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 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 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?
News from GuruFocus.com (registration):

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 17th

Pony Club adds new free e-learning site

Pony Club adds new free e-learning site
News from Horsetalk:

PonyPrep Plus Users can learn about many skills needed when working with horses, including first aid and wound treatment.

The Pony Club in Britain has added another step in its e-learning system with the addition of PonyPrep Plus, which is aimed at youngsters taking on the organisation’s C+ level of horsemanship.

PonyPrep Plus is the next level of The Pony Club’s e-learning site www.PonyPrep.org, built in conjunction with e learning specialists HT2. Since launching in 2010, PonyPrep has been enjoyed by over 200,000 users working towards their D-C level Pony Club Efficiency Tests and has also won an e-learning award.

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School board discusses eLearning day evaluations
News from Newsbug.info:

The Twin Lakes School Board and staff members of Twin Lakes schools discussed the methodology to calculating the attendance and assignment completion data from the four eLearning days that started the second semester at the school board’s meeting Tuesday evening, with data to be turned in to school officials by Friday.

Twin Lakes School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tom Fletcher stated that he had met with the principals from the elementary, middle and high schools of the district Tuesday in order to get input with how to go about the process of compiling the data from the four eLearning days, saying that the process would be fairly “complex” from the sheer number of eLearning days declared last week.

“When we first talked about eLearning, we never envisioned we would have four eLearning days in a row. We thought we’d have an eLearning day and come back the next day and come together with the data. Well, it’s really now pretty complex on how we’re going to evaluate these days,” Fletcher said.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Herald Journal. 

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Jan 16th

E-learning not so smooth for some families

E-learning not so smooth for some families
News from wlfi.com:

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – Before two e-learning days last week, Delphi Community schools staff was made aware of students who did not have internet access at home and who would need hard copies of assignments. Julie Carlson has a daughter enrolled in Delphi Community Middle School and cannot afford internet at home.

She said her daughter was asked to take all of her books home, but received very few hard copy assignments.

“We got one assignment handed to us Monday,” Carlson said.

Last week News 18 reported, Delphi Community schools had two e-learning days because of weather. Most students were given assignments via email to complete at home. The day is counted as a regular school day.

Carlson said the bulk of her daughter’s assignments came via email. So she called her friend, Becky Clear, who has internet to try to access them. However, they involved programs Clear didn’t have on her computer.

“Then all of a sudden you had to click on this document, but couldn’t get it without buying something,” Clear said.

Carlson’s daughter was able to access one assignment throug…………… continues on wlfi.com

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InSinkErator will unveil eLearning center at KBIS
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InSinkErator is offering new training opportunities.

InSinkErator

Trade partners can be more successful and confident in recommending disposers and instant hot water dispensers after participating in the InSinkErator eLearning Center. Beginning with its Disposer 101 module, which it will introduce at Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, these concise and engaging training pieces will cover a variety of topics throughout the year.

The modules will be available in the new InSinkErator eLearning Center at www.insinkerator.com/training. Registered users who complete the training modules can also earn “BlueBucks” rewards for participating.

The modules have been created specifically for plumbers, kitchen and bath showroom design personnel, builders and others involved in the design, specification and installation of residential kitchen projects. The programs feature video, voice narration and interactive games.  There are also many chances to win a prize for participation, including an expense-paid cruise to the Bahamas.

“At InSinkErator, we like to give you more so you can do more,” said Michelle G…………… continues on Contractor Mag

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Jan 15th

E-Learning Is Effective for Health Care Workers, Report Finds

E-Learning Is Effective for Health Care Workers, Report Finds
News from iHealthBeat:

Electronic learning methods are just as effective as traditional medical training for health care workers, according to a report commissioned by the World Health Organization, Reuters reports.

Details of Report

For the report, Imperial College London researchers analyzed 108 studies of undergraduate students to determine the effectiveness of e-learning.

Researchers separately analyzed:

  • Online learning, which requires an Internet connection; and
  • Offline learning, which uses devices such as USB sticks (Kelland, Reuters, 1/12).

Findings

According to the report, undergraduates training to become health care workers can learn skills and retain knowledge through online and offline e-learning as well as — or better than — they can through traditio…………… continues on iHealthBeat

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UC eLearning Community Launches ‘Scheduled Maintenance Window’ for Blackboard

In 2015, students, faculty and staff can expect a planned approach to regularly updating Blackboard, the university’s learning management system.

Date: 1/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Emily Baute
Phone: (513) 556-4519

   The Learning Management Subcommittee of the universitywide IT Governance eLearning Committee established a monthly “Scheduled Maintenance Window” for Blackboard updates. Blackboard technicians will perform system maintenance the second Thursday of each month from 5-7 a.m.

This Thurs., Jan. 15, at 5 a.m., marks the first of these monthly updates. During this “Scheduled Maintenance Window,” technicians will implement improvements identified in a recent Blackboard performance audit. No interruptions to Blackboard service are planned or expected on Thurs., Jan. 15.

“The LMS Subcommittee is partnering across campus to mature the approach to Blackboard maintenance and support,” said Assistant Vice President for eLearning Technology and eLearning Committee Chair Chris Edwards. “These regular updates will ensure the university is getting the best Blackboard experience for our instructor…………… continues on University of Cincinnati

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Jan 14th

E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review

E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses: review
News from Reuters:

Cuban doctors Yadira Rojas (C) and Lucia Lunes (R), involved in the Brazilian government’s ”More Doctors” program, observe a medical procedure in Brasilia November 11, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Andressa Anholete

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