There are several challenges facing school today as they work to provide students with the tools and resources needed to be successful. These challenges range from shrinking budgets and costly solutions, to increasing drop-out rates and apathetic students. Here are just some of the major hurdles InnovatED can help you overcome:
• Variable Learning Modalities – In today’s education environment, students are learning in a variety of settings. From the traditional, brick-and-mortar schools to full-time online courses, finding a way to accommodate the needs of a variety of students can be a daunting task.
• Ubiquitous access to education – In today’s “I want it now” society, having a way to allow 24/7 access to student courses is a great benefit to provide to students. Everyone has busy schedules, so allowing students the ability to access classes and content on their own schedules is quickly becoming a necessity.
• Unique Course Offerings – Apart from the core subject areas and classes, many schools and districts may want to offer other unique courses. From AP classes, electives, and foreign language courses to trade courses and dual-enrollment, having a wide selection of courses can give students more options when looking for elective credits.
• Flexible Course Availability – While obtaining a quality education is very important, many students choose to fill their lives with a variety of extracurricular activities. Students are busier than ever with clubs, activities, sports, jobs, volunteer work and numerous other personal commitments. Finding a means of engaging these active youth as well as delivering courses that peak their interest is becoming more difficult.
• Managing Budget Limitations – As funding becomes more and more scarce, finding ways to manage budget limitations can be quite difficult. From increasing personnel to adding services, trying to expand your services without an overburden of cost is an uphill climb.
• Maximizing Current Spend – Educators are inundated by demands for unique programs to support the individual learners within their schools. There are programs for the teen mothers, gifted students, at-risk students, students with special learning needs, suspended students, and the list can go on. An individual program to meet the needs of each of these types of learners can put a serious strain on school budgets.
• Create Additional Revenue Streams – Finding a way to increase revenue is a high priority for many schools. Trying to provide educational opportunities to students in a variety of situations could increase and create additional revenue streams, but the ability to reach students that are not currently on campus may not be readily available.
• Strengthen Institution Brand – As it is with every company and institution, developing a strong brand is vital to overall success. There are an increasing number of educational institutions that are willing to offer students an education. That means there is an increasing number of competitors for limited dollars. It is important to build awareness of the quality services and education experiences that you provide, and establish a sense of trust and confidence in your institution.
• Faculty Resources & Coverage – As budgets become smaller, many schools and districts find themselves without the resources and coverage needed to accommodate their students. High teacher-to-student ratios can lead to overcrowded classes and high teacher workloads.
• Revolutionizing the Learning Environment – Technology is quickly becoming an important part of our lives. From cell phones to computers, the internet to instant messaging, technology is a part of every aspect of our day-to-day activities. Embracing these new technologies and incorporating them in the classroom is essential in today’s realm of education.