Online Courses Cater to Adult Learners

Constant changes in the workplace and an aging population have created major new opportunities in adult education. This new market is already significantly larger than the for-credit higher education market, and demand for adult education and training will continue to outpace supply for some time.

The ed2go network consists of more than 2,100 top colleges, universities, and other organizations. They offer hundreds of engaging non-credit online courses, covering every topic from Accounting to Web Design. Each course consists of a patient and caring instructor, lively discussions, knowledge checks and plenty of practical information that you can put to immediate use.

All ed2go courses are entirely online, which can be taken from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient to you. Courses begin monthly and run for six weeks; each week composed of two lessons for a total of 12 lessons. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a certificate of completion.

Ed2go courses are affordable, fun, convenient and geared towards your interests. It may be as basic as Discover Digital Photography or as complex as Intermediate QuickBooks 2013, but there is one absolute: ed2go can get you there! We suggest you view a demo to determine whether ed2go is right for you.

To register for a class, go to www.ed2go.com/ucaoce, search for the course you’d like to take and hit Enroll Now. Please contact Lawana Hawkins at (501) 450-5811 with questions.

26th Annual Community Development Institute Concludes with Awards Ceremony

Over 100 community leaders from Arkansas and surrounding states participated in the 26th annual Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas. The event, held August 6-10, concluded with a special graduation and awards ceremony.

AT&T Arkansas was honored with the Friend of Community Development Award, offered each year to an individual or organization that demonstrates strong support for community development and CDI. Additionally, CDI Advisory Board Member Dr. Mark Peterson received the esteemed Bill Miller Award as recognition for his decades of conducting scholarly research and working with communities to help them realize transformative change.

Kelly Lyon, CDI Director, said, “In addition to the training provided at the institute, we celebrate individual leaders from each class. CDI is about learning and networking, but it’s also about our network supporting the participants’ and graduates’ efforts to apply that training in their own communities. Those who receive awards have demonstrated exemplary leadership here and are well positioned to be leaders in their organizations and home towns. ”

Craig Lindholm, Executive Director for Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas, and a student in the Ph.D. in Leadership program at UCA was awarded the Ernest Whitelaw Award. The Whitelaw Award recipient is chosen by his peers for dedication to the practice of community development, involvement in the CDI experience, and personal leadership and integrity. After the awards ceremony, 25 community and economic professionals graduated from CDI 2012.

The Community Development Institute Central, established in 1987 at the University of Central Arkansas, in Conway, Arkansas, trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. For more information about CDI, visit www.uca.edu/cdi.

 

Outreach Announces Fall Tech Series

Outreach is offering numerous professional development workshops to help educators integrate innovative technology into the classroom. From iPads to Wikis, these workshops will help enhance and deepen student learning.

With the rising popularity of iPads in the classroom, Outreach is excited to offer a workshop blending iPads and the Common Core, iPads in the Classroom: Common Core and E-books.

Additional technology workshops will be offered online starting September 19th. Build your own classroom site with Creating Web Pages, learn how to better interact, share ideas and facilitate collaboration with Web 2.0: Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts, or engage your learners through creative multimedia lessons with Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards.

Plus, to ensure all your lessons and activities are free of copyright infringement, Outreach is offering a free, workshop to address the common copyright issues faced by educators, Copyright, Fair Use & Digital Media: What to Know and Where to Go.

 

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For more information about our Fall Tech Series or any of our professional development workshops, visit our Professional Development webpage or call 501.450.5261.

 

Arkansas Studies Bouquet Workshop Offered in August

Due to popular demand, the workshop An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics, will be offered again on August 2nd. The workshop offered on July 31 is full and will no longer accept registrations.

An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics is a free workshop for educators focusing on Arkansas studies. It covers a wide variety of topics and helpful resources that will facilitate the teaching of Arkansas studies frameworks. More information can be found on the Educator Development Page.