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Skill-Pill and Save the Children are finalists in the eLearning Global … – SourceWire (press release)

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site
Skill-Pill M-Learning [SPML] and Save the Children have been announced as finalists in the eLearning Global Giveback Competition. The winner will be announced at the Learning Solutions Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida on 23rd of March.   The mobile content covers a broad range of relevant topics to Save the Children staff around the world: Child Safeguarding, Code of Conduct and Travel Safety.   Now in its third year, the eLearning Global Giveback Competition [GGB3] provides the opportunity for course developers to work with non-profit organisations to develop online courses. These courses help the global staff of non-governmental organisations do their work in the fields of humanitarian relief, development, conservation and social justice even better. The GGB3 Competition includes four categories: Simulations and Games; Field Generated Content; Mobile Learning and General Learning.

DEANZ Conference 2012

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site

The biannual DEANZ conference is the premier conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for leaders and practitioners involved in open, flexible and distance learning. The theme for 2012 is ‘Shift Happens’ with three themes of resilience, relevance and reform:Resilience: dealing with uncertainty and coping with changes you can and cannot influence.Relevance: providing education that is relevant to the context and culture of the learnerReform: moving to better futures for all, through recognising political, social, economic and personal drivers. The conference will be relevant to any individual or institution (private or public) with an interest in the most up to date research and practice for distance and open learning. This is an opportunity to meet with local and international thought leaders, learn new ideas and improve your own practice.

Online Student Retention: Assessing Why Students Stay And Why They Leave Thursday, February 16, 3:00-4:30pm EST online webinar

Host: Innovative Educators
NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date. The recording is included and is accessible for one full year.
Two of the most widely discussed topics in post- secondary education today are online teaching and learning and student retention and success. In the national dialogue these topics are usually treated separately. However, those institutions that make great use of online delivery have learned – often the hard way – that increasing the rates of retention and success of online students requires mechanisms and resources grounded in the unique characteristics of the students who gravitate toward distance and technology-mediated course delivery.
In this webinar we will examine the experiences of University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the largest public university provider of online programs and courses in the United States, in measuring and improving the retention and success rates of its online students. The facilitator will describe UMUC’s online activities and student body, and then review some of the findings of the institution’s efforts to measure and understand the barriers that can prevent students from persisting in, and successfully completing, online courses and programs. The facilitator will then present a list of possible best practices for online student retention and success, and guide participants through an initial evaluation of their institutions, students, and other factors that affect online student retention.
Participants will take away a template that may be of value in conducting a more in-depth review of their campuses prior to the planning and implementation of specific retention and success initiatives.
– Examine the experiences of UMUC in seeking to improve its rates of online student retention and success
– Discuss the primacy of mission in determining satisfactory rates of retention and success and in developing and implementing retention initiatives in a post-secondary institution
– Differentiate retention and success strategies for online versus on-campus students
– Produce a customized template for use in evaluating an institution’s online student success and retention environment and in planning initiatives to improve retention and success rates
Dr. Mark L. Parker is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Professional Writing and of Philosophy, School of Undergraduate Studies, University of Maryland University College. He is responsible for the university’s business writing, technical writing, and philosophy courses, including the course content, methods of assessment, and student retention and success. He supervises two teaching cadres totaling more than 150 full- and part-time faculty. Prior to joining the School of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Parker was UMUC’s Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. He has represented UMUC in organizations such as the European Distance Education Network (EDEN), the International Council on Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the Sloan Consortium’s Asynchronous Learning Network, and the U.S.
Department of Defense’s Distance Education Task Force. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His areas of research interest include intercultural communication; factors affecting online/Web-based communication; English as a second/foreign language; and the interface between visual and verbal literacies.
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Sponsored by: Innovative Educators

Apple Announces ‘Education’ Event for Next Week

Via Mashable
Apple has invited media outlets for a special event on Jan. 19 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The invitation mentions an announcement about education. The event begins at 10 a.m. ET. Mashable speculated earlier this month that the event would revolve around the publishing world. Perhaps Apple will be asking publishers to put textbooks on iOS devices? Mashable received an invite and will be covering the event. What do you think Apple has planned for the event? Tell us in the comments. More About: apple , trending For more Tech coverage: Follow Mashable Tech on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Subscribe to the Tech channel Download our free apps for Android , Mac , iPhone and iPad
Apple Announces ‘Education’ Event for Next Week

DEANZ 2012 conference “Shift happens: Resilience, relevance and reform”

The DEANZ 2012 conference “Shift happens: Resilience, relevance and reform” conference is now only days (as at 5 Apr) away! The event provides a unique opportunity to network with a diversity of participants from different organisations which make up the distance learning sector in New Zealand and the Pacific Rim.  We expect 200 academics, instructional designers, trainers and public and private sector staff to attend so it provides an excellent opportunity to network and learn from the latest developments and ideas in open, flexible and distance learning. The attached Registration Brochure (as at 12 January 2012) provides further details about the event. Continue reading DEANZ 2012 conference “Shift happens: Resilience, relevance and reform”

Up-coming Conferences

Faculty Development in Blended and Online Learning
12 to 14 March 2012
Houston, TX, United States
Contact name: Kevin Kientz
Join us to explore the best approaches for engaging and supporting faculty interested in the online and blended teaching environment.
The Second Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom
26 to 28 April 2012
Osaka, Japan
Contact name: Mr. Kiyoshi Mana
International Conference on Technology and its use in the Classroom, and in the virtual environments related to teaching: Conference Theme: Learning, Culture and Society: What role can technology play?
ICICTE Conference
5 to 7 July 2012
Rhodes, Greece, Greece
Contact name: Nancy Pyrini
The conference will seek to address the many challenges and new directions presented by technological innovations in educational settings.
EELU International Conference on E-Learning
9 to 11 July 2012
Cairo, Egypt
Contact name: Dr. Mohamed EL Zayat
2012 The 1st International Conference of E-Learning in the Arab World Challenges and Perspectives for Development Cairo, 9 -11 July 2012 As a response to knowledge society demands, the rapid changes in ICT, the new developments in …
Organized by: Egyptian E-Learning University
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 15 February 2012