Thursday, January 14, 2010

Online College Planned for Workers in Union

Published: January 14, 2010 NY Times The A.F.L.-C.I.O., the main umbrella group for the nation’s labor unions, announced on Thursday that it was joining with the National Labor College and the Princeton Review to create an online college for the federation’s 11.5 million members and their families.

The new college, tentatively named the College for Working Families, will seek to “expand job opportunities for its members by providing education and retraining in a way that’s affordable and accessible,” the founders said.

The college will be the first and only accredited degree-granting online institution devoted exclusively to educating union members. It plans to begin offering courses this fall, including ones on criminal justice, education, business and allied health sciences. Continue reading here

Friday, January 8, 2010

Learn Anything Online ... For Free

By: Bill Hogan  Source: From the AARP Bulletin print edition  January 1, 2010

Getting Started  Here are a few tools and tips to keep you at the head of your e-learning class
What kind of Internet connection do I need?
Many courses deliver classes in large audio and video files (multimedia files) that you download. That means you’ll definitely want a high-speed Internet connection (cable, DSL, fiber-optic, etc.). Dial-up service is too slow.
How do I play audio and video files?
This is sometimes as easy as hitting an onscreen “download” or “play” button. You’ll probably save and organize these files on your computer so that you can use them whenever you want.

Do I need special software to play files? While many audio and video files can be played with a standard Web browser (like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or Mozilla’s Firefox), you’ll often need software specifically for that purpose. The easiest and most popular is Apple’s iTunes. It’s free. Other choices: QuickTime, Apple’s basic playback software (for both Macs and PCs); Windows Media Player, Microsoft’s digital media player and library, which works only on PCs; and RealPlayer by RealNetworks (for both Macs and PCs). All are free, at least in their basic versions.

How can I keep track of all the files?
There are lots of ways to organize. You could simply store them on your computer in multiple folders and subfolders, much like an electronic filing cabinet. If you use iTunes, there are seven built-in “libraries” to help you categorize.

What are podcasts?
Think of them as a subscription service for video and audio files. The files you’re interested in are made available to you online for downloading via an automatic “feed.” You can then watch them or listen to them whenever you want, either on your computer or a portable media player.

You mean I can learn on the go?
If you want to take your lessons with you—to the gym, on a walk—you can transfer them to a portable media player, such as Apple’s iPod or Microsoft’s Zune HD. Increasingly, smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone or Motorola’s Droid, are equipped to handle audio and video files. Some even double as eBook readers.

Will I need hard copies of books?
For many online university courses, you’ll need textbooks or other titles on the syllabus. Online marketplaces such as and typically sell used textbooks for as low as $1 apiece.

Guide to E-Learning Sites
This sampling of e-learning opportunities is generally limited to video-based content that’s meant to be free, without restrictions or catches. Other education and enrichment discoveries are limited only by what your search engine of choice turns up. Or stay on top of new offerings at Open Culture, which scours the Web for free cultural and educational media.

Smorgasbord sites read the detail at the link at end of this article

Standalone university sites  read the detail at the link at end of this article

How-to ...  read the detail at the link at end of this article

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Arts and sciences  read the detail at the link at end of this article

Computer programming. Maybe you’ve read about Ethan Nicholas, who earned $800,000 by writing an artillery game called “iShoot” for the iPhone. If you want to try your own hand, consider auditing Stanford’s Computer Science 193P: iPhone Application Programming. The 10-week undergraduate course attracted 150 students for only 50 spots when it was introduced on campus last fall. Online viewers see the same lectures as classroom students. 
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Friday, January 1, 2010

Want to be a nurse? Study online

Want to be a nurse? Train in the Philippines and online

BAY NEWS 9 --Thursday, December 31, 2009  A new nursing school called Nursing Career Connections has initiated an online program.

With the currently shortage of nurses, many students are studying for a career in nursing.
But that's led to another problem: classrooms don't have enough space to accomodate all the students who want to pursue nursing as a career.

A new nursing school called Nursing Career Connections has initiated an online program, where a student can become an LPN after completing classes and a four-month trip to the Phillipines for clinical work.

The Center for Nursing says by 2014 there will be more than 36,000 new nursing jobs available, but nowhere near enough people to fill those jobs.

Welcome to Nursing Career Connections, your immediate source for achieving nursing success through education.
  • Are you currently waiting to gain entrance to a public nursing program?
  • Frustrated by the high costs of private programs?
NCC can help.
With public educational facilities offering only very limited seating per semester for nursing programs and private educational facilities offering seats at a very costly entrance, NCC is bridging the gap between the school and the student, by providing for a unique 9 month online LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) curriculum, then a 4 month clinical study program abroad.

While studying abroad for a medical education is not a new concept, our program is unique for it allows you to do all of the coursework in the comforts of your home. This leaves only the clinical study to be done abroad. This saves you time and money.

Our program costs can be compared to that of a public educational facility. Again making it a very affordable program.

And because we are online, there is no reason why you couldn’t start today!
So don’t put your nursing career on hold, jumpstart your education, register today, start tomorrow…

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