Feb 5th

With New Online Education Platform, Dave Kusek Wants to Build Music’s Middle …

With New Online Education Platform, Dave Kusek Wants to Build Music’s Middle …
News from Billboard:

Dave Kusek is worried about the future of music. So the former vice president at Berklee College of Music and CEO of Berkleemusic, the college’s online education program, has launched an online education platform called New Artist Model.

Kusek says he built the platform to help build a next generation of independent artists. “We as an industry need new pathways for people to develop themselves or be developed as part of a collective. You don’t have a label system working as it did. You don’t have a publishing system working as it did.”

The future of the music business depends on a more vibrant independent class of musicians, says Kusek. “Unless we find ways for new artists to break and reach an audience, the business could stall. That would be horrible.”

New Artist Model is an eight-week program targets performers, recording artists, songwriters, producers and managers. The courses cover topics such as licensing, publishing, e-commerce, concerts, promotion and networking. The first classes begin February 17th.

One key feature is the Career Map. Artists fill out a questionnaire that helps them formulate a plan for recordings, songwriting, performance, marketing strategy, building a team and financing and budgeting the business……………. continues on Billboard

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UNH President Pushes Back Against Online Education At ‘Walmart Prices’
News from New Hampshire Public Radio:

  Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire, delivered his annual State of the University on Tuesday. 

The University President’s speech began with a list of successes: from restored legislative funding to $ 20 million for a new school of public policy.   

But President Mark Huddleston’s hour-long address soon moved to challenges facing his school’s very model of higher education.

His concerns included decreasing enrollment, climbing tuition, and competition from online and private universities:

Small wonder then, that we’re advised to call it a day. Throw everything online, substitute call centers for face to face interactions, and award competency based credits for college level analogs of GED degrees, all so our customers can enjoy every day, Walmart prices.

Huddleston asserted that building new facilities are critical to maintaining enrollment at the University. He was perhaps aiming the…………… continues on New Hampshire Public Radio

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Jan 4th

Opigno aims to be a true e-learning platform

Opigno aims to be a true e-learning platform
News from opensource.com:

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Over the last five years, e-learning platforms have gained popularity and notoriety for alleviating some of the strain caused by our education problems. Namely, for helping bring resources and materials to classrooms and countries that can’t afford the proprietary and closed options.

For those looking to launch their own e-learning platform, the landscape has only recently been mature enough for almost anyone to jump in and start their own. In the early days, the way in which one would operate…………… continues on opensource.com

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Jan 3rd

Opigno aims to be a true e-learning platform

Opigno aims to be a true e-learning platform
News from opensource.com:

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Over the last five years, e-learning platforms have gained popularity and notoriety for alleviating some of the strain caused by our education problems. Namely, for helping bring resources and materials to classrooms and countries that can’t afford the proprietary and closed options.

For those looking to launch their own e-learning platform, the landscape has only recently been mature enough for almost anyone to jump in and start their own. In the early days, the way in which one would operate an…………… continues on opensource.com

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Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
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Jun 14th

iPad-based e-learning platform TabTor raises $1 million in funding

iPad-based e-learning platform TabTor raises $ 1 million in funding
News from Tech2:

TabTor, an educational technology platform for tablet computers, has raised $ 1 million in seed round funding. PrazAs, the company behind the platform, plans to use the raised amount for product development as well as expansion into the consumer space.


What kind of education does TabTor deal with? The platform is an interactive iPad-based programme that offers individualised math-based lessons by using digital worksheets and video tutorials. A big asset that TabTor brings to the table for users is providing access to real life math tutors who look over the user’s work and give weekly feedback to parents about the progress being made.

In terms of content, the TabTor system works on the Common Core system that all the schools in the USA adhere to as well the Singapore Math program, which is also a well respected math program.

TabTor, an e-learning tablet based platform, raises $ 1 million in funding (image credit: TabTor)

 

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Mar 22nd

Cicerone Certification Program Announces BeerSavvy eLearning Platform

Cicerone Certification Program Announces BeerSavvy eLearning Platform
News from Brewbound.com:

CHICAGO - The Cicerone Certification Program announces the next in its line of beer education software, BeerSavvy. Covering the areas tested on the Certified Beer Server exam, which includes the history and flavor profiles of 42 beer styles, BeerSavvy provides a kinetic studying option for candidates.

TRY BEERSAVVY™ AT THE 2013 CRAFT BREWERS CONFERENCE – March 26-29, 2013:

Visit the Cicerone Certification Program at Booth #9026 at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Program staff will be on hand to demo BeerSavvy and talk more about its applications.

ABOUT BEERSAVVY™

Bars, restaurants, retailers and beer distributors need beer-savvy staff to capitalize on consumer interest in craft beer. To date, more than 20,000 people have earned Cicerone Certified Beer Server status to help their companies excel at beer sales and service.

Live and on-site training works well with many organizations. But with servers, bartenders and sales people located in differen…………… continues on Brewbound.com

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E-learning in Edinburgh schools kicks off with tablet rollout
News from Virtual College:

Schools in Edinburgh have been exploring the opportunities offered by online learning thanks to a project that has seen tablets rolled out to classrooms across the city.

Pupils studying at Broomhouse Primary, Sciennes Primary, Forrester High and Gracemount have been presented with their own netbooks or tablets as part of a programme introducing the benefits of digital education, which, if successful, could be launched elsewhere in Scotland, STV reports.

Young people are using the technology to solve algebraic solutions and read about ancient worlds, while the devices also allow them to share ideas and test their knowledge.

Maths teacher at Forrester High Barry Whelan told the news provider the school has been using a secure system that allows its employees to post homework online, so that students can access it on their tablets at home. He said it also means work can be submitted for marking quickly and easily.

Text alerts are also sent once an essay or piece of homework has been uploaded and Mr Whelan explained: “Most kids use it quite well and I can get back to them quickly and send them video links or extra resources to guide them.”

According to the teacher, having tablets in the classroom has helped him to build a supportive relationship with pupils and there…………… continues on Virtual College

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Jan 30th

Alums boost online education platform

Alums boost online education platform
News from The Brown Daily Herald:

As the University’s relationship with online education inches forward, three alumni are jumping on the movement to shift higher education from building bricks to online clicks.

Launched by two Stanford professors in April 2012, online education system Coursera’s self-described vision is of “a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions.” More than 30 universities around the world, including Brown, are now participating in the online education movement through Coursera.

Cruising to Coursera

Jerry Charumilind ’00, Anne Trumbore ’89 and Norian Caporale-Berkowitz ’12 didn’t know each other until Charumilind and Caporale-Berkowitz arrived last fall at Coursera, based in Mountain View, Calif.

Before being hired, Charumilind took two classes via Coursera, one of which was taught by company co-founder Andrew Ng.

“From his video lectures I had a very good sense of his character,” Charumilind said. Upon hearing about the company starting up, he applied for a position.

The opportunity to work at Coursera was “really exciting and motivating” compared to his previous job working for TiVo, he said.

Charumilind currently works as an engineer to make Coursera’s tools, such as video lectures, quizzes and computer assessments, more accessible to instructors.

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McKendree University cracks top 100 online business programs
News from Belleville News Democrat:

McKendree University is the only metro-east school listed on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of top 100 online schools for 2013.

The Lebanon university ranked 100th in the category of top graduate business programs.

“Developing the E-Learning MBA was a year-long project involving almost the entire faculty of the School of Business,” said Frank Spreng, director of the MBA program at McKendree University. “The benefits from those efforts a few years ago are considerable. We now have about 135 students enrolled in online MBA courses.”

While online courses are a relatively new concept, Spreng said schools are rapidly developing new programs to give students more opportunity to further their education.

“Many students could not be participating in graduate business education without the online option,” Spreng said. “The concept of online education gives options for many students and allows face-to-face students to mix and match courses, times and schedules.”

Schools in St. Louis to rank in the top 100 are:

* Webster University ranks 62nd in the online business category.

* In the category of online Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program category, the University of Missouri-St. Louis ranked 43rd and St. Louis University ranked 95th.

* Webster University in St. Louis ranks 27th in the category of Best Online Graduate…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Jan 29th

Building Digital Literacy: JobScout Brings Its Online Learning Platform To iOS …

Building Digital Literacy: JobScout Brings Its Online Learning Platform To iOS …
News from TechCrunch:

It’s easy to get lost in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area tech bubbles, where it seems that everyone carries five phones, owns three laptops and just had lunch with a sentient robot. But, the reality is outside of the bubble is a little different. Digital literacy is a privilege, and more the exception than the rule. Not everyone owns a computer or is employed at a startup that just raised $ 10 million. In fact, California’s unemployment rate for December 2012 was 9.8 percent, significantly higher than the U.S. average at 7.8 percent.

Christina Gagnier, Stephanie Margossian and Carter Fort co-founded JobScout last year to help address this problem — to help combat unemployment through digital literacy. With funding from the California State Library and the California Technology Agency, JobScout set out to create an online learning platform to help teach Californians (and everyone else for that matter) the basic skills required to help find a job in an increasingly digital world.

JobScout is part of the state’s larger digital literacy effort,

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Online Education: Another Phony “Revolution”
News from Truth-Out:

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(Image: Apple on computer via Shutterstock)Thomas Friedman’s latest column touting online education “is another exercise in (1) finding a potential positive dimension of capital’s latest profit-driven move, (2) hyping it and (3) ignoring its contradictions, especially those that are negative.”

Every technological change, from small to large, has had its hyper promoters. Those are the people who celebrate that technical change with wild exaggerations of its historic importance. Of course, part of their motivation is self-serving. How brilliant of them to have understood that particular technical change and its enormity. How generous, too, that their promotion overcomes our skepticism or ignorance.

A recent example…………… continues on Truth-Out

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Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to “Be There” for Distance Learners (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning)
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Jan 25th

Online Education Platform WizIQ Raises $4M Series B To Bolster User-Base …

Online Education Platform WizIQ Raises $ 4M Series B To Bolster User-Base …
News from TechCrunch:

WizIQ, an online education platform which provides virtual classroom software for teachers and trainers at school and university level has raised a $ 4 million Series B round. The funding was led by Kaizen, an Indian private equity fund focused on the education sector. German-based global media company, Bertelsmann, also participated.

WizIQ said it will use the funding to bolster its position in the online education platform space — noting that, as part of the investment, authorSTREAM, an online platform for PowerPoint users to share presentation-based content, will merge into WizIQ, giving it a chance to reach authorSTREAM’s four million users — “a lot” of whom are apparently teachers, trainers and students. The company added that it would use the funding to improve its technology infrastructure and hire staff in product development and senior management positions.

WizIQ’s software — which works on PCs, iPads and Android tablets — has been used by more than 2.5 million st…………… continues on TechCrunch

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Can Virtual Classrooms Recreate a Traditional College Experience?
News from Mashable:

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The burgeoning online education scene is a practical option to a traditional college education for a number of reasons — cost, convenience and efficiency. And for professors it offers a consistent classroom format.

A number of online education sites say the goal is not to be a substitute for the classroom experience, but to offer an even more collaborative learning environment, while also making education convenient and accessible for everyone — whether you’re taking a couple college courses or learning for the fun of it. In light of recent news about a partnership between a California state school and an online education site, it’s possible that because of the high cost of education, online learning could become the norm for college students.

But can an online classroom teach you the social and collaborative skills that real-life, in-class experiences impart? continues on Mashable

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Nov 16th

President launches e-learning platform

President launches e-learning platform
News from Tech2:

President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday dedicated to the nation an e-learning platform that would link thousands of teachers and students for virtual classroom lessons.

The latest version of Amrita University’s e-Learning platform A-VIEW 3.0 (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World) was launched by Mukherjee with a click on the Aakash 2 tablet in New Delhi and the A-VIEW Server with 1 Gbps link was unveiled.

A-VIEW 3.0 has been launched

 


Any institution of higher education can now use A-VIEW free of charge (www.aview.in). A-VIEW is a collaborative project under “Talk to a Teacher” by the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and the Amrita University supported by the National Mission on Education through information and communication technology (ICT), human resource development ministry.

More than 14,000 teachers and students across 240 remote centres in the country witnessed the event live. They are currently attending a national workshop on Aakash 2 using the A-VIEW software platform. Live teaching was also demonstrated and the participants at a few remote centres showed their new Aakash tablets.

The images of the president and others appeared live on the Aakash 2 tablet which was held by participants at remote locations. Kamal Bijlani, director, Amrita…………… continues on Tech2

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Oct 19th

E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary Schools

E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary Schools
News from Gozo News:

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A Memorandum of Understanding between the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education and the Directorate for Educational Services and the Malta Union of Teachers on the Implementation of the ELear…………… continues on Gozo News

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Education directorates and teachers’ union sign iLearn platform MoU
News from Malta Independent Online:

An eLearning platform has been officially introduced in government primary schools by means of a memorandum of understanding between the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education and the Directorate for Educational Services, and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT). The MoU was signed yesterday following a news conference at the Education Information Centre in Floriana.

James Calleja, the permanent secretary at the Education and Employment Ministry, described the iLearn platform as a new pedagogic mechanism that will facilitate learning and will help children, teachers, and also parents. It opens a whole new world of opportunities and is aimed at making learning more attractive.

Grace Grima, the director general for quality and standards in education, explained that the iLearn platform is being introduced in stages; in fact, primary school teachers and students (and their parents) are the first to be using the tool. Meanwhile, secondary school teachers have just started receiving training on the platform and it will eventually also be introduced in government secondary schools.

MUT president Kevin Bonello expressed satisfaction at the fruitful discussions between the education directorates and the union, saying that the majority of teachers are enthusiastic about the iLearn platform. He said the MoU will be revised on a year…………… continues on Malta Independent Online

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