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Higher Ed Holdings Helps UTA Professors Expand Reach of Courses Online

Higher Ed Holdings Helps UTA Professors Expand Reach of Courses Online

Teachers Advance Careers with Accessible, Affordable, Online Degree Programs

By Dave Sorter

At the University of Texas at Arlington, administrators and faculty members are embracing online learning because of the way it fits students today.

“For us, it’s about meeting a need. It’s what students are demanding,” said Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, the university’s associate vice president of K-16 Initiatives and Dean of the College of Education. “Many students grew up using technology, and it’s the platform they want to use for their course work.  We see some students (in online courses) who are much more tech savvy than even we are.”

UTA has been at the forefront of online learning through its participation in the University of Texas System’s TeleCampus program, but it broadened its distance-learning offerings this 2008-09 academic year by partnering with Higher Ed Holdings to help distribute UTA’s College of Education and College of Nursing degree programs.

The Dallas-based company delivers the university’s courses through high-quality production and chat-room capabilities that facilitate discussion among students and instructors. It also funds student support services including academic coaching and student recruitment.

UTA’s new online offerings at the education college have begun attracting students in the first semester and enrollment is expected to grow significantly as the word spreads, Gerlach said. “On line options provide access to people who can’t make it to campus” she added. “The world is changing; we must change with it.”

Work and family life make an on-campus university program untenable for a lot of working teachers, said Dr. Ann Cavallo, a UTA professor who designs and supervises the online courses at the education college. Travel also is an obstacle, especially for someone who works full-time trying to negotiate rush-hour traffic to get to class. Distance learners, on the other hand, have the flexibility that comes with being able to time-shift their studies. They can watch the video presentations when they want, work their assignments around their schedules and join discussions and chat rooms at their leisure.

“The online platform makes it extremely accessible; a lot of teachers cannot take on-campus courses for a variety of reasons, but they are able to take them online,” Cavallo said.

Equally important is affordability – especially in an economic downturn such as the one we are currently experiencing.

The new 18-month online degree programs at UTA costs classmates $4,950. The cost would be about double that amount if they took the class on campus. And it’s even more of a bargain compared to for-profit providers like the University of Phoenix, which is three to four times more for a master’s in curriculum and instruction.

“That’s one of the beauties of these programs,” Gerlach said. “Students have had access issues, but affordability is a greater issue.”

According to Measuring Up 2008, a report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition continues to outpace family income and the price of necessities such as medical …

Teach For America Reduces the Achievement Gap For Thousands of Students in Los Angeles Schools

After bidding adieu to the Bush era, many parents and concerned citizens experience lingering indignation toward the ineffectualness of the No Child Left Behind Act. Fortunately, institutions like Teach for America target twenty-nine urban and rural areas where educational inequality has hit the hardest. With only 45.3 percent of high school graduating seniors, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area is one of the nation’s most prominent regions of educational disparity. One of the goals of Teach for America is to ensure that a child’s birthplace does not determine his or her education and life prospects. For the 2008 school year, Teach for America has employed 350 teachers to alleviate the education gap in underserved schools in Los Angeles. As there has been a 42 percent increase in Teach for America applicants for the 2009 school year, Teach for America staff will continue to improve students’ performances in Los Angeles schools in 2009.

For applications due February 13th, Los Angeles candidates had the choice to sign up for several interview dates and locations throughout Los Angeles. Applicants signed up for interviews at three venues including McKinsey & Company in downtown Los Angeles. They attended interviews consisting of a five minute teaching presentation, problem solving activities, a group activity, and a personal interview. These rigorous evaluations were designed to provide interviewers with a way assess the dedication, preparedness, and stamina of future teachers and educational leaders in underfunded Los Angeles communities. Such communities include Baldwin Park, Compton, Los Angeles, Lynwood, and Pasadena.

In the five minute teaching presentation, applicants demonstrated their organizational aptitude and ability to teach key academic subjects. The subjects and grade levels chosen for five minute teaching presentations reflected the subjects taught most by corps members in LA , including: Secondary English, Secondary Science, and Secondary Math. To ensure successful funding for these grades and subject levels, twenty-eight percentage of Teach for America’s budget is used for corps member’s professional development. Twenty percent is devoted to pre-service training; eighteen percent for recruitment and selection; sixteen percent for national support; six percent for alumni support and development; and five percent is dedicated to local program administration.

Without support from corporate and public foundations, Teach for America would be unable to fulfill its increasing budget demands. The organization receives corporate and public support from such companies as The Ahmanson Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, MSST Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, State Farm Insurance, Symantec Corporation, and The Weingart Foundation. These contributions make it possible for Teach for America to extend its services to new regions such as the Mississippi Delta and Greater New Orleans, in addition to expanding the corps’ population in Los Angeles.

You may wonder why Teach for America generates such a colossal impact on students’ lives. Why are so many organizations donating funds to support a non-profit organization when there are qualified teachers who already exist? Do schools in Los Angeles really need Teach for America or is the corps’ presence in Southern California superfluous, especially during a time …

Education in Pakistan

Education in Pakistan

Education in Pakistan is divided into five levels: primary (grades one through five); middle (grades six through eight); high (grades nine and ten, leading to the Secondary School Certificate); intermediate (grades eleven and twelve, leading to a Higher Secondary School Certificate); and university programs leading to graduate (undergraduate) and advanced (post-graduate) degrees.

All academic education institutions are the responsibility of the provincial governments. The federal government mostly assists in curriculum development, accreditation and some financing of research.

Pre-school

A child may begin his/her schooling at a pre-school at the age of 3. Over the last few years, many new kindergarten (sometimes called montessori) schools have sprung up in Pakistan.

Primary Education

Formal education in Pakistan starts from around age 5. The first 5 years of school are referred to as Primary. Thereafter, the next 3 are referred to as Middle and the 2 after as Highschool.

Secondary Education

At the completion of Highschool or 10 years of schooling, students are required to sit for board examinations referred to as Secondary School Certificate examinations or more commonly as ‘Matric’. These are administered by area boards. Those that receive passing marks (normally 33%) on this examination are awarded a Secondary School Certificate or SSC. Students may then choose to undergo 2 years of additional schooling (offered both a school and some colleges) after which they sit for the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), more commonly referred to as ‘Intermediate’ exams. There is a wide choice of subjects that students can choose from during their ‘intermediate’ years many of which are technical subjects. Students normally read about 5 subjects in a chosen stream such as pre-medical, science, humanities, pre-engineering etc. and then sit for the Higher Secondary School Certificate exam in those subjects which are also administered by area boards. Those that receive passing marks (normally 33% of all subjects cummulative) are awarded a Higher Secondary School Certificate or HSSC.

Technical Education

Students can enter a plethora of technical institutes for technical certificates and degrees. The entrance requirements for these courses vary greatly with some such as carpentry requiring the applicant to be literate whereas others such as B.Tech in automation require HSSC.

Post-Secondary

Pakistani education system

Students can then precede to a College or University for Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BSc) or Commerce/Business Administration (BCom/BBA) degree courses. There are two types of Bachelor courses in Pakistan namely Pass or Honours. Pass constitutes two years of study and students normally read three optional subjects (such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics, Statistics) in addition to almost equal number of compulsory subjects (such as English, Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies) whereas Honours are three or four years and students normally specialize in a chosen field of study such as Biochemistry (BSc Hons. Biochemistry). It is important to note that Pass Bachelors is now slowly being phased out for Honours throughout the country. Students may also after earning their HSSC may study for professional Bachelor degree courses such as engineering (B Engg), …

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Degrees

Today’s lifestyle is quite busy for everybody and hence for reasons like promotion, career advancement, and for learning purpose all of us are in search of online education. Many students are choosing online education for pursuing their degrees. Almost 60 percent of the students complete their courses successfully and that is because they are aware of the advantages of online degrees. Any university that is accredited, awards online degrees to students on various fields. Online degrees are offered for almost all the subjects like Political Science, Finance, Business Administration, Law, Engineering, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Graphic Designing, History and Medicine too.

The only difference from an online degree and the traditional degree is the way of teaching. As an online degree student, you will attend classes, will work on projects, will ask questions and discuss with the professors and will also appear for examinations, but only through a virtual environment. Your classroom will have bulletin boards and text chats and at times you may have virtual workgroup for problem solving. Depending on your online degree program, you will have synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Enrolment for online degrees can be done by filling the online admission forms. You will have the choice to select the cost effective university and the university with more online degree programs.

The main advantage of earning an online degree is the learning environment. Wherever you are, as long as you are connected to the Internet, your online degree follows with you. If you can properly mange your time then your online degree sessions will fit in your busy schedule. Your degree program can also be completed with your pace of study. Online degree offers you the benefit to attend classes from your home or any convenient location of yours. You can also apply to any university of any country that offers online degree programs. With these online degree programs available nobody can use excuses like unable to pursue education. Most of the online degree courses can be completed within the stipulated period or shorter than this when compared with the similar types of degree programs that are campus-based. Only you can delay your course completion, if you did not do time management properly. Even monetarily you can save a lot by opting online degree like the tuition fee will be lesser than campus-based degree and the credit hours will also be comparatively less. Most of your learning materials will be of downloading format and so you can save lot of time and money by studying online degree courses.

There are disadvantages of online education if you don’t fit as a right candidate for the online degree. You have to properly manage your time with family, work and study. Your planning for the sessions are very important and so studying on your pace will increase the duration of online degree completion. Since the learning materials will be in text and downloadable format, you should be comfortable with reading and if your choice is listening, then you have to …

PEACE PSYCHOLOGY

PEACE PSYCHOLOGY

        *Dr.N.V.S.SURYANARAYANA **NEELIMA VANGAPANDU ***GOTETI HIMABINDU ****J.RAMESH

Introduction:

Peace psychology is broad discipline as conflict and the need for peace occurs in all human arenas. Peace psychology research has been conducted in a variety of contexts examining such disparate concerns as domestic violence; school shootings; structural forms of violence (e.g., institutionalized forms of bias and the systematic violation of human rights); and mass violence, including ethno political conflict, genocide, terrorism, and war. Peace psychologists have also worked to develop and assess programs aimed at teaching concepts and strategies of peace, effective conflict resolution skills, as well as reconciliation and reconstruction following conflict. Such programs have been implemented around the globe with such disparate populations as young school age children in the United States to survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

Peace psychology is not a stand-alone discipline. Rather it draws on research from other disciplines outside of as well as within psychology, including but not limited to clinical psychology, social psychology, political psychology, media psychology, developmental psychology, political science, history, education, sociology, international relations, and peace studies.

Peace psychology can be defined as “the study of mental processes that lead to violence, that prevent violence, and that facilitate nonviolence as well as promoting fairness, respect, and dignity for all, for the purpose of making violence a less likely occurrence and helping to heal its psychological effects” Another definition is that “peace psychology seeks to develop theories and practices aimed at the prevention and mitigation of direct and structural violence.   Framed positively, peace psychology promotes the nonviolent management of conflict and the pursuit of social justice, what we refer to as peacemaking and peace building, respectively” (Christie,
Wagner, & Winter, 2000). Though peace psychology has links within all branches of psychology, there are especially strong links to social psychology, political psychology, and   community psychology      and          positive psychology.        Peace psychologists have developed a number of themes over the years. The psychological causes of war
and other forms of violence is one such theme, as well as the psychological consequences. Along with these are the causes and consequences of behavior intended to counter violence  commonly referred  to as       nonviolence  or nonviolent action. Other remedies to violent behavior include peace education and conflict resolution. In early
years, focus was on international affairs. Through time those interested in peace psychology have more commonly     thought that other forms of violence are precursors to war, share with war many of the same causes and consequences, and are threats to peace even in the absence of outright war. These include domestic violence,
hate crimes, the death penalty, and abuses of medicine, and institutional arrangements which foster poverty or environmental degradation.

Meaning of peace:

Peace is a quality describing a society or a relationship that is operating harmoniously. This is commonly understood as the absence of hostility, or the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, safety in matters of social or economic welfare, the acknowledgment of equality and fairness in political relationships and, in world …

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