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The 4 Top Considerations When Launching Online College Programs

The 4 Top Considerations When Launching Online College Programs

With the growth of online learning, many colleges are now taking steps to build online programs. Even before the pandemic, face-to-face attendance was decreasing. Meanwhile, the enrollment for online courses indicated a positive gain. Yet again, college enrollment has dropped. Some causes have been students dropping out because of mental stress. High tuition costs create another barrier for students not to enroll in a college program because they fear student loan debt. Higher-ed leaders can review these 4 critical considerations when creating online college programs.

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College Courses: 5 Elements to Include for First Year Students

College Courses: 5 Elements to Include for First Year Students

Students enter college from different backgrounds and situations. They might be fully college-ready; meanwhile, others need help. Besides that, college students might not know how to effectively study and attend classes. Thus, colleges have created first-year courses to help guide these students. The What Works Intervention Report produced by the Department of Education shows that students who attend first-year courses did better in college. With more online learning, first-year college courses become a valuable tool for retention and college-career guidance. They can be embedded in core courses like biology and offer various components such as socialization and learning support. Higher-ed leaders can include these five elements for these first-year college courses.

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5 Powerful Methods for Higher-Ed Leaders to Address Mental Health for College Students

5 Powerful Methods for Higher-Ed Leaders to Address Mental Health for College Students

Sixty percent of prospective college students say mental health services are very important when deciding the school to attend. Before the pandemic, that same outlook was only shared half that amount by students. With this issue, increasing mental health disorders affect students’ academic achievement. Therefore, colleges and universities need to invest in, advocate for, and address the mental health needs of college students. Addressing mental health helps increase student outcomes, raise enrollment and retention rates, prevent suicide, and meet a school’s mission goals and economic needs. Higher-ed leaders consider the following five strategies to improve mental health for both students and institutions.

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Credentialing: Why Higher-Ed Leaders Should Bridge Credit and Non-Credit Courses

Credentialing: Why Higher-Ed Leaders Should Bridge Credit and Non-Credit Courses

College leaders adeptly balance the competing needs of their institution. For years, colleges have held a dual mission: Prep workers for employers and equip students to transfer to four-year institutions for degree obtainment. Nevertheless, these dual missions split into two distinct tracks creating bureaucratic barriers. These walls make moving between obtaining a career-centric certification and a traditional degree difficult for students. Sadly, students of color and at-risk have the most to lose. Still, higher-ed leaders can take steps to bridge the gap between non-credential and credit courses to improve credentialing.

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K-12

Competency-Based Education (CBE): What Supports Can K-12 Providers Supply?

Competency-Based Education (CBE): What Supports Can K-12 Providers Supply?

Publishers can give schools various digital tools that support competency-based education (CBE). But, districts may put off buying a CBE curriculum as they are overwhelmed by product choices. So, publishers can help school districts by making and supporting quality products. Read about the products and supports publishers should prioritize for schools for competency-based education.

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Textbooks: The Process and Fight for School District Adoption

Textbooks: The Process and Fight for School District Adoption

Publishers now face new barriers when selling textbooks. The needs of the teachers and students are at risk unless providers can make flexible, adaptable, and scalable resources. Florida’s rejection of math textbooks for SEL and Common Core standards brings providers new challenges. Publishers may face some of these challenges.

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6 Steps for Publishers When Building the Curriculum Process

6 Steps for Publishers When Building the Curriculum Process

Making a robust curriculum is complex. Without effective processes, learners lack structure and guidance that makes optimal learning. Besides that, schools cannot effectively measure results. Moreover, tomorrow’s curriculum must connect to various types of learning, such as online courses. Content creators can quickly lose focus. Therefore, leaders can utilize the following six steps for the curriculum process.

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K-12 School: How Publishers and Providers Can Address the New Virtual Continuum

K-12 School: How Publishers and Providers Can Address the New Virtual Continuum

The pandemic has opened various pathways for K-12 students to learn. Savvy providers think differently about the digital tools they offer schools. Publishers give districts digital solutions for different scenarios students face. Also, leaders create equity by meeting the student where they are in their learning journey. Publishing leaders can create materials to supply these virtual platforms, giving every student an equal opportunity for K-12 schools.

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Curriculum Design

NCLEX 2020-2023 Test Plan: The Current Changes

NCLEX 2020-2023 Test Plan: The Current Changes

Nursing continues to be a vital profession globally. From pandemics to wars to everyday health, nurses help direct, support, and review the health of everyone, for humanity. An important step for any nurse is licensure. To obtain this license, current and future nursing professionals must pass the NCLEX test. The assessment determines the ability level of RNs and LPN/LVNs. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the NCLEX and updates its tests every 3 years. The revisions improve the passing standard and ensure nursing knowledge meets current standards, advancements, and future NCSBN goals.

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Subject Matter Experts: Developing Expectations for Course Development

Subject Matter Experts: Developing Expectations for Course Development

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), the oracles of knowledge, provide the expertise for curriculum and course development. They know the subject, perhaps taught it, made a course on their own before, or worked in an industry for many, many years. When developing the content, leaders, instructional designers (IDs), and other team members rely on them to ensure the content moves in the best direction; they review if the content is reliable. Yet, the curriculum development process may lack clarity. Team members may not know their role or not meet the expectations. Therefore, leaders should understand these situations when directing SMEs when developing courses.

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Curriculum Development: Hiring a 3rd Party Vendor for Your Courses

Curriculum Development: Hiring a 3rd Party Vendor for Your Courses

Colleges, universities, and K-12 providers are seeing an increased need for curriculum development, especially for online course content. A majority of schools have been pushed into digital content to meet the needs of pandemic-related constraints. While these are positive transformations, they need to deliver content more quickly. Thus, schools face overworking current curriculum designers or hiring new employees. However, a more efficient solution is collaborating with experienced third-party content creators to design courses.

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Curriculum Development: Creating Learning Goals and Objectives

Curriculum Development: Creating Learning Goals and Objectives

The importance of clear, concise learning objectives cannot be overstated. Learners need to know what to focus on to learn the content. Still, courses fill curricula that do not have clear learning outcomes. Yet, with a few tweaks, courses and entire curriculums can be an impactful learning experience. Read below about the importance of learning goals and objectives for curriculum development.

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