Universities Reach Large Audiences Through E-Learning

Even small universities can reach large student audiences through online learning programs. Take, for example, the University of Illinois, which has an exemplary online learning program and wants to reach 10,000 new online students by next year, according to a report this week by NPR.

Online Courses Finally Catching On

A fascinating report from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation indicates that more educators are finally catching on to online learning. The study indicates that “Online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments.†To wit:
  • Almost 3.5 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2006 term
  • The 9.7 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.5 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.

Handy CI Tools for Nonprofits and Small Companies

At the Special Libraries Association conference in Denver, CO, last June, I heard the term "competitive intelligence" uttered more than "Who's giving away the free cookies?"

CI, as it's called, is not exactly in James Bond's arena, but even he would agree it’s helpful to know what the competition is up to. It's an imprecise practice that consists of Internet research, networking at events and even eavesdropping in elevators to see what you can learn about similar organizations.

3 Antidotes to Human Stupidity

It's not a question of if it will happen, but when. For me, I lost all my data about two weeks ago when my hard drive melted down. I very nearly lost it all, and had to rebuild quite a bit of data. Thankfully, I have a network of little safety devices that cover up my natural human stupidity. Here are three friendly tools within the grasp of any small business or nonprofit, which will help avert disaster:

Nonprofits Can Be LinkedIn

[This article first appeared in the October issue of the N-TEN newsletter.] Only 10 years ago, social networks were built quite differently. We might pump a few hands at conferences, place a few phone calls or meet people for lunch. A labor-intensive way of expanding the little black book, to be sure, but that's the way everybody did it. Networks lived in brainspace and on slips of paper.

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