GoForth Institute’s President and founder Dr. Leslie Roberts will be presenting at the iSpark innovation and inspiration conference on May 10, 2013. Hosted by the Olds College Faculty Association and the Alberta Business Education Association, iSpark is designed to encourage the integration of technology into the classroom.
We’re excited to be presenting our view of a new educational model that involves making education mobile and meaningful. From there, iSpark is a great conference for those with interest in technology and education.
We’re excited to announce our partnership with Alberta Distance Learning Centre to deliver Canada’s first online, mobile entrepreneurship course for high school students! It’ll be launched in September to Alberta to students in Grades 10-12. They’ll have access to video game mechanics, streaming HD videos – and it’s completely mobile, suitable for desktops, tablets and phones.
Technology – and the ease of access to technology – is changing the way people approach small business training.
We’re entrepreneurs too, so we know all the hurdles small business owners are up against: Lack of time; need for income; friends and family; and the little thing called being a small business owner. We’ve spent a long time and surveyed a lot of small business owners to develop our unique and comprehensive small business training program. Entrepreneurs told us they wanted small business education that was fast, comprehensive and affordable. To us, online learning ticks all those boxes.
Online learning is fast
Our online small business training courses are delivered via streaming HD web video – in just 10 hours total. This means entrepreneurs can study at their own pace, around work and business issues. Because the internet is fluid, online learning modules can be updated more frequently than traditional paper- or classroom-based models. It also responds quickly to the needs and feedback of the community it serves.
Online learning is comprehensive
We teach GoForth’s 100 Essential Small Business Skills™ – yes, all of them – in our 10 hours of web video small business courses. Students can also download supplementary materials, email instructors and watch each module more than once. How does this relate to your last experience of classroom training?
Online learning is affordable
To give you an idea, GoForth Institute’s small business online learning program is just $295, way more than the traditional classroom-based model. Not bad when you consider the convenience aspect is also higher than classroom training – and convenience is something people often pay a premium for.
As you can see, online learning is an educational model that holds many important advantages over classroom training – advantages that entrepreneurs have told us they want. However, some still equate education with the traditional bricks-and-mortar classroom training or with universities and colleges. We feel this is becoming an outdated way of thinking. Online learning is no longer the venue for fly-by-night, get-rich-quick schemes. The new “non-formal education” sector is incorporating new technologies and adapting quickly to make education more accessible to more people.
When it comes to getting well-rounded small business training, what best fits your lifestyle – business courses delivered in a classroom or via online video modules? Entrepreneurs lead busy lives, no matter what stage of entrepreneurship they’re in. Canadian small business courses have traditionally been taught in classrooms, but online learning is becoming more attractive each year.
Is online learning right for you?
A certain blog post by Clive Shepherd has been giving us food for thought lately. The post is titled Online learning is more efficient than face-to-face training – discuss. In it, Shepherd outlines the ways in which he feels online learning is more efficient: it uses fewer resources than face-to-face training, is more conducive to learning at one’s own pace and students don’t waste time or money traveling to a classroom.
At GoForth Institute, we’d heard similar feedback from entrepreneurs themselves. They told us their time and money were valuable to them. They wanted convenience and affordability without sacrificing quality. That’s why GoForth Institute offers online learning for entrepreneurs that can be accessed from any computer – anytime, anywhere. It’s engaging, comprehensive small business education that’s designed for the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
Online learning integrates technology with great education
Personally, we love the thought that something as convenient and inexpensive as online learning exists to make entrepreneurs’ lives easier. We know some people still prefer classroom learning, but for entrepreneurs who are starting a home-based business, live in rural areas or simply don’t want to change out of their pyjamas – we support you!
What do you think – do you prefer web-based training over classroom environments? Do you feel online learning is more efficient? As an entrepreneur, what specific things do you value in online learning? Tell us about your experiences!