This month we kick off a series of "Staff Profiles" - introducing you, our reader, to the talent behind Ed4Career. We could think of no better way to start this series than to start with the founders of this company, Dr. Rusty Barrier and Dr. Tricia Seymour. Below is an excerpt from "A Letter from the Founders of Ed4Career", written by Dr. Barrier and Dr. Seymour.
"We believe in the power of education and specifically online education to challenge us and help us grow. We both have PhDs in counseling psychology and understand the need for lifelong learning. We see the best in people and hope that they will always want to grow in both wisdom and knowledge.
We've got the perfect course for you!
Ed4Career’s personal enrichment courses are tailored to meet the needs of those seeking to fulfill a desire for life-long learning. Our new expanded range of courses features an exceptional variety of core subjects, allowing for enrichment of important personal and professional skills.
Structured as four-week seminars and led by Ed4Career's expert instructors, each personal enrichment course focuses on a key topic that's applicable to both personal growth and professional development. Students are able to directly connect and interact with others taking the course, similar to a physical classroom, but with the convenience of being able to access the course from anywhere offering an Internet connection.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave". ~Elmer Davis
July fourth is a time to slow down, take stock and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy every day.
When I was in college, everyone looked forward to winter break. It was a time to hang out with family, reconnect with high school friends, and get some much needed rest after exams. It was also a time to make plans for the upcoming semester; as well as some wonderful memories to sustain me during the spring.
When I began my research for this blog, I found many sites that offered sound advice on things that students could do before resuming their studies in January; suggestions included advising students to:
Consider online courses. Whether for credit or certification – this is a great time to take an online course in a topic that interests you. How about…
I recently learned of a popular children’s book entitled, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. Bucket filling is an easy-to-understand concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad. Even small children can understand that when they do and say things that are kind, caring and respectful, they can fill buckets. They can also easily understand that when they are mean, uncaring or disrespectful, they dip into those buckets and take good feelings away.
"Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life." Brigham Young
We've been very busy at Ed4Career expanding our staff of curriculum designers to help us create the courses we want to add to our catalog. We are also continuously at work redesigning and updating existing courses to ensure that students have the most current information, technologies and textbooks to help them reach their educational and professional goals. We're on the lookout for growing occupations and special needs in the marketplace and aim to deliver courses designed to meet the demands of today's student and the corporate world.
At Ed4Career we hope to set a standard for sustainable education practices. In addition to maintaining environmentally responsible business practices, we promote balanced and healthy living for our staff.
We partner with others who care
By partnering with companies dedicated to maintaining carbon neutral operations, we help reduce our impact on the environment as well as preserve natural resources.
For example, our server company Pair.com has measured, reduced, and offset its company-wide carbon footprint. As of August 1, 2007, all of Pair Networks' operations, including datacenters, support operations, administrative facilities, and employee commutes & business travel are 100% Carbon Neutral.
Dr. Tricia Seymour, Cofounder and COO of Ed4Career, was recently published in Career College Central’s July 2013 Magazine. In the article entitled “Can Online Learning be as Effective as Classroom Learning?” Dr. Seymour highlights the results of a recent poll conducted by Ed4Career among educators and professionals and explores the ongoing debate taking place in academic circles.
To read the complete article, please download Career College Central’s July edition:
June-2013, Davie, FL – I had the pleasure of joining Dr. Tricia Seymour on an eLearning adventure to South Florida recently. We made the four hour drive to attend Articulate’s “How to Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro” two-day workshop presented by Tom Kuhlmann. I’ve watched Tom’s How-To screencasts for years and have learned so much from him. He is a big inspiration to me and I feel he really raises the bar for instructional design.
In addition to sharing some tips and tricks in PowerPoint and Storyline, Tom emphasized the importance of intentional instructional design. Basically, everything that is displayed on a slide should be there for a reason and if it is not accomplishing something, take it off because it is a distraction. He taught that the three basic elements of eLearning are:
1) the content
Each day learn something new, and just as important, relearn something old. ~Robert Brault
For me personally, there is nothing quite like the thrill of learning something new. Whether it’s reading an article, taking a course, or attending a webinar; as soon as I finish, I am always thinking of whom I might share my new knowledge with, or how I might apply the information I’ve learned to my daily life. I also find that when I stretch myself to learn a new technique, I have an amazing sense of accomplishment once I’ve mastered the new task. However, I also understand that things are constantly changing and that one is never completely finished. You may master something today, and very well need to brush up your skills tomorrow.