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CTDLC and DEP Team Up with Online Training Course

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has launched a new online training course to assist businesses in meeting the initial and annual training requirements for hazardous waste generators.

The Hazardous Waste Management Training Course is designed as a general overview of the regulatory requirements for handling hazardous waste and is targeted to hazardous waste handlers, managers and supervisors responsible for knowing the law and to assist them in complying with it.

DEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "This training is an example of putting technology to use to better serve the public and business community. Through E-Government services the DEP is providing an easy and convenient way for users to efficiently obtain important training and knowledge."

This online course is readily accessible, simple to use, and is free of charge. If a participant scores 80% or more correct on the final course assessment, a certificate may be printed to document that the training has been satisfactorily completed. Generators may use this certificate as part of their personnel training documentation. By searching "RCRA Help" or "RCRA compass" on the CT DEP Website you will find additional hazardous waste assistance.

The DEP developed the online training course with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC). Established under the Board for State Academic Awards, the same board that oversees Charter Oak State College, the CTDLC is a public agency partially supported by state funding that provides support and services to meet the ever increasing demands of developing and delivering effective technology enhanced learning opportunities.

Development of the course was supported by Supplemental Environmental Project funds resulting from hazardous waste enforcement actions.

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Online High School and Credit Recovery courses with CT Virtual Learning

Summer is just around the corner and for many high school students this is a time mixed with the joys of family vacations as well as academic planning. Whether summer school planning is for credit recovery, pre-learning, or catch up, our online courses taught by CT certified teachers are a top quality choice. Students may begin taking courses at any time and work at their own pace to complete them. Cost effective options are available to meet a variety of student needs.

Examples of some of the students taking our online courses include middle school students taking high school level math; a student that moved and didn't finish one of his courses taking the second semester online; and students who failed are retaking courses. With CT Virtual Learning, students have the ability to access their courses, communicate with their teachers and complete their work on a schedule that fits in with their family and work requirements. Accessible anywhere with Internet access, a secure login environment provides fully interactive lessons and assignments, aligned with CT and National standards of quality.

Credit Recovery courses have been designed for students that did not pass a course initially but learned enough to make a complete repetition of the course unnecessary. The courses operate on a diagnostic driven model to validate comprehension, assess strengths and weakness and allow students to repeat or proceed through lessons as needed. Most students finish a Credit Recovery course in 8 weeks if they set aside a couple of hours each day to do their work. CT Virtual Learning allows 10 weeks for completion; however extensions are available for students that need them.

If you are a school administrator, teacher or guidance counselor please keep CT Virtual Learning's online courses in mind when advising your students. To get started, contact Gretchen Hayden ghayden@ctdlc.org or Carolyn Caggiano ccaggiano@ctdlc.org; or visit our website atCT Virtual Learning www.ctvirtuallearning.org.

Online Education Needs to Be More Aggressive in the Quality Debate

Written by Diane Goldsmith for WCET Learn.

Maybe I'm just getting cranky, but I'm increasingly irritated by attacks on online learning, especially those based on badly designed research, small sample sizes, or those using data from un-cited studies. "Why Are So Many Students Still Failing Online?" was the provocative headline of a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article.

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