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Is it Time to Refresh or Reset your Career?

By Kris Powers | April 18th 2018

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All of us experience moments where we find ourselves contemplating our life decisions. Sometimes it’s a big event, like a break-up or a health crisis, that pushes us to take a closer look at our life. Other times, it might be a small rumbling in the universe that feels suspiciously like discontent that leads us to wonder if we should be doing something differently.

Whatever leads you to the brink of change, taking the steps to refresh or reset your life can be daunting.


Understanding Adult Learners

By Kris Powers | April 11th 2018

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Christopher Pappas of eLearning Industry recently published an article entitled, “10 Adult Learning Facts and Stats that eLearning Pros Need to Know.”   
 
Below are a few of the adult learning principles adapted from the adult learning facts and stats shared in that article. Please read the complete article for a more extensive and detailed review of the principles and how they apply to eLearning professionals.
 

What’s special about adult learners?

1. They prefer information to be relatable and appreciate real-life experiences and situations being incorporated into their lessons.


Self-Sufficiency: There's something in the "Doing"

By Kris Powers | April 4th 2018

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Today I found myself doing something annoying. I was pulling together an invoice and had questions about who had been paid this, and how much we’d paid for that. I knew we had the information somewhere in the office, most likely in a file marked “project expenses”. However, I found myself calling out to my assistant and asking her. I reasoned that she would know right where to look and be able to put her hands on the needed documents faster. But after my second (or third) “shout out”, I realized that it wasn’t fair to keep interrupting her from her current tasks just to answer my questions. It was more convenient for me, but it was very inconvenient for her. We have systems in place to ensure that there are proper records of all expenditures. I could find them; I’d just have to put forth the energy to look.


10 Lifelong Learning Hacks

By Kris Powers | March 28th 2018

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Lifelong learning, research shows, can make you richer, healthier, and happier. But finding time to fit that learning into our schedules can be difficult. Fear not! Busy professionals, parents of young children and anyone with full-to-the-brim schedules can work lifelong learning and personal development into their lives with the following suggestions. The following companies offer learning opportunities in “bite sized” chunks, to allow you to more easily fit learning into your day.



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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will experience a traumatic event at least once in their lives. These numbers become even more staggering for veterans, particularly those who have been to war. The adjustment back to civilian life comes with many challenges, especially when the veteran suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).



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Time. We all have 168 hours a week. How we allocate that time is just as different and unique as we are as individuals. However, there are many of us who wish for “just a few more hours in the day” to get things done. For example, have you thought about going back to school, or taking career training courses online, but are concerned on just where you’ll find the time to do that? Below are some ideas adapted from a recent Mission to Learn article for reclaiming time each day that could be applied towards more focused learning or another worthwhile endeavor.


The Face Behind the Content

By Kris Powers | March 7th 2018

I recently read an article that estimated that consumers are presented with 3,000-4,000 pieces of marketing content per day. Per day. As you can imagine, with that influx of information, it is sometimes hard for content creators to make a connection with readers.

I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. I’m Kris, and I blog for Ed4Online. I’m a real person, with a family, pets, friends, and a job I love.


Find Time for Yourself

By Kris Powers | February 28th 2018

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Recent conversations about work/life balance have got me thinking. Work is work – you know what your job is and, while daily tasks may vary, you clock in and (eventually) clock out. Life on the other hand, can be comprised of home, children, pets, and the associated errands, tasks, picking up, carpooling, maintenance, bill paying lawn care, and all of the wonderful stuff that goes along with it. There are always things vying for your attention. But what about finding time for yourself? If you are like me, you take care of everyone’s needs first, and oftentimes find your energy depleted. Take this example from Joyce Meyer's book, "The Confident Woman”:


5 Reasons Why Adult Students Succeed

By Kris Powers | February 21st 2018

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Are you an adult learner thinking of going back to school? Are you considering taking courses for personal or professional development? Does your profession require continuing education credit hours?

More than 40 percent of Americans enrolled in colleges are adult learners – students who are 25 years old or older - and many colleges and universities are just starting to consider their diverse needs. This growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn.

Below are five reasons why, as an adult learner, you can not only succeed but excel when you enroll in online courses or go back to school.

1.       Focus – You know what you want, why you want it, and how important succeeding is to your personal life or career.



Skill advancement

Looking to the future? Fast Company recently compiled a list of skill areas that experts recommend you brush up on for you to remain marketable through 2026. 

Technology Skills

The Pew Research Center reports that 13% of Americans are concerned that they won’t be able to keep up with the technical skills needed to stay competitive in their jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the following jobs will experience growth between now and 2026:


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