Approximately 15 students are enrolled in the University of Illinois’ Global Campus. The first two degree programs are a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master’s of Education in online learning, as well as a graduate certificate in the foundations of e-learning.

Faculty from the three university campuses — Champaign-Urbana, Chicago and Springfield — are designing the academic programs and setting credentials for their teachers, as well as teaching when they have the time.

Students got access to class materials earlier this month, and several immediately downloaded reading materials or video clips.

According to the U of I, the online institution will expand the school’s reach, make courses available to non-traditional students, 

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Despite Korea’s slowing economy, its online education market is expected to expand by an average 14.5 percent over the coming year, boosted by a zeal for private education and a high broadband penetration rate.

The market is expected to skyrocket to $2.1 billion in 2010, from $1.7 billion in 2006, Hyundai Securities says.

 Megastudy, which was launched by CEO Son Joo-eun, mainly provides online education to junior high and high school students. Since its launch in 2000, the firm has been doubling its revenue every two years.

Korea will also adopt an American-style law school system next year, which is creating a new market for the Law Education Eligibility Test, modeled after our law school admission test.

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Though little research has yet been done on the environmental benefits associated with online education in the U.S., a number of European organizations have already released studies quantifying the environmental impact of the higher education sector and establishing the “potential of the Internet and other e-learning methods to radically reduce energy consumption and emissions,” according to an article by WorldWideLearn.com.

“The results of the European studies are quite astounding,” says WorldWideLearn.com spokesman Doug Jones. “It turns out that choosing an online degree program is an incredibly easy way for students to make an environmental impact.”

The Stockholm Environmental Institute and the U.K.’s Open University Design Innovation Group found that, compared to traditional campus college courses, distance learning courses consumed nearly 90 percent less energy and produced 85 percent less carbon dioxide emissions. These energy reductions included a 92 percent reduction in travel related environmental impact and a nearly 50 percent reduction in paper and print consumption.

“For the first time, students have the opportunity to make an environmental impact while at same time receiving a high-quality educational experience,” says Jones. “Conserving natural resources is only the tip of the iceberg. An online education program also enables students to strengthen global communities and build awareness of environmental responsibilities.

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The Boston Globe says that answers to “hundreds of professional qualifying exams in fields from school-bus driving to medical technicians” are available for $4 and up “at a thriving network of cheating Websites.”

As examples, the Globe lists:

• answer keys for computer technician tests for $30;

• answers to pharmaceutical license exams for $100; and

• answers for a business school admissions test for $30.

“The trade in crib sheets has emerged as a lucrative and well-organized global black market,” the Globe asserts. In additon, the paper also reports that “tens of thousands of soldiers obtained answers to tests in a range of military skills from Websites.”

But private-sector certification groups say they, too, are increasingly finding the answers to their exams available on the Internet. 

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New LMS Platform Helps Build 'One Adecco'

Rich Thompson, vice president of Training & Staff Development for all Adecco Group colleagues across North America, saw a significant opportunity to help foster “One Adecco” through training and development, one of the few consistent touch points across the organization’s 6,300 employees.
 
In addition, Adecco found that delivering training online and on-demand was advantageous for critical new-hire training, and without equal in its ability to consistently and expeditiously convey corporate initiatives. Just this past year, e-learning has enabled Adecco to develop a training program for 700 new hires with a consistent message delivered via asynchronous, self-paced elearning content. The dissemination of corporate initiatives via e-learning powered by GeoLearning’s on-demand GeoMaestro learning management platform has enabled Adecco to influence and monitor the execution of training courses. This has given Adecco greater control while relieving its 600 field managers from the burden of conducting their own training.
 
Eliminating costs like instructors’ salaries, meeting room rentals, student travel, lodging and meals are directly quantifiable. In 2007, Adecco saved more than $100,000 in training and development costs associated with in-person meetings (a 60 percent savings). But reducing time spent away from the job by employees may be the most significant benefit of e-learning. Previously, sales training meant 50 or more field personnel would be absent from their offices for an entire week at a time. In a business focused on client service and sales, this is a critical efficiency.
 
E-learning delivered via GeoLearning’s Software as a Service (SaaS) model enables the convenience of learning that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The scala-bility and flexibility of e-learning even makes it possible to offer students and administrators an experience that is configurable by language preference, making it easy for a global enterprise to access, deliver and measure learning. It’s been a tremendous success so far with Adecco colleagues generating 49,357 logins and 53,499 training hours on the site.
 
“We have numerous learning business examples where GeoMaestro has enabled us to deliver effective training across our nationwide workforce,” says Thompson. “Whether it is a new hire who needs proper and consistent inception training or training for the tenured colleague who has taken the initiative to enhance skills to prepare for a transfer or promotion, we’ve found that GeoMaestro delivered ondemand reduces overall training costs, improves time-to competency and offers us consistency of delivery.”
 
Adecco has also found it to be a very viable option to deliver corporate initiatives like its EVA (Economic Value Add) program.
 
Recently, Adecco Group North America faced the challenge of communicating a universal and consistent message to every employee about the concept of EVA and how employees have the ability to positively influence it. In response to this need, Adecco created a customized online course describing the concept of EVA as a financial performance model. Then, using the GeoMaestro LMS, Adecco was able to deliver the training course with a consistent message about this important company initiative. The training was mandatory, and more than 3,000 Adecco team members completed the program in approximately two weeks.
 
Adecco Group North America also had a business need to prepare new employees with baseline knowledge for its High Impact Training (HIT) instructor-led training program headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
New employees had been sent to training without any on-the-job training. Therefore, the class had been very content heavy, leaving little to no time for practical application exercises. Using Articulate, a rapid e-learning course development tool compatible with the GeoLearning LMS, Adecco created line-of-business, position- specific online learning plans containing courses and tests to measure learning and competency as a requirement to attending instructor-led training. With limited training and some hands-on experience, the Adecco Group North American training team was able to successfully create many custom courses in just a few weeks.
 
“The required learning plans each contain 25 to 30 courses that are generally no longer than 15 minutes. New colleagues are expected to complete one to two courses per day inside of 90 days, and may not attend HIT without 100 percent completion of their online curriculum,” explains Thompson. “This has enriched the classroom experience with the reiteration, repetition and practical application of concepts learned online. Live classes are also typically shorter due to the students having already learned much of the content online, therefore saving money.”
 
As a fifth and final example, Adecco Group North America has also used GeoLearning’s GeoMaestro LMS to implement effective systems training for the AdeccoWeb global front office database.
 
Adecco’s team used an elearning development tool called Captivate — also compatible with the GeoLearning LMS — to create “click-andlearn” simulations and quizzes to teach employees how to effectively work with this database used by Adecco’s direct placement recruiters. All Adecco North America systems training will be migrated to this “click-and-learn” technology, in which colleagues actually perform the functions of the system while learning.
 

 
DRIVING ENTERPRISE INITIATIVES
 
In these examples of e-learning being used to drive enterprise initiatives, Adecco North America realized many benefits of online learning:
>> Reduced organizational effort, time and training costs.
>> Continuous availability of just-in-time information and “refresher” training.
>> A more knowledgeable and effective workforce. Adecco’s velocity to competency, increased employee retention, and ability to produce graduates whose core activities in sales and recruiting outpace the company average by more than 25 percent are compelling and cost-effective business results. Ondemand learning has become a central component of the company’s overall learning business strategy.
 
To learn more about GeoLearning solutions, visit: www.geolearning.com.  

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Using speech recognition to teach on a global scale

Because past results were inconsistent and pricey, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) needed a way to provide consistent, top-quality language learning to its employees all over the world. Furthermore, GSK needed to demonstrate a positive return on its investment. With operations running on a large global scale, GSK acutely understands the importance of language training. Historically, it leveraged local instructor-led language schools to provide the much needed language learning the company required. After piloting multiple programs, GSK chose TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog’s e-learning solution. TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog allows the organization to complement traditional instructor-led programs with an innovative, internationally recognized language system. Additionally, it can be deployed on a standalone basis to every employee. Via built-in tools, management can easily track individual/ group progress, monitor usage, identify trouble areas, assign exercises, administer tests, and conduct numerous other functions all in real time.
Auralog pioneered the use of speech recognition technology in language learning software. Every language in the TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog language library integrates this incredible technology effectively. In fact, Auralog developed SETS® (Spoken Error Tracking System) so trouble areas are identified and users can pattern native speech and reduce their accents while improving pronunciation. Instant feedback using imagery, video demonstrations and real life scenarios provides a multi-sensory learning environment that engages learners and instills confidence.
 
RESULTS
 
Since adding TELL ME MORE to its enrichment curricula, GSK was able to dedicate one in-house instructor to the elearning language project. Using the advanced tracking and reporting tools of TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog, the instructor manages the program, ensures employees make sufficient progress, and monitors all learning criteria. The tracking tools show detailed progress of each individual, identifying areas of excellence and difficulty as well as making it easy for the instructor to provide supplemental learning recommendations.
 
“In the Information Age, it is impossible to ignore the numerous advantages that new technology offers in terms of learning practices,” says Guy Debande, former training manager at GSK. “Elearning allows us to coordinate our training programs with greater ease, in addition to giving us increased flexibility. In choosing Auralog, we have a complete solution [composed of] the TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog method and the tools designed to facilitate student follow-up. Auralog also provides technical support services that assure the maintenance of the application. Now, our employees spend more than 80 percent of their foreign language learning time on TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog.”
 
Additionally, GSK provided a valuable service for employees needing, or wanting, to acquire skills in additional languages. The anytime- anywhere model has proven extremely popular among employees, who now spend more than 80 percent of their language learning time on TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog.
 
To learn more about TELL ME MORE Powered By Auralog, visit www.tellmemore.com.

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Panopto’s Course Cast lecture is being made available to qualified academic institutions free of charge. Course Cast’s easyto- deploy lecture-capture technology enables educators to capture, edit, index, archive and stream video and audio over the Internet. It gives students on-demand access to indexed lectures and course material, enabling them to experience or revisit entire lectures or to focus on segments of their choice.

CourseCast is easily deployed using standard PCs and peripherals, which substantially drives down the cost of lecture capture deployment. Beyond its low-cost ability to seamlessly capture critical content, Panopto’s unique knowledge-management capabilities enable captured material to be easily searched, annotated, linked and safeguarded.

These attributes give other potential users, such as corporations, ready access to rich content captured in meetings of all kinds, from the largest to the smallest design meetings, compliance reviews, brainstorming sessions and conferences. 

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The latest release of Xcelerator for Microsoft Excel continues to reduce the time and effort required to format data for the first time and on a repetitive basis. Formatting requiring 30 minutes each time it is performed using only Excel is completed for the first time in less than five minutes with the help of Xcelerator, the company says.

When formatting new data for fields previously formatted, Xcelerator automatically creates an identical workbook using the selected workbook format. Within seconds, it automatically transforms unformatted data into a formatted workbook better suited for viewing, printing and data analysis.

Xcelerator automatically changes field descriptions, creates calculated fields, reorders and hides columns, sorts, creates better formatted subtotals, applies Styles and Conditional formats, creates Charts, PivotTables, PivotCharts and formatted Drill worksheets.

Xcelerator combines the time saving Excel formatting and data analysis features of the separate EZ-Format, EZ-Chart, EZPivot, EZ-Calc and EZ-Stat products with the unique ability to automatically and identically format new data in seconds. 

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The remote desktop software Team- Viewer, of the homonymous German company, allows remote connections from and to any PC world-wide. Its user group recently exceeded 3 million.

According to the company, the vast world-wide user acceptance strengthens its believe in developing a simple-to-use, fast and functional remote desktop solution. Team Viewer has no redundant auxiliary features but is capable of everything you would expect from a remote support solution.

The software is utilized to gain access to customer PCs in order to maintain or give support to clients and servers. It facilitates simple access to any PC connected to the Internet (even behind firewalls), in order to change settings or install applications for instance. 

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