Wine Campus welcome to Eliademy!

Wine Campus is a tiny wine academy with a big heart for its students, delivering several online wine courses tutored by its founder Georges Meekers, a professional wine centipede who just loves to share his wine expertise. He has been lecturing Internet wine classes long before the invention of all the new distance learning platforms that have since sprouted.

Moodle simply used to be the one go-to solution back in the day. However, as Georges confides: “the combination of its security issues, the hassle of repeatedly having to install updates and the lack of a IT savvy service support team to help out when things go wrong”, made him try and test other ways to deliver his most popular Georges’ University Wine Course.

wine campus

The course is for enthusiasts as well as people already working in the wine industry which have been beachcombing the web for wine information but on whom it has dawned that, although Googling the Web can be fun, it is not the same as being guided by an authority providing correct, unbiased and up-to-date material in real time.

After a long search for an easy to use and effortless to maintain Moodle replacement, Georges’ University Wine Course has recently rooted at Eliademy. “It’s safely cloud-based and maintained for me by a most helpful bunch of techies so that I can devote all my time to interacting with course participants and, well, exploring wine myself.”

This is important because Wine Campus in unique in that it delivers ‘apprenticeship courses’. Coming from old French ‘aprentis’ (from ‘apprendre’ or to learn), the focus is on the fact that students will apprentice directly with a wine professional.

This is achieved by limiting the wine course’s intake to less than a dozen participants at any given time. But it also requires a directness in the relationship between student and tutor. Flawless interface and compactness of Eliademy is hugely instrumental. “It’s intuitive to handle yet the platform comes complete with a webinar room, discussion forums, messaging and task feedback facilities, discussion boards – just a corkscrew is missing!”

According to Georges Meekers: “Eliademy is an ideal place for teaching online because it is so straightforward to use and it suits text-based and video-centred content as well as a combination of both. “You can almost instinctively build Eliademy around your tutoring style so that each student can join in a dynamic, participatory and enjoyable learning experience – and wine is all about sharing after all.”

 

Case study: Illustrated Math Series

We rarely publish user reviews (they are public after all) but this most recent message really touched our entire team and we thought to share it with the community as a “case study”. We have started Eliademy 3 years ago as a social enterprise with a sole mission – make e-learning tools available for anyone for free. As the time passed, we have to admit we are far from being perfect, but we are still committed to doing our best to become the best platform for educators and students around the world. The following text is provided without modifications and can be also found at our Facebook review page.

Syed_HashmiIt is not that the moment I saw Eliademy, I fell in love with it, no, no, no, absolutely not. My deep respect and sincere love for Eliademy are carefully assessed based on an accurate evaluation through continuous research on the internet plus my constant interaction with Eliademy team over a long period of 4 years.

I am a professional Educator & Author with more than 43 years of experience in teaching the global curriculum in mathematics, physics and chemistry (including the K-16 US and Canada). I was looking for a resourceful but inexpensive or free simple e-learning platform for multiple reasons. I restlessly searched on the internet and found only two platforms which appeared to fulfill my needs exactly the way I was looking for (1) Udemy (2) Eliademy.

I decided to start with Udemy since it was being advertised a lot as “the largest platform”. I emailed them and got the response immediately with all the assistance I could have possibly needed. I was about to settle down with Udemy for good, but in the meantime, some very troubling facts started to emerge through reviews on Google, about policies on course pricing and sharing between the author and the platform. I then sent a very detailed e-mail to the then CEO to have a clear idea about the price sharing. After a reasonably long period of time without any response, I sent a reminder to both the CEO and the president of Udemy which was ignored. I concluded that Udemy was focused on the exploitation of intellectual talents in the name of democratization of education. It was a shock to me.

Next, I e-mailed Eliademy. They immediately responded and assigned a very talented and dynamic employee Jose to assist me through all the means available. As the time kept passing by my faith in Eliademy grew stronger and stronger. I feel now that Eliademy is the most truthful team with the pure and honest passion for “democratizing education with technology” – making e-learning tools available to everyone with crystal clear transparency without any tricks from their sleeves.

I would like to say thanks to entire Eliademy team who had kindly demonstrated their patience, generosity and care towards their clients. Long live the cause of education and the honestly true promoters of this cause.

Syed Hashmi, M.Sc, CEO at Illustrated Math Series


If you have a story of how Eliademy helped you or what you would like us to improve, please get it touch with us. Nothing motivates us more than an honest feedback.

Custom Completion Certificates

In addition to default certificate of completion, instructors can now upload a fully custom certificate template for each course.

When you open Course/Certificate tab, you will see a new option on certificate type field – “Custom Certificate”. Choosing it allows you to upload with your own template. For the best results, please use the following parameters:

  • File type: PNG (better) or JPEG
  • Size: up to 10 Mb
  • Format: A4
  • Orientation: both portrait and landscape
  • Resolution: 150 dpi, 2000 pixels height or width

After uploading, you will be asked to indicate where student name and course completion date should be printed (allow some space on the template). Please note, your certificate template should include:

  • Course name
  • Organization name and logo
  • Instructor name and signature

If you teach multiple courses, you will need to create several copies of the template with different course names. Once the custom certificate is configured, each student to whom you issue a certificate will receive a custom certificate by email, will be able to add it to LinkedIn and order a printed copy (if you enabled this option).

Like always, we’ve got more exciting product news coming. Please keep your eye on the Eliademy Blog or follow @eliademy. Thanks for using Eliademy!

– Sergey Gerasimenko, co-founder & CPO

Georgia on my mind! www.getc.ge

getc.geWe are happy to announce that 3 community members will present Eliademy to the Georgian Educational Technology Conference. Giorgi Araviashvili, Markozashvili and Marekhi Jeladze decided to spread the message of Eliademy to the teachers and school administration professionals of the country Georgia.

The event will take place on 21st of November, its a national level conference for the stakeholders working in educational technology field and the team will present their findings and why they believe Eliademy is the best tool to be used to cover their country needs.

We are very pleased with the initiative, acts like this empowers the team and gives meaning to our life and mission. Our gratitude goes to the team of 3 and we are sending them all our love from Helsinki, Finland. You can find the full agenda at www.getc.ge

 

Comprehensive school teachers learn about coding in a MOOC

Republishing from Aalto university blog (original source: http://media.aalto.fi/en/current/news/2015-10-02/)

Aalto

Next autumn, computer programming will become a part of all basic education teaching in Finland.

The research group on learning environments of the Aalto University Department of Media is involved in Code Alphabet (Koodiaapinen) that offers a programming MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for free for Finnish comprehensive school teachers. Beginning next autumn, coding or programming will be a part of all basic education teaching, and there are already over a thousand teachers enrolled on the MOOC that starts on 10 October. It is possible to enrol until 24 October.

Programming is an effective and versatile tool for studying.

‘Programming is an effective and versatile tool for studying’, says Project Researcher Tarmo Toikkanen from the Department of Media.

‘The goal is that children learn to understand how computers work and what kinds of tasks are best suited for computers. For teachers, this MOOC offers a guided opportunity to try in practice those same programming environments their students will most likely use. Most of the teachers’ pre-anxieties will fade in just a few minutes, as they realise this is not really that difficult’, he assures.

Follow-up for the course

In Code Alphabet, coding is regarded as a creative method of expression and a developer of logical thinking, not only a tool for problem solving. The goal of this coding MOOC is to solve the question of how to teach programming in a way that motivates children, and to inspire teachers to imagine how coding could function as a tool in the teaching of different subjects.  In addition to the seven-week course, Code Alphabet offers a Library, where all the material of the course are permanently available. Teachers can use these materials to support their teaching in the future.

The course will be organised also in spring 2016.

The course will be organised also in spring 2016, and after that, it will be organised annually. Finnish Eliademy was chosen as the platform for the MOOC. The research group of the Department of Media took part in the development of this platform through Tekes-funded LEAD project between 2012 and 2014.

‘I believe that through fruitful cooperation, the Eliademy platform developed into something that now nicely serves the needs of the Code Alphabet’, remarks Toikkanen.

The Code Alphabet also participates in the international TACCLE3 project (Erasmus+) that focuses on teaching coding in European schools.

Further information:

Senior Researcher Tarmo Toikkanen
Tel. +358 50 60384
tarmo.toikkanen@aalto.fi

Learning Environments research group http://legroup.aalto.fi
Code Alphabet (mostly in Finnish) http://koodiaapinen.fi/en/

Women’s health, we care!

Today we are happy to welcome Women’s health from USA on Eliademy.

Women's health

Women\s health is a membership and educational resource for over 2,580 physical therapists treating patients across the life span, from the young athlete and childbearing woman, to the peri-menopausal woman and elderly man.

Their vision is to transform society by optimizing movement to maximize health for a life without limits.

They informed us that they are delighted with Eliademy and they are using it for providing video-based physical training to their members.

On another happy note, today Eliademy’s co-founder Sergey Gerasimenko is turning 31 and on behalf of the whole team we wish him Happy Birthday. Here is a picture of him from his Nokia years, dreaming of conquering the world.

Sergey Gerasimenko