Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

On Friday, the higher education funding and regulating agency, the University Grants Commission, notified new rules for open and distance learning programmes in India. These courses that deliver printed, recorded or online learning material to students so that they can study on their own time and at home have proliferated since the Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, in Telangana, and the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi were founded in the 1980s. They hold classes periodically and do not require students to attend classes regularly in an institution. The…

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Are Online Classes for Everyone?

Are Online Classes for Everyone?

When I was given the opportunity to take ECON 201 as an online course for the Spring 2017 semester, I seized it right away, even though I had never taken an online class through NJIT before and had no real idea of what to expect. The discussion surrounding the effectiveness of online courses was enough to make me feel comfortable registering for the class, despite my slight reservations. This scenario is not uncommon, as over the past decade online classes, also known as “distance learning” courses, have developed a strong…

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Here Are 8 Career Opportunities For Indian Army Wives In The Internet Era

Here Are 8 Career Opportunities For Indian Army Wives In The Internet Era

Being an army wife is a tough job. To add to that, husband’s hectic schedule and frequent transfers make it difficult for an army wife to pursue a full-time career. I have seen many talented and qualified women letting go of their career due to dearth of good opportunities in smaller towns where their husbands are posted. However, with telecommuting slowly becoming a popular option in India, a lot of new career opportunities have opened up for army wives now. I am an army wife and I work full time…

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‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

‘Schools are in jeopardy’: teachers renew funding plea in run-up to polls

Headteachers in England have called for school funding to be at the top of the political agenda in the run-up to the general election, warning that widespread budget cuts threaten to undermine the education system. As political campaigning gathered pace, teachers predicted that progress in education would stall and academic standards would start to decline if schools continued to come under “unacceptable levels of financial pressure”. Russell Hobby, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union, called on all the parties seeking to form the next…

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7 Marine Corps online-training classes are on the chopping block

7 Marine Corps online-training classes are on the chopping block

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Marine Corps is axing some online courses and adding more face-to-face training, according to an early copy of an internal message obtained by Stars and Stripes. The cuts, which include seven classes representing five hours of annual training, take effect May 1, the message said. Those courses are Hazing, Tobacco Cessation, Unit Marine Awareness and Prevention Integrated Training, Marine Corps Records Management, Combating Trafficking in Persons, Violence Prevention and Social Media Conduct. Online training on operational security, terrorism awareness and cybersecurity will continue, the…

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Two UK schools are testing body cameras for teachers in the classroom

Two UK schools are testing body cameras for teachers in the classroom

Two schools in the UK are testing the use of body cameras worn by teachers in order to deter bad behavior in the classroom. The move is part of an “unstoppable” trend for the adoption of this technology, says criminal justice researcher Tom Ellis, who revealed the existence of the three-month trials in a report for The Conversation. According to Ellis, the cameras are optional, only turned on when it is “legitimate, proportionate, and necessary,” and are intended to help teachers resolve conflicts and reduce low-level disturbances. “The cameras are…

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Why It’s A Great Idea To Change Careers When You Are 40

Why It’s A Great Idea To Change Careers When You Are 40

When I reached my mid-50s I decided to make a radical career change. I’d spent 25 years in industry in a series of increasingly senior HR roles with high profile companies and I had no real reason to abandon a career that was developing very well. No real reason, that is, except one, crucial one. I wanted something different. Much to the surprise of my friends and colleagues, instead of being a senior executive in an international company, I decided to become a teacher. It could, as many of them…

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Two top public schools attended by Prince Charles and Tony Blair are investigated as part of major inquiry into child abuse

Two top public schools attended by Prince Charles and Tony Blair are investigated as part of major inquiry into child abuse

Two top public schools attended by Prince Charles and Tony Blair are being investigated by a major national inquiry into child abuse. Gordonstoun, the alma mater of the heir to the throne, and Fettes College – where the former Labour Prime Minister was a pupil – both feature in the statutory probe. Other private schools under investigation include Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, Loretto School in Musselburgh and Morrison’s Academy in Crieff. The boarding schools are being probed as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into more than 60…

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Harvard Photography Classes Are Now Available Online For Free

Harvard Photography Classes Are Now Available Online For Free

Following in the footsteps of Stanford University, the Alison platform is now offering Harvard photography classes online for free. The courses were developed by Harvard and are shared legally with a Creative Commons license, along with classes on 750 other topics. Sounds like a great way to kick off 2017 with a new hobby! There are twelve modules, and the 13th module is a final evaluation that you have to pass to complete the course. The program is mainly composed of the basics of digital photography, including training on how retouching…

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Indian Institute of Management: CAT 2016 results are out, check your scores here

Indian Institute of Management: CAT 2016 results are out, check your scores here

It’s a result that all management aspirants were waiting for . Monday promises much excitement with the declaration of the Common Admission Test or CAT results. Those anxious to check there scores can click here. The test was conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for a seat in their management programmes and was held on December 4. CAT is mandatory for entry to more than 100 management institutes across the country, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management and other top business schools such as SP Jain Institute…

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