Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter

Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

FRCC graduates first bachelor’s-in-nursing students - Boulder Daily Camera

FRCC graduates first bachelor’s-in-nursing students - Boulder Daily Camera

FRCC graduates first bachelor’s-in-nursing students - Boulder Daily Camera

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 05:28 PM PST

Front Range Community College has been a part of Amy Larabee's life for nearly 20 years, since she started working her way through prerequisite courses to become a licensed practical nurse in 2003.

Now Larabee — a Firestone resident, full-time nurse and mother of four — is one of the first people to graduate from Front Range's RN to BSN program, which enables registered nurses to obtain their bachelor's of science degree in nursing.

Larabee became a licensed practical nurse in 2007 and a registered nurse in 2017. She now works at a sub-acute rehabilitation facility, which serves patients who don't need to be in the hospital while recovering but aren't yet independent enough to go home.

"I've known I wanted to be a nurse since I was little, probably six years old," Larabee said. "My dad was in the military and he had a procedure and I was in the hospital, and I saw a nurse and thought, 'Wow, I want to be like her.'"

Front Range's RN to BSN program was made possible through a bill passed by the state Legislature in 2018 that allows community colleges to offer degree completion programs for registered nurses. Becoming a registered nurse requires a two-year degree, and the program allows registered nurses to turn that into a bachelor's degree through additional classes and training.

The health care industry is facing nursing shortages across the country, said program director Edith Matesic.

"When the bill was passed there was data showing there was a shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in Colorado, and they predicted there would be a 4,500-nurse shortage by 2024, and a lot of those are leadership roles," Matesic said. "There is also a correlation between higher education for nurses and better patient outcomes, higher quality patient care and fewer preventable deaths."

With additional liberal arts, science and clinical training, nurses build critical thinking and a better understanding of the human condition and how to help people through the health care system, Matesic said.

The program also relieves some of the pressure on traditional four-year colleges and universities that have waitlists for their nursing programs, Matesic said, and can serve as a stepping stone for nurses who want to pursue more advanced degrees.

"They're also so excited because it opens up so many opportunities for their future careers, and we need them," she said. Front Range currently has 40 students in the program and, because it's online, doesn't see the need to limit enrollment, Matesic said.

For Larabee, getting her bachelor's degree was a natural next step but doesn't change what she loves most about her job.

"What I love the most is working with people," she said. "I like knowing I can make someone laugh when they're feeling down."

Free, cheap online courses from IBM, Facebook, Amazon, Google - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 03 Dec 2020 12:00 AM PST

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Along with cheap or free courses from Ivy League universities, e-learning platforms like edX and Coursera offer programs taught by major companies such as Google, Amazon, IBM, and Facebook — and often by longtime employees, such as IBM's Chief Data Scientist Romeo Kienzler or David A. Wheeler, The Linux Foundation's Director of Open Source Supply Chain Security. Some companies even collaborate with top universities such as MIT or Harvard to produce skill-building programs like IT support from Google and data science from IBM. Some programs are even used to train their current employees.

The courses span across many different topics and purposes. Some offer learners an efficient way to stand out as job applicants — especially for rapidly growing, tech-heavy roles that are short on qualified candidates. Other courses explicitly prep students for certification assessments such as the Unity Certified 3D Artist exam or the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification.

Some classes are simply a public good, where a company focuses its philanthropic efforts. For example, Grow with Google was launched to democratize economic opportunities through free training, tools, and resources for growing a career or business. During the pandemic, Google also issued a course teaching users how to find fast, accurate medical information. And Goldman Sachs Foundation's "10,000 Women" is a 10-course business and management program designed to support female entrepreneurs all over the world. 

Below, you'll find a few of the programs offered by Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and more below. Most classes are either free or under $100 to enroll in, though multi-course programs may cost a few hundred dollars. 

P.S.: If you plan to take many online classes this year, and they're included in the membership Coursera Plus, you may want to look into that annual membership ($399/year) to save yourself money in the long term. (Its members get access to 90% of the site for $399. You can learn more here). 

25 courses offered by companies such as Google, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, and more.


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