Aug 17th

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses

HSU offers Extended Education & eLearning courses
News from Eureka Times Standard:

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Beginning Italian: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 17-Nov. 17 from 7:30-9 p.m. This course, taught by Elenora Gire, will teach useful, simple, idiomatic expressions for practical situations. The fee is $ 380. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

Introduction to Holistic Medicine: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Wednesdays, Aug. 26-Oct. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. In this course taught by John Yamas and Melissa Berg, participants will learn about different factors that impact health and what is needed to heal. Topics will include: major blockages to healing, self-care, strengths and weaknesses of different systems of medicine, the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the importance of diet. The fee is $ 70. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended.

A Course in Consciousness: Offered by HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education on Tuesdays, Sept. 1-Oct. 6 from 6-8 p.m. This course, taught by David Sandercott, will support students to learn the art of meditation and become more conscious of their consciousness through studying the eight limbs of yoga, Vendanta, Jhana Yoga, Shaktipat, and Kundalini Yoga. The fee is $ 85. To register, call 826-3731 or visit www.humboldt.edu/extended…………… continues on Eureka Times Standard

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Apr 3rd

UTMB creates new online tool that offers full education of EBP skillset to nurses

UTMB creates new online tool that offers full education of EBP skillset to nurses
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As tremendous advances are made in medicine, practitioners have new tools, but they also have more information to absorb and incorporate to provide evidence-based patient care: integrating best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient’s perspectives.

For the bedside nurse, this information can be lifesaving but time consuming. This has been a huge problem – until now.

The University of Texas Medical Branch has developed a new program that trains nurses how to pose questions that will point them to the needed information quickly. The Disciplined Clinical Inquiry – Evidence-Based Practice Literacy pathway is an online tool that helps nurses rapidly access filtered research evidence that present information in concise, easy to understand formats. An article describing this new program is available in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development.

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Oct 27th

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses

Med Center offers free online Ebola education courses
News from Omaha World-Herald:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine, its clinical partner, are launching two free online Ebola education courses.

The downloadable courses will provide easy-to-understand instruction and resources for health care professionals and the general public.

The two courses, The Nebraska Ebola Method for Clinicians and The Nebraska Ebola Method for General Public, will provide instruction and information through videos and printable documents.

The clinicians’ course already is available via the iTunes U app for iPad and iPhone, through this direct link — http://bit.ly/1tAfRVy — or by searching in iTunes U. The course also is available through Moodleat — http://bit.ly/1DSysj7 — for viewing on a desktop, laptop or other mobile devices.

“We have received many phone calls and emails from other health care organizations nationwide seeking guidance on our safety protocols and procedures,” said Dr. Jeff Gold, UNMC’s chancellor and chairman of the Nebraska Medicine advisory board.

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Coursera’s Plan for Online Education: Expansion in China
News from Businessweek:

Daphne Koller is used to responding to skeptics about the value of online education. As a professor of computer science at Stanford, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award recipient, and a co-founder of Coursera—one of the leading companies offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs—she remains a strong proponent of the format.

If 2012 was a year of outsize expectations for MOOCs and 2013 saw market pushback against the courses, 2014 would be the year that online education “comes of age” and shows “it has meaningful impact that transcends the hype,” said Koller at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in early September.

The man charged with bringing about that transformation is Richard Levin, the new chief executive of Coursera, which is in Mountain View, Calif. Before taking over at the two-year-old company in March, Levin was president of Yale University for 20 years, making him one of the Ivy League’s longest-serving presidents. Levin focused…………… continues on Businessweek

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Aug 24th

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters

DNR Offers Online Education Classes For Hunters
News from CBS Local:

By Edward Cardenas

SOUTFIELD (CBS Detroit) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering an online education course for hunters.

The hunter education course offers lessons on safe, legal and responsible hunting practices, and according to the DNR, the video uses narration, closed captioning, interactive exercises and photos that replicate what a hunter will see in the field.

“We’re pleased to partner with Hunter Ed Course to offer Michigan residents another option for their hunter education classwork,” said DNR hunter education program supervisor Sgt. Tom Wanless in a release. “We encourage students considering an online course to get their field day scheduled soon so that they’ll be ready to head out into the field in the fall.”

The course is offered through Michigan-based company, Hunter Ed Course, is available for $ 17.99. Before taking the online course, students will need to pre-register for the required field/skills day.

Once students complete the online course, they will be eligible to complete the field day with an instructor and take the written exam. continues on CBS Local

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The MOOC Completion Conundrum: Can ‘Born Digital’ Fix Online Education?
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One of the great ironies of online learning is that a tool created to foster personalized learning is actually quite impersonal, in practice. It doesn’t have to be that way.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are based on a simple premise: deliver free content from the world’s greatest professors to the masses, and a global community of students could take the same courses as students attending elite colleges and universities. The hope was that broad-based access to higher education would enable unprecedented numbers of learners to fulfill the democratic promise of higher education, social mobility and professional attainment.

It is now clear that the hype surrounding MOOCs has outpaced the model’s ability to deliver on the promise of a revolution in higher education. Initial data demonstrates that MOOCs have lived up to their name in terms of generating massive enrollments; however, completion rates — including introductory, lecture courses — hover in the low single digits.

These findings should not be surprising. MOOCs combine a set of existing tools that can be useful instructional supports, such as online lectures, social networks, and quizzes. But few professors would consider these t…………… continues on Wired

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Jun 23rd

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education
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Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

LAKE WALES | If you have a Lake Wales Public Library card, it’s your ticket to more education this summer.

The Lake Wales Public Library will be offering tuition-free online courses to the library’s cardholders. The courses, known as “massive open online courses” or MOOCs, are being funded by the Lake Wales Library Association — Friends of the Library’s Dell Bullard Trust for Vocation Education. The program uses Gale Courses, a partnership between Gale Cengage and ed2go, that provides course content from community colleges to libraries across the country.

“There are only so many career books you can buy,” said library director Tina Peak. “This (program) can make us a better workforce, a better community.”

The courses are aimed at adults who wish to enhance their skills or learn new ones, but who might not be able to make it to the library. They also offer the chance to interact with students and professors, allowing for the practical application of course content.

Each of the more than 300 courses offered runs for six weeks and begins monthly. The courses offer comprehensive lessons, quizzes and discussion areas. Most classes feature two lessons per week and allow students to pace themselves and receive feedba…………… continues on The Ledger

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ASUS C200 Education Chromebook Available For $ 329 From Multiple Online …
News from Android Headlines – Android News:

On the search for a Chromebook this year one would most certainly have to consider ASUS entry into the space with their enticing ASUS C200 model Chromebook that comes with an 11-inch display, 16GB drive and 2GB of RAM powered by an Intel Celeron BayTrail processor. Those are some decent specs that come along with the $ 249 price tag but if you were looking for something a little more powerful than what ASUS was offering with this model, the Education version of the ASUS C200 is now on sale from a few online retailers and offers up mostly the same specs, except it upgrades the RAM from 2GB to 4GB and the 16GB drive changes to a 32GB solid state drive instead. So in short you get more internal storage space and more memory for those intensive tasks.

The Education model will set you back about $ 329 making it exactly $ 80 more, which isn’t bad considering the RAM and storage are both doubled. Minus those two factors and the price tag, everything else is virtually the same even right down to the color, which is great if you have a thing for matte black. Those looking for the 4GB of RAM and a larger display may want to wait for something else to pop up, or perhaps you’re just not fond of the Celeron chipset and are waiting on something new that features a Haswell chip. In either case, if you wanted to give the Education…………… continues on Android Headlines – Android News

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Jun 22nd

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education

Lake Wales Library Offers Free Online Education
News from The Ledger:

Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:23 a.m.

LAKE WALES | If you have a Lake Wales Public Library card, it’s your ticket to more education this summer.

The Lake Wales Public Library will be offering tuition-free online courses to the library’s cardholders. The courses, known as “massive open online courses” or MOOCs, are being funded by the Lake Wales Library Association — Friends of the Library’s Dell Bullard Trust for Vocation Education. The program uses Gale Courses, a partnership between Gale Cengage and ed2go, that provides course content from community colleges to libraries across the country.

“There are only so many career books you can buy,” said library director Tina Peak. “This (program) can make us a better workforce, a better community.”

The courses are aimed at adults who wish to enhance their skills or learn new ones, but who might not be able to make it to the library. They also offer the chance to interact with students and professors, allowing for the practical application of course content.

Each of the more than 300 courses offered runs for six weeks and begins monthly. The courses offer comprehensive lessons, quizzes and discussion areas. Most classes feature two lessons per week and allow students to pace themselves and receive feedba…………… continues on The Ledger

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May 27th

United Way of Porter County offers online report on education, health

United Way of Porter County offers online report on education, health
News from nwitimes.com:

2014-05-27T15:30:00Z United Way of Porter County offers online report on education, healthHeather Augustyn Times Correspondent nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The United Way of Porter County has launched the Community Report Card tool on its website that allows users to find out how the community is doing in the areas of education, income and health.

“The tool is going to be very helpful to so many people because it brings all of the information together in one place,” said Sharon Kish, president of the United Way of Porter County. “We can look at not only the data, but the trends and it will be current information since it will be updated four times a year.”

The report card gives an overview of 35 key indicators that examine how the community has gotten better, how that trend compares to the state’s trend, how the community ranks compared to others in the state, and how it compares to the state overall.

“We have always talked about having one place to go to find information in our communities and see how that compares to surrounding counties and the state. We are delighted to be able to offer this tool to the community. Often it takes a couple of years befor…………… continues on nwitimes.com

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Jan 1st

READER SUBMITTED: Simsbury Library Offers Universal Class

READER SUBMITTED: Simsbury Library Offers Universal Class
News from An Online … – Hartford Courant:

January is Shape Up US Month! Keep those New Year’s resolutions with one of many free online courses offered through the Simsbury Public Library. Courses on weight training, yoga, meditation, lifetime wellness, nutrition and vegetarianism can help you get started. You can even take a course that will help you quit smoking! Simsbury residents have access to over 540 online courses on a variety of subjects – learn something new at your convenience and around your schedule! Some courses offer CEU Certificates. To set up your free account and sign up for classes you’ll need to have a valid Simsbury Public Library card and a valid e-mail address. Go to the Simsbury Library’s website (www.simsburylibrary.info) and click on the Continuing Education link on the left side of the home page. Login with your card number and follow the prompts to set up your free account! You can enroll in up to 5 courses, and you have 6 months to finish each course. Each course has a real instructor with whom you may communicate using e-mail. Sign up today and learn something new! Questions? Call 860-658-7663 x2200.

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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
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“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.

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Mindsy Wants To Be The Netflix Of E-Learning
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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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