Jul 30th

SGX reaches out to retail traders

SGX reaches out to retail traders
News from Futures Magazine:

Singapore Exchange (“SGX”) today introduced two online initiatives, “Customer Account Review Module” and “SGX Online Education programme”, to support retail investors in their understanding and trading of “Specified Investment Products” listed on SGX. SGX began working on both initiatives last year, in response to the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) proposal to enhance safeguards for retail investors for Specified Investment Products.

Under the proposal, MAS requires broking firms to ascertain whether a retail investor has the relevant knowledge and experience to understand the risks and features of Specified Investment Products before allowing the investor to open an account to trade Specified Investment Products listed on both securities and derivatives markets. The online initiatives have been developed in consultation with market participants including broking firms, Securities Investors Association (Singapore), and the Consumer Association of Singapore.

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Jul 28th

AOS introduces online MBA

AOS introduces online MBA
News from Washington Bangla Radio:

Bangalore, July 28 (IBNS) AVAGMAH Online School (AOS), an initiative of eLearning & Talent Lifecycle Management company 24X7 Learning, on Thursday announced the admission for Online MBA in Banking and Finance for its 2013 batch.

The Online MBA in Banking and Finance is a two year degree post graduation program where students can learn in an interactive cum online mode through AVAGMAH Virtual Campus.

 Online MBA in Banking & Finance from AVAGMAH Online School has been developed as per Indian Banking & Finance sector guidelines, taking into consideration the ever growing needs of fully qualified personnel in jobs in this sector, said an official spokesperson.

“The MBA in Banking and Finance at AVAGMAH Online School is structured keeping in mind the needs of the industry and the domain skills required by the individuals to meet the growing BFSI sector needs,” said Karthik KS, Founder & CEO 24×7 Learning.

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Jul 28th

Facebook ‘Online Education Centre’ Initiative for Businesses Launched

Facebook ‘Online Education Centre’ Initiative for Businesses Launched
News from ITProPortal:

Social networking giant Facebook unveiled a step by step guidance program on Tuesday with an eye to assist small businesses to use the site for their growth.

The company calls the new webpage – Facebook.com/business, an “online education centre”, and brags that this new offering provides users detailed directions on issues such as setting up a profile page, creating target deals and ads, as well as interacting with customers online.

Facebook has introduced the new offering barely a week after Google started shutting down all the company profiles in its forthcoming social media site Google+. It seems that the move by Google has prompted Facebook to take full advantage of the situation.

Though the timing of the launch could be a mere coincidence, but industry experts are of the view that Facebook is taking the search giant’s re-entry in the world of social networking really seriously, and preparing itself for the tough competition that lies ahead of it.

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Facebook Starts Online Education Centre
News from News Tonight:

After sharing many personal gossips, status, important issues, now many cottage industry businessmen would be using this free of cost website entitled as Facebook for getting solutions regarding their small business.

Recently, Facebook announced that they are all set to debut with the online guide forum, which would be aimed at helping small businesses holders.

The company officials claimed that the company had invoiced a new webpage, which would be searched at Facebook .com/business and would be publicized as an online education centre.

The webpage would be given many informative online directions on business growth for example, as how to set up a profile page, generate embattled public notices, business deals, cooperating with the customer and most importantly then getting their feedbacks.

The officials claimed that the new trade webpage simply puts a lot of handy small business information at one place and it would be served as a reminder to all the us…………… continues on News Tonight
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Jul 28th

Online learning uplifting, efficient

Online learning uplifting, efficient
News from Charleston Post Courier:

Imagine a public education system able to provide access to high-quality instruction, regardless of where a student lives. Imagine schools able to give individualized instruction to potential dropouts. Or course offerings that encourage students to master their studies, instead of simply show up for class. In fact, this vision for the state’s public school system already exists; it’s called online learning.

According to a new report by the South Carolina Policy Council, online learning is not just the future of public education, it is one of the most dynamic forces in education today.

As such, it represents a way our schools can move beyond many of the traditional limitations of a brick-and-mortar classroom and connect with students on a one-to-one basis.

Online learning allows students to take courses unavailable at their local school, resolve scheduling conflicts, and retake classes in order to graduate on time.

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Jul 27th

Residents Academy utilises e-learning to help train students

Residents Academy utilises e-learning to help train students
News from Virtual College:

Spectrum Housing Group has launched a new training academy designed to assist in residents’ education goals, with online training programs forming a key part of the project.

Named the Residents Academy, the scheme aims to encourage members from the housing group’s community forums and constituents of the Spectrum Residents Group to embark on e-learning programs, which form the primary means of delivery in the courses.

Training modules include communication skills, equality and diversity, housing, and presentation skills which have all elicited a “great response”, according to Sharon Burrows, head of learning and development at Spectrum.

She added: “We want our residents to develop their skills in areas where they feel this will be beneficial, from administration to professional courses……………. continues on Virtual College
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Jul 27th

Advocates: Seniors, poor need online education, protection

Advocates: Seniors, poor need online education, protection
News from USA Today:

Consumer and privacy advocates on Tuesday pushed for greater online protections and education for seniors as well as low-income and disadvantaged users who increasingly are embracing the Internet.

  • By Todd Plitt, USA TODAY

Among families with an annual income of $ 20,000 or less, 92% of blacks and 63% of Hispanics look for jobs online, compared with 54% of whites, according to a 2010 study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.

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Jul 26th

AQA launches adaptive GCSEs for e-learning generation

AQA launches adaptive GCSEs for e-learning generation
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In response to technological innovations in the education sector, one of the leading examination boards in the UK has announced an expansion in its distance learning courses for GCSEs.

The trials of the adaptive qualifications by AQA will be rolled out further following a smaller trial of a GCSE French pilot test sat by 11,000 students across the UK, the Guardian reports.

Following the announcement in June of AQA’s individualised iGCSEs in English and Maths, the increasing relevance of examination tailored to the individual which utilising technology allows is gaining credence.

Commenting on the iGCSE, AQA chief executive Andrew Hall said: “It’s about flexibility.”

“Students relish the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities through questions that challenge them at an appropriate level,” added Dr Chris Wheadon, head of scientific…………… continues on Virtual College
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Jul 26th

Bridgepoint shares plunge on news of stock sale

Bridgepoint shares plunge on news of stock sale
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Shares of online education company Bridgepoint Education Inc. sank Monday because its largest shareholder, private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC, has put its entire stake up for sale.

THE SPARK: Bridgepoint said in a regulatory filing late Friday that Warburg Pincus may sell all of its holdings: 34.6 million shares, or about 65 percent of Bridgepoint’s outstanding stock. A potential flood of shares for sale could put pressure on the stock price.

Bridgepoint will not receive any of the proceeds from a sale by Warburg Pincus.

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Jul 25th

Edmonds School District students get a jump on learning during summer

Edmonds School District students get a jump on learning during summer
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It’s not your usual time of year for studies, but some Edmonds School District students, yearning for learning, are taking advantage of summer school.

Once only open to students who had failed a required course, students now can look to the summer session as a means to get a jump on studies. The session is short and accelerated, running July 6 through Aug. 12 this year.

An online element makes summer school even more appealing to a broader range of students, according to district officials.

“Eighth-graders are getting a jump start on ninth grade,” said Sam Gladstein, coordinator of the district’s eLearning Program.

The online option also is open to students throughout the year as their primary way of attending school or as part of a hybrid curriculum blending online learning with classroom time.

“Some students have challenges attending school due to illness, anxiety, travel, athletics or they have been expelled,” said Katie Bjornstad, a veteran teacher of 15 y…………… continues on HeraldNet
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Jul 24th

Online school rule struck down

Online school rule struck down
News from Dayton Daily News:
By Christopher Magan Updated 10:16 PM Sunday, July 24, 2011

By Christopher Magan and Meagan Engle

Staff Writers

The latest effort to increase oversight of the rapidly growing online education industry hit a wall this month when a federal court struck down a new U.S. Department of Education regulation that would have required schools to register in every state where they have students.

The decision comes as online and distance learning jumped 150 percent in Ohio since 2004 to more than 93,000 students; nationwide 4.3 million students take at least one online course, according to federal and state data.

Much of this growth has been fueled by schools like Kaplan, which operates in 20 states and 30 countries, and the University of Phoenix, which too has a global footprint. Traditional schools like Miami Univers…………… continues on Dayton Daily News
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