Aug 21st

Ned Lautenbach: Online education takes off in Florida

Ned Lautenbach: Online education takes off in Florida
News from Tallahassee.com:

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Online and in-person education — rolled into one
News from St. George Daily Spectrum:

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Aug 19th

How can schools keep up with Generation Z through eLearning technology?

How can schools keep up with Generation Z through eLearning technology?
News from ITProPortal:

It’s well known that the Millennial Generation or the so called Generation Y who were born after 1982 are having a profound effect on business and government as they become workers and citizens.

But, what’s also becoming apparent is how the children of the Millennials who have never lived without digital technology are going to shake up how our educational systems use technology for teaching and learning. These digital natives, often described as Generation Z, are entering schools and colleges with a digital outlook and set of behaviours that educational institutions need to respond to and harness.

A recent study into the attitudes of this new generation, Generation Z, towards learning revealed that students are more willing to learn online and view the future of education as more virtual and social media driven. When asked what they saw coming next in education, 39 per cent of students said that it would be more virtual and 19 per cent said that they’ll be using social media to engage in the classroom.

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3 Great Ways to Make Sure Your Next eLearning Program is Not Your Last
News from Business 2 Community:

The 3 fundamental keys you need to achieve learning engagement, and 3 major mistakes to never repeat again in your training program.

The most common question that I hear from corporate education heads – usually Human Resources (HR), Learning & Development (L&D), Marketing Team leads and Digital Executives – is a big one: “How do you get engagement?”

Without engagement, your eLearning program is simply not providing the value that it needs to, which is a huge missed opportunity for any business. The most challenging hurdle of all is getting employees to engage in the on-demand, self-paced environment of eLearning. Simply put, it’s not an easy task but it is very possible if you take the right steps.

1. Integration into Goals & Systems

After you have done the proper pilots and testing to establish a strong eLearning program, the next step is to align your existing company rewards and review programs (ex: 360 reviews) with eLearning use and the engagement of your employees. When they know that this training counts toward professional development goals, the motivation to engage will be built in to your system. Tie the eLearning engagement metrics with your goals and objectives.

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Aug 17th

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts

Online education programs offer alternative for students, savings for districts
News from Centre Daily Times:

— Maggie Koon was afraid that if the Bellefonte Area School District didn’t offer an alternative education program, she wouldn’t finish school.

The 17-year-old Bellefonte Area High School senior moved to Bellefonte last year from Lewistown.

Without knowing anyone and hesitant to be back in the classroom, Koon was given information that she could study online instead, through the district’s BeLA program — Bellefonte eLearning Academy.

“I still feel like I’m getting a good, solid education,” Koon said. “I love it and it’s the kind of program that’s good for students who are bullied or not ready to be in school. … I met other students (in) the program who feel the same way.”

The program, which is open to students from fifth through 12th grades, provides an alternative learning style with parallel requirements for graduation — as if the stud…………… continues on Centre Daily Times

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Aug 17th

Elearning Innovations Conference and Expo Opens in Nairobi

Elearning Innovations Conference and Expo Opens in Nairobi
News from AllAfrica.com:

The 2014 eLearning Innovations Conference and Expo opened on Tuesday July 29 in Nairobi and is set to run till July 31.

The 3-day conference is dedicated to ICT innovators, leaders and educators seeking to enrich learning experiences using diverse technologies.

The theme of this year’s annual conference is “21st Century e learning: Transforming Education, Employment and Economics.”

Giving his keynote speech at the event, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary for Education said: “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we are robbing our children of the future of tomorrow”, quoting the American philosopher John Dewey.

Professor Kaimenyi went on to emphasize on the governments dedication to the prioritization of ICT in education and added that it was part of the Reform Agenda.

The 2014 eLearning Innovations Conference is a private-public sector collaborative initiative. The event is organised by Talents Coaching and Consulting Kenya (TALENTS) and the Public Service Commission. Other sponsors and partners include the ministries of Education and ICT, Vision 2030 Secretariat, Kenya School of Government and iHub among other organizations.

Also expected to make a presentation at the conference is the Cabinet Secreatry for ICT Dr Fred Matiang’i.

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Aug 16th

Innovative eLearning Trends: eLearning That Sticks

Innovative eLearning Trends: eLearning That Sticks
News from Business 2 Community:

Remember the movie Braveheart? You know, the one with Mel Gibson? And all the robotic voices? And the standardized background screens? And the data-driven dialogue? And the clip art images? And the…what’s that? Oh, yeah. You’re right. That’s not Braveheart. That’s all-too-typical elearning.

Let’s face it: no one ever walked out of a movie and said, “Man, I wish that were more like an elearning course.”

At SVI, we diligently look to develop talent, but in some weird and wonderful ways. We believe our work can be instructionally sound AND entertaining. We use a variety of mediums—instructor-led trainings, eBooks, mobile apps, webinars, and, of course, elearning.

The challenge with elearning is getting people more interested in the content, rather than focusing on how soon they can click “next”!

Here are a few elearning best practices we implement at SVI in an effort to engage the audience so they’ll stand a chance of remembering what we’re teaching instead walking out (or zoning out) on the show.

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Aug 15th

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?
News from The Atlantic:

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven’t stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they’ve become a genre of their own.

Peter Struck, a professor at University of Pennsylvania, stands in front of a special-effects-ready green screen as he records a MOOC on Greek mythology. (Matt Slocum/AP)

It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor Gregory Nagy is rhapsodizing about the death of Roy, the cyborg from Blade Runner, and pointing out how certain tropes from his final soliloquy echo important themes from ancient Greek myth. The class is called “The Ancient Greek Hero,” and it’s one of many MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) created by HarvardX, the university’s online course production company. It appears, from my limited experience, to be a fabulous class, which comes as no surprise, since it’s based on a well-established in-person Harvard course of the same name.

The videos for this course are remarkably elegant and professional, conveying a certain vividness that lectures at the blackboard sometimes lack. The discourse on R…………… continues on The Atlantic

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Aug 14th

More Georgia Students Sign Up For Online Public Education

More Georgia Students Sign Up For Online Public Education
News from WSAV-TV:

CHATHAM COUNTY, GA - More than 1.7 million Georgia students are in public school but not all of them are sitting in a classroom. A growing number of students are turning to online public education including here in Chatham County.

More than 17,000 Georgia students will sit in front of their computers instead of in class this year. This is not the same as being home schooled, these online programs fall under public education.

A Chatham County family tells News 3 that the flexibility and not having to worry about bullies made them sign up.

8th grade Georgia Connections Academy student Trey Humphries said he doesn’t miss being in a classroom.

“I do two subjects or sometimes three for the first couple of hours then I rest and I do my last subjects then I’m done,” said Trey Humphries.

The 14-year-old said the teachers are always a click away.

“If you need help you can email them, call them, or they’ll call you,” said Trey Humphries.

Adrian Humphries said her son attended public school in Chatham County last year but it wasn’t the right fit.

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Aug 14th

Desire2Learn Raises $85 Million to Bring ELearning Solutions to the Wrold

Desire2Learn Raises $ 85 Million to Bring ELearning Solutions to the Wrold
News from Bidness Etc:

Desire2Learn, the Canadian-based provider of eLearning solutions for educational institutions and various enterprises, has announced an $ 85 million Series B round of funding.

Investors that participated in the latest round include Graham Holdings, Aurion Capital, Four Rivers Group, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, and returning investor New Enterprise Associates.

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eLearning Champion: Byron Hutchins
News from University of Cincinnati:

eLearning Champion: Byron Hutchins

Student Byron Hutchins shows his passion for technology in his work, school and extracurriculars.

Date: 8/12/2014
By: Tara Spacy
Phone: (513) 558-7584

Byron Hutchins proves that not all history students are stuck in the past with his focus and passion for science and technology. As a rising fifth-year student in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, Hutchins also works as a researcher in the Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization.

“eLearning increases our ability to reconnect with a diverse audience, thus amplifying the learning experience,” Hutchins said. “Its potential is only limited by our own imaginations and determination.”

Hutchins actively finds innovative uses for technology in the many projects he is involved in, including creating a coalition between the departments of computer science and history, and creating a historical social network and interactive mapping for Civil War gun powder manufacturing.

“We use 3-D printing to prototype robotic models and print replacement parts,” Hutchins s…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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Aug 14th

The Real Value of Online Education

The Real Value of Online Education
News from The Atlantic:

Out of all the students who enroll in a MOOC, only about 5 percent complete the course and receive a certificate of accomplishment. This statistic is often cited as evidence that MOOCs are fatally flawed and offer little educational value to most students. Yet more than 80 percent of students who fill out a post-course survey say they met their primary objective. How do we reconcile these two facts?

We’re used to focusing on completion rates in higher education, but they’re not the only—or even the most meaningful—indicator of engagement in open online courses. With no cost to enroll, no penalty for dropping out, and little reward for actually earning a certificate, MOOCs are fundamentally different from traditional classes— and students use them in fundamentally different ways.

Data from more than 1.8 million students enrolled in 36 MOOCs offered by the University of Pennsylvania show that students treat MOOCs like a buffet, sampling the material according to their interests and goals. Some are curious about the subject matter and just watch one or two video lectures; others use the discussion forums to connect with their intellectual peers around the world. Of all enrolled students, nearly 60 percent watch at least one video, complete at least one assignment, or post at least once in a forum.

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A Different Type Of Online Education Goes Viral
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Udemy is a platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee. (Kevin McShane/Flickr)

MOOCS — massive open online courses — are a craze in education now. Many are affiliated with brick-and-mortar universities and offer free academic courses.

Dennis Yang is CEO of San Francisco-based Udemy, an online learning and teaching marketplace. (udemy.com)

Udemy.com is little different. The name “Udemy” is a combination of “university” and “academy” and sounds a bit like “you to me.” That seems appropriate, given that it’s platform for experts to create courses and offer them to the public at either no charge or for a fee.

Udemy was launched four years ago, and already serves nearly 3 million s…………… continues on WBUR

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Aug 13th

eLearning Champion: Lori Choudhury

eLearning Champion: Lori Choudhury
News from University of Cincinnati:

eLearning Champion: Lori Choudhury

Digital librarian Lori Choudhury leads UC faculty and students through the World Wide Web with special eLearning tools.

Date: 8/12/2014
By: Tara Spacy
Phone: (513) 558-7584

Along with today’s digital age comes the digital library, and even the digital librarian.

It’s a job that isn’t about helping students sort through endless aisles of books in search of a few select works, but rather helping students navigate the World Wide Web in search of a few key online databases. Now coordinator of eLearning for UC Libraries, Lori Choudhury has been doing just that.

Choudhury serves as an embedded librarian in the graduate programs for the schools of Human Services and Education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). For the past two years, she’s worked directly with faculty within their courses.

Choudhury, along with the help of CECH instructional designer Sarah Schroeder, has championed the “Your Virtual Library” module located in Blackboard. The module includes a personal welcome video from Choudhury, a d…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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eLearning Champion: David Kelley
News from University of Cincinnati:

eLearning Champion: David Kelley

Assistant professor David Kelley uses Kaltura to create an innovative classroom experience and connect with students.

Date: 8/12/2014
By: Tara Spacy
Phone: (513) 558-7584

As an assistant professor in the Sport Administration Program in the School of Human Services, David Kelley places a strong emphasis on promoting student engagement and active learning in his courses. As an eLearning champion, Kelley is employing innovative, collaborative and student-centric methods to achieve this by utilizing the upgraded Blackboard system’s new features.

“In terms of teaching, I can provide more detailed instruction with the Kaltura Mashup tool,” Kelley said.

The tool gives instructors the ability to record their screens, which he said allows him to create deeper understanding of complex concepts among his students. Kelley also uses the tool to create “Week in Review” videos that highlight where his students’ strengths are and where they need to dedicate more time.

“This has really been a benefit in staying on top of and meeting learning objective…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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