police and 50,000 fire and ambulance personnel, People Management reports.

It is to be run in September this year and will offer advice on operational planning for the Games, including command and control structures, operating procedures and logistical arrangements.

Nick Gargan, NPIA chief executive, said: “We have produced this collaborative Tri-Service Olympic Awareness training so that the police, fire and ambulance services can prepare their staff flexibly and in a cost-effective manner.”

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May 28th

Embracing virtual reality

Embracing virtual reality
News from Worcester Telegram:
WORCESTER — The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will wade into the world of online degrees this fall with the debut of several programs aimed at working health professionals.

The college, which has campuses in Boston, Worcester and Manchester, N.H., will base its online operations at 28 Mechanic St. in Worcester and be led by a Worcester resident who helped bring the University of Massachusetts’ UMassOnline to life more than a decade ago. Barbara A. Macaulay, MCPHS’ associate provost for online education and CEO of MCPHS Online, started work in January and said the field has come a long way in the last 10 years.

“The world of online education has changed completely from 11 or 12 years ago,” she said. “Now, online education has really earned its right to respect.”

So much so that many colleges offer it. In Central Massachusetts alone, institutions that offer online health profession degrees include UMass (whose UMassOnline is based in…………… continues on Worcester Telegram
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May 27th

Tacoma: breaking news regarding online education from King 5

Tacoma: breaking news regarding online education from King 5
News from Examiner.com:

This just in as reported by Own Lei of King 5 news:

Western Governors University has launched a branch in Washington. WGU is a fully accredited online only university offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in the areas of teaching, business, information technology and health professions.

The new chancellor at WGU is Jean Floten, who most recently was the president of Bellevue College, but chose to step down from that position to lead at WGU’s new Washington branch.

Floten is quoted as saying, “I totally believe that online delivery in this fashion is the new frontier”. This is high praise from the former leader of a traditional brick and mortar program.

Some of the specifics include:

  • WGU will not use state funding. It is self sustained solely through tuition.
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Elaborating on Online Accessibility
News from Inside Higher Ed:

The Department of Education on Wednesday elaborated on a 2010 letter urging college and university presidents to make sure that the “emerging technology” on their campuses squares with federal laws protecting disabled students from discrimination.

While the original “Dear Colleague” letter focused on recent controversies over the accessibility of classroom devices such as electronic readers. Wednesday’s addendum made it clear that online courses and their content also must be accessible to disabled students — even if none are currently enrolled.

“All school programs and activities — whether in a ‘brick and mortar,’ online, or other ‘virtual’ context — must be operated in a matter that complies with federal disability discrimination laws,” said the addendum, wh…………… continues on Inside Higher Ed
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May 27th

E-learning embraced at private school

E-learning embraced at private school
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E-learning materials are being put to use at one private school in Crowthorne, Berkshire, which has purchased a number of e-book readers that will replace traditional texts.

Wellington College is also eschewing a central library, which is being converted into a study area where pupils can work alone or in groups, Get Wokingham reports.

The new centre is due to be complete n January 2012 and around 10,000 books that are currently housed in the library are to be redistributed to smaller, department-specific libraries elsewhere in the school.

Deputy headteacher Jane Lunnon told the news source the college has been looking into using e-learning items “for the past two to three years”.

“The pupils will be given handheld devices … which they can use to download the books they want to read and the information they need,” …………… continues on Virtual College
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May 26th

New online education program aimed at curbing dangerous drinking

New online education program aimed at curbing dangerous drinking
News from Penn State Live:

New online education program aimed at curbing dangerous drinking

Thursday, May 26, 2011

University Park, Pa. – This summer, new Penn State students attending the University’s second six-week summer session will be first to complete Penn State’s new online education program, PSU SAFE (Student Alcohol Feedback and Education). It’s one of many initiatives Penn State has created to teach students the facts about dangerous drinking.

PSU SAFE replaces an online alcohol education program Penn State implemented in 2008, but is more cost-efficient and more tailored to Penn State students and takes about half the time to finish.

“We wanted to create an online program that would have greater relevance to our students,” said Damon Sims, Penn State’s vice president for Student Affairs. “So far, students have found it to be straightforward and have offered positive feedback. I’m optimistic about the potenti…………… continues on Penn State Live
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Bridgepoint shares after analyst upgrade
News from BusinessWeek:

Shares of Bridgepoint Education Inc. gained Wednesday after an analyst lifted his investment rating on the shares, saying they are very cheaply valued.

THE SPARK: Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Appert lifted the online education chain to “Overweight” from “Neutral,” He said the stock has been “artificially depressed” because investors are worried about a forthcoming regulation from the Department of Education that it impact revenue.

Shares are trading near a 52-week high, but are about 20 percent off their peak last April.

THE BACKGROUND: The “gainful employment” rule definition is expected sometime in the next two weeks. The comp…………… continues on BusinessWeek
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