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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 41 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 41 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Online education takes off

USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public executive development company of Stellenbosch University, has launched several new online courses for its 2016 academic year to enhance the research skills of postgraduate students. The various online courses range in length from one hour to four months, all offered in a convenient, learner-centric online format.

Benefits of Online Learning

Can relational professions such as teaching, counselling and social work really be taught online? Is distance study an option chosen for convenience but characterised by compromise? Kathryn Overall explores the surprising dynamics at play. Sarah Chesswas has a super-human gift.

Students Need to Work to Get Their Credit Major

By Nick MorrisonForbes One of the most important things students can learn at college is how to manage a budget. Yet new evidence suggests they have much more work to do to pass their credit major. Many may have only a limited grasp of the fundamentals of how to manage their money.

Game helps those with learning disabilities to stay safe online

A NEW computer game has been created by people with learning disabilities to help keep them safe online. The group, aged 16-40 from Edinburgh and Midlothian, worked with experts at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Paisley to develop the game called #keepmesafe.

Edutech and the Online Education Industry

Over the last 20 years we have seen the classroom evolve in very tactile ways. Blackboards became whiteboards to reduce dust in the classroom, pencils became pens as a means to reduce instrument breakage and the need for costly sharpeners, and notebooks became computers because, well, everything became about computers.

Thursday's Trending eLearning Topic: Responsive Design

Do you need to create mobile courses efficiently? Then you'll definitely want to look into Responsive Course Design™ (RCD) in Lectora® authoring tools-if you haven't already. With the Responsive Course Design solution in Lectora, you only have to design once, in the desktop view, and content is automatically sized and positioned for tablet and phone views (in both landscape and portrait).

4 Surprising School Supplies Online Students Might Need

Online students should ensure they stay organized and have a comfortable place to sit and work. It was my first day of online classes. I sat at the computer eager to learn new things. The syllabus called for the usual items: computer, monitor and so forth.

Learning the Skills You Need Online

The Internet is simultaneously the best and worst thing to have happened to contemporary society. Anybody who has been verbally abused during a game of Halo can attest to that. Heck, anybody identifying as female can tell you dozens of horror stories (we all remember Gamer Gate, right?).

Groups seek to become quality reviewers of boot camps, online courses and other noncollege offerings

Interest is building for an alternative type of accreditation for online courses, boot camps, corporate training and other nontraditional education providers. And while that form of quality assurance remains a work in progress, a growing number of organizations are seeking to fill the need.

Online Learning Provides A Key to Student Success

I still have not figured out how to put the textbook under the pillow at night and absorb the information through osmosis. Students must actively study to be successful. It isn't just about passing a quiz, a final exam, or the NREMT exam, but understanding and knowing what all the information means.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 40 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 40 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

During the past year and a half, our faculty development unit has been gathering data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses. We wanted to use this data to develop a variety of strategies for faculty to use to better engage their students.

Learning breaks down barriers in the brain, study claims

Scientists taught sighted people to read Braille - a complex tactile task Found the activity activated the visual cortex, as well as the tactile one Researchers said the finding should lead to a re-think of how brain works You might imagine the brain to be divided into specific areas responsible for processing different senses.

What are the benefits of online learning?

I strongly believe that the future of learning - not just language learning, but all learning - is online to some extent. As demands on our time grow and training budgets are squeezed, having the option to learn and develop online in our own time becomes critically important.

State of the MOOC 2016: A Year of Massive Landscape Change For Massive Open Online Courses

Going on eight years since MOOCs first entered the scene, massive open online courses have gone from cameras at the back of U.S. college classrooms to several full-fledged ecosystems in the global industry of online learning.

Explore Project-Based Learning in Online Education

Project-based learning is more often used in K-12 education but has just started being incorporated into universities, including online classes. ​For online students looking to develop a specific set of skills, or competencies, project-based learning might be the way to go.

A Case for Technology...or Not

Choose the method of instruction that works best for your organization.

ABB Robotics introduces convenient classroom-quality learning with first ever online, interactive training course | RoboticsTomorrow

IRC5 Operations Web Based Training will teach students how to operate a robot, on their own schedule, without having to travel to a training facility AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (March 16, 2016) - ABB Robotics has introduced "IRC5 Operations Web Based Training (US519)," an online, interactive training course that will teach students how to operate a robot using the ABB FlexPendant and the IRC5 robot controller.

'Always Be Learning': A New Model For Lifelong Education

Jobs are changing rapidly, and the educational system hasn't caught up to that reality. Here's all you need to know: Always be learning.

Student Profile: Adding a Full-Court Press to Online Education

Interview with AMU Alumnus, Uchenna Faumuina-Eze Earning my online degree with AMU set me up for success in so many ways. The professors who work directly in the field allowed me to have an optimal learning experience. Also, I developed soft skills like self-discipline, communication, initiative and dependability, which are key aspects in sports and in life.

Fertilizer Canada launches a new eLearning course: anhydrous ammonia on the farm

VINELAND STATION, ON, March 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Today at the official launch of Canadian Ag Safety Week, Fertilizer Canada is taking a step forward to advance safety and security of anhydrous ammonia on the farm with the launch of a new eLearning course.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 39 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 39 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

SCORE: Keep skills sharp through education

Question: I have run my business successfully for quite some time, but it seems that things change so quickly anymore I struggle to keep up with changing client desires, effective marketing and even software changes. Can SCORE provide some doable guidelines for staying on top of trends?

Walmart Creates Training Academies To Improve Customer Service

You can't be great at everything. Very few companies are able to have the lowest prices and amazing customer service. You have to play to your strengths. Walmart's strength is low price. It's hard to deliver a Nordstrom level of service with Walmart prices.

Learn UX design: 10 best paid and free courses - Features

User experience (UX) is fundamental to good design work. Websites, design and technology may be getting increasingly complex, but one thing remains simple - that how the user feels is always key. It can be tricky to know where to start if you want to learn about UX.

Has Twitter transformed the PhD experience?

As the social media platform celebrates its 10th anniversary, Jack Grove examines how it has changed doctoral study

Student Engagement Strategies for the Online Learning Environment

During the past year and a half, our faculty development unit has been gathering data from students about how engaged they felt in their online courses. We wanted to use this data to develop a variety of strategies for faculty to use to better engage their students.

8 Tools to Increase Productivity for Online Students

Online students are generally busy, and these accessories can assist them in their education. As an online professor, I recently had the pleasure of catching up with a student for coffee. He is a busy young professional, pursuing his master's degree online in music education at SUNY Buffalo State, while teaching full time and coaching sports after school.

New anti-doping e-learning programme launched

Monday, 14 March, 2016 - 20:51 Drug Free Sport NZ has introduced a state-of-the-art e-learning programme to ensure that as many athletes as possible get access to anti-doping education. The new online programme enables athletes to access a range of modules about the anti-doping rules and the risks of doping from anywhere in the world at any time.

The Latest Approach to Employee Training

How do you educate and train a workforce that is more easily distracted than ever? For some companies, the answer is short digital learning sessions that are available at employees' convenience.

How to Find Multimedia for E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Who doesn't like some help when it comes to building courses? How many times have you tried to identify a font, or find the source of an image, or tried to find just the right stock photo? Well, today you're in luck.

Converting ILT to eLearning: Benefits and Tips

When I first started as an instructional designer in eLearning, one of the services provided by the team I was on was converting instructor-led training (ILT) to eLearning-based content. ILT is facilitated by an instructor either online or in a classroom, allowing learners to interact with their instructor and discuss the training material.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 38 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 38 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

The best eLearning assets. For the best eLearning authors.

As an eLearning designer, wouldn't it be great if you could create training material quickly and easily without having to spend a whole lot of time and money designing your assets from scratch or having someone do them for you? Adobe Captivate 9 now comes with an offering that is almost too good to be true - the Asset Store!

7 Great Ways to Learn New Skills for Free

1. ALISON for a diploma or certificate. From Web development to cooking courses, these outfits offer free instruction to up your game. 2. Coursera for college-level courses. Whether you want to excel at work or just adopt a new hobby, you'll need to learn some new skills to reach your goals.

Are Online Gradebooks a Good Idea?

New software better connects parents with what's happening in their children's classrooms-but it can also lead to heightened surveillance and less risk-taking.

Global eLearning | BI WORLDWIDE

Learning is going global. It is happening with all types of learning - especially eLearning. At BI WORLDWIDE (BIW), we have found that global learning needs have increased by over 350% in the last two years. Market forces have been driving business to a global level for some time.

Charities collaborate to give employees an alternative to elearning

Accredited Skills' unique approach has created an engaging library of online resources, using a multi media mix which includes videos, offline workbooks, infographics and eye catching artwork. These include marketing help for learning professionals, along with images to support the in-house creation of course materials.

Adobe Presenter Video Express: The end of Green Screen

Guest Blog by: Steve Haskin, Principal & Chief Creator at Industrial Strength Learning Take a look at the screenshot below. Take a good look at it. It looks simple, doesn't it? Looks can be deceiving. While this might look like a really simple software program, it is most assuredly not.

Explore Project-Based Learning in Online Education

Project-based learning is more often used in K-12 education but has just started being incorporated into universities, including online classes. ​For online students looking to develop a specific set of skills, or competencies, project-based learning might be the way to go.

Higher Education Trends Associations Need to Know

Earlier this week I was pointed to an article on that took a look at six technology advances in higher education that are preparing students for the future of work. Educational settings are increasingly designed to support project-based interactions with attention to great mobility, flexibility, and multiple device usage.

Learn To Play Keyboards Online

The team behind Skoove, an online piano learning app have been in touch to tell us that the learning platform can now work wirelessly with acoustic pianos and that they are launching a brand new course: the world's first interactive online keyboard course for music producers.

The overselling of ed tech

As the push for "personalized instruction" gains traction in education, the need for education technology just keeps growing. But the question remains whether the promise of ed tech - hailed by school reformers for years - has ever been borne out. Here's a post arguing that it hasn't.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 37 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 37 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Is adding Moocs to your CV finally about to pay off? -

The marketing spiel exudes confidence: "Get the job you want in 2016!" But the connection between massive open online courses (Moocs) and future employment is not so clear. Over the past five years, Moocs have become an educational ecosystem offering a diverse array of programmes.

Building Online Communities Exploring Deep Learning

One of the most important takeways from Davos that quickly became widely spread news, was that the world was about to enter the fourth industrial revolution, resulting from a convergence of a number of big technology changes (autonomous vehicles, sensors, biotechnology, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence).

Going back for GED's made a little easier

Any teenager who thinks dropping out of high school and earning a GED (General Educational Development) diploma is preferable to sticking it out until graduation, think again, says Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education Coordinator Amy Fish, who oversees the local GED testing program. "It isn't any...

Free E-Learning Scenario Images | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

Here are some scenario background images that are great for your next interactive branched e-learning scenario course. These backgrounds go really well with the illustrated characters that come with the Articulate applications or those you may find at some of the free vector image sites.

Student Learning Outcomes: A Primer - OLC

Last week, I read Dr. Fowler's blog post, Student Learning Outcomes: A Primer, and was immediately drawn to the ease in which he describes different types of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). Dr. Fowler's post provides an excellent primer on the types and interconnectedness of SLOs.

Socially Engaged Learning

Various instructional models for online learning focus on efficiencies of time and space, from flipped classrooms to competency-based education, MOOCs, and online learning environments that rely on reading, writing, and discussion. The model proposed here for online education focuses on social learning and student engagement, training faculty and designing online courses to make interaction the driving factor in creating a highly personalized experience for students.

Online PLC: Teaching And Learning With Technology

This month we will be featuring content to explore this question: How do we create cultures of learning that embrace and provide opportunities for exploring a wide range of literacies in the 21st century? While communities and schools across the country are certainly diverse, we know that technology holds a strong presence in the lives of today's learners.

Learner Authentication and Testing Integrity Deemed Strong Threat to Reputation of Online Higher Education

Prattville, AL (PRWEB) March 09, 2016 SmarterServices LLC, provider of eLearning applications, released the findings of its 2016 Annual Proctoring/ Learner Authentication Survey, authored by its president, Dr. Mac Adkins, conducted in January and February of this year. The survey collected perception data from 365 participants: test center administrators, faculty, school administrators, learners, and proctors.

Ten years forward: Will campus look the same?

Samiha Uddin | 03/09/16 7:00amTechnology is constantly moving forward - from hoverboards to virtual reality. Ten years from now, will campus look the same? According to City of Champaign's Planning and Development Department, the campus is already advancing.

In one West Virginia school, contests inspire e-learning

By appealing to competitiveness, students engage in online lessons to earn points and win prizes Boone County, WV isn't exactly known for being a bastion of education technology. But in the western coal-mining town of Comfort, WV, Sherman Elementary School is seeing success in motivating young learners to tackle the challenges of e-learning by offering a system of points and prizes.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 36 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 36 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Online College Helps People of All Ages

( -- March 2, 2016) -- By now, the debate about the usefulness of an online education should be well over. It is absolutely useful. That was easy. Unfortunately, the debate does not end there. It has morphed from a simple question of usefulness to a comparison of relative value with a traditional university education.


NEW YORK, March 2, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Quality Matters (QM), a leader in quality assurance for online education, will hold its Regional Conference themed, "A Quality State of Mind," in New York City at Berkeley College on March 17 - 18, 2016. With a keynote presentation by MJ Bishop, EdD, Director of the William E.

E-book shows how to use an LMS to reduce staff turnover

While there are many reasons why workers leave their job - including corporate culture, salary level, flexibility, engagement and development opportunities - an LMS can help solve and improve most of these issues.

Could Slack Be the Next Online Learning Platform? (EdSurge News)

In 2013, Richard Saller, dean of Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences, argued that teaching the humanities online was nearly impossible. "The humanities have to deal with ambiguity [and] with multiple answers," he said, "My hunch is that the kinds of platforms that are available now ca

MOOCS: vital tools in education of the future - or over-hyped online fad?

When Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) first emerged around a decade ago - the term 'MOOC' itself first started to be used in 2008 - they were trumpeted as the future of learning. They would transform education by opening up courses to people all over the world.

Emerging e-learning technology and its impacts on child development - Dunya Blog

According to a report published in 2015 by International Telecommunication Union, 3.2 percent of the world's current population is connected to the globe of internet. Internet has made information accessible at anyplace anytime. It not only offers entertainment, but also serves as a source of education and learning.

Mitchell Schnurman: Online courses can help a résumé, but they don't always pay off

Can an online class change your career? That's the plan for Gail Herson Bruker, a 52-year-old who has primarily worked in childhood education and nonprofits. She wants to break into human resources management, so she spent about $1,500 on a program that teaches core principles and "situational judgment."

The Apples & Oranges of Online Learning

I'm sitting in the airport right now, about to board a 16 hour flight to Dallas before making my way to Austin for SXSWedu. I'm going to the conference with eyes wide open, it will take a lot to impress me in terms of buzz words and vendors, but there are some amazing people attending...

Educators embrace forces of change in online learning -

©David Bromley Business schools were braced for disaster less than five years ago, with the arrival of massive open online courses, or Moocs, and the platforms that hosted them. They had watched as the digital revolution upended the music industry's business model.

A balanced education: Students must learn to study online and off

With the rise in use of technology, managing screen time is key to good health By Makayla McGeeney mmcgeeney@ @MC_McGeeney on Twitter Posted: 03/06/2016 11:13:05 AM EST Updated: 03/06/2016 11:22:12 AM EST Related | Tips for parents in managing students' screen time Children and teenagers have around the clock access to electronic information and entertainment, from television to tablets, smartphones to laptops, and video game devices of all kinds.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 35 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 35 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental QuestionsPart 2

At the 2016 ATD TechKnowledge Conference, I hosted a session designed for people just getting started with e-learning. If you are just getting started yourself, you might be curious about many of the same issues. In the first installment of this two-part series, we reviewed some basic e-learning terminology and concepts questions that were asked during the session.

Grant Proposals Wanted To Study Online Education -- Campus Technology

Funding, Grants & Awards Academic Partnerships (AP) is now accepting applications for its spring 2016 Faculty Research Grants. Each spring and fall, the company that helps colleges and universities convert on-campus courses to online formats offers research grants - typically of $5,000 or less to faculty and staff at higher education institutions that are AP clients.

Are MOOCs the future of education?

Imagine if you could lay in bed all day, not have to talk to people, pick and choose what you want to learn, and still get an education at your own pace - for free. Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are kind of like that.

4 Ways to Ensure Your Work Skills Are Up-to-Date

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for job seekers over 50 is having the right skills to meet a prospective employer's needs.

20 (Inadequate) Ways of Talking About Learning, Technology and Higher Ed Change | Technology and Learning

How should we talk about our work at the intersection of learning, technology and higher ed change? What is the language of our practice? Here are 20 (inadequate) attempts to describe this (our) work: 1 - The practice of improving postsecondary student learning through systemic institutional improvements in pedagogical practices, technology integration, and enhanced educator support.

LC professors try out active learning teaching techniques

Gathered around a round table, the students weren't quite finished debating when the teacher called the class back to attention. In hushed tones, they tried to hash out a final answer on whether promoting critical thinking or building lifelong learners is the most important goal of teaching.

What Is E-Learning Anyway?

Lawmakers have had lengthy battles this session over teacher pay, South Dakota's funding formula, and a sales tax hike for education. Most of the money lawmakers are considering for public schools are mandated for teacher salaries, but a sliver of it is dedicated to increasing eLearning.

Is an online nursing degree right for you? | News

By Joanne Lavin, EdD (Content courtesy of CUNY School of Professional Studies) Online nursing degree programs, such as the RN to BS in Nursing degree offered by the CUNY School of Professional Studies, are as rigorous, informative and rewarding as those available on a traditional campus setting.

4 Things I Was Surprised to Learn During an Online Fashion Course | Teen Vogue

Here's what I was especially surprised and interested to learn during this course: The striped top (one of my wardrobe staples) was originally a sailor's uniform It became a fashion staple after inspiring French designers. There's a specific step-by-step guide to how a designer brings a collection to life from a mood board I learned every step through this course.

Fighting the nursing shortage with technology

Nurses are constantly in high demand. After all, people are always getting sick, and nurses are dedicated to helping their patients recover as quickly as possible. Right now, there are more than 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States, with about 84% of them actively employed in the nursing field.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 34 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 34 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Assessing online learning course quality

MOOCs, despite what the critics say have transformed higher education. They have spawned new vehicles for online learning, reaching new groups of learners who want and need an alternate form of traditional education. Thanks to the MOOC format learners now have numerous pathways to furthering their education.

Report: One in Four Students Enrolled in Online Courses

" Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States " is the 13th annual survey of higher education by the Babson Survey Research Group. This year, the team discovered an inverse relationship between dwindling higher education enrollment and soaring online enrollments.

Choosing an Online Learning Platform to host your courses

Online Course Marketing Success: Make One Thing Work It's Butt Off For You Marketing your online courses does require effort, but it doesn;t have to be hard. It is very easy to make one piece of work score goals for you over and over again if you know how to multi-purpose it.

Ubiquitous learning could push the term 'online' out of education

Craig Weidemann and Karen Pollack, provosts at Penn State University, believe the maturation of online learning and otherwise innovative models have made the delivery mode for education irrelevant. For University Business, the pair writes that we are in a new era of ubiquitous learning, and 10 years from now the "online" label won't even exist as learning happens immersively and without location mattering much.

Microlearning is the next big thing in eLearning

The practices and concepts associated with eLearning have been a part of the corporate training landscape for years. Many businesses have found that online self-directed courses save time and money over traditional courses with an instructor and classroom. But now, a new paradigm is coming to the eLearning world - microlearning.

Interested In Integrating SharePoint With Moodle?

Paradiso Solutions released its Microsoft SharePoint Moodle integration recently as it continued to develop integrations with third party applications. This latest integration from Paradiso sees the gap between Moodle and SharePoint, Microsoft's team collaboration tool, grow smaller. SharePoint is one of Microsoft's fastest growing business and in 2014 was worth $2bn in revenue for Microsoft.

Why E-Learning is Critical for BOH Management Training | CrunchTime

Professional trainers will tell you that to achieve consistent results you must take a consistent approach. Back office technology is a profit-driving force of many today's most successful restaurant brands. Today, whether your company has 10 units or 10,000, your back office solution's e-learning courseware should play a central role in how you approach and maintain BOH skill development.

Blended Learning Helps Students at Different Cognitive Levels

What is the best way to meet today's students "in the middle?" Kids today are more tech-savvy than ever before, and teachers are struggling to make sure that every student is educated according to their needs. From elementary to secondary school, students learn at different rates and have varying needs of social and educational interaction.

New Analysis of College Scorecard Data Shows College Completion on the Rise

SOURCE: AP/Brad Doherty Last fall, the U.S. Department of Education released an extensive set of higher education data containing never-before-seen metrics on student outcomes. Known as the College Scorecard, the new data aim to provide consumers with better information on how colleges stack up against each other and to help students make better decisions when choosing a college.

Benefits of E-learning

There are a number of benefits associated with implementing e-learning and our customers come to us for different reasons. Check out our infographic on 7 advantages of e-learning.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 33 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 33 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Educational Technology Companies Providing Online Teaching Tools Market Intelligence 2016 - Research and Markets

DUBLIN--()-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the"Educational Technology Companies Providing Online Teaching Tools - Market Intelligence" report to their offering. The report discusses strategies of major educational technology companies across the globe, and present them in form of key trends.

UCLA may offset increasing enrollment with added online classes

Increases in student enrollment is one of the factors that contributed to a 35-class increase in online courses offered over the past three years, said an undergraduate student government council member.

6 Free Online Classes for Digital-Marketing Beginners

Join us in a city near you at Entrepreneur's Accelerate Your Business event series kicking off Feb 23. View cities and dates " A business needs to have a strong online presence these days if its leaders want to be competitive -- there is no way around that rule.

Students taking college courses online or in person performing about the same, pilot shows

Pennsylvania stands alone in treating college students who take more than half of their courses online differently from ones who sit in classrooms when it comes to eligibility for its need-based state grant program. But with students' growing participation in online courses that could change.

Firm boosts e-learning with special software

Nigerian students who have been finding it difficult to adjust to digital technology now have opportunity of doing so following plans by EI Consulting Ltd to offer e-learning services almost free to universities, colleges and other educational institutions to meet their learning and training requirements.

The Current Landscape of Online Learning in Higher Education

As online learning rapidly expands its reach, there is a growing investment in research on the different models of online learning, along with their success rates. Research conducted by ExtensionEngine deduces 4 online learning revenue models that are most used by colleges and universities across the U.S.

Focus on education, not integration

Last week, on the New York Times opinion page, two writers from The Century Foundation wrote an essay titled "The Secret to School Integration." According to Halley Potter and Kimberly Quick, "By most measures, America's public schools are now more racially and socioeconomically segregated than they have been for decades."

Top 9 Tools For A Free Online Education

For lifelong learners and self-made scholars, the internet is a priceless resource. Continue your education with these top free online tools. Illustration by Fruzsina Kuhári. Please enable JavaScript to watch this video. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have greatly expanded the educational opportunities for everyone with a computer and an internet connection.

White House Officially Launches Open eBooks App to Support More Free, Online Resources

As part of the White House's Open eBooks Initiative, Michelle Obama and the White House announced the official launch of the Open eBooks App, which reportedly has $250 million worth of books in its library. The impressive collection of mostly copyrighted materials is thanks to a series of partnerships with major publishers and public libraries.

Pockets of innovation must be stitched together

One of the FE sector's most curious paradoxes is that the fewer colleges there are, the more organisations seem to spring up to represent them. But aside from the stalwarts that are the Association of Colleges and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association, who are the big players?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Momenta Learning No. 32 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 32 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

First Coursera course offered by School of Music

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miles The School of Music launched its first collaboration with online education platform Coursera, an online class entitled "Music and Social Action," at Sprague Hall on Monday. The course, taught by music lecturer and MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth and filmed in part by the Yale Broadcasting Company, explores the roles and duties musicians have in society and how classical music can create social change.

Why Learning to Learn is More Important than Ever! | Litmos Blog

In memory of my friend, mentor, and colleague, Jay Cross, and his most recent campaign for Real Learning, I thought it appropriate to talk about learning to learn, or meta-learning. It was a passion we both shared, e.g. coming together to form the Meta-Learning Lab in the early 00's, and it has persisted in both ...

Syngenta offers online learning modules on Mural fungicide

A $5 Starbucks gift card will be given to the first 100 participants to complete all modules. | File photo Ornamental growers will have the opportunity from Syngenta to learn online about Mural fungicides in an in-depth, mobile web application.

Free On-Line Irish language Learning Resources

Everyone who has signed up to Líofa is entitled to a free on-line learning resource from Gaelchultúr. Usually this course would cost £120 to buy.

Bedford tests pilot plans for learning that's personalized

"If K-12 is the foundation of everything else in life, and we really believe that ... then what are we doing if ... we're not pushing that envelope to try to provide [students] all of the choice and empower them?" she said.

No High-Tech Shortcuts Can Replace Real Teaching

Here we go again. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed major cuts to Connecticut's public colleges and universities — now under consideration by the General Assembly — and schools are scrambling. Faculty, staff, even entire campuses may be at risk — tuition hikes notwithstanding. As UConn President Susan Herbst recently said: "It's grim."

PTC Academic Program Delivers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for IoT Learning | PTC

NEEDHAM, MA - February 23, 2016 - PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced that the PTC Academic Program has released a series of online courses available worldwide through Udemy, an established provider of MOOCs. These courses focus on general product development and business strategies associated with the IoT and include presentations, demos and use cases.

UNU-FLORES Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources

Dresden, 23 Feb. 16. - In the internet age, the supply of e-learning opportunities is abundant. There are numerous platforms and organizations offering an incomprehensible selection of courses. It is easy to believe that in this regard, there is something for everyone out there already.

3 Online Education Trends That Will Shape How You Hire In 2016

Four years after the first massive open online courses appeared, online learning is becoming part of the fabric of both student and professional life. 2016 will be a crucial year in the development of this powerful new tool.

Ohio's troubled online-education project investigated

The Ohio inspector general is investigating a troubled joint project by Ohio State University and the state Board of Higher Education to create a clearinghouse of online-learning materials. State lawmakers mandated the project during the administration of former Gov. Ted Strickland. An Ohio State spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the university is "aware of the investigation" and is cooperating.

Momenta Learning No. 31 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 31 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

Why online learning often fails - EnglishUp

The internet has made it easier, cheaper and some would argue even more effective to study than ever before. You can now log into online learning courses from some of the world's most renowned learning institutions and study with some of the most highly qualified teachers from almost anywhere in the world with just an internet connection and some form of digital device.

A Bachelor's Degree Years in the Making

By Beth Dumbauld Online Learning Tips, Special Contributor Sonya Young lives in Florida and has been in the workforce for nearly 20 years. She's an accountant who already has her Associate in Applied Science in Accounting. Over the years since her first job, she got married, and kept working.

How to improve social enterprises so they can scale? eLearning

Photo source: World Bank Blog SUBMITTED BY ALEXANDRA ENDARA ON FRI, 07/31/2015 Earlier this year, we launched our eLearning course for social enterprises in January with a second installment in May. Social enterprises from across the globe - from places we didn't even think we could reach - applied.

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Fill out the form below to sign up for the free webinar: Continue Try Our Trial Submit eLearning 101: eLearning 101: Practical Tips From the Pros TIME: 1:30 PM EST (GMT-4)DATE: April 6, 2016 Join this free webinar for an in-depth discussion on the new Trivantis eBook, eLearning 101: A Practical Guide.

How to Use Free Templates for Software Training | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

As you know, we have all sorts of free templates to download for your elearning courses and PowerPoint presentations. The challenge sometimes is figuring out when and how to use the templates for your own projects. At a recent conference I was chatting with someone who wanted to make her software training look better.

5 leadership requirements essential for change

Most educators want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended learning and its subset, flipped learning, are touted extensively as useful educational goals. However, to increase the probability of long term success and to reduce teacher/instructor frustration, organizations need to ensure that the broader fundamentals are in place before asking teachers to change.

Increasing Focus on Open Educational Resources Will Uplift the K-12 Technology Spending in the US Through 2019, says Technavio | Business Wire

Technavio analysts forecast the K-12 technology spending in the US to post a CAGR of close to 9% and surpass USD 21 billion by 2019, according to thei

PTC Academic Program Delivers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for IoT Learning | Business Wire

The PTC Academic Program has released a series of online courses focused on general product development and business strategies associated with the Io

EFMD Launch EOCCS - EFMD Online Course Certification System

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2016) - At the 2016 EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General in Budapest hosted by the Corvinus University of Budapest, EFMD officially launched EOCCS - EFMD Online Course Certification System. Prof. Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD, said: "EOCCS is a vital...

Rising Cost of Education to Boost the Global MOOCs Market by 2019, Says Technavio | Business Wire

Technavio analysts expect the global MOOCs market to exceed USD 7 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of over 46%, according to their latest report.

Momenta Learning No. 30 News on Elearning and Online Learning

Welcome to the No. 30 Issue of Momenta Learning News on Elearning and Online Learning.

E-Learning for Millennials Goes Mobile with NHGO Live

Everything around workforce training and development must be mobile enough to consume it anywhere at anytime. Yet, there is a foundational need for people seeking direct interaction with an instructor. Sometimes this involves clarifying a particular question, or maybe you just enjoy being in a virtual room collaborating with other students.

Millennial workers require on-demand, on-the-job learning; microlearning meets the need - Smart Business Magazine

U.S. companies spend tens of billions annually on training, yet businesses large and small struggle with teaching employees the skills they need to do their jobs. One recent survey found 72 percent of respondents reported they needed to learn new skills, and more than a third said lack of skills is holding them back.

EdTech and 'All The Birds in the Sky' | Technology and Learning

By Charlie Jane Anders. Published in January of 2016. It was not until I read Charlie Jane Anders wonderful science fiction / fantasy novel All the Birds in the Sky that I understood the internal tension in our edtech profession. All the Birds in the Sky is a novel about the conflict between technology and nature.

NMAPC Launches Groundbreaking Online Training & Education Resource, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2016) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC) -- which administers the National Maintenance Agreements (NMA), a widely used series of project labor agreements in the U.S. union construction and industrial maintenance industry...

How to make blended learning work

The way in which technology is introduced into a classroom can often mean the difference between calm and chaos. However, which one of these your school experiences depends firstly on how well your infrastructure and blended learning culture has been set up, Peter West, head of e-learning at St Stephens College (SSC), told The Educator.

E-learning can help save the environment

The United Nations recently published their global goals, and one of the main problems faced was climate change. The world was shocked when Chennai, Tamilnadu was effected by the worst flood in history! All because we did not care anymore for our only home, mother earth.

Business Skills E-learning Catalogue Recommended by ILM

Following a rigorous validation process, Learning Pool joined a select group of organisations to have its learning content recommended by ILM, the UK's leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications. ILM Recommended is the quality mark used to recognise learning materials and resources that support excellence in leadership and management development.

GRCC hopes online orientation will improve student success rates - The Collegiate Live

Grand Rapids Community College is changing its approach to the online experience, by attempting to make it easier for students to utilize online courses. The Academic Governing Council is comprised of 51 faculty and 15 administrative members, who collaborate to find ways of improving communication and student involvement.

These Six EdTech Ventures Are Deploying Big Data To Improve Digital Business Education

© Henrik5000 A Harvard Business School MBA is launching an edtech venture that will utilize big data analytics to improve students' online learning. Ashwin Damera has teamed up with MIT Sloan School of Management, Columbia Business School, and Tuck School of Business to bring their world-leading content further into the digital realm.

Tech professionals looking to online tools after career breaks

You've completed your IT degree, got picked up by a cool company thanks to the ultra-efficient placement cell of your college. Within the first year of your employment, you get to hop continents and partake in offsite projects of your company. You come back after 18 months and are 'benched' till a new project comes along.

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