Which country will be the first to make climate change education compulsory?

Study International | November 08, 2019

As climate change fears continue to creep in and sustainability strategies are implemented across the globe, there’s no escaping the 1.5 °C reality. From shrinking ice sheets to ocean acidification, the effects of global warming are wreaking devastation around the globe. “Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about our planet and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate. “Scientists have high confidence that global temperatures will continue to rise for decades to come, largely due to greenhouse gases produced by human activities,” notes NASA. If the planet doesn’t keep a steady eye on the Earth’s climate instabilities and fails to implement change, our bright and healthy future will melt alongside ice glaciers and stunning natural environments.

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Regardless of whether out of habit or by conscious decision, we, as a whole, make utilization of different learning methods when we endeavor to store new data in our long-term memory. But not all study habits are made equivalent; some might be more efficient than others, particularly when you factor in the measure of the time it takes to actualize everyone. In a survey, many researchers have recently characterized ten learning techniques according to whether they provide high, moderate, or low utility, based on each technique’s relative efficacy, convenience, and applicability appropriateness to a wide scope of learning circumstances.

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Regardless of whether out of habit or by conscious decision, we, as a whole, make utilization of different learning methods when we endeavor to store new data in our long-term memory. But not all study habits are made equivalent; some might be more efficient than others, particularly when you factor in the measure of the time it takes to actualize everyone. In a survey, many researchers have recently characterized ten learning techniques according to whether they provide high, moderate, or low utility, based on each technique’s relative efficacy, convenience, and applicability appropriateness to a wide scope of learning circumstances.

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CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS

New Skillsoft Study Reveals Learning and Development Disconnect Between Women in Tech and Employers

Skillsoft | December 03, 2021

Skillsoft, a global leader in corporate digital learning, today released new research exploring the current state of women in tech including the challenges and barriers to inclusion they face and how employers can better support them. Findings from Skillsoft’s 2021 Women in Tech Report reveal that while female employees have gained hard-fought ground in the workplace, a large gap still exists when it comes to opportunities for professional development and career advancement. According to the report, there is a misalignment between the workplace benefits women in tech are seeking and what is currently being provided. For example, while 86 percent of respondents cited opportunities for professional development and training as extremely or very important to them, just 42 percent said their employers currently offer this as a benefit. Additionally, when asked about the top challenges they have faced while pursuing a tech-related career, nearly a third of women surveyed (32 percent) pointed to a lack of training. The research indicates that women in tech want to learn, and when asked which tech-related areas they are most interested in, business analysis, cybersecurity, analytics, AI, and machine learning, and leadership and management topped their lists. With Skillsoft’s recent IT Skills and Salary Report finding that 76 percent of organizations currently face skills gaps in their IT departments, providing opportunities for training and professional development is a major benefit for employers and employees alike as it can help fill crucial shortages and skills gaps and put women on a path for career advancement. “Organizations around the globe are looking for ways to address their skills gaps, and in many cases, the answer lies within via their existing workforce. Women make up less than 40 percent of the global workforce, and for that number to increase, female employees must be empowered with continuous training, professional development, and career advancement, as well as equal pay. The time is now for organizations to tackle gender disparity head-on. By doing so, we can build more inclusive, equitable, and competitive businesses.” Potoula Chresomales, SVP, Product Management, Skillsoft Skillsoft’s 2021 Women in Tech Report highlights a few ways organizations can better empower female employees, including: Provide and encourage opportunities for certification: When asked how certifications have helped advance their careers, respondents reported gaining more responsibility (52 percent), earning higher salaries (34 percent), and receiving promotions (32 percent), among other benefits. Despite business analysis and cybersecurity being identified as leading areas of interest, just 22 percent and 18 percent of respondents, respectively, hold corresponding certifications.19 percent report holding no certifications at all. Make a concentrated effort to reduce gender bias in STEM: 70 percent of women surveyed reported that men outnumber them in the workplace at ratios of two-to-one or greater. Additionally, Skillsoft found that compared to men, women in tech must work longer to climb the corporate ladder. The highest percentage of men in leadership roles have 15-20 years of experience versus 26 or more years for women. To encourage more women to pursue tech-related careers, respondents said organizations should provide opportunities for professional development and training (55 percent), childcare (47 percent), career coaching, mentoring, and counseling (43 percent), and an equitable work culture (41 percent). Alleviate the unique on-the-job challenges women face: While overall job satisfaction for women in tech is strong – 91 percent of respondents report being extremely or somewhat satisfied in their roles – they face numerous obstacles. 38 percent of respondents list their biggest challenge as a lack of equity in pay. This is followed by balancing work and life (36 percent) and a lack of equity in opportunities (33 percent). Ensure training is timely and topical: When selecting a training provider, women in tech seek scheduling capabilities (34 percent), relevant course availability (32 percent), and opportunities for hands-on practice (32 percent). About Skillsoft Skillsoft is a global leader in corporate digital learning, focused on transforming today’s workforce for tomorrow’s economy. The Company provides enterprise learning solutions designed to prepare organizations for the future of work, overcome critical skill gaps, drive demonstrable behavior-change, and unlock the potential in their people. Skillsoft offers a comprehensive suite of premium, original, and authorized partner content, including one of the broadest and deepest libraries of leadership & business skills, technology & developer, and compliance curricula. With access to a broad spectrum of learning options (including video, audio, books, bootcamps, live events, and practice labs), organizations can meaningfully increase learner engagement and retention. Skillsoft’s offerings are delivered through Percipio, its award-winning, AI-driven, immersive learning platform purpose built to make learning easier, more accessible, and more effective.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Studio in Vancouver raises $1 million to build online learning experiences

dailyhive | November 02, 2020

Vancouver-based Course Studio is prepared to change the internet learning scene in the wake of raising $1 million from industry insiders to extends its group and administrations. The organization, which was helped to establish by CEO Tonner Jackson in May, works with course makers to construct "web based learning encounters." Also, similar to the business they are attempting to stir up, Course Studio is developing quick. “The number one thing this funding will help us with is hiring. We are kind of bursting at the seams right now,” said Jackson. “Course Studio has access to customer problems and we’re building solutions to solve those problems. The million dollars is effectively allowing us to do that.” The financing will likewise be utilized to acknowledge Course Studio's guarantee to makers of "you encourage it we construct it." Jackson clarifies that they do this with their redid web based learning encounters. “Online learning experiences need to be very good at three things. The first is education, so content that people want to pay to learn and that they cannot get for free elsewhere. The second thing they need is entertainment and we have some interesting proprietary ways and philosophies of injecting entertainment into online education. A lot of that is gleaned from Masterclass and our experience of growing some of the world’s most trafficked online classes. And then the third piece is community, when you’re on a browser your distractions are maximized. You have Netflix and social media a tab away. We believe that the community aspect is a big way to mitigate that. We have some novel ways of implementing community inside of an online course that we’re really excited about.” The Course Studio group is situated in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and San Francisco. It is comprised of individuals who have worked with Masterclass, Blue Wire Podcasts, Metalab and Thinkific. Their aggregate experience incorporates planning a portion of the world's most dealt online classes for people like Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Hadfield, Steph Curry, Thomas Keller and constructing and delivering computerized items for Sam Harris (Waking Up), Microsoft, Atlassian, and then some. “We have such an interesting group of individuals,” added Jackson. “We have folks who literally built and scaled the most trafficked online course experiences on the planet. “They have perspectives that very few have and there’s a ton of artistry that people may not realize. Frankly, I think there are more parts art than science when it comes to the design of the curriculum itself.” The organization is hoping to enlist Vancouver-based creators and designers, incorporating programming engineers with React and Node.js experience just as a senior lead fashioner to lead their plan group. Course Studio will dispatch their first online classes in mid 2021, including a course for a "extremely persuasive person who is a major commonly recognized name." The organization is likewise chipping away at another innovation they are expanding on top of Thinkific, and working with more modest course makers to refine a portion of the manner in which they work in the administrations business. “Our ambitious goal is to be cash-flow positive and generating a million dollars of revenue this year,” shared Jackson. “We probably have 30 or 40 subject matter experts and creators reaching out to us a week right now wanting us to build something with them. Our strike zone customer is someone who has a large audience but has a less than foggy idea about what educational content they want to roll out effectively. We have a very robust process for helping them.” Jackson’s hope for Course Studio is for the company to become a Vancouver success story. “I want Course Studio to be a big business in Vancouver that’s generating a lot of impact for this community,” said Jackson. “I was steeped in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here. My first business is still operating. “Like e-commerce was 10 years ago, our view is that’s where we are at in the life cycle of the online education space. We’re really excited about where we’re going.”

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Keysight Delivers Industry-Ready Remote Access Lab Solution for Online Learning

Keysight Technologies | October 04, 2021

Keysight Technologies, Inc. a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has launched a remote access lab solution designed for online learning via a remote setup of a basic instrument lab. It includes web-based lab management and scheduling administration, as well as instrument control and remote access for measurement and analysis. Hybrid learning in education is now widely accepted, creating a strong need for remote solutions to supplement in-class learning. The availability of online courses and remote learning offers students flexibility requiring educational institutions to transform to keep pace. Keysight's industry-ready remote access lab solution enables university teaching labs to seamlessly transition to online learning. It allows students to remotely access a lab setup and perform lab work through the web browser. Keysight's remote access lab solution includes the following key components: Cloud-basedPathWave Remote Access Lab software, an IMS Global certified LTI learning tool that is Learning Management System (LMS) integration ready, provides students single-point, secure and simultaneous cloud-based remote lab access and instruments control, anytime and anywhere, while enabling educators to manage student lab access, maintain lab benches systematically and monitor multiple remote lab sessions. PathWave Lab Manager software provides simplified, centralized lab configuration and asset management, in addition to enabling mass firmware updates for instruments. U3900DAQ Switching System covers a broad spectrum of switching and routing requirements for teaching labs, offering students full remote access to industry-standard instruments for hands-on test and measurement experience. “Keysight’s remote access lab solution accelerates the shift from traditional in-building learning to hybrid learning, where virtual classes are offered remotely on digital platforms,” said Boon Juan Tan, vice president and general manager of Keysight's General Electronics Measurement business. “Keysight’s new solution enables our customers to take remote teaching-learning to the next level of digital transformation, allowing students to move from traditional teaching and simulations to real-world learning experience remotely.” Keysight's remote access lab solution accelerates an educator's teaching experience and supports a student's learning experience, delivering the following key benefits: Easily and seamlessly migrate engineering labs online with the elements needed to transform traditional classroom teaching and hands-on labs to a remote environment. Hassle free and centralized user access and teaching content management system with LMS integration enables the educators and students to navigate seamlessly to university resources, creating a smooth, consistent, and better teaching-learning experience. Equip students for success by connecting to industry-grade test and measurement instruments, enabling students to experience the software and technology they will use in their careers. Enables educators to interact with students and facilitate group collaboration in real-time to accomplish smart teaching and learning. Streamline and simplify lab management, freeing lab administrators and educators to focus on teaching with centralized control to seamlessly connect to, manage, monitor and troubleshoot the instruments within the lab. University of California, Santa Barbara selects Keysight’s new Industry-ready Remote Access Lab Solution for new photonic lab University of California, Santa Barbara, a leading center for teaching and research, selected Keysight’s new remote access lab solution to migrate their undergraduate photonic laboratory online. The Keysight Industry-ready Remote Access Lab Solution was integral to our launch of the inaugural quarter of our undergraduate photonic laboratory, providing a seamless way to bridge an actual hands-on laboratory with students participating remotely,This solution provided an organized hub through which students can remotely attend and engage in lessons. Controlling the lab computers and instruments, combined with a video call with the lab teaching assistance made this an integrated, active-learning experience. Daniel Blumenthal, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of California, Santa Barbara About Keysight Technologies Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.2B in fiscal year 2020.

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