Adult Education As a Key to Improving Your Situation

Adult Education As a Key to Improving Your Situation

The world is still feeling the effects of the global financial crisis as tens of thousands of people in the developed economy have been left without a job. And while we wait for a recovery, a new study about adult education in Ireland suggests that flexible learning could be the key to improving your situation during the recession.

Over the past thirty years, education reform has transformed higher education in Ireland by making it more accessible for the general public. During this time, the needs of adult students have also dramatically changed. In order to remain relevant, institutes offering adult education in Ireland have been forced to adapt in order to become more flexible to cater for the needs of their students.

Educational institutions that offer flexible part-time courses provide adults who want to further their education with real opportunities for increased choice, convenience and personalisation when it comes to their studies. This allows the learner to choose when, where and how learning occurs. Flexible learning also recognises that different students have different learning preferences and requirements based on their unique circumstances.

Why do adults in Ireland choose Further Education?:

There are many reasons why more adults are choosing to further their education by signing up for flexible part time courses at various educational institutes throughout Ireland. Some have turned to adult learning as a way to upskill and stand out in a competitive job market after losing their job due to the current economic climate. Other students might still have their jobs but want to gain additional skills in order to become more valuable to their organisation. In other cases students may still have their jobs but are unhappy in their current career. In this situation, adult education provides them with the ability to acquire new skills to improve their lives without losing their monthly income.

If you are an adult who is interested in furthering your education, here is a bit of advice to help you on your way:

Make sure you have enough time to dedicate to your studies:

Whether you are a stay-at-home mum or have a full-time job, you’ll be able to find a variety of part-time and full-time courses suited to your lifestyle.

Do your research:

Start by searching the web to find institutions in your area that offer the courses that interest you.

See education as an investment:

Most courses are not free but the price of admission is well worth it if a course can help you further your career or break into a new industry or profession..

There has never been a greater need for adult education and the availability of flexible learning has been a priority for policy makers and those involved in. If adult education can make an important difference to Ireland as a whole, it can certainly make a positive impact on your own lifestyle too.…

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Education is Strength, Education is Opportunity - He said

Education is Strength, Education is Opportunity – He said

One day I found an attractive man sitting and drinking coffee at Starbucks; we talked about the stupidity and challenges of various people on Wall Street and in our political leadership, and he couldn’t say enough spiteful things about Republicans in Washington DC, and people on Wall Street, claiming that they were the ones who robbed people of their opportunities people to work for living wage and be successful in life. Then he made blanket statement that:

“Education is Strength, It’s Opportunity.”

Well, I think I completely disagree. Not because knowledge is unnecessary or that education is “way” or perceived way to get that knowledge, nor is it the fact that solid education will definitely help on resumes for certain types of job positions, sure it’s quite true, at least in our period now, however, one can also say, well I would specifically say that:

“Higher Education and Student Loans, Towards Economic Slavery,” or that “Higher Education has Introduced So Much Political Accuracy into Our Society that Basically Pirates the American Way of Life,” and see the results today, right now. Is this good enough? Is this the best and “final” answer to advanced and modern civilizations? Student loans of $ 100,000 or more, and textbooks of more than $ 250 per year for information that you can get in free online lectures, or from WikiPedia?

Furthermore, I will tell you that because the ratio of job applications for open positions is very high, many employers need more substantial education, not because they need it but to shorten the pile of resumes. This results in artificial demand for higher education, and because we allow students to borrow money for higher education, it inflates the bubble, thereby increasing costs – but to no avail, those who have lot of education, will only have more debt in the future – By therefore, forced to work to pay it back.

“Economic Slavery as an Opportunity Through Education?” Really, do you think so?

Furthermore, and I can say this as an entrepreneur who leaves school to run my own company, it seems to me that higher education in many ways only causes linear thinking and the highest adherence to prospective employers, so it really is like “training dogs “and human domestication as whole in the exchange of bones, or in this case higher salary?

And still, it comes with dog collar and student loan debt chain, with taxpayers picking up dirt when the loan fails or the dogs forget? Please consider all of this and if I offend you, overcome it, you are good puppy, you can handle it.…

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Education in Our Networked Future

Education in Our Networked Future

As we enter the Connected Age, our education systems are increasingly falling short. We have carefully crafted and refined the education system, schools, vocational colleges and secular universities, but they are edifices of different age.

There are three reasons why I say so.

First, we have moved from time of information scarcity to information abundance. Today’s challenge is not to access information, but to check its credential and to be able to use it in context. But our prescriptive education is mostly about ‘knowing’ things rather than ‘discovery’. The school system is designed to discourage inventiveness and questioning. The students are still required to write memorized answers rather than Googling the facts and building independent or collaborative coursework.

Moreover, the education system today is built as Value Chain systems. The focus is on the Process, and the whole ideis to add value to student who turns up at the beginning of the semester so that she can meet the end-Semester requirements. But such standardized processes are, by definition, inflexible to accommodate diverse learning preferences of individuals. The mass produced education also discriminates against niche subjects and special interests. This education system fails to meet its societal need – because making accountants out of artists does not sound like smart ideany more.

Finally, today’s learners come to college after seeing computer at home for their entire lifetime, having their mobile phones since their school days and most, if not all, have their best friends on Facebook or Orkut. They come from the long tail world of endless, special, personal possibilities. So, the college, the classes, the tutorial batches are suddenly very alien to them. The only way education can become meaningful to today’s learners is by connecting back with life.

So, at one end, I hear the teachers complaining that students were texting or checking emails on their mobile while the class was on. I sat in school board meeting to decide whether students should be expelled from the class for using Facebook during the sessions. At the extreme end, there are complaints of abuse, disrespect, physical violence against the teachers. While this may be symptom of wider social dysfunction in some cases, these are also indicators that the education does not seem to be delivering value.

So, privatise! This is the modern perspective to solve the education problem. Privatize the whole system and watch the magic: suddenly, new shiny computers will transform the classroom and make it fun place. Modern, ready for Facebook generation. But most efforts in privatisation has not changed the system, they merely tried to improve it. The traditional value chain model was retained. The choice declined, with demands for more profitable courses crowding out the niche ones. The whole system resembled more like factory, with greater focus on process efficiencies.

But an alternative model of education is quietly emerging. This is model, which one would call Facilitated User Network. This is different from Value Chain, because, here, value does not reside in the process or the …

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How to Write a Tutorial That Makes Your Readers Smarter

How to Write a Tutorial That Makes Your Readers Smarter

One of the most shared types of content online is the tutorial. Teaching your blog’s audience to complete a task not only establishes you as an expert, it also makes your readers smarter and more loyal.

How-to articles are only useful if they’re understandable, though, so let’s talk about how to write amazing tutorials.

Start With the Very Basics

Bloggers make the mistake of assuming their readers know where to start. The result is a tutorial that’s too complicated for beginners to understand, or that is unhelpful because it starts in the wrong place.

Pretend that your reader is an absolute beginner on your topic, and start with the very first step needed to achieve a goal. For example, if you’re writing a tutorial about using WordPress, start with logging into the WordPress admin dashboard and go from there

A good proofreading technique it is to pretend that you’re explaining the process to your mother.

Be as Thorough As Possible

Your tutorial will always make sense to you, but the key is for every step to be clear to your readers. Don’t skip around or breeze through parts that seem “easy.” Slow down and describe every key action in detail. Users who truly “get it” will just scroll past those. Beginners will be thankful for the extensive advice.

Use Screenshots Images to Guide the Reader

A lot of people are visual learners, so use screenshots to illustrate the process you’re trying to teach. These pictures don’t have to be  can sometimes get away with one good picture of where a setting is found or what an option box looks like.

If you have a copy of Photoshop, blur out parts of screenshots that aren’t important and highlight the area of the program/webpage you’re talking about in the tutorial. The added focus will make your image even better.

Sub-Headings Are Your Friends

Breaking a tutorial up into separate sections (as opposed to a giant wall of text) makes it easier to read and much more user-friendly. Give each step in the process it’s own heading and then use sub-headings to further explain tips or sub-directions.

Make the Difficulty Level Clear

Make sure that readers know the level of knowledge required to accomplish that task you’re describing. User error can cause serious headaches if someone inexperienced tackles a big project too soon. Linking to basic tutorials is a good way to prepare your readers for the transition from basic to intermediate to expert, respectively.

Tutorials are a staple of content marketing, so get out there and start writing some today.…

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How To Find The Best Accredited Online Degree Programs

How To Find The Best Accredited Online Degree Programs

Today, there is no shortage of online schools. Most offer students a much greater level of flexibility and control than traditional educational establishments. If you are to invest funds and energy into studying for a degree, you should ensure that the school you are planning to enroll in has been accredited by a recognized agency. Accreditation is only provided to those schools and colleges that have met specific standards in terms of quality of education and access to facilities.

Finding an accredited online degree program is actually quite easy. If you were to search online for just ten minutes, you will be provided with countless options. It is not so far fetched to suggest that in the near future, there will be more online schools in operation than bricks and mortar establishments.

It can be useful to develop an understanding as to the different types of accreditation institutions. To keep up to date with the latest information on accrediting agencies in your state, visit the Department of Education website. As of 2011, there are no separate accrediting bodies that specialize in online programs, it is the same organizations who assess all schools and colleges.

As there are literally hundreds of net based colleges that have now received accreditation, determining which institution would provide the best education is not always straightforward. You can use your own criteria to help shortlist a few interesting options. We all have different ideas as to what factors are most important when choosing a degree program.

Consider your budget, as the cost of education can vary massively. When analyzing the cost of studying, always keep in mind that the money spent is an investment in your future. With a recognized certification in hand, it should be possible to take up an occupation that provides an excellent compensatory package. The debts incurred in education can be quickly paid back upon starting a career.

Once you have short-listed a handful of institutions that are accredited and within your budget, it would then be time to delve a little deeper. Spend some amount of time researching the background of the establishment as well as the teaching staff. If possible, log on to the institutions’ websites and search for information relating to graduation rates, and student feedback. The opinions of current students is of great value when comparing schools and colleges, they can pass on information on the pitfalls and benefits of particular programs.…

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