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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!

Feb 24

Converting Your Enrollment Leads into Students

~By Rick J. Stern | Marketing

Unlike most brick and mortar schools, your online continuing education program can’t rely on in-person visits to your campus. Fortunately, most of today’s prospective students start their education searches online, but making it easy for these to find you is only half the battle. You also need to convert prospective leads into actual students. The…

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Feb 13

Online Learning: 10 Things You Need to Know to Stay Engaged

~By Rick J. Stern | E-learning

You’ve decided to sign-up for online classes. You’re excited about being able to learn on your own time at home. But what happens when the excitement begins to wear off and your online learning engagement fades? By following a few simple steps and keeping some key things in mind, you can stay engaged throughout the…

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Jan 30

MOOCs vs. Traditional Learning

~By Rick J. Stern | E-learning

It seems nearly everyone agrees that MOOCs – massive open online courses – signal the end of traditional universities and sharply climbing tuition. Proposals by state legislators aim to substitute online courses for in-person public university education. Online course enrollment has risen 29% since 2010, while conventional university course enrollment has declined. (Babson Survey Research…

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Jan 27

Three Hot MOOC Trends for 2014

~By Rick J. Stern | E-learning

The New York Times dubbed 2012 “the year of the MOOC”. 2013 brought about much change to the original MOOC concept, along with some surprising results.  What can we expect in 2014? Certainly, we can expect to see growth in course offerings and perhaps even new or emerging MOOC providers. Three hot trends for 2014…

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Jan 16

Are Enrollment Trends Changing?

~By Rick J. Stern | Marketing

Even though an increasing number of jobs now require some sort of postsecondary credentials, half of American adults have never attended college. To increase their chances at their current employment, for their chances for new employment, and most of all for their fair opportunity in the job market, adults are entering into higher education in…

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Jan 14

The Importance of Security in Your Software

~By Rick J. Stern | Security

One particular market that stores huge amounts of personal data is higher education. They record personal information on each student, which is typically in the thousands per campus, along with their financial information that was gathered for student payment and financial aid purposes. In essence, they hold the virtual wallet of every student on their…

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