News & Updates

  1. Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

    Inspiring & Extraordinary Offerings from Around the Country

    Just browsing the fun, practical, completely unlikely possibilities in your local Adult & Community Education brochure makes one thing clear. Program directors in towns and cities around the country relish the opportunity to entertain new, original course ideas from talented community members. We traversed the nation, digitally speaking, to highlight some of the most interesting, inspiring and of-the-moment community education classes you can sign up for right now. Even if you can’t get to Arizona to join a Mariachi band or to Pima to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, this list will at least motivate you to take – or teach – a class in your own hometown.

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  2. Need Job Training? Language Skills? Certification? See You at Adult Ed

    At a time when the skilled labor gap is an economic reality, Adult Education programs are doing the heavy lifting. Successful Adult Education programs play a critical role in our local and national economies. It is as true today as it’s ever been: a strong Adult Education program means a strong community – one that serves the needs of the labor market and the needs of individuals that make up their student population.

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  3. Cancel less classes, automatically.

    Here at CourseStorm HQ, we consider it our job to make it simple for students to connect to those great classes of yours. So, as you might imagine, we’re about as disappointed as anyone when a class has to cancel because there just aren’t enough students registered. It’s not great for you and your team who have worked hard to make the class available, it’s not great for the instructor who’s excited to share their knowledge, and it’s not great for the students who were really looking forward to taking that class!

    Well, thankfully, just in time for Fall registration, we’re adding a brand new way to help you cancel less classes, automatically, and it’s launching today!

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  4. Digital Badging in Maine: Connecting Curiosity with Credentials

    Hi, everyone – Michael here!

    We hope that your August has been as nice as the recent weather in Maine! There’s been a lot going on here at CourseStorm, and we’re excited to share with you all of the updates we’ve been working on.

    In the meantime, before we get into the heart of the fall registration season, we thought it’d be fun and informative to update you about a conference our CEO, Brian, attended in Denver, Colorado – all about reimagining systems that make learning that occurs anytime, anyplace, and at any pace count towards college and career readiness.  

    In this vein of learning anyplace, you may remember a blog post we published a while back in which we discussed the excitement around digital badging as a new way to recognize and reward education.

    In a nutshell, according to LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System) digital badging “is a new way to capture and communicate what an individual knows and can demonstrate.” And what’s arguably most exciting about the badges themselves is the “digital” part: this means that when earned, the badges can be attached to digital signatures, LinkedIn profiles, shared on social media… the possibilities are endless!

    And so, in this post, we’ll be covering how CourseStorm has been supporting digital badge use here in Maine, as well as Brian’s experience at the “Competency-Based Education & Digital Credential Design Convening” in Denver.

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  5. How to Create Certificates of Achievement for your Students

    Hi everyone, Michael here!

    We hope the start to your August has been as nice as the recent weather in Maine! There’s been a lot going on here at CourseStorm and we’ve spoken with many of our education providers who are gearing up for fall registration. Needless to say, we’re excited to share some new developments with you as we get closer to fall registration season.

    In the meantime, we thought a quick tutorial on how to easily create certificates of achievement through CourseStorm would be helpful. We’ve noticed that a question many providers want to know is: how do you create certificates that students can earn after having completed a class? Well, we’re here to show you how!

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  6. Effective Email Marketing Part 3: Crafting the Perfect Email

    Hello all, and welcome to our third and final post in our series on effective email marketing: (See our first and second posts). We’ve recently been enjoying a few beautiful July days here in Maine, and we hope (wherever you’re located), that you’ve been able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, too!  

    Even with this perfect outdoor weather, though, our team has been excited to get you the final installment of our email marketing series. As promised, this post will be all about how to perfect the art of the email.

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  7. Effective Email Marketing Part 2: Creative Tips and Tricks

    Hi, everyone, and welcome back from the long weekend! We here at CourseStorm hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful holiday by ringing in our nation’s Independence Day with loved ones, friends, and some great food; We certainly did!

    But even with long, relaxing weekends, our thoughts here at CourseStorm never stray far from trying to come up with new ways to help you make course registration impossibly simple. And with the summer now in full bloom, we’ve been hard at work, drafting up tips and tricks to help save you time, and grow your enrollments!

    We’d like to formally welcome you, then, to the second post in our effective email marketing series: (see our first post on how to build an email list). In this post we’ll be talking about some creative ways you can leverage your email list: for example, reducing cancellations for classes, increasing enrollments, and even having instructors help get the word out about your offerings.

    Are you ready to hear about the different ways you can add a boost to your programs through email marketing? Let’s dive in!

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  8. Effective Email Marketing: How to Build an Email List

    Hi, everyone! We hope you are having a great (and relaxing) start to June! Here at CourseStorm, we know that you’re busy with your own work — especially as the warmer weather rolls in, and graduation parties need to be planned — but that you’re always looking for simple, cost effective ways to keep in touch with students!

    With simple, and effective communication in mind, we’d like to welcome you to the first post in a 3-part series on how to successfully leverage email marketing! In our experience, email marketing is one of the most effective ways to increase enrollment and build your program. Here’s why: Read more

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