University virtual tours: Here’s how you can still check out campuses during COVID-19

Study International | March 31, 2020

Want to start uni in 2020 but don’t know how you can go for open days when there’s a coronavirus outbreak happening? Enter university virtual tours. Thanks to 360-degree campus virtual reality (VR) tours, a student from anywhere in the world can “visit” several foreign campuses in the multiple continents. Thanks to the advances in technology, universities are now able to create virtual tours that can be access across mobile, desktop, and VR headsets. That means if you’re in Beijing, you can check out the most Insta-worthy spots in a university in Texas, US and feel as if you’re really there just by using your iPhone

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Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO Sets the Global Agenda for Early Childhood Education Till 2030

UNESCO | November 25, 2022

On the last day of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in the capital of Uzbekistan on 14-16 November, representatives of about 150 countries adopted the Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO. This information was provided by the Ministry of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.Earlier, speaking with a welcoming speech to the delegates of the conference, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said:"I am confident that today's conference will be held in the spirit of frank discussions and exchange of views, new ideas and initiatives, and that specific proposals and recommendations will be developed. Undoubtedly, the Tashkent Declaration, which will be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, will serve as the basis for our joint efforts in this direction. The Tashkent Declaration is intended to set the international agenda for early childhood education through the year 2030. This document has been prepared through a consultative process during the conference and, once signed, will be translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and shared with the UNESCO Member States. "In Uzbekistan, we have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the world based on UNESCO's commitment to make 2022 the year of mobilization of efforts for education. Here in Tashkent, we must determine the model of society we want to live in a society that takes care of its children, guiding them and giving them all the attention they deserve," UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. In the framework of the strategy for global transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) system, the Tashkent Declaration established a set of guiding principles: improving the quality and relevance of curricula and pedagogy; ensuring equal and inclusive educational services for all children, and protecting and guaranteeing the rights to access ECCE in emergency situations. These and a number of other tasks are based on such fundamental factors as the development and support of teachers, broad introduction of innovations and state support for the sphere. The provisions of the UNESCO Tashkent Declaration, which set the main vectors for development of ECCE until 2030 – a milestone for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the moment of signing become a guide for international organizations and relevant ministries of the countries participating in the world community in implementation of the paragraph 4.2 which reads: "By 2030 to ensure that all young girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-school education systems so that they will be ready for primary education.

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University of Phoenix Leadership Presenting at 1EdTech Digital Curriculum and App Innovation Summit

University of Phoenix | November 09, 2022

University of Phoenix announces that Eve Krahe-Billings, Ph.D., dean, Academic Innovation and Evaluation, Mary Elizabeth Smith, director, Learning Innovation Strategy, and Shelly Hodges, senior director, College Operations, are leading a session on the collaborative work of the University’s journey toward university-wide skills-aligned curriculum at the 1EdTech Digital Curriculum & App Innovation Summit held November 7-10, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland. 1EdTech's new Digital Curriculum and App Innovation Summit is intended to showcase prime examples of how educational institutions leverage technology to make life easier for educators while also improving student learning experiences and outcomes. Krahe-Billings, Smith and Hodges will lead the session, Curriculum to Careers: Radical Collaboration in Assessment + Analytics + Design on November 9, 2022, at 8:30am EST. As University of Phoenix leadership in student learning assessment, data analytics, and learning experience design, they will detail the University’s journey toward university-wide, skills-aligned curriculum, and the steps taken to successfully vision, design, and implement a skills-aligned curriculum framework focused on career identification and development across all academic programming at the University. “University of Phoenix is a place that, knowing our students and the value they place on the practicality of education, has emerged from a pandemic period with over 85 percent of programs open for new enrollment revised, skills-tagged, and ready for use by students,I look forward to sharing how our highly collaborative process made this both possible and successful.” Krahe-Billings, Dean of Academic Innovation and Evaluation As Dean of Academic Innovation and Evaluation, Krahe-Billings' accountabilities are divided between identifying and vetting emerging trends and current best practice across higher ed for use at the university and oversight of all student learning assessment, leading teams devoted to academic and institutional assessment as well as the tech systems that ingest and aid in analysis of data. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Administrators and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Humanities Council. Hodges has been in higher education for over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles, spanning work within student services, product management, data analytics and operations. In her current role as Senior Director of College Operations within the University of Phoenix, she analyzes data to identify issues and develops recommendations for solutions, working closely with academic leadership to improve operations for the colleges including student experience, retention, graduation rates and progression outcomes. Smith has been involved in educational innovation for over thirty years, working in curriculum development, learning design, faculty development, faculty, and e-learning roles for four universities and several community colleges, as well as two educational software companies. 1EdTech is a worldwide member-based non-profit community partnership of educational providers, state/national departments of education, and edtech suppliers. The 1EdTech community provides collaborative leadership that shapes the foundation of an open edtech ecosystem now and into the future to enable unlimited potential in every learner. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives

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Nord Anglia Education launches ninth international teacher recruitment fair

Nord Anglia Education | November 16, 2022

Leading premium international schools provider Nord Anglia Education has announced its upcoming global teacher recruitment fair, attracting the world's best teaching talent for 81 schools across 32 countries. First launched in 2014, Nord Anglia's annual teacher recruitment event, called Outstanding Teachers for Outstanding Schools, is now in its ninth year. The first virtual event this year will be hosted virtually on 30th November 2022 at 10am GMT / 6pm CST, with additional dates in December, January, and February. Each year, thousands of talented educators around the world join to get to know more about Nord Anglia's values and group-wide education philosophy. The fair also provides a virtual networking opportunity for candidates to meet with future peers and school leaders, ask questions, and gain in-depth insight into the Nord Anglia difference in education. Candidates interested in their first, or next, role in international education are encouraged to apply for hundreds of teaching roles from Nord Anglia's careers website. What does it mean to work at a Nord Anglia school? Across 2022 so far, Nord Anglia has welcomed another four schools to its global family, growing to 81 schools across the Americas, China, Europe, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Nurturing talent is at the heart of Nord Anglia's unique approach to outstanding teaching and learning across its schools. Its renowned professional development programme includes unparalleled opportunities for teachers to benefit from the best in educational approaches, skills, training, and research, including: Continuous learning and development via Nord Anglia University, a bespoke online learning platform with thousands of learning resources for teachers. Nord Anglia University encourages teachers to connect and collaborate with their peers across 81 schools to enrich their international teaching careers. Career pathway opportunities by developing key leadership and management skills through Nord Anglia's Middle Leadership Programme and Senior Leadership Programme. Collaborations with world-leading organisations, including MIT, UNICEF, and The Juilliard School to create engaging learning experiences for students both in and outside the classroom. Unique opportunities to earn an Executive Master's in International Education at King's College London. Developed in collaboration with Nord Anglia, the part-time master's programme develops participants' understanding of effective school leadership in an international education environment. Regular opportunities to move into other exciting roles at one of Nord Anglia's other schools worldwide. "Our schools attract and develop the world's best teaching talent in part thanks to our outstanding professional development opportunities and our global network, which allows for true collaboration and sharing of best practice worldwide. Like our students, we want our teachers to achieve more than they ever imagined possible and to build their careers with us." Dr Elise Ecoff, Group Director of Education, Nord Anglia Education

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The Ohio State University chooses PebblePad to Support Undergraduate General Education Program

The Ohio State University news | November 14, 2022

The Ohio State University has chosen PebblePad, the Learning Journey Platform, to help more than 65,000 students develop, evidence and verify crucial skills across their learning experiences. PebblePad has been selected to support the university’s General Education program, which has been transformed to support the academic learning, achievements and professional goals of today's students. Throughout their academic career, The Ohio State’s students will use PebblePad to make sense of their learning experiences and to develop skills, allowing them to confidently articulate their personal strengths, competencies and aspirations The PebblePad platform is degree-wide and course-agnostic - supporting integrative learning and allowing students to bring together, reflect on and make connection throughout their learning journey across multiple themes and disciplines, including as academic and experiential learning. PebblePad was selected after a competitive procurement and evaluation process. Educators at The Ohio State can make use of a wide range of tools within PebblePad to help manage the challenges of supporting integrative learning at scale, whether delivered on or off-campus, and embracing hybrid learning and experiential learning activity. PebblePad’s powerful assessment engine can help educators provide formative and summative assessment of individual learner assets, portfolios, and their component parts. These tools are designed to support both simple and complex assessment workflows and to operate with multiple stakeholders including external advisers, work-based supervisors and mentors at scale. This news follows a period of significant growth for the company in Canada and the US, where a number of prestigious institutions have partnered with PebblePad because of its ability to deliver against their strategic learning and employability ambitions. “General Education is crucial to developing well-rounded and future-ready graduates, and building the skills which are so important for the world of work. PebblePad is uniquely positioned to help Higher Education offer the hybrid and student-centered learning experiences which is now demanded and expected by students. We are delighted to welcome The Ohio State University to the growing PebblePad customer community in North America.” Kenny Nicholl, Chief Growth Officer of PebblePad

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