New Instructor-Led Online Classes Promote a Traditional Classroom Experience Through the Convenience of a Personal Computer
STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CompuTaught, part of Cengage Learning and a leading developer of computer-based real estate education, today unveiled a new series of live, instructor-led, advanced appraisal courses that will be offered online via WebEx.
The new online courses feature CompuTaught's standard online registration, administration and learning management support systems while combining real-time instruction with WebEx's synchronous, interactive delivery, bringing a live classroom experience to the student's personal computer. These live, online appraisal courses have gained both International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) and Appraiser Qualification Board (AQB) approval and will be delivered in accordance with individual state regulations.
With all of the features of an onsite classroom and more, the courses feature a virtual classroom environment with audio, video, screen and document sharing, chat and other interactive elements, with instant access to required course materials. To aid with testing and engagement, the classes also include incremental assessment exams which are reviewed live by the instructors to ensure understanding. Courses include random individual student inquiries throughout the duration to verify student identity and engagement. In addition, students receive information on scheduling the proctored final exam for the course (if required).
"Moving through this digital age, the traditional classroom is shifting and a recent growth in online education is giving us the opportunity to transform the way we teach and deliver content," said Dave Shaut, vice president, CompuTaught. "These new live courses combine the trusted reliability of our computer-based real estate and appraisal education with the convenience of live instruction. We strive to continually evolve with our ever-changing customers and provide them with the most convenient and cost effective ways to work toward their real estate and appraisal education goals."
The NEXT course to be introduced, Statistics, Modeling and Finance, will be offered on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, 2011. The course will be led by Certified General Real Estate Appraisers and award-winning instructors Mark A. Munizzo and Lisa Virruso Musial. This course comes at an important time for the industry, as Bradford Technologies' Appraisal Industry Predictions for 2011 indicate that certified residential appraisers and other real estate professionals are searching for courses on statistics, applied regression and advanced valuation skills to stay current or advance their career.
Courses are IDECC, AQB and State approved and delivered online via WebEx. For state specific information, click here http://www.careerwebschool.com/ , THEN click on Appraisal / Continuing Education on the right, THEN select your state. On the next screen, click on the red "View Online Instructor-Led Courses" button.
- 50 minute sessions w/breaks, 1hr for lunch
- WebEX with audio, video, and chat
- Textbook: eBook (PDF) and hard copy
- Quizzes reviewed live by the instructors
- Random individual student inquires throughout the course to verify student identity and engagement
- Information on scheduling the proctored final exam for the course, if required
- System Requirements: Broadband to Internet, speakers or headphones
"Many students operate under the false impression that online learning is inferior to a traditional classroom," said Sam Martin, educator, certified appraiser and creator of samthetutor.com. "In fact, according to a recent white paper from the U.S. Department of Education, online courses are just as effective as conventional classroom instruction, proving these new courses from CompuTaught as a convenient and interactive alternative for students who are seeking state approved education."
CompuTaught, part of Cengage Learning, is a market leader in the computer-based real estate learning market. In 1989, CompuTaught was the first in the country to offer state-approved real estate licensing courses on computer and continues to be the leading developer of computer-based education for the real estate and appraisal professions. It currently distributes its courses through more than 300 independent schools, with about 50,000 enrollments annually. For more information on CompuTaught, please visit www.computaught.com.
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