Feb 27th

Finding the Right Narration Style for an eLearning Course

Finding the Right Narration Style for an eLearning Course
News from Business 2 Community:

Before beginning work on a new eLearning course, there are a number of details to hash out.

  • Who is the intended audience and at what level is their knowledge of the subject matter?
  • What is the learning objective and definition of success? (i.e. What do we want the audience to know, do, or believe after training?)
  • What style and tone is most appropriate for the audience to make the training interesting and engaging?

It’s kind of like a trip to Chipotle – a chicken burrito with beans and onions suits some people, while others think a burrito bowl with brown rice is more palatable.

Stylistic questions often include a discussion of whether or not to include narration, and if so, the best method for the content and the audience.

While there are certainly right and wrong ways to add narration to an eLearning course, it can be helpful to guide the learner through the course, emphasize important points, and even provide a little comedic relief.

Nicole Legault, instructional designer and author of the

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Discover Global generic e-learning courses market 2015-2019
News from WhaTech:

Global Generic E-learning Courses Market 2015-2019 is a new market research publication announced by Reportstack. E-learning refers to learning facilitated with the help of gadgets such as PCs, notebooks, and tablets.

E-learning is backed by ICT, which enables 24/7 learning for end-users from any access point. The curriculum of e-learning includes archived and real-time information, and there is no single standard e-learning method used in the Education sector.

Differentiation in e-learning is based on the type of content delivered and the mode of instruction, which could be classroom, virtual, or blended learning environment. Generic e-learning courses are standard courses offered by e-learning service providers, educational institutions, and experts.

Generic e-learning is widely adopted by educational institutions, especially for higher education. The following are the major benefits of using e-learning course materials: 
• Cost-effective
• Ease of availability
• Requires minimal internal resources
The analysts forecast the Global Generic E-learning Courses market to grow at a CAGR of 10.47 percent over the period 2014-2019.
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Generic E-learning Courses market during the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, the report considers revenue generated thro…………… continues on WhaTech

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Feb 26th

Online Hunter Safety Education Course

Online Hunter Safety Education Course
News from WSIL TV:

WSIL  —  Spring Turkey Season is not far off. If you’re looking to get into hunting, most people will have to take a Hunter Safety Education Course. 

If you have a hectic schedule, you can take a portion of the class at your own leasure online.

It usually takes less time the the traditional two day class had to be taken in-person.

If you opt to take the online format, you still must attend a field day.

The class online costs $ 25, while the traditional class is free.

The course has nine chapters with a quiz after each one and then a 25 question final test.

You need to score above 80 percent on the final exam.

If you don’t pass the quizzes or the test you can retake them if necessary.

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Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers
News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Helga Stokes regularly tutors college-level students in English as a foreign language, evaluating their papers and suggesting revisions. Astrid Kersten supervises students who are doing master’s-level projects in management and human resources.

It sounds routine. But for the students of the two-Pittsburgh area women — connected by computer from half a world away — it’s anything but. To get an education, they are risking prison.

The instructors are part of a fleet of hundreds of volunteers from around the world who teach in the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. It provides free education to members of the Baha’i faith who live in the Islamic Republic of Iran and who are largely barred from colleges and universities because of their religion, according to human rights groups.

“There’s not much I can do from here, but there’s at least a little something,” said Ms. Stokes of Dormont, an adjunct education instructor at Duquesne University and, like Ms. Kersten, a convert to the Baha’i faith.

Added Ms. Kersten of Observatory Hill: “For people who really want education and, to work hard for it, not to be able to get it was, I felt, a great injustice. Whatever small contribution I could make to remedying that injustice, I thought would be a good thing.”

The plight of Baha’i students is being highlighted in a new documentary, “To Light a…………… continues on Pittsburgh Post Gazette

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Feb 16th

South Dakota approves new online hunter education course

South Dakota approves new online hunter education course
News from Rapid City Journal:

2015-02-16T00:20:12Z 2015-02-16T02:03:34Z South Dakota approves new online hunter education courseThe Associated Press The Associated Press

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Young South Dakotans can now go online to finish much of the state’s hunter safety certification course.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department approved the new HuntSAFE program as an alternative to in-person classroom instruction. The online part of the course costs $ 15, while the classroom instruction is free.

After passing the online test, students must participate in the required, in-person HuntSAFE field day, which takes about four to six hours and includes a written final exam.

Hunter education is recommended for all hunters, but South Dakota law requires anyone younger than 16 to finish a hunter education course. Students must be at least 11 years old.

The online portion of the test is available at http://www.hunter-ed.com/southdakota .

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Jun 23rd

KROHNE introduces new eLearning course on electromagnetic flowmeters

KROHNE introduces new eLearning course on electromagnetic flowmeters
News from Water Technology Online:

PEABODY, Mass. — KROHNE Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributer of measuring instruments for the process industries, introduces a new eLearning course “Electromagnetic Flowmeters” on the learning platform, KROHNE Academy online, according to a press release.

Participants of the course will find a broad range of topics related to this flow measuring principle in three modules, stated the release.

The first module deals with the history and the general areas of application, the measuring principle itself and the construction of an electromagnetic flowmeter.

It is followed by the second module with the material selection and special types of electromagnetic flowmeters, the sizing, the measuring accuracy as well as the calibration of an electromagnetic flowmeter, noted the release.

The third module covers the topics installation and grounding, limitations and advantages, and the industries and applications in which electromagnetic flowmeters can be used.

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Sprint Supports ConnectED, Boosts e-Learning Scope
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Since the launch of the government initiative ConnectED that focuses on expanding online education, telecom service providers have been keen about lending support to this cause.  One of the front runners, Sprint Corporation (S Analyst Report) has already announced its plans in this regard.

The company has launched the online ConnectED application and information portal to help educational institutions and school districts in applying and receiving the Sprint Spark high-speed wireless broadband connectivity for up to four years, to further off-campus digital learning opportunities. The initiative will benefit up to 50,000 students across the U.S.

Reportedly, AT&T Inc. (

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Jan 2nd

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course
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hide captionStudents at the Oakland Military Institute took several courses offered by San Jose State and the online course provider Udacity this year. The university is now scaling back its relationship with Udacity.

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Small, private colleges fret over online classes
News from Orlando Sentinel:

Millions of students nationwide flock to the Internet for classes, taking advantage of technology to finish a college degree faster, easier and often for less money.

But even as more students demand online courses and degrees that can be completed without ever stepping onto campus, some of Florida’s private colleges have resisted the change.

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Dec 21st

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014

GWU’s first free online course to debut in 2014
News from Washington Post:

Many well-known colleges and universities are teaming with two big-name Web sites to offer free online education.

But George Washington University is charting another path into the world of MOOCs.

In 2014, GWU will offer its first massive open online course, or MOOC, on the topic of the Federal Reserve. The university announced the initiative last week at a symposium on the history and future of the Fed.

Notably, the MOOC will not be on the Coursera or edX Web sites. Those are MOOC platforms that have attracted many universities and a worldwide market of users in the past year and a half. Among local universities, Georgetown offers MOOCs on edX and the University of Maryland on

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Nov 17th

Duke council talks Kunshan course approval, online education

Duke council talks Kunshan course approval, online education
News from Durham Herald Sun:

DURHAM —

The Duke Arts & Sciences Council got a first-hand look Thursday at 18 undergraduate courses planned for Duke Kunshan University, the new campus in China that will open its doors to students in fall 2014.

During the council meeting held in the Social Sciences building on campus, Tom Robisheaux, chair of the council as well as chair of the DKU Joint Committee, shared the list of humanities classes, ranging from “Greek Civilization” to “Chinese Immigration/Migration,” global health courses focused on pollution and the environment, physical and natural sciences courses such as “Bioenergy” and “Water Resources/Water Pollution, and social sciences classes tackling ethics and leadership.

The course proposals, which are planned to be taught in fall of 2014 and/or spring 2015, are making their way through the approval process, in which the proposal is sent to the associated department, the China Faculty Council at Duke, the Liberal Arts in China Committee at Duke, a joint Arts & Sciences committee, and then on to the undergraduate education department head.

Questions asked about the courses have included what student English proficiency levels will be required and if there will be student proficiency differences across certain academic subjects, such as math or science skills, between Duke and Chinese students.

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Former edX Program Manager to Help Direct BU’s Online Education
News from BU Today:

A former program manager at edX, the online learning network founded by Harvard and MIT and now including BU and 28 other schools, is now associate director of BU’s Digital Learning Initiative. In her new job, Romy Ruukel is helping to shape BU’s expansion in the rapidly evolving field of digital learning.

“I’d been at edX for a year,” says Ruukel, who started at BU last month. “I enjoyed it, but I’m excited to move closer to the teaching and learning that takes place in a university setting.”

DLI director Chrysanthos Dellarocas, a School of Management professor, describes Ruukel as the ideal person for the job, in part because of her previous experience working at edX. But it’s not only that, he says. “Romy brings a fantastic energy and a passion for learning. We’re thrilled to have her on board.”

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Nov 14th

Garmin Rolls Out G5000 eLearning Course

Garmin Rolls Out G5000 eLearning Course
News from Flying Magazine:

Garmin today introduced an interactive web-based pilot training course for the G5000 integrated flight deck, with self-paced lessons that are designed to make learning to use the high-end bizjet cockpit fast and easy.

The G5000 eLearning program takes users through three training modes, including initial demonstrations, guided interaction and solo manipulation. After each section, the course lets pilots practice essential operations using a guided simulation system with on-screen prompts. Solo mode lets them to practice each highlighted area of operation, without the use of onscreen prompts, ensuring each task is fully understood.

“As flight decks continue to become more sophisticated and offer additional features and capabilities, the desire for off-aircraft training outside of a traditional classroom setting is in high demand,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of marketing and sales.

The G5000 cockpit has been selected for the Cessna Citation X, Sovereign, Longitude and Latitude, as well as the Learjet 70/75 and as an option for Beechcraft 400 owners.

Garmin says G5000 eLearning is available for purchase as a 180-day subscription, which is updated periodically to ensure the most current information is available. To learn more about the G5000 web-based training course, vis…………… continues on Flying Magazine

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Welcome to the eLearning lab
News from William and Mary News:

The hype of massive online courses known as MOOCs has consumed much of the eLearning conversation in higher education over the past several years. But in reality, there are more ways to utilize online teaching technology outside the context of the mega class.

William & Mary has recently undertaken a new venture to examine how learning technologies can enhance instruction. A number of experimental course initiatives and departmental projects using technology and tools instructionally are underway across the university.

The rapid growth of eLearning activities prompted the university to create a new position to oversee and coordinate the launch of technology-enhanced projects. Provost Michael R. Halleran appointed Gene Roche, an educational technology professor in the School of Education, as the first director of university eLearning initiatives in September.

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Roche estimates there are 30 to 40 initiatives altogether – many of which began at the grassroots level. Graduate and professional schools have been leaders in exploring virtual technology. He notes the Business School’s ongoing work in exploring a blended MBA program to leve…………… continues on William and Mary News

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Oct 20th

eLearning offers new security course

eLearning offers new security course
News from Northern Iowan:

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 15:10

A new course has popped up on the eLearning website. According to Ken Connelly, associate director of security and systems, “October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, … meaning there is an attempt to improve awareness of noncomputer professionals about cyber security things.”
Connelly said the course, Securing the Human, is open to students, staff and faculty.

“This course is an attempt to share some things that will help to protect university people from falling victim to problems,” he said.

“We have faculty and staff, as well as students, that use computers every day. They use it for coursework, they use it for social networking, they use it for entertainment,” Connelly said.

System Administration, Networking and Security Institute licenses this course and many more, Connelly said.

According to the SANS website, the institute has educated more than 12,000 people internationally, and their goal is “t…………… continues on Northern Iowan

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Coursmos Is A Bite-Sized E-learning Platform For The Twitter Generation
News from TechCrunch:

“When you’re pitching Dave McClure — or any other seed investor — you have to start with any kind of traction.”

So begins one of the lessons on Coursmos, an iOS app designed for our attention-strapped times.

The Russian startup behind the app reckons it’s spotted a soundbite-sized gap in the e-learning delivery space. Unlike the long-form commitment (of at least weeks) required to take a typical MOOC, its online courses are broken down into “smaller, more manageable chunks” — basically minutes-long video lessons that can be gobbled down on your phone on…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Oct 5th

WSCC offers intro to e-learning course

WSCC offers intro to e-learning course
News from Marietta Times:

Washington State Community College is providing an opportunity starting this month for people to dip their toes into the waters of e-learning.

Online courses are an area of growth at the college, with 78 courses, two degrees and one certificate being offered completely online. To give prospective students a chance to see if e-learning is a good fit for them, a free, five-day course will be offered starting on Oct. 14.

“We’re going to offer it on a weekly basis,” said Ziad Akir, director of e-learning at Washington State. “It’s a form of making sure they are ready before taking online (classes).”

Students need to be comfortable with typing, using a computer and common computer programs, Akir said. The course touches on the skills needed, which also include time management and study skills.

People can sign up by going to elearning.wscc.edu/registration.html.

Online courses offer more flexibility for students, especially non-traditional ones, Akir said. But that also presents additional challenges.

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Monday through Friday course offered weekly, starting Oct. 14.

Covers tools, time management, study skills and other topics relevant to e-learning while allowing prospective students to see how such…………… continues on Marietta Times

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Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning
News from TechCrunch:

Launched publicly last month, Mindsy is a new UK startup that’s building a Netflix-style service for consuming e-learning content, specifically online video courses. Instead of selling individual courses as per sites like Udemy and Skillshare, the company is repackaging some of the same premium video content in a subscription ‘all you can eat’ model, costing $ 29 per month.

Mindsy also recently raised a small amount of funding: An ?80,000 seed round from Mark Pearson of Markco Media and MyVoucherCodes fame.

“We’re trying to build a platform for e-learning/video learning across all topics,” explains co-founder and CEO Christian Owens. “Instead of focusing on creating our own original content we partner with existing instructors and experts who have already put together high quality, engaging e-learning content.”

To that end, Mindsy already boasts over 5,000 video lessons (although discrete instructors/courses number in the hundreds), ranging from computer programming to learning the piano — all for a single monthly subscription with no limits on the number of videos that can be consumed. How much e-learning a user could properly work through in a month will vary, of course, but certainly a subscription model seem…………… continues on TechCrunch

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