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Training sessions to target digital learning for students

Union, N.J. --- As part of its core standards, New Jersey is implementing digital learning as a key component. Kean University will play an integral role, spearheading professional training for teachers in a three-year effort to phase in the “21st Century’’ changes for students.

Kean’s Center for Innovative Education will serve as the site for two training sessions (on Sept. 29 and Oct. 29) targeted at creating “environments that engage students, foster achievement and cultivate skills needed to compete, connect and collaborate in a global society.’’

Topics will include the impact of the Internet and new technologies and preparing students as 21st century thinkers, workers and leaders.

The sessions are free of charge and open to faculty and staff with refreshments provided.

The September 29 session will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Kean’s Little Theatre. The keynote speaker is Ian Jukes, director of an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in assessment and evaluation, curriculum design, hardware and software acquisition, information and media services and online training. Over the last decade, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 8,000 presentations for between 300,000 and 350,000 people annually.

The October 29 forum will also take place in the Little Theatre and feature acclaimed educational technology leader Alan November. November is well-known for his expertise in information and communication technology, planning across the curriculum, building learning communities and leadership development. He has delivered keynote presentations in all 50 states, and every province in Canada and throughout Europe and Asia.

For more information, contact Carol James in Kean’s Center for Innovative Education at

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.