Dec 31st

E-learning ‘to take off among fitness instructors in 2013’

E-learning ‘to take off among fitness instructors in 2013’
News from Virtual College:

Online training programmes are due to become increasingly popular in 2013 for leaders in the health and wellbeing sector.

This is according to fitness expert Sam Winkworth, who is a personal trainer from Sevenoaks in Kent and runs Evolution Bootcamp exercise classes on the Vine, the Sevenoaks Chronicle reports.

He was quoted as saying: “Every year there is a new trend that everybody wants to be involved with from the beginning. A few years ago Pilates and Yoga were the big thing, but the new year brings new ideas.”

It is the view of Mr Winkworth that a rising number of fitness instructors are concentrating on providing e-learning as a way of selling their workouts. He added they are also using it to advertise their selection of nutrition programmes, so that they are reaching people both nationwide and all around the world.

The professional further pointed to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as a major trend for the new year, which consists of a short, quick, intense exercise regime that gets applied to any activity.

For example, one of the most popular workouts within HIIT is the Tabata-style training, which is where people exercise at maximum effort for 20 seconds, before they rest for ten seconds and then repeat the whole process.

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Dec 28th

Online Learning and Upheavals in Social Networks Rachel Metz

Online Learning and Upheavals in Social Networks Rachel Metz
News from MIT Technology Review:

This year, the Web was dominated by online education, shifting social networks, and the continued march toward mobile.

Live and learn: Everybody went mobile in 2012 (or so it seemed), but the most groundbreaking movement on the Web may have been the rise of digital education.

For all the attention lavished on the Web’s growth on mobile devices this year, one of the most interesting Internet trends is still best experienced on a desktop computer: online education.

The rising cost of higher education (the average bachelor’s degree now costs more than $ 100,000), combined with increasing access to high-speed Internet service and a desire for more efficient and flexible learning methods, brought new prominence to websites offering free o…………… continues on MIT Technology Review

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Online Education an Option in Indiana
News from 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis:

Online Education an Option in Indiana

By Amber Stearns – amber@wibc.com | @WIBC_AStearns

12/28/2012


(Photo courtesy of Indiana Connections Academy)

Although charter schools get most of the attention when it comes to education alternatives, there is the option of an online public education that is rapidly growing in interest.

Indiana Connections Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th grade public online school in the state. Principal Melissa Brown says the school began in 2010 with just 280 students and has since grown to 2600 students in just two years.

The school offers what every other public school in the state offers with classes taught be state-certified teachers.

Brown says the online education option is a choice for any student. Some of their students have medical issues, some are looking to get away from intense bullying at their neighborhood brick and mortar school, and others are looking to fit their rigorous schedules of athletic training or stage performance.

Regardless of the reason for attendance, Brown says the school’s enrollment numbers are a clear sign that there is a huge desire for this type of education option.

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Dec 27th

SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours
News from New Hampshire Public Radio:

Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996.

Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours. College for America is a low-cost, nontraditional approach that’s getting a lot of attention. And it may be the first of its kind to get federal approval by the Department of Education.

Cynthia Doyon is 53 year-old single mom is an administrator at Anthem Blue Cross in Manchester, where she’s worked for the last twelve years.

Doyon is about to go back to college, something she hasn’t considered for a long time.

I got married at 20 and was short of getting my degree. Getting married at such a young age and then having children and then working for the fami…………… continues on New Hampshire Public Radio

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Dec 26th

Online MBA Students May Face Challenges With Degree Reputation

Online MBA Students May Face Challenges With Degree Reputation
News from U.S. News & World Report:

However flexible online MBA programs are for students, employers have not yet bought into them fully.

When they promote their online MBA programs, business schools that offer online executive education invariably refer to the flexibility those programs afford to students, who don’t need to show up in a particular classroom at a specific time. Although MBA graduates may need to don suits when they later work in the C-suite, they can study in their pajamas if they go to b-school online, or more easily juggle an online MBA program with a full-time job.

But schools need to grapple with another aspect of online MBA programs’ reputations—the notion that executive education delivered online may somehow be a downgrade from its brick-and-mortar counterparts. When the University of Delaware announced that its

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Dec 25th

Employers ‘could use e-learning to support homeworkers’

Employers ‘could use e-learning to support homeworkers’
News from Virtual College:

Business leaders are likely to be turning to online learning in the new year to reinforce the support they offer their work-from-home employees.

This is after one executive – Tracie Burton of the Co-operative Personal Travel Advisors (CPTA) – revealed she is backing several major changes that are aiming to improve the performance of the company’s homeworkers, Travel Weekly reports.

Since Ms Burton took on the role as head of the organisation, she has focused on enhancing six key areas within the CPTA, which are support, communication, training, incentives, public relations and ecommerce. She also attended her first conference as director of the firm, which she stated “was a great opportunity to talk to homeworkers and share the new initiatives”.

Remote staff are now being provided with support packages that cover the computer hardware and software – such as laptops, routers and printers – needed to fulfil their tasks efficiently.

In addition, an e-learning portal entitled The Pulse has been launched to act as a hub for news and information on the travel industry, while it also shows links to other useful industry websites.

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Dec 24th

U-M professor feeds hunger for online education with bite-size science

U-M professor feeds hunger for online education with bite-size science
News from Phys.Org:

(Phys.org)—Today’s Risk Bite brought to you by the University of Michigan School of Public Health: Does wearing a hat keep you warm when the rest of your body is exposed?

Sometimes cheeky, perhaps even quirky, and occasionally focused on a trending topic, these mini-lessons posted on YouTube take interesting facts about risk science—defined as the science of existing and emerging human health risks—and presents them in small, relatable and easily digestible video segments to help answer the question, “Just how risky is this?”

Like many scientific concepts, risk science is not always easy to understand. So, inspired by Sal Khan, Henry Reich and Vi Hart—all of whom can be found on YouTube scribbling as they explain physics and math—Risk Bites creator Andrew Maynard takes a white dry erase board and a black marker to doodle lessons on gun control, asbestos, BPA and tryptophan. Some of his more provocative topics: Ten Ways Water Can Kill, Could Eating Chocolate get you a Nobel Prize? and the recent Poop and Cell Phones.

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Dec 23rd

KRESA Superintendent Ron Fuller talks teacher tenure, online learning, year …

KRESA Superintendent Ron Fuller talks teacher tenure, online learning, year …
News from Mlive Kalamazoo:

KRESA Superintendent Ron Fuller  

KALAMAZOO, MI — Ron Fuller, superintendent of the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, joined the MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette staff for a live chat on Dec. 20.

Fuller, who is retiring in June, has been an outspoken champion for K-12 public school systems as the Michigan Legislature has enacted a series of changes in state education policy in recent years. Below are some of his answers from the live chat. All questions were asked by education reporter Julie Mack

Mack: The first question. Ron, how you sum up the year in Lansing in terms of education.

Fuller: Actually, this year has been explosive. There have been some very good things for school districts that have passed through the legislature that are helping districts balance their budgets. And for that I thank our local legislators. But overall, we are seeing a trend towards privatizing public education that is very disturbing to me.

Q: What do you think is the high point? The low point?

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Dec 23rd

Macau’s St Paul’s School biggest in region to fully embrace e-learning

Macau’s St Paul’s School biggest in region to fully embrace e-learning
News from South China Morning Post:

Pupils of St Paul’s School in Macau use tablet computers in what will be the region’s largest paperless school. Photo: Edward Wong

A school in Macau with more than 3,000 pupils is set to become the largest paperless school in the region, outpacing e-learning efforts in Hong Kong.

St Paul’s School principal Alejandro Salcedo said planning for the ambitious project started almost a decade ago and would be fully implemented next year.

That’s when every student from Primary Four to Form Six will be learning in an e-classroom, with tablet computers and interactive lessons replacing textbooks and blackboards. Kindergarteners and those in the first three years of primary school will still use textbooks.

“We are the only school like this in Asia and Europe,” Salcedo said of the project’s scale. He estimated 50 mi…………… continues on South China Morning Post

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Dec 22nd

Good Reads: gun laws, lottery winners, online education, and tech gets sensory

Good Reads: gun laws, lottery winners, online education, and tech gets sensory
News from Christian Science Monitor:

A round-up of this week’s long-form good reads include Britain’s gun laws, the burden of lottery winners, online courses vs. the college experience, and sensory developments in high-tech.

The Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut brought a deluge of media attention to gun control. One useful perspective came from the Lexington’s Notebook column in The Economist magazine. Britain’s gun-related homicide rate is drastically lower than that of the

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UM professor feeds hunger for online education with bite-size science
News from U of M News Service:

ANN ARBOR—Today’s Risk Bite brought to you by the University of Michigan School of Public Health: Does wearing a hat keep you warm when the rest of your body is exposed?

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Dec 22nd

Cash-strapped students ‘turning to e-learning’

Cash-strapped students ‘turning to e-learning’
News from Virtual College:

Students in the UK are increasingly looking to online learning as a way of resisting the rising costs of course materials.

According to a recent study conducted by the National Union of Students and CourseSmart, 81 per cent of undergraduates believe higher education facilities should be offering textbooks free of charge as part of their fees, the Guardian reports.

To avoid splashing out on heavy and expensive degree-related reading, 95 per cent of young people questioned are using internet-connected devices to help them with their studying.

They also have the opportunity to rent – rather than buy – digital textbooks, which means they are saving cash and learning more effectively, as stated by 63 per cent of respondents.

In addition, 99 per cent of individuals claimed to own at least one online device, while 77 per cent of this group said they use it for academia.

Moving forward, nearly all (98 per cent) of students suggested they would be content to do some of their university work online in future and 60 per cent indicated they will be purchasing a new device within the next year.

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