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4 Challenges Related to Online Learning and How to Solve Them

Sep 25, 2017 12:08:38 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in e-Learning, Lifelong Learning

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Although online learning has introduced us to a world of infinite information, it still has its challenges. While online learning helps simplify the learning process, other problems may arise in their place. Are you looking for ways to contest some of the most common online learning challenges? The following is an overview of four online learning challenges as well as tips to fix them.

1. Computer Literacy Levels
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Creative Ways of Using Lifelong Learning Opportunities at Work

Sep 14, 2017 12:11:46 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in e-Learning, Lifelong Learning

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There was a time when graduation day signaled the end of an educational journey, but today's changing workplace environment means that learning is a continuous process (Real Business). Having a culture of lifelong learning in an organization brings benefits for the employer as well as the employee as the continual development results in motivated staff and a diverse skill mix at work. Here are just a few ways in which lifelong learning opportunities can enhance the workplace.

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Enhance Learning Outcomes With Online Program Management

Sep 14, 2017 12:08:05 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in Online program management, learning outcomes

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Online program management (OPM), the partial or complete act of bringing an academic or training program online, can increase the number of users that complete the program. It can also motivate students or participants to be more involved with program activities. OPM can help make a program more social and more up-to-date.

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How Quality Instructional Design Helps Increase Engagement, Retention and Revenue

Sep 14, 2017 11:50:51 AM / by Jennifer Reed posted in e-Learning, instructional design

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Your approach to instructional design can influence your students' experience. This influence is direct. It can impact students' engagement level with your content. It can even determine whether they continue the course. Students who quit their courses negatively impact your revenue. So it's easy to see why quality instructional design is important in your online learning strategy.

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Demystifying Online Program Management

Sep 14, 2017 11:44:47 AM / by Jennifer Reed posted in Online program management, Higher Education

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Online program management is perhaps one of the hottest topics in higher education technology today, but it's also somewhat poorly understood. The term Online Program Management, OPM, can be used to describe the process, technology and providers associated with web-based higher education delivery. This analysis uses industry analyst Phil Hill's definition: "organizations (mostly for-profit companies, but with at least one non-profit variation) that help non-profit schools develop online programs" (Hill, 2016).

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5 Digital Tools to Boost Workforce Readiness

Sep 10, 2017 2:48:48 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in workforce readiness, digital learning tools

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According to a 2015 survey from the Pew Research Center, jobs requiring average or above-average social and analytical skills experienced a growth in employment and wages ranging from 77 to 83 percent. Conversely, occupations depending upon v manual labor skills experienced an employment/wage increase of only 18 percent during the same period.

There's no question that, in today's job market, demand is highest (as are wages) for people with more skills, education and training. Fortunately, thanks to relatively recent innovations in digital technology, there's a wealth of online tools available for those who want to enter the workforce with a higher degree of preparedness.

Here are five of the best digital tools for people who want to optimize their employment potential.

1. Game-Based Simulations

Decision-based simulations, presented in a gaming scenario, can provide a valuable way to for students to boost their analytical and decision-making skills -- skills that are crucial in the workforce arena. In addition, a gaming format also offers interactive sessions with other students, which in turn can boost social skills through fun competition.

2. E-Learning Courses

Software e-learning programs such as Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline and Soft Chalk provide effective e-learning solutions for all educational levels. Likewise, the Internet also offers a wide variety of more specialized e-learning programs, ranging from language-learning courses to remedial tutorials in reading, math and other specific skills.

These e-learning courses provide a one-on-one, personalized format that some students view as less intimidating and more user-friendly than a classroom venue. Plus, students can choose e-learning courses that will help them hone the specific skills that are necessary to their career choices.

3. Videos and Digital Animations

When it comes to learning, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words -- especially if it's a moving picture with engaging, compelling content.

Consider this: SciShow, one of YouTube's premier educational channels, has more than two million subscribers and boasts more than 3.1 million minutes of viewing time each month. The key to SciShow's success lies in its engaging content and presentation coupled with a unique format that encourages viewer participation.

Just as corporate training videos are used to hone staff skills in specific areas, e-learning videos can provide training in a variety of specialized skills for today's job seekers.

4. Mobile Applications

According to a 2015 study conducted by McGraw Hill, more than 81 percent of college students surveyed used mobile devices for study purposes. With digital's "learning on the go" capabilities, more students are enjoying the convenience of being able to pick up their learning tools wherever they happen to be -- whether they're riding a subway train or jogging. Mobile and tablet apps put learning at your fingertips -- and their instant accessibility helps learners study more often.

5. Customized LMS

Customization is the current buzzword in software, and today's learning management system (LMS) software can be customized to meet the needs of any student. Once students choose their preferred e-learning courses, LMS software provides a one-stop organizational center by administering, tracking and delivering these courses at the appropriate times.

An effective suite of customized e-learning courses, coupled with an LMS platform, can enable learners to concentrate on sharpening the specific skills they need to help them seamlessly enter the workforce.

In the past, students have had to resort to night school and time-consuming adult education classes in order to close their educational gaps -- and all too often, these classes were presented in a generalized format that didn't concentrate enough on the skills they needed for their chosen careers.

Thanks to these innovative e-learning solutions, however, today's students can avail themselves of educational opportunities ranging from remedial training in math and reading to advanced decision-making and problem-solving skills geared toward a specific career choice. With the help of these digital learning tools, students can arm themselves with the skills they need to help them effectively bridge the gap from classroom to job market.

Sources

  1. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/10/06/key-findings-about-the-american-workforce-and-the-changing-job-market/
  2. http://www.focuseduvation.com/our-services/decision-game-based-simulations/
  3. http://www.focuseduvation.com/our-services/e-learning-courses/
  4. http://www.focuseduvation.com/our-services/videos-digital-animations/
  5. http://blog.mheonline.com/technology-helps-to-prepare-students-for-college-and-career/
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  8. http://www.focuseduvation.com/our-services/custom-e-learning-programs-lms-solutions/

The learning management system (LMS) market has grown along with technology. E-learning solutions are available for almost any education required these days. Further, e-learning is a $182 billion industry in 2017, with annualized 5 percent growth. This educational platform requires constant instructional innovation to help students learn and retain information.

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Smart Ways to Maximize Student Success by Empowering Faculty Innovation

Sep 10, 2017 2:40:29 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in online course creation, faculty innovation

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The learning management system (LMS) market has grown along with technology. E-learning solutions are available for almost any education required these days. Further, e-learning is a $182 billion industry in 2017, with annualized 5 percent growth. This educational platform requires constant instructional innovation to help students learn and retain information.

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4 Innovative Tips to Help Increase Online Enrollment

Sep 10, 2017 2:03:57 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in Online Learning Challenges, online enrollment management

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Online learning is one of the fastest-growing segments in education and training. According to the 2015 Survey of Online Learning, almost 30 percent of students now enroll in at least one online education course. That makes for a total of almost six million online students.

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How Digital Tools Are Closing the Skills Gap

Sep 10, 2017 1:55:43 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in workforce readiness, Online Learning Challenges, digital training

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Businesses and schools are beginning to rely on technology as a way to improve the learning and training experience. This transition comes as a result of innovations in tech, which make digital tools able to serve as skills-building products.

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What Content Will Be Affected by the End-of-Life for Flash? (Clone)

Sep 5, 2017 2:40:47 PM / by Jennifer Reed posted in Flash Conversion, HTML5, Digital Content

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Flash has been on the decline for years. Critics, browsers and entire companies have discouraged its use. In July, Adobe finally announced that the interactive media player was reaching its end-of-life. This move will affect the work of developers across the world.

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