I'm pleased to announce that Apex Learning, our state-of-the-art learning portal, is officially launching today with our first offering - Statistics for Forensic Analysts.
Statistics play an important and expanding role in criminal investigations, prosecutions and trials, not least in relation to forensic scientific evidence produced by expert witnesses. The Royal Statistical Society (UK) began a process in 2010 to inform and educate stakeholders in the justice system in with their publication of Fundamentals of Probability and Statistical Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. From that original work product, a total of four publications have been produced from the Society’s Statistics and the Law Section. Simultaneously, the National Commission on Forensic Science (US) began to study the issue. Several of its subcommittees have informed the discussion on the use of statistics in forensic science, issuing various guidance documents to the US Department of Justice. In 2015, the US state of Texas passed SB-1287 creating a licensing program for forensic science practitioners and analysts. Within the Texas licensing program, analysts will be tested across a variety of foundational domains in order to obtain licensure, including statistics.
What's different about Apex Learning?
To accommodate learners around the world, we're packaging these courses as micro-learning and delivering them on-line. Upon sign-up, learners have up to 60 days to complete each course.
We're leveraging a state-of-the-art learning management system to deliver quality training and education offerings that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. This reduces the cost to train / educate each analyst dramatically. We're passing the savings on to the customer, as you'll see in our first offering's price.
With PayPal, we can accept payment in the majority of the world's currencies. For institutional orders (multiple students from the same agency), we can accept bank transfers in over 30 currencies from our European based TransferWise accounts.
Our courses aren't designed to compete with anyone's offerings. They're designed to complement them by adding depth and breadth, shoring up topics that the average analyst might not be exposed to.
Stay tuned as we roll out more offerings. It's going to be a great year.