Jan 29th

Can hospitals trust e-learning as a recruitment tool?

Can hospitals trust e-learning as a recruitment tool?
News from Healthcare Dive:

Electronic learning could enable millions of additional students around the world to access healthcare education—and it’s just as effective as traditional learning, new research suggests.

e-Learning opportunities have been gaining acceptance in various forms, including stand-alone programs, distance-learning programs at traditional institutions and MOOCs. Now, they get a boost as a review commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and carried out by Imperial College London concludes that e-learning is likely to be as effective as traditional methods for training health professionals.

The review is drawn from a total of 108 studies and shows that students acquire knowledge and skills through online and offline e-learning tools as well as or better than they do through traditional teaching.

The authors add that combining e-learning with traditional teaching is likely to be most suitable for courses that need to teach practical skills.

Dr. Erica Wheeler of WHO’s Department of Health Workforce notes, “This report was commissioned by WHO to ensure that there is robust evidence to support the increase in the numbers of health workers being trained. There is also a need for the provision of guidance on what methods are most suitable and effective for different pedagogical approaches, in the light of ever-increasing demands…………… continues on Healthcare Dive

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Jan 27th

African corporate urged to embrace eLearning

African corporate urged to embrace eLearning
News from Caj News Africa:

Rubiem Training Institute CEO, Chris Tenga

from CHRIS TENGA in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
ARUSHA – eLearning is a concept whose time has now come. This is according to Chris Tenga, CEO of rubiem Training Institute (rTI).

In a 2014 survey by rTI, the uptake of eLearning and online training in Africa is generally still low, meaning that organizations are spending a fortune on learning materials and logistical expenses which are totally avoidable where they to deliver such training online.

Relatively, most organizations today have modern, stable technology platforms and connectivity upon which eLearning and online training can easily be delivered.

If fact there is now a deliberate migration from intranet-based Learning Management Systems to web-based learning platforms which are scalable in terms of content and access media.

“The benefits of eLearning and online training to both the learners and the organization are just too significant to ignore. Firstly, there is the flexibility of learning from anywhere, any time.

Then there i…………… continues on Caj News Africa

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Scott County School District 2 testing eLearning for snow days
News from WDRB:

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) — Scott County School District Two plans to have an eLearning day on Feb. 16. Students will take their iPads or laptops home and turn in assignments online while teachers will be in their classrooms.

“Kids will learn virtually that day through a series of activities, lessons and assignments,” said SCSD2 Superintendent Marc Slaton. “So far the student reaction has been fairly positive to giving this a shot.”

Students have only missed one day this school year, but missed more than two weeks of school last year because of weather.

“It was really hard having sixteen snow days,” said eighth grader Isabella Myszak.

She likes the idea of eLearning. The school district is one-to-one, which means every student has some piece of technology.

“You can be at home, but you can still be working,” Myszak. “You’re still learning even though you’re not in the school building.”

But she questions how effective it will be for students who lack discipline.

“I’m wondering how it’s gonna go for the kids who don’t have the motivation to do work during school hours,” she said. “I mean if they have a hard time doing it then how are they gonna do it at home.”

Scottsburg Middle School Principal Kristin Nass isn’t worried.

“I don’t think that we’ll have any new issues and, as a matter of a fact,…………… continues on WDRB

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Jan 26th

eLearning assessment highlights program’s success

eLearning assessment highlights program’s success
News from Newsbug.info:

Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:26 pm | Updated: 7:39 pm, Sun Jan 25, 2015.

The Twin Lakes School Corporation released its assessment of the success rates of the four eLearning days that kicked off the second semester, with attendance remaining above 90 percent for all four days.

According to Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tom Fletcher, though attendance was originally reported to have been in the mid 80 percent range, attendance rates increased during the assessment due to the methodology teachers had to use in order to calculate them.

“Grades 9-12 attendance numbers were determined by the completed homework, either on eLearning days or afterwards. So, when the kids came back those four days two weeks ago, teacher’s worked with them to get their homework done that they were supposed to do on eLearning day, and if they got it finished, then they counted them as present for that eLearning day,’ Fletcher said.

Corporation-wide attendance for the first eLearning day was assessed to be 92.3 percent, with the following days calculated at 90.1 percent, 92.3 percent a…………… continues on Newsbug.info

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Jan 25th

Update: TAL Education Fiscal Q3 2015 Earnings (XRS)

Update: TAL Education Fiscal Q3 2015 Earnings (XRS)
News from Seeking Alpha (registration):

  • TAL Education reported fiscal Q3 2015 earnings and revenue ahead of analyst estimates.
  • The company guided fiscal Q4 revenue ahead of views despite currency headwinds.
  • Risk/reward has improved significantly since my last update.

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Jan 24th

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD

Stock Tips: The 5 Top Brokers For Online Investing Education AMTD
News from Investor’s Business Daily:

Technology has made buying and selling stocks as simple as shopping for shoes. And yet knowing what to buy and sell — and when — remains a daunting challenge.

In response, online stockbrokerages are spreading the gospel of investor education at a phenomenal rate. Preaching to audiences often numbering in the millions, they are rapidly developing and fine-tuning online curricula that let studious investors climb at their own pace from beginner into highly advanced concepts and strategies.

To attract practiced investors, many online stockbrokers are placing more emphasis on mobile trading, tracking and information platforms.

To lure newer, less certain clients, basic educational resources remain a fundamental front gate to the online investing experience.

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This Is Bill and Melinda Gates’ Prediction for the Future of Online Education
News from Entrepreneur:

While online education has been gaining traction in America for roughly 15 years, the inevitable maturation and spread of this technology into developing countries is bound to spark a revolution.

That was a key takeaway from a letter penned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — which, with an endowment of $ 42.3 billion, represents one of the largest private foundations on earth.

On this, its 15th anniversary, the Foundation laid bare its hopes for the world over the next 15 years — including the prediction that online education will reach hundreds of millions of people across the globe.

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The growth of high-speed cell networks and a proliferation of affordable devices will largely fuel this accessibility.

Children who have grown up with smartphones and tablets, for instance, tend to utilize them intuitively. Therefore, according to the Foundation, kids in third worl…………… continues on Entrepreneur

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Jan 23rd

Western to plan eLearning days in advance of inclement weather

Western to plan eLearning days in advance of inclement weather
News from Kokomo Tribune:

RUSSIAVILLE – Western School Corp. will be watching the weather forecast especially closely as a predicted snow storm could launch preparations for an eLearning day.

eLearning days allow schools to continue instructional time even when classes are canceled by having students complete their work on iPads or laptops at home; often teachers are available by phone or email throughout the day to answer questions. Some schools schedule eLearning days periodically throughout the school year as an exercise in using the technology-driven educational format, and others call eLearning days as an alternative to snow days.

Western plans to announce an eLearning day at least one day in advance to give teachers and students time to prepare. The board of education and Western Education Association voted Tuesday in favor of the approach, which would have students download lesson materials and assignments to their iPads in advance so Internet access at home would not be required.

“If it turns out we had all this planning and we don’t need to cancel, then the students would come to school and the teachers would roll with the lesson,” Superintendent Randy McCracken told the school board during a regular meeting Tuesday. “We still feel havin…………… continues on Kokomo Tribune

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Jan 23rd

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency in Higher …
News from Forbes:

Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts. After all, what is the point of having instructors in the classroom if a computer can teach everything? But there’s no reason to think that these classes will completely replace instructors. While some adjunct professors will lose their jobs, instructors will still be necessary. Thanks to the increases in productivity from the standardized online course, they will be able to teach more with less labor, and the improved efficiency of teaching can greatly benefit the students.

It’s important to note that most professors will be relatively unaffected by the standardization: many classes can’t be standardized or even taught online. Humanities courses and upper-level courses (regardless of subject) simply can’t be prepackaged,…………… continues on Forbes

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Ohio State ranks in top 10 for distance learning education
News from OSU – The Lantern:

Ohio State currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Ohio State is striving to bring the academic experience of sitting in a lecture hall to the digital classrooms of its online courses, and its placement among some of the top 10 online programs shows evidence of progress.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2015 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” report, ranking OSU tied for eighth.

OSU currently offers 10 online programs, with more than 270 online courses, and had 2014 enrollment of more than 5,000 students, Office of the Chief Information Officer spokeswoman Katharine Keune said in an email.

Rob Griffiths, senior director of digital scholarship for ODEE, said OSU’s online program is successful because it offers online students similar content to what is taught in on-campus courses, but presents it using…………… continues on OSU – The Lantern

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Jan 22nd

Principal, parent reflects on eLearning

Principal, parent reflects on eLearning
News from WANE:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) While icy conditions caused all four Allen County public school districts to cancel school Wednesday, several parents spent part of the day helping their students with eLearning. Although reviews are mixed, NewsChannel 15 spoke to a local parent who is also a school principal who says eLearning is going more smoothly this year than last.

Jeanine Kleber’s two sons, Will and Nick spent part of Wednesday morning learning outside their elementary school classroom.

“Well it’s split right down the middle. I have one who loves it and the other one is just not real fond of it,” said Kleber.

She and her kids have the ability to access one main software program called, My Big Campus, where they can communicate with their teachers and classmates and ask questions any time.

Kleber is also the school principal at Haverhill Elementary School with Southwest Allen County Schools.

“The feedback that I get from parents this year is positive. I think that’s because they were willing to share their frustrations and successes last year and we were able to learn from those to make it more beneficial this year,” said Kleber.

She and her teachers are accessible from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the kids are learning from home. Anytime before or after that, they receive notifications for questions or assignment submissions.

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Why Are Corporations Making the Shift towards E-Learning?
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Huge numbers of corporations are making a shift toward e-learning. Why is that? Because the world of learning has changed forever. And why has this happened? Because of online education and learning management systems. With new technologies, like the learning management systems and increased users and internet access, people are making a massive and collective shift towards online education. The field of e-learning has grown exponentially and not just in terms of students who are taking online classes but in terms of educational online tools and interactive teaching methods that are being integrated into all grades and corporate training tools that keep companies up to date!

Companies have started to make the shift toward utilizing online education tools, too, training their employees about workplace health and safety on a learning management system which enables them to track progress, or using audio and video to teach employees about a new merger taking place. No longer do companies have to turn to a staff member to host a two-week training session for new employees or transfers. They can use e-learning and a learning management system to do it for them. These systems keep everything in one place, where it is easily accessible and transferred. This means that employees can access it when they first start working with a company, and when a…………… continues on GuruFocus.com (registration)

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Jan 21st

Smeal names Mooney director of eLearning Design and Innovation Group

Smeal names Mooney director of eLearning Design and Innovation Group
News from Penn State News:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Smeal College of Business has named Matthew E. Mooney director of the college’s new eLearning Design and Innovation Group (eLDIG).

The administrative unit was launched during the fall 2014 semester and is dedicated to instructional design for online and resident instruction.

Mooney comes to Smeal from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he was assistant professor of Web and interactive media. He had previously taught or was a member of technology teams at Indiana University South Bend, the University of Arizona and Purdue University.

“I’m honored and excited to join the college and work with the eLDIG. They are talented, creative designers, and they’ve set a high bar in the eLearning world,” Mooney said. “The goal now is to continue to develop high quality programs, establish new programs, and continue to be a national and international leader in business education.”

Mooney said that he plans to take inventory of what eLDIG has and where it’s been and then spend time with all of its stakeholders before charting the path forward.

“The college’s strategic plan for 2014-19 emphasizes working to meet the growing demand for online and hybrid courses, and eLDI…………… continues on Penn State News

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Jan 21st

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …
News from WFDD:

North Carolina families could soon have another education option. The state board is discussing applications for two virtual charter schools this month.

The two schools seeking approval are affiliated with the online education companies K12 Inc. and Connections Academy. A state advisory committee recently recommended the school’s proposals.  They would be part of a four-year pilot program outlined by the legislature that authorizes the State Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools by the end of 2015. 

Online learning is not new. The state has the second largest public virtual school in the country, with approximately 50,000 students every year who take courses in the program.

North Carolina Public schools are using it now to supplement middle and high school curricula. Proponents say it offers classes that otherwise may not be available and brings more flexibility to students who need it.<…………… continues on WFDD

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Cybrary’s Free Online Training Reshaping Cybersecurity Education
News from HSToday:

By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

01/20/2015 ( 2:15pm)

A shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors has left the US vulnerable to major cyberattacks. In response, Cybrary, the world’s first and only free massive open online course for IT and cyber security professionals, has announced the availability of free classes to the general public.

 

“We have the firm belief that IT and cybersecurity training should be free,” Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary, told Homeland Security Today. “Many in the industry feel the skills gap in cybersecurity and a number of reports indicate that there are more cybersecurity jobs than there are qualified people to fill them. We were very aware of that problem.”

 

The Greenbelt, Maryland-based Cybrary is designed to provide comprehensive IT and cybersecur…………… continues on HSToday

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