GIA’s new eLearning course for colored stones

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Distance Education program provides enhanced learning environment

 The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) today announced the most recent addition to its slate of eLearning gemology courses with the launch of Colored Stones.

The Colored Stones eLearning course, which is part of the Institute’s Web-based Distance Education initiative announced in early 2009, is considered more robust than any eLearning course yet, with more than 1,000 videos, slideshows and animations.

The course gives sensory-rich, detailed information on gemstones of every variety and teaches students how to evaluate quality, rarity, and color. This learning platform lets students explore how gems form deep beneath the earth, tour working mines, and hear gem dealers, cutters and retailers from around the world discuss the colored stones market.

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“GIA’s new Colored Stones course provides a vibrant learning experience never seen before in gemological education,” said Duncan Pay, GIA Course Development director.

GIA enhanced its Colored Stone eLearning course to include more interactive tools, animations, and exclusive videos, representing the ongoing collaboration of GIA researchers, educators, and graphic designers throughout the world, Pay said.

“The eLearning program is so dynamic, we can continuously update and enhance content,” he added. “The goal is to serve our students by providing the most sophisticated learning environment and set the highest standards of excellence in gemological education. This new course offers a wider, broader perspective on the colored stone market than a student would ever be able to get from a book alone.”

To see a video on GIA eLearning for Colored Stones, go to the following site and click on “Watch Video,” http://www.gia.edu/educational-programs/programs/gemology/graduate-colored-stones/index.html#.

For more information about GIA eLearning, call GIA Admissions at (800) 421-4250, ext. 4001, or visit www.gia.edu.

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