Florida – The Asheford Institute of Antiques (AIA), a professional-level distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising, recently rolled out its first ever online e-Course at an industry trade gathering earlier this month, in anticipation of the schools 50th anniversary to be held in New York later this year.
Described by school spokesperson Shelly Dumont, as a watershed moment for the Institute, Dumont said the school’s first foray into e-learning was consistent with Asheford’s innovative and groundbreaking teaching techniques employed over the last 50 years. “When we offer something new, we like to take the time to make sure it’s done right,” said Dumont at a Q & A session following the announcement.
When asked about the differences in curriculum between textbooks and the new e-Course format of the program, Dumont said there was literally no comparison. “In terms of sheer volume, it’s almost double the size of the printed version, and comes loaded with interactive videos, multimedia-activities, web-based resource links, and a host of other features we simply can’t add into the texts.” Dumont went on to say that the e-Course had been in development for almost two years by the school’s IT team, before any release dates were even considered.
Industry insiders attending the trade gathering were granted temporary pass-codes to the e-Course, and were given full access to the programs options and features at a demonstration held during the event. Director of the school, Charles Green presided over the presentation, and noted during the unveiling, that the program had undergone almost a year of beta-testing by international students prior to its intended release in North America.
A statement issued from the school’s Admissions Officer, Tony Drew seemed to indicate a “release date for the new e-Course to be some time in mid-July. We don’t want to rush it, but we’re really pleased with the response so far,” said Drew, “We think the e-Course is really going to be a game-changer when it comes to setting the bar for future antiques and appraising education.” The press release went on to say that while the textbooks for the Asheford program were still available, they would likely be phased out in the next five to ten years.
For readers seeking more information about the schools new e-Course program, they can be contacted at: (877) 444-4508 FREE or visit their web site at; www.asheford.com. You can also write to them at; the Asheford Institute of Antiques 981 Harbor Blvd., Suite 3, Dept. 275EC17 Destin, FL 32541-2525, or at their Canadian office at; 131 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Dept. 124EC17 Toronto, ON M5S 1R8.