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UH Manoa Educational Technology professors win teacher quality enhancement grant

Professors Curtis Ho and Catherine Fulford of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Educational Technology Department received a three-year, $3 million U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Recruitment Grant as part of the technology departments Learning Enhancement through Innovation (LEI) Alohas Connections to Teaching Careers.

The focus of the project is to produce more secondary teachers who are able to meet the challenges of Hawaiis diverse, under-resourced classrooms by creating an educational continuum to recruit, prepare, and retain teachers in high-need subject areas and schools. The priority is to get more teachers in math and science with emphasis on neighbor island and mainland recruits, Ho said.

Teacher recruitment activities will include: video commercials, scholarships, a new Prospective Teaching Academy for graduates of secondary school Teacher Cadet Programs and college majors in math and science, and remedial math support for educational assistants. Programming will be delivered online.

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LB 1208 changes funding for ESU

LB 1208 changes funding for ESU

While LB 1208 is expected to change the amount of state funding received by Nebraskas Educational Service Units, it is still unknown exactly how much that funding will increase or decrease this year.

Adopted during the 2006 legislative session, LB 1208 changes the way distance education programs for public schools are funded. These changes were discussed by the ESU 16 board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday.

We hope by the middle of March that well have some indication of the projected CORE Service dollars, said ESU 16 Administrator Marge Beatty following Tuesdays meeting.

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Soldier in Baghdad, Iraq, teaches middle school students many lessons via webcam

Soldier in Baghdad, Iraq, teaches middle school students many lessons via webcam

Students at McCandless Elementary School got a lesson in geography, history and current affairs in one sitting Thursday afternoon.

About 45 sixth-graders crammed into Linda Parkers classroom, their chairs facing a TV screen.

After a series of technological miscues, they connected with Parkers son in Baghdad. The 31-year-old, Spc. Charlie Maib, was in front of his Web camera, talking to the class on the phone.

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CallSource Adds Self-Paced Online Training Classes to its Distance Learning Program for Multifamily Housing Industry

CallSource Adds Self-Paced Online Training Classes to its Distance Learning Program for Multifamily Housing Industry

CallSource, the only provider of live, instructor-led Distance Learning programs to the multifamily housing industry, announced today the addition of self-paced education options and an unlimited online training subscription program.

CallSource, which provides call-tracking solutions, education programs, and performance analysis and improvement services, has been serving clients in the multifamily housing industry for more than a decade. The companys Distance Learning program has set the industry benchmark for expert training by live instructors delivered online and over the phone. To respond to increasing client requests for attend any time options, the company has introduced a self-paced curriculum in addition to scheduled, instructor-led classes available through its Campus CallSource.

The addition of self-paced education to our Distance Learning program enables employees to login at their convenience and learn at their own pace, while instructor-led training remains a great option for students who learn best through personal interaction, said Doug Chasick, CPM, CallSource Chief Learning Officer.

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Distance learning at work in local schools

Matthew Gates is Charles Henderson High Schools AP history class. Literally.

He is the only student at Charles Henderson taking the class. This is made possible through the schools ACCESS lab, which allows students to take advanced classes not offered at CHHS via distance learning from another public high school in Alabama.

Its pretty normal to me, Gates said. I pretty much just sit and listen and answer questions when Im talked to. Its just like a normal classroom except hes there and Im here.

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Maintaining Motivation Whilst Distance Learning

For most students, whether studying in the classroom or by distance learning, their course of study is usually spread over many months, and in some cases, two or three years, and maintaining consistently high levels of motivation over such long periods is almost impossible. The reasons for this are many, and each of these reasons affects different individuals in different ways.

Firstly, in general terms, once you have started your course of studies, this event itself changes the balance in your life. Study time has to be planned and fitted into a pattern of life where it didnt exist before. Family, friends, and work colleagues are all affected, to a lesser or greater degree, by your decision to study. The demands of studying, the planning, the organising of facilities, the concentration needed, the pressure of coursework and-or examination deadlines all add stresses to your life that have to be managed effectively. Once the initial excitement of starting the course and setting out on the road to achieving a new objective has passed, then the pressures and the workload start to have more impact on your life.

Secondly, over these relatively long periods of study, you change. By this I mean that after one year, for example, you have gained more experience in your work role, you will have completed a large part of the course of studies. You may have been promoted, or been disappointed that you werent. Your work colleagues may have changed, or your manager may have been replaced with another. You may have changed jobs, moved to a new work location, or moved to a new home. You may have found new friends, or a new partner, be having relationship difficulties, or have become a father, or mother. You may feel unsure, albeit temporarily, that the course of studies is going to be as useful as you first thought, or the qualification as relevant to your career as you initially believed.

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Outstanding Migrant Students To Be Recognized

AUSTIN, Texas — High school migrant students from across the state will be recognized at a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on March 31 during the annual Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin.

The ceremony in the ballroom of the Texas Union will honor Texas students who have completed distance learning courses through the university’s Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program in the Division of Continuing Education. The program provides learning tools, services, courses, computer equipment and software applications that enable migrant students to meet or exceed requirements for high school graduation.

“The focus of the ceremony is on these accomplished students. The theme will be the new César Chávez statue located on the West Mall in the heart of the university’s campus,” said Dr. Judy C. Ashcroft, dean of continuing and innovative education. “The statue is an ideal symbol for migrant students since César Chávez devoted his life to improving the living conditions of farm workers. Its presence on the university campus conveys the message that migrant students belong on a college campus.”

Forty exemplary migrant students featured in the 2008 Exemplary Migrant Student publication will be recognized at the ceremony that will be held on the birthday of César Chávez. Two of the featured students will be named as “Students of the Year.” They and three other exemplary migrant students will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship from ExxonMobil. The checks will be presented by Rosendo Cruz, program officer for education and diversity at ExxonMobil.

“It is an honor to recognize these high school migrant students for overcoming the difficulties of their migrant lifestyle and for achieving academic excellence and leadership roles in their schools and communities,” said Ashcroft, who will give the welcoming remarks for the event. “I value the opportunity to encourage these outstanding students to continue their educations beyond high school and to invite them to apply for admission to The University of Texas at Austin.”

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New rule requires supervision for distance learning

Over the objections of school administrators and parents, the Montana Board of Public Education on Friday unanimously passed an online-education proposal backed by the teachers union.

It requires that all distance learning, including college courses, be supervised by a Montana-certified K-12 teacher endorsed in the discipline being taught.

However, the board voted to delay implementation of the rule change to no later than July 1, 2009, to tweak the proposal and give the Legislature time to fund it.

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Distance learning available in FIT

Programme coordinator Veniana Salabogi said since the school’s inceptions in 2003, many school leavers and tertiary students are not aware of this service being offered at FIT.

Salabogi said part of the course is the Bridging Programme, which allows school leavers and working people access to further studies from where ever they are.

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Achieving a Travel Education Without The Travel

Travel – the heart and soul of the hospitality industry – is missing from the agendas of thousands of industry professionals as they strive to further their careers in management, development, marketing and finance.

Travel, in fact, is often the very last thing on their minds.

Engrossed in coursework designed to prepare them to to move up in a hotel’s chain of command, these employees have been busy ordering up the academic equivalent of room service: Distance learning that delivers textbooks, videos, resource materials and whatever else they need directly to their door – or even to their desktop.

“This is a nice way to learn if you can’t get to a campus,” said Bob Davies, graduate program director at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, which is in the process of shelving and retooling its online coursework in the school’s Hospitality and Tourism program, which added distance learning a decade ago.

“Because the industry requires you to work unusual hours, attending a campus class just doesn’t work,” said Davies. “And there is some rigidity even with tech schools and universities that you have to be available.”

With distance learning, of course, students are very much available – as long as they can accomplish their tasks at their own convenience and their own location.

Though globe-trotters, national travelers and even regional tourists are a driving force in the hospitality industry, staying put to enhance knowledge about about this industry is by no means an anomaly. In many cases, it is has become an occupational necessity.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association recognized this back in 1953 with the founding of its Educational Institute, at the time a formative formal program for hospitality education.

“At that time, its purpose was to provide distance learning courses in the 1950s,” said Elizabeth Johnson, marketing manager. “Correspondence school was in its heyday back then. For people who could not afford college or could not take the time from their hotel job to get additional training to get ahead, the educational institute met that need. It was founded for that purpose at that time.”

Although hotel schools now exist at university campuses in Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island, Purdue University, Cornell University, the University of Houston and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, AH&LA’s institute still offers traditional correspondence-school style coursework in certificate and diploma programs for working professionals. (For more conventional graduate and undergraduate students in classrooom-based hospitality management programs at many of these two-year and four-year schools, the institute also provides an array of professionally authored textbooks.)

In recent years, the institute’s traditional mail-based curriculum has gotten plugged into the Internet, where working professionals have the same options as their mail-based counterparts, to learn – and later take their exams for certification – in a self-paced environment online. The institute has a more intense Hospitality Operations certification program, as well as two diploma programs – one in Hospitality Management and one in Food and Beverage Management. And next year the institute will launch a new specialization – Spa Management – also to be offered online.

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Distance Learning Provides New International Oracle/Hyperion Essbase Training Opportunities

-Harbinger Consulting Group (HCG), a leader in Oracles Hyperion Essbase training and consulting, recently added International Distance Learning to its list of training opportunities. The new HCG training model enables international participants to receive Hyperion Essbase instruction without leaving their desks.

The HCG University Education Staff can now deliver clear, consistent Hyperion instruction to companies with similar needs in more places around the world, said HCGs Director of Training, Craig Mesenbring. Over the years, our training staff has traveled worldwide to deliver onsite training. That experience has prepared HCG to easily manage the logistical and cultural challenges that occur with International Distance Learning.

Clients across the U.S. and around the world use HCGs Hyperion education solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated work force. Distance Learning provides the opportunity for companies with multiple locations to offer a coherent Hyperion education program for their staff, while significantly reducing travel costs.

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Benefits Of A Distance Learning Degree

Getting a college degree can be one of the single most important things a person can do to help ensure a higher income and opened doors down the road. While it isnt a guarantee for success, it is a key factor in it for many. With this in mind, more and more, people are turning to distance learning degree programs to help them achieve this vital goal.

A distance learning degree program is nothing more than a regular college-level program, but without all the driving and sitting in class time. Instead, these programs operate using the Internet as their classrooms, giving students the freedom to work on their own schedules. This can present a fantastic opportunity for those who must work while they learn.

Distance learning degree programs tend to vary a bit from institution to institution. Some classes, too, can deliver very different requirements. In some online courses, for example, students will be expected to show up in class, an online chat room at set times on set days. In other cases, all correspondence with the professor is handled via e-mail, chat and telephone on a less stringent schedule. Either way, these classes and programs all add up to a degree at the end of the road.

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Shaheen scholarship to be awarded at ADC Convention

Shaheen scholarship to be awarded at ADC Convention

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is currently accepting applications for the 2007 Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship. Dr. Shaheen is the worlds foremost authority on media images of Arabs and the author of Reel Bad Arabs, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture, Nuclear War Films, and The TV Arab.

The deadline for applications is April 12, 2007. Dr. Shaheen established this scholarship through ADC to recognize Arab-American students who excel in media studies. Recipients of the $1000 scholarship will be announced and presented at ADCs Annual Convention during the DC premiere of the groundbreaking documentary, Reel Bad Arabs.

On Friday, June 8, the ground breaking 50-minute documentary will be screened and then a question and answer session with Dr. Shaheen will follow and the scholarships will be awarded. Applicants must be attending college in the 2007-08 academic year; must be majoring in mass communications, journalism, radio, television, and/or film; must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage.

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NTF Offers Post Graduate Education

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Distance Learning at Trident Training Facility (TTF), Naval Base (NB) Kitsap, Bangor, announced on July 30 the upcoming schedule for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program for nuclear trained officers.

The NPS distance learning program places an emphasis on mechanical engineering as it applies to surface vessels, submarines and spacecraft.

The course is designed for officers who have successfully graduated the Navy Nuclear Power School curriculum and requires a favorable command endorsement, said Dr. Robert Cobb, TTF Distance Learning project manager. Students will gain an understanding of the role engineering and technology has in the military environment, especially in the war zone.

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Award for TERI library

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) based in Alexandria, USA, a nonprofit global organisation for innovative information professionals awarded Debal C. Kar, Fellow, Library and Information Centre, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), with the SLA Diversity Leadership Development Program (DLDP) award for 2007 for his commitment and dedication to the profession. Every year, the SLA honours individuals and organisations, which have demonstrated achievement and excellence in Fields of library and information science.

Local schools tapped for ACCESS programs

Hartselle and Falkville high schools are among the sites selected to participate in a program designed to link classrooms across the state.

Both schools are part of the latest phase of the state’s ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide) program. The program allows students to participate in classes throughout via videoconferencing and web-based instruction. It also allows for Hartselle and Falkville students to take electives and advanced placement courses that aren’t offered at their schools.

In just two short years, we will have established 21st century ACCESS sites in 170 out of approximately 400 high schools, said Dr. Melinda Maddox, Director of Technology Initiatives for the Alabama Department of Education. If ACCESS Distance Learning is funded as requested for the next two years, by 2010, ACCESS Distance Learning will be able to provide a 21st century distance learning classroom for every Alabama high school and serve 45,000 students statewide.

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IGNOU to launch courses for rural youth

IGNOU to launch courses for rural youth

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is all set to launch few Diploma courses for the unemployed rural youth to help them train as agricultural entrepreneurs.

The courses are likely to be launched in January 2007; it will train the youth in clean milk production, processing of milk, milk products, hygienic and wholesome production of meat, processing of meat and meat products. A total of 18 study centres have already been set up to impart education through distance mode in cities like Pune, Anand, Ranchi and Vellore.

The Director of Open Universitys School of Agriculture (SOA) Prof. B.S. Hansra said, The impact of agricultural education through distance mode will soon be seen contributing to development of new breeds of entrepreneurs, increased employment opportunities, higher earnings and better work environment. This will help ensure poverty alleviation and livelihood security and sustainable productivity to change the quality of life, especially in rural areas.

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The Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund (TASF) Application Will be Available December

Teacher Assistants interested in becoming licensed teachers can apply for funding through the Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund (TASF) for the 2009-10 academic year at the college information site, CFNC.org.

To be eligible for TASF funds, applicants must be legal residents of North Carolina for tuition purposes, be full-time teacher assistants for at least one year at a public or federal school in North Carolina, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA), not be in default on a student loan, enroll in a program leading toward initial teacher licensure at a North Carolina college (enrollment through the Internet or other distance education program is acceptable), enroll in at least six semester hours of coursework at qualifying campuses for each semester in which funds are received and demonstrate financial need according to the financial aid office at the institution of enrollment.
Applications for the Teacher Assistant Scholarship Fund (TASF) will be available online beginning December 20, 2008 and will be processed through April 30, 2010 or until all funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. Award amounts range from $600-$1,200 per semester.
The application is available at CFNC.org/seaastudent. For more information visit CFNC.org/TASF or call (919) 549-8614.
For information regarding college planning, career information and other scholarship opportunities, contact College Foundation of North Carolina toll free at 1-866-866-CFNC or CFNC.org.

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International award for open university

International award for open university

The Netaji Subhas Open University here has been presented a prestigious international award in Open and Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) at Vancouver in Canada.

The Commonwealth of Learning Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) was given to the varsity for institutional achievement, sources said.

CoL is an inter-governmental international apex organisation for open and distance learning in 53 Commonwealth countries.

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Deadline for Physician Scientist Training Applications Extended

Deadline for Physician Scientist Training Applications Extended

All territorial 7th Grade students who have a passion for science an A average and also do well on standardized tests are eligible to apply for the Temple Universitys Physicians Scientist Training Program during the summer of 2007. The application deadline has been extended to Saturday, Jan. 20, according to a press release from the Department of Education.

The program was created in 1985 to increase the number of minority students who are seeking biomedical and medical research careers. It has evolved into the largest and most diverse biomedical research training for students from the 7th grade through medical and graduate schools.

A team of interviewers from the Distance Learning Center, which is housed at Temple U., will conduct interviews with students in February before the final selection of participants.

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