Worcester School Committee stands by decision to extend remote learning, will respond to letter from state education officials

Members of the Worcester School Committee on Thursday night stood by a decision to extend remote learning during the pandemic, as the district administration works to respond to a request for more information from Massachusetts education officials.

Superintendent Maureen Binienda told committee members during Thursday’s meeting that the district received a letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking more information about when students are expected to return to classrooms. Other districts that are using online learning models also got a letter, Binienda said.

Last month, the committee voted to push back the start of a hybrid learning model as updates to school HVAC systems were ongoing. Members had vowed to not bring back students until buildings are safe, and also noted rising coronavirus rates in the community, which continue to increase. Students with the highest level of needs are slated to return to school buildings on Jan.

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Celigo Launches Celigo University: a Learning Management System for Data Integration

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Celigo, the leading Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) provider for both business and technical users, today introduced Celigo University, a learning management system that offers free online tools, resources, training and certification for building integrations across multiple applications.

“In this fast-moving business environment, companies need to efficiently automate and scale while cross-functionally sharing data,” said Jan Arendtsz, Founder and CEO of Celigo. “Regardless of one’s job title or role in the process, integrations should be easy and simple for everyone involved. With the launch of Celigo University, users will become more knowledgeable and empowered to create, customize and deploy the right solutions for their organizations.”

Key features of Celigo University’s on-demand curriculum currently include:

  • Learning paths on the fundamental and advanced features of Celigo’s iPaaS platform that enables companies to integrate and manage a wide variety of
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Up to 50% of university students unhappy with online learning, regulator finds

A “very large proportion” of university students do not like online learning and “do not wish to ever experience it again”, according to a wide-ranging report from the higher education regulator.

A review of student feedback has identified remote learning as “a problem” if it continues into 2021, after universities adopted it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students said it resulted in a “lack of engagement”, less time overall in class, isolation from their peers, IT issues, and made examinations and assessments particularly difficult and potentially unfair.

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Particular degrees like engineering, science, visual and performing arts were also especially affected by the lack of practical learning.

In recent months, Western Australia’s Murdoch University and Curtin University have announced that they will maintain online-only classes in 2021. At Murdoch, lectures will be online while “most” tutorials

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Ashford University’s 2020 Teaching and Learning Conference Examines Critical Issues in Online Higher Education

Throughout the conference, participants joined three keynote addresses, four featured speakers, six panel discussions, and 120 presenters representing 14 institutions to create actionable ideas that explore the value of traditional liberal arts versus career-focused curricula. These discussions were guided with this question in mind: “Must education in the 21st century take an either/or approach to what will prepare students to be ethical and productive contributors to society?”

TLC’s keynote speakers encouraged conference attendees to consider this question with creativity, empathy, and purpose throughout the discussions and panels. Keynote speaker Larry Robertson, award-winning author, strategist, and innovation advisor at Lighthouse Consulting, opened the conference by offering a framework for resiliency through creative experimentation during challenging times in higher education. During his keynote address, Dr. Craig Swenson, President of Ashford University, encouraged conference attendees to consider how education helps to preserve democracy throughout our nation’s evolution. Dr. Warren

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Karnataka rolls out Learning Management System to digitise education in govt colleges- The New Indian Express

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BENGALURU: Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday unveiled the first of its kind Digital Education initiative for government college students — Learning Management System (LMS) Karnataka.

LMS Karnataka will be rolled out for five lakh students in 430 Government First Grade Colleges, 87 Government Polytechnics and 14 Government Engineering Colleges from the academic year 2020-21.

Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Dr Ashwathnarayan called it a revolutionary step in the teaching-learning process in higher education in the country. The open-source platform, developed with an investment of Rs 4 crore, would give the students access to self-learning and live-learning, he added.

The department of higher education has touted this as a means to bridge the digital divide between the urban and rural, private and  government institutes. The platform will provide e-content and support online assessment of government college students’ in the state.

The platform will

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What will be the next move of the competitors in ASEAN Smart Education and Learning Market

Pune, New York, USA, November 27 2020 (Wiredrelease) Research Dive :The world is facing an unpredicted change and many of the industries are facing tough situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has a positive impact on the ASEAN smart education and learning market. ASEAN smart education and learning refers to the utilization of technology for training and educating people in the South East Asian Nations. This region has adopted a unique platform or technology and advanced methods to enhance their education industry. In addition, ASEAN region is constantly investing more money for development of advanced technology that aids the education and learning system. Moreover, smart education and learning technology has opened new opportunities and job for residents. Recent developments such as AI, VR, gamification, and learning analytics have improved smart education and learning by improving various aspects such as speech recognition, planning, and problem-solving capability. During this

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Iowa Department of Education approves waivers for online learning ahead

Since Monday, 11 districts have submitted waivers to move schools online or to extend existing waivers, some of which have already been approved. 

Waiver requests for remote instruction are on the rise in Iowa



On Tuesday, both Des Moines Public Schools and Johnston Community School District’s waivers to extend online learning were approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Des Moines school board members voted to apply for another waiver to go through Dec. 11 Sunday while Johnston board members unanimously voted Monday evening for a waiver through Dec. 13.

After having some schools in person for a little more than a month, Des Moines Public Schools will move back online temporarily, citing teacher absences and a high rate of COVID-19 in Polk County.

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After having some schools in person for a little more than a month, Des Moines Public Schools will move back online temporarily, citing teacher absences and a high rate of COVID-19 in Polk County.

The Johnston School Board will meet Dec. 7 and discuss whether the online learning model will

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Preschoolers Learning Via Zoom, Breaking Boundaries In Education

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COVID-19 has established a new norm for Early Childhood Education. Preschool age families that are learning from home, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are experiencing a new wave of education. While the K-12 public education sector has experienced shut downs and remote instruction, preschool students are jumping on the virtual bandwagon preparing for Kindergarten.

The unexpected effect: A long term solution for Early Childhood Education. Virtual preschool families are paying less, and learning more!

Research suggests that a preschool education is a strong solution towards closing the achievement gap. While many families have left their in-person preschool education choices for virtual solutions during the COVID-19 era, top choices, like Virtual Academy, have set the stage for the new normal

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University Residences recognizes outstanding Learning Communities instructors, faculty fellows

Residential Academic Initiatives, a program in University Residences, has granted a number of awards to faculty, graduate teachers and staff who have provided excellent service teaching or mentoring in the Learning Communities or Faculty Fellows programs during the 2019-20 academic year.

Residential Academic Initiatives is a division of University Residences that helps instructors design, plan and implement educational events outside of their classrooms. RAI also facilitates a number of programs that provide learning and community building opportunities, including Learning Communities and Faculty Fellows.

Learning communities are groups of 20-30 students who attend several classes together and live in the same residence hall. Instructors teaching the common courses are tasked with leading events and excursions that extend course materials beyond the classroom and facilitate a sense of community. More than 3,300 Purdue students live in these communities.

The Faculty Fellows program aims to connect faculty, staff and residential students in meaningful

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16 classroom essentials for students who are learning remotely right now, based on tips from education experts

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  • When facing unexpected homeschooling, parents and guardians need to create an organized and productive workspace for kids.
  • We interviewed two educational consultants to help inform our recommendations for products that can help organize a homeschool classroom for students of all ages.
  • Things like desk organizers, privacy boards, planners, and more can help create a structured learning environment at home.

The dining room table, the living room floor, and the untouched bedroom desk have become part of a home classroom this year. There is more structured learning being done at home than many families are used to.

Creating a remote learning environment for kids that stimulates learning is both challenging and crucial. “By helping your child create a home learning zone, you are showing them that you value their learning. You are demonstrating your respect

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