Aug 31st

UAE students ‘benefiting from e-learning’

UAE students ‘benefiting from e-learning’
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E-learning solutions are taking off in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Khaleej Times reports that Dubai private schools are introducing new digital learning tools for their attendees, including iPads, smart boards, computers and other gadgets.

Schools are attempting to bring e-learning innovations into the classroom and curriculum in order to capture students’ interest and imagination.

The publication pointed out that teachers have already realised the benefits that computer-assisted education is providing, with online learning providing students with access to a greater amount of information over the web.

“Innovative new e-learning applications” are helping educators to challenge their students, while virtual learning environments are supporting collaboration and enabling pupils to speak to other people across the world, it stated.

Online learning tools are allowing schools to improve the security and efficiency of their operations, connecting the indoor and outdoor campus and allowing for the use of remote surveillance tools and leveraged networks.

Furthermore, the classroom is being extended through “next-generation, high-performance” networks, the news source argued.

It said this is allowing students to securely and…………… continues on Virtual College

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Aug 31st

Fox named academic director of online-education center

Fox named academic director of online-education center
News from UC Berkeley:

BERKELEY —

Professor Armando Fox has been appointed to serve as academic director of the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education, a new unit dedicated to supporting online-education initiatives and research.

Diana Wu and Armando Fox, executive director and academic director respectively of BRCOE (Noah Berger photo)

Working under the guidance of the Online Education Steering Committee, Fox will collaborate with BRCOE’s executive director, Diana Wu, to build an infrastructure to support the campus’s numerous and varied online-education initiatives — from offerings for the public good to professional certificate programs.

Fox is a professor-in-residence in the College of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, a researcher in the campus’s Parallel Computing Laboratory (Par Lab), and…………… continues on UC Berkeley

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Stanford steps up online learning focus as MOOCs take hold
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Stanford University wants to take the lead in bringing online educational opportunities to the world.

Stanford University has stepped up its focus on online education with the creation of a dedicated office for online learning, to be headed up by new vice provost John Mitchell.

The university said the development, which is part of the larger Stanford Online initiative, signals a restructuring of the university in the face of global, economic and social transformations.

Professor Mitchell, a computer scientist in Stanford’s School of Engineering, said many of Stanford’s faculty are enthusiastic about showing off their courses to the world, with new proposals for online courses and resources from humanities, sciences, engineering and professional schools.

“While all the departments and schools have their own approaches, we’re all one university working together to leverage web platforms, video technology, social networking, simulation and other tools to improve education for everyone,” Professor Mitchell said.

Stanford is a leader in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are seen as democratising higher education around the world, and prior to stepping into the vice provost role, Professor Mitchell led the Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology in Higher Education. In late July the committee reported Stanford was well poise…………… continues on The Conversation

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Aug 30th

eLearning Market in Latin America to Reach $2.2 Billion by 2016

eLearning Market in Latin America to Reach $ 2.2 Billion by 2016
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/PRNewswire-iReach/ — The growth rate for eLearning products and services in Latin America is 14.6% and revenues will nearly double from $ 1.16 billion to $ 2.29 billion by 2016, according to a new Ambient Insight report called, “The Latin America Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2011-2016 Forecast and Analysis.”

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This is a regional report designed for suppliers that are competing (or plan to compete) in Latin America. Revenue forecasts are broken out for Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Columbia.

The free Abstract is available at: http://www.ambientinsight.com/Reports/eLearning.aspx

“As of 2011, the revenues are heavily concentrated in four of the countries analyzed in this report,” reports Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer. “By 2016, revenues will be spread out among several other countries as eLearning gains traction across the region.”

There are two sections in this report: a demand-side analysis and a supply-side analysis. Additionally there is an index of over 115 supp…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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New Virtual College e-learning centre to open Friday 31st August
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As a pioneer of e-learning in the UK, back in 1995, Virtual College started with a small team working closely with companies to help them adopt e-learning and improve their staff training efficiency. Now, just over 17 years later, the company boasts over 800,000 learners, a team that has doubled over the past year to more than 90 e-learning professionals and is the developer of over 200 courses and the cutting edge Learning Management System E>nable.

Virtual College first moved into premises in Ilkley during May 2003, occupying office space in Marsel House located next to the train station. To accommodate the increase in staff over the past year, the company has recently expanded its premises to include a shop front location. The e-learning centre will be officially opened on Friday 31st August by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith.

Chief Executive Rod Knox said: “Despite the current economic climate, we continue to thrive, as individuals, businesses and organisations, across both the public and private sectors, seek to access innovative, flexible and cost-effective training solutions.

We are constantly enhancing our e-learning provision across all sectors through the development of both new academies and training courses. E-learning is an increasingly popular and proven alternative to…………… continues on Virtual College

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Aug 30th

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2012 – Lifehacker

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2012 – Lifehacker
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I have had a love/hate relationship with the education system all my life. On the one hand, I love learning (and teaching). On the other hand, I hate how some of the system works and, naturally, the expense. I’ve seen a great deal of the system from different sides of the fence. I’ve earned a Master’s degree at an Ivy League school, I’ve guest lectured at high schools, I’ve taught seminars at Fortune 100 companies, and — like most of us who have to work for a living — I’ve taught myself plenty too.

The Internet has been both a boon and a bane for engineering education. There’s plenty on the Web on any topic you want to learn about. Need to know about VHDL or Verilog? Want to learn Objective C? Content on the Internet includes whitepapers from vendors, blog articles, magazines (like Dr. Dobb’s), videos, and even courses.

There are two problems though. First, there’s so much to choose from. Even if every Verilog article on the Web (for example) was great, how could you read them all? You have to filter. That leads to the second problem. Not all of the articles are great. In fact, some of them are wrong, or out of date.

In the old days, if you read something in print, it meant someone had to pony up the money to print and distribute it. Not to say publishers didn’t sometimes print something wrong, but it at least was some kind of filter. Now…………… continues on Dr. Dobb’s

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Aug 29th

Upside Learning and New Horizons join hands to offer eLearning solutions in …

Upside Learning and New Horizons join hands to offer eLearning solutions in …
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Upside Learning has joined hands with New Horizons to jointly offer eLearning solutions in UAE and Kuwait. While UAE will be the primary market for New Horizons, the company will also offer solutions to organizations in Kuwait through its Kuwait-based sister concern.

The two entities have entered into a channel partnership agreement. As part of this partnership, New Horizons and Upside Learning will jointly provide world-class learning solutions and services to organization, thereby helping them in increasing their learning and training effectiveness, and support in employee retention.

The offering includes UpsideLMS (Upside Learning’s best value Learning Management System), Upside2Go (Upside Learning’s revolutionary Mobile Learning platform), custom eLearning development services and mobile learning solutions.

Upside Learning’s wide range of award-winning solutions and services and New Horizon’s extensive experience in the eLearning domain sets the foundation for a successful partnership.

New Horizons is a part of HumanSoft Holding Company KSCC, a Kuwait stock exchange listed company and a Middle East leading organization in the public education, higher education and Human and IT development fields. With extensive experience of 28 years, it is a p…………… continues on AME Info

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E-learning hybrid ‘can meet university education challenges’
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A hybrid of e-learning and traditional education is an effective solution to the challenges of providing academic services in university.

Robert Sternberg, senior vice-president, provost and professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University, wrote in an article for the Oklahoman: “Online learning can and does play an important role in higher education.”

Furthermore, he pointed out that its usefulness will ensure its utility in this position will continue.

Students can engage in distance learning online to understand large amounts of information, such as basic biological or historical facts, he remarked.

Furthermore, virtual learning environments can help to create a situatiopn that can “simulate procedural knowledge”, providing vocational training such as by enabling learners to use the tools in a plane’s cockpit or through other simulations, Mr Sternberg added.

Driving, building, operating and other workplace skills can be acquired through online training, the professor continued, although he noted that hands-on experience is also typically required to complement this learning.

E-learning also has high utility for people who cannot afford to engage in campus education, such as through monetary constraints or because of real-world responsibi…………… continues on Virtual College

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Aug 29th

Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model?

Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model?
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August 28, 2012

Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are internet-based classes available to the global public, have received a great amount of publicity in recent months, and with good reason. These online educational services have garnered millions of followers, as well as donations and venture capitalist funding in some cases. They have also begun to reshape the models of both online and in-person education through their ability to build a worldwide community of web-based learners.

Examples of MOOC providers include companies such as Coursera and Udacity, as well as online universities like the University of the People. Coursera offers free classes from campus-based institutions such as Stanford, Princeton, Penn, and Johns Hopkins. “We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions,” it declares on its website. Udacity is an online education provider that focuses on technology and science-related courses. The organization states…………… continues on City Town Info Education Channel

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UT trustees ponder raising profile of online learning, summer school
News from Knoxville News Sentinel:

NASHVILLE — University of Tennessee leaders narrowed their focus Tuesday to two priorities that could change how students are taught in the future: online learning and summer school.

UT Board of Trustees members and administrators in a workshop brainstormed leasing dorms to students for 12 months, requiring those who are struggling academically to take summer courses and working across campuses to offer one online course for all students in the system.

“Access and institutional cost can be favorably affected by innovation, but quality always surfaces as the risk,” said Trustee Spruell Driver. “(Quality) should be what sets us apart from other programs being delivered. Because innovation is coming whether we like it or not, and UT ought to be at the forefront of the response for our state. We don’t want another higher education institution taking the lead.”

Talks over the last two days at the gathering at the Ellington Agricultural Center focused on how to improve quality and access to education while limiting the impact on cost to students.

It’s a predicament that also exists at the state and national level, said Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.

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InstaEDU Positions Itself For The Future Of Online Education By Letting …

InstaEDU Positions Itself For The Future Of Online Education By Letting …
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Popular online tutor service InstaEDU now allows students to choose particular tutors in advance and schedule future sessions. The company, which launched in public beta this past May, previously only offered on-demand tutoring.

CEO and cofounder Alison Johnston tells me the expanded services stem from feedback the company has received from students. Students had sessions with tutors they liked and wanted to follow up with another session, schedule tutoring before their next test or assignment and plan ahead to find a tutor that perfectly fits their needs.

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Nurses embrace new simulated online education
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The Australian Nursing Federation has been inundated with inquiries after launching its innovative new simulated online education program.

ANF federal education officer Jodie Davis said the Simulation Education Online website, which features 32 training modules with 3D simulation, had prompted a flood of queries and website registrations.

“The day that we put it up on the website, before we actually launched it, we had 100 people register with the site,” she said.

“That just goes to show how much interest is out there.”

The website provides online clinical simulations for nurses and midwives for continuing professional development.

The modules cover vascular, surgical, gynaecological and general procedures along with urinary bladder catherisation, injections, electrocardiography and vital signs, and includes specific clinical procedures such as how to administer an injection, insert a nasogastric tube or perform and interpret an ECG.

Ms Davis said the website, developed by New Zealand cognitive simulation pioneering company SIMTICS, was the first of its kind for nurses in Australia.

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New Laws, Programs Expand E-Learning Options

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Aug 26th

North Texas cities educate public on West Nile

North Texas cities educate public on West Nile
News from LubbockOnline.com:

DALLAS (AP) — Communities across North Texas are boosting efforts to educate people about the West Nile virus as health officials await results of a weeklong aerial assault on a mosquito population that has put Texas at the center of a nationwide outbreak.

Workers in Dallas are passing through neighborhoods to hand out educational materials, drain standing water and apply larvicide to puddles. Other suburban communities are providing tablets to kill mosquito larvae and using automated phone messages and social media to spread word about the mosquito-borne illness.

The strategies were implemented this summer as the virus has infected hundreds of people and killed more than 20 others across Texas — more West Nile deaths than all other years combined. The Dallas County area has been the hardest hit, with about 300 falling ill and the death count around a dozen.

The illnesses prompted aerial spraying earlier this month in Dallas County for the first time since 1966 when encephalitis was blamed for more than a dozen deaths. Now thousands of firefighters, police officers, code enforcers and other city employees have shifted their focus toward stamping out the growing epidemic, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called one of the largest West Nile outbreaks seen in the U.S.

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UT plans to offer free courses online
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By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

The University of Texas is negotiating with two companies that offer free online courses and could announce an affiliation in the next few weeks.

The companies are Coursera, a for-profit company, and edX, a nonprofit.

Coursera offers courses from 16 universities, including Rice University, Stanford University and the University of Washington. EdX was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now includes the University of California at Berkeley.

UT offers a variety of online educational materials on its website, but not full-fledged free online courses.

The university could wind up affiliating with either Coursera or edX, or it could make a deal with both, said Tara Doolittle, a spokeswoman for the university.

UT is further along in its negotiations with Coursera, said Harrison Keller, vice provost for higher education policy and executive director of the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Fullerton Dentist Offers Online Educational Services

Fullerton Dentist Offers Online Educational Services
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FULLERTON, CA, August 25, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dr. Jayshree Shah, dentist in Fullerton , is excited to be offering extensive patient education services on her practice’s comprehensive dental website. She hopes the educational information will help her patients gain the knowledge necessary to maintain healthy gums and teeth.

“I’m glad that our practice is able to offer these educational services on our website. I strongly believe that the more educated a patient is, the better chance they have of keeping up with their oral health. I hope that many of our patients take some time to look through our patient education library and learn what they can from it,” said Dr. Shah, Orange County dentist .

The patient education library features a variety of encyclopedia-like entries on different dental topics. There are entries detailing different oral health topics and detailed information on how to deal with specific dental problems. The “managing pain” section is an overview of appropriate ways for patients to get rid and deal with pain in their teeth and gums.

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Online learning in higher education is no panacea
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Online learning can and does play an important role in higher education. But it can’t replace the face-to-face learning that takes place every day in our colleges and universities.

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