Pearson sales fall despite rise in online courses

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Penguin books on a shelf. Last year Pearson struck a £530m deal to sell its stake in Penguin Random House. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Sales at education giant Pearson (PSON.L) fell 10% in the three months to September as a slump in its textbook and testing business eclipsed a rise in online learning.

It was the third consecutive quarter of decline, but an improvement on the second quarter’s 28% fall.

The FTSE 100 publisher, which is transitioning from traditional textbooks to digital, has suffered from tumbling sales this year as schools and testing centres shut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, digital revenue did manage to soften the pandemic blow as its online education business posted a 32% increase.

Enrolment in virtual schools jumped 41% in the first nine months of the year but overall sales were 14% lower in the period compared with 2019.

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HC stays shifting of distance education courses to open university

The provisions in the Sree Narayana Open University Ordinance to shift the distance and continuing education programmes and private registration of students from Kerala, Calicut, Mahatma Gandhi, and Kannur Universities and to vest it in the open university was stayed by the Kerala High Court.

The court directed the Special Government Pleader and the Standing Counsel for the University Grants Commission to inform the court whether the open university had obtained the necessary recognition from the UGC for the educational programmes.

On a question from the court whether the government had approached the UGC for necessary recognition for the university to start functioning, the Special Prosecutor sought time to file the reply.

The UGC provisions stipulates that that no higher educational institutions shall offer distance learning programme or other online programmes and admit leaders without obtaining the commission recognition. The UGC also stipulates that admissions shall not be made by

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Students Unhappy with Their Online College Courses

Just as substitute teachers usually weren’t very good, so we’re finding that substitute educational delivery modes aren’t very good. So argues Megan Zogby in today’s Martin Center article.

Younger faculty members tend to be more comfortable with the online technology; older ones are making the adjustment more slowly. A bigger problem is the lack of access to hands-on experiences.

Zogby writes, “For some students, the loss of in-person lab time and learning has dramatically harmed their education.The interactive labs seem more like video games, said Paige Barrett, a junior at NC State studying life sciences. Her online lab portal cost her $50 to access, and it ‘looked like it was made by a second-grader,’ she said.”

Students in art and design courses are getting badly short-changed.

“When NC State switched to online classes for the fall,” writes Zogby, “Leah Hauser, a junior in the Art and Design program, lost access

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Halls of Learning to offer online STEM courses

HALLS of Learning Jamaica (HOL) has announced that, starting this school year, it will be facilitating a variety of online courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help supplement in-school learning while providing Jamaican students with useful skills and exposing them to opportunities within these fields.

The education services company is utilising online resources and events from technology giants Amazon and IBM to give students access to global opportunities.

“We are leveraging existing learning platforms that teach skill sets beyond our face-to-face courses and for an older demographic,” said Marvin Hall, founder of Halls of Learning.

The online courses on offer include: robotics, computer science, coding, math, reading, and typing for primary and secondary level students.

One course, AP Computer Science Principles, for eleventh and twelfth grade students will provide college credits for universities in North America, if completed successfully.

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UCSB Professional, Continuing Education Courses Teach How to Stay Competitive in Pandemic Job Market | Business

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated impacts have forced all of us to rethink our jobs and how we do them. Perhaps the most jarring effect for many is the uncertainty of employment, as the economy shifts in response to the “new normal,” and certain positions fall by the wayside, or change substantially.

A certain amount of agility is necessary to navigate these unsettling times, and UC Santa Barbara’s Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) is here to help.

With a suite of online programs in a variety of fields — from accounting and finance to web development — PaCE (formerly UCSB Extension) can provide members of the campus and the surrounding community the relevant skills to compete in today’s job market.

“Upskilling is no longer optional,” said Sheetal Gavankar, PaCE’s director of academic programs. “We are past the days when one can go to school for four years, get a

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Tulane Law School Deepens Relationship With Everspring With 10 Online Title IX Certificate Courses

Tulane University Law School recently launched a suite of 10 online certificate courses in Title IX law in collaboration with Everspring, a leading provider of digital solutions that empower universities to create engaging online courses.

The Title IX certification program follows the successful online Master of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law (MJ-LEL) program, which was a joint effort between Tulane Law School and Everspring. Both the Title IX and MJ-LEL programs offer convenient, 100 percent online education to professionals whose responsibilities demand enhanced legal expertise.

“Everspring has been instrumental in helping us expand our incisive legal education nationwide with our online MJ-LEL program,” said Joel Friedmann, Jack M. Gordon Professor of Procedural Law and Jurisdiction at Tulane and director of both the online MJ-LEL and the online Title IX certification program. “Everspring’s marketing prowess and commitment to state-of-the art and sophisticated marketing techniques has been integral to the success

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UIT Institute Is Launching An Ai-based E-Learning Platform with 1500+ Courses at Amazing Low Prices – Press Release

UIT Institute’s upcoming e-learning platform assures a cutting-edge learning experience through Ai-backed learning software, access to 1500+ courses training from expert instructors in the world and at amazingly low prices.

Miami, Florida – October 9, 2020 – UIT Institute is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of their state-of-the-art e-learning platform this month. The platform is backed by futuristic technologies such as Artificial intelligence, CRM and also Ai-Chatbot to provide an advanced 21st century learning experience for students. Students will have access to a whopping number of 1500+ certification courses that would be available at amazing prices. 

The UITI learning platform will be officially launched on October 15, 2020.

Headquartered at Miami, UIT Institute is the global leader in on-demand and instructor-led training courses and certifications. With the world embracing the “new normal trend” in the current pandemic era, the platform is aimed to equip students and professionals to

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Timeline, courses of Minot’s upcoming Center for Technical Education

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MINOT, N.D. – The Center for Technical Education coming to Minot is expected to open for classes in the fall of 2022. It will offer a batch of one and two-year degree programs through Dakota College at Bottineau to expand Minot’s workforce.

For business leaders like the Grand Hotel in Minot, they are looking forward to the influx of trained staff with the development of a technical ed center.

“We use accounting here in hotels, if you’re on the maintenance and construction side that’s always needed in the hotel field, also clerical work, front desk, there’re many different avenues. Even the whole IT department for bigger, larger, management companies,” said hotel General Manager Gabriel Mejia.


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According to Dakota College at Bottineau, more than 65% of jobs use some sort of post-secondary education.

“It’s great for the city. It’s much needed. There’s not

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Free college courses for adults: Boris Johnson’s new higher education funding scheme explained

The Prime Minister announced that from next April adults without an A level will be able to get a free college course

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 12:23 pm

Adults in England who do not have A Level qualifications will be offered a free, fully funded college course, the government has announced.

In his speech on Tuesday 29 September, Boris Johnson said that over the next decade a huge number of people are going to have to change jobs and change skills, but for those over the age of 23, the state provides very little help.

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However, training boot camps and free adult courses will be made available to tackle this issue.

Adults in England who do not have A Level qualifications are set to be offered a free, fully funded college course, the government has announced
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