Apr 17th

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award

Douglas High School teacher gets online education award
News from Worcester Telegram:

A veteran Douglas High School teacher has been honored for his commitment to online learning.

On April 3, Al DeNoncour was presented with an award from Jim Dachos, director of Educational Partnerships for The Virtual High School, recognizing him as a pioneer for K-12 online learning.

Mr. DeNoncour is part of a small group of educators in the state who have been promoting online education and expanding educational opportunities for local high school students through the Virtual High School program. The program started 15 years ago at Douglas High School.

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SU partners up with Marist College, technology companies for online …
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Syracuse University is partnering with an inter-state college and two leading technology companies to offer an online educational series with a curriculum based on computing operations.

The School of Information Studies, Marist College, the Linux Foundation and IBM are teaming up to present a three-part massive open online course series done online on enterprise computing.

The courses will be taught separately by each institution with the Marist College course beginning in May and the Linux Foundation course starting in August, according to an April 9 iSchool press release. The iSchool course, titled “Enterprise Computing Strategies,” begins September 2.

The iSchool course is free and self-paced with no prerequisites, according to the press release. Those who successfully complete the course will earn a certificate of completion from the iSchool and IBM.

Enrollment in the course is not limited and is open to anyone interested in mainframe and enterprise computing, said Vicky Williams, the iSchool’s director of online education.

The iSchool’s partnership with Marist College, Linux Foundation and IBM is the first of its kind, Williams said. It presented a unique opportunity to host a MOOC series between two schools and two leaders in computing industry, she said.

Williams said the partnership formed after iSchool faculty members…………… continues on SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

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Apr 17th

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference

African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference
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By BiztechAfricaApril 14, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.

While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.

In this way the Maendeleo Foundation has reached 37,000 people in East Africa – 80% students, but also teachers and out-of-school groups: youth, women, farmers and local business people.

For Asia Kamukama, the solar school is not a stop-gap solution, but a complement to the education system and a vital technology for future…………… continues on Biztech Africa

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2014: The year of e-learning?
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Employees now use high quality technology – smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks or netbooks – in their everyday lives and also expect to be able to use them at work. Many HR departments have begun to embrace this shift, but many are still catching up – training, learning and development need to reflect the trend to online and mobile not simply because it is the ‘next big thing’ but because it can have genuine and measurable benefits.

For example, e-learning provides organisations with a great opportunity to develop their employees, whilst giving them the flexibility to learn at their own pace. This not only benefits employees but also the organisation as a whole, ensuring members of staff have more of an opportunity to develop their talents, review the learning and apply it. However, it is not as simple as replacing existing training techniques with e-learning. Instead, employers need to understand how e-learning can support the organisation and its employees, and communicate with them to ensure that they are overcoming any barriers and using e-learning to its full potential.

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When introducing an e-learning programme, L&D professionals need to take into account the differing technical experience of their employees. Most organisations have a mix of skills and understanding, which means there’s not a ‘one size fits all’…………… continues on Civil Service World

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Apr 15th

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …

A.D.A.M. and iSpring to Present Mobile e-Learning Technology Solutions at …
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ATLANTA, Apr 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) –

Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/delayed/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +0.37% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance and healthcare industries, today announced that A.D.A.M., a business unit of Ebix, Inc., will showcase mobile-compatible e-Learning technology solutions with iSpring Solutions, Inc. during a presentation at the ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition on Monday, May 5, 2014, 3:00-4:15 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

The Solution Session presentation will encourage participants to learn alongside presenters in creating an innovative solution to bring their training solutions to new heights with mobile-compatible e-Learning programs. Best practices and information documents about creating HTML5 learning programs will be shared t…………… continues on MarketWatch

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Apr 15th

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …

Online Education Startup CreativeLive Hands Over CEO Role to Founder Chase …
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CreativeLive CEO Mika Salmi is stepping down from that role and handing it to co-founder Chase Jarvis, the photographer and photo app designer who started the online video education company four years ago.

After two years as CEO, Salmi’s continuing involvement in the company will be as a CreativeLive board member.

“Founders are very powerful CEOs, and at this point Chase as a founder is a great thing to have,” Salmi said today.

CreativeLive was a profitable online course provider based in Seattle and teaching live classes on topics like PhotoShop when Salmi joined two years ago.

Salmi was previously a Viacom/MTV exec after selling his company Atom Entertainment for $ 200 million in 2006.

Under Salmi’s guidance and with his Silicon Valley connections, CreativeLive raised $ 30 million in two rounds of funding, grew to 85 employees from eight and opened a big studio in San Francisco.

Jarvis said the timing of the CEO shift came from a sense of stability and a desire for CreativeLive to “own creative education.” He had many kind words for Salmi. “Riding shotgun with Mika was an incredible learning experience for me. We traveled the globe together over the past two years……………. continues on Re/code

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Apr 14th

Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education – New York Times

Out in Front, and Optimistic, About Online Education – New York Times
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Apr 13th

eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation

eLearning Africa Conference kicks-off end of May, to focus on innovation
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In an effort to unite developers, researchers, techies and teachers, the eLearning Africa Conference will be taking place from 28 to 30 May in Kampala, Uganda.

An annual event, this year the conference will run with the theme of Opening Frontiers to the Future to focus on some of the incredible innovations happening in the field of education and learning on the African continent.

Some of these innovations we’ve come across in recent years, and include startups such as Daptio and Serio.me or social projects such as the Maendeleo Foundation’s solar-powered ICT class rooms.

The same organisation behind the event, eLearning Africa Group, is also responsible for an annual report that found interesting and crucial stats, such as 30% of students use tablets in elearning and that 40% of practitioners create local content.

The event will feature sixty sessions that plan to highlight the diversity of technology and education and their impact in Africa. A selection of workshops will also be presented on 28 May where participants get the opportunity to learn hands-on skills for blogging, digital video authorship and digital entrepreneurship.

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Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.

We are a leading global educational institution that employs over 4,500 people across our various campus locations — Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, Resnick Campus in the Bronx, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission: to “bring wisdom to life” through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve.  We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, includ…………… continues on Yeshiva University – EdSurge

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Apr 12th

Minority Students Should Weigh Pros, Cons of Online Education

Minority Students Should Weigh Pros, Cons of Online Education
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Some minority students say online courses provide a comfortable learning environment where race doesn’t play a role in class dynamics. 

Trina Jordan, a 49-year-old single mom from Nashville, Tenn., was always aware of her race in college.

As an African-American undergraduate at Tennessee State University, a historically black school, she felt like other students were judging her for her dark skin. But that all changed when she signed up for an online master’s degree in professional studies at Middle Tennessee State University. There, Jordan was comfortable with her virtual classmates – and her skin color –? in ways she never was in an on-campus setting. 

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Brenau offers state’s 1st completely online Early Childhood Education program
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GAINESVILLE – The Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the government agency charged with overseeing teacher education, has approved Brenau University’s undergraduate degree program in early childhood education – the first totally online program in that discipline in Georgia.

“It is quite an honor for Brenau to host the first totally online bachelor’s degree program with early childhood education curriculum,” said Education Dean Sandy Leslie.

“This will enable potential teachers who are in more distant counties in our state (or just can’t make it to class) to receive excellent teacher educational training fully online, preparing them for potential licensure as teachers for our state school systems. While other institutions have the ability to offer parts of this training online, Brenau was chosen to offer the entire program in this manner.”

Leslie said the university also will continue to offer the degree track “on ground” on various campuses around the state.

Brenau staff and faculty have been aggressively marketing the program to potential undergraduates who might be interested in the online early childhood program as well as other programs for any prospective or current teachers and administrators who seek to improve their education credentials. For the latter group, for example, Brenau offers online master’s and education specialist degree pro…………… continues on Access North Georgia

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Apr 11th

Don’t give up on online education

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eLearning polymath Saul Carliner wins top international teaching award

eLearning polymath Saul Carliner wins top international teaching award
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Marketing Your eLearning Initiative: Finding Your Champions
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Increasing engagement in your elearning program takes more than an email every now and then. Just as a consumer must have 5-7 touch points with a brand to consider purchasing, your employees need frequent reminders on the value of online training. Earlier this month, I shared how establishing a set of objectives for your elearning program will help employees understand the benefits and impact of training on their jobs. In this second post from our ongoing series on how to market your elearning initiative, I will discuss the importance of champions, as well as ways to involve them in your internal marketing.

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The workplace at times is not unlike high school. Employees tend to dress alike, form groups based on similar interests or job roles, and ultimately try to fit in. And, just like high school, there are also a few employees who are identifi…………… continues on Business 2 Community

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