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.

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

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.