Globalisation

WHSmith Launches New "Global Challenges" Business Course

Edinburgh (UK), October 2017 - Stephen Clarke, CEO of WHSmith, recently launched the new "Global Challenges" course at the University of Edinburgh Business School. In celebration of the retailer’s 225 year anniversary, Clarke delivered a lecture about the changing nature of business in an uncertain and globalised world on 06 October.

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Explosive Learning Solutions

Defence Specialists Explore Contract Liability

Cath ConveryOxfordshire (UK), October 2017 - The learning and development consultancy Explosive Learning Solutions (ELS) is conducting a contract liability course as one of the The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom’s range of business skills offerings. Covering contractors’ liability and risk transfer issues, it is intended for Commercial Officers or their equivalents who are in posts that require the ability to review, analyse, negotiate, or accept requests to limit a contractor’s liability on contracts.

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Non-Profit Youth Organisation

CM4K: a Community-University Learning Partnership

Peter DayBrighton (UK) / Mauritius, September 2017 - Community Media 4 Kenya is an active learning partnership with community at the centre of the curriculum. The training-the-trainer approach employs participatory learning workshops to consider issues of sustainable community development through community media tools, processes, and spaces. CM4K focuses on participatory communication and development for social change and currently comprises the Universities of Brighton and Rongo, as well as youth and civil-society organisations interested in empowering marginalised and disenfranchised communities through knowledge sharing and capacity building. Peter Day will introduce the work of CM4K at eLearning Africa and has kindly contributed the information below for CHECK.point eLearning.

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Special Education 801

360-Degree Videos in Online Courses

University Park, PA (USA), September 2017 — (by Mike Dawson) Penn State World Campus is using 360-degree videos and virtual reality for the first time with the goal of improving the educational experience for online learners. The technology was implemented in the curriculum of a graduate-level special-education course in Penn State’s summer semester. Students can use a VR headset to watch 360-degree videos on a device such as a smartphone.

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Rocking the Boat

Digital Natives Don’t Exist - Learners Can’t Multitask

Heerlen (NL), September 2017 - Paul A. Kirschner, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology in the Welten Institute of the Open University in the Netherlands has raised a lot of eyebrows in the international press in recent weeks with his argument that digital natives simply don’t exist and that learners, in fact, aren’t able to effectively do more than one thing at a time. 

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Personalized Learning Options

ASU EdPlus Chooses Learning Objects as Development Partner

Boston, MA (USA), September 2017 - Learning Objects, a Cengage company, has been selected by Arizona State University (ASU) as the program-development partner for ASU’s Continuing and Professional Education, which serves over 12,000 students each year. Together, Learning Objects and ASU EdPlus, the institution’s innovation-oriented arm, will rapidly develop new professional and continuing-education programs on the Learning Objects platform, featuring a modern online environment.

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Collaboration

Manage eLearning Course Reviews with zipBoard

New Dehli (IN), September 2017 - An easier way to gather feedback while developing eLearning courses from both team members and SMEs has come to zipBoard: guest sharing without login. Collaboration is the key to successful eLearning, and to facilitate the course-review process, zipBoard is changing the way eLearning courses are assessed by multiple stakeholders. zipBoard aims to make the eLearning QA & project-management process easier and in effect faster.

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Virtual College

Helping to Improve Financial and Social Skills

Ilkley (UK), September 2017 - Online-learning provider Virtual College has created a range of online learning resources to help new tenants settle into their homes and support their pre-tenancy requirements. 

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Partnership

MOOQ and ICDE Establish Close Cooperation

Herleen (NL), July 2017 - The European Alliance MOOQ and the global membership organization ICDE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for close cooperation. The two leading international initiatives for online learning have confirmed their shared quality vision and interest in the field of open education. Christian M. Stracke, MOOQ coordinator, and Gard Titlestad, ICDE Secretary General, who signed the MOU, are convinced that the collaboration will provide benefits for the whole community worldwide. 

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Exchanging Ideas

ELearning / MLearning Pan-European Platform

Brussels (B), July 2017 - Imagine a Europe-wide learning platform with a huge databank of lesson plans, learning objectives, and curriculum subjects on which schools and teachers can host their classes. It’s also a place for networking and exchanging ideas among teachers and students. 

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OEE

Recognition of Open Courses – Send Your Ideas!

Brussels (B), July 2017 - In July, Open Education Europa will focus on recognition of open courses. Have you worked on a project related to recognition? Does your institution provide recognition of open courses through open badges or other tools? Share your story as an article on OEE! 

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Integrated Scalable Solution

Middlesex University Renews Its Partnership with Moodlerooms

London (UK), June 2017 – Blackboard Inc. has announced that Middlesex University has renewed its partnership to retain Moodlerooms as its virtual learning environment (VLE) to help more than 25,000 students and faculty attain better outcomes and achieve academic success. Moodlerooms is Blackboard’s enterprise solution dedicated to institutions and organisations leveraging the open source Moodle platform.

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OER

Simpleshow Foundation Launches Volunteer Program

Miami, FL (USA), June 2017 – simpleshow foundation, a non-profit organization that supports free knowledge in the form of simple open-educational resources (OER), has announced the launch of its volunteer program. In cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), volunteers are encouraged to help explain the 17 sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030 through simple and entertaining explainer videos.

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German Federal Immigration Agency

Digital Learning Tool for Use in Integration Courses

Berlin (GER), June 2017 - The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has officially approved the German Adult Education Association's (DVV) free adult-education platform Ich-will-Deutsch-lernen.de for use in immigrant integration courses. It is the first digital learning tool to be officially approved by the agency. The platform, which was created using Avallain Author and the Avallain platform architecture, can now be used as a blended-learning tool for the courses.

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Banking Simulation

Global Bank to Challenge over 600 Graduates

Hertfordshire (UK), May 2017 - Business Smart International, a leading business-simulation company, will deliver an engaging and innovative live-simulation event for a global banking client. In a prestigious London hotel, over 600 high-calibre graduates will take control of a virtual bank and navigate it through a simulated four years of business in a challenging marketplace. 

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