When the Federal Government created new educational regulations stating universities must better prepare students for gainful employment, Troy University saw it as a chance to fine-tune its own efforts. With unemployment at record high levels, Troy decided to make internship placement more readily available to all of its students in an effort to help them gain employment after graduation.
Troy already had career centers at each of its four campuses, but an increasing number of students were taking classes online from remote locations without access to the on-campus centers. With roughly half of the student body online, Troy University needed a new solution to help the students find internships prior to graduation. “There was definitely a need for internship placement for the online students,” said Ronnie Creel, director of Education Technology at Troy.
With numerous digital learning content options available to educators, figuring out how and when to get started with adopting and using digital content can seem daunting. Blackboard has invited experts from a variety of fields to participate in BbWorld 2012
to help you navigate this broad content landscape. Instructional designers, faculty and technology decision makers will find these sessions beneficial and enjoyable!
- Alan November, an international and renowned leader in education technology, will push the boundaries on how to improve online teaching and learning in higher education. His wit and humor make him a highly sought after presenter in education forums worldwide.
A few weeks ago, we hosted our first-ever professional colleges and universities Twitter chat (#4profitchat
). During the chat, we learned a lot about trends in learning technology from our guest blogger, Career College Central’s Kevin Kuzma
, and from our outside participants.
Our first question asked Kevin what trends he sees in career colleges that are trying to improve retention rates. His answer? Career colleges should make sure students “don’t feel like a number” by being responsive to student needs, especially through tutoring and academic support, as well as providing encouragement and individualized attention.
Next, we asked what career colleges are doing to enhance the student experience. Our expert predicted that institutions will focus more on job placement and begin adopting technologies students prefer, including mobile: