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Attending High School, Virtually, Online

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

A while back, I asked what the future of higher education might look like with the advent of distance learning. Even in just the last couple years, online education in higher-ed has grown enormously. A recent study by the Sloan Consortium reported that more than 6 million U.S. students (nearly a third of all students in college) took at least one online course in 2006, an increase of more than half a million students over the previous year.

It’s not surprising that forward-looking institutions of higher learning have been quick to embrace the potential of online coursework. What I never anticipated (although certainly others did) was how quickly online education would take hold in primary and secondary (K through 12) schools as well.

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Is Video Training Better Than Being There?

Videocast featuring  Dr. Susan Holliday, Executive Director, Technology & Information Services, Capistrano Unified School District.

  Is Video Training Better Than Being There?

  Date: June 19, 2012

  Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

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Enterprise video content solutions help you use video in new ways, from organizational communications to training and live events. In particular, training is an ideal use case for video—participants in a live training can go back and review the material at a time and place that’s convenient for them.

 Join Cisco and Dr. Susan Holliday, Executive Director, Technology & Information Services, Capistrano Unified School District, for a videocast on June 19, 2012, 10:00 am Pacific, to hear how they are using video for professional development. Serving 53,000 students in grades pre-K–12, Capistrano Unified School District (Capistrano USD) has 56 campuses spread over 195 square miles in Orange County, California.

Dr. Holliday will cover how the district first put the Cisco video content solution to work capturing and sharing professional development sessions on defining effective instruction and student engagement, for district principals and their site leadership teams. 

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Gamifying Training of All Types

Gamification to drive engagement for events, K-12 and higher education, wellness, and employee outreach has been discussed on this blog before and this post will focus on demographic/topic specific training.

Pew Internet recently published a report entitled, The Future Of Gamification, in which over 1k experts were interviewed with some university researchers indicating that gamification principals could actually improve creativity, learning, participation and motivation. So no surprise that K-12 and higher education has been an early adopter in trying out gamification tactics on programs. In the last month there has been a lot of buzz about gamification opportunities for training on more niche content areas for specific demographics. Let’s dive into some examples.

Financial Education

According to a recent press release, “Wall Street Survivor‘s online financial education platform offers a series of engaging, rewarding “missions” that guide users through a range of stock market concepts, from portfolio basics to investment strategies. The platform is geared toward millenials who consider themselves novice investors. Today, 30 percent of millenials turn to social media for information on the economy and investing strategies.”

The program incorporates a number of gamification techniques including badges and virtual as well as real world rewards. Learn more about the program via the video below.

Executive Training

Another recent press release explores the idea of gamification for executive training. Read More »

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Innovative Thinking – Helping Military Veterans Transition to the Workforce

Steve Urquhart knows the struggle well. When he got back from serving in the Army in 1997, he had to find a job. But making the transition wasn’t that easy. He shares the details in a recorded WebEx.

“When our soldiers come home, they face a daunting task. They are faced with trying to find work in a non-military setting,” Steve explains. “They have to translate their military skills to public and private sector jobs and that transition is extremely difficult.”

According to Steve, there is help out there – including President Obama’s new Gold Card Initiative – but much of it is bureaucratic and slow. In the meantime, these folks need jobs and they need them now. That’s why Steve started VETSourcing and joined forces with Darkhorse Benefits.

Together they have put together a program for helping Vets get the training they need to enter the workforce. They talked with us about it on a WebEx which is available on-demand. Focusing on skills that allow them to thrive in today’s professional landscape, the program focuses on the following:

  • Self-discipline, resilience and strong work ethic are essential
  • Teamwork and technology focus
  • Ability to grasp the big picture and stay mission focused
  • Telecommuting: getting the job done from anywhere

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Broadcast Recap: How to Thrive with Cisco Architectures

With architectures being all the buzz, we held an informative Channels Chat live broadcast “How to Thrive with Cisco Architectures” to learn how partners can win big with Cisco’s architectures.

Fellow blogger Alex Krasne hosted and moderated the session which featured a lively, informative discussion among guests Andres Sintes, Global Director of Cisco’s Worldwide Learning Partner Channel; and Cisco Learning Partners George Churchwell, CEO of Tech2000 and Pat Bodin, CEO of Firefly.

Andres, George, and Pat discussed how partners can take advantage of Cisco’s architecture-based solutions. Then our guests shared tips on how partners can maximize the Return on Investment (ROI) of their architectural deployments by leveraging authorized Cisco training from Cisco Learning Partners. Lastly, they rounded out the broadcast by answering audience questions.

Missed the broadcast? Watch the replay below.

Keep reading for a full text summary with timestamps identifying the key tips shared during the broadcast and links to important resources and info. Read More »

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