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May 8, 2010

Universities Turning To E-Learning

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 11:48 am

Kenyan Universities are increasingly turning to e-learning as a tool to facilitate improved education.

They also want to rope in more students through better access to facilities, hoping to reach a wider base in a cost-effective way.

The efficiency accruing from e-learning is among the advantages gained by local universities that have adopted the use of technology.

Using different platforms, students are able follow lectures online, interact with lecturers, submit assignments and check on their grades.

Lecturers are also able to upload course materials, post assignments and generate discussions online using blogs.

However, these institutions have to train both students and lecturers on how to use the platforms.

At Strathmore University, United States International University (USIU) and University of Nairobi (UoN), all students are enrolled in e-learning courses when they first join.

Strathmore University has adopted the use of e-learning in many of its courses via the Moodle platform.

The university uses this as a way of facilitating lectures. Mr Patrick Shabana, the Director of Strategy and Performance Improvement said that the university applies a blend of direct lectures and e-learning techniques in many courses as technology gains acceptability among lecturers and students.


Middle-East’s New Learning Trend – E-learning

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 11:22 am

Global IT giants such as Microsoft are in talks with Middle East governments and educational institutions to bring the latest digital electronic learning systems, known as e-learning, to the region.

“With e-learning, students can learn at their own pace, get immediate feedback and repeat tasks they don’t understand,” says Azza el Shinnaway, who leads Microsoft’s education initiatives in the Gulf. “They’re also free to study in class, the library and at home via the internet or mobile phone.”

The UAE’s Advanced Network for Research and Education is talking to Microsoft to promote innovation and collaboration in the field of education.

The global IT industry is now also starting to turn its attention to education through innovative learning techniques such as using gaming technology to teach complex subjects including mathematics.

The UAE’s Advanced Network for Research and Education (Ankabut) is in talks with Microsoft to promote collaboration and innovation in education. And the whole region is becoming increasingly active in realising the benefits of e-learning.

The Middle East E-Learning Association (MEEA) was launched last February and has so far attracted members from Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and Malaysia. MEEA is a non-political, non-profit body that aims to promoting e-learning throughout the region.

Despite the challenges of the global economic situation, Gulf countries are increasing their investment in education. Saudi Arabia, for example, which has a young and growing population, has announced that education budgets this year will rise 13 per cent to US$36.7 billion (Dh134.80bn), accounting for more than a quarter of the country’s entire budget expenditure.

These initiatives are not the result of the Arab world playing catch-up with practices in the US and elsewhere, but rather of using new learning technologies in innovative ways. Key to the success of these initiatives is exploiting the potential of the internet as a communications tool to link students with teachers and teachers with parents.

The ministry began by providing the service to teachers and administrators before extending it to more than 500,000 students. Each e-mail address can store 10 gigabytes of data, several times the usual allocation for e-mail boxes.

Students are also adopting the Social Media way for e-learning. In Social Media they expect an academic environments that allow the same level of interactivity and collaboration as that available on Facebook, YouTube or MySpace.

The next trend expected to hit the Gulf education sector comes from the leisure industry. As well as their interest in sites such as Facebook, many students also spend long hours playing computer games.

February 16, 2010

For E-learning – Amazon Kindle 2 is the way!

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 1:27 pm

For sure, the Amazon Kindle 2 electronic book reader is lifestyle these days. It’s actually considered cool to be seen reading say on the subway or in a restaurant. With it, you’ll never run out of things to read. And if you like to read multiple books in parallel, this is your lucky day. They’re making their way into schools soon where dead-tree books have been eternally intrinsic. From any angle, the Kindle reader appears set to stay. With the launch of Kindle 2 Amazon has integrated the entire business of e-reading. The eBook reader is not only filled with smart features, it’s also connected and mobile just like the cellular phone. It is essentially a cellular eBook reader in that it has wireless coverage anywhere in the US for Amazon bookstores plus browsing text-centric websites like Wikipedia, Google and others. Besides the good looks, the new generation Kindle is also flush with supreme functional features. The ergonomics is superb too, having been ironed out of whatever shortcomings the original version endured. This technological marvel has now been packaged into a thing of beauty and functionality with accident-proof buttons, smooth rocker controls, standard keyboard and stylish overall layout. Although the Kindle is likely to attract quite a bit of attention, that’s not the intention of the design upon the reader. The objective was in fact to get the reader ‘lost in your reading, not the technology’. It has so gallantly replicated the feature of a good physical book to disappear while you’re reading it but can’t put it down except it’s now can’t put the Kindle down. The trademark feature of the Kindle reader has to be its Whispernet wireless service. So far, it’s the only eBook reader equipped with this facility. Readers are in constant touch with the bookstore and subscriptions plus synchronized with other devices associated with their Kindles through its Whispersync network and all this for free by Amazon when you Buy Kindle 2. The service is powered by 3G technology so it doesn’t have to be within any hotspot zone to be functional. Yes, the Amazon Kindle Electronic Book Reader is but a book. And what a book! It’s any book you wish, out of 275,000 and you can carry more than a thousand of them everywhere you go and access the rest in less than 60 seconds. Amazon has publicly stated its goal of availing any book that’s ever printed in electronic form for the Kindle within the US. That’s a tall order but based on their track record, you don’t want to bet against it.

February 11, 2010

The pros and cons of Distance Learning

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:06 pm

There are many pros and cons of online learning. In this article you will find some very interesting points that will help determine whether this type of learning is not for you o. Before you decide, you need to ask some questions and answers to determine if online learning is right for you. These are important questions that thought and then answered. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages will give you the answers need.

One of the advantages of distance learning is the flexibility to study when free from work and family. This is the biggest, most for this type of learning. You can schedule a program of study and work around your current schedule. The class is available to you whenever you are available to participate. You can choose the time that you opened for the school.

Another advantage is the ability to work at their own pace. This helps people who need a little ‘timeUnderstanding of the subject being tested. Even thought you get online, some people learn faster than others, so that this type of learning that same place, like the others, or you can activate in advance. You have the option back, and then repeat the segment are difficult to understand.

Another advantage would be the discussion forum. Some people are not satisfied with public speaking, making the discussion forum to facilitate communicationQuestions and get answers to your questions. Discussion forums can be accessed at any time. Many of his students this is a great advantage. You can go back and find the answers, if you forget the subject of the request and response.

The disadvantage is that learning on-line, not all people who have self-discipline. You can also use the school for the week and avoid falling far behind. This makes learning more difficult when you try to reach with the class. You must make a plan and stick to it. This issometimes very difficult for those who want to store things.

Another disadvantage in some cases is that one can not always be able to talk to a teacher, if you need help. This can be very frustrating if you are not able to understand the material studied. When taking the online course you are the only one in the class. Some people can interact with other students, so this is an inconvenience as a result of online learning.

So now we know that some of the advantages andDisadvantages, are in a position to decide if the training is on-line for you or not do. This is a very big step and should be thought of in great detail. Learning online can be both gratifying and rewarding for the right people.

January 23, 2010

Online Tutoring Destination – India

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:58 pm

“More parents of students find online tutors in India are a smart alternative to higher-priced U.S. help “

A number of companies are outsourcing customer service call centers and computer help desks.

Now, a growing number of U.S. families are hiring tutors based in the
subcontinent to help their children with math, science – and even English.
The Indian tutors, who start their shifts in the wee hours of the morning to
be available to U.S. students during prime homework hours, cost far less
than their American counterparts.

Parents looking to boost their children’s grades have plenty of choices. There are nationwide chains like Focus EduVation’s Online Tutoring and Homework Help, as well as dozens of independent companies  And
that’s not even counting all of the high school students, college students and teachers who tutor on the side.

Focus EduVation is based outside Boston, MA. We provide wide range of online, digital, and print content services. Our projects are customized to meet each client’s requirements with constructive, measurable results. We also provide prompt and reliable customer service.

August 22, 2009

e-Learning: Strategies

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 10:33 am

Learning is a means to enhance workforce performance, says author Marc Rosenberg, former president of the International Society for Performance Improvement and a principal with Diamond Technology Partners Inc., an e-business consulting firm. The idea is to work better and smarter, no matter what the business. For example, some companies may want salespersons to learn new techniques to sell more products or services; other companies may want plumbers to learn how to fix broken pipes more quickly so they can handle more jobs.

Until recently, says Rosenberg, training has been handled with a “default approach” consisting of four elements: a goal of improving specific performance; a design “best suited” to what needs to be learned; a medium of instruction (classroom, text, etc.); and an assessment or certification.

Those elements, however, do not support “knowledge management”–the creation, archiving and sharing of “valued information, expertise and insight.” Strategically, training has to be “transformed” for today’s business world, Rosenberg argues, so that “e-learning” becomes embedded in the daily work culture.

August 21, 2009

Technology – Plays An Important Role in Education

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:34 pm

Technology is now vital to the day-to-day running of the area’s schools. We live in a digital age and fast, effective networking technologies and e-learning tools have shot up the agenda for schools and colleges nationwide. Having a high-speed infrastructure in place that supports virtual learning environments, secure email, and finance and human resources systems is no longer just an added extra for schools, but pivotal to the efficient and effective running of institutions.

To ensure a reliable and resilient service, the county’s schools also benefit from a dedicated managed service desk and monitoring facilities. Any issues can be identified and solved as soon as possible so that any service disruption is minimized.

Using interactive applications and e-learning tools is a fantastic way to encourage collaboration and engage with the digital generation. To ensure that children across the county have access to a creative, innovative learning experience is the publisher’s objective.  Publishers are increasingly tying up with Internet service providers to get educational sites faster, more reliable access to online teaching and learning resources

August 14, 2009

Importance of an effective LMS

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 3:02 pm

One  important element of an effective learning management system course is early and detailed communication with students. What kind of information is essential to provide early on in a e-learning course?

Teach students about course navigation with the use of videos, taking advantage of the simple-to-use video creation tools that LMSs like Coggno offer. Video tours are an easy and fun way to reach students quickly and effectively with important information. And presenting this information in a visually interesting way will help ensure that this important information is

Especially for first-time e-learners, it’s best to understand what they can expect from a course as early as humanly possible. Your course outline should include some critical info about the online course. In the course outline, stress the importance of familiarizing oneself with the LMS and exploring all the different features. Students should understand where all the different content can be found in each section of the e-learning course. Advise learners to check the LMS on a regular basis for class updates, assignments, or announcements. Describe in minute detail what happens when students miss an assignment or a class (if there are classes,) as well as how exactly students will be graded, and any other bits of critical information.

One more useful function of the syllabus that will help avoid later problems is an outline of the plagiarism policy. Although most of us understand that plagiarism is prohibited, it’s not uncommon for people to be unsure what exactly qualifies as such. Though real and intentional plagiarizing is all-too-common common, unintended incidents of cheating also happen and cause a big mess for everyone involved. But with your help, such situations are preventable. The fact is that many people are just uninformed about how to cite sources properly.

The solution? Attach a citation guide like MLA or ATA style to your syllabus explaining the correct way to cite articles, books, websites, and other published works.

Helping learners feel at home in their virtual learning environment, confident in their navigation skills, and clear about expectations and course processes can be achieved using a few simple tools. These include a well developed syllabus, videos, and citation guides (which are easy to find online). Quick and clear establishment of the features, tone, and objectives of your e-learning course will help avoid any confusion or problems in the future. It will establish a harmonious and dynamic learning management system experience not only for your learners, but for administrators and course instructors as well.

August 6, 2009

Technology That Drives Success At Schools

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 12:48 pm

Across the country, colleges and universities are embracing innovative, digital technologies and customized learning platforms to drive academic achievement. While print textbooks remain the foundation of higher education course materials, publishers are creating new digital applications that enable institutions and faculty to become more effective, and engage digital learners to enhance their academic achievement and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Educational publishers recognize the power of today’s technology and devices like the iPod and Amazon Kindle to adapt to how students learn. They’re studying how students interact with these tools and process information, and how instructors teach, to design new ways to make learning a more effective, efficient, and personalized experience for students.

“By observing thousands of students and their learning styles, we’ve ascertained a great deal about their work habits, study plans, and other learning preferences. This information is being used by today’s publishers to create digital tools to connect students to content on a new level and empower them to succeed,” says Ed Stanford, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education. “A transformation is occurring on campuses across the country as students embrace technology in every aspect of learning.”

July 31, 2009

Security Threats to Schools

Filed under: e-learning — Focus EduVation @ 11:46 am

e-learningThe Internet has become an intrinsic component of education. As of 2007, among U.S. public schools, nearly 100% had Internet access, with 94% providing access into instructional rooms. Of those, 45% used wireless. The ratio of students to Internet-connected instructional computers was 3.8 to 1.
At the same time, academic applications of the Internet have become more sophisticated. Schools host their own Web sites. Teachers use e-mail when communicating with students and parents. Shared instructional material and e-learning tools are being delivered online to satellite classrooms, homes and computer-based training (CBT) centers. Administrative functions such as assignment boards, activity boards, applications
and scheduling services are now hosted online by third-party providers. Districts employ point-to-point or virtual private networks (VPNs) between schools. Students, teachers and parents routinely access the Internet from a growing number of increasingly mobile device types, including laptops, PDAs, and smartphones.
The revolutionary pace of technology has exposed schools to security breaches, bandwidth piracy, automated denial-of-service attacks, and regulatory liability associated with access to unacceptable or illegal
materials. Critical and sensitive data is prone to illegal access, loss or alteration, often in violation of privacyregulations.

Yet while academic Internet access has expanded rapidly over the last decade, budgets have only gotten tighter. In order to protect academic and administrative resources, IT needs to apply limited funds more strategically and intelligently than ever.

Source: eschoolnews

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