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Free $1000 Alabama Teacher Grant (see article)

It is expensive going to college these days. In order for you to reduce the cost of your education, you need to be aware of the various grants and scholarships that are available. The biggest help comes from the government, but this will not be of use to you if you are seeking scholarships.

There are essentially four sources of monetary aid that you can pursue. We have also indicated the grants or scholarships percentages available from each option:

  • Federal Government Grants 47%
  • Grants and Scholarships from Schools 35%
  • Private Scholarships 10%
  • State Grants / Scholarships 8%

If you are looking for financial support for your education then it is essential that you know where to find this. Also, you need to know which grants and/or scholarships you are likely to qualify for; In this article, we will provide you with the details of each one of the options listed above.

Federal Grants

To be eligible for a federal grant you have to prove that you are in need of financial aid. You are not going to get a merit scholarship from the government. There are two major grants available from the government:

  1. Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

In order to qualify for a federal grant, you have to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Pell Grant

The largest federal government grant is the Pell Grant (23%). Currently, the full grant is $5,920 and this is subject to annual adjustment. The majority of students that receive the full Pell Grant are those that have a household income lower than $60,000. Some students may be eligible for a partial grant.



The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

If you are a student with an exceptional financial need then you will be able to apply for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). You will not be eligible for an FSEOG if you cannot qualify for a Pell Grant. The FSEOG can provide $1,000 to $4,000 a year. Sometimes money can run out and it’s not always available from all campuses.

There are other financial aid options from the government which are:

  • Education Tax Benefits 13%
  • Veterans and Military Student Aid 10%
  • State Aid 8%
  • Federal Loans

Educational Tax Benefits

There are a number of education tax benefits available from the government. Students can claim the benefits through their income tax returns. Some of these benefits relate to textbook expenses and others relate to tuition. Examples of these benefits are:

  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC)
  • Tuition and Fees Deduction
  • Lifetime Learning Tax Credit (LLTC)

The AOTC provides the greatest savings on tax for higher education costs that qualify and there is a limit of 4 years. Student Loan Interest Deduction is another common tax benefit for education and is available for up to $2,500 in interest payments for private and government student loans.

Continuing education students as well as professional, and graduate students often use the LLTC after they have become ineligible for the AOTC.

Veteran and Military Student Aid

If you are a member of the US Armed Forces or a veteran then there is educational aid available from the government:

  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA)
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Student Loan Repayment Program

Family members of active-duty officers and veterans may also be eligible for educational aid. There are a number of requirements that you will need to meet to qualify for veteran and military student aid.

State Aid

There is a state education agency in every state and they usually have at least one financial aid program through a grant or scholarship available to their residents. Some states provide a number of educational financial aid programs.

Southern states usually award financial aid based upon grade point averages and sometimes test scores. East and West coast states normally provide aid on the basis of financial needs. You can find out more about the educational financial aid available in your state by visiting the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).


Free Grant For Alabama Teachers

This is somewhat of a hidden grant for active teachers in the state of Alabama, so if you found this, then more power to you, and I encourage Alabama teachers to apply for this free $1,000 grant that can be used for their students as they see fit. I highly commend all teachers as they are always, over worked, under appreciated, and under-paid, and I wish all teachers the best….

Active teachers that teach in the state of Alabama may apply for this grant, including, high-schools and/or Alabama Universities. Only one entry per teacher may apply for this grant for each calendar year. Even the dean or principal of the school may apply, and may assign the grant to a teacher, or classroom as they see fit.

How do I apply for the free Alabama Teacher grant?

Simple, send email too alabamagrant(at)digitalglobal.com and include the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact email
  • Name of Education Institution
  • Location ie: City, State, etc.
  • Subject you teach

We will accept entries for the free Alabama grant for teachers until the last day of December for each calendar year. We will pull from a random drawing in Jan, and the winner will be drawn, and your institution will be contacted in order to verify your credentials, and the $1,000 free Alabama grant will be sent directly to your institution for the distribution of funds.

As a teacher in Alabama, you may only make one-entry for yourself each calendar year. You may not enter to win the Alabama Grant on behalf of other teachers, or enter multiple times as this will disqualify you from winning the grant for your students. Each teacher must make their own entry, however, you may tell other teachers about this grant, but you can not submit an entry on their behalf.

Deadline: Dec 31th of each calendar year, and winner will be selected In January of each calendar year.

The Alabama Grant For Teachers officially starts Jan 2020

This particular grant is not for individual students. If you are a student looking for a free scholarship, then we be adding Digital Global JV™ Become A Teacher Scholarship in the future for those that plan on becoming a teacher in the future, so check back later….


Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Usually, the award process works in a similar way for all institutions. Students apply to the school and they decide to accept the applicant or not. Some schools will provide merit scholarships and if this is the case then the school will normally decide at the acceptance stage based on test scores and grades.

Normally this process occurs before the school knows if the student is eligible for need-based aid. They will then review the financial aid form and decide whether the student needs assistance or not.

Sometimes a school will be willing to provide additional assistance. In this case, they would usually provide a need-based grant as well as a scholarship. Not all schools provide merit scholarships and financial aid from them is just in the form of grants on a needs basis.

Private Scholarships and Employer Grants

There are other external groups that can award private scholarships:

  • Civic Groups
  • Private Companies
  • Foundations
  • Professional Organizations
  • Religious Groups
  • Charities

A lot of students make the mistake of assuming that a private scholarship will provide the largest source of finance but this is not the case as it is usually around 10%. Most of the time private scholarships only last for a year and usually, the amount is less than $4,000. Students have around a one in eight chance of gaining a private scholarship.

With the more prestigious scholarships, the odds of being successful go out to 1 in 250 or even 1 in 500. If you are an active participant in your community you are more likely to have a better chance. Good writing skills will also improve your chances if there is an essay submission required.

The Problem with Grants and Scholarships

Even if you obtain a grant or a scholarship for your education then this is very unlikely to cover all of the tuition costs. That means that you will still have a sizeable amount to pay for your education.

Most of the time it is a lot more cost-effective to participate in online education than it is to attend a traditional brick and mortar college. Some schools specialize solely in providing online degrees and their costs are a lot lower than a traditional establishment.

These online education establishments do not have to pay for managing vast amounts of land and support staff. So they pass these cost savings on to students in the form of significantly lower tuition fees. Also, there are no traveling expenses involved with online learning.

You can learn more about the benefits of online learning here.

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How Big Business Can Benefit From eLearning

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More and more businesses and organizations of all sizes are embracing e-learning. You will see e-learning used by some of the world’s largest corporations to the newest startup companies. Universities, government agencies, and nonprofits also use it extensively.

The reason that large and small businesses have implemented e-learning is because of these three very important reasons:

  1. It enhances productivity
  2. It saves money in the long term
  3. It helps to increase revenues

So if your business is not currently embracing e-learning then isn’t it time that it did? Yes, you will need to make an initial investment in e-learning, but it will not take long for the increased productivity, cost savings and increased revenues to pay for this many times over.

When you employ people it is essential that they are efficiently trained and up to date with all of the changes that affect your business both internally and externally. Conventional training is very expensive, and when you implement e-learning you will save a significant amount on your training costs.

Computer giant IBM certainly believes in e-learning and the value of training. They produced a white paper which took an in-depth look at the return on investment in training and skills development. Most of the focus of this white paper is around training and development in IT. After making the transition to e-learning IBM saved around $200 million.

The major findings were as follows:

  • Increasing team skills helps to achieve objectives 90% more often
  • The rollout of new products happens 22% quicker
  • Well trained teams save companies around $70,000 a year with a productivity increase of 10%

The statistics for eLearning are mind-blowing. According to Forbes by 2025 the e-learning market is estimated to be worth $325 billion. Back in 2017 around 77% of corporations in the United States were using e-learning, and in the same year, 67% of companies in the US that offered e-learning made it available for smartphones.

Studies have shown that the retention rates with e-learning increase from 25% to 60%. Contrast that with face to face learning methods where the average retention rate is between 8% and 10%. Students feel more in control with e-learning, and if they forget something taught then it is easy for them to revisit the training material.

There are several other benefits of e-learning that we will examine in detail here. Cost savings are certainly a major benefit, but there are some other significant advantages to embracing e-learning which we will explain below.

Online Learning is Convenient and Accessible any time

With online learning, you will be providing a valuable resource to all of your personnel that they can access at any time and from any location. All they need to access your e-learning system is a computer, smartphone or tablet and then enter their login credentials and they are good to go.

What could be better than providing your employees access to your e-learning system so that they can learn:

  • From their desk
  • In the comfort of their own home
  • On the train
  • On the bus
  • On an airplane
  • As a passenger in a car
  • On the go anywhere

People are all different and some will learn better in the mornings, some in the afternoon and others in the evening or at night. So you can let people choose the time when they will be the most retentive and benefit most from the training if they can have access to it whenever it suits them best.

One of the great things about online learning is that people can choose when they want to learn. There are no hard and fast rules for all employees having to learn at the same time. People lead busy lives these days and being able to choose where and when they learn is a real modern-day advantage.

Online Courses are Cost-Effective

Once you have set up your online courses in your e-learning system then you will definitely save money over the longer term. Consider the alternative here. To train your employees with conventional classroom-based training courses you could face the following costs:

  • The cost of the trainers
  • The cost of the training materials
  • The hiring of a suitable venue
  • Lost production time due to employees attending the class
  • Travel expenses
  • Catering expenses

Once you have an established training course online you can easily update it without spending a lot of time and money. It is a lot easier to provide the training to a large number of people when it is online rather than have them attend a classroom training environment.

You can also save money by training your new hires faster. With e-learning, it is easy to set up induction training which informs newcomers about the structure of the company, the important clients and the departments that exist. This is much more efficient than having new recruits attend classroom training sessions and saves money on resources.

It is important for all new employees to have a training map which shows where they need to go rather than take the risk of them getting lost in the process. You can customize your e-learning system by grade so that somebody new in a particular grade knows exactly the training they need to undertake and by when.

A lot of organizations set up an internal “wiki” as part of their e-learning system. This helps new and existing employees discover more information about the company and its objectives. You can also use your e-learning system as the place to keep important resources such as procedures, tools and important advice.

It is difficult for team managers to release members of their team to attend physical classes and still maintain business as usual and meet their targets. By setting individuals a time limit to consume online courses it is a lot easier to maintain day to day operations. Individuals can consume training when it suits the needs of the business.


With Online Education you can cater to Different Learning Styles

With Online Education you can cater to Different Learning Styles

Different people learn most effectively in different ways. There are some people that prefer to learn by watching videos, others like to read the text and make notes and some will need to immerse themselves into realistic situations so that they can test their learning and practice what they have learned.

You have a number of different options available to you to provide e-learning that is acceptable to all. It is all about engagement and you can use the following content types to mix it up and cater to the different learning styles of your employees:

  • Text and notes
  • Images
  • Training videos
  • Games
  • Infographics

You can also add an interactive element to your online education to increase engagement. By using case studies where employees have to submit their answers to how they will deal with a specific situation, to quizzes that test the amount of understanding of the topic, you will make the education more fun and effective.

Self Paced Online Classes

Online classes allow everyone to learn at their own pace. If you get a group of employees together they are not going to have the same levels of skill, knowledge, and experience. But in a traditional classroom setting, there is an expectation that everyone will learn the same amount in the allotted time.

This is not a realistic expectation as some of your people will learn a lot more quickly than others. If an employee already knows a lot about a subject then they will be wasting a lot of time if they have to sit through a class that repeats what they already know.

With an e-learning system, all employees have the freedom to make mistakes and fail. In a high-pressure classroom setting, this is something that all attendees want to avoid. But the reality is that learning often involves failure and it is much better to fail with online training rather than in front of a class full of others.

With this “failure freedom” comes the opportunity to experiment with new ideas. Although online training will tell employees the way to do something it doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. In a classroom, there are time pressures to learn everything in a specific period and not a lot of thinking time. These issues don’t exist with e-learning.

With online classes, an employee can choose to skip sections that they are already familiar with. For people that don’t have this knowledge, they can go through it at their own pace. There is never a situation where a slow learner is holding up the whole class because they need to go over something a few times before they understand it fully.

When you Teach Online you can Measure the Effectiveness

When you choose to teach online you can measure the effectiveness of your training. Every business or organization needs to know how effective their training is and this is not always easy to do with conventional classroom training.

If you want to achieve your goals and objectives then you stand a much greater chance of doing this when you have well-trained employees. Investing in your people should always provide you with a measurable return.

It is a lot easier to measure the effectiveness of your training when you teach online. You can put all kinds of measurements in place and then pull off data regularly to see how effective your training is. You could certainly measure the following:

  • Levels of engagement
  • Number of people that complete courses
  • Percentage of people that complete courses
  • Grade assessments
  • The average number of courses completed by employees

You can specify what reports you require when you implement your e-learning system and you can create more reports as the system develops. Thinking about the metrics that you need when you teach online is a very good starting place. If you find that a course is not as effective as it should be then you can change aspects of it.


Record Keeping is much Easier with Online Training

Record Keeping is much Easier with Online Training

With online training, it is much easier to keep records and retrieve information than it is with conventional training methods. For the larger organizations, the administrative task with training can be a huge undertaking if they use conventional training practices. For example, they need to know:

  • Which employees have registered for which training?
  • What training courses each employee needs to undertake
  • Which employees are currently on training courses?
  • Which courses have each employee completed?
  • What grades did each employee achieve?

With the old training methods, it is not uncommon for a whole team of administrators to be involved in organizing training methods. This can be a very large overhead if the business employs a lot of people.

With online training, everything is registered and stored within the e-learning system. There is never any requirement to order training materials such as folders, paper and pens and the cost of branding these items. It is also very easy to retrieve individual employee records to see the courses allocated to them and the progress they are making.

A Learning Site brings your Organization into the 21st Century

When you have a learning site within your organization you are matching the expectations of the people that work there. These days everyone had a smartphone or tablet and probably a computer that they use for their work and one at home as well. They are used to using this technology every day and tend to spend a lot of time with these devices.

This all means that your employees are comfortable with this kind of technology so introducing an e-learning system will not be a problem for them. In fact, you will probably find that the vast majority of your workers expect to undergo training in this way.

A learning site is perfect for the 21st century. People like to visit websites for all kinds of reasons so this is a natural progression for them. You will find that your employees will be really keen to access your e-learning system and learn from it. This is vastly different from the expectations people have with attending classroom-based training.


You can make an eCourse Interactive

You can make an eCourse Interactive

It is pretty easy to add interactivity to an ecourse. When people are learning new skills it often requires more than a set of videos or textual notes for them to fully comprehend everything and be able to apply what they have learned.

All kinds of people use e-learning systems for training. Some of these people are senior executives who need to make very important decisions for the future of the organization. Then there are those that need to learn complex skills in a safe environment such as a pilot or a specialized surgeon.

In fact, it doesn’t matter what level a person is in the organization. It is always good to allow them to participate and to test out their newly learned skills. With e-learning, there are different kinds of interactivity that you can add to make the learning experience a lot more realistic for your employees.

Your e-learning system can have the following features:

  • Branching scenarios – here a user can make decisions in a real-life scenario
  • Gamification – This is not about playing games but using a game environment for individuals to make decisions safely and learn from the outcomes
  • Simulations – this is where the user experiences a real-life situation such as flying a plane with all of the necessary instruments, etc

It is easy to set up your e-learning system to conform with the 70/20/10 model which is effective for learning and development based on research by the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. The research found that the most effective learning model comprises 70% experience, 20% collaboration with others and 10% formal training.

So how do employees gain the necessary experience which is so fundamental to their development? The best way to do this from a training perspective is practice. You can shape your e-learning system so that it provides your employees with real experiences through simulations that mimic the working environment.

So there are many ways that you can make an ecourse interactive and more realistic for the people learning. You can place them in real-life situations where they have to apply their newly acquired knowledge and they can do this without risk. They will receive feedback about their decision making and the effect that it had on a particular situation.

Add Expert Intervention to Webcourses

You can deliver almost any kind of training by using webcourses but sometimes there is a need for an expert to intervene and provide their support. It is very important that employees using your e-learning system feel that they can reach out to experts that can help them with their training and you can achieve this in a number of ways:

  • You can create a forum where experts will answer questions
  • You can implement question and answer sessions which anyone can access
  • You can create live presentations or webinars that people register for and attend at specific times
  • You can record these live presentations and webinars for people unable to attend to watch later

It is always very comforting to employees to know that they have a way to progress with their training if they run into difficulties. So make sure that in all of your web courses you mention the help that’s available and allow users to access forums, webinars and so on from within the course so they can return to it when they have the answers they need.


Create a Community around your Online Learning Courses

Create a Community around your Online Learning Courses

One of the concerns that a lot of businesses have about implementing online learning courses is that it can be a very lonely experience for their employees. Some people believe that it is like learning things from a book where you are isolated and there is no interaction with peers or anyone else.

There are a number of benefits from bringing people together for training such as the sparking of debate around the subject and participating in discussions that can lead to new ideas and changes to current practices. There is no reason to lose these advantages when you implement an e-learning system.

You can create collaboration between people and build a community around your online learning courses. By enabling features such as live tutorials where many people can attend a webinar and communicate with each other and creating discussion forums where people can meet up and talk about various subjects. These are all good for increased engagement.

With Online Lessons there is Immediate Recognition and Feedback

You can set up your e-learning system so that people taking online lessons can achieve immediate recognition for their efforts. If an employee passes an online course then you can present them with a certificate of merit or level badge straight away. It is also simple to set up a leader board so that people can see where they stand.

When you introduce interactivity to your e-learning system you can provide employees with immediate feedback through the use of branching scenarios and quizzes for example. Employees will be able to see the consequences of their decision making and actions straight away which will help them to improve.

So you can provide immediate recognition and feedback with your online lessons that will not just be valuable for your employees but also for line managers and the business or organization as a whole. With this in place, there is less of a need for managers to provide grading assessments and employees to receive their feedback manually.


Standardize your Training with Online Lectures

Standardize your Training with Online Lectures

Online lectures provide a standard way of learning for your entire organization or business. With a large business or organization spread across the country or even with international offices local training can vary considerably. You can never be sure that all of your employees are receiving the highest standards of training.

With an e-learning system, you do not have these concerns. No matter where in the world your employees are they have access to the same training. You can ensure that the training provided is the very best and that everyone benefits from it.

If you want to provide live online lectures then you can do this knowing that people will receive the same information and advice wherever they are. When you add interactivity and the tools to build communities then people in far off locations will feel more like they are part of a large team all pursuing a common goal.

Your Employees can Learn Online 24/7

By providing the ability to learn online you create the opportunity for all of your employees to consume training around the clock. This is particularly useful if you have employees that work in different time zones across the world. Elearning never closes so it doesn’t matter what time of day people want to learn.

You can also use your e-learning system to provide your employees with access to important resources that they require to perform their jobs properly. Things change often and you can post updates to processes and important documentation for anyone to access at any time.

Your employees can learn online when they are on the go. This is a much better scenario than having to be in a classroom at a specific time. Using a smartphone or tablet device your employees can access the e-learning system when they are moving around. They just need an Internet connection.


By Providing the Best Online Courses you are protecting the Environment

By Providing the Best Online Courses you are protecting the Environment

Do you realize that when you provide the best online courses through your e-learning system you are doing your bit to protect the environment? There was a study conducted by the Open University in the United Kingdom which found that there is an average of 90% less energy consumed when people participate in e-learning.

Not only that but the study also showed that each e-learning student-produced 85% less CO2 emissions than they would have done if they were in a traditional learning environment. This is something that few businesses and organizations will think about but it is a really great benefit of implementing an e-learning system.

So be sure to implement your e-learning system and provide the best online courses so that you can make a contribution to the environment. This is just the icing on the cake when you consider all of the other benefits of e-learning.

eLearning is Scalable and Agile

A good e-learning system can expand as your company or organization does. There is no waiting around for a training course to become available for an employee. All they have to do is login and get started. It is very easy to dovetail your learning and development program into the growth of your business.

A lot of new companies implemented online learning when they were much smaller than they are now. Two great examples of this are Uber and Airbnb. They had all of their training in place right from the start and were able to grow successfully into the giants that they are today.

All organizations have to adapt to rapid change and you need a training and development system that is agile enough to reflect those changes. Businesses often have to contend with lightning-quick changes in the marketplace and conventional training methods are not fast enough to bring everyone that needs to be aware of the changes up to speed.

An e-learning system is very agile and can very quickly take care of the new training requirements of an organization almost in real-time. You can create new online training rapidly and then distribute this to the employees that need to know about the changes. This is essential to stay competitive in the marketplace.



Organizations where eLearning made a real Difference

There is nothing like seeing how well an e-learning system has worked for others to convince you that it is the right investment for your organization. So here we will provide you with the experiences of a number of organizations that decided e-learning was the best way forward for them. There are case studies from:

Pitney Bowes and eLearning

Pitney Bowes specializes in mailing equipment and services and has around 1.5 million customers in more than 100 countries. The company has engineers spread around the globe including 33 cities in the United States, Tokyo, New Dehli, and Hatfield near London in the UK.

Pitney Bowes employs around 14,000 people internationally and their Presort Services team is 4,000 employees strong. People within these teams speak 17 different languages. With such a distributed and complex services team, the company chose an e-learning platform for training its engineers.

The engineering employees, regardless of their location and language, are able to choose the training that is most appropriate for their role in the company. There is interactivity through quizzes where the engineers can test their knowledge.

This has been so effective for the company that now 84% of the Pitney Bowes workforce use e-learning. Their employees believe that is has a positive effect on their jobs especially when they study the e-learning content for 16 hours or more.

Shell and eLearning

When it comes to international companies there are not many bigger than Shell. This huge oil and gas company employs more than 92,000 people in 70 different countries and in 2006 the board took the decision to increase the profitability of the company through improved employee performance.

They created the Shell Open University e-learning system. Within the system, there is a wide range of technical learning, commercial and practical learning tools. Shell employees have unrestricted access to all manner of resources such as:

  • Online courses
  • Webcasts
  • Guides
  • eBooks

Using the e-learning system Shell employees can test their own knowledge and competencies before embarking on any training and after they complete it. It has worked extremely well for the company and its employees.



PayPal and eLearning

PayPal provides a global online payments system used by millions. There are over 100 currencies supported and more than 188 million people use PayPal for their daily banking transactions. PayPal’s revenue continues to rise year on year.

PayPal is committed to e-learning for employee training and uses different platforms to achieve this. This has helped to save time while delivering more effective training for their people. They use a combination of different e-learning techniques such as the gathering of small groups online with an expert teacher.

PayPal believes that its investment in e-learning helps to keep people employed longer and perform their jobs better.

Toyota and eLearning

Toyota is the third-largest seller of vehicles in the world and they have more than 340,000 employees working in 28 different countries. The European arm of Toyota has used e-learning to effectively train more than 18,000 auto technicians since its inception in 2005.

The company upgraded its e-learning system in 2013 so that they could provide continuity in training without the need for re-certification. Their e-learning system now provides training materials for their many distributors and retail outlets in more than 50 countries.

For their certified technicians there are 150 online classes and their e-learning system also provides training for distributors in Asia and Europe that are non-technical.

Crouse Hospital and eLearning

Crouse Hospital has been providing care for the people of central New Your since 1893. It is a nonprofit institution with over 250,000 patients to provide care for every year. The hospital employs more than 2,700 people.

In 2015 Crouse Hospital switched to e-learning because they were concerned about the amount of time that administrators had to spend on the paperwork for the professional development of their employees.

Users of the Crouse Hospital e-learning system can access tailored information related to the healthcare industry. It is now easy for the people responsible to provide training to create courses online, track the progress their students are making and generate the reports that they need.

Operational managers can simply add their team members or remove them from training programs cutting down on bureaucracy. Since implementing their e-learning system the Crouse Hospital has saved a significant amount of time and also enabled its employees to focus more on their jobs.


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Colorado State University and eLearning

 In 2007 the Colorado State University introduced an online campus system called Global Campus. They upgraded this in 2016 to include gamified training strategies for their employees in higher education.

The Global Campus e-learning system provides uniqueness for the employees. With the gamification element, the system is very engaging and this persuades more people to use it. Employees receive rewards for using the e-learning system and it helps to make them more effective in their jobs.

Lyft and eLearning

Lyft is one of the fastest-growing transportation companies that does all of its business through an app to hail rides. One of the biggest problems facing Lyft when it first started was education and training. New people were arriving with different skills and initially, they offered in-person training for half a day but this was ineffective.

So they decided to implement an e-learning system which would help people to learn the required skills. New people use the effective onboarding element of the e-learning system and managers are able to check their progress. This has been very successful for Lyft and they plan future upgrades to their e-learning system.


Your Organization can benefit from eLearning

Your Organization can benefit from eLearning (and so can you)

The examples above show that different organizations in different industries, both public and private, benefited from the implementation and use of an e-learning system. So what sectors can truly benefit from using an e-learning system:

  • Business and corporate training
  • Service companies
  • International organizations
  • Government agencies and other public institutions
  • The education system including universities, colleges, and schools
  • An individual looking for personal development and self-growth

There is no doubt that online education and learning is important for all. Any company or organization that employs people can benefit from implementing e-learning. It is the fastest and most cost-effective way to deliver training to employees on a wide range of issues such as:

  • Changes in the market place
  • New products and services
  • Changes to company policies
  • Changes to procedures and processes
  • Improvements to existing methodologies

There are many opportunities for individuals to use e-learning for their own personal development and growth as well. Elearning opportunities are everywhere online and an individual can use several different websites to learn new skills that will help them to grow such as Udemy.com and Skillshare.com. These websites offer a range of training including:

For an individual, there are some e-learning websites that offer free courses but the best training content will be available at a cost. Usually, the costs are fairly small with Udemy offering high-quality training from around $10.


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Opportunities for Affiliates to Promote Online Learning

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We will provide you with professional affiliate marketing tools that will help to increase your conversions and make more commissions. So don’t miss out on the chance to promote e-learning with Digital Global. Find out more here.

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We can help you with your eLearning Requirements

Are you a business or organization looking to sponsor an online course for your employees? If so we can help you. Maybe you need to provide some corporate training for your people and don’t know the best way to implement this? Well, don’t worry because at Digital Global we have the people and experience to help you with all of your e-learning requirements.

Elearning is an investment in the future. We will help you to provide the highest quality online training for your employees. The training will be engaging and help them to learn quickly. Contact us here today for more details.

Embrace eLearning Today

We have provided you with several benefits of implementing e-learning for your business or organization and we strongly believe that it is the future for increased employee satisfaction and productivity.

Not only is e-learning an effective tool for employee education which helps to increase productivity, but it also provides your people with the motivation to learn more and grow as individuals. Employees, partners, and customers expect everything to be available online these days so implementing an e-learning system keeps you in touch with the 21st century.

Elearning is one of the best investments you can make. We have provided you with a number of real-life examples where large and small organizations have benefited from the introduction of e-learning. It will work for you too.

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Online learning is growing at a significant rate and there is great diversity in the courses available. You now have a greater choice of courses than ever before and the popularity of eLearning will continue to grow.

If you are thinking about enrolling for an online learning course then you need to consider some important things. A very important consideration is the format of the course. There are some online courses that just use email to deliver the content. Others use technology such as voice and video conferencing and some even require mobile devices.

This is what you are likely to need as a minimum to participate in online learning:

  • A computer device such as a laptop, desktop, smartphone or tablet
  • Access to a good Internet connection (high speed recommended)
  • A personal email address
  • An office suite with word processing, slide presentation and spreadsheet applications
  • Webcam
  • Microphone (can be combined with a headset)
  • Drive for CD and DVD

We recommend that use a fairly modern computer and the highest speed Internet access possible. A lot of online courses have a video element these days and if your computer or Internet connection is slow then this will be a disadvantage for you.

If you do not have your own computer equipment then you may be able to use a computer and the Internet at your local library. Find out if you can do this prior to enrolling in an online course.

Some people may own a laptop but not have Internet access at home. If this is the case for you then there are a number of public places now that provide free Internet access via WiFi. Examples of this are coffee shops, shopping malls, train stations and, book stores.



Online Learning FAQ

We have compiled a list for you of the most commonly asked questions about eLearning. If you do not see your question and answer here please contact us here and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.

Q. What are the benefits of online learning?

A. Online learning has a number of benefits for you:

  • No requirement to physically attend a class
  • No travel expenses
  • Learn at your own pace
  • The flexibility to study when you want to
  • Less expensive than traditional courses
  • A large variety of courses
  • Study at home
  • Easier to focus
  • Environmentally friendly

When you enroll for an online course you have the flexibility to learn when you want to and from anywhere that you want. There is no pressure to learn against the clock like there is with a classroom environment. Usually, all you need is a computer or mobile device, an Internet connection an email address and a word processor.

Q. What types of online courses are available?

A. You can learn just about anything online. You can now study for a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree online and there are even some postgraduate and doctorate programs that have an eLearning option.

If you want to learn a new skill then there are many options. There are many online courses available for business and you can learn social media management, digital marketing, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing and much more.

There are plenty of online courses available to learn new skills such as programming, arts and crafts, cooking, health and fitness, self-development, home improvement, management and leadership, computer repair and so much more.

Q. Who can benefit from eLearning?

A. Everybody. No matter what your personal situation is you can benefit from the flexibility and convenience of taking an online course. Here are some examples:

  • Adult learners who have work and family responsibilities
  • People who do not live near a traditional education facility
  • People who are looking for a change of career
  • People that do not have the finances to undertake traditional courses

All you need to undertake an online course is a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection. There is no requirement for you to travel or study at a specific time. If you want to study in the middle of the night you can do that.

Q. How does an online course work?

A. This really depends on the type of course. With academic courses, the structure of the learning will be similar to that of a classroom setup but the material is delivered online. Often a Learning Management System (LMS) delivers the learning materials with links to access additional materials.

Some online courses will just be a series of videos explain how to achieve specific tasks followed up with quizzes and tests to confirm learning objectives. In other cases, a student will need to read text-based materials.

Usually, online courses are broken up into sections where there is a proof of learning element at the end. If you are not sure about something then you will have the opportunity to go back and relearn the material in the section.

Q. Is eLearning right for you?

A. We believe that eLearning and online courses are right for everybody. To see if an online course will be totally right for you to ask yourself these questions:

  • Can I motivate myself to work and complete the course?
  • Do I like learning on my own?
  • Do I have the discipline to schedule the time required for the online course?
  • Do I have the basic skills to use a computer such as browsing the Internet, using email and a word processor?
  • Can I learn successfully outside of a classroom setup?

If you can honestly answer “yes” to the majority of these questions then an online course is a good option for you. The majority of people are easily able to make the transition from a classroom to online learning.

Q. What can I expect from an online course?

A. If you have never taken an online course before then there are a few things that you can expect:

  • You will probably spend at least the same amount of time learning with an online course as you would a traditional course
  • You have the option to print out any materials if you prefer to do this rather than reading from a screen
  • You are not alone. Help is available from tutors and there could be study groups available.
  • You will need to become familiar with the online tools provided in the course quickly

It is different learning online but most people adapt to it without a problem. There is always online help where you can get assistance with the learning process. If you are comfortable using a computer then you shouldn’t have any difficulties with eLearning.

Q. What is a hybrid class?

A. A hybrid class is a mixture of online learning and face to face learning where you will have to attend a classroom. The amount of time that you will need to spend online or in a classroom will vary from one course to another. Be sure to check this prior to enrolling on the course.

Q. Is online learning cheaper than attending a traditional learning establishment?

A. Yes, it is. The cost of the courses is usually significantly cheaper and you do not have any traveling expenses with online learning. There may be exceptions to this but it is very unlikely. Always check out the cost of any training before you enroll.

There are some online courses that are available free of charge. For a short online course on a specific subject, prices can start from $10. Just browse through the list of online courses and you will see the prices.

Q. How do I enroll for an online course?

A. You will need to register with Digital Global first here. Then go through our range of courses and choose one that you want. You will see the price and payment options. After payment, you can take the course immediately.

Q. How do I access my online course?

A. From your member’s area, you will see a list of the courses that you have paid for. Just click on any one of them and you can then begin the course. If you have already started with a course then you will automatically go to the point where you left off.

Q. How old do I have to be to take an online course?

A. Sometimes there are age restrictions with courses and you will see this indicated. Otherwise, you can take an online course at any age.

Q. How many online courses can I take at once?

A. You can take as many online courses as you like. We would always encourage you to complete each course to get the most from it but there is no limit to the number of online courses that you can take.

Q. Do I need to be available at specific times with an online course?

A. No, you don’t. One of the major benefits of eLearning is that you can study whenever it suits you. In a rare case where there was a requirement to be available at a specific time then you would find this clearly indicated in the course description.

Conclusion

As you can see eLearning and online courses have a number of benefits over traditional learning methods. It is really easy to get started with online lessons and you can learn at your own pace and at a fraction of the cost of attending a learning establishment.

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There is no doubt that the Internet has changed the way that we do things a great deal. Information access and communication are significant benefits and online education is growing. It has opened up the availability of education so that learning is now available for all.

Online Education is in Demand

In 2017 the number of students that enrolled for courses exclusively online grew to 15.4% according to this report from the National Center for Education. This was an increase in 2016 where the rate of exclusively online students was 14.7%. The demand for online education and learning will continue to grow.

According to a January 2018 report,  the market for global online education will see a compound annual growth rate of more than 10% and by 2023 the size of the market will be around US $286 billion. In 2017 the market size was US $159 billion.



What are the Advantages of Online Education and Learning?

Imagine that a student wants to take a course and cannot find a college or university that offers this course. What do they do? Well, they look online for the course. They will be able to take the course regardless of where they are in the world. There are many advantages to online education and learning:

  • You can learn any subject that you want
  • You can do this from the comfort of your own home
  • Employers like to see online courses on your resume
  • You can learn at your own pace
  • The costs are lower than traditional methods of learning
  • It is more flexible and convenient
  • It is easier to concentrate with online learning
  • You can interact with teachers on the Internet
  • You can study part-time while you are working
  • There is a wide range of courses and programs available

Get an Education regardless of your Location

Traditionally people have had to move to another city or state to pursue their education goals. This means that they are away from their loved ones and friends and have the expense of finding accommodation.

In some countries across the world, there are issues that prevent some people from attending traditional colleges for their education. It is hard to believe in this day and age, but in some countries, women cannot attend colleges to get their education.

Online education and learning help to eliminate the barriers and borders preventing some people from obtaining the education that they desire. These social restrictions do not exist with online learning.

People no longer have to move to another city, state or even country to achieve their learning goals. They can experience high-quality education through online learning from home and learn at their own pace.



You can Learn Anything that you want

Let’s be honest here. It can be really tough to get into a prestigious education establishment such as Harvard University or Stanford University or even Oxford University in the UK. People that apply to these institutions will often give up on their education dreams if these institutions don’t accept them.

No such problems exist with online learning. You can access a high-quality online course no matter what your background is. There are no politics involved in online education. You do not have to have a certain amount of money or have the right connections to take any online course that you want.

Online learning covers many subjects. It is not just about providing degree level courses. You can learn just about anything online. Not everyone uses online learning to obtain a degree. There are many courses available for people in the online business world for example such as:

There are a number of specific skill-based courses available as well including:

  • Graphic design (e.g. Adobe Photoshop)
  • Computer programming (e.g. Python, Java)
  • SQL and database creation and management
  • Web design and development
  • Copywriting
  • Search engine optimization

It is also possible to find free online learning courses. Some of these are available from the more prestigious universities as they are behind the premise that education is for all and should be free. Here are some websites that offer free online courses from prestigious learning institutions:

  • EDX.org – offer free online courses by MIT, Harvard, Berkely, and others
  • Coursera.org – provide free online courses from Yale, Stanford, John Hopkins, and others
  • FutureLearn.com – courses from prestigious learning establishments around the world
  • Alison.com – online courses with certificates

Then there are large websites where you can learn virtually anything for free or at a low price:

There are so many choices available that we just can not list them all in this article, and If you want to study for a degree online you can do that. If you want to learn a specific skill such as computer programming this is possible. Whatever you want to learn it is very likely that there will be an online course that you can take.

Comfort, Cost Effectiveness and Flexibility

Some people find the traditional classroom environment motivating as they want to achieve the best results. Other people find this overwhelming and it doesn’t motivate them at all. There are some students that need the discipline of a classroom setting to keep them on track and there are others that are self-motivated and can learn on their own.

When you participate in online learning you can study in the comfort of your own home. If you are finding things a little tough then nobody apart from your online tutor needs to know about it. You will not have the same pressure that the traditional classroom brings to bear.

It is also a lot more comfortable to learn from home. The classroom can get pretty uncomfortable after a while. If you want to lie on your bed and study at home then you can. Your couch at home is likely to be a lot more comfortable than those hard chairs in college.

There is no commuting, moving to another state, paying for accommodation or any other major expenses associated with online learning. Usually, the cost of an online course is significantly less than attending a traditional learning institution.

If you are attending college or university you will need to get up early every day to attend classes. You do not have to do this with online learning. It doesn’t matter what time of day you start your online education. It is a lot more flexible than traditional learning.


Better Concentration and Communication with Tutors

Better Concentration and Communication with Tutors

It is often a lot harder to concentrate on classroom tuition. When a group of friends gets together in a classroom there are always going to be distractions such as people sharing jokes with each other and other things.

Some people are shy and will not want to make a specific point when they are in a classroom setting. They feel inhibited and do not want to look stupid in front of their peers. If a tutor asks a question then it is usually the same people that will answer it.

There are no such inhibitions with online learning. If you don’t understand something or want to make a specific point then you can do this in privacy with your tutor. A lot of people that take online courses feel that they are able to communicate better with their tutors and build a stronger relationship in an online environment.

Online Learning is often more interesting and fun

If you attend a traditional college or university then the tutor can make or break the course. A lot of educators are stern and disciplined and stick to a rigid formula of teaching. They will recommend textbooks and follow these to the letter. This tends to make learning sessions very dull and uninteresting.

With online learning, people can learn new things in a fun and interesting way. A lot of online courses do not follow a textbook learning doctrine and there are all kinds of multimedia and interactive experiences that can make online learning a lot more interesting.



There are no Barriers for Disabled People

If a person has a disability then moving around campus and interacting with different people can be a real challenge. Although there have been a lot of improvements to help disabled people in learning establishments it is not perfect and there are likely to be situations which are a clear disadvantage to disabled people.

With online learning, there are no disadvantages for disabled people. If a person has a learning disability then an online course is often a lot better for them as they can take their time. They can also benefit from watching videos and using other technology-based learning tools.

Benefits of Online Education and Learning for Educators

There is a lot of pressure on traditional learning establishments at the moment and this is not going to go away anytime soon. Costs are rising in universities and colleges because they are spending more on rising tutor salaries, administration costs and expensive technology.

Governments are reducing their support for traditional learning institutions claiming that they cannot subsidize them any longer. The amount of money provided by governments to educational institutions is reducing every year.

In the United States, a number of analysts predict that some colleges will be bankrupt in the next 20 years. Some of the most famous colleges are included in this. To make up for funding shortfalls, colleges and universities pass on any additional costs to their students and in some cases, student fees have risen by 25%. Student debt in the US is at an all-time high.

The business model of traditional educational institutions is also under pressure mainly from technological advances. People no longer have to attend a classroom for their education. All they need is a computer or mobile device and an Internet connection.

One way that colleges and universities have been able to reduce their costs and improve their return on investment is to introduce online learning courses. This has the following advantages:

  • A reduction in overheads (classroom resources and tutor expenses)
  • It is more scalable
  • Meet the needs of employers who are looking for competency skills rather than people with degrees

Colleges and universities need to adapt to the changing needs of employers. They want to see a move away from traditional degree courses to post-secondary education bundles that have a clear connection to careers.

High Demand for Continuing Education

Educators are seeing significant demand for continuing education and retraining due to automation in the workplace reducing the number of jobs and globalization. People that are seeking professional development will find online learning very attractive as they can learn when they have the time.

In the past colleges and universities saw online education as an “add on” to traditional classroom learning. This is not the case anymore. There are millions of searches every month for online learning and there is a lot more choice now.

It is in the interest of colleges and universities to offer high-quality online learning that will provide benefit to students and create a potential financial lifeline. Many have already started to provide online learning courses and are seeing the benefits of doing this.


Online Learning helps Corporations stay ahead

Online Learning helps Corporations stay ahead

We are living in a digital economy and many corporations want their senior executives to make a digital transformation so that they can remain competitive. Technology changes at a very fast pace and companies and other organizations need to keep up with this. Continuous learning is the order of the day.

Online learning provides a very flexible way for companies to ensure that they upskill their people in a scalable manner.  Deloitte is committed to this and has created the Deloitte Leadership Academy which provides their people with access to all kinds of content such as training videos, and provides guide participants and self-assessments to earn badges.

This has been very successful for Deloitte. Many visitors to their learning website return every week and the total number of visitors continues to rise all the time. They have demonstrated the power of online learning for corporations with this initiative.

The Future of Online Learning

The future looks bright for online education. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Online students and tutors can be located anywhere in the world
  • Students learn things that they would never learn in textbooks
  • Online learning is perfect for people that are in full-time employment
  • Companies are looking to upskill their workforce to keep pace with technological change
  • Professionals will use online learning to compete in a digital world

Some people still value a classroom-based learning environment today but many people prefer not to commit to one learning institution for their education. Online learning provides flexibility for people to learn at any time and at their own pace. They can even learn on the go with mobile devices. Online learning is here to stay.

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