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  1. The Paradox of Choice

    It’s no secret that here at CourseStorm, we like to make things simple. Take a look at our pricing page, for example. We don’t offer a Silver plan, a Gold plan, and a Platinum plan. There’s just one plan: CourseStorm.

    Why is this so important to us?

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  2. The Power of Boredom

    When’s the last time you remember being truly bored?

    That’s the question Manoush Zomorodi posed to us at the LearnLaunch Conference in Boston last month. Zomorodi, author of Bored and Brilliant, went on to explain that we get our most creative ideas when our mind goes on autopilot—when we’re taking a shower, for example, or driving our car on the way to work. When our brains are allowed to go into default mode, our subconscious makes itself known and makes new connections. In short, boredom unlocks our minds’ creative potential.

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  3. Outgrowing Google Spreadsheets

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: It’s a motto many of us live our lives by. Unfortunately, sometimes we get so used to doing things the same way we’ve always done them that we don’t notice the cracks and tears in the system. Think of that old swelling front door that you have to kick to close or the upstairs toilet that you have to remember to wiggle the lever on to keep the water from running. While this solution works for a while, over time the problem gets worse. At first, you tell yourself that you’ll hire a repairman or look up how to fix it yourself, but you get busy, and then you grow so accustomed to the inconvenience that it can be easy to overlook the fact that it’s costing you time and money.

    The same may be said your current strategy for managing enrollment. It’s working okay–it’s been working for years–but is it still the most efficient, cost-effective solution for your needs? It’s easy to add registrants to a Google spreadsheet at first, but as your program grows, that spreadsheet grows as well. You start to lose track of who has paid and who hasn’t, and what started out as a simple solution has become complicated.Read more

  4. Meet the Team: Rebecca

    Hello ladies and gents!

    I’m Rebecca (or Becca if you’d prefer) and I’ve also just started recently so I thought I’d carry on Brad’s tradition and introduce myself. As I’m more behind the scenes I won’t have the opportunity to interact with you as much as I might like but I will be working tirelessly to make sure your experience is as seamless as possible. I very much enjoy learning about all the wonderful work you’re all doing even if I don’t get to speak to you often.

    I’m CourseStorm’s summer intern this year through the Innovate for Maine program. I’m from Lincoln Maine but I was born in Mass and raised outside of Chicago. I’m a Business Management and Finance double major at the University of Maine with concentrations in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship. This will be my third year at UMO, however, I will be starting my honors thesis in the fall and graduating in the spring.

    I’m a proud graduate of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics, a former state of Maine Intel Award for Excellence in Computer Science recipient, and the current President of the Umaine Miracle Network Dance Marathon (which was able to donate $50,000 to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital last year). In my spare time I’m learning more about coding and representing CourseStorm and Innovate for Maine at events like the Maine Startup and Create Week, which I was honored to attend yesterday.

    I’ve been enjoying working for CourseStorm and helping to make your registrations impossibly simple. I’ve worked on a variety of projects for the company so far including: programming, accessibility evaluations, and future planning. As a lifelong student myself I’m so honored that I can help you spend less time on logistics and more time doing what’s really important, fulfilling your mission as the educators of tomorrow. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to serving your needs as a part of this awesome team. My favorite part of the company is that we grow with you.

    Best,

    Rebecca

  5. Meet the Team: Brad

    Hi everyone,

    I’m Brad Kilbride, the newest member of the Support Team here at CourseStorm. I started at little over a month ago and thought it would be a good idea to make a quick post to introduce myself.

    I was born and raised in Maine and as such I hold some comically stereotypical hobbies such as lobstering, bee keeping and growing blueberries. If I grew potatoes I think even other Mainers would think I’m trying too hard.

    Earlier in my life I was gearing up to be a professional chef but, I ended going a completely different direction and went to the University of Maine Orono to study business management and management information systems. While I never expected to end up in a tech startup, it has certainly been a great change of pace. The people here are talented, charismatic and have created a fantastic work environment. I’m certainly lucky to have landed in such an awesome position right out of college.

    You may have already had a chance to hear my lovely voice over the phone but, if you haven’t, I look forward to meeting all of you and helping you get the most out of CourseStorm.

  6. Why “Mobile-friendly” Class Registration Websites Matter

    The term “mobile-friendly” seems simple and sounds intuitive, yet it’s often confused. In this article, we discuss what it means for a website to be “mobile-friendly,” and why it’s important for your course registration website to be designed with mobile devices in mind.

    Mobile-Friendly Websites are Easier to Use

    If you have a smartphone, you’ve probably visited a website that forced you to zoom in on text to read it, or scroll up-and-down or left-to-right to find information. These websites simply shrink the desktop version of their site so that pages completely fit within the container of the smaller screen. Websites that look this way are NOT mobile friendly; they aren’t easy to use from a smartphone or tablet. Instead, they force the user to work hard to find what he or she needs, often causing frustration or abandonment.Read more

  7. Greenlight Maine

    Here at CourseStorm, we’re very big on spending as much time as possible on helping our customers, whether that be with individual phone and email support, creating new features to make things even easier, or dreaming up our next big concept.  Sometimes we spend so much time in-deep giving each of our customers a great experience that we don’t spend enough time telling everyone what an excellent company we have and what great stuff we’re working on.

    Well, thanks to the wonderful startup and entrepreneurship community in Maine, we’ve been given the chance to tell our story. Read more

  8. Fantastic new email tools built right in

    I hope you’re all doing well and staying warm as we get into the winter season. No doubt many of you are putting in your new catalogs for the coming year or are already taking registrations for your spring classes. We hope that last week’s new catalog management features have been a help there!

    Today, however, we’re announcing a couple of new features that have been in the works for a while and we’re very happy to finally unveil them.

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  9. Easier to organize classes just in time for 2015

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

    We here at CourseStorm have been busier than ever not only with holiday preparations, but also polishing off a few updates that we think will make it even easier to organize your classes just ahead of the January registration season. Today, that’s all about catalogs!

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  10. Mobile registration now available

    In the past month since we’ve written, lots has been going on at CourseStorm and I’m pleased to let you know about our latest update: your catalog now has a fantastic mobile-friendly experience!

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