Jan 31st

E-learning is the key to GP interventions

E-learning is the key to GP interventions
News from Irish Medical Times:

The portal enables members to provide improved safety on a daily basis

The European Commission has been actively working to motivate greater involvement by GPs in smoking cessation interventions. The Commission’s PESCE initiative, backed by the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society (RIFTFS) here, aims to “contribute to evidence-based policy recommendations and practice-based implementation strategies, relating to smoking cessation interventions by general practitioners.”

Learning portal

The ICGP has developed an e-learning  portal (www.icgpeducation.ie) to enable the College to rapidly disseminate current clinical guidelines, evidence and best practice in key therapeutic areas. In December 2012, there had been 2,595 lesson views for the pilot smoking cessation m…………… continues on Irish Medical Times

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Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
This is a revision of the first title in Jossey-Bass’ Online Teaching & Learning series. This series helps higher education profes…

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses (0)
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Jan 30th

Alums boost online education platform

Alums boost online education platform
News from The Brown Daily Herald:

As the University’s relationship with online education inches forward, three alumni are jumping on the movement to shift higher education from building bricks to online clicks.

Launched by two Stanford professors in April 2012, online education system Coursera’s self-described vision is of “a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions.” More than 30 universities around the world, including Brown, are now participating in the online education movement through Coursera.

Cruising to Coursera

Jerry Charumilind ’00, Anne Trumbore ’89 and Norian Caporale-Berkowitz ’12 didn’t know each other until Charumilind and Caporale-Berkowitz arrived last fall at Coursera, based in Mountain View, Calif.

Before being hired, Charumilind took two classes via Coursera, one of which was taught by company co-founder Andrew Ng.

“From his video lectures I had a very good sense of his character,” Charumilind said. Upon hearing about the company starting up, he applied for a position.

The opportunity to work at Coursera was “really exciting and motivating” compared to his previous job working for TiVo, he said.

Charumilind currently works as an engineer to make Coursera’s tools, such as video lectures, quizzes and computer assessments, more accessible to instructors.

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McKendree University cracks top 100 online business programs
News from Belleville News Democrat:

McKendree University is the only metro-east school listed on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of top 100 online schools for 2013.

The Lebanon university ranked 100th in the category of top graduate business programs.

“Developing the E-Learning MBA was a year-long project involving almost the entire faculty of the School of Business,” said Frank Spreng, director of the MBA program at McKendree University. “The benefits from those efforts a few years ago are considerable. We now have about 135 students enrolled in online MBA courses.”

While online courses are a relatively new concept, Spreng said schools are rapidly developing new programs to give students more opportunity to further their education.

“Many students could not be participating in graduate business education without the online option,” Spreng said. “The concept of online education gives options for many students and allows face-to-face students to mix and match courses, times and schedules.”

Schools in St. Louis to rank in the top 100 are:

* Webster University ranks 62nd in the online business category.

* In the category of online Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program category, the University of Missouri-St. Louis ranked 43rd and St. Louis University ranked 95th.

* Webster University in St. Louis ranks 27th in the category of Best Online Graduate…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Jan 29th

Building Digital Literacy: JobScout Brings Its Online Learning Platform To iOS …

Building Digital Literacy: JobScout Brings Its Online Learning Platform To iOS …
News from TechCrunch:

It’s easy to get lost in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area tech bubbles, where it seems that everyone carries five phones, owns three laptops and just had lunch with a sentient robot. But, the reality is outside of the bubble is a little different. Digital literacy is a privilege, and more the exception than the rule. Not everyone owns a computer or is employed at a startup that just raised $ 10 million. In fact, California’s unemployment rate for December 2012 was 9.8 percent, significantly higher than the U.S. average at 7.8 percent.

Christina Gagnier, Stephanie Margossian and Carter Fort co-founded JobScout last year to help address this problem — to help combat unemployment through digital literacy. With funding from the California State Library and the California Technology Agency, JobScout set out to create an online learning platform to help teach Californians (and everyone else for that matter) the basic skills required to help find a job in an increasingly digital world.

JobScout is part of the state’s larger digital literacy effort,

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Online Education: Another Phony “Revolution”
News from Truth-Out:

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(Image: Apple on computer via Shutterstock)Thomas Friedman’s latest column touting online education “is another exercise in (1) finding a potential positive dimension of capital’s latest profit-driven move, (2) hyping it and (3) ignoring its contradictions, especially those that are negative.”

Every technological change, from small to large, has had its hyper promoters. Those are the people who celebrate that technical change with wild exaggerations of its historic importance. Of course, part of their motivation is self-serving. How brilliant of them to have understood that particular technical change and its enormity. How generous, too, that their promotion overcomes our skepticism or ignorance.

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Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
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Assessing the Online Learner: Resources and Strategies for Faculty (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
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Jan 28th

Massive online education courses could help solve world’s problems

Massive online education courses could help solve world’s problems
News from Houston Chronicle:

Lord knows there’s a lot of bad news in the world today to get you down, but there is one big thing happening that leaves me incredibly hopeful about the future, and that is the budding revolution in global online higher education. Nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty – by providing them an affordable education to get a job or improve in the job they have. Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems. And nothing has more potential to enable us to reimagine higher education than the massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms that are being developed by the likes of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and companies like Coursera and Udacity.

Last May I wrote about Coursera – co-founded by the Stanford computer scientists Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng – just after it opened. Two weeks ago, I went back out to Palo Alto to check in on them. When I visited last May, about 300,000 people were taking 38 courses taught by Stanford professors and a few other elite universities. Today, they have 2.4…………… continues on Houston Chronicle

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Jan 26th

More U of SC courses going online

More U of SC courses going online
News from The State:

COLUMBIA, SC — The University of South Carolina’s swelling enrollment can make arranging a class schedule a challenge for students.

“It’s hard to find the right times you want for the classes you want,” said Kendal Riner, a sophomore majoring in retail fashion merchandising. “It’s a competition.”

The Virginia Beach, Va., native found some relief for one class last year by taking a sports and entertainment management course online at the time of her choosing on her computer.

Riner’s online management course is part of a trend at USC, which is putting more emphasis on online courses in an effort to hold off competition from for-profit schools that have found a niche in letting students pick the times when to take classes.

The online courses offer convenience in scheduling. And, adds vice provost Lucy Ford, “You can get USC-quality degrees.”

Online classes give USC students who have jobs or work on community service projects more options, which students find attractive.

“Most of them won’t have that time flexibility the rest of their lives, so they cling to it pretty good,” Ford said.

Plus, as with USC’s plans for a longer summer semester starting this year, the online courses help USC cope with the 5,500 students it has added over the past decade to compensate for s…………… continues on The State

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University hires special counsel for digital education
News from The Michigan Daily:

Hoping to expand the breadth of technology use inside and outside the classroom, the University has appointed Gautam Kaul as special counsel for digital education initiatives within the Office of the Provost.

More like this

  • Coursera expands to 17 new schools
  • Regents fly to California for meetings
  • Regents gain insight in California
  • #Michlinks: Minnesota gives up fight against Coursera

According to a University press release, the appointment was made to ensure the University is “thinking strategically about educational technologies.”

Kaul curren…………… continues on The Michigan Daily

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Jan 26th

Inspired eLearning Named Finalist in Info Security Products Guide’s Global …

Inspired eLearning Named Finalist in Info Security Products Guide’s Global …
News from Beaumont Enterprise:

Info Security Products Guide nominates Inspired eLearning as a finalist in the 2013 Global Excellence Awards.

San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) January 22, 2013

Inspired eLearning, a leading provider of online compliance training and custom eLearning solutions, has been named a finalist for Info Security Products Guide’s 2013 Global Excellence Awards for their Security Awareness Training Library. Info Security Product Guide is the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide and these prestigious global awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on February 27, 2013 during an annual awards dinner and presentation.

Inspired eLearning’s comprehensive 40-course Security Awareness Training library is designed to give organizations a complete solution to strengthen the security knowledge of IT professionals and corporate end users. With seven years of unique content for all users,…………… continues on Beaumont Enterprise

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Jan 25th

Online Education Platform WizIQ Raises $4M Series B To Bolster User-Base …

Online Education Platform WizIQ Raises $ 4M Series B To Bolster User-Base …
News from TechCrunch:

WizIQ, an online education platform which provides virtual classroom software for teachers and trainers at school and university level has raised a $ 4 million Series B round. The funding was led by Kaizen, an Indian private equity fund focused on the education sector. German-based global media company, Bertelsmann, also participated.

WizIQ said it will use the funding to bolster its position in the online education platform space — noting that, as part of the investment, authorSTREAM, an online platform for PowerPoint users to share presentation-based content, will merge into WizIQ, giving it a chance to reach authorSTREAM’s four million users — “a lot” of whom are apparently teachers, trainers and students. The company added that it would use the funding to improve its technology infrastructure and hire staff in product development and senior management positions.

WizIQ’s software — which works on PCs, iPads and Android tablets — has been used by more than 2.5 million st…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Can Virtual Classrooms Recreate a Traditional College Experience?
News from Mashable:

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The burgeoning online education scene is a practical option to a traditional college education for a number of reasons — cost, convenience and efficiency. And for professors it offers a consistent classroom format.

A number of online education sites say the goal is not to be a substitute for the classroom experience, but to offer an even more collaborative learning environment, while also making education convenient and accessible for everyone — whether you’re taking a couple college courses or learning for the fun of it. In light of recent news about a partnership between a California state school and an online education site, it’s possible that because of the high cost of education, online learning could become the norm for college students.

But can an online classroom teach you the social and collaborative skills that real-life, in-class experiences impart? continues on Mashable

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Jan 25th

eLearning Revenues in Africa Will Double to $512.7 Million by 2016

eLearning Revenues in Africa Will Double to $ 512.7 Million by 2016
News from The Herald | HeraldOnline.com:

Africa is the Most Dynamic eLearning Market on the Planet According to a New Ambient Insight Report

— /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Self-paced eLearning revenues in Africa reached $ 250.9 million in 2011 and will more than double to $ 512.7 million by 2016, according to a new Ambient Insight report called, “The Africa Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2011-2016 Forecast and Analysis.”

Forecasts for sixteen countries are included in this regional report: Algeria, Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Senegal has the highest growth rate in Africa at 30.4%, followed by Zambia and Zimbabwe at 27.9% and 25.1%, respectively.

“In all the years I have been doing learning technology  research, I have never seen a regional market grow so fast. The dynamics in Africa are amazing. The major finding in this report is that the supply and demand metrics for eLearning in Africa are evolving so fast that the market bears little resemblance to the competitive landscape as recently as two years ago,” reports Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer. “Essentially, any commercial market research on the adoption of eLearning in Africa that is older than two years is effectively obsolete.”

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Most global firms to use gamification in e-learning by 2014
News from Virtual College:

Nearly three-quarters (70 per cent) of large global companies will have at least one gamification application in place on their learning management system by 2014.

This is according to new research conducted by Gartner, which stated the purposes of these platforms will range from grasping a particular skill to improving employees’ health, Marketing Week reports.

While gamification – the integration of game dynamics in to a training campaign to make it more engaging – is becoming an increasingly popular way of drawing in brand ambassadors, it is also being used to help staff build personal brands.

It has been suggested by academics at Harvard University that while fun is important to the learning process, game dynamics in training must feature an element of competition.

As one researcher from the institution told the news provider, the competitive nature of learning sessions are likely to increase the chance of workers participating in them.

He added: “With the gamification approach to learning, it’s human nature to want to complete something when it draws you in, makes you think, gives you decision-making authority and tests your comprehension.”

Ethan McCarty, senior manager of digital and social strategy at IBM, agreed it is critical to introd…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jan 24th

Does online education work? Live chat with Grand Rapids Community College …

Does online education work? Live chat with Grand Rapids Community College …
News from MLive.com:

Online learning is growing at schools such as Grand Rapids Community College. Two staff members from the college will participate in a live chat about how online education works and what it takes to succeed when learning online.  

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In the world of higher education, online learning is growing.

That’s especially true at Grand Rapids Community College, where enrollment in online classes is up about 17 percent since the winter 2012 semester.

But does online education work? Do students who complete a course online walk away having learned just as much as their counterparts who spend their time in a traditional classroom setting?

In short, the answer is yes, according to Ric Underhile, who helps oversee online education at GRCC.

Online students are a “microcosm of our general population,” said Underhile, an associate dean of instructional support and interdisciplinary studies. “Students who do well in online courses say you have to work hard.”

Underhile, along with biology instructor Laurie Foster, will participate in an online chat at noon on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Do you want to know what online classes the college offers? What about how learning on the web differs from at…………… continues on MLive.com

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Online education tops World Report
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Jan 23rd

eLearning: It’s on again, off again

eLearning: It’s on again, off again
News from The Voyager:

Posted on 23 January 2013.

It was a rocky first week back to classes for UWF in some respects. The school suffered problems with eLearning for the first part of the week, a campus-wide Internet outage on Tuesday afternoon, and a phone outage on Monday morning.

While students could find their classmates expressing anger about the outages on Facebook, some, including Joseph Paul Deluna, were not bothered.

“I don’t have any teachers that even use (eLearning) this semester,” Deluna said.

Paris Lovette, a junior psychology major, also did not have problems with eLearning being out.

“My teachers didn’t have anything up yet anyway,” Lovette said.

While the outage may not have upset all students, it left many wondering what happened. After the winter break began, UWF upgraded eLearning to a new version. The upgrade led to the outage, and was only realized when large numbers of students and faculty began using it according to Mike Dieckmann, chief information officer for UWF.

Dieckmann said that the upgrade was functional in December when teachers were the only ones using eLearning.

“We had three main reasons for the upgrade,” said Dieckmann via email. “The version was supposed to fix many problems that faculty had reported with eLearning, and the version includes many new features that faculty have been requesting for eLea…………… continues on The Voyager

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eLearning Myths: How Video Can Put Them to Rest
News from Business 2 Community:

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I recently came across a cool InformED article by Julie DeNeen that looks at the false impressions some folks still have about online and distance learning programs. The post breaks down 30 (yes, 30) eLearning myths that DeNeen writes “need to die in 2013.”

It’s a good read for anyone who’s still unsure about the benefits that eLearning, or at least some sort of blended learning approach, can bring to their organization. It also got me thinking. We write quite a bit on this…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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