Jan 21st

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …

State Board of Education Approaches Online Charter School Applications With …
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North Carolina families could soon have another education option. The state board is discussing applications for two virtual charter schools this month.

The two schools seeking approval are affiliated with the online education companies K12 Inc. and Connections Academy. A state advisory committee recently recommended the school’s proposals.  They would be part of a four-year pilot program outlined by the legislature that authorizes the State Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools by the end of 2015. 

Online learning is not new. The state has the second largest public virtual school in the country, with approximately 50,000 students every year who take courses in the program.

North Carolina Public schools are using it now to supplement middle and high school curricula. Proponents say it offers classes that otherwise may not be available and brings more flexibility to students who need it.<…………… continues on WFDD

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Cybrary’s Free Online Training Reshaping Cybersecurity Education
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By: Amanda Vicinanzo, Senior Editor

01/20/2015 ( 2:15pm)

A shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors has left the US vulnerable to major cyberattacks. In response, Cybrary, the world’s first and only free massive open online course for IT and cyber security professionals, has announced the availability of free classes to the general public.

 

“We have the firm belief that IT and cybersecurity training should be free,” Ryan Corey, co-founder of Cybrary, told Homeland Security Today. “Many in the industry feel the skills gap in cybersecurity and a number of reports indicate that there are more cybersecurity jobs than there are qualified people to fill them. We were very aware of that problem.”

 

The Greenbelt, Maryland-based Cybrary is designed to provide comprehensive IT and cybersecur…………… continues on HSToday

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Oct 6th

State approves Garrett for elearning days

State approves Garrett for elearning days
News from KPCnews.com:

Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014 11:00 pm

GARRETT — The Indiana Department of Education has approved eLearning Days for the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District for the 2014-2015 school year.

The approval allows students in grades K-12 to engage in virtual learning days on any weather-related closings.

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Embrace the Power of Mobile E-Learning Now
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Embrace the Power of Mobile E-Learning Now

You might see the trends and think it seems easy enough to tell users to start training from a smartphone or tablet. It would be great if it were that simple. However, there are a lot of challenges to overcome when supporting mobile learning.

As the popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs increases and the Millennial generation continues flooding the workforce, the need for mobile-friendly training is at an all-time high. In fact, in an article from Business 2 Community, Tom Pick noted in 2013 that there were more than “143 million smartphones in use in the U.S., and 71 million tablets.” In another recent article, “The Top Trends in Mobile Learning for 2014” from elearningindustry.com, it was reported that 66% of surveyed office workers expect to be allowed to use any device at work.

Furthermore, as reported by Chris Komisarjevsky of the Huffington Post, “Millennials are fast becoming the largest group of employees at companies large and small.” Komisarjevsky reminds us, “these adults have grown up in the digital era…. It defines them and they, in turn, have significant influence on those around them, whether from home, the workplace or the treadmill.” It is undeniable employees exp…………… continues on Occupational Health and Safety

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Dec 4th

Arizona State University Selects HapYak Interactive Video for eLearning Video …

Arizona State University Selects HapYak Interactive Video for eLearning Video …
News from Newsday:

HapYak, the interactive video platform, announced today the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and the Biodesign Institute’s Sustainability Science Education project at Arizona State University are now using the platform for their eLearning video initiatives.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 02, 2013

HapYak, the interactive video platform, announced today the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and the Biodesign Institute’s Sustainability Science Education project at Arizona State University are now using the platform for their eLearning video initiatives.

“Arizona State University is a leader in using innovative technology to improve learning outcomes. We are gratified and excited…………… continues on Newsday

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e-Learning has potential to boom in Kuwait System allows students to explore …
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e-Learning has potential to boom in Kuwait System allows students to explore subjects on their own

e-SERVICES is trending in the region, and Kuwait is not lagging far behind. Some countries have already implemented eLearning in schools successfully. In this interview, Mohammed Amro Maken, CEO of Arab Information Management Services (AIMS) talks about the scope and challenges of eServices in Kuwait. His company was among the pioneers who ushered in the era of IT services in Kuwait, He remembers the first mainframe that was shipped into Kuwait for installation at Kuwait University. It was as big as a room. Amro is also actively engaged in establishing eLearning services and is optimistic about the response from the Ministry of Education. Towards that end he has tied up with SIVECO Romania, gearing for what he sees as a revolution in teaching methods at schools. In his estimate the day Kuwait will become nearly paperless is not far to come. Also contributing to this interview is the Territory Manager of SIVECO Romania, Vlad Zaharia, who was in Kuwait to sign an agreement with AIMS for the implementation of eLearning in the country.

Question: What is the scope of eLearning in Kuwait when compared to t…………… continues on Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

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Online Education 2.0: Evolving, Adapting, and Reinventing Online Technical Communication
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Oct 10th

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification

Penn State launches free Microsoft IT Academy for eLearning, certification
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has recently teamed up with Microsoft IT Academy to provide free eLearning courses to all University faculty, staff and students. The new online training service also enables faculty and staff across the University to obtain free vouchers to test for Microsoft certification.

“In a time when professional development budgets are a very real concern for many groups across the University, this resource — which allows faculty and staff to take online courses and test for widely-recognized Microsoft certification for free — is extremely valuable,” said Chris Lucas, director of ITS Training Services.

ITS Training Services has a strong history of providing the Penn State community with online technology learning opportunities. The unit offers hundreds of training workshops each year, many of which are hosted online via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect. Many class recordings and video tutorials on Penn State tools can be accessed directly from the ITS Training Services website for users who are unable to attend sessions live online. Four years ago, Training Services led the University in negotiati…………… continues on Penn State News

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‘Understand your company’ to make e-learning work
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Making e-learning work is down to understanding a company’s goals, getting to grips with the demographics of employees and focusing on results.

This is according to Krissie Owen, a learning and development partner at insurance body RSA, who was speaking at this year’s World of Learning Conference in Birmingham, Personnel Today reports.

She said these techniques have worked for her firm and are helping it to close all skills gaps among staff.

The expert said it is particularly important to know your workforce, as it could consist of a number of different groups, with RSA’s made up of both female employees with an average tenure of one year and men in their 50s.

As a result, the organisation has had to work out how to appeal to and engage with each demographic, rebranding its educational opportunities accordingly through a “user-chooser” approach.

Ms Owen explained: “We had to make our learning offering different so that colleagues can select what is right for them. We keep our learning short, succinct and to the point. We also keep it fun and light-hearted so that people engage with it.”

This is crucial to bear in mind when developing online learning resources for workers, as you don’t want to overwhelm them with huge amounts of material that wi…………… continues on Virtual College

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The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses (0)
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Jan 18th

Cal State Online expands education options

Cal State Online expands education options
News from The Collegian:

Instead of attending campus classes, students can now earn their Master of Business Administration degree online through the Cal State Online program. Khlarissa Agee / The Collegian

Fresno State plans to add two online degree options to its catalog in the near future as part of the new Cal State Online program.

The two new programs will be a certificate in homeland security and a Master of Business Administration.

Access has become the mis- sion and focus of the California State University system, said Lynnette Zelezny, associate provost and associate vice president of Continuing and Global Education. As a response to a recent push from Gov. Jerry Brown, this new direction has taken the form of more online degree programs.

Scott Moore, associate dean of the Continuing and Global Education Division, said that Cal State Online is the California State University system’s attempt to get more students to think about staying in state when looking into online education and to inform them that online programs are available in California.

“Their purpose is to take a look at very successful online programs, such as Arizona State, Penn State and University of Maryland, College Park, that have these national and international online programs that are attracting lots of Californi…………… continues on The Collegian

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US News Ranks 2013 Best Online Education Programs
News from U.S. News & World Report:

U.S. News evaluated online bachelor’s and master’s programs on various criteria, including student engagement.

It’s hard to deny the economic benefits of a college education, particularly in a sluggish economy. Students with a bachelor’s degree earn 84 percent more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma, and the unemployment rate for workers without a college education is more than double the rate for those with a four-year degree, according to reports by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

With the number of schools offering fully online degree programs nearly double what it was 10 years ago— 62.4 percent of colleges and universities offered fully online programs in 2012, compared with 34.5 percent in 2002,

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Nov 14th

State education board criticizes online school

State education board criticizes online school
News from WTVC:

State education board criticizes online school
November 14, 2012 12:20 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State education officials are criticizing the Georgia Cyber Academy, saying the online school is failing to meet the needs of its special education students.

State Board of Education members say the school has not increased its capacity to assess and teach its special needs students.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/XCZdFA) that the head of the school, Matt Arkin, told board members that he and his staff will address their concerns.

The academy, which is Georgia’s first statewide online school, has seen large enrollment gains in recent years. Arkin said its number of special needs students has risen to 1,100 from 600 two years ago.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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UW-La Crosse developing free online math course
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A free online math course being developed by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse could dramatically reduce the need for students to take remedial math when they start college and put them on a faster, less expensive track to graduation, the UW System announced.

A growing number of freshmen in the UW System need remedial math when they start college. As of 2007 – the latest data available – 21% of UW System freshmen did not have the necessary skills to succeed in college-level math. Among underrepresented minority students, the percentage was significantly higher (40%).

Nationally, about 25% of high school graduates require remedial math in college, according to the UW System.

With a $ 50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UW-La Crosse is leading development of a new Massive Open Online Course designed to quickly boost students’ math proficiency.

The free six-week online math course will be available to both high school students who want to assess their college readiness and nontraditional students who either are preparing to return to college or who want to improve their math skills to advance career goals, according to the UW System.

At UW-Milwaukee, 44% of new freshmen this fall required remedial math, according to Chancellor Michael Lovell, who spoke about his concerns last week during a UW System Board of Reg…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Nov 14th

State education board criticizes online school

State education board criticizes online school
News from WTVC:

State education board criticizes online school
November 14, 2012 12:20 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — State education officials are criticizing the Georgia Cyber Academy, saying the online school is failing to meet the needs of its special education students.

State Board of Education members say the school has not increased its capacity to assess and teach its special needs students.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/XCZdFA) that the head of the school, Matt Arkin, told board members that he and his staff will address their concerns.

The academy, which is Georgia’s first statewide online school, has seen large enrollment gains in recent years. Arkin said its number of special needs students has risen to 1,100 from 600 two years ago.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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UW-La Crosse developing free online math course
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A free online math course being developed by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse could dramatically reduce the need for students to take remedial math when they start college and put them on a faster, less expensive track to graduation, the UW System announced.

A growing number of freshmen in the UW System need remedial math when they start college. As of 2007 – the latest data available – 21% of UW System freshmen did not have the necessary skills to succeed in college-level math. Among underrepresented minority students, the percentage was significantly higher (40%).

Nationally, about 25% of high school graduates require remedial math in college, according to the UW System.

With a $ 50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UW-La Crosse is leading development of a new Massive Open Online Course designed to quickly boost students’ math proficiency.

The free six-week online math course will be available to both high school students who want to assess their college readiness and nontraditional students who either are preparing to return to college or who want to improve their math skills to advance career goals, according to the UW System.

At UW-Milwaukee, 44% of new freshmen this fall required remedial math, according to Chancellor Michael Lovell, who spoke about his concerns last week during a UW System Board of Reg…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Oct 19th

E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary Schools

E-Learning Platform launched for State Primary Schools
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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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Aug 13th

Southwestern Michigan school district in dispute with state over payments for …

Southwestern Michigan school district in dispute with state over payments for …
News from The Republic:

RICHLAND, Mich. — A southwestern Michigan school district has had $ 480,000 deducted from state-aid payments for 2011-12 because officials say it violated educational standards for online students.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Qu1CtL ) Monday the standards involve Gull Lake Community Schools’ newly established Gull Lake Virtual School.

Kathleen Weller, director of the Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Audits, ruled the district failed to meet a requirement that online students communicate with their “mentor” instructor at least once a week by phone or email. Weller’s ruling upheld another official’s findings.

Gull Lake officials are asking State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan to overturn Weller’s ruling.

Lawyer Robert Dietzel of the Thrun Law Firm is representing the district in the matter.

He says the district “lost a half-million dollars on a terrible technicality.”

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, http://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

(Story distributed by The Associated Press)

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Education: Students to learn about homelessness online
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The Gillard Government will provide $ 120,000 to The Big Issue Classroom to launch an online education service so students across Australia can learn how to help reduce homelessness and disadvantage.

The organisation famous for publishing The Big Issue street magazine, will provide interactive workshops for students through an eClassroom. The workshops will be delivered by presenters who have personal experience with homelessness.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said The Big Issue Classroom already does a great job running face-to-face workshops for students in both Melbourne and Sydney.

“This funding will allow The Big Issue Classroom to develop its online education presence so it can reach even more school and tertiary students, right across Australia,” he said.

The Big Issue Classroom was established in 2009 and has worked with more than 100 schools and 20,000 students to break down stereotypes around homelessness. The Big Issue has been creating sustainable employment for people who are homeless and educating the Australian public about disadvantage for more than 15 years. 

Acting Minister for Housing and Homelessness Julie Collins said she was pleased the Government is helping the Big Issue.

“This funding will help The Big Issue reach…………… continues on eGov monitor

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Aug 12th

Framingham State Ranked as a “Best Buy” for Online Education Degrees

Framingham State Ranked as a “Best Buy” for Online Education Degrees
News from Patch.com:

Framingham State University’s online Master of Education degrees
rank 18th nationwide in affordability out of 367 programs surveyed by
GetEducated.com. The site also ranks the University’s Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology as the 9th most affordable in the United States.

Scott Greenberg, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at FSU, says the rankings demonstrate the University’s commitment to accessibility.

“The value of a Framingham State University degree is among the highest in the
country, when you factor in the high quality of education with the affordable costs,” Greenberg said. “Our excellent master’s degree in Curriculum & Instructional Technology is one of several affordable online programs we offer in 18 subject areas.”

GetEducated.com is a consumer group founded in 1989 that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings based on affordability and credibility. The ranking Web site found that the av…………… continues on Patch.com

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