Dec 22nd

Southwest Minnesota school to test “virtual snow day” plan involving online …

Southwest Minnesota school to test “virtual snow day” plan involving online …
News from Grand Forks Herald:

However, snow days may be a thing of the past in the southwest Minnesota town of Windom, and in other schools across the state, too.

The school district will be performing a test run next week that it’s calling “virtual snow days.” While the school board has only approved one virtual snow day to be used, the technology is already being implemented by other schools throughout the state.

“We’ll be doing a test run on Monday,” said Jake Tietje, Windom’s middle and high school principal. “During that time, the students will be in school, but they’ll just do a walk-through of what a virtual snow day would look like. It’ll also give us a chance to work out any kinks in the program.”

The first virtual snow day will be implemented some time after Jan. 5, when the new semester starts.

Tietje explained that plenty of research and planning took place in establishing the virtual snow day program.

“We did our research right from the start and a handful of schools in Minnesota have attempted this, but the one we looked at was St. Cloud Cathedral,” Tietje said. “They have a one-to-one technology like ours, and so we modeled our virtual snow day off of that.”

The technology is used on iPads for grades 4-12. There is a slightly different setup for students in grades K-3.

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Feb 13th

Education committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools

Education committee approves moratorium on virtual charter schools
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Updated: 12:36 AM

Approved 11-2, the bill now goes to the Legislature.

By Noel K. Gallagher ngallagher@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — A legislative committee approved a bill Wednesday that would impose a moratorium on establishing virtual charter schools in Maine while state officials and educators come up with a plan to offer online learning tools to all Maine students by fall.

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Under the amended bill, L.D. 1736, a stakeholder group would work with several school districts on a request for proposals to allow Maine students access to online resources through New Hampshire’s state-run virtual academy.

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Feb 12th

Virtual School Leadership Alliance Adopts Private SoftChalk Cloud eLearning …

Virtual School Leadership Alliance Adopts Private SoftChalk Cloud eLearning …
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/PRNewswire/ — SoftChalk, LLC, a leading developer of eLearning software solutions, announced today that the Virtual School Leadership Alliance has selected Private SoftChalk Cloud as their eLearning platform.

The Virtual School Leadership Alliance is a consortium of thirteen district, state, and national K12 virtual schools who work collaboratively on curriculum development and advocacy for online education. Their interest in Private SoftChalk Cloud stemmed from their need for a more efficient way to share their existing SoftChalk content, and work collaboratively on future content creation among the institutions.

“Our goal for the future is to maintain sustainable growth in content development, so Private SoftChalk Cloud seemed like the best tool,” says Jason Neiffer, Curriculum Director at Montana Digital Academy, one of the founding schools of VSLA.

The consortium plans to utilize the collaborative capabilities of Private SoftChalk Cloud, however most of their excitement comes from the ability to create and share content among institutions using different learning management systems. Previously, their SoftChalk content was hosted in four different LMSs among the institutions, making collaboration and sharing of course materials difficult.

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Nov 28th

AfDB and African Virtual University discuss benefits of e-learning

AfDB and African Virtual University discuss benefits of e-learning
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The African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26, 2013/ “We consider the African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa and are pleased to learn that the deliberations on the integration of e-learning and open education into mainstream education programs was fruitful,” concluded Stefan Muller, Lead Economist of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC) during the first international conferenc…………… continues on Sierra Express Media

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Nov 26th

AfDB and African Virtual University Discuss Benefits of E-Learning

AfDB and African Virtual University Discuss Benefits of E-Learning
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“We consider the African Virtual University (AVU) Project very critical to the effort to improve access to higher education in Africa and are pleased to learn that the deliberations on the integration of e-learning and open education into mainstream education programs was fruitful,” concluded Stefan Muller, Lead Economist of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC) during the first international conference African Virtual University organized from November 20-22, 2013 in Nairobi.

Under the topic “Integrating eLearning and Open Education to Increase Access to Quality Education and Training”, the conference brought together more than 100 participants including Ministries of Education and 22 universities from the Multinational AVU support project** as well as the private sector. The main objective of this first gathering was to discuss the future of e-learning in Africa and the role of Open Education Resources (OERs) including the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the ICT learning revolution.

“The conference is very timely, it is taking place at a time of ICT revolution in Africa. It is critical for the Bank to ‘seize the moment’ and ensure that regional member countries harness ICT technologies that will result not only in increased access, but also facilitate quality and relevance of education,” said Ruth Charo…………… continues on AllAfrica.com

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2013 Excellence in E-Learning
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Gold: Ivy Planning Group
Human psychology is to Ivy Planning Group’s learning programs what wood pulp is to paper.
Ivy’s learning programs are founded on a group of subtle behaviors called microtriggers. The Rockville, Md.-based service management and consulting firm identified 58 behaviors that could have a negative impact on work relationships. Microtriggers could be seemingly harmless words or body language ticks that may cause individuals or groups to become less productive, become disengaged or even quit.

International Paper hired Ivy to create a learning program that would train front-line leaders in various business functions on inclusive leadership. The program also had to be translated into eight languages.

Ivy helped International Paper develop a learning program that provided a common language for global inclusion and diversity. The initiative also allowed leaders to understand how their microtriggers affect interactions between employees, colleagues and customers, and how to properly respond in situations where they were the sender, receiver or observer of microtriggers.

The learning initiative was delivered as a 60-minute Web-based course and led participants through various scenarios of real workplace situations where they might encounter off-putting but subtle behaviors. Participants were r…………… continues on Chier Learning Officer

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May 24th

The future of virtual learning is bright

The future of virtual learning is bright
News from The Information Daily:

Like it or not, the education landscape is changing. There are more types of learner than ever before – part-time, full-time, distance and online. This highlights that people want to learn in different ways which support their preferred learning styles- so it’s important that we ‘meet demand’ and give learners what they want, when they want it. 

Here at AAT, we have adopted and implemented e-learning materials to support students through their studies and training providers in their delivery of AAT qualifications. With a large part of our qualifications already computer based – particularly assessments – it made sense to develop e-learning at the same time.

While it may sound obvious it’s important when developing e-learning material that it be relevant to audiences that need the support. We did research with a large pool of our students which gave us insight into their areas of need and the type of materials that would provide solutions to their problems.

The benefit of developing e-learning tools ourselves is that we are in a strong position to deliver course content quickly, make amends in-house rather than relying on suppliers and, most importantly, react quickly to the changing needs of our students, training providers and members.

There are copious benefits of e-learning. Firstly you can view and monitor the interaction of your e-lear…………… continues on The Information Daily

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eLearning: Getting your business ‘ahead of the pack’
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Technology has transformed the way we work, play and live our lives. Take a moment to think about what technology has done for transport. A hundred years ago we travelled by horse and cart – now we can be anywhere in the world within a day. The world is changing at such an incredible pace, and the shift is not only confined to travel.

The impact of technology on learning is equally amazing – impacting the cost, delivery and range of training available and transforming traditional learning and development methods into the proverbial horse and cart. This is especially true for workplace and ‘on the job’ training, which has progressed in leaps and bounds since the introduction of web-based learning.

Long gone are the days when training had to be confined to an all-day classroom event. Many of today’s learners grew up using a PC and have become accustomed to technology-based learning resources. This technology-savvy workforce now demands a more self-directed, technology-based approach to learning, which means that the training method of choice for many organisations is increasingly elearning.

The rise of elearning

Elearning has been a viable replacement for traditional instructor-led training since the late nineties for many corporations and educational institutions. Fast forward to 2013 and as new generations continue to filte…………… continues on The Information Daily

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Sep 5th

Online Education is Virtual But Equal: Why It Could Lead to Greater Equality …

Online Education is Virtual But Equal: Why It Could Lead to Greater Equality …
News from PolicyMic:

Education Reform in America Why Online Education Could Lead to Greater Equality

Often there are private companies running online education K-12 public schools. These schools, like traditional brick and mortar public schools, are funded with the public’s tax money. Critics find this use of public funds disturbing due the lack of accountability within the online education market.

Many opponents to online education want their state government to withhold funding from these public, virtual schools. Some of the opponents to online education are remarkably also supporters of charter schools (though these virtual schools are also considered charter schools). Teacher unions all across the country, for the most part, are strongly opposed to online education. A few concerns that worry teacher’s unions are the reduction in teacher employment (due to the increased numbers of students per virtual class as compared to a traditional class), and the weakening of the union due to teachers working from home.

Advocates tend to promote how online education can tailor itself to the specific needs for each individual student, without spending time in a classroom that can take time and attention away from other students (read, efficiency). Generally, advocates would like online education to be accepted as…………… continues on PolicyMic

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Cloud-based online education startup Aurus raises funding from Indian Angel …
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Aurus Network Infotech Pvt. Ltd., a cloud-based SaaS solutions company for lecture capturing and publishing, has raised an undisclosed amount from Indian Angel Network (IAN). The round saw the participation of IAN members Padmaja Ruparel, Saumya Meattle, Sharad Sharma and Ajai Chowdhry.

The funds raised will be used in developing a better R&D centre and ramping up the sales and marketing team. Speaking to Techcircle.in, Piyush Agarwal, founder and CEO of Aurus Network said, “Right now we are a team of 10, but intend to take up the number to 15-20, recruiting from premium institutes like IITs and NITs.”

Saumya Meattle and Sharad Sharma have joined Aurus’s board.

“Our focus is on increasing the quality of teaching and learning via an integrated cloud-based platform, thereby contributing towards an enhanced educational landscape in the country. IAN investments will help us scale our business, accelerate growth, develop our products and expand our technology,” Agarwal said.

The company is also planning to expand its operations globally, starting with Africa. Targeting the education institutes and enterprises, the company is helping its clients impart education online even to remote centres in Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities.

Aurus Network was founded by Piyush Agarwal in 2010. An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and Stanford University, US, Aga…………… continues on VC Circle

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Mar 2nd

Online Education Innovator Gives Virtual Internet Cloud Services an A+

Online Education Innovator Gives Virtual Internet Cloud Services an A+
News from Albany Times Union:

Virtual Internet delivers high availability cloud hosting solution to rapidly expanding Grade Results

Providence, Utah (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Virtual Internet, a leading provider of high availability hosting solutions for mission critical websites and applications, today announced that it has been selected by the leading innovator of live, one-to-one online instruction, Grade Results, to deliver cloud hosting.

Grade Results provides one-to-one online tutoring and interactive, multimedia courseware that is completely customized for each student. The company approached Virtual Internet looking for a high-availability hosting environment that would be able to support their online learning platform and allow the flexibility to scale in tandem with the rapid growth that Grade Results is currently undergoing.

“Prior to Virtual Internet, we had dedicated servers with another hosting provider but we outgrew the solution, and purchasing additional dedicated servers would have made for an unnecessarily complex infrastructure,” said Grade Results founder and COO, Craig Ullman.

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Parents consider online education
News from DesMoinesRegister.com:

Central Iowa families are learning what it would look like to turn their computers into classrooms for their children.

Connections Academy has hosted a number of information sessions across the state, one of which occurred at Holiday Inn Express in Altoona Feb. 24, to explain what the state’s first full-time kindergarten through 12th-grade online school will look like for Iowans.

“I think it could be a really positive alternative for many students in the state,” mother-of-three Jane Eilers said after the session, which about 30 people attended.

After the question and answer session in Altoona, Eilers, who spent the last four years teaching at a homeless-youth shelter, said she is 90 percent sure her son will enroll in the program, which just received approval in Iowa.

Children attending Connections Academy will actually be enrolled within the CAM Community School District (Cumberland, Anita, Massena) in Cass County, which is partnering with the online education program.

Using an online education system, students will log on each day and receive live lessons, some of them with video, from the school’s Iowa-licensed teachers, which have the ability to tailor and personalize curriculums and courses of study for students, according to Janelle Geypens who hosted the meeting in Altoona.

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Feb 8th

Online education company accused of virtual fraud

Online education company accused of virtual fraud
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A private company that provides curriculum for Idaho’s largest online charter school is facing a federal fraud lawsuit.

A complaint filed in Virginia last week alleges K12 Inc. officials lied to inflate K12 stock. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors from 2009 and 2010. K12 is also accused of using deceptive student recruting practices and improper academic assessments to increase enrollment and revenue.

K12 disputes the claims.

A spokeswoman for Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna says the lawsuit is not related to any schools in the state.

K12 provides curriculum to schools including the Idaho Virtual Academy.

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Dec 26th

Virtual schools booming as states mull warnings

Virtual schools booming as states mull warnings
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The Associated Press/ED ANDRIESKI Kristin Kipp, a high school teacher at Colorado’s Virtual Academy, poses with her computer in Golden, Colo. Kipp said she worried about connecting with students one-on-one when she switched to an online setting, but found that she got to know her students more through their steady stream of texts, emails and phone calls. Kipp said teachers need to be proactive to maintain regular communication with students to help them succeed.

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Zambia: Govt Ponders Free Education Up to G12
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19 December 2011


GOVERNMENT is considering extending provision of free education up to Grade 12 to enable more Zambians have access to quality education.

Currently the provision is from Grade one to seven. And Education Minister Dr John Phiri has praised teachers across the country for their continued hard work despite working under difficult conditions with low salaries.

Meanwhile, Dr Phiri has disclosed that government would next year recruit 5, 000 teachers saying the move would go a long way in removing teachers from the streets.

Dr Phiri said his vision was to ensure that his ministry attained the highest education for all and improve the standards of living for Zambians.

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