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  1. Best Registration Software for Classes – 9 Options Compared

    If you’re registering students for classes, you need software. But finding the best registration software for classes can be confusing. Every solution has different features and pricing models. Some are customized for specific learners and types of courses, while others seem determined to serve everyone. 

    How do you find the right fit for your program and students? We’ve compared nine of the best registration software solutions to make it easy for you to find the best online signup tool for classes. From adult ed to kids activities, we’ll walk you through available options and features to tell you where each of these solutions shines.

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  2. How Creativity Rules The World: 6 Lessons for Community Ed

    Creativity is the secret to success in any industry, says Maria Brito. She explores this idea in How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas Into Gold. As we read Brito’s insights, we couldn’t help but notice how many of them could apply to arts and community education programs. 

    You may think of creativity as an innate trait, or as something that happens in a flash of inspiration. Brito argues the opposite. She says, “creativity is a series of actions that bring about desired results. The operative word is action — creativity eludes those who sit down and wait for it to come.” 

    So take your first step toward creativity by reading this article. Inspired by Brito’s new book on creativity, we’ll show you six actions education programs can take to be more creative. Plus, we uncover three core skills you can pass on to your students.

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  3. Should Online Classes Be Continued After The Pandemic Ends?

    This pandemic will end. It may not be today or even next month, but the end is coming. Already, some adult, arts, and community education programs have moved back to in-person courses. This shift presents yet another decision point for programs: Should online classes be continued after the pandemic? 

    It might seem like online classes were part of your emergency response strategy and a return to business as usual would mean bringing students back into the classroom. Yet, getting back to normal may not be the right goal. Instead of thinking about online vs in person learning, you might consider how each one supports your learners.

    Here are five reasons you might want to keep online classes, plus how to decide whether online classes should be continued after the pandemic ends.

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  4. 4 Secrets To Help Sell More Arts Education Classes

    You want to reach new audiences with your arts education classes, but you’re not sure how to start. You have a small, dedicated student population, but you’re struggling to reach people outside that circle. It’s like there’s some secret to class marketing that you haven’t unlocked. Are you often wondering, how do I market my art classes? If that sounds familiar, we have good news.

    While working with arts education programs across the country, we’ve uncovered the secrets that can help you sell more classes. These four secrets will help you find more students and convince them to register. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

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  5. 6 Website Security Best Practices For Education Programs

    Your website is the hub of your program. Without it, attracting and registering students would be a lot harder. A secure website doesn’t just keep your program running, it also protects your students and your program’s reputation. Are you wondering, how do I secure my website and information? Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in website security to safeguard your site against bad actors. All you have to do is follow a few website security best practices.

    When students register for classes, you take on a responsibility. They entrust you with their personally identifiable information. At very least, the student’s name and contact information will be stored in your online registration system. Most likely you’ll have payment information as well. 

    In short, there’s really no way to support learners without collecting some sensitive data. That’s why you should discuss these six best practices with your web host to make sure your website stays as secure as possible.

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  6. How to Optimize Class Scheduling To Attract More Learners

    You have a course that’s underperforming. Maybe your whole program isn’t quite reaching its registration goals. Are learners not interested, or might the schedule be to blame? Inconvenient class scheduling can prevent even the most interested student from enrolling.

    Most of the advice on class scheduling is written for colleges and universities. It assumes that students have to take certain classes and are enrolled either full or part time. But enrichment, arts and culture, and adult education programs manage course schedules, too. 

    Enrichment students are different. Most take classes for fun or personal development. If class sessions are inconvenient or hard to access, they just won’t attend. So, you need to attract learners by offering classes on days and times that work for them. Not sure how to optimize your class schedule for non-traditional students? We’ll show you how.

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  7. How to Find Students on LinkedIn: Bright Ideas for Adult Ed

    You may not think of LinkedIn as a place to find students. It’s probably more familiar as a platform to search for jobs or hire a new employee. But, it’s also filled with professionals and job seekers.  

    Both groups are often eager to learn so they can advance their careers. In short, they’re ideal candidates for adult education programs. But how can LinkedIn be used for your adult education program? Making LinkedIn part of your online presence can connect you with these motivated learners. 

    Colleges and universities already use LinkedIn to find students. Many with great success. There’s no reason your adult ed program can’t follow their lead. Even if you’re not a LinkedIn pro, this post will show you how to find students on LinkedIn.

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  8. 5-Minute Crash Course in Instagram for Education Marketing

    You think you might want to try Instagram for education marketing. You’re wondering if and how Instagram can be used for education. You’ve heard that higher education programs are using it. Maybe it will work for community ed, community colleges, arts organizations, camps, and informal education programs like yours, too? There’s just one problem. You don’t really understand how Instagram works.

    Maybe you have a personal account, but you’re no Instagram guru. You follow a few big names and wonder how they do it. The good news is, you don’t need a digital marketing agency or pricey influencer to promote your program on Instagram.

    This article will give you the basics you need to get started on the platform. We’ll show you how to set up your Instagram account. Then we’ll tell you what to share and offer tips on finding your target audience.

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  9. 6 Thoughtful Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

    Your program couldn’t exist without your instructors. You can have the best marketing, the simplest registration system, and the most interesting course offerings, but it’s teachers that make classes possible. In this article, we’ll explore how to celebrate teacher appreciation week to signal appreciation and respect to your teachers. 

    Teacher appreciation week 2022 is May 2nd to the 6th, which makes it a great time to show your instructors how much you appreciate them. Saying thank you is especially important right now. Many instructors have had to navigate new ways of teaching and extra challenges over the last two years.

    Teacher appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Sincerity and thoughtfulness go a long way. We’ve put together a list of ways your adult or community education program or arts program can celebrate teacher appreciation week.

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  10. How to Use Student Groups on Facebook to Boost Connection & Learning

    If you want to improve learner satisfaction and build the community around your program, student groups on Facebook are a good place to start. Not only do they offer a social forum, they also give you a direct line to what students are thinking and talking about. Whether you’re teaching theater or offering Certified Nursing Assistant training, groups can offer students a more positive experience.

    You’re probably already using Facebook for some of your social media marketing. That means you have a business page for your program. Starting a group is an easy next step. But before we show you how to use Facebook groups for students, let’s take a closer look at why you should. 

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