Park University is a private university in Parkville, Missouri. It was founded in 1875. In the fall of 2017, Park had an enrollment of 11,457 students; the school, called Park College was founded in 1875 by John A. McAfee on land donated by George S. Park with its initial structure being the stone hotel Park owned on the bluff above the Missouri River; the original concept called for students to receive free tuition and board in exchange for working up to half day in the college's farm, electrical shop or printing plant. According to the terms of the arrangement if the “Parkville Experiment” did not work out within five years, the college grounds were to revert to Park. There were 17 students in the first school year and in the first graduation class there were five women. McAfee led until his death in 1890, his son Lowell M. McAfee became the second president of Park until stepping down in 1913; the first international student at Park University arrived in 1880 from Japan. The defining landmark of the campus is Mackay Hall, named after Carroll County, Illinois banker Duncan Mackay who donated $25,000 in materials for the structure shortly before his death.
The building was constructed using limestone mined on the campus grounds and built with the labor of students. Construction began in 1883 and was finished by 1893. Today the building is the main focal point of the campus and dominates the hillside, overlooking the town of Parkville, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. For many decades the school was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church but it no longer has that affiliation; the college has had a relationship with the military since 1889. However, the relationship was expanded in the late 1960s with the establishment of a Military Degree Completion Program and in 1972 with the Military Resident Center System. Park's total enrollment has grown from its small base since 1996 when it first began offering online courses. In 2000, it was renamed Park University; the flagship campus of Park University is located in the city of Missouri. The Park University Graduate School is located in Missouri. There are 41 campuses in 22 U. S. states including a campus center in Austin, Texas.
Most of the satellite campuses are on or near United States military bases and share quarters with other businesses/organizations. The 800-acre home campus has an enrollment of 1,600 students representing 50 states and 106 countries; the entire extended system had an annual student enrollment of 23,000. Park University teams are known as the Pirates; the university competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as a member of the American Midwest Conference. Men's sports include baseball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball; the Department of Athletics at Park University is led by Claude English, Director of Athletics, the Pirates’ men's basketball coach from 1992 to 2005. From 1980 to 1984, English was the head men's basketball coach at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, he played one season in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1970-71. Six former Park Pirates compete for the Kansas City Comets of the Major Arena Soccer League. 2018 Women's Volleyball 2017 Men's Volleyball 2014 Women's Volleyball 2014 Men's Volleyball 2012 Men's Volleyball 2008 Men's Volleyball 2003 Men's Volleyball Ranked 1st among all private colleges and universities in the U.
S. and ranked 2nd in the “online and nontraditional” category on the Military Times’ "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016" list. Ranked 2nd “Best for Vets” business school in the country among private colleges/universities in the country, according to Military Times. Ranked 2nd among all private colleges/universities in the country with a 9.5 percent annual ROI by 2015 PayScale College ROI Report. 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction list. 2016 Washington Monthly Best 4-Year Colleges for Adult Learners list Ranked by U. S. News & World Report as the 126-165 best Midwest college in 2018. Marsia Alexander-Clarke, artist James J. Barry, Jr. - former New Jersey General Assemblyman and New Jersey Director of Consumer Affairs Ralph von Frese - American geologist Tsiang Tingfu - Chinese scholar and diplomat. In 1911, he attended the Park Academy Don H. Compier - founding Dean of the Community of Christ Seminary Steve Cox - American freelance writer Maurice Green Olympic Sprinter. Carl McIntire - radio broadcaster Stephen M. Veazey - Prophet-President of the Community of Christ George S. Robb, U.
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IBM Press is IBM's official retail book publisher for professionals and academia. A collaboration between IBM and Pearson Education, books are distributed in print and on Safari Books Online. Published topics range from general information technology to IBM products. Topics include social business and internet marketing, information management, information technology, Lotus collaboration tools and business strategy and software development and editing, service management, SOA and IBM WebSphere
Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, that designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services. It is considered one of the Big Four of technology along with Amazon and Facebook; the company's hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, the Apple Watch smartwatch, the Apple TV digital media player, the HomePod smart speaker. Apple's software includes the macOS and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites, as well as professional applications like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Xcode, its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV+, iMessage, iCloud. Other services include Apple Store, Genius Bar, AppleCare, Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Apple Card. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne in April 1976 to develop and sell Wozniak's Apple I personal computer, though Wayne sold his share back within 12 days.
It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. in January 1977, sales of its computers, including the Apple II, grew quickly. Within a few years and Wozniak had hired a staff of computer designers and had a production line. Apple went public in 1980 to instant financial success. Over the next few years, Apple shipped new computers featuring innovative graphical user interfaces, such as the original Macintosh in 1984, Apple's marketing advertisements for its products received widespread critical acclaim. However, the high price of its products and limited application library caused problems, as did power struggles between executives. In 1985, Wozniak departed Apple amicably and remained an honorary employee, while Jobs and others resigned to found NeXT; as the market for personal computers expanded and evolved through the 1990s, Apple lost market share to the lower-priced duopoly of Microsoft Windows on Intel PC clones. The board recruited CEO Gil Amelio to what would be a 500-day charge for him to rehabilitate the financially troubled company—reshaping it with layoffs, executive restructuring, product focus.
In 1997, he led Apple to buy NeXT, solving the failed operating system strategy and bringing Jobs back. Jobs pensively regained leadership status, becoming CEO in 2000. Apple swiftly returned to profitability under the revitalizing Think different campaign, as he rebuilt Apple's status by launching the iMac in 1998, opening the retail chain of Apple Stores in 2001, acquiring numerous companies to broaden the software portfolio. In January 2007, Jobs renamed the company Apple Inc. reflecting its shifted focus toward consumer electronics, launched the iPhone to great critical acclaim and financial success. In August 2011, Jobs resigned as CEO due to health complications, Tim Cook became the new CEO. Two months Jobs died, marking the end of an era for the company. Apple is well known for its size and revenues, its worldwide annual revenue totaled $265 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. Apple is the world's largest information technology company by revenue and the world's third-largest mobile phone manufacturer after Samsung and Huawei.
In August 2018, Apple became the first public U. S. company to be valued at over $1 trillion. The company employs 123,000 full-time employees and maintains 504 retail stores in 24 countries as of 2018, it operates the iTunes Store, the world's largest music retailer. As of January 2018, more than 1.3 billion Apple products are in use worldwide. The company has a high level of brand loyalty and is ranked as the world's most valuable brand. However, Apple receives significant criticism regarding the labor practices of its contractors, its environmental practices and unethical business practices, including anti-competitive behavior, as well as the origins of source materials. Apple Computer Company was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne; the company's first product is the Apple I, a computer designed and hand-built by Wozniak, first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. Apple I was sold as a motherboard —a base kit concept which would now not be marketed as a complete personal computer.
The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66. Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated on January 3, 1977, without Wayne, who had left and sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800 only twelve days after having co-founded Apple. Multimillionaire Mike Markkula provided essential business expertise and funding of $250,000 during the incorporation of Apple. During the first five years of operations revenues grew exponentially, doubling about every four months. Between September 1977 and September 1980, yearly sales grew from $775,000 to $118 million, an average annual growth rate of 533%; the Apple II invented by Wozniak, was introduced on April 16, 1977, at the first West Coast Computer Faire. It differs from its major rivals, the TRS-80 and Commodore PET, because of its character cell-based color graphics and open architecture. While early Apple II models use ordinary cassette tapes as storage devices, they were superseded by the introduction of a 5 1⁄4-inch floppy disk drive and interface called the Disk II.
The Apple II was chosen to be the desktop platform for the first "killer app" of the business world: VisiCalc, a spreadsheet program. VisiCalc created a business market for the Apple II and gave home users an additional reason to buy an Apple II: compatibility with the office. Before VisiCalc, Apple had been a distant third place c
Shell Mex House
Shell Mex House is a grade II listed building situated at number 80 Strand, England. The current building was built in 1930–31 on the site of the Hotel Cecil and stands behind the original facade of the Hotel and between the Adelphi and the Savoy Hotel. Broadly Art Deco in style, it was designed by Frances Milton Cashmore of the architectural firm of Messrs Joseph. Standing 58 m tall, with 537,000 sq ft of floor space, Shell Mex House has 12 floors and is recognizable from the River Thames and the South Bank by the clock tower positioned on the south side of the building; the clock, known for a time as "Big Benzene", is the biggest clock face in London and second largest in the UK after the clock on the Liver Building in Liverpool, it was supplied by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon. It has faces looking towards the Strand, it was described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as "thoroughly unsubtle, but...hold its own in London's river front." The building was for many years the London headquarters of Shell-Mex and BP for which it was built.
Shell-Mex and BP was a joint venture company created by Shell and British Petroleum in 1932 when they decided to merge their United Kingdom marketing operations. Upon the brand separation of Shell-Mex and BP in 1975, Shell Mex House became the head office of Shell UK, Shell's UK operating company. Changes in the way that Shell was run in the 1990s led to the disposal of the property by Shell. Today known as 80 Strand, most of its floors are occupied by companies belonging to Pearson plc; the entrance of the building, set back from the Strand, is through a large gated archway. A green plaque was affixed to the wall just inside the gate in March 2008, proclaiming: The Royal Air Force was formed and had its first headquarters here in the former Hotel Cecil 1 April 1918. Below it is a brass plate stating: "This plaque was unveiled by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy KCB CBE DSO ADC to mark the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force". During World War II, the building became home to the Ministry of Supply which co-ordinated supply of equipment to the national armed forces.
It was the home of the "Petroleum Board" which handled the distribution and rationing of petroleum products during the war. It was badly damaged by a bomb in 1940; the building reverted to Shell-Mex and BP on 1 July 1948 with a number of floors remaining occupied by the Ministry of Aviation until the mid-1970s. During this time, until the department's move to the present location in Farnborough, the building was the headquarters for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. On 17 May 2006, The Times reported that the building was for sale and that the Indian-Kenyan Kandhari family were the front-runners in the battle to buy it from the present owners and Robert Tchenguiz, they were said to have offered £530 million for the building, but were competing with other interested groups, including Menorah, the Israeli insurer, an Irish company, several British companies. An offer believed to be £520 million was made in December 2006 by Istithmar, the investment agency of the Dubai government, which withdrew their offer before completion.
The property was subsequently sold in July 2007 to a fund managed by Westbrook Partners. In the final scene of the 2016 feature film Assassin's Creed, directed by Justin Kurzel, the hero Callum Lynch and two other surviving assassins stand astride Shell Mex House and survey London. Shell Centre
Pearson College London
Pearson College London is a British private academic degree provider based in London owned by Pearson plc. It was founded in 2012, is the only FTSE 100 company in the UK to design and deliver degrees; the institution is separated into two subdivisions - Pearson Business School, which offers business-related degrees and degree apprenticeships, Escape Studios, a visual effects academy Pearson plc acquired in 2013 which offers degrees and short courses in the creative arts ranging from Game Art to Animation. The creation of Pearson College London was announced in July 2011. Pearson College London launched its first degree programme in September 2012. In August 2013 it was announced that Pearson College London would begin offering business degrees validated by Ashridge Business School, whilst continuing with its partnership with Royal Holloway. In October 2013 Pearson College London acquired Europe's leading VFX academy. Escape Studios now offers courses in VFX, Games and Animation at undergraduate and short course levels.
Students of Pearson College London study at Pearson's offices in London at 190 High Holborn. Residential courses within the Business School have previously been delivered at Royal Holloway, University of London's campus in Egham, Surrey. Entry requirements vary depending upon the chosen level of study. Applicants are required to attend a workshop day including an interview and an aptitude test. Pearson College London offers a range of short courses; the courses cover Accounting, Enterprise, Computer Animation, Video Games and Visual Effects. Courses can be studied part-time or online, depending on which course is chosen; the degree programmes are validated by the University of Kent. All of the degrees are designed and delivered with industry partners including Unilever, Direct Line Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment, WPP plc, Lotus F1, BT Group, Lloyd's of London, Savills and L'Oreal. Industry partners within VFX, Games and Animation include Framestore, The Mill, Moving Picture Company, BlueBolt, Electric Theatre and Jellyfish Pictures.
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History of virtual learning environments
A virtual learning environment is a system that creates an environment designed to facilitate teachers' management of educational courses for their students a system using computer hardware and software, which involves distance learning. In North America, a virtual learning environment is referred to as a "learning management system"; the terminology for systems which integrate and manage computer-based learning has changed over the years. Terms which are useful in understanding and searching for earlier materials include: "Computer Assisted Instruction" "Computer Based Training" "Computer Managed Instruction" "Course Management System" "Integrated Learning Systems" "Interactive Multimedia Instruction" "Learning Management System" "Massive open online course" "On Demand Training" "Technology Based Learning" "Technology Enhanced Learning" "Web Based Training" "Media Psychology" 1728: March 20, Boston Gazette contains an advertisement from Caleb Phillipps, "Teacher of the New Method of Short Hand," advising that any "Persons in the Country desirous to Learn this Art, may by having the several Lessons sent weekly to them, be as instructed as those that live in Boston."
1840: Isaac Pitman begins teaching shorthand, using Great Britain's Penny Post. 1874: Institutionally sponsored distance education began in the United States in 1874 at the Illinois Wesleyan University. 1890: International Correspondence Schools is launched by newspaperman Thomas J. Foster in Scranton and becomes the world's largest study-at-home school. 1883: The Correspondence University of Ithaca, New York was founded in 1883. 1892: The term “distance education” was first used in a University of Wisconsin–Madison catalog for the 1892 school year. 1906–7: The University of Wisconsin–Extension was founded, the first true distance learning institution. 1909: The Machine Stops a short story by E. M. Forster, which describes an audio/visual communication network being used to deliver a lecture on Australian music to a remote audience. 1920s: Sidney Pressey, an educational psychology professor at Ohio State University, develops the first "teaching machine." This device offered drill and practice exercises, multiple choice questions.
1929: M. E. LaZerte, Director of the School of Education, University of Alberta, developed a set of instructional devices for teaching and learning. For example, he "developed several devices and methods to minimize instructor/testor involvement, so as to increase the likelihood of gathering data in a consistent manner." One mechanical device that he developed was the "problem cylinder" which could present a problem to a student and check whether the steps to a solution given by the student were correct. 1945Vannevar Bush describes a hypertext-like device called the "memex" in his article As we may think in The Atlantic.1948Norbert Wiener writes about human-machine communications in his landmark book "Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine". The University of Houston offers the first televised college credit classes via KUHT, the first public television station in the United States; the live telecasts ran from 13 to 15 hours each week. Most courses aired at night.
By the mid-1960s, with about one-third of the station's programming devoted to education, more than 100,000 semester hours had been taught on KUHT. B. F. Skinner develops "programmed instruction" and an updated "teaching machine". Gordon Pask and Robin McKinnon-Wood develop SAKI, the first adaptive teaching system to go into commercial production. SAKI taught keyboard skills and it optimized the rate by which a trainee keyboard operator learned by making the difficulty level of the tasks contingent on the learner's performance; as the learner's performance improved the rate of teaching increased and instructional support was delayed. Harvey White, a physics professor at U. C. Berkeley, produced 163 high school physics lessons at Pittsburgh's PBS station WQED that were broadcast into public schools in the area; each 30 minute lesson was filmed and subsequently distributed to dozens of educational/public television stations. In the academic year 1957–1958, White's television physics course was used in many thousands of public school classrooms across the nation in which over 100,000 students were enrolled.
This course made evident two important characteristics of distance education that carry over to contemporary online instruction: enormous economies of scale and higher labor productivity of the classroom based teacher/tutor/facilitator. Frank Rosenblatt invented the "perceptron" in 1957 at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in an attempt to understand human memory and cognitive processes; this was the beginning of machine learning. Charles Bourne and Douglas Engelbart publish an article in DATAMATION magazine that outlines the requirements of and a proposal for a National Technical Information Service for the USA. Rath and Brainerd reported a project using an IBM 650 to teach binary arithmetic to students; the University of Chicago first produces Sunrise Semester, a series of courses delivered via broadcast television. PLATO system developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in a project led by Dr. Donald Bitzer; some rights to PLATO, including the trademark, are now owned by Edmentum, which delivers managed course content over the Internet.
The PLATO system featured multiple roles, including students, who could study assigne
Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, values and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, teaching and directed research. Education takes place under the guidance of educators and learners may educate themselves. Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational; the methodology of teaching is called pedagogy. Formal education is divided formally into such stages as preschool or kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and college, university, or apprenticeship. A right to education has been recognized by the United Nations. In most regions, education is compulsory up to a certain age. Etymologically, the word "education" is derived from the Latin word ēducātiō from ēducō, related to the homonym ēdūcō from ē- and dūcō. Education began in prehistory, as adults trained the young in the knowledge and skills deemed necessary in their society.
In pre-literate societies, this was achieved orally and through imitation. Story-telling passed knowledge and skills from one generation to the next; as cultures began to extend their knowledge beyond skills that could be learned through imitation, formal education developed. Schools existed in Egypt at the time of the Middle Kingdom. Plato founded the Academy in the first institution of higher learning in Europe; the city of Alexandria in Egypt, established in 330 BCE, became the successor to Athens as the intellectual cradle of Ancient Greece. There, the great Library of Alexandria was built in the 3rd century BCE. European civilizations suffered a collapse of literacy and organization following the fall of Rome in CE 476. In China, Confucius, of the State of Lu, was the country's most influential ancient philosopher, whose educational outlook continues to influence the societies of China and neighbours like Korea and Vietnam. Confucius gathered disciples and searched in vain for a ruler who would adopt his ideals for good governance, but his Analects were written down by followers and have continued to influence education in East Asia into the modern era.
The Aztecs had a well-developed theory about education, which has an equivalent word in Nahuatl called tlacahuapahualiztli. It means "the art of raising or educating a person" or "the art of strengthening or bringing up men." This was a broad conceptualization of education, which prescribed that it begins at home, supported by formal schooling, reinforced by community living. Historians cite that formal education was mandatory for everyone regardless of social class and gender. There was the word neixtlamachiliztli, "the act of giving wisdom to the face." These concepts underscore a complex set of educational practices, oriented towards communicating to the next generation the experience and intellectual heritage of the past for the purpose of individual development and his integration into the community. After the Fall of Rome, the Catholic Church became the sole preserver of literate scholarship in Western Europe; the church established cathedral schools in the Early Middle Ages as centres of advanced education.
Some of these establishments evolved into medieval universities and forebears of many of Europe's modern universities. During the High Middle Ages, Chartres Cathedral operated the famous and influential Chartres Cathedral School; the medieval universities of Western Christendom were well-integrated across all of Western Europe, encouraged freedom of inquiry, produced a great variety of fine scholars and natural philosophers, including Thomas Aquinas of the University of Naples, Robert Grosseteste of the University of Oxford, an early expositor of a systematic method of scientific experimentation, Saint Albert the Great, a pioneer of biological field research. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologne is considered the first, the oldest continually operating university. Elsewhere during the Middle Ages, Islamic science and mathematics flourished under the Islamic caliphate, established across the Middle East, extending from the Iberian Peninsula in the west to the Indus in the east and to the Almoravid Dynasty and Mali Empire in the south.
The Renaissance in Europe ushered in a new age of scientific and intellectual inquiry and appreciation of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Around 1450, Johannes Gutenberg developed a printing press, which allowed works of literature to spread more quickly; the European Age of Empires saw European ideas of education in philosophy, religion and sciences spread out across the globe. Missionaries and scholars brought back new ideas from other civilizations – as with the Jesuit China missions who played a significant role in the transmission of knowledge and culture between China and Europe, translating works from Europe like Euclid's Elements for Chinese scholars and the thoughts of Confucius for European audiences; the Enlightenment saw the emergence of a more secular educational outlook in Europe. In most countries today, full-time education, whether at school or otherwise, is compulsory for all children up to a certain age. Due to this the proliferation of compulsory education, combined with population growth, UNESCO has calculated that in the next 30 years more people will receive formal education than in all of human history thus far.
Formal education occurs in a structured environment. Formal education takes place in a school environme