BBC News: Iran’s students to have US online courses


Online university courses have been caught up in US trade sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan, so that students in those countries have been blocked from many free courses from US universities. Coursera says it has been “working closely with governing authorities to navigate licences and permissions” and, as a result, “Iranian learners will now regain access to the majority of Coursera’s courses”.

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Bow Valley College Unveils Online Version of TOWES Prime


CALGARY – On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Conrad Murphy, Director TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills); Anna Kae Todd, Vice President Learning, Bow Valley College; Silvano Tocchi, Director General, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills; and other dignitaries gathered to launch the online version of TOWES Prime.

An innovative suite of web-based assessment products, TOWES Prime assesses literacy skills in prose literacy, document literacy and numeracy. TOWES Prime helps to identify students at risk of completing training programs, and diagnoses areas of reading difficulty. In the workplace, TOWES Prime helps to determine training needs, conducts a workforce analysis, and aids in succession planning.

Read the full press release here: Bow Valley College Unveils Online Version of TOWES Prime