Dec 31st

UAB instructor receives recognition for online teaching

UAB instructor receives recognition for online teaching
News from Fox Birmingham:

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –

An instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been nationally recognized for his efforts to instruct over the internet.

Mickey Gee, with the UAB School of Business, was awarded the seal of recognition from the Quality Matters Program (QM) for his Basic Marketing class.

“It is a great honor and it is nice to see the UAB School of Business recognized for taking the lead in doing online learning right,” Gee says. “Our staff recognizes that access to education online is becoming more and more important and to do it right means a major commitment in time and resources.”

QM holds 40 quality standards that are reviewed by a team of three. The standards focus on objectives, learning activities, course materials and engagement.

 “Online courses without interactivity and engagement with the instructor and other students are really just correspondence courses,” says Elizabeth…………… continues on Fox Birmingham

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2011 proves tough for district education department
News from Times of India:

VARANASI: The 2011 year proved tough for the district education department. The efforts to recruit teachers in government primary and upper primary schools after the declaration of TET results proved insufficient as the department could fill only 107 posts against the requirement of 2,500 teachers. The delay in distribution of free books (up to upper primary level) also hampered studies for most part of the year.

It may be mentioned here that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a national flagship programme to provide quality elementary education to all children in the age group of 6-14 years through a time-bound approach, forms the basis for implementation of Right To Education (RTE) Act that calls for free and compulsory education to children in that age group.

Basic shiksha adhikari Suryabhan said the process…………… continues on Times of India

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Dec 31st

Death of Mobile Flash No Problem for Claro Users

Death of Mobile Flash No Problem for Claro Users
News from Yahoo Finance:

PERTH, ONTARIO–(Marketwire -12/13/11)- When Adobe announced the death of Flash for mobile devices in November of this year, shockwaves ripped through the eLearning and mLearning development world. Most of the incumbent authoring systems rely heavily on Flash for their eLearning and mLearning output and are now scrambling to provide stopgap solutions for the ever-expanding mobile training market.

Many training departments now find themselves in a difficult position – unable to deliver full featured content to their entire audience, and unsure as to when they will be able to do so using their current tool set.

The demise of Mobile Flash hasn’t hit everyone hard, however. Those using Claro – a collaborative authoring platform that publishes natively to HTML5 – can rest assured that their content can be viewed on any desktop, tablet or smartphone.

“Claro publishes to standards compliant HTML, JavaScript, and CSS – taking full advantage of HTML5 when supported…………… continues on Yahoo Finance

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Dec 31st

SBDC, CDC to offer free training from Google

SBDC, CDC to offer free training from Google
News from SW Iowa News:

The Western Iowa Tech Community College Small Business Development Center with the Chamber and Development Council of Crawford County will offer free online business training by Google this February in conjunction with Google’s Iowa Get Your Business Online program.

Iowa Get Your Business Online provides a fast and easy way for Iowa businesses to build an online presence. Google is partnering with Intuit to provide its popular Intuit Websites offering for free, which includes an easy-to-build website, a customized domain name, and web-hosting for one year.

Participating Iowa businesses will also receive a local business listing on Google Places, along with free tools, trainings and resources to grow their business online.

Small businesses are vital to America’s economic future; the nation’s 27.5 million small businesses comprise half the U.S. gross domestic product and create two-thirds of all new jobs. While 97 percent of Americans look online f…………… continues on SW Iowa News

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OAC and Obesity PPM to launch long-term online educational initiative
News from News-Medical.Net:

In January 2012, the OAC and Obesity PPM will launch a long-term online educational initiative to increase understanding of the complexity of obesity and its many causes. The disease of obesity impacts individuals physically, emotionally, economically and socially. This initiative will look at various factors, both controllable and uncontrollable, impacting individuals affected by obesity.

Running throughout 2012 and 2013, the initiative will take a three-pronged approach: a 14-part series of publicly available webinars, articles addressing aspects of Obesity PPM’s Twelve Pillars® model, and social media enriching the dialogue about each event topic. The first live online event will take place in late January 2012.

The Twelve Pillars® model describes the relationships between the two categories of factors that impact

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Dec 30th

Designers for Community Health eLearning Courses

Designers for Community Health eLearning Courses
News from Reliefweb.int:

ACCESS Health International is a global health not-for-profit organization that aims to to improve the delivery of high quality, affordable health care in low, middle and high income countries.

Currently, the country office in the Philippines of ACCESS Health International is in need for elearning course developers to convert various existing content into elearning courses targeting community nurses in Philippine rural communities. This position would be home based.

Job Purpose: To work on the design of online courses, outreach materials and campaigns.

As part of a creative team, the designer will be responsible for:

• Designing and finalizing course content based on existing materials and manuals on maternal health, tuberculosis, malaria, community health, and health governance. • Designing posters, newsletters and campaign materials, including writing some content • • Designing templates for the Universal Health Care Action Network Website • Worki…………… continues on Reliefweb.int

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Aboriginal Awareness
News from Elearning Program Coming Soon – PR Inside:

2011-12-29 07:25:43 – Elearning and online training programs are growing in popularity and in availability giving individuals the opportunity to learn and develop in the comfort of their own homes.

Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Sotera Safety currently offers a wide selection of training courses on their website and is pleased to be in the final stages of their own Aboriginal Awareness E-learning Program which will be released across North America in early 2012.

The course gives an overview of cultural understanding, how diversity affects us individually and as a community, as well as an understanding of Canada’s historical journey. This introduction to Aboriginal life and history provides the student with an understanding of how Canada’s Aboriginal groups came to be and how the past has a very real and influential effect on the present.

Workers and individuals will find this insightful e learning program to be educational and informative. Designed f…………… continues on Elearning Program Coming Soon – PR Inside

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Dec 30th

MIT to Offer Free Online Education

MIT to Offer Free Online Education
News from fox4kc.com:

Education for free? From M.I.T?

Yes.

The Massachusets Institute of Technology announced it will offer a free online learning initiative called MITx. The program offers online interactive learning opportunities to anyone in the world — all free of charge.

The program will not provide degrees for courses completed, however, those who exhibit a mastery of the subjects taught will earn a certification of completion.

According to MIT’s website, Provost L. Rafael Reif is quoted saying:

“Students worldwide are increasingly supplementing their classroom education with a variety of online tools. Many members of the MIT faculty have been experimenting with integrating online tools into the campus education. We will facilitate those efforts, many of which will lead to novel learning technologies that offer the best possible online educational experience to non-residential learners. Both parts of this new initiative are extremely important to the…………… continues on fox4kc.com

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Chile Protests: Education Minister Felipe Bulnes Steps Down
News from Huffington Post:

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s student protest movement claimed its second education minister on Thursday as Felipe Bulnes stepped down, citing personal reasons, and conservative President Sebastian Pinera named a replacement.

Chile’s government also confirmed that Agriculture Minister Jose Antonio Galilea was stepping down as well and would be replaced by National Agriculture Association chief Luis Mayol. Bulnes will be replaced by economist Harald Bayer.

The resignations come as a new poll shows that Pinera’s approval rating has plunged to 23 percent, partly due to a long and bitter strike by students for reforms to Chile’s education system. The rating was the lowest since democracy returned to Chile two decades ago.

The poll by the Center for Public Studie…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Dec 29th

Southcoast VNA to offer free health assessments, screenings and wellness education for seniors

Southcoast VNA to offer free health assessments, screenings and wellness education for seniors
News from South Coast Today:

December 29, 2011 10:45 AM

FAIRHAVEN — Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, announces the January schedule for free health assessments, screenings and wellness education for seniors.

This program is designed to help improve the health and well-being of seniors, age 60 and older, who reside in the Greater New Bedford area and is funded in part through a grant from Coastline Elderly Services Inc. and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

The program offers free monthly community clinics at various locations throughout the region. Community clinics include health screenings for blood pressure, pulse rate, oxygen levels and blood sugar conducted by Southcoast VNA nurses. Community clinics will also feature an educational component to address medication monitoring, chronic disease man…………… continues on South Coast Today

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Kane named ‘CHCO of the Year’ for online training, performance evaluation work
News from FederalNewsRadio.com:

Two major HR developments in 2011 are helping to lay the foundation for an increasingly lean and mobile federal workforce: An online learning platform and a new approach to employee evaluations. At the center of both initiatives was Energy Department Chief Human Capital Officer Mike Kane.

For his work, he earned the “Chief Human Capital Officer of the Year” award from the CHCO Council, whose members are human resources leaders from across government.

Kane spoke recently with Federal News Radio about his banner year and the challenges ahead in 2012.

HR University ‘will make us more mobile’

2011 saw the launch of HR University. Despite its name, the online training platform offers courses for hiring managers and others outside the human resources field. It allows agencies to save money by sharing their training courses with each other……………. continues on FederalNewsRadio.com

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Dec 29th

Caspian Learning and Line Communications Partner on eLearning

Caspian Learning and Line Communications Partner on eLearning
News from TMCnet:

Dec 14, 2011 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) — Caspian Learning have partnered with Line Communications to deliver step-in, step-out elearning content for the DE&S Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance.

In a release, Keith Downes, Line Director, said, “We are great supporters of the Step-In, Step-Out methodology and have applied it in projects with VBS2 and Virtual Task Trainers. To be extending our experience to Caspian Learning’s VBSWorlds is really exciting and will be the first of its kind on the DLP.” Targeted at both senior and junior tri-service officers, the new programme steps-in and steps-out of e-learning from within an immersive 3D VBSWorlds environment to deliver highly interactive and engaging intelligence gathering training.

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Dec 28th

Budget cuts worry Great Bay eLearning Charter School

Budget cuts worry Great Bay eLearning Charter School
News from Seacoast Online:

  • Girl’s death, surprise storm among top N.H. stories – 12/25/2011
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Dec 27th

Free professional online courses

Free professional online courses
News from Examiner:

Are you a professional but still think your job is in jeopardy? Most experts agree that you must remain competitive. The best way to stay competitive is to keep your resume active by acquiring supplementary training. For this reason professionals should continue their education. The courses below are provided by various colleges, schools, and businesses. While anyone can enroll in these courses, free of charge, it may be particularly helpful to professionals who have already attained a level experience in the workforce. Most of these courses offer continuing education credits or an optional certificate after successful completion.

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If you are looking to add another qualification to your resume here is an excellent opportunity for you to gain basic business and negoti…………… continues on Examiner

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John Spencer Ellis Offers Free Video Training on Creating Your Own Personal Trainer, Fitness and Coaching Information Products
News from WebWire:

WEBWIRE – Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Have you always wanted to create your own video on Kettlebell training? Or write a book about your triathlon training secrets? Maybe you’d love to create an app that helps people keep track of their personal and fitness goals? Whatever the fitness or coaching product, fitness and personal development guru John Spencer Ellis can help you create it with a new free online video.

The free video, available on his website at http://johnspencerellis.com/how-to-make-fitness-coaching-info-products/, offers a variety of tips and secrets for developing top-notch online coaching programs, video training, audio programs, smartphone apps, membership sites, training courses, ebooks, downloads and more.

“Creating your own fitness and coaching prod…………… continues on WebWire

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Dec 26th

Assuring and Enhancing eLearning Quality with epprobate

Assuring and Enhancing eLearning Quality with epprobate
News from Newswiretoday.com:

 

Today computers, tablets and smartphones have become an everyday part of the learning process. However, this technology often fails to live up to the promises made for it. The lack of concern for the quality of the courseware has been one of the key reasons of this failure with the consequent reluctance of potential users to adopt eLearning approaches. Now a worldwide consortium of experts is addressing this gap by developing an international quality label for eLearning resources – the “epprobate”.

Rating educational materials is a complex process since it depends on each context and also on how the resources are used. The quality of eLearning courseware pedagogy can’t be objectively measured by size, length or weight. For this reason, subjective oriented criteria play an important role and naturally shift the challenge to the evaluators themselves, their selection and their own…………… continues on Newswiretoday.com

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