Do you know a college kid who turns to online course and flexibility options to help them with the homework? The answer to these requests are in my personal advice box, er, knowledge.
How Online Education Helps Learning Better
We live in a complex, fast-paced, changing world. Technology has blurred lines between work and play, child and adulthood, and one-stop-shopping and one-stop-education. In my personal life, I believe these changes have made me better equipped to handle life’s unexpected twists and turns. In the entrepreneurial world, they have helped build a solid business. I felt it was time to have the opportunity to use my current expertise to improve the education system of America. The only problem is, how?
Schools have a long history of closing, which is especially dramatic in large urban areas. Closing is definitely disruptive for the students. Some schools are forced to raise tuition to pay for the replacement school. However, this solution doesn’t solve the issue. At a yearly cost of approximately $9 billion, American students are losing nearly a billion dollars each year. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of public schools in the United States will close by the year 2029.
In some cases, higher education is a viable alternative, but the higher tuition expenses make it much more difficult to attend school than it is to attend high school. With all of these challenges, we need to look toward the higher learning institutions that are focused on excellence.
During the 1980s, we witnessed an enormous shift in global education. The expansion of international education has been incredible. In 1964, approximately 14 million U.S. students attended international schools. By 1990, this number grew to more than 300 million students. International education was a growth industry, and the possibility of personal experience throughout the world, combined with the enrollment benefits, helped the United States win that decade’s global education competition. In the digital age, how can the United States continue to compete with other countries?
I believe the answer lies in the Internet and online education. Online education helps students create a positive experience that surpasses anything they have experienced in the past. It allows students to attain a worldwide network that is more intimate than physical space. The early reviews have been very positive; enrollment in Online University is growing, and my undergraduate program was sold out in a record-breaking 90 minutes! Online University is also passionate about giving students an enhanced educational experience. To ensure high-quality online programs, the vast majority of online education is contracted out by Quality Assurance Partners, or QAPP. Other educational portals, like the College Board, offer similar services.
Digital Asset Management
The Internet has been the most prevalent network for education over the past couple of decades. It has spread globally and is basically ubiquitous. While technology is becoming cheaper, it continues to become more complex as well. Keeping records digitally has been easy, but it is not always convenient to keep track of online or distributed materials. Digital assets are deemed “legacy” because they have surpassed the usability of the original medium. It’s important to think about digital assets as assets. What we currently consider “content” is largely consumer-focused. What we should consider is digital assets that require much more attention and planning, as well as necessary management.
The root of digital assets, then, is long-term retention and creation of a core set of digital assets. In my estimation, digital assets should be owned in a proprietary format. The whole purpose of ownership is to allow you to continually strengthen or abandon those digital assets. Use of ownership in this context should center on good organization, procurement, and, ultimately, planning.
Another concern for businesses is trust. We live in a digital age, and personal data is out there. Email accounts, online communications, social media posts, and payment information are easily obtainable. People want access to a trusted and truthful set of information about a business. Customer and employee trust is one of the most valuable assets a business can obtain. This trust includes both personal and business information. The ability to constructively engage customers and employees for hours, day and night, provide an authentic experience. In my opinion, technology is often used for damage control rather than for growing a brand.