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Matt James

August 31, 2016

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 fewer classes, automatically, and it’s launching today!

The secret to canceling fewer classes

There’s a tried and true method used by great programs to cancel fewer classes: make sure everyone knows when a class is in danger of cancellation. And it makes sense — no one is interested in seeing a class cancel, so the more people who know it’s a possibility, the more people are working to make sure it doesn’t happen.

But, the trick is, it’s super time consuming for you and your team to stay on top of this. Not only do you have to weed through all your upcoming classes looking for ones with lower enrollment, but you actually have to do it pretty regularly too just to make sure you’ve got the latest information. And that’s just the first step. Once you have a list made, then you need to reach out to each class’s greatest evangelists — its instructor and students — asking them to spread the word. Not to mention, of course, that you’ll probably want to do some promotion yourself as well.

It’s lots of work, and there’s just not enough time. At least that used to be the case, but not anymore!

Automatic Notifications

Now, this entire process can be automatic. We’re adding a brand new feature to CourseStorm that will actively monitor your enrollments and identify classes less than a week out that have yet to reach their minimum enrollment. Not only that, but we’ll also email the instructor and students automatically to keep them in the loop and give them some recommendations about how they might spread the word. And finally, we’ll give your staff the heads-up and send some simple tips for additional promotion.

The result? You’ve now got a group of the most excited people working together to keep this class from canceling and you didn’t have to lift a finger.

Launching Today

As you might have guessed, we’re really excited about this update and can’t wait to see the effect it has on your enrollments. Of course, if you’re interested in the nitty, gritty details, check out the new Help article linked to below and, as always, feel free to email us at support@coursestorm.com with any questions you might have.

Learn more about Enrollment Notifications >

Including previews of the emails sent.

Nobody wants to cancel a class, but doing so doesn’t have to be a disaster. Read our article on How to Cancel a Class Without Upsetting Students so you know when to cancel a class and how to do it. Plus we provide an email template for when you communicate to your students. 

Matt James

Matt has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. As the founder or co-founder of four software companies, he comprehensively understands technology, design, operations, finance, sales, marketing, and customer service. Matt co-founded CourseStorm to connect learners to classes where they can gain education a la carte to enrich their lives through art classes, prepare for a new job, or level up their existing skills.

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