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NMC Academy Launches HP LIFE e-Learning Entrepreneurship Course

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NMC Academy Launches HP LIFE e-Learning Entrepreneurship Course

The NMC and HP partner to provide free professional development to educators worldwide to integrateentrepreneurial activities in their classrooms. 

Austin, TX (August 18) — The NMC Academy, the New Media Consortium’s online learning initiative,has announced a new mini-course, “Teaching entrepreneurship with HP LIFE e-Learning,” developedin partnership with HP. HP LIFE e-Learning is a free, cloud-based, peer-reviewed e-learning programthat offers online IT and business skills training for entrepreneurs. Part of HP Living Progress, thecompany’s vision for creating a better future for everyone through its actions and innovations, thegoals of HP LIFE e-Learning include helping create jobs and stimulating economic growth.

“Through this exciting partnership with HP, our goal is to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in teachers,which we believe will nurture student creativity and entrepreneurial thinking reinforced throughtechnology,” said Dr. Holly Ludgate, Director of the NMC Academy. “The NMC is dedicated toproviding powerful learning opportunities that enable educators to gain 21st century skills, and HPLIFE e-Learning embodies the innovative, hands-on approaches we want to see reflected inclassrooms across the globe.”

Facilitated by Dr. Ludgate, “Teaching entrepreneurship with HP LIFE e-Learning” is self-paced andestimated to take 9-12 hours so that learners can engage with the material around their schedules.The content is organized into four themes, designed to guide them strategically through the HP LIFEe-Learning entrepreneurship lesson development process, moving from the value of theentrepreneurial mindset, to the HP LIFE e-Learning platform and then implementing in classroom andconnecting to a global community.

Theme 1. Learners access resources on how to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and create alearning environment for their students that is creative and agile.

Theme 2. Learners review project-based learning frameworks and are introduced to HP LIFE e-Learning by exploring and completing online modules.

Theme 3. Learners develop real lesson plans and content to integrate HP LIFE e-Learning into theirclassroom.

Theme 4. Learners explore and participate in global, entrepreneurship-focused communities ofpractice and complete video reflections.

The NMC Academy mini-course learning environment that guides participants through these themeswas built to foster community among the like-minded educators enrolled; peer reviews anddiscussion forums promote peer-to-peer learning and the sharing of best practices.

“We’re delighted to work with the NMC Academy to develop a new mini-course for educators to helpthem take full advantage of the opportunities offered through open education resources, such as HPLIFE e-Learning,” said Jeannette Weisschuh, Director Economic Progress Strategy, HP. “This excitingnew mini-course supports our joint aim of providing teachers and students around the world with freeaccess to high-quality business and IT skills training and access to a global community.”

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has seen first-hand thetremendous impact of HP LIFE in US community colleges and their surrounding ecosystems.

“Entrepreneurship is a 21st century skill that can indeed be taught,” said Heather VanSickle, Presidentand CEO, NACCE. ”This hands-on mini-course from the NMC Academy showcases some of the greatteachings of community college faculty that will help inspire and guide other educators onentrepreneurial thinking and innovative classroom practices,”

“Teaching entrepreneurship with HP LIFE e-Learning” is open for free enrollment for all.

Enroll now at

For more information, visit

About the NMC Academy - The NMC Academy is a fresh approach to accelerate professional learning among educators, providing personalized and powerful mini-courses that inspire and transform teaching practices. The NMC Academy’s free, online mini-courses are hosted by a variety of education institutions and specifically designed for busy teachers and faculty serving students in grades 6 through 16 (secondary and undergraduate tertiary). To learn more, visit

About HP LIFE e-Learning - HP LIFE e-Learning is a free, cloud-based training program designed for students, entrepreneurs, and small-business owners to develop their IT and business skills anytime, anywhere.The program is accessed directly by self-paced learners but is also used by educators, trainers, and mentorsto enrich their curriculum and personalize their interactions with learners. There are currently 24 HP LIFE e-Learning courses available in the areas of finance, marketing, operations, communication, and specialtopics such as effective leadership, social entrepreneurship and energy efficiency. The courses are modular,interactive, and full of information and practical exercises that give users the skills to create or grow their business. The platform is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi and SimplifiedChinese. More courses, services, support and languages are added on a regular basis. Powered by HPtechnology, HP LIFE e-Learning includes a vast range of features including certification, advice, and accessto a global online community. To learn more, visit HP LIFE e-Learning.

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