Top 4 LERN forecasts

LERN Forecasts for 2015 premiered at the big LERN conference in Orlando. It is the 20th year for the annual forecast, one of the most sought after reports in the field. From the many forecasts we make about the coming year, four stand out: 1. Blended – – everything. Online technology will help enhance all […]

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Make your slides more visual

Lifelong learning staff can improve teacher presentations and student learning by helping your teachers make their slides more visual. In an advanced intensive daylong workshop, multimedia consultant and expert Diana Howles offered numerous strategies on using words, images and sound in slide presentations at the big LERN conference. Slide presentations do aid in student learning, […]

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New! Digital Library Opens Soon

A new Digital Library will open soon and offer complete access to any and all paid LERN publications, webinars, slide shows and books in the LERN inventory.  For one annual subscription, you and your staff can gain access to all of the paid LERN publications. The new service was announced at the big LERN conference […]

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Your biggest concerns

From a survey of LERN members, here are your three biggest concerns right now. The results were announced at the big LERN conference in Orlando. 1. Low enrollments: 49% 2. Organizational support: 23% 3. Budget reductions: 19%

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The year of the creative

The year 2015 is the year of the creative, LERN President William A. Draves will say in his annual “State of Lifelong Learning” for 2015 in the opening session of the big LERN conference in Orlando, Nov. 21-23. It is the lead point for how you can enhance the success of your program in 2015 […]

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Your 3 biggest weaknesses

From your LERN consultants’ point of view, these are the three biggest weaknesses in lifelong learning programs right now: 1. Cutting back on, or eliminating, the print brochure. 2. Not enough new offerings each year. 3. Lack of data, and analysis of that data. And when we survey you, we find that our concerns are […]

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Last year for Boomers

Generational turnover is taking place over the next 24 months, new LERN research shows. The generational turnover will be a main theme for the annual State of Lifelong Learning talk and written report at the big LERN conference in Orlando Nov. 21-23. Generational ‘transition’ has now become ‘turnover.’ The shift over the next 2 years […]

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Registrations OK

Registrations this year are only slightly better than last fall, according to an exclusive LERN survey of member programs. We’ve seen this pattern for the last five years now.  About 70 percent of you have income up or about the same.  But a worrisome 30 percent of you see it down again. There’s also concerns.  […]

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50th Anniversary of First Free University

For the first few years of LERN’s history, we weren’t called LERN. We were called the Free University Network. And this year is the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement and the first free university. Free universities had an educational philosophy that was regarded as heresy, that “anybody could teach and anybody could learn.” […]

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Keynoter wows crowd

Opening keynoter Delatorro McNeal had the 800 plus crowd on its feet, shouting, and waving their arms in a high energy presentation that kicked off a high energy conference. McNeal also had a 21st century message and medium, telling the people it was not enough to encourage young people to “go to college,” and that […]

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