6 Tips for Engaging the Distracted High School Student

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 24, 2016 4:11:08 PM

The distracted high school student isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes, it can be the student who is passing, doing acceptable work, but who just isn’t grasping or retaining what they’ve learned. Often, students will do what it takes to pass their classes, but don’t leave with the fundamental messages the teacher intended for them.

  

So what is the key factor that distinguishes perceived success from actual knowledge retention? Student engagement. We all know that it takes student engagement for learners to fully grasp what they’re learning, but engaging each and every student can feel near impossible.

  

Consequently, if the students aren’t engaged, then they will likely not be grasping the material for long-term use. They will do the bare minimum needed to pass the class, and leave without fully understanding the breadth of what they've been taught.

  

Engaging students, however, is a tricky thing to do- especially in high school. Social implications, sports, and extracurricular activities can take precedence over school work at times, and makes engaging students really tough. So we’ve developed a list of six ways to better engage the modern, distracted high school student to ensure that learning is conducive to success.

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Topics: K12

5 Evolving Trends That Are Enhancing K-12 Learning

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 22, 2016 4:19:14 PM

Trends in learning have changed and progressed throughout the years, but with the onset of technology in education, there is now a trend that’s here to stay. Schools everywhere are integrating technology into their curriculum because the results are undeniably positive.

Students are honing the skills necessary to succeed in the tech world we live in simply by incorporating technology into their everyday lives. As the education system continues to change, we want to acknowledge and ponder some of the trends that are propelling k-12 education to the next level.

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Topics: K12

5 Ways to Attract More Students to the Campus Bookstore

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 18, 2016 1:48:22 PM

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In the old days, a college experience wasn’t complete without several trips to the campus bookstore. It was the “hub” of campus, a trusted resource where students could go to get the best materials and supplies to ensure success in their courses.

 

As course materials’ costs continue to rise and the traditional textbook is no longer affordable, students have adapted to purchasing or renting their materials online, from retailers like Amazon or Chegg. In other words, the once glorious campus resource is now fighting for students from competitors who have figured out how to make the process cheaper and more efficient.

 

If you’re working in a campus bookstore, you are feeling the burden of this shift on a daily basis. So what can you do to reinstate yourself as the shining campus resource? Focus on re-attracting students with these five ideas.  

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Topics: Higher Education

5 Misconceptions About Blended Learning in K-12

Posted by Cortney Peters on Feb 10, 2016 4:50:44 PM

 

 

With the rise of technology, many college level courses have migrated from entirely in-person, to partly, mostly, or even entirely virtual. As colleges and universities everywhere have found improved student outcomes and happier students with connectivity, K-12 schools have begun adopting more blended and online learning options.

 

Often when it comes to virtual primary education, there are some objections, questions, and concerns. We’ve gathered a list of five common misconceptions about blended learning in K-12 schools, and the reasons they simply aren’t true.

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Topics: K12

Recent Survey Reveals Insights About Modern Student Preferences

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 15, 2016 1:43:41 PM

Often times when considering custom course materials, cost savings to students tends to be a prominent argument.  While cost savings continues to be a major concern for students and schools, a recent survey conducted by XanEdu, Inc. confirms that customization enhanced by digital solutions can reduce a broader set of challenges today’s faculty face in meeting student expectations. 

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Topics: Higher Education

3 Reasons Why Self-Paced Learning Can't Stand Alone in Corporate Training

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 14, 2016 11:11:10 AM

 

Training employees is obviously a critical part of any business, in any industry. Learning is something that should be ongoing throughout the entirety of one's employment, and life in general. Without evolving knowledge we wouldn't have access to the unlimited amount of resources and great minds that we do, and vice versa. 

But, as you know, there are many different types of learning, especially when it comes to corporate training. While self-paced learning is something that continues to generate buzz and excitement, we're here to tell you that self-paced learning just can't teach everything. Because many people are well aware of this, a more blended approach to learning has surfaced that incorporates the best parts of self-paced with the best parts of instructor-led training. 

If you aren't convinced that self-paced can't stand alone, then this article is for you. Discover three reasons that self-paced learning can't stand alone or replace ILT in corporate training. 

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Topics: Corporate Learning

5 Reasons to Hire the Underdog Instead of the Overachiever

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 8, 2016 5:40:40 PM

 

Recently I watched a TED Talk titled, “Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume” by Regina Hartley, who is the Human Resources Manager for UPS. She makes the argument that the people who have experienced significant hardship to get where they are, become the best employees. This was an eye-opening and compelling presentation and raised many powerful points that I have recapped in this article. 

 

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Topics: Corporate Learning

6 Mistakes Leaders Should Avoid When Goal-Setting

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 7, 2016 5:45:33 PM

Every new year, millions of Americans make plans and resolutions, among a plethora of short and long term goals, in an attempt to take advantage of a fresh and forgiving start. The beginning of the year is spent planning and envisioning the months to come from a hopeful, idyllic perspective (for the most part).

 

The same goes in the business world. The idealized start of the year makes us challenge ourselves and aim higher than before. While it’s great to be ambitious, being too ambitious and overzealous is a slippery slope to becoming overwhelmed and off-target.

 

So, while you are planning the year to come and mapping your short and long-term goals, consider these six common mistakes that leaders tend to make when goal setting and avoid them at all costs! 

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Topics: Corporate Learning

5 Ways to Become a Transformational Leader in 2016

Posted by Cortney Peters on Jan 6, 2016 12:57:31 PM

With every new year comes the promise and perspective of a fresh start, in many areas of our lives. You probably have a list going of the resolutions you aim to achieve in 2016, both personally and professionally. If you’re in a leadership role or working to get into one, then there has never been a better time for a fresh approach.

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Topics: Corporate Learning

How to Maximize ROI in Learning and Development for 2016

Posted by Cortney Peters on Dec 29, 2015 5:31:11 PM

 

 The year 2015 has come and (almost) gone so quickly. During the holiday season, our priorities tend to shift from work, leaving a golden opportunity to return refreshed and excited for the new year of possibility. If you're a learning and development professional looking to really step up your training program this year, or maybe just more efficiently prove and increase the ROI of your department, we have some advice to share. 

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Topics: Corporate Learning

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