There is a technology-driven sea change in education towards online learning that involves delivering information in small, digestible pieces that make learning more time efficient and, some say, more relevant for the modern student. Are educators prepared for a byte sized future? Sara Custer brings you up to speed.
While MOOCs and e-learning have increased access to education, problems around completion rates, and quality of learning outcomes are still rife. At the Online Educa Berlin conference this month, stakeholders said more needs to be done to ensure online education produces good academic results.
Pearson PTE Academic, the computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad, has opened its first ever test centre in the Republic of Ireland this month.
Education giant Pearson has launched the Global Scale of English – a numeric measurement of English language proficiency. The company will begin introducing the GSE into its product lines worldwide over the next 18-24 months and aims to establish it as a universal benchmark for businesses, governments and academic institutions.
Foreign languages are in high demand among UK businesses, research has shown, with a particular increase in demand for employees with language skills that give businesses access to fast growing export markets, including Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. The CBI/Pearson survey uncovers that language learners wield some power in the jobs market.
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently announced that it will accept Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and TOEFL iBT scores for a number of work visas from November 2014, including sub-classes relating to Temporary Graduates and Work and Holiday visa holders.
Pearson Test of English Academic is continuing its rapid global expansion with new test centres in Nigeria and Iraq, and has plans to open centres in 20 markets this year including Malaysia, Vietnam, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It will be working with a UK university in partnership overseas too.