A Fresh Approach to Global Learning: Eminus Academy with UN Habitat

Eminus Academy is an e-learning program that uses accessible technology in areas that do not otherwise have the infrastructure or opportunities to access formal education. Eminus provides professional training and resources focused on sustainable development, project management, community mapping and place-making. Upon completion of the courses offered, students are awarded a certificate that is provided. With technology becoming the way of the future, Eminus Academy bridges the gap of educational systems by offering quality skills to marginalized populations across the globe

Eminus partners with UN Habitat – the human settlement branch of the United Nations to work towards achieving some of the SDGs. Not only does UN Habitat authorize certificates for Eminus, but they also help achieve:

 

We believe that the future is dynamic and vibrant. Therefore, Eminus has some exciting upcoming opportunities. We are launching new courses in early 2018 that address entrepreneurship, social development, climate change, proposal writing, marketing skills and project management. These new vocational courses are all aligned with the SDGs and will help expand Eminus Academy to be accessible to over 78 countries around the world.

This expansion includes a recent proposal for using Eminus for place-making training in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Northern Uganda. To make this happen, we are partnering with the Anhart Foundation, among other partners, to offer these courses in areas that do not have access to formal education. Our goal is for youth living in informal settlements to have the opportunity to learn vocational skills and to provide training that will allow students to improve living conditions through sustainable practices and development. Two courses will be offered in early 2018 as part of a pilot project to introduce these online courses to the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement. The hope is that, with enough support, these courses and more will be offered on a continuous basis in the future.

While Eminus partners with incredible organizations, we also need you. Our new funding model is centred around paying it forward. With the purchase of one course, another student is able to attend Eminus Academy for free.  

Are you passionate about the same issues we are? Are you interested in supporting Eminus or registering for one of our courses?

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http://www.eminusacademy.com/

Registration: January 15th, 2018

Class Start Dates:

Responsible Consumption and Waste Management: Responding to Climate Change: January 15th, 2018

Social Enterprise: Innovation and the SDGS: January 15th, 2018

Food Systems: From Seed to Market: May 1st, 2018

Community Mapping and Digital Storytelling: Implementing the SDGs: May 15th, 2018

Bangladesh government takes into use Eliademy (MRDI MOOC platform)

19 December 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh:

To enhance the knowledge base of the designated officers
under the Right To Information Act, 2009, MRDI provided technical and knowledge advisory support to Information Commission in developing an online training platform using Eliademy.


The platform was launched through a ceremony where the Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam was present as the chief guest. Permanent Member, National Human Rights Commission Md. Nazrul Islam; Information Commissioner, Information Commission Bangladesh Nepal Chandra Sarker and Khurshida Sayeed; Secretary, Information Ministry Martuza Ahmed; Secretary, Coordination and Reforms, The Cabinet Division Md. Ziaul Alam was present at the ceremony as special guests. The
Chief Information Commissioner Professor Golam Rahman presided over the ceremony.

The Cabinet Secretary said “This is the first time ever that the Bangladesh government has launched an online training module. The RTI designated officers can now easily train themselves from anywhere.”
He thanked MRDI for coming up with such an innovative initiative. To boost the governance indicator the Government can further utilize such online training approach to save time and resource, he added.

Welcoming the innovation the Chief Information Commissioner said “We have a long tradition of hiding information and an introduction of Right to Information Act will bring positive change. But it is a matter of regret that only a few number of government designated officers are aware of the Act. To address the problem the Information Commission with support from MRDI introduced online training course on
RTI for designated officers. I hope this training will help the government officials to develop their capacity on RTI as well ensure people’s access to Information.”

The other guests also welcomed such initiative and stressed that MRDI can provide knowledge advisory support to the Government of Bangladesh to adopt MOOC within the government system.

The Eliademy platform is a well equipped  knowledge service,  which captures and utilizes local knowledge for creating a unique gateway to implement RTI Act.

The platform can be accessed through the web, mobile phone using the internet to be used for comfort learning. MRDI is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit, non-government organization, engaged in a wide spectrum of social development activities and developing the standard and quality of the media, along with skill
and ethics of the media professionals, located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Enactment of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTIA) has been a significant event in terms of protecting and promoting citizen’s right to know in Bangladesh. With the growing number of Designated Officers, the challenge is to empower them to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities.

Considering the limitations, MRDI in partnership with The Cabinet Division, Bangladesh and Information Commission, Bangladesh launched the initiative. The online platform is now available in the website of Information Commission, Bangladesh and The Cabinet Division.

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.”

 

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