Elearning! September

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10 September / October 2014 Elearning! News Education Disruption On Its Way Nearly 70 percent of college presidents believe that at least a moderate amount of disruption is needed in higher education to improve outcomes and the perceived value of higher education, according to a survey con- ducted by Maguire Associates, Inc. Only 3% reported that the current state is working smoothly. Only 17% of respondents believe that the US Education System will be the best in the world in the next decade, vs. 67% who claim it is today. "Years ago, disruption to the higher education business model was not something widely discussed among institutional leaders," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard. Times have changed. The report also found that most university presidents and provosts welcome change. When given the options of "evolutionary change" or "disruptive change," two-thirds of all institution leaders surveyed favored for massive or moderate disruption. —Source: The Innovative University: What College Presidents Think About Change in American Education Grad Certifcate Offered in Online Teaching, E-learning A new, 12-hour program from Emporia State University offers a gradu- ate certifcate in e-learning and online teaching. eLearning is popular in corporate, military and health-care sectors as well as post-second- ary and K-12 education. "For a variety of reasons, more businesses and organizations are moving training and education of employees online," says Zeni Colo- rado, chair of Emporia State's Instructional Design and Technology department. "More schools are exploring and implementing teaching and learning online." The Kansas Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts 24.7 percent growth through 2020 for instructional designers and coordinators. The certifcate provides online learning designers and teachers with research-based, best practices in online teaching and learning. Students can begin this certifcate during the spring, summer or fall semester depending on course availability. —More info: www.emporia.edu/idt People on the Move DAVID SACKS, co-founder and former CEO of Yammer, has left his position at Microsoft after having steered the enterprise social net- working service for nearly six years. Sacks, a former PayPal exec who has been an angel investor in vari- ous startups and even once dabbled in producing and fnancing an inde- pendent feature flm, launched Yam- mer at the TechCrunch50 conference in 2008. Sacks gave no reason for his departure. Savo Group welcomes TRACY MCCARTHY as its executive vice president of human resources. An HR veteran with more than 20 years of human resource and leader- ship experience, McCarthy will be responsible for managing Savo's organizational strategies, operations and employee engagement efforts. Prior to Savo, McCarthy served as the chief human resource offcer for Chicago-based SilkRoad, a provider of cloud-based HR solutions. CAPT. WES NAYLOR relieved Capt. Steve Nakagawa as com- manding officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity Orlando during a ceremony June 20. While not included as part of the ceremony, the duties of executive officer were assumed by Capt. Erik Etz, who recently reported to the command from his duties as senior military lead for the F-35 integrated test force Patuxent River, Md. NORM KAMIKOW, president and editor-in-chief of MediaTec Publishing, died on July 14, after a sudden illness. He was 70. For more than four decades, he was a leading fgure in the publish- ing industry and in later years built MediaTec Publishing's Human Capital Media Group into one of the largest media companies in the human capital industry. Industry veteran CHRISTOPHER BLOEDEL is new vice president of business development for Global Mo- bility Solutions. Bloedel's responsibili- ties include leading sales efforts in the Midwest and Northeast regions. Prior to joining GMS, he was client solutions manager at Associates for International Research, Inc. (AIRINC), an organiza- tion with over 50 years experience in global mobility.

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