Mar 21st

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …

Educomp Solutions launches new eLearning product; aims 1 million students to …
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NEW DELHI: e-Learning firm Educomp Solutions today launched its new product ‘SmartclassOnline’, which will allow students and parents to access course material, s…………… continues on Economic Times

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Plymouth Schools to make up snow days with eLearning on Saturdays
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PLYMOUTH –

What would your child think about having school on Saturday?

Believe it or not, Plymouth students are happy to do it because it means not having to make up snow days at the end of their school year.

Students will be doing online eLearning curriculum on three Saturdays: April 11, April 18 and May 16.

Last year was a test year for Plymouth high schoolers. They had eLearning classes from home for one Saturday.

“It was just like school,” says Angel Ulloa, a junior. “Wake up, do your normal routine, and do your homework.”

It went well, so the corporation decided to do the same thing this year for all grades.

The corporation says this is possible because every single one of their students is given a computer. Grades 2 through 12 have laptops, kindergartners and first graders have iPads.

While they know not everyone is a fan of school on Saturdays, assistant superintendent Andy Hartley says it’s better than the alternative.

“Adding onto the end of the year makes it rough, so the more we can keep things in line with the typical school year calendar, the better,” Hartley explains.

Hartley says homework won’t be due until the following Tuesday. Plymouth High School will be open for those who need Internet access, and teachers will be available to h…………… continues on WSBT-TV

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Feb 25th

Namcol Launches Online Education Radio

Namcol Launches Online Education Radio
News from New Era:

The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) now has an educational campus radio, which will aid learners with their studies. For now, the Namcol campus radio is streaming live on the internet. But, it will later expand to a radio frequency.

In an interview with New Era yesterday, the Education Radio Project Coordinator, Manfred Isaacks said the primary aim of the campus radio is to supplement Namcol learners, especially those who are pursuing their studies through distance learning with lectures on the different subjects.

“… It’s to support distance students. They don’t get face-to-face classes. Through radio they can listen to different lectures given by the tutors. So, it’s more of a support tool,” Isaacks explained.

He noted that campus radio is the country’s first educational radio and its mandate is to educate learners to obtain better grades.

Isaacks also explained that Namcol currently pre-packages the educational material that is aired on the radio and at a later stage there will be live tutorials. Namibians, who are anywhere in the world, can log onto the Namcol website and access campus radio, he noted.

The campus radio streams on weekdays from 08h00 to 17h00. The content consists of different school subjects offered in schools and at Namcol, news headlines, whether report, sports, Namibian music and notices.

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White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the measure in the House.

Republicans say the bill would restore local control in schools and stop top-down education mandates. Democrats say it would allow billions in federal dollars to flow out without ensuring they will improve student learning.

The White House said the bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America’s students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners, and students of color.”

The White House statement was the latest in a series of veto threats issued by President Barack Obama since both chambers of Congress went under Republican control last month.

A vote is expected on Friday, and it’s possible that members will vote strictly along party lines. That’s what happened with a similar bill in 2013.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the education measure “a good conservative bill that empowers America and does not empower the bureaucracy here in Washington.”

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Feb 17th

Kansas education department launches online feedback tool for language arts …

Kansas education department launches online feedback tool for language arts …
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Kansas education officials have launched an online tool to gather feedback from parents, teachers and others on the state’s language arts and math standards.

The standards, which have come under fire in recent years, were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010 and will be up for review in 2017.

Officials say the goal of the new online survey – at http://standards.ksde.org – is to collect public input on the math and language arts standards at every grade level and provide specific feedback to help guide the standards review team.

“Given the fact that the standards have received so much attention this time around – people are starting to pay attention – we wanted to make sure everyone knew they had an opportunity to weigh in,” said Denise Kahler, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Education.

“We want to do it in a way that’s constructive, specific feedback,” she said. “It’s going to create some awareness and drive some folks who haven’t seen the standards to read them.”

To provide feedback, respondents are prompted to select a grade level and subject area. Drop-down menus show specific standards within that subject area.

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Tech Tuesday: Bill Gates on online education
News from Iowa State Daily:

For the month of February, the billionaire inventor and philanthropist Bill Gates will be guest-editing the online site “The Verge” to talk about how technology will affect everything from banking to farming during the next 15 years. One of his most recent discussions with the site was about online education and the limitless possibilities with the platform.

Gates began the discussion by addressing how far we’ve come in terms of education not just in the United States but the world as a whole. During the past 15 years it has become more prevalent to see women attending higher levels of education, as well as greater numbers of people in developing countries accessing online education platforms such as Kahn Academy and Coursera.

His discussion is especially inspiring and eye-opening because many professors and those of different generations see online learning as a factor for diminishing personal contact and traditional learning environments. Gates’ view, though, sees online learning platforms as the springboard for the developing world to take their futures into their own hands.

A caveat to these benefits, however, is that gender equality must be properly addressed first so that these online courses don’t become “a cause of inequity, rath…………… continues on Iowa State Daily

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Oct 20th

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …

Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff …
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Maestro Launches eLearning; Flexible Online Training Quickly Boosts Staff Productivity

NORTHWIND-Maestro released a new eLearning tool that boosts staff productivity with online tutorials, documentation, and streaming videos for quick, flexible mastery of all Maestro Property Management modules whenever busy schedules permit. Maestro eLearning includes a management dashboard that allows supervisors to design eLearning agendas for any module and track staff progress.

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Jun 26th

Google launches new courses in programming with online education provider …

Google launches new courses in programming with online education provider …
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Google is starting to take education into its own hands with the launch of four new courses to teach the next generation of mobile programmers how to use its Android operating system.

Today at Google’s big annual developers conference, I/O, the company announced plans to expand its vocational training partnership with online education provider Udacity.

Thanks in part to a broken immigration system, Silicon Valley is constantly starved for talent. Even worse, our institutions of higher education treat vocational training like “the ugly stepchildren of education,” often refusing to provide practical hands-on learning that will help students get a job after graduation. As a result, startups like Udacity have teamed up with…………… continues on VentureBeat

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Parents choose online education for children
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2014-06-25T08:15:00Z Parents choose online education for childrenBy Sandra Guevara Special to the Enterprise Hanford Sentinel

There are many reasons why parents opt to educate their children at home. Some want a flexible schedule, some want individualized attention and some want an expanded course offering. Whatever the reason, more and more parents are enrolling their children at Central California Connections Academy.

Central California Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grades in Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Inyo counties.

State-credentialed teachers work with learning coaches to create an individualized learning plan that meets each student’s needs with a curriculum that meets state education standards.

Over 340 students throughout Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties are enrolled at the Central California branch of the academy.

Tracy Heathcote of Selma enrolled both her daughters in the online program last year because she was looking for a more challenging curriculum and a flexible schedule to accommodate her daughters’ passion for music.

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Jun 25th

New online equine education venture launches

New online equine education venture launches
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A new online equine education venture is offering its first course, exploring horse behaviour.

Equine Education intends to run a range of courses for people interested in learning more about equine topics.

The first course starts on July 14 and will provide participants with an introduction to equine behaviour, covering development of behaviour, abnormal behaviour, such as weaving, and also the underlying behavioural principles surrounding learning and training.

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Jun 5th

Brandeis launches MS in eLearning design, technology

Brandeis launches MS in eLearning design, technology
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Online program targets professionals seeking to build skills in eLearning course design and content development

June 5, 2014

Brandeis University’s division of Graduate Professional Studies has established a new master’s of science degree in online instructional design and technology.

Brandeis developed the program, which will be offered online, in response to the growing need for professionals highly skilled in the development of digital learning resources to support the rapid proliferation of online education courses and e-Learning powered training programs.

The Advisory Board reports that the demand for graduates with instructional design skills has increased in recent years, with a 63 percent increase in total job postings from 2010 to 2013, and a 50 percent increase in job postings for instructional designers and technologists. They also found that employers increasingly demand instructional designers with c…………… continues on Brandeis University

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Despite budget cuts, West Holmes still must help fund eLearning students
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W. HOLMES DISTRICT — Even with $ 1 million in budget cuts slated for the 2014-15 fiscal year, resulting in reduced employees, programs and miscellaneous services, the district must continue funding the education of students who no longer attend West Holmes schools.

Under state law, if parents send their children to another school — whether it be another public school, charter school or online community school — the local school district must help to fund that choice.

The requirement is a drain on school finances and needs to be addressed politically, said Treasurer Jamie Zeigler, who asked that parents lobby legislators for a change.

“People need to realize that these community schools are for-profit institutions,” noted Zeigler. “There are people in Akron, in Columbus and all over the state who own a community school, and who have a multi-million-dollar bottom line as a result of taking tax dollars from local school districts.”

Last year alone, West Holmes spent more than $ 340,000 for students who were enrolled in an online community school, all of that money being used “to create a profit for private business owners,” Zeigler said.

That number has fallen since 2012, when more than $ 452,000 went to community schools.

The decrease is partly due to the response of school officials who implemented an online schooling alternativ…………… continues on Wooster Daily Record

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Mar 30th

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company

Vubiz Elearning Launches Video for Award Winning Company
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Vubiz created a video for McDougall Energy Inc. in Canada for brand marketing use in various multi-media platforms including web, POS and print. Vubiz video division Vertical Line Media showcased the key benefits of McDougall Energy’s commercial fuel delivery system in the new video.

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Jan 15th

Udemy launches its Android app to bring you online education on the go

Udemy launches its Android app to bring you online education on the go
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Udemy is popular with professional learners

Hot on the heels of Coursera, online education provider Udemy has now launched its Android app.

Students can sign in via Facebook, and access a wealth of audio and video courses on Udemy’s new app. You can learn anything from professionally relevant tools, like Excel and Adobe Photoshop, to foreign languages. On the app, you can sync courses from web to mobile, and access content in limited bandwidth areas.

The experience is designed to be similar to the web, but it’s optimized for mobile. The company has already rolled out a…………… continues on VentureBeat

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‘Open SUNY’ going global with online learning
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Photo credit: Cindy Schultz/Albany Times Union | State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher delivers her fourth annual State of the University Address at The Egg in Albany, N.Y. (Jan. 14, 2014)

The State University of New York launched expansion of its online degree curricula Tuesday and is poised to lead the nation in offering public higher education to students worldwide.

Through “Open SUNY,” New York residents, out-of-state and international students can earn the same degrees over the Internet and will pay the same tuition as that of students in traditional campus settings.

“Online education is arguably the hottest topic of the day, but I want to be clear: This isn’t about SUNY being trendy. It is about making sure New Yorkers have the educational opportunities they need to be successful in the 21st-century economy,” SUNY Chancellor Nan…………… continues on Newsday

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Jan 13th

MIT Launches Online X, Bringing Professional Education to Learners Worldwide

MIT Launches Online X, Bringing Professional Education to Learners Worldwide
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US News Releases 2014 Best Online Programs Rankings
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Nearly 1,000 distance education programs completed a survey for the latest rankings of online bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

One of the biggest changes to higher education in recent years has been the evolving profile of the average college student. While that student was once full-time, young and financially dependent on loans or other support, today he or she is more likely to be part-time, older and working, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“Students today are doing more than one thing,” says Karen VanGorder, director of online learning and credit programs at Indiana University-Purdue University—Fort Wayne, a school that offers several online bachelor’s programs. “It’s just not possible to fit on-campus courses into their schedules and online learning helps them fit it in.”

To help students make smart decisions about their online education, U.S. News has released the 2014

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