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10 Signs Your Registration System Does Not Fit

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Ever try to cut a ripe tomato with a dull knife?  The aftermath is typically not attractive, the results are less than useful, and the amount of effort needed can be more than the outcome is worth.  Using an outdated student registration system can be described in these same terms.

Knowing the signs of an outdated student registration system benefits a manager as they strive to build their program and increase enrollment.  Minimally, the information discovered from a system review assists a manager in designing in-house processes that start to overcome some of the shortfalls of an existing registration system.  However, the information is also very valuable when building the case to replace an outdated registration system.

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The Sabotage Factor

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Implementing a new registration system successfully takes a great deal of preparation and planning, and part of that plan should cover helping staff deal with change.  Some staff may be excited about the change.  Most others will be supportive, yet anxious, and will follow along. 

But a small few, or possibly only one, will be highly reluctant to the change.  Even worse, they may be silently reluctant.  This is the reason to prepare for “The Sabotage Factor".

 

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Why “Partner” Is Not Just a Dance Term

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“Grab your partner by the hand, do-si-do to the promised land“ are not just lyrics for a popular square dancing song, they are also important words of wisdom for your Continuing Education Program.  Whether it is by joining forces with corporations, other schools, or local organizations, your CE program can truly benefit from having partners.

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Using Data for Analysis: What You Need to Know

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If you are utilizing an online learning platform, chances are you are also collecting data about a variety of components. Maybe you want to know about student demographics or perhaps you want to track the click-through rates of your web banners. Regardless of what data you are collecting, the question you should be asking is how I can properly analyze this data so it serves a greater purpose?

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What’s Trending in Online Education?

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Four months into 2014 and new trends continue to impact online education. While some of these trends are rollovers from the previous year, their ripples are still being felt, and some experts predict this may continue for years to come. Overcoming obstacles may prove challenging for some online education institutions, but by staying aware of them, you may be able to come out on top.

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How to Write an Engaging Online Course

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Think back to the days when you were a student. Remember how exciting it was to start a new class, only to end up enrolled in a semester snooze fest? Now think back to those few special classes you had where the material was riveting and the professor was outstanding. This is the type of experience you want to create when you are writing your online course.

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Do You Run Your CE Program Or… Does It Run You?

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No doubt about it…continuing education (CE) programs are rapidly gaining in popularity. Joel Shapiro, Associate Dean of Academics at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies, calls it the “unbundling of education”, driven by MOOCs (massive online open courses) and smaller certificate courses, which employees readily choose with the goal of quickly adding crucial skills.

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