BOSTON and SEATTLE, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Whether teaching six students or 600, what if an instructor could adapt his or her class to meet the needs of every individual by utilizing a new online learning technology?
That’s the goal of a new collaborative effort between Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Shoreline Community College, and CogBooks Ltd., funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Called the Adaptive Learning Market Acceleration Program, this program will guide and inform the approach to online classes at Northeastern and Shoreline using technology developed by CogBooks, a leading adaptive learning platform. Adaptive learning technologies hold the promise of transforming online education by making the student the center of the learning experience. In this form of teaching, course content is modified by software to adapt to an individual student’s pace and learning, to fit his or her demonstrated needs.
Many people will change or alter their career in a significant manner throughout their adult working life. According to bizcommunity.com, people change their careers five to seven times in their lifetime. This is a significant difference from previous generations where it was quite common for a person to work for the same company his/her entire career.
Why do working adults shift careers so often? There are two major reasons for adults switching careers. The first is the common issue of budgetary changes. For example, companies change directions, downsize, force retirement, merge or are acquired by other companies; these or any of the myriad of situations that arise because of financial reasons can force working adults to shift careers. The other major reason people change careers is that they are no longer satisfied with their current challenges and working environments. This could be a change in management that affects the workers’ conditions and general happiness, but often is because the adult worker is no longer challenged in his or her current job. Most adults changing careers are ready for different challenges or ready to learn new things. While money is certainly a driving force for many people in career choice and change, it is often not the main motivating factor. Being adequately challenged is crucial.
Are you ready for a career change? If you have been contemplating this, the best advice is to research, research, and research your options. Many career shifters will best be served by looking at higher education opportunities – many of which may offer slightly different degrees than were possible even ten years ago. With the changing economy and changing world, new and different degree programs are constantly being developed or modified to meet society’s demands and needs. It could be that your past experiences, education and skills could be enhanced by higher education.
Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D., Associate Dean – Academic
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On-line learning is a great option for working adults who want a high-quality program with flexibility. If your schedule makes it difficult to attend courses regularly or in a traditional format, on-line courses could be for you. Students who are new to on-line learning often believe that taking an on-line class is less time consuming than a traditional on-ground course. However, most of my students would tell you the opposite is true. But still, many students prefer on-line learning because of the flexibility in time and coursework they experience.
In order to take advantage of the flexibility of an on-line course, you as a student must be good at your own time management. You will experience both collaborative and individualized learning activities designed to promote learning so you must also be self-disciplined to work many hours outside of the class times that might be set for the course. We have many demands on our time and life, but if you are dedicated and committed to furthering your education, and can make time for learning outside your normal working and ‘life’ hours, then a graduate program at Northeastern University -Seattle is for you. Depending on the program of study, our campus offers both on-line and hybrid courses. Please check out the academic degrees offered at the Seattle Graduate Campus or contact Dr. Walmsley at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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