Colleges move to refund student fees, but can their budgets take the hit?

educationdive | March 31, 2020

Colleges move to refund student fees, but can their budgets take the hit?
Colleges face a grim and uncertain financial future as the coronavirus spreads throughout the U.S. and upends the global economy. In the past several weeks, colleges nationwide have been preoccupied shifting classes and exams online, which for many meant spending time and money to create a robust enough digital infrastructure to support an influx of students.  As students and instructors adjust to remote learning for the immediate future, administrators are turning to a new challenge: shielding their institutions' finances while addressing students' demand for refunds of room, board and other fees.

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Blended learning is the combination of face-to-face and online learning. The synchronous learning strategy of the classroom is blended with the asynchronous mode of online learning, to provide an ideal, enriching learning experience.How can you develop an engaging blended learning program that offers the best of both worlds to your learners? How do you create a blended learning experience that is interactive and effective?Well, listed in the infographic are 5 tips to help you get started with blended learning.

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Blended learning is the combination of face-to-face and online learning. The synchronous learning strategy of the classroom is blended with the asynchronous mode of online learning, to provide an ideal, enriching learning experience.How can you develop an engaging blended learning program that offers the best of both worlds to your learners? How do you create a blended learning experience that is interactive and effective?Well, listed in the infographic are 5 tips to help you get started with blended learning.

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Rosetta Stone and HIAS Extend Partnership Providing Free Language Learning Lessons to Refugees During Global Resettlement Efforts

Rosetta Stone | December 14, 2021

Rosetta Stone, the world's leading language learning brand, and HIAS, the international Jewish humanitarian organization, have extended their partnership to provide HIAS' refugee clients with free language learning software. Through the collaboration, Rosetta Stone donated 500 subscriptions that will help newly resettled refugees acquire language skills, more easily integrate into local communities, and open pathways to economic inclusion. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that nearly 2 million people were forced to flee their homes during the first six months of 2021. Notably, forced migration is not specific to any one geographic region: Humanitarian crises around the globe are putting people at extreme risk; asylum seekers and refugees are braving unsafe conditions to start new lives; and political unrest is creating entire populations of stateless people with little emergency assistance. HIAS is uniquely qualified to address the modern refugee crisis and has helped more than 4.5 million people escape persecution. The organization facilitates application processes, resettles the most vulnerable people from all over the world, and works with U.S.-based social-service organizations to welcome refugees into local communities. HIAS first partnered with Rosetta Stone in 2019 to help refugees more easily enter into American society through language instruction. Rosetta Stone and HIAS then extended their collaboration in 2021 to continue assisting HIAS' clients with their education, social integration efforts and employment opportunities. HIAS and its clients have access to language lessons in 25 languages, including English, Arabic, Spanish, and more. "Our partnership with Rosetta Stone has given refugees additional tools to acclimate to their new lives and navigate the resettlement process with increased confidence and language skills. We are excited to continue this partnership and continue to provide opportunities to our staff and clients to communicate more easily and create welcoming communities." Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS Bahati Buzindu, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and HIAS client, shared, "Rosetta Stone is really helping me understand what other people are talking about, and I've been encouraging—and teaching—other refugees to use it, too!" "Refugees come from all walks of life: They are doctors and farmers, interpreters and caregivers; some speak multiple languages, while others were denied a formal education. Regardless of a person's skill set, adjusting to a new home is incredibly difficult, especially after being forced to flee one," said Jennifer Gu, COO of IXL Learning, Rosetta Stone's parent company. "HIAS and Rosetta Stone's partnership is an important step toward helping resettled people grow new language skills, and empowering them to ease into communities and lead independent lives." Through Rosetta Stone, learners practice new languages in an immersive environment that helps them build the fluency and confidence to speak. Lessons are filled with real-world images and audio from native speakers that accelerate language acquisition. Additionally, the TruAccent speech engine compares voices to native speakers, gives immediate feedback on pronunciation, and helps refugees feel confident participating in real-world conversations. As part of the partnership, Rosetta Stone also provides HIAS employees with training on how to effectively administer language learning to users for maximum effectiveness. Additionally, HIAS and its affiliate network staff use Rosetta Stone to learn the native languages of the refugees they support, to better understand them and serve their needs. About Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone uses advanced digital technology to help all types of learners read, write, and speak 25 languages. Rosetta Stone joined the IXL Learning family of brands in 2021. About HIAS HIAS is the international Jewish humanitarian organization that provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers in 16 countries. We advocate for the rights of all forcibly displaced people to rebuild their lives and seek to create a world in which they find welcome, safety, and opportunity.

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eLearning Brothers Introduces the Strategic Learning Blueprint to Help Organizations Access and Improve Their Modern Learning Strategy

eLearning Brothers | October 11, 2021

Learning solutions leader eLearning Brothers today announced a new strategic consulting service, the Strategic Learning Blueprint that evaluates an organization’s existing training, architects a custom plan, and activates a modern learning strategy. Businesses can’t afford to provide training that doesn't work,Organizations need effective learning solutions that are engaging, change behaviors, reduce costs, and deliver results. As an end-to-end learning solutions provider, eLearning Brothers is uniquely positioned to develop custom training for organizations, whether that’s virtual reality, gamification, or other types of interactive learning experiences. Andrew Scivally, Co-founder and CEO of eLearning Brothers Joining the eLearning Brothers team to spearhead the Strategic Learning Blueprint is Treion Muller, the new Chief Solutions Architect at eLearning Brothers. Treion has close to 20 years of experience innovating, developing, designing, digitally transforming, and strategizing in the learning and development space with some of the largest L&D players in the world. The Strategic Learning Blueprint has 3 simple steps: STEP 1. Assess - We start with an assessment of your existing training plan, offerings, and technologies and identify training needs, objectives, and behavioral change gaps. STEP 2. Architect - We design a custom learning plan for your specific training needs and objectives based on what is discovered. This includes selecting the right solutions, technologies, partnerships, and modern learning approach. STEP 3. Activate - We launch your modern learning training solutions, accountability processes, and success tracking system to assure your goals are achieved. Implementing the Strategic Learning Blueprint changes behaviors, reduces training costs, and achieves measurable ROI. You then empower learning rockstars for your organization. Organizations can contact eLearning Brothers to schedule a FREE strategy session. About eLearning Brothers eLearning Brothers is a leader in learning technology solutions that enable organizations to conquer performance and development challenges. The company offers a one-stop-shop for learning development and delivery, ranging from strategic consulting and custom learning development to content libraries and development tools, all paired with an easy-to-use platform for delivering and tracking learning. eLearning Brothers helps everyone create and deliver measurable learning experiences that rock.

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US Ed Dept adds reporting requirement for small colleges asking additional CARES aid

Education Dive | July 27, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has announced new details on how it will distribute a $350 million pot of federal coronavirus relief funds among colleges that didn’t initially receive a significant amount of aid.To get their share of the funding, some of the schools will need to submit information to the department about the financial stresses the virus has caused. The new reporting requirements follow criticism the department did not carefully allocate the money.This is the latest update in a months-long saga over the distribution of funding set aside for colleges through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.Of the roughly $14 billion of CARES funding allocated to higher education, about $350 million was earmarked for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to give to colleges she determines have been substantially disadvantaged by the coronavirus. The law instructs her to prioritize those that didn’t receive at least $500,000 in other CARES aid.

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