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Navigating the road to maturity

Posted by Allison Hart on October 18, 2017

Navigating the road to maturityIn previous blogs, I wrote about the importance of a digital professional learning program and aspects that made a program “mature.” But that still leaves the question of how to get there: what administrative steps must be taken to achieve maturity?

The answer to this question may be complex and varied depending on several factors, including the organization’s structure and goals for the content. However, there are some basic facets that must be addressed regardless of intended outcome:

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Meeting the needs of today's student

Posted by John Donovan on October 10, 2017

This post appeared in its entirety in University Business.

Meeting the needs of today's studentThere is no doubt that today we live in a digital age, with our lives seemingly governed by the provision of connected, mobile devices. Reports indicate that teenagers check their mobile phones 150 times a day, interacting with each other all day but almost entirely through a screen. To say there is a daily reliance on digital technology would not be an over-statement.

Students of today have been brought up with online learning, with children as young as seven telling us they prefer learning on tablets. It should come as no surprise then, that as the world of higher education grapples with attracting and retaining students in an increasingly commercial environment, the provision of cutting edge digital services like eTextbooks will play an important role in keeping the traditional university relevant and engaging to a modern cohort.

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On the road to digital maturity

Posted by Allison Hart on October 04, 2017

On the Road to Digital MaturityToday’s learner is much different than the one we saw just a few years ago. It goes without saying they are much more digitally inclined and device dependent. In fact, recent research shows today’s learners check their smartphones nine times an hour. This reliance on mobile technology isn’t changing any time soon: our research found 36 percent of college students at four-year schools in the U.S. can’t go more than a minute without looking at their phones.

While this makes for great facts to drop in a cocktail-party conversation – or not, since everyone is on their phones – what does it mean for your organization’s learning program?

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Set your students up for day-one success!

Posted by Daniel Green on September 27, 2017

Set your students up for day-one successThe process of preparing for the semester is daunting.

It’s stressful figuring out how to get students to get the most from your course, usually accompanied by flipping through an old textbook or sifting through a pile of sample books that have been hoarded with the best of intentions.

There’s so much great content out there, but you have limited time to communicate it to your students. How can you easily get through that stack, create a syllabus and then figure out your course?

Good news: we can help you tackle these common conundrums.

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eBooks changed my life. No, really.

Posted by Leann de Leon on September 22, 2017

Books Changed my Life.jpgRemember the fun of going to the library and picking out books when you were a kid, or spending a relaxing afternoon browsing your favorite bookstore? I don’t. I’ve been legally blind since birth; my vision cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. As much as I loved printed books, they never really loved me back. Trips to the bookstore and library involved finding the large print section, full of books about aging and a plethora of Danielle Steele novels….and not much else.

Until the advent of eBooks, reading for pleasure was tricky, at best. Reading for school was downright miserable. Sometimes large print textbooks were available, but often they were not. I’d exhaust my eyes and do my best to complete my reading assignments and homework, but learning from print books was a painful, and oftentimes, embarrassing experience. I relied on bulky CCTV magnifiers in library basements and an unhealthy amount of eyestrain to make it through high school and college. Then everything changed.

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