Timely launch for new online Instructional Technology & Design master’s degree – UNCGNews

timely launch for new online instructional technology & design master’s degree – uncgnews


As society continues to struggle with a pandemic, many people have found themselves thrust into teaching, learning, working, and creating through virtual tools and platforms – many for the first time. Within this cultural shift, a new online master’s program at UNC Greensboro is positioned to be a leader in designing and implementing tools and experiences for an increasingly online world.

The new online MEd in Instructional Technology program launched this fall with its inaugural cohort of 13 graduate students. Led by Dr. Anthony Chow from the Department of Library and Information Science, the program will prepare teachers, instructors, and trainers to design, deliver, and assess top-quality learning and development across industries including academia, government, military, nonprofits, and the private sector.

And the new program has hit the virtual ground running. Under the mentorship of Chow, 5 of the graduate students volunteered to lead usability testing with UNCG faculty, staff, and students for the new UNC Greensboro website design that is underway this year. And that project happened in the first week of class. The students documented user interaction with web page architecture and noted how long it took users to perform certain tasks, and noted issues users had with navigation. These …



Forbes School of Business & Technology to Present Webinar Series on Leadership Skills in Today’s Global Economy

forbes school of business & technology to present webinar series on leadership skills in today’s global economy


SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University will host Leadership Skills You Need to Compete in Today’s Global Economy, a four-part webinar series featuring topics related to enhancing individual leadership strengths and redefining the attributes of today’s impactful leaders.
Each webinar session will feature presentations by a member of the school’s MBA Advisory Committee, who will share their thought leadership and industry experience related to the education and skills needed to compete in the global business environment.
The webinar sessions and MBA Advisory Committee presenters include:
Adaptation – The New Competitive Advantage
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10 am PTPresented by Dr. Chitra Anand, Author, Global Speaker, and Advisor to High-Growth  CompaniesIn this talk, Anand will explore how Adaptation Theory can be used as a new way of thinking for organizations to achieve sustainable innovation, and to pivot successfully as necessary.
EQ/DQ/CA – The Winning Combination of Emotional, Diversity, and Communications Intelligence
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10 am PTPresented by Kevin Allen, Founder and CEO, E.I. GamesAllen will examine these three areas of emotional intelligence and how together, they are an intrinsic part of vital leadership skills development.
BQ (Business Quotient) and Leadership
Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10 …


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Can Your Students Tell the Difference Between Fact and Fiction? – EdSurge News

can your students tell the difference between fact and fiction? – edsurge news


Information flies by in our social media feeds, pops into our private messages and invades our inboxes. Sometimes I feel like I can’t even keep up. On more than one occasion, I’ve shared something, then had to walk it back. I know better, and yet I still fail to be a critical consumer of information. How, then, can we do better when so much is at stake? In recent months, I’ve started really digging into the how and why of misinformation, disinformation and the nitty-gritty details of being news literate. At first, I felt like I couldn’t get my arms around what to do. It seemed so insurmountable to begin to make inroads in teaching the kids (and, for that matter, the adults) in my life how to rise above the fray, to think before acting and to critically analyze all the inputs. Honestly, it’s tempting to put my head in the sand. And if I feel this way as an educator and library media specialist who is supposed to be able to lead and guide on topics like this, I can’t imagine how overwhelming it is for someone without a background in information …


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Idaho families can get thousands to help with education costs – East Idaho News

idaho families can get thousands to help with education costs – east idaho news


Stock imageBOISE — Idaho families can receive up to $3,500 to purchase or receive reimbursement for educational materials, technology or services through a website launching Wednesday. In September, Gov. Brad Little announced the Strong Families, Strong Students initiative utilizing $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. Since the announcement, the State Board of Education has approved a contract with a third-party vendor, allowing the Wednesday launch of “When parents have to step in to provide instruction and equipment due to school-related closures, we see them pushed out of the workforce – something that strains our economic rebound, Little said in a news release Monday announcing the website. The website will allow eligible parents to apply for $1,500 per eligible student with a maximum award of $3,500 per family. The money can be used to purchase or receive reimbursement for eligible educational materials, devices and services. Eligible items include computers, software, other devices including adaptive learning technology, internet connectivity, instructional materials, and fees for courses, tutoring services, educational services and therapies, and licensed daycare during work hours. RELATED | Want a state grant to offset online learning costs? Stay tuned Board of Education spokesman Mike Keckler tells that the program targets families with …


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Meet Howard County Education Board Candidate: Jen Mallo

meet howard county education board candidate: jen mallo


COLUMBIA, MD — When voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 elections, they will be asked to select individuals to serve on the Howard County’s board of education. Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to help provide voters with information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation. Below are the responses from candidate Jen Mallo. Age (as of Election Day) Husband, 3 children who graduated from Wilde Lake HS Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No Education MA, George Washington University, East Asian StudiesBA, Wittenberg University, Economics, East Asian Studies Occupation Board of Education member (2 years), Education Advocate/Activist (25 years), Blessings in Backpack Coordinator (2+ years), University Administration (2 years) Campaign website Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office Current member of the Howard County Board of EducationPolicy Chair, Howard County Board of EducationDirector, Legal Services Administration of the Maryland Association of Boards of EducationHoward County Executive Spending Affordability Committee Member The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it. The single most pressing issue facing our school board …


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IRIS Software Group acquires school management system, iSAMS

iris software group acquires school management system, isams


LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 20, 2020–IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies is today announcing it has acquired iSAMS, a leading, fully integrated, online school management system.Set to grow the scope of the education portfolio for IRIS, iSAMS is closely aligned with the Group’s vision to be the most trusted provider of mission critical software and services. iSAMS provides management information system (MIS) solutions to over 500 UK independent schools and over 500 international schools across 80 countries.

iSAMS complements IRIS’ objective to be at the heart of school management, ensuring education leaders stay ahead of regulatory change; streamline school management by automating mundane and complex operational tasks to drive success; and engage employees, parents and pupils to exchange important information and build valuable relationships.Kevin Dady, Executive Chairman of IRIS Software Group says, “As part of our growth strategy, we continue to identify opportunities to expand both domestically and internationally.“Domestically we are seeing a growing need for schools to not only move to a SaaS environment for finance, HR and payroll, but increase their engagement with parents, provide more detailed reporting and create more efficient, paperless administration systems.“IRIS’ heritage, combined with its 11,000+ school …


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2U, Inc. Announces Date for 2020 Third Quarter Earnings Report

2u, inc. announces date for 2020 third quarter earnings report


LANHAM, Md., Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2020 financial results on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Christopher “Chip” Paucek, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Lalljie, Chief Financial Officer, will hold an audio webcast and conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the results.To access the live webcast, visit To participate in the conference call by telephone in the U.S., dial 1-877-359-9508, or outside of the U.S., dial 1-224-357-2393. A recording of the webcast will be posted to 2U’s Investor Relations site as soon as it is available.About 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU)Eliminating the back row in higher education is not just a metaphor—it’s our mission. For more than a decade, 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology, has been a trusted partner and brand steward of great universities. We build, deliver, and support more than 435 digital and in-person educational offerings, including graduate degrees, professional certificates, Trilogy-powered boot camps, and GetSmarter short courses. Together with our partners, 2U has positively transformed the lives of more than 245,000 students and lifelong learners. To learn more, visit #NoBackRowInvestor Contact: …


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Learning by doing, remotely

learning by doing, remotely


Experiential learning is alive and well at MIT — even when it’s remote.

Just ask Julian Zulueta, a sophomore in biological engineering. Last May, he spotted an intriguing social impact internship opportunity in the PKG Public Service Center newsletter: The CDC Foundation, a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit created to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was seeking remote students to assist with the Covid-19 response.

He applied — one of 60 candidates for two spots — and got the position. As a member of the CDC Foundation’s Workforce Strike Team, Zulueta interfaced with state and local health departments, with a particular focus on the Midwest region. Drawing on his introductory Python experience at MIT, he analyzed requisition data and created visualizations to detect trends in resources and in the effectiveness of medical interventions. He also studied correlations in universities’ response to Covid-19 and helped establish new professional growth policies within the CDC Foundation.

The internship was eye-opening, and it stoked his interest in exploring public health careers further. “To my surprise, I realized that public health was more than just the opinions of doctors and nurses. Rather, it extends to incorporate ideas related to public policy design and statistics, which can …


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