Dec 14th

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in …
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Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that’s comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, transform the college transcript into a portfolio of things that students have actually created.

Khan is the founder, executive director, and faculty member at the Khan Academy, an online education provider.

Speaking at the Atlantic’s Navigate tech conference, Khan said that the online education providers and independent technology “boot camp” schools will end up playing an important role in pressuring legacy universities to change their outdated ways.

“I feel like society is ripe for challenging the model of school” he told The Atlantic’s editor, James Bennett, earlier this week.

Credentialing

“The credentialing piece is somewhat broken now,” Khan said. “A very small fraction of the population has the opportunity to attend a university that is broadly known.”

To that end, Khan said that he is working on a universal credentialing system that could compare…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Gov. Inslee to announce education plans in online town hall
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Gov. Inslee will announce details of his education plan Monday.

OLYMPIA, Wash. –

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is hosting a statewide online town hall meeting Monday to talk details of his education plan.

Gov. Inslee’s plan wants to make significant investments in public school funding and reducing early-grade class sizes. It will also include investments in early learning, higher education and efforts to increase graduation rates.

Four schools including Spokane’s Rogers High School will host the online conversation. Other schools participating are Newport High School in Bellevue, Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center in Moses Lake and Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma.

The town hall will also include a moderated Q&A with educators, parents and students

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Online Education For Dummies
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Oct 10th

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has recently teamed up with Microsoft IT Academy to provide free eLearning courses to all University faculty, staff and students. The new online training service also enables faculty and staff across the University to obtain free vouchers to test for Microsoft certification.

“In a time when professional development budgets are a very real concern for many groups across the University, this resource — which allows faculty and staff to take online courses and test for widely-recognized Microsoft certification for free — is extremely valuable,” said Chris Lucas, director of ITS Training Services.

ITS Training Services has a strong history of providing the Penn State community with online technology learning opportunities. The unit offers hundreds of training workshops each year, many of which are hosted online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect. Many class recordings and video tutorials on Penn State tools can be accessed directly from the ITS Training Services website for users who are unable to attend sessions live online. Four years ago, Training Services led the University in negotiati…………… continues on Penn State News

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‘Understand your company’ to make e-learning work
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Making e-learning work is down to understanding a company’s goals, getting to grips with the demographics of employees and focusing on results.

This is according to Krissie Owen, a learning and development partner at insurance body RSA, who was speaking at this year’s World of Learning Conference in Birmingham, Personnel Today reports.

She said these techniques have worked for her firm and are helping it to close all skills gaps among staff.

The expert said it is particularly important to know your workforce, as it could consist of a number of different groups, with RSA’s made up of both female employees with an average tenure of one year and men in their 50s.

As a result, the organisation has had to work out how to appeal to and engage with each demographic, rebranding its educational opportunities accordingly through a “user-chooser” approach.

Ms Owen explained: “We had to make our learning offering different so that colleagues can select what is right for them. We keep our learning short, succinct and to the point. We also keep it fun and light-hearted so that people engage with it.”

This is crucial to bear in mind when developing online learning resources for workers, as you don’t want to overwhelm them with huge amounts of material that wi…………… continues on Virtual College

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The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses (0)
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Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Essentials of Online Learning)
In spite of the proliferation of online learning in higher education, creating online courses can still evoke a good deal of frust…

Jan 11th

Fashion Retail Academy improves access to e-learning

Fashion Retail Academy improves access to e-learning
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Fashion Retail Academy has upgraded its wireless internet network in order to meet the demands of the increasing number of students who want to access online learning from their handsets or computers.

The new wifi system is able to support around 1,000 web-connected devices at any one time, which means the London-based institution’s 700 pupils can access its digital services via their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Networks First – the specialist used to converge the infrastructure – undertook a site survey assessing the various signal and access points around the college in order to design an optimum network for students and the firm is also currently monitoring the system as a managed service.

Brendan Kearney, senior manager of IT systems and e-learning at the academy, said the updated platform provides young people with the ability to access the college’s online learning materials using their own network credentials to authenticate the connection, which takes the pressure off the IT helpdesk and improves accessibility.

He continued: “We’re a small internal team and so the involvement of Networks First as an extra pair of hands in assessing the network, upgrading the academy and then working alongside us managing this aspect of the network and the security is invaluable to my tea…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jan 8th

Essa Academy rolls out tablets in e-learning drive

Essa Academy rolls out tablets in e-learning drive
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A Bolton school is investing in online learning by supplying 840 pupils and all of its teachers with their own tablet.

The Essa Academy stated that by distributing the devices, it is helping students get to grips with education. Speaking to the BBC, head teacher Showk Badat said technology is not separate to teaching, claiming: “When the book was invented and pens were invented and how they were utilised, that would have been [the] technology of their day. I just see it as a natural evolution of progression.”

Pupils are using the tablets to take part in class quizzes, the results of which are then airplayed to their tutor so it is possible to see immediately how each individual is performing. According to teacher at the Essa Academy Jane Taylor: “I’ve got an instant understanding of how each of the children in my classroom is understanding a concept.”

Students at the institution have reported they enjoy receiving direct feedback from their tutors, while they said another positive is not having to carry books around.

In addition, they are able to take the devices away with them, so should they have any pressing questions as they do their homework, they can contact their teachers immediately.

The school is hoping the e-learning initiative will reduce its ?80,000 ann…………… continues on Virtual College

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Amrita e-learning platform
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Kochi, Jan. 6: 

Amrita University’s e-learning platform A-View (Amrita Virtual Interactive e-Learning World) was officially launched for schools in Maharashtra at Amrita Vidyalayam, Nigdi, Pune. More than 5000 students and teachers from 15 districts in Maharashtra participated live in the online launch program.

Arun Nigawekar, former UGC Chairman, officially launched A-View. The award-winning platform has been successfully deployed at more than 2,000 higher educational institutions across the country, and now it will be used in schools.

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Jul 7th

edX, MIT, Khan Academy Transforming Online Education

edX, MIT, Khan Academy Transforming Online Education
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