Are You in the Education or Training Business?

| August 30, 2019

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A few weeks ago a client asked me to provide some insight into the quality of its online courseware and homegrown LMS, which hosts more than 3,500 courses. Although I started overseeing the creation of online programming more than 30 years ago, this shouldn’t make me an expert, especially given the vast changes in technological delivery that have transpired over this period. Yet, we are learner experts because we can comment from a user’s perspective regarding the learning experience itself. So, I spent several hours browsing the platform and taking numerous courses.

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IDP Education Ltd

IDP is a global leader in international education services. We help international students study in English speaking countries. Our success comes from connecting students with the right course in the right institution and the right country. We’ve been operating for close to 50 years, creating a huge network of opportunity with offices in over 30 countries. In 2017, we acquired the Hotcourses Group, a leading course search database and student engagement platform. IDP is also a proud co-owner of IELTS, the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test, and operates 10 English language teaching campuses across South East Asia.

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