Tips for writing a professional dissertation

  Tips for writing a professional dissertation The dissertation is the preferred format of the essay contests and vestibular. Some techniques can facilitate the writing of this genre. Writing well is essential for anyone who wants to succeed in the writing and presentation of a dissertation. This ability can be useful in various spheres, since the writing is intrinsically linked to good communication, and we all know that communicating well can make all the difference. Continue reading “Tips for writing a professional dissertation”

Why is informal learning important?

What is Informal Learning? By definition informal learning is the unofficial, or unscheduled way most people learn. It often takes the form of articles, videos, books, podcasts, online courses, conferences, etc. as opposed to formal courses. The infographic below will emphases the following points: Reliance on informal learning is growing because it promotes autonomy, efficiency, relevancy, flexibility, accessibility. Nearly 9 in 10 people enjoy learning, nearly 40% of working professionals have not taken a single course, of any type, since college. Over 50% of working professionals say they learn something from an article, video, or book everyday. Most working professionals spend between 1-30 minutes per day on informal learning. On an average, most working professionals believe that 40-60% of the knowledge and skills relevant to their profession come from informal learning. Informal learning is a significant determinant of an individuals’s education.  It occurs everyday, in parallel with the formal learning. Individuals say they would use informal learning platforms more if their learning was tracked and recognized. Let us know your comments! Why is informal learning important? Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

Top 10 eLearning course development tools

Top 10 eLearning course development tools
Top 10 eLearning course development tools HTML5 has become a gold standard in the eLearning industry. Due to its versatility and functionality, it is used by a great number of course developers. There are tons of tools you can try when you are developing a new course, but not all of them are effective. The following list of top 10 eLearning authoring tools will enable you to choose the ones that correspond to your capacity and goals.
  1. Edge Animate CC
Adobe Edge Animate enables course authors to create interactive and animated content for their curriculums. With the last update, launched in June 2015, Edge Animate supports on-stage text editing and 64-bit Chromium Embedded Framework. The HTML Tracker is also important, since it notifies you when your design isn’t compatible with HTML5.
  1. Adapt Learning
This open-source authoring tool enables you to create responsive course content with HTML5 and JavaScript. The developers of Adapt Learning encourage a global community of developers and end users to get involved in eLearning. When you use this tool, you won’t have to build separate desktop and mobile versions for your course.
  1. Dictera
This collaborative content authoring platform supports HTML5 output and seamless LMS integration. You can use it to create rich interactive courses that include instructions and assessment for their users. The platform enables you to collaborate with authors and reviewers of eLearning courses, so you can rely on their experience to make your materials better.
  1. NinjaEssays
Great eLearning materials imply high-quality content. If you are unable to get this aspect right, it won’t matter what tools you use to develop the design. When it comes to content, custom writing service NinjaEssays can help you make it perfect. At this website, you can collaborate with expert writers and editors from the appropriate niche. The blog section will inform you about the latest trends and launches in the eLearning industry.
  1. Composica
As an eLearning developer, you can use Composica to create highly interactive courses in a collaborative environment. You can deliver the courses on any device. One of the most notable features of this tool is social authoring with project blogs, chats, comments, tagging, team visibility, and more.
  1. SHIFT
This powerful tool enables you to create eLearning courses in HTML and FLASH. It requires no technical skills, so you can start developing your project without wasting any time. The materials will fit perfectly on several devices of any size.
  1. Litmos Author
This is a cloud-based authoring tool that enables teams to collaborate on the development and management of eLearning and mobile learning courses. The entire process is covered in four stages: managing assets, collaborating on course development, reviewing the content in real time, and publishing and sharing. 8. Liquid Authoring With this tool, you can create cool HTML5 content for your presentations and eLearning courses. This browser-based app eliminates the necessity of other authoring tools. Liquid Authoring has SCORM compatibility and a cloud-based media library.
  1. Gomo Learning
This is an eLearning authoring, hosting and analytics tool that enables you to create beautiful HTML5 content with ease. The courses you create can be compatible for desktops, smartphones, and tablets. Gomo Learning is also a collaborative tool.
  1. EAD Builder
You want to include art in your courses, but you don’t want to bother with drawing and programming? Try EAD Builder – a platform that gives you access to interactive design elements that you can use with a simple drag-and-drop function. The library contains plenty of objects, characters, and scenarios that you can use in your course materials. All you need to do is choose your scenario, drag appropriate objects and characters, and add your content. Are you ready to experiment? Try some of the 10 tools listed above and you’ll discover the beauty of eLearning authoring all over again.  
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Technology requirements for TESOL online courses

Technology Requirements for TESOL Online Courses
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages,   Teaching English to foreigners who don’t speak it as a first language is increasingly gaining momentum around the world. Chinese and Indian parents are pushing for better quality English teachers to teach their kids. ESL or English as a Second Language, has become a sought after asset in the modern globalised economy. It comes as no surprise then, that there is a professional course aspiring teachers can take to prove their English proficiency and to then travel abroad to teach in countries with adequate demand. TESOL or Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a professional organisation that helps such teachers kickstart their career. Although the organisation was founded in the United States, the course is offered online for anyone who wants to sign up. There are, of course, some basic requirements each candidate must meet before they can get started with the TESOL certification online. Here is what you need:
  • Professional Requirements
A frequently asked question is whether you need any prior experience teaching English to be able to enter the course. For an online certification, this is not the case. You will need an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or international equivalent in any subject that could be considered relevant to teaching English. However, alternative qualifications will also be considered.
  • TESOL Focus Courses
Usually, TESOL courses consist of 150 hours of training and this can all be provided online. The course focuses on second language teaching and learning, grammar, pronunciation, discourse analysis, second language acquisition, classroom management, classroom research, classroom-based evaluation, second language curriculum development, research methods in language learning and research portfolio.
  • Technology in Education
The TESOL organisation has a well defined framework for the ways technology can be sued in education. The organisation believes that technology will never be fully sufficient to replace teachers altogether, but will in fact help teachers teach better and more effectively. The standards are outlined in the handbook and push for deep integration of technology into everyday classroom activities since it can help promote not just language skills but also tech savvy. The framework pushes for integration to ensure the teacher is sufficiently aided in the classroom and the students learn real-life skills. English must be used online and not just while reading or writing, as per the organization.
  • Technology Integration
Like with other parts of our lives, technology has the potential to transform the way we learn. Bloomberg recently reported on the need for coding lessons and how Chinese parents were preparing their kids for a future where coding and English language skills will be paramount. The need for tech in the classroom is evident from the way students have adopted consumer tech in their day to day activities. The TESOL organisation understands this need and has made attempts to equip teachers and candidates with the tools needed to deal with student demands in the modern classroom and help them develop the skills to the best of their ability. About the author: Sunny Popali is working for UNI-Prep Institute. UNI-Prep is an institute offering courses in TESOL teacher training, business and management. Courses are offered online and in-class.

Gates Foundation awards $3.2 million grant for personalised learning

  Gates Foundation awards $3.2 million grant for personalised learning   Austin, TX (November 12, 2015) — The New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for profit organisation focused on educational innovation, has received a major grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead a postsecondary initiative in personalised learning. The NMC will promote the adoption of high-quality personalised learning solutions, including courseware and integrated planning and advising services, to colleges and universities across the US. Over the next two years, the NMC will organise and convene key influencers and leaders in the field to move the most innovative ideas and solutions from the foundation’s vast network of grantees and partners into practice. The grant capitalises on the NMC’s role as a catalyst for transforming solid ideas from experimental and pilot stages to wider adoption in higher education. The NMC will engage the Postsecondary Success network of grantees, partners, and thought leaders in a variety of synchronous and face-to face events, build upon and organise the existing communities, devise programmatic strategies, and capture the key ideas and outcomes from this work. Along the way, the NMC will continuously identify new synergies within the network and provide more visibility into the grantees’ progress by showcasing exemplars. The grant will focus on several areas of development within the foundation’s Postsecondary Success mission including Courseware and Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS). The Courseware initiative focuses on finding the best courseware solutions to help low-income students succeed in high enrolment general education college courses. Through the Next Generation Courseware Challenge, seven grantees received $20 million of funding from the foundation to design and implement digital courseware offerings for this purpose. IPAS aims to develop tools and technologies that will help students navigate the path to a certificate or degree using predictive analytics to identify at-risk learners. “Our new project stems from the growing body of work in learning and student success that is energising conversations at every level of higher education, and we look forward to being part of this exciting community of innovators,” said NMC CEO, Larry Johnson. “For over 20 years, the NMC has helped create a wide range of communities around progressive ideas and practices in higher education. We are very excited to have this opportunity to apply the NMC’s experience and expertise gained over that time in support of the foundation’s vision and grant making. Our two organizations share a deep commitment to improving student outcomes, access, and success in postsecondary education. I can’t wait to see where this collaboration takes us!” ### About the New Media Consortium (NMC) The NMC is an international not-for-profit consortium of learning-focused organisations committed to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. The NMC is world-renowned for its NMC Horizon Project, which produces the NMC Horizon Report series, charting the uptake of emerging technologies in various learning sectors worldwide. Since 1993, the NMC and its members have dedicated themselves to analysing and developing potential applications of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, research, and creative inquiry. To learn more, visit www.nmc.org.

Which is the most effective way to take notes?

Which is the most effective way to take notes?
Which is the most effective way to take notes?   People tend to lose almost 40% of new information within the first 24 hours of first reading or hearing it. If notes are taken effectively , it is possible to retain and retrieve almost 100% of the received information. Effective note taking is interactive, and it concerns using the original notes numerous times to build memory of the content. The rate of forgetting is minimized if students re-read their notes the same day they have taken it. Continue reading “Which is the most effective way to take notes?”

Reasons to consider MOOCs

Reasons to consider MOOCs

Reasons to consider MOOCs Many high school students are now considering the option of taking MOOCs, which is an abbreviated form of Massive Open Online Course, where a platform is given to the students, teaching assistants and professors online to interact, as well as access the resources and content made available for free to them to reuse, as well as reproduce. There are many reasons why the high school students need to take these courses. Continue reading “Reasons to consider MOOCs”

3 Ways to save money and time with online learning system

3 Ways to save money and time with online learning system
3 Ways to save money and time with online learning system An online learning system is usually a portal on the Internet that will allow you to undertake a course on a specific subject matter, without having to travel to a campus or classroom. In today’s society online learning such as this has become increasingly popular with students who also have a 9-5 day job or other activities that make it hard for them to attend pre-set classes throughout daytime or evening hours. Continue reading “3 Ways to save money and time with online learning system”

5 Courses that can help your career

5 Courses that can help your career
5 Courses that can help your career   Those that belong to the Millennials are more likely to change careers than those that belong to the older generations. They see job hopping as a way to escape the boredom and the burnout that people tend to experience after too much time spent doing the same job. At least, this is what Jeanne Meister wrote for the Forbes in 2012. Therefore, here are some of the courses that you may consider if you want to switch careers. Continue reading “5 Courses that can help your career”

Office evolution

  With businesses expanding, growing and changing, offices have significantly changed over the years . We have had to keep up to date with modern technologies and business software in order to follow the technology trends – but have you ever stopped to think just how much changes have we experienced? Continue reading “Office evolution”

How to write an academic essay?

How to write an academic essay?

How to write an academic essay? Everyone dreams of writing exceptional essays and academic work. Students aspire to become great writers so they can achieve their aims and milestones in different subjects. Trying to manage a good grade is what every student dreams of and looks forward to finding, but they always end up without it just because they cannot write well or the essay is too complicated for their understanding. Writing an essay with exceptional writing skills means two things. First is that you should be prepared to write on a difficult topic through your knowledge and research, the second is to make sure you have done some pre-writing activities that will help you get into the groove of writing well. Continue reading “How to write an academic essay?”

Three web based resources to help you study

 

Three Web based resources to help you study

How can Internet help students who do not have access to vast libraries?

Most of the time when the word studying comes up, many students believe that they will have to be buried deep within books. However, with the advancement in information technology, this notion now does not hold true. There are a multitude of online resources that help students to turn their boring studies into exciting adventures. Furthermore, many students do not have access to large libraries so that they can borrow books which they need to study nor do they possess ample funds to buy expensive books. So, in such cases, the Internet has proven itself to be quite a helpful resource, as almost all the students’ access to the Internet can use these resources, as they are free of cost. If you want to know about some of these resources, do read ahead! 
  1. Try Google Scholar for a better research:

If you start using Google search, randomly typing queries, you will find some links that might prove helpful for you. However, many of these links will not be relevant to your search and will be useless, so you will just be wasting your time skimming through them. If you want to save your time and find more relevant academic resources, try using Google Scholar.Through this source, you can find many academic articles, mostly free, that can be helpful. It is estimated that it has more than 160 million scholarly articles, so your search will lead to authentic articles which are relevant to your assignment and are of good quality.
  1. Look up Khan Academy:

With interactive videos available in almost 65 languages, Khan Academy is one of the best resources for students who want to have a comprehensive learning experience. This portal has video tutorials on almost all subjects that can help you to develop a deep understanding of concepts that are difficult to grasp otherwise. Khan Academy is available in more than 20 languages, so students around the world can benefit from this gold mine.
  1. Yes! Wikipedia can be used too!

Of course, your professors will insist that you never use Wikipedia and of course you cannot use it as a reference in your academic papers, however, Wikipedia is a great source of information that is written in simple English. So, if you have no clue about your assignment topic or where to start your search, just go to Wikipedia and start your search there, just to get an idea. Moreover, you will find that Wikipedia has source links at the bottom of the page, so you can always use these links to go to the original source of information. There are many other numerous  resources available online, all are free of charge, so all you need to do is research, as you have a magic stick handy – the internet. If you use it properly, you can unlock a world full of treasures that has free resources, just waiting for to be tapped.   Author’s Bio: Melody Wilson is a reputable and versatile writer, having penned various articles, short stories and blogs on diverse topics ranging from the latest technology to education. She has a Master’s degree in Business Studies, but her interests also extend to literature. Currently, she is working as an academic content writer and manager for buyassignmentservice.com a well known online academic writing agency.  

E-learning infographic

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e-learning infographics

One of the most comprehensive place in the e-learning industry network dedicated to the best education infographics is e-learning infographics.com. Formed by a team of creative, hard-working, and passionate online educators, one can find the best education infographics based on a thriving community of 75,000+ online educators, teachers, instructional designers, professors, and in general, professionals that have a great passion about education.

eLearningInfographics supports 16 education infographics categories Gamification Infographics MOOC Infographics Mobile Learning Infographics Social Learning Infographics Special Education Infographics Adult Education Infographics Distance Education Infographics Educational Technology Preschool Infographics K12 Infographics Higher Education Infographics Continuing Education Infographics eLearning Infographics Instructional Design Infographics Teacher Infographics Student Infographics

Learn English online for free

Learn English online for free
Learn English online for free

Learning is the key to success, whether you are a student or a professional, learning is the only way you can progress. It is correctly said that when learning stops, so does your growth. For students, learning and having a strong command over the English language is the key. In order to write with quality and avoid struggles in assignment writing, having a strong knowledge of English language principles and basics is very important. When we talk about studying English language, there are also other factors like students coming from abroad who do not have the right understanding of the language or professionals coming to work in English spoken countries. Continue reading “Learn English online for free”

Great scholarship opportunities for students in 2016

Great scholarship opportunities for students in 2016
Great scholarship opportunities for students in 2016 Financing your higher education is always a task which is crucial and has to be very thoughtful. Lots of students fall into the trap of poor financial management when they are at college and then they become victims of increased debt, which has to be repaid after students graduate from their colleges. One of the best ways to avoid such hazards is to plan your finances properly and arrange plans which will cover the most of your higher education expenses throughout your academic journey. Continue reading “Great scholarship opportunities for students in 2016”

The science of study

When you learn something new, the involved brain synapses change. Once the information is stored, the more your recall what you’ve learned, the more simultaneous the process becomes. This same reaction occurs when learning any new information or skill. As you learn, your brain actually grows! The brain may be incredible, but it is also sensitive. Staying up late and feeling fatigued can cause problems in the cortex, which is the main area in the brain for storing information. It’s also becoming common knowledge that learning things slowly, over a period of time, is most beneficial for memory.
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Top Microsoft tools in education

Top Microsoft tools in education

Top Microsoft tools in education   As the modern education world slowly progresses towards being more automated and aided with amazing technological assistance, teachers can find more useful tools for their classroom activities. Giants like Google and Microsoft have stepped up their research and development departments to create applications or devices that can help both the teachers and students in making education, as well as learning much more interesting and interactive. The use of these tools and devices has seemingly increased and captured the attention span of both the teachers and students, which is why they have become a famous way of capturing student’s attention and focus in class. Continue reading “Top Microsoft tools in education”

Top tips to motivate students in classroom

photodune-4380917-happy-faces-par1-1200x661     Sometimes even the brightest student in classroom needs motivation and by adopting quick, small strategies teachers and parents can make a huge difference in motivating. By adopting these strategies, boost up the student involvement with the particular lesson and stop distractions and interference. Each of the ideas given below was developed in order to meet the needs and requirements of students and can produce great results. Continue reading “Top tips to motivate students in classroom”

4 Types of school scholarship you can apply

4 Types of school scholarship you can apply
4 Types of school scholarship you can apply     When you plan to get yourself blessed with higher education, financial commitment becomes a key player in influencing your various decisions about the kind of education. Some of the general questions that you are found answering are:
  • What type of program should you be enrolling in?
  • What university should you be going for?
  • What course duration and specifics should you take?
  • Whether you should go for foreign or local education centers?
Continue reading “4 Types of school scholarship you can apply”

Why Twitter “works” in education?

Why Twitter "works" in education?

Why Twitter "works" in education?

As with the advancement in technology, social media channels grow day by day, each adopts their own personality.

LinkedIn is the oldest in the family.

Instagram is the playful teen, that opened its restaurant with the money for the family.

Facebook is the walking political argument that everyone know not get started.

And Twitter? Twitter is the wild child of the whole bunch.

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Difference between words that sound alike

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Difference between words that sound alike Snipping or sniping? Pray or prey? Desert or dessert? Knowing the different meanings and variations of words will allow you to properly use them and spell them correctly without worrying that you are making a mistake. Continue reading “Difference between words that sound alike”

Top 9 free-to-use iPad apps for teachers, students and parents

Top 9 free-to-use iPad apps for teachers, students and parents

Algorithms are the playgrounds of the future

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Algorithms are the playgrounds of the future

Math is cool because nothing defines cool better than success.

The world has come a long way since the time of the Greeks. Then the Persians and Arabs kept the wheels of math algorithms turning, while western nations wallowed in the Dark Ages. Continue reading “Algorithms are the playgrounds of the future”

Good money without a degree

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Good money without a degree “Get an education so you can get a decent job,” said your parents, and they’re right — but lucrative careers aren’t limited to people with four-year degrees or post-graduate education. Many high paying careers only require an associate’s degree. Please note: Median earnings listed below come from 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Continue reading “Good money without a degree”

Tips and tools for learning IT online

Tips and tools for learning IT online It is essential for students to be committed towards online learning for them to be successful. They must be able to follow all deadlines and complete all their assignments on time. Following are the guidelines that can help steer the students through their online learning experience: Continue reading “Tips and tools for learning IT online”

Turn your smartphone into a study library

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Mobile-Learning In this era of technology nothing is difficult. Everything lies on your doorstep all you need to do is to open the door for the things to come in. Whether you are sitting at your home or out in the park you can gain access to any place you want. Smart phones have solved many issues regarding visiting any place to get lectures. Even the medical surgeries are taking place online. Smart phones have made our life easy. On just one click without even standing up from our place we reach to the other desired place. We take same enjoyment of watching a movie while sitting in park or garden. On one touch we get in contact with the person sitting 1000 miles away from us. Even students can attend their virtual classes in just one single touch without heading to their university they can enjoy their lectures just like sitting in their classes. Continue reading “Turn your smartphone into a study library”

School fees made easier

School fees made easier

School fees made easier School fees make a large part of one household expenses. If parents decide to send their offspring to private school, they are free of the long waiting lists, but they have to invest a lot more money into this. Financial advisors are even recommending that parents should start saving for tuition and additional expenses, as soon as the child is born. Since that is usually not the case, they are facing with a number of headaches when the bills arrive. There is no reason to panic, though. The truth is, as soon as you start thinking realistically and planning your budget, you are half way through. Read on to find out some useful tips on how to win the school fees race. Continue reading “School fees made easier”

Enhance creativity through drawing

If you have ever been called out for not paying attention in class, because you were doodling in your notebook, you should not really worry much! What if we tell you that doodling, stimulates the brain and improves your memory and focus? Don’tbelieve us? Check out Chronicle Books’ infographic, which was inspired from one of their most popular selling sketchbooks, “642 Things To Draw” Enhance creativity through drawing

How to choose a high quality online course?

  questionmark Online education is attracting more and more attention worldwide due to its flexibility and availability. Nowadays, major institutions proudly offer a variety of courses ranging from technology to administration. Since the competition is huge, it’s very easy to get lost going through numerous offers. How do you make sure you choose a high quality course that’s just right for you? We’ve put together tips that will help you make the right decision. State your goal Before you even start looking at endless lists of courses, you need to answer one simple question – what is it that you really want to achieve? Do you want to finally land the promotion you’ve been waiting for? Or maybe you want to build new skills or just broaden your horizons? Whatever reasons you have, you need to set a clear goal, so that you are not disappointed at the end of the course. High quality course providers offer free advice from admission counselors, so if you are having a hard time deciding, just write an e-mail or chat online with a trained career adviser. Carefully read the syllabus Every course provider is obliged to publish a syllabus containing the topics of consecutive classes together with detailed descriptions of topics covered during each class. Read it carefully and assess if the presented material meets your expectations and will help you reach your goal. Find out how many classes the course covers and remember that if the syllabus doesn’t seem to satisfy your educational needs, neither will the course itself. Check out the institution After you’ve decided on a specific course, it is advised to research the institution. Check if your course provider has been accredited by a respected agency. Also, look up online reviews and opinions, which will help you determine if the institution is trustworthy. Value for money Let’s talk about money now. You need to make sure that admission costs won’t hinder your finances more than expected. Inquire about all costs of the course, but also research the prices of additional materials. Check if you will have to buy your own textbooks,or if they will be provided by the institution. Get the facts straight Last, but not least, contact the course provider to inquire about the information flow and feedback. Find out what technology is necessary to go through the course without any trouble. It is important to know how the course provider will distribute necessary materials. You should be aware that during the course you might be asked to submit papers or take part in online discussions. You may need to take weekly quizzes or midterm tests as well, so find out how the assignments will be distributed and then submitted. It’s no secret that choosing a high quality online course and collecting all necessary information is crucial when going for distance education, but we hope that with these tips you will be able to make the right decision more easily. Kelly Smith is a dedicated tutor and writer. Currently, she develops her passion at Career FAQs, one of the leading providers of career and educational resources in Australia, where she provides career advice for students and job seekers.

UGC NET: First step to teach

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UGC NET: First step to teach

UGC, which is known as University Grants Commission, was established by the Government of India for different courses in the field of education, to create different facilities and policies of education. In order to provide a continuous flows of professionals, in various fields of education, it enables taking different exams for different courses. Considering the activity of research in different fields, it has set special arrangements for this test, all in the direction of helping to find out the talented research fellows from across the world. It is one of the most popular tests in the field of education. Continue reading “UGC NET: First step to teach”