Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics

                    It’s 6 a.m. in Los Angeles, but I have a fresh pot of coffee beside me, and I’m ready for class to begin. Class, in this case, is being conducted through my computer. I’m enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) through FutureLearn, and for the past three weeks, my Philosophy of Technology and Design class has studied the challenges (and opportunities) between humans and our emerging silicon cousins (robots, automated transportation, and other things as yet uninvented). Our…

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IGNOU launches Russian-language correspondence course

IGNOU launches Russian-language correspondence course

The School of Foreign Languages of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a certificate programme in the Russian language. “This is IGNOU’s first ever beginner’s level Russian language course through the distance mode,” Shivaji Bhaskar, Programme Coordinator, Certificate in Russian Language, told RIR on Jan. 31. “The programme is available for beginners, enabling them to read, write and speak the Russian language in an accurate manner.” The six-month course comprises of 16 credits. The study materials are in English and Russian. “The course is offered through open…

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Good News for MBA Aspirants: IIM-A Now Offers an Online PG Course Too!

Good News for MBA Aspirants: IIM-A Now Offers an Online PG Course Too!

The premier management institute has launched a two-year e-Post Graduate Programme in Management (ePGP) for working executives and entrepreneurs. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Source: By Mahargh Shah, via Wikimedia Commons The course will have a hybrid learning structure, offering a mixture of online as well as classroom learning. According to a report in The Indian Express, the technology partner for the course is Hughes Global Education, an online learning solutions provider. The programme will facilitate satellite-based education through an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform across more than 85 classrooms in over…

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Extension offers Master Gardener course online

Extension offers Master Gardener course online

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A new session of online Master Gardener training begins Jan. 30. Popularity of the online classes has grown steadily since University of Missouri Extension began offering them in 2013, said David Trinklein, state horticulture specialist for MU Extension. The online class is an alternative for people who would otherwise have to travel many miles to attend Master Gardener training. Trinklein and MU Extension regional horticulture specialist Sarah Denkler teach the 14 online sessions. “These classes represent a viable option for people who can’t take the weekly classes…

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In A First, IIM Ahmedabad Launches 2-Year Distance Learning Course

In A First, IIM Ahmedabad Launches 2-Year Distance Learning Course

Ahmedabad: The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on Monday launched a two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (e-PGP) through distance learning using satellite-based education technology. The course, the first by an IIM, will cost Rs. 17 lakh and is aimed at working executives and entrepreneurs. The institute will start offering the course from June on an interactive onsite learning (IOL) platform and is looking at junior, mid and senior level working professionals and entrepreneurs to enrol for the programme, IIM-A Director Ashish Nanda told reporters on Monday. The leading business…

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IGNOU starts language course in Russian

IGNOU starts language course in Russian

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Monday launched a certificate programme in Russian, intended to provide students a basic learning of the language. The six-month duration programme, worth 16 credits, is bilingual (Russian and English) and will be offered through self-learning material integrated with audio-visual components by way of open and distance learning mode. “The programme is useful for all sections of society and especially for those engaged in tourism, defence, multinationals, education, BPO, KPO and small and medium enterprises (SME) sector. “It is equally useful for fresh graduates who…

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SUSD students get free online course options

SUSD students get free online course options

The Sahuarita Unified School District is offering another way for high school students to fulfill their graduation requirements. In January, students can leave school an hour or two early and take one or two classes online without paying fees, said Brett Bonner, assistant superintendent for educational services. “We want to find ways to adapt and meet the needs of our diverse population,” he said. “We need to meet the needs of students who don’t meet the traditional brick-and-mortar programmatic design.” Most students attend school five or six hours a day,…

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This Online Course Teaches You How to Survive on Mars

This Online Course Teaches You How to Survive on Mars

If you watched The Martian and wondered if you too could have the chutzpah and know-how to make it on Mars, then here’s awesome news: You can now sign up for an actual online course that’ll teach you the basics to survival if you ever find yourself stranded on the red planet. Best of all, the course is free. The course, offered by FutureLearn and created by Monash University, is a 4-week program that’ll explain the key scientific principles to producing your own water, oxygen, food, and energy on Mars,…

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New course to help faculty teach online classes

New course to help faculty teach online classes

nline learning leaders want faculty to get better at teaching online courses. The University Teaching and Learning Center and GW’s in-house online course shop will offer a new online course to faculty next semester to help them learn the best ways to teach classes online. Officials and experts say as more classes are taught remotely, the course should help faculty make the transition to teaching online. Geneva Henry, the dean of libraries and academic innovation, said the course will combine both core teaching methods and the technological elements of course-building…

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