Applications are now being accepted to participate in 10 CCTI site partnerships. The League for Innovation (League) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education to lead the CCTI Consortium of site partnerships.
Through its collaboration, the CCTI Consortium will identify, develop, and refine strategies and programs of study that help students move effectively from high school to college and to careers by better aligning and improving the quality of secondary and postsecondary programs in high-demand career areas. The League will work closely with project partners: the American Association of Community Colleges, the Center for Occupational Research and Development, The Chauncey Group International, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and an impressive array of eminent national figures who have agreed to serve as the Advisory Working Group.
Community and technical colleges and their partners interested in applying for CCTI site partnerships can find application requirements, additional information, and frequently asked questions on the CCTI project homepage online, by emailing Linda Kerr, CCTI Project Support, or calling 480-705-8200, ext. 243. Application deadline is February 28, 2003.
Microsoft Corporation and League for Innovation invite
you to nominate two outstanding community college technology students
for the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards.
The winners of these awards will be determined through a national search
of nominations from the League member institutions. The awards, each
in the amount of $5,000, plus copies of Microsoft software programs,
will be presented to two students with special talent and interest in
a career in technology who also demonstrate a need for financial assistance
in meeting their career goals. Award winners are designated as Microsoft
Student Technology Champion and Student Developer Champion.
The Student Developer Champion award will be presented to a
student with a career focus of software development.
Application forms must be completed and returned with a letter of recommendation prior to Friday, February 14, 2003.
Microsoft Corporation’s Higher Education Group will make the selections, and award winners will be announced at the League’s Innovations 2003 Conference, March 16-19, in Phoenix.
Please note: One nomination for Student Technology Champion and one nomination for Student Developer Champion will be accepted from each League member institution. In multicollege districts, each separate college accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations is allowed one nominee for each student award (Student Technology Champion and Student Developer Champion). Single, multicampus community colleges accredited by one of the six regional accreditation associations are allowed one nominee for each student award.
Please email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200 for an application form or additional information.
Register now for Innovations 2003, March 16-19 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. The host, Maricopa Community Colleges, and coordinators, Estrella Mountain Community College and Mesa Community College, are dedicated to making this conference the best yet!
Confirmed keynote speakers include Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); David Ward, President of the American Council on Education; Harry Pachon, President of the Tomàs Rivera Policy Institute; Renate Nummela Caine, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Education, California State University; Geoffrey Caine, LL.M., Author and Consultant on Learning Communities; and Steve Benson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona.
This year's conference continues the tradition of providing an array of learning opportunities for participants:
Visit the Innovations website for more information and to register for the conference.
college leaders from around the U.S. are invited to a warm climate to
discuss hot topics. Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)
has set the organization's annual conference for Tucson, Arizona February
CCID Executive Director John Halder emphasized the value of his organization and the conference to the international college community. "Without education, there is little chance for countries or regions to develop. This conference focuses on core community college initiatives—promoting economic development of nations through education and training—and how these reflect on our instructional strategies and curricula," Halder said.
Scheduled speakers and presenters for the February CCID conference:
Keynote speaker presentations will blend with 30 concurrent sessions and small-group discussions in the four-day conference held at Tucson's Westward Look Resort. Pima County Community College District is the host institution for the February CCID conference. More information on the CCID annual conference is available at the conference website.
Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. is a consortium of over 100 colleges from around the globe. The group is U.S.-based, with membership in Japan, Korea, England, Australia, Mexico, and others. CCID was established in 1976 for the main purpose of cooperating with others in developing a world-class workforce and vocational education programming. CCID and its affiliate colleges have undertaken projects on all the inhabited continents, and especially take pride in their constructive roles in developing nations.
League for Innovation is accepting proposals to present at the 2003 Conference
on Information Technology (CIT). The 19th annual showcase of the use of
information technology to improve teaching and learning, student services,
and institutional management is being hosted by the Wisconsin Technical
College System and will take place on October 19-22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
League's Service Division can help your institution implement or expand
its international development efforts, especially in vocational and technical
education and training, nonformal education, and workforce development.
to colleges on international accreditation issues
to colleges on international entrepreneurship issues
To find out more about how the League can assist you in preparing a new generation of global citizens through international education, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
Falkenstein, recently retired Dean of Distance Learning at Sinclair Community
College (OH), has been chosen to receive a Lifetime Achievement in
Distance Education award from the Instructional Technology Council,
an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
Falkenstein is a past chair of the Instructional Technology Council and past vice chair of the Ohio Post-Secondary Telecommunications Council. Falkenstein is also past vice president of the Dayton chapter of the International Television Association and a member of the United States Distance Learning Association.
For the past four years she has been actively involved with the Ohio Learning Network (OLN) where she has served on the Academic Outreach Committee and the Degree Completion Committee.
Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) has just published two new
comprehensive research studies on Enterprise Systems and Distance Learning.
"Strategies for Supporting Off-Campus Growth," by Adam Newman, Abigail Callahan, and Sean Gallagher of Eduventures, analyzes strategies for establishing and evaluating distance learning programs by campus-based colleges and universities. Based on qualitative interviews, the study covers four critical elements: mission, financial goals, market reach and brand, and institutional competencies for success. Extensive case studies illustrate successful strategies and competencies.
These two studies join two previous research studies, 24 biweekly research bulletins, and private research by Eduventures on a variety of IT topics critical to higher education as subscriber benefits of the inaugural 2002 ECAR research year. The 2003 research agenda has been established and is well under way.
seeking degrees and licensure in healthcare fields soon will be able to
meet those needs with a click of a mouse. Colleges and universities also
will be better equipped to impact a growing shortage of allied health
professionals in the state, thanks to a series of grants offered by the
Ohio Learning Network (OLN).
"These grants create many winners for our state," said Kate M. Carey, OLN executive director. "Ohioans can find certificate and degree programs they seek. People want the flexibility e-learning courses offer as they balance life, work, and professional development. Health care providers around the state can look to Ohio's colleges and universities to meet work force needs. And Ohio can have a brighter economic future with a well-trained workforce."
The Ohio Learning Network helps Ohioans find educational programs that meet their needs, works with colleges and universities using technology to improve teaching and learning, and helps build partnerships among higher education, schools, businesses, and communities. OLN is a consortium of Ohio's public and independent colleges and universities and is an initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents. Find more online.
Thirty-two years after graduating from Cuyahoga Community
College (OH), Dorothy Salem has been named Ohio Professor of the Year
by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Salem
now teaches African-American history at her alma mater.
“I am just one of many teachers here at Tri-C who live their professional lives by the slogan Where Futures Begin,” Salem said after receiving the prestigious award. “We all have a wonderful opportunity to influence the direction of people’s lives so that our students can become what their potential will allow.”
Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is now available as a part of the Microsoft IT Academy Program 2003. The recent announcements below offer even more reasons to consider becoming an IT Academy and taking advantage of the Microsoft Office Specialist benefits.
Visit the Microsoft Office Specialist site for more information about desktop certification. You can also apply today and learn more about the Microsoft IT Academy Program. Registrations are now open for calendar year 2003.
Learning, Inc. has today announced a partnership with Educational Testing
Service (ETS) that will allow the company to offer the Plato ParaPro Preparation
Package, a Web-based instructional support and test preparation program
designed to assist paraprofessional personnel in school districts across
the country to prepare for the ETS ParaPro Assessment.
“The continuation of our partnership with ETS allows us to offer our Teachmaster Professional Services for paraprofessional training, which addresses a crucial element of the No Child Left Behind legislation,” said John Murray, President and CEO of Plato Learning. “It provides us with another instructional tool to assist school districts with the challenges they face in meeting the requirements of NCLB and further strengthens our partnership with ETS.”
ETS and Plato Learning’s partnership will provide a support program that allows paraprofessionals who need to pass the test a comprehensive learning system consisting of a skills assessment; instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics; and instructional assistance skills. In addition, the program will include a simulated version of the ParaPro Assessment that paraprofessionals can use to practice for the actual assessment. The Plato ParaPro Preparation Package, to be known as P5, will be delivered via the Plato Web Learning Network and will be available in the first quarter of 2003.
ETS’s ParaPro Assessment reflects the most current research standards pertaining to reading, writing, and mathematics expectations for paraprofessionals and the professional judgment and experience of paraprofessionals and teachers. The test content was developed with the assistance of an advisory committee composed of paraprofessionals and teachers who work with paraprofessionals from 13 states. The direct involvement of both paraprofessionals and supervising teachers in the test development process reinforces the relevance of the test content to the actual reading, writing, and mathematics instructional responsibilities of paraprofessionals.
E-learning systems, cited in a recent study as yielding great returns on investment (RIO), may not be so great after all. Learning officers at two Fortune 500 companies last week pointed out a gotcha that can negate the returns cited in the September report: vendors' insistence on applying per-seat licensing contracts to companies with large numbers of potential end users.
In the study, Massachusetts-based Nucleus Research analyzed thousands of corporate IT projects and found that e-learning and e-business integration were the technologies that yielded the highest returns. But the findings may not have told the whole story.
Per-seat licensing of e-learning applications "remains a bone of contention between customers and vendors," said Peter M. Jones, vice president of e-learning at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in New York. When investing in the technology, Jones said, "you don't know if every single potential end user is going to use the system or whether they might use just a portion of it."
As with other types of software investments in which usage rates are uncertain, using back-end reporting tools to determine usage levels on e-learning systems can be a handy option, said Pauline Morris, vice president of human resources, learning, and development at New York-based Axa Financial Services. But, she added, "we don't want to be the testing police."
Morris and Jones spoke with Computerworld last week prior to participating in a panel discussion on corporate training strategies and the potential RIO of e-learning systems. The discussion was hosted by MetroSet, a user association focused on training technology that is open to learning officers in the New York area.
E-learning vendors need to understand that "you're not just selling a library of courses," said Rhoda Cahan, president of MetroSet and vice president of learning services at Computer Generated Solutions Inc. in New York.
"You need to have a strategic sales approach that benefits the customer's organizational structure," said Cahan, adding that some vendors are becoming more flexible with their e-learning software licensing.
Jones said that one way to resolve the issue of per-seat pricing versus a contract based on the content provided is to work under the assumption that “a certain number of people are going to use the course, and see if the vendor is flexible about scaling the contract cost up and down, depending on how many people actually end up using the system".
He speaks from experience. Two years ago, prior to its merger with J.P. Morgan, Chase Manhattan contracted with San Francisco-based DigitalThink to develop a customized e-commerce course for employees in 50 countries. Jones said he doesn't blame DigitalThink for the structure of the multimillion-dollar licensing arrangement, because per-seat pricing was the norm then. But the investment "didn't achieve the ROI that we expected," he said.
Though there are obvious cost savings that e-learning investments can produce, such as reduced travel expenses, the ROI of such projects can be hard to determine, said Morris.
"For us, the focus has been on cost avoidance," she said. "But we need to look at all aspects of the employee's relationship to learning and the impact on the bottom line." That includes weighing job satisfaction rates and other measurements against the e-learning courses that workers are taking, Morris said.
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Sinclair Community College (OH) students have been recognized in the Talent
Roster of Outstanding Transfer Students from Community Colleges.
The students are:
Founded in 1900, the College Board is a nonprofit membership association of schools, colleges, and other educational organizations. The College Board’s mission is to prepare, inspire, and connect students to college and opportunity, with a commitment to excellence and equity.
some students and staff at Kirkwood Community College (IA), it's a fairytale
story with a new storybook chapter. The college's International Studies
department has received a grant to take a multicultural production to
a new public venue.
Kirkwood International Studies Director Connie Mays says the grant will support a project that already has engaged students and audiences alike. "For the past several years we have produced and performed different cultural takes on the Cinderella story, as part of the college's Diversity Days programs,” Mays said. Several hundred area elementary students have joined our campus community in viewing the plays. This grant will help with the production of the third in this series, weaving the Cinderella tale through African cultural backgrounds and beliefs." The play will also be presented on the Kirkwood campus as part of its continuing diversity programs.
Humanities Iowa is a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, whose mission is to enhance the civic life, culture, and identity of Iowans. Drawing on history, literature, philosophy, law, and other humanities fields, it fosters lifelong learning, critical thinking, and community connections.
Humanities Iowa is particularly interested in supporting projects that stimulate meaningful community dialogue, attract diverse audiences, are participatory and engaging, and invite discovery of the humanities in interesting and exciting ways. Grants are awarded twice annually to not-for-profit organizations that serve an Iowa public. The next deadline for applications is May 1, 2003. Guidelines and applications are available on the group's website or call (319) 335-4153 to request a copy.
out of five Americans age 16 and over has a disability of some kind. Whether
through visual, hearing, cognitive, or motor impairment, students with
disabilities comprise 11 percent of pre-K-12 and 7.2 percent of beginning
postsecondary students. Within the overall pool of college students, a
greater percentage of students with disabilities attend two-year schools
than four-year schools, compared with their nondisabled peers.
In June of 2002, Macromedia Inc., the League for Innovation, and Pima Community College (AZ) initiated a collaborative venture to explore the questions and challenges of implementing accessibility standards in online developmental math courses in community colleges. The newly released Macromedia Accessibility Project (MAP) monograph offers ideas and solutions for community college faculty and online course developers in designing accessible websites.
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