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      EI Updates Certified Hospitality Educator Workshop

      Orlando, Florida, February 2012-The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (EI) has updated the study materials for its Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) professional designation. The certification is the mark of excellence for post-secondary educators teaching in hospitality management programs. More than 2,700 educators worldwide have earned the CHE designation since its introduction in 1992.

      Through the preparatory CHE workshop, those new to higher education will gain confidence in using traditional and up-to-date teaching techniques to improve student learning. Those who are seasoned instructors will gain new approaches and strategies to teaching that can increase student learning and performance, and can make the educational experience a more positive endeavor for both the instructor and the students.

      The workshop manual used during the 2.5 day CHE workshop has been revised with new material essential for today's educators, including:

      • Added suggestions for increasing student involvement during lectures in order to improve learning.
      • Added suggestions for using technology during demonstrations and field trips.
      • Added emphasis on establishing a positive classroom culture to increase student learning by improving visual, vocal and verbal delivery during teaching.
      • Expanded segments on technology applications for use with student projects and presentations, case studies, in-basket exercises and games/simulations.
      • Strengthened sections on creating better tests and administering tests effectively.
      • The workshop continues its application of adult learning theory emphasizing the use of Bloom's Taxonomy, and its emphasis on methods to decrease cheating and reduce test anxiety.

      The pre-workshop manual that candidates receive has been better organized to clarify workshop expectations. It has been revised to include expanded support media segments that address low-tech traditional media, current technology-based media options, and web-based platforms. It also includes a new discussion of course management systems. The revision clarified and expanded the section on the use and rules for effective use of support media, particularly teaching with PowerPoint.

      For information on CHE prerequisites, application, sites of upcoming CHE workshops, or information about hosting a CHE workshop, please contact EI's professional certification department at 888-575-8726 or 407-999-8100, or visit www.ahlei.org/che.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com