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Spotlight focuses on features and ideas that benefit XenDirect end users and others using online registration systems. Bookmark this page or add the RSS feed to your daily news, and discover ideas that focus on continuing education!

Apr 08

How to Write an Engaging Online Course

~By Rick J. Stern | Managing

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…

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Apr 01

The Rise of the Informed Consumer: Student ROI

~By Rick J. Stern | Marketing

As college tuition continues to rise, and entry into the job market still poses difficulties for recent college grads, many prospective college students are asking themselves, “What kind of return on my investment will I receive by attending this school?”No longer is choosing a place to pursue a higher education degree only about the type…

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Mar 25

What Do I Do With BI Metrics?

~By Rick J. Stern | Managing

A  vital part of any Business Intelligence (BI) program is the utilization of metrics. At their core, metrics are any measurement used to quantify performance such as return on investment (ROI), revenues or the rates at which customers arrive, remain, and leave the organization. Key data gathered by metrics is usually designed to help you…

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Mar 21

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

~By Rick J. Stern | Managing

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. But…

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Mar 16

User Conference Earns 100% Recommendation

~By Rick J. Stern | Training

When surveying any group of people, no one expects to get a 100% agreement on any topic.  So when we reviewed the post-conference evaluations for the 2014 Xenegrade User Conference, we could not be more pleased to discover that 100% of the participants recommended the conference to other users.  That is satisfaction worth working for.…

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Mar 10

How to Increase Student Enrollments for the Summer

~By Rick J. Stern | Marketing

Ah, the good old summertime. Days filled with warm temperatures under the glow of the sun. After being cooped up for so long, the last thing most people want to think about is going to school, even if it is online. However, many CE programs are reporting an increase in their enrollment over the past…

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