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Foreign Students In Distress As Canada Denies Work Permit Over Online Courses
The foreign students at Niagara College have been “unfairly denied” permits after their graduation for the reason that they had taken online courses, which Citizenship and Immigration Canada deems as “distance learning.” Students say it is mandatory to …
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Bookshelf: Try online courses to learn more about nutrition
I enrolled in the Gale Online Course “Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health.” After completion of the nine lessons of this course, I now understand more completely how food and nutrition impact my physical, social, emotional and spiritual health …
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NewSchool and UX Speakeasy to Host Pre-Comic-Con UX of Games Panel Featuring International Game Design Experts

Mike Porter of Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, works with NewSchool of Architecture & Design and will be on a “UX of Games” panel Wed., July 8 on the San Diego campus.

Prior to the start of San Diegos internationally renowned Comic-Con on July 9, NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool), in conjunction with San Diego’s largest User Experience group UX Speakeasy, will host the UX of Games panel on Wednesday, July 8 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Studio Five on the NewSchool campus. Participants will hear firsthand about the challenges and opportunities of designing player experiences from leading UX practitioners and creators of today’s top games. Panelists include New Zealand-based Media Design Schools Mike Porterwho helped launch Halo 3 and is a veteran in the gaming industry with more than two decades of experience in the U.S. and New Zealand. Porter will be joined by Teemu Huutanen, the CEO of Next Games who has worked at Rovio (Angry Birds) and Sulake (Habbo Hotel); Sebastian Strzalkowski and Cesar Kobashikawa of Daybreak Games; and Weszt Hart and Christopher Dome from Riot Games.

Porter currently serves as the Program Leader of Bachelor of Creative Technologies at Media Design School, a top globally ranked college for visual effects, animation and game art based in Auckland, New Zealand, that has a unique collaboration with NewSchools Media Design School of Digital Arts. In his 20-plus years of experience in the gaming industry, Porter has worked for Sierra, Microsoft Games Studio, and Bungie. He has mastered various gaming platforms including Dreamcast, PS2, PC and Xbox 360, creating 3D art work and level design.

I look forward to visiting with the game design and development industries to discuss the rise of indie gaming in San Diego and Auckland, as well as the possibilities for collaboration amongst our two game art communities, said Porter. Weve already begun to explore global game art collaboration through the partnership between NewSchool of Architecture & Design and Media Design School and Im very excited to see how we can further develop the next generation of game art teaching by integrating global industry leaders in the classroom in an even deeper way.

The two schools have worked together since 2012, when Media Design School of Digital Arts at NewSchool first launched as part of a collaboration within the Laureate International Universities network. The NewSchool department enables students to gain a global perspective on design thats incorporated into digital arts degree programs, including game art and media design. On its own campus, the Auckland-based digital art college offers specialist degrees in emerging creative industries. Its alumni are working with world-renowned companies such as DreamWorks, Pixar, BBDO Worldwide, and Saatchi & Saatchi, as well as working on blockbuster movies such as The Hobbit, Avatar, King Kong and films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These industry connections, faculty expertise and student experiences are also transferred to NewSchool students.

In addition to Porters involvement in the UX panel on July 8, he will also speak at the 20th annual gaming conference QuakeCon 2015 in Dallas, discussing his role with helping to bring New Zealands game art and programming curriculum and industry experts to San Diegos NewSchool. Each January Media Design School also participates in the Global Game Jam, a hackathon for game development, and both MDS and NewSchool will participate in the 2016 event that takes place Jan. 29-31.

For more information on the Media Design School of Digital Arts at NewSchool visit and to register for the UX panel on July 8 visit

About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs of study include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, game art, interior architecture & design, and strategic design & management. The schools design environment provides inspiration for the schools students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission. NewSchools Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries. Through this network, students at NewSchool are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the schools collaborations with award-winning schools around the world, such as: Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information about Laureate International Universities, visit

New Sports Memorabilia Auction, Signature Auctions Launches with Baseball Collectibles, Rare Personal Collections and More

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Franklin University Appoints New Director of Safety and Security Services

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce the appointment of Clifton L. Spinner as the new Director of Safety and Security Services.

A former commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Clifton spent 28 years with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, retiring in June of 2015. He earned a masters of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, a bachelor of science in criminal justice from West Liberty University and is a graduate of Northwestern Universitys School of Police Staff and Command.

As Director of Safety & Security Services, Clifton is responsible for the leadership and management of all safety and physical security initiatives impacting the University. He directs day-to-day operations, emergency and crisis response, and compliance with the federally mandated laws such as HEOA and CLERY, as well as investigations and physical security risk mitigation efforts at all Franklin University locations within the United States and abroad.

As a result of the University’s expansion last year, Clifton manages campus security at both Franklin University and Urbana University. He oversees all domestic safety operations, as well as international travel safety and security management. Clifton maintains the professional relationships with all local, county, state and federal government partners for on campus safety and security matters.

Cliftons extensive background includes numerous awards, service on several boards and committees, and teaching experience as an adjunct professor at Ohio University in the criminal justice / law enforcement program. Committed to helping youth, Clifton serves as the Board Chair for the Brightway Center in Smithfield, Ohio and has served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In addition, he has served as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. He and his family currently reside in Pickerington, Ohio.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, a regional locations in Beavercreek, Ohio and at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new Certificate in Criminal Justice and Logistics Management major available this Fall) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The Universitys MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Seminar Walks Real Estate Professionals Through New CFPB Regulations

As of October 3, new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations will change the way real estate professionals write closing contracts and do business. Real estate agents, appraisers and title insurance agents can learn everything they need to know about the new rules at the Hondros College of Business ABCs of CFPB seminar on July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Three industry veterans will conduct in-depth training for three hours of continuing education credit at the panel discussion on the Hondros campus at 4140 Executive Parkway in Westerville. The continuing education credits are approved for real estate, appraisal, insurance and title insurance.

The CFPB changes will require change across multiple disciplines in the real estate industry, from appraisers to mortgage bankers to real estate agents, says Kevin McClure, CEO, Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. Events like this panel discussion offer real estate professionals the opportunity to stay ahead of industry changes and maintain a competitive edge.

The expert panel will discuss the new closing process, how to best communicate it to buyers and sellers, the new AAR form and more. Panelists include

David McKee, vice president of Priority Mortgage Corp. and president of the Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a residential mortgage consultant with more than 30 years experience and is licensed in both Florida and Ohio. In 2014, Columbus Business First named him on its esteemed People to Know in Finance list.

Scott Stevenson, Esq., is CEO/principal of Northwest Title Family of Companies and partner in The Holfinger Stevenson Law Firm. He is a certified continuing education law instructor and regularly teaches classes for lenders, realtors, developers and investors. He is an active member of the Ohio Land Title Association and American Land Title Association.

Kevin McClure is CEO and president of the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business. He began his career in 1997 as a real estate salesperson in the Phoenix area. A designated broker, McClure also is now owner, president ,and CEO of Powerhouse Realty in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Cost for the three-hour ABCs of CFPB seminar is $ 40. Learn more and reserve seats at or by calling 1.888.HONDROS (466-3767).

About Hondros College of Business

Hondros College of Business, based in Columbus, Ohio, educates individuals who want to improve their lives by entering new careers that offer stability, flexibility, independence and financial rewards. Hondros College of Business, with six Ohio campuses and with course offerings in many states nationwide, offers a variety of professional certificates and continuing education programs, as well as an Associate Degree in Business Management. Professional programs include real estate, appraisal, home inspection, mortgage, insurance, securities, personal training, online marketing and oil and gas safety. For more information, visit

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Springboard Announces Enhanced Homebuyer Education Platform For New and Returning Borrowers

Homeownership is a big subject, and Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (Springboard) works hard to help prospective borrowers get the help they need, regardless of where they are in the process of owning a home. In response to the growing interest in pre-purchase education, Springboard is pleased to announce the launch of its innovative online homebuyer education platform for new and returning borrowers. The comprehensive course thoroughly covers each step of the home buying process from managing personal finances to education on the home buying experience and ultimately preparation and planning for homeownership success. Prospective borrowers may complete this self-study course in the convenience of their own home at their own pace. A Certificate of completion that fulfills the education requirements for certain loan and assistance programs (sometimes referred to as First Time Homebuyer) is provided at the conclusion of the course. The course is available in both English and Spanish which can be started by visiting our website and selecting the Homebuyer Education icon.

iLaw Announces Michael Gregory as Senior Vice President of Business Development

Michael Gregory

iLaw today announced that Michael Gregory, Director of New Markets with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, will become its Senior Vice President of Business Development, reporting to CEO and President, Dean Emeritus Ken Randall. Mr. Gregory will help build on iLaws successful track record of delivering high-quality distance-learning courses for law schools in the U.S. and globally. Starting its third year, iLaw has partnered with a significant number of law schools nationally in J.D., post-J.D., and other law related programs. iLaws rapid growth is driving its staff expansion.

In his new role with iLaw, Mr. Gregory will have oversight of the business strategic direction, product development, partnerships and collaboration, and new business generation. Since 1995, Mr. Gregory has worked with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business and its predecessors Aspen Publishers and Little, Brown & Company, in positions including Director of Sales and Marketing; Executive Director of Sales; Director of Academic Services; and since 2012 Director of New Markets. Under Mr. Gregorys leadership, the legal education group at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business expanded its market share in U.S. law schools, established a global presence, and began its focus on product innovation and collaboration outside traditional book publishing.

Mikes transition from a traditional publishing house to a technology innovator signifies the role of high quality online teaching in legal education, complementing campus learning with distance education, said Dean Randall. Mike has been a leader in digital products and expanding the footprint of traditional legal education. We are thrilled to have someone with Mikes reputation, experience, and success joining our team and helping to build iLaws future.

I am honored to join iLaw in this newly created position, and look forward to working with Dean Randall and the rest of the highly dedicated iLaw team to further expand the business products and outreach, and to working with law schools and other partners to ensure the highest quality offerings and an enriching experience for students, said Mr. Gregory. I especially appreciate being able to build upon the strong results delivered by iLaw for U.S. law schools.

As an accomplished sales, marketing, and business development executive, Mr. Gregory offers a proven record of leadership, innovation, and success in the legal and academic publishing industry. He earned his bachelors degree in history from Syracuse University, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Mr. Gregory is admitted to the Massachusetts bar.

About iLaw

iLaw partners with law schools, colleges, and universities to create educational products or to transform existing programs in online and hybrid platforms, primarily in law and law-related fields, in the U.S. and internationally. Visit for more information.

State Center Community College District Takes the Initiative

Technology in support of student success is a priority at State Center Community College District (SCCCD), which serves more than 44,000 students across Californias Central Valley. The largest higher education institution in the region, with a geographic reach spanning four counties and 13,000 square miles, SCCCDs campuses include Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera and Oakhurst Centers.

Recognizing the opportunities to improve the student experience through cutting-edge technology, SCCCD applied and was selected to participate in three state-funded technology programs sponsored by the California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellors Office as part of its statewide Student Success Initiative. These programs, known as the Education Planning Initiative, Common Assessment Initiative and Online Education Initiative, are aimed at boosting community college completion rates through a centralized offering of student support services and tools, online courses and degree programs.

The three initiatives have a common entry point in CCCApply, an online community college application used system wide, and are linked together through a federated identity, or single sign-on technology. These components are managed by the CCC Technology Center, an established program of the Chancellors Offices Telecommunications and Technology Unit.

Pedro Avila, District Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management, discussed why SCCCD signed up to be in the pilot test groups for technology developed by the statewide initiatives.

We decided to apply to all of the pilot projects because they aligned with our mission and goals of improving student access and success, Avila said. We feel that our students deserve the best and we are committed to providing them with the technology that will help engage them and make their college experience a success.

We expect to assist the state in developing custom systems that will cater to the unique needs of our students, he continued. Our students, technical staff, counselors, instructors and other key staff are working directly with initiative representatives, programmers, designers and other experts to ensure these systems are designed to our specifications.

The three initiatives have an estimated cost above $ 1 million but as a pilot district SCCCD will receive these systems at no cost for all of its colleges, students and staff. Next year, aside from the state pilot projects, the district is scheduled to invest $ 3 million in new technology projects.

When asked how this would benefit the district, Avila said: Aside from the large cost savings, it will place our district as a leader in technology across the state and the nation.

Currently all three initiatives are scheduled for the 2015-16 year.

Information about the statewide technology initiatives can be found at (Education Planning Initiative), (Common Assessment Initiative), (Online Education Initiative) and

Pearson Announces aimswebPlus at ISTE 2015

Pearson today announced the newest member of its aimsweb family of applied learning assessment products, aimswebPlus. Attendees at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia this week will get a sneak peek of the new digital Response to Intervention (RTI) and tiered instruction solution, which will be available for back-to-school 2016.

Used by thousands of school districts around the country, aimsweb is an assessment, data management and reporting system. Designed to universally screen and monitor student progress, aimsweb uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of reading, math, language arts and behavior.

With aimswebPlus, teachers will have a new suite of assessments more closely aligned with standards along with the ability to administer a battery of measures that yields additional reporting information to inform instruction. Additionally, beginning at second grade, assessments will be online, making them easy and convenient to administer.

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the 42nd largest district in the United States, is one of many school districts around the country that has turned to aimsweb to support RTI procedures. The district serves a diverse community of 85,000 students with about 78 percent living in poverty, but also many coming from wealthy suburban communities. About 30 percent of the student population is from non-English speaking families, representing more than 130 languages.

Dottie Critchlow, Ed.D., Executive Officer for Instructional Support Services, said, aimsweb provides a benchmark to help us understand each students fluency and automaticity of skill acquisition. The regular benchmarking windows help us evaluate our instructional effectiveness and personalize the support for students who need enrichment, reteaching, or interventions. Our students need to be proficient with grade level skills in order to engage in the complex levels of tasks with our state curriculum standards.

Critchlow and her team are looking forward to the capabilities in aimswebPlus that will help them further their mission of providing a high quality education to every student. She said, aimswebPlus will streamline the effort and time that we currently spend with various measures to assess students demonstration of standards as well as basic skills. We struggle to correlate the data from multiple assessments to define each students progress and learning needs. aimswebPlus will help us provide easy to understand information to parents and students about academic progress.

This new suite of assessments preserves the integrity and validity of aimsweb, a classroom assessment pioneer that has empowered educators and informed instruction for students for more than 15 years, but also delivers new online measures and reports to better meet the needs of standards-based curriculum.

Educators around the country have come to rely on aimsweb to provide critical insights into individual student progress that helps them ensure that all students remain on the path to success in school, college and career, said Alistair Van Moere, Ph.D., head of Pearsons Assessment Product Solutions group. By working closely with the education community, we are making aimsweb Plus an even more powerful and predictable tool for helping teachers to improve student performance.

On aimswebPlus, teachers, administrators, and specialists will be able to share rich information in a variety of easy-to-digest formats. Reporting feedback capabilities span a wide spectrum, from individual student progress to holistic district performance.

Over the coming year, the aimswebPlus development team will continue to collaborate with educators throughout the United States to develop the new learning environment for the tool, through a beta test program beginning in the fall of 2015 and continuing through the spring of 2016.

About Pearson

Pearson is the worlds leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

Media Contact: Laura Howe, laura.howe(at)pearson(dot)com, or (202) 471-2187


ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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