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Archive for January 20th, 2009

e-Learning Predictions for 2009

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Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine has published Predictions for 2009 from 30+ leaders in eLearning.

Article: Predictions for 2009

Written by Al Stevens

January 20th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Distance Learning Poised for Growth in US

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Stephen Hoare reporting in The Guardian reports:

State universities and their for-profit counterparts have expanded distance-learning operations massively in the past five years by reaching out to adults in the workplace who want to improve their skills and employability. Now they are poised to offer degree programmes and accelerated-learning courses to newly unemployed adults, many of whom are eligible for government education grants.

Article: Online and on the money

Written by Al Stevens

January 20th, 2009 at 11:13 am

ConnectYard Launches a Hosted Social Learning Service

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ConnectYard, a NJ company founded in 2007,  announced the general availability of the Company’s Web 2.0 social learning service.  From the press release:

The ConnectYard solution leverages social networking to support “better teaching and learning” by helping students expand student-to-student and student-to-faculty connections for collaborating beyond the classroom — which has been shown to be a key component of student persistence.

As described on the company website:

The ConnectYard platform connects students with the academic resources they need to succeed in school. ConnectYard helps students excel in their classes by facilitating the formation of study groups that enhance peer learning and reinforce student-to-student and student-to-faculty connections; recommending potential study partners, tutors and mentors based on ConnectYard’s unique matching engine; and promoting relevant study materials, academic support services, career services, campus events and more.

Press release: ConnectYard Launches a Hosted Social Learning Service on the Facebook(R) Platform

Written by Al Stevens

January 20th, 2009 at 11:05 am