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

One more Yoga school on Eliademy, South Africa

Ananda Sanga Educational Institute (ASEI) is an academic institute in South Africa dedicated to spreading the ancient Art and Science of Yoga to humanity. They are dedicated to quality holistic yoga education and training, nationally and internationally. This is achieved by imparting the ancient knowledge of Yoga to sincere students for integration of “body, mind and soul. “

Yoga South Africa

They aim: To promote ethical, integrated yoga principles in a way that is compatible to all traditions, cultures and social groups.

We welcome them to Eliademy, and we believe that together and step by step we will be able to spread education for body, mind and soul all around the world.

The benefits of Yoga are starting to be common knowledge. Yoga is good for the heart and breathing but also is perfect for mindfulness. Maybe one day Yoga will become part of the school curriculums and replace or compliment the classic physical training. Here is an interesting article on the benefits of Yoga from the popular WebMD service.

We would like to invite more Yoga trainers to use Eliademy LIVE courses to offer their services. This method of teaching is becoming popular in the west and is preferred because you can exercise at anytime and from the convenience of your home.

Empowering the Deaf community, now with the help of Eliademy

The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center promotes the independence of the deaf, the hard of hearing and the multi-handicapped deaf in Louisiana.  The Center has made a tremendous effort to provide services, support, and advocacy for this population by providing education to the general public, instructing and directing individuals interested in the field of deafness and encouraging leadership among members of the Deaf Community.  It is to this end, the Center eliminates any and all barriers and, in fact, serves as a beacon and source of unity for all persons affected and touched by hearing loss.

Deaf action centerDeaf action center provides multiple services, from Certification, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) to legal advices. They are using Eliademy and they have been very satisfied with the platform usability, already 4 of their instructors are using Eliademy to deliver courses to the Deaf community of Louisiana, USA.

In a world where a 5% of the total population are disabled with hearing loss (360 million people) we at Eliademy want to support any organization that will provide the means to improve the standard of living of those individuals.

Have a story to tell? How Eliademy has helped your organization? Drop us an email at info@eliademy.com we will be glad to support you and hear your success case.

The loveless intelligence is arrogant, Love is a Sine Qua Non condition.

Sine Qua Non

Today we welcome an institute full of love. “Sine Qua Non  from Brasil has a mission to raise individuals substantially diminished by the social circumstances to the human condition of knowing, being and doing – this condition can revoke the verdict of economic misery, intellectual, moral and spiritual force; leading them from the right to be helped to the duty of helpers.

Foster perseverance to those who do not own forces. Provide pathways to those who have no direction to follow. Free final and extensively to those who are the fruit of a reality that makes it impossible to overcome their life circumstances – those who are oppressed and constrained by the current economic models.

Their slogan encapsulates their mission even better: “love as a prerequisite to any genuinely good deed”.

We are proud that they choose Eliademy to support their mission and we would like to congratulate Rafael Monteiro Teixeira Arndt for making his vision a reality.

After reading their values and mission statement, we feel that we need to update our own “Love” pages to be as poetically superior as of the “Sine Qua Non” institute. From organizations like this we get inspired!

Singapore Workforce Development Agency proudly on Eliademy! (新加坡劳动力发展局)

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (AbbreviationWDAChinese: 新加坡劳动力发展局) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Manpower of the Singapore Government.

Singapore Workforce development agency

Singapore Workforce development agency

WDA was established in 2003 to enhance the competitiveness of the Signaporian workforce by encouraging workers to learn for life and advance with skills. In today’s economy, most jobs require not just knowledge, but also skills.

WDA collaborates with employers, industry associations, the Union and training organisations, to develop and strengthen the Continuing Education and Training (CET) system that is skills-based, open and accessible, as a mainstream pathway for all workers – young and older, from rank and file to professionals and executives – to upgrade and advance in their careers and lives.

For Singapore’s workforce to remain competitive and employable in today’s fast-changing workplace, they must have both knowledge and skills that are relevant, current and sought after by employers. In turn, this will also help companies strengthen their capabilities, remain competitive, and contribute to stronger economic growth for Singapore.

WDA aims to help workers advance in their careers and lives by developing and strengthening skills-based training for adults. We work with various partners–including employers, industry associations, the Union and training organisations–to develop relevant skills-based training that is accessible to all in the Workforce, whether young or old, from rank-and-file to professionals and executives.

For Eliademy WDA is proudly another public reference in addition to previously announced “The world of Work” and “Workers Association from UK” . We are glad to see that we share a common vision with those associations and to emphasise the message that Eliademy is here to serve all your e-elearning needs.