Learn how this university adopted a successful data-driven strategy for inclusive learning

ECAMPUS NEWS | June 17, 2019

Trying to effect change and scale the impact of a new technology on Grand Valley State University’s campus of nearly 25,000 students and 1,800 faculty demands a strategic, creative approach.When it comes to accessibility of course content in Blackboard, detailed information about existing issues and progress can be hidden from view, often leading to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.
Without accessibility information, designing and implementing effective strategies can be even more challenging. With Ally’s accessibility insights and usage reporting, GVSU can more effectively leverage data to both inform outreach efforts and to demonstrate impact to drive further adoption, creating a feedback loop that is both sustainable and scalable.

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Simulations can be an effective way to impart training in any corporate environment. This technique is becoming extremely popular due to its ability to emulate real-work applications and systems so that employees can learn in a risk-free environment, providing experiential learning. Employees can avail the opportunity of trying their newly acquired skills under guidance and later practice on their own.Additionally, while researchers are still busy figuring whether the goldfish has better focus than adult learners, eLearning simulations come as a handy option to engage learners by holding their attention. This informative infographic shares the what, why, when and how of simulations in eLearning.

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Simulations can be an effective way to impart training in any corporate environment. This technique is becoming extremely popular due to its ability to emulate real-work applications and systems so that employees can learn in a risk-free environment, providing experiential learning. Employees can avail the opportunity of trying their newly acquired skills under guidance and later practice on their own.Additionally, while researchers are still busy figuring whether the goldfish has better focus than adult learners, eLearning simulations come as a handy option to engage learners by holding their attention. This informative infographic shares the what, why, when and how of simulations in eLearning.

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Learning Ally Announces PreK-2 Literacy Grant Program for U.S. Schools

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