McKissock LLC | November 22, 2022
McKissock Learning, the leading national provider of online education for real estate appraisers, today announced its commitment to launch a Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraiser (PAREA) Experience Program to support the diversification and growth of the appraisal profession.
“As a leading appraisal education provider, we know firsthand how difficult it can be for aspiring appraisers to find a supervisor and realize their dream, We believe this is a great opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to the profession with a critical initiative to ultimately contribute to a more diverse and expanded appraiser community.”
Kevin Hecht, Appraisal Training and Development Manager at McKissock Learning.
Slated to launch in the fall of 2023, the McKissock PAREA Experience Program combines technology-based training with real-world field experience and will allow participants to qualify for up to 100 percent of the experience hours required to sit for an appraisal exam in participating states. McKissock’s PAREA Experience Program is made intentionally for people who complete the required education only to find they cannot move forward in their goal of becoming licensed appraisers because they can’t find a supervisor,” said Alan Hummel, Principal at The Hummel Group and certified appraiser for 35 years. “It is a powerful instrument to diversify and expand the profession. Consistent with The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) policies, McKissock’s PAREA program will allow participants to apply appraisal concepts and general principles to real-life situations, problems, and activities. Participants can access training modules, simulations, and assignments through McKissock’s dynamic learning platform, allowing for mentor-led and self-study activities. In addition to simulated learning experiences, McKissock will also require students to complete real-life personal experience activities in their local markets, such as inspecting properties in their area and verifying information with local stakeholders such as realtors, contractors, and lenders. Participants will be expected to author and produce appraisal reports on various property types, each of which must pass a mentor’s review and be fully compliant with USPAP standards. Our mission at McKissock Learning is to support the advancement, diversification, and growth of the real estate appraisal profession. We are committed to providing PAREA participants with quality training and practical experiences to enable them to become licensed and successful appraisers,” said Renee Altier, President of Valuation and Property Services, Colibri Group, the parent company of McKissock Learning.
About McKissock Learning
McKissock Learning is a top national provider of education for licensed real estate property appraisers, agents, brokers, home inspectors, land surveyors, and professional engineers. For more than 30 years, McKissock has provided appraisal qualifying and continuing education, as well as professional development courses to support appraisers through all stages of their careers. McKissock Learning is part of Colibri Group, which provides learning solutions to licensed professionals who strive to be among the best in their fields.
Surreal | December 01, 2022
Emerged themselves in VR classrooms created by Surreal, a Taiwan-based startup supported by National Development Council, focusing on digital education, students feel more comfortable speaking foreign language. Intending to make education more accessible for students from remote areas, Andy Peng, the CEO, and founder of Surreal believes that XR technology will benefit the learning of the young generation and nurture more innovative talents in Taiwan. SURREALM, a learning platform launched by Surreal, aims to give students an interactive virtual learning environment where they can have a sense of togetherness, presence, and playfulness. It combines emojis that most students, as digital natives, are familiar with to give feedback. The grouping function allows students to discuss and collaborate in virtual classrooms, as well as to communicate and play freely during break time. For teachers, SURREALM enables education to cross the boundaries of space and make more efficient use of limited resources and time. In the VR classroom, teachers can present the material in a variety of ways to achieve the best possible learning outcomes. Students can explore a wide range of content like images, videos, documents, and audio. In addition, it also provides comprehensive lesson preparation, classroom management and assignment functions, allowing lecturers to easily control the progress of teaching. The intuitive design of the user interface makes it easy for both teachers and students to get started. The rich content and high level of interactivity allow teachers to easily capture the attention of students and increase engagement to ensure knowledge is internalized. In SURREALM, users can interact with each other in a lively Avatar image to bring them closer to each other. With the virtual world feature, the learning process can be recreated on demand. Users can manage their own class schedules via the website and view a complete record of their learning history, test results and more. In pursuit of a new challenge, Andy decided to start his own business 17 years ago despite his family's opposition. He observed that most of Taiwan's industries are still stuck in the 1990s and need to be digitally transformed to allow for a paradigm shift. Surreal therefore aims not only to facilitate the digitalization of the education industry, but also to nurture a new generation of educators and equip teachers with new digital skills. In the 1980s, teachers used to write on blackboards to teach lessons. In the 2000s, teachers relied on slides. In the Metaverse era, educators must have to learn new ways to teach digital natives.' Andy says. In Korea, the government has spent 20 years developing metaverse teaching materials from primary to high school, bringing together experts and scholars from various fields. Currently, Surreal is working with the Ministry of Education to pilot an experimental teaching program in the hope of training metaverse teachers who will change the way children study. Andy was delighted to see children in the rural areas of Kaohsiung, who were originally scared of learning English, become interested in the language via the Metaverse materials. 'As if drunk, the students suddenly had the courage to speak English in the metaverse.' During the group competition, the vocabulary of those children increased significantly. Children are incredibly creative and imaginative with digital technology.' says Andy. In the attempt to try out the Metaverse materials, many teachers were surprised to find that students took the initiative to create their own digital learning records by putting their artwork and audio-visual works in their personal exhibition rooms. Since early this year, educational officials from other APEC countries approached Surreal to solve the problem of students being unable to attend school due to the epidemic. The next step is for Surreal to actively engage with other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan. 'We are like a digital school landlord, creating teaching buildings for different educational needs.' Andy says.
The Tech Interactive | December 22, 2022
The Tech Interactive is helping families make memories and cookie cutters over winter break Dec. 23 to Jan. 8. The science center in downtown San Jose is hosting a series of hands-on holiday activities that will help build STEM skills and encourage quality family time.
" We love seeing kids' faces light up when they discover something new with us,We've been a place where families fall in love with STEM and learning for more than 25 years and are looking forward to another joyful season of innovating together."
Katrina Stevens, President and CEO, The Tech Interactive.
Yeti Snowball Fling
Invent a device that launches snowballs at yetis! Mix up your mechanical design to alter the motion and path of your snowball to wallop our icy abominable friends!
DIY Cookie Cutters
Looking to make a sweet treat that's uniquely yours? Design and create your own custom cookie cutter in this fun activity just in time for winter baking. Use new tools and your creativity to make your own shape and design. Take it home and bake up a batch of goodies. Delicious DIY!
Let the wonder and delight of the season inspire you! Create your own optical illusion with a winter-themed thaumatrope.
Get Crafty with BioTinkering
It's a Winter Wonderland of making in our BioTinkering Lab. Make ooey, gooey tinsel with your own colorful algae string or use pigment taken from vegetables to make greeting cards and sustainable masterpieces. Season's (eco-conscious) Greetings! The Tech Interactive is also home to 10 exhibitions that explore topics like sustainability, biology, cyber security and robotics in fun and engaging ways.
About The Tech Interactive
The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.
ISG (Information Services Group | November 11, 2022
Enterprises and service providers are facing a talent crunch that requires them to double down on employee engagement programs to attract and retain people with critical skill sets, says an expert with Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm. Speaking at the All Day DevOps virtual event today, Ola Chowning, partner, ISG Digital Strategy and Solutions, said companies need to engage employees and ensure they are noticed, recognized, heard and valued to improve retention. Chowning made her comments during a 30-minute online presentation, “Skill Shift 2022 - From Deep to Wide, Hard To Soft,” her fifth consecutive appearance at the annual event, the largest of its kind in the industry.
Talent scarcity, the ‘Great Resignation’ and attrition have dramatically increased the challenge of retaining employees,” Chowning said. “Enterprises are using a broad range of strategies to not only preempt employee exits, but also to preempt the need to counter-offer, which is more costly and rarely succeeds in retaining employees longer-term. Finding and retaining talent continues to be a major concern among tech leaders in all industries, ISG research finds. A recent survey of procurement officers by ISG found their number-one concern was wage inflation, cited by 64 percent of respondents. Thirty-eight percent cited talent shortages, which trailed only wage inflation, general inflation and supply chain disruptions on the list of top concerns.A separate study by ISG found more than 40 percent of the global IT services workforce was hired in the last 12 months, indicative of a job-switching phenomenon the firm called the “Great Reshuffle. When it comes to retaining employees, Chowning said bonuses, benefits and gifts are only useful in the short term. Beyond typical compensation, recognition and reward systems, more innovative approaches for nurturing employees with broad and deep DevOps skills include reimbursing employees for external education and certification training and providing access to specialized technology programs. Unique, career-specific learning and accreditation is on the rise and can be far more valued by IT employees than widely available online learning,” Chowning said. “Technologists particularly enjoy learning new things and being involved in technology advancements. Linking participation in such programs to career advancement can provide a lane of opportunity and send a message about how the organization values employee expertise. Employees often feel unsure of their future opportunities and about the steps they need to take to advance, Chowning said. In response, organizations are making career paths far clearer, allowing employees to plot their career course alongside their leader and assess their progress. A clear list of objectives and solid direction and career timing help employees feel more invested with their leader and with the organization,” she said. “When employees are engaged in the corporate culture, have visibility to the executive team and are confident the company values their input, they are significantly less likely to leave. In today’s talent landscape, this is a competitive advantage.
The seventh annual All Day DevOps 24-hour live stream event started at 3 a.m., U.S. Eastern Time, today. The conference features 180 practitioner-led sessions, across six tracks: CI/CD Continuous Everything; Modern Infrastructure; DevSecOps; Cultural Transformation, Site Reliability Engineering and the Software Supply Chain. Registration and information are available on the event website.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data.