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Online learning: Maturing? Perhaps. Improving? Always.
The Web has been abuzz in recent days following a study released by Eduventures indicating that the market for online education is maturing. According to the research, while the sheer number of adults enrolled in online programs continues to increase steadily, the percentage of adults with a preference for post-traditional, distance learning remains unchanged from six years ago. In response, some have argued that flexibility is no longer enough; online education providers must begin to demonstrate an increase in the value of their education offerings. However, this line of reasoning ignores the vast advancements in quality made over the past few decades. More
Value of certificates
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When we talk about postsecondary education today, we mean more than degree programs. Serious, rigorous, academic postsecondary certificate programs play a big role and are only recently receiving the attention they deserve. Recent reports and press coverage that address the value of certificate programs reflect this new interest. For example: Op-ed piece in Politico by the heads of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and the Lumina Foundation. More
2012 Learning Portal Companies
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Here's how to convert click and read to interactive e-learning
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One of the most frequent questions I get is how to convert linear, click-and-read courses to something more interactive. Linear courses are often the result of our focus on sharing information and not knowing how to move beyond this. More
Continuing education keeps nurses in the know
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The phrase "It's not over till it's over" could be applied to a nurse's education — it's never really over, not even after graduation. Texas law requires nurses to obtain 20 contact hours every two years. "That's a good thing," said Patricia Hercules, director of clinical education for Memorial Hermann Hospital System. "It keeps them current with what's going on in practice, because health care is changing so rapidly, and technology even more rapidly," Hercules said. "The equipment they use is refined over and over and over. What's good today might be obsolete tomorrow. It's extremely important, with all the research that continually evolves, that standards of practice are adhered to." More
Study highlights benefits of PLCs and continuous PD
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A recently published study about the sustainability of reading efforts highlights the benefits of professional learning communities and continuous professional development. "Sustainability of Professional Development in a Post-Reform Context: A Qualitative Study of Shared Leadership, by Ju Hur and Dr. Jennifer York-Barr, researched the leadership efforts and sustainability of the reform in the three years after a Reading First grant was completed in Minnesota. More
Community colleges obtain valuable assistance through AACC initiative to build and support virtual incubation networks
A highly collaborative effort between 11 colleges in 11 states, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Business Incubation Association has recently resulted in the launch of a sophisticated online Virtual Incubation Network Toolkit. More
IT professionals 'have insufficient time for CPD'
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In order to keep IT employees motivated in their jobs, employers may need to offer more continuing professional development opportunities. Research conducted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, found that the majority of industry professionals see CPD as "an important factor" in terms of building on skills and growing potential. But at present, many are unable to commit to it due to financial and time constraints, or difficulties in identifying suitable CPD activities to meet their development goals. More