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The First 24 Hours

It’s been a busy week on the French Riviera. The group arrived at the Nice Côte d’Azur airport on Thursday the fourth, jet-lagged and exhausted, where we met up with the program staff. After meeting our host families and getting some rest, we started the next morning with orientation and a tour of the city hall. There, we got to meet the mayor of St-Laurent-du-Var and learn about the system of government, including the voting process and record-keeping. Our tour guide even took us down into the archives to see documents and maps dating back to right after the French revolution.

That afternoon, we finished orientation with games and a spoken French test to determine our level. There are two classes- a beginner to intermediate one and an intermediate to advanced. Our teachers, Camille and Sara, are both lovely people and absolutely committed to helping us learn the language.

Villefranche-sur-Mer

The next day we took the train to Villefranche-sur-Mer, where we snorkeled and learned about the plants and animals of the Mediterranean. Our knowledgeable guide showed us baby octopi, starfish and sea anemones. Afterward, we ate lunch on the beach and swam some more. We spent the afternoon exploring the narrow streets and steep hills of Villefranche, shopping, and buying coffee and gelato. Some of us went into the church in Villefranche or discovered some caves in the side of the hill.

After eating dinner with our host families, we went to the Fête de la Saint-Pierre on the beach in Cagnes-sur-Mer, where we watched the traditional celebration. There was a parade with music and dancers and the symbolic burning of a boat on the beach. La Fête de la Saint-Pierre is a festival honoring Saint Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen.

Monaco & Eze

Sunday, we joined the group staying in Nice for a trip to Monaco. We took a bus over the Moyenne Corniche, a winding road through the cliffs and hills over the Riviera. In Monaco, part of the group took a tour of the palace where the prince of Monaco lives and the others visited the world-renowned Oceanography Museum. We learned about Monaco’s history and government, as well as it’s famous residents and royalty, like Grace Kelly.

After exploring Monaco we drove to the small village of Eze to visit a perfume factory and walk up to the town. Some students bought lotion or perfume and others picked up souvenirs or jewelry in Eze and Monaco.

Written By:

Addie Maher

2019 St. Laurent du Var Student Ambassador

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Paris is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, bursting with inspiration and romance. As a college student, Paris can be a great place for studying outside of campus. You’ll find cafes on nearly every corner serving some of the best coffee and teas in Europe, cozy atmospheres, and more importantly free Wi-Fi. Bonus points if you find a cafe with outdoor seating so you can people watch and soak up the Parisian culture in between punching keys on your laptop and sipping your espresso.

  1. Dose

This is a great place to open a book and dive into Art History 101. Dose is a small cafe located in Paris’ Latin Quarter that serves incredible coffee and light dishes like croissants, salads, and avocado toast. What I love about Dose is, although tiny, it makes good use of seating and comfort. You can either sit at a table or at a counter that faces a wall of books and magazines with outlets to hook up your computer and sit in solidarity without being bothered. While you’re at the counter don’t forget to help yourself to free water that they call “sexy water” with lemons and other herbs added. There is also plenty of outdoor seating (no outlets, however) where you can study alfresco on a brick paved street and enjoy a cup of caffeine. Another perk is that they are on Instagram so feel free to snap a shot of your latte art and tag @dosedealerdecafe.  Free Wi-Fi is also a plus!

73 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris, France, www.dosedealerdecafe.fr

  1. Strada

This cozy cafe is one of the best places to get some serious studying done. Strada serves organic, small produced coffee from Ethiopia, India, and Brazil which is quite unique in Paris’ Malais district. The cafe has long benches that run along each side of the two walls and table and chairs lined up on each side in front of the bench – so plenty of seating for such a small space. Get there early to secure the best seat in the house – the window seat where you get your own sofa to sit on and the largest table in the cafe. The menu is perfect for morning studying with freshly baked bread and onto lunch with the best croque madame you’ll ever have. There is free Wi-Fi, however, take note that on weekends Strada is in full brunch mode so they do not allow laptops.

94 rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France, www.stradacafe.fr

  1. Matamata Coffee Bar

When the outside window has the words “Free Wi-Fi Inside – Work Fun”, you know this is the perfect place for studying. Matamata Coffee Bar is located in the Montorgueil neighborhood, the heart of Paris close to the Louvre and is definitely one of the more modern cafes in the city, complete with hipster baristas. There is plenty of small table seating indoors (very limited seating outdoors) and a full basement with even more seating downstairs. Whether you are into lattes, flat whites, or cold brew coffee, Matamata has an extensive coffee menu inspired by the coffees of Australia — best described as strong and dark. Free infused water is offered. The best bets for food are the crowd-pleasing carrot cake and the avocado toast.

58 rue d Argout, 75002 Paris, France, www.matamatacoffee.com

  1. Kozy Salon Urbain

This small cafe (see a trend here?) has some of the most affordable coffee in Paris which puts a little ease on the wallet during a long studying session. It’s plush and comfy seating is almost as comforting as that Iced Latte on a hot Paris summer day. There is single-table seating along the outside of the cafe which is centrally located about a ten-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, but away from the chaotic tourist scene. For those with a restricted diet, Kozy offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free options. They are famous for their quiche and pain au chocolat. The Caramel Cortado and the Mocha Blanc are good bets for coffee. The Dirty Chai latte is one of my faves.

79 avenue Bosquet, 75007 Paris, France, www.kozy.fr

  1. KB CafeShop

KB Cafeshop can be most compared to a quaint and urban coffee shop in Seattle (say Starbucks), but in the Pigalle neighborhood of Paris, less than a half mile from Montmartre. It has plenty of outdoor seating that pleasantly looks over a carousel (more beautiful at dusk when it is lit up). The indoor seating is mostly wooden stools and communal tables, but you’ll feel right at home nonetheless because most everyone has their laptops open sipping on a flat white and devouring the carrot cake. The word around town is that KB has some of the fastest internets. That’s a must criterion for any study abroad student. The cozy corners inside the shop are perfect for diving into those advance physics chapters. There are plenty of outlets to charge your devices, especially when you sit at the counter at the front window – love the people watching from behind the glass here. It’s an Australian-run cafe which means – full-bodied and robust coffee! What’s great about KB is that it is frequented by lots of locals, so you’ll find yourself studying in the midst of French students and professionals.

62 rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France, http://www.kbcafeshop.com

Author Bio:

Tiffany Carter is a food and travel writer for magazines, businesses, and colleges like Patrick Henry College. She has studied abroad at England’s Cambridge University. She has traveled to over 15 countries across the globe with her favorites being Italy and Germany. Studying abroad gave her the education and cultural experience as well as knowing which shop has the best gelato and which souvenirs not to waste your money on.

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For most of us, going to college is the first time we leave the family home.  Suddenly, all that stuff you’ve been surrounded with all your life will no longer be there.  Fear not, you will survive without it.  The solution is not to try and take as much of your family home with you as possible.  You do not need to transport the entire contents of your bedroom, leave it where it is, it will still be there when you get back.

If you’ve ever been attracted by the idea of minimalist living, now is the time to put it into practice.  We don’t need most of the stuff we fill our houses with and if you do find that you really need something, there will be shops where you are moving.  In fact, you may find that you can pick up things a lot cheaper in your new location than you can at home.  Whether you are moving into halls or private rented accommodation you are likely to be living in a lot smaller space than you have been used to, so you don’t want to find that you’ve taken so much stuff that there is nowhere to put anything.  Try and find out in advance what equipment is supplied with your accommodation but even if you are not sure still only take the basics, it’s much better to have too little stuff than too much.

It’s also a really bad idea to take your stuff in huge suitcases or trunks, it may seem like a compact way to get everything in mum or dad’s car but once they’ve gone you are stuck with large empty objects which won’t fit under the bed or in a cupboard.  Cardboard boxes which you can recycle afterward are a much better bet.

You definitely need at least one good piece of compact luggage such as a leather holdall or backpack, something which is sturdy, and you can use as a day to day bag to carry your books and laptop.  Initially, you should pack this holdall or backpack with items to get you through the first couple of days while you unpack and get sorted.  That way you won’t have to go rooting through a dozen boxes to find your toothbrush.

Things you will definitely need Documents

This is the stuff you can’t buy in a shop and if you forget it your parents are going to have to post it to you, so collect it all together and keep it in a secure A4 wallet.  You are now joining the world of important paperwork where life is much easier when you know exactly where to lay your hands on that piece of paper.

  • Student Finance documents. There are times when the right money doesn’t appear in your account or it appears late or not at all.  You need to be on the case right away and you need these papers
  • Letter of Acceptance. It probably won’t happen to you but suppose your name doesn’t appear on any lists. This is the document you will need
  • Passport/Driving Licence/Birth Certificate. You don’t need all three, but you do need ID and a bank card isn’t enough
  • Bank details. Especially all that stuff about what to do if your card goes missing and your internet banking details
  • National Insurance card. For when you get that part-time job
  • Accommodation documents. Don’t lose these, you’ll need them to retrieve that hefty deposit
  • Passport photos. Yes, you can get these done at College, it’s just easier to have a bunch with you for things like student ID and railcards, etc
Electronics
  • No, definitely not the big flat screen TV!
  • Laptop and charger. Probably your single most important piece of equipment.  Work, relaxation, and communication
  • Phone and charger
  • Headphones and speaker
  • HDMI cable
  • Hair dryer
Academic materials

You’re going to college so you’re going to need loads of academic stuff, right? Well yes, but not immediately.  You certainly don’t need all those pen pots and mini stapler things that well-meaning aunties gave you.  Some pens, pencils, and highlighters, an A4 pad, but you will be able to buy these things, it is a college, after all.  Of course, you are super keen, and you want to get all the books on the reading list but just hold on a little.  You can’t read them all at once so why don’t you wait and see what last year’s students are selling off, you’ll save a lot of money and their margin notes will give you an alternative perspective on what you are reading

Clothing

Sorry, you can’t take everything in your wardrobe.  You will be returning home periodically, so you don’t have to take four seasons worth of clothing.  Plus, I’m sure they’ll be some vintage shop just around the corner that you can’t resist popping into from time to time.  It’s autumn, heading into winter, you need some warm clothing and you need some waterproof clothing, you need casual clothing, cozy clothing and something a bit dressy.  Think outfits and think ease of cleaning.  There’s no point in taking dry clean only things, not on a student budget.

Kitchen items

There may be a fully equipped kitchen awaiting you, there may be empty drawers.  Take what you would on a camping trip.  Knife, fork, spoon, plate, bowl, mug and maybe a wok if you are not sure about the pots and pans situation.  You may need to eat simply initially but it’s fun buying kitchen items and it makes more sense than doubling up on lots of things.

Bathroom
  • Loo roll
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Cleaning products you can buy when you get there
Bedding
  • One duvet
  • One or two pillows
  • Two sets of bedding. Yes, you could manage with one but it’s much easier with two
And finally
  • A desk lamp
  • Wire coat hangers
  • An umbrella

It’s natural to sometimes wish you had this or that, but you will survive on these items and it’s useful to keep in mind that college is more about getting out and meeting people than having all of your home comforts.

Written by Jamie Rose, owner of MAHI Leather where you can find a great range of leather holdalls and backpacks which are ideal for traveling to and from college.

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Grab your notebook and your camera, because you’re going for a ride… and for studying.

If you have a love for travel and enjoy working with people, a degree in Tourism is just the one for you. These two are the only requirements to fill, while the advantages are plenty. Here are 9 benefits of studying Travel and Tourism to convince you to get on board right now:

1. Tourism is a booming industry

Tourism is a major industry in the service sector, and it is only growing year by year. Global Business Travel Association found that global travel spending is expected to reach $1.6 trillion by 2020. Travel and Tourism offers countless opportunities to pursue career paths in different areas, such as being a guide for high-end travel or outdoor adventures, or in management and event planning.

2. You will get to travel and visit new places.

Obvious as it is, traveling is the biggest incentive to motivate one to join the industry of Travel and Tourism. You’re not to expect traditional classrooms getting such a degree. Rather you’ll learn by doing, that is by taking classes in various locations and meeting people of the industry.

3. It is an industry that pays well

It’s okay to follow the money. A study by the US Travel Association found that Americans whose first job was in an industry related to travel obtained an average career salary of $81,900. Moreover, nearly 40% of workers who began their career in travel reached an annual career salary of more than $100,000.

4. You get to work with people

The tourism industry is all about cultivating relationships and making connections with international people which you will get to meet during both your academic and professional life. You will have the opportunity to get educated on different cultures and customs that you will find handy throughout your career in the tourism industry.

5. You will gain transferable skills

Tourism teaches you about things that are not exclusive to this industry. It touches upon many others, such as Marketing, Conflict Management, Negotiation, Sustainable Business Strategies, Event Planning and many more. Therefore, you’ll gain skills that you can use even if you leave the field.

6. You will grow as a person

Problems and crises can happen when you least expect them in the tourism industry, but that only gives you a challenge. Successful professionals are the ones who know just what to do when problems arise. You’ll also get to do a lot of critical (and creative) thinking so the whole experience will serve as Soft Skills training for you!

7. You can make a difference in the world

If you want to be part of a legacy, then this is the right place to be. Tourism is an industry that has the opportunity to create change, help economies, preserve history/culture, and achieve balance and prosperity for communities. If you study Travel and Tourism, you will get to have courses on Sustainability and learn the positive impacts that mindful traveling can have on society.

8. You will make memories

I’m sure you already know this one. You will meet new people that will leave lasting impressions on you, and you will leave a lasting impression on other people, too. You will make memories which you will treasure all your life and will help enrich the lives of others by creating such experiences that leave lasting impressions.

9. You will have a chance to unleash your creativity

Students of this field are bound to be adventurous and fun. The industry requires and delivers it. This ever-changing field provides the opportunity to use your creativity to enhance travelers’ experiences.

There you have it! Are you convinced yet?

About the author:

Dafina Zymeri is passionate about ongoing, self-motivated and self-paced learning. She writes for Kiwi, which is a restaurant LMS that aims to help restaurant owners train their staff in an easier and more effective way. Moreover, they offer online training courses for different Restaurant services.

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Why does a student leave college before he/she completes a degree?  The simple question stirred the interest of not only scholars, institution, higher education authority but also spouses and students.  According to the survey of the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the cumulative withdrawal of students has reached 24 percent from 2004 to 2014. Only 69 percent of students who enroll in colleges obtain degrees while the rest don’t pursue their studies.

The dilemma is when a student withdraws from the college before completing his degree, they cannot earn back the paid tuition fee that never returns even through employment. Plus, he/she diminishes a lifetime earning as compared to the graduate students. In addition, it is not only the loss of tuition fee for the institution but a  loss of a trained individual and human capital who could have contributed to any workforce and perform his civic duties.

With this shrinking pool of competent students, student retention has become fundamental to accomplish institutional goals for success and growth. The high attrition rate does not only reflect fiscal problems for students but also a symbolic failure of education policies and institution student retention criteria.

With that said, institutions, advisors, and students need to come up with practical solutions to overhaul this aggravating issue. Here, we list some factors affecting student retention and strategies to boost it:

Factors that Affect Student Retention

Factors that affect students’ retention decisions may vary from college to college or institution to institution. It further depends upon age, gender environment, and ethnicity. Some of them are incorporated here.

Background Variables

For students, background variables are of paramount importance and may contribute to their academic decisions. This includes parental support, educational goals, low-class ranks and college curriculum.

Academic Factors

Academic factors also play an inevitable role when it comes to retaining students. Once the student enters college, there are plenty of things that may demotivate him/her about pursuing studies. These factors include interaction with faculty, poor student counseling, lack of campuses resources (college union, library, computers, etc), academic integration and classroom environment.

Social Factors

There is no denying that the campus culture can make a huge difference in creating a prosperous environment for the students. Social involvement, in this regard, is critically important for students to learn collaboratively. If there’s no positive intercultural environment, students may not feel comfortable and secure.

Environmental Factors

These factors include lack of financial resources, family responsibilities and working more than fifteen hours per week.

Psychological Process and Attitude

This is another important aspect that is often overlooked when people accumulate factors of poor student retention. The lack of self-validation, confidence, and study stress can discourage students to continue studies.

How to Retain College Students

The given strategies aim to address the aforementioned issues and can be success secrets for institutions, students and advisors.

Provide Advisors

Evidence presented in the Mansfield University of Pennsylvania suggested that students who get a chance to connect with their advisors in the early stage of their semester become better learners.  However, it is important that advisors meet each student individually and make sure to provide maximum guidance. This will not only help students develop a positive perspective toward the institution but also boost their confidence.

Make Attendance Mandatory

There has to be a proper structure of everything from class schedule to attend. If new students lag behind in even a one-week syllabus, it is enough to lose track and can demotivate them. It heightens the risk of students dropping out or giving up their studies. This is what makes implementing class attendance mandatory from the first day extremely important for retaining potential students. Deans, advisors, retention team and professors may report to parents if a student misses more than three classes consecutively.

Positive Academic Environment

As mentioned earlier, the lack of positive integration is one of the reasons students quit their studies. That is why it is important for campuses to endeavor to create an atmosphere where a student can develop healthy relationships. Creating small communities in the first year will allow students to mingle with each other, demonstrate a positive attitude and get involved in campus activities.

Learning Communities

Tied to the last paragraph, learning communities can be an effective way to allow students to build positive relationships and increase engagement among not only students but also faculty. According to the University of Texas, learning communities also play a role in improving academic achievements.

Social and Academic Support

Hanover Research Consultants highlighted the significance of taking care of learners from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Colleges need to pay special attention to the emotional barriers to low-income learners’ face. The Georgia State Student Success Program also raised the point that these students require extra support to develop academic skills, financial literacy to regain confidence and footing.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the given strategies can be helpful for colleges and institutions to retain students positively.

Sources

Author Bio:

Anne Baron is a highly experienced educator, writer, and copywriter specializing in academic research.  She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with almost 25 years of experience in teaching and academic writing.  She spent a dozen years managing a large college peer-tutoring program and another dozen years in the classroom teaching college students.  She has since retired from teaching and devotes her time and efforts to freelance writing for institutions, businesses, and colleges like Patrick Henry College.

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Are you looking for a 3D printer for your home but do not know what features in a 3D printer will make it an ideal choice for you? Have you browsed through an online store and do not know which 3D printer to opt for and, on the other hand, the many choices left you even more confused?
Nowadays, users who want to buy a 3D printer have an odyssey before them due to the diversity and variety of the catalog available in the market. Whether for home, office or school, the features of those devices vary and the needs of the users depend on the purpose for which they want it, which makes the choice even more difficult.
You will be making an important purchase decision, both regarding the product itself as well as the investment you are going to make. Here, we will talk about some tips to help you make the choice so that the decision to buy a 3D printer becomes a bit simpler.

Identify Your Needs

Before embarking on the journey to purchase a 3D printer, you should ask yourself some questions: what do you want it for? What use you are going to put it to? Is it going to be professional or personal? Will you make intensive use of it? Do you want to print in color? etc. All these questions will help you define exactly what type of printer best suits you.

Make A Budget

Once you have your needs well-defined to know what kind of printer you are looking for, it is best to be very clear about how much money you are willing to invest in it. The prices of a domestic 3D printer are quite different from those of a professional. So, if you invest blindly you may end up with a very expensive printer with features you will hardly ever use. In the same way, buying a printer at a lower level than what you really need can be even worse, since it will be hardly able to meet your expectations.

Know the Most Used Materials

When you research on the subject, you will see that not everything boils down to ABS and PLA, although they may be the most common. Many printers use other types of materials, such as lay brick (texture similar to stone), laywoo-D3 (wood appearance), soft PLA (for flexible objects), nylon (it is reusable) or bend lay (it is transparent). However, it will be necessary to mention here that ABS is one of the most versatile materials and one that works best, while the PLA is made from corn and, therefore, stands out for being ecological.

Check the Printing Speed

3D printers usually have two types of speed: the speed of movement, which marks how quickly the tool head moves without printing between different areas; and the printing speed, which is calculated by looking at the millimeters per second that it is capable of printing. Of course, the type of material you decide to use and the size of the design will also affect the printing speed.

Temperatures

The temperatures of the extruder and the tray must be consistent so that the pressure is gradually released and thus the risk of deformation and delamination is avoided. Another point not to be neglected is the layer fan that allows accelerating the cooling of recently printed areas (except for the first layers to avoid bad adhesion in the tray).

Extrusion system

A single extruder or double extrusion? This choice must be made according to the type of pieces to be printed. For example, double extrusion is suitable for complex parts (which may also need to print support or to print the same piece with different materials).
If the double extrusion is chosen, it is important to make sure that the extruders are retractable to avoid the second nozzle scratching the last layer of the first one affecting the quality of the impression.

Ensures Software Compatibility

The software of the printers is not related to the design (for that, you will have to use specific design programs), but with the preparation of the piece at the time of printing – the position of the object, printing speed or density, among others. Again, you will have to weigh which software is best suited to your needs, since they exist from the most complicated to the simplest. And above all, keep in mind that the software is compatible with the printer you are considering to buy.

Rate the Print Quality

3D printing is divided into layers that are printed on top of each other. The finer each layer is, the more quality and precision the final result will have. Optimal size is at least 0.1mm thick. The print quality is also related to the alignment of the three axes (X, Y, Z) and calibration, among other things. So, you need to watch out for this too when zeroing down on any particular 3D printer depending on how professional and fine you need your 3D printouts to be.

Technical After-Sales Service and Guarantee

The technology of 3D printers is progressing faster and faster, so it is highly recommended that you ensure what type of guarantee the manufacturer offers you, if there is a possibility of acquiring expansion kits, if it includes assistance in case of any problem or if they take care of repairs or replacing defective parts.

In essence, we can say that it is important to do your homework before you finally sign the deal to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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E-learning services are thriving across the globe. It provides an immediate insight into the performance by discovering the strengths and weaknesses of a person in a whole innovative way. It may help to keep progress in a loop by using the real-time and relevant data for empowering the learning and teaching experience. It transforms a person’s intellectual growth and readiness into a focused insight by discovering the exact needs of a person and addresses the problems more efficiently. The ability to cover the distance through multiple locations, multiple learning paths, flexibility, consistency, and collective social interactivity are few of the advantages and scopes of e-learning worldwide.

Since online learning has no specific boundaries, it can also create an exemplary work in corporate sectors for different domains including corporate training and learning. Many of the fortune 500 companies are moving at a fast pace adopting the e-learning tools to enhance their corporate learning and boosting the productivity exponentially. A large number of e-learning platforms launched through MOOCs(Massive Online Open Course-Ware), which helps to get the best courses across the globe within their own comforts. Clearly, e-learning is making its mark in schools and universities through the continuous expansion of the internet and mobile network connectivity for accessing world-class content available any time, any place, and anywhere.

If you too are impressed by the massive capabilities of e-learning platforms, this article will definitely give you an intuition about the top four aspects you can consider while choosing an e-learning platform for your cause. Here are they:

Technical Considerations:

The technology must have a few characteristics for better teaching and learning experiences. The secret to a successful implementation of an e-learning platform is to choose the correct software which satisfies the needs of online learning. The following technological aspects can be used collaboratively to provide successful features to an online teaching platform.

● Programming Languages
● Authoring Tools
● Learning Management Systems
● Learning Content Management Systems

Most of the online learning platforms are based on Java, Javascript, PHP, C#, Node. JS, PEARL for better interactivity and flexibility.

The authoring tools are designed in such a way to overcome the difficulty of instructors for using the programming languages. The learner and instructor need not be thorough about the coding, as the tools are visually oriented. The software helps in taking care of functionality in the background. There are various authoring tools provided by many vendors in the market. These tools can help in creating a lesson or a whole course and give immediate feedback to the learner.

As the authoring tools couldn’t provide long term storage of the performance data, they can not monitor the performance of learners. To tackle this, Learning Management Systems come into the picture, which specifically provides the performance of the multitude of a learner. The instructor and the learner can hold discussions and interactions with many learning activities through an LMS. It also helps to store and deliver documents, images, videos as well as third-party applications. The system can be interactive between faculty and students in a both synchronous and asynchronous manner.

LMS demands high-speed connectivity and bandwidth. The unique features of an LMS include analytics, assignment submission, discussion forum, grading, online calendar and many more. The factors to consider while choosing an LMS include cost, ease of use, appearance, ability to integrate information system with the management system, and a suite of supports(course design, upgrades etc). Adaptability and management are the keys to ensure the future success of an LMS implementation. The LMS should be designed in less bandwidth intensive with a proper educational focus and low cost. The system should be familiar and easy to use, serve as an online classroom with discussion forums.

A Learning Content Management System is a platform that allows creating, manage, host and track digital content with extensive search capabilities. This may include tracking record of videos, images, sound files, and documents. An instructor can find, track, and locate the assigned keywords easily with the system. It specializes in facilitating creation and delivery in the same place. In addition, One can expect detailed analytics through an LCMS.

User-Friendly Interface

The online learning platform needs to be designed and implemented with an amazing browsing experience for the convenience of users. They always want to watch a video in the same manner as they watch it on online platforms like Youtube, and like to fill the online application forms like the general websites. The professional learners and instructors will never use if the UI is difficult to navigate. The software needs to be very simple, efficient and understandable for the learners, instructors as well as for administrators.

Better Comprehension

Regardless of what type of software you are using for the e-learning solutions, the ability, usability, modularity, and accessibility with better understanding are quite necessary. The system should be easy and convenient to use and content should be in a structural manner. Make sure you are comfortable with the adaptability of both the content and the software. The learning technology should offer flexible distribution to access easily.

The whole world is witnessing transformation towards collaborative learning due to the immense benefits of it. Thus we see most of the e-learning platforms are using the tools for chat, online groups, social networks, audio/video conferencing, and social bookmarking for better usability. However, just-in-time learning also helps to access the content for both learner and instructor. The e-Learning platform should be compatible with screen readers for better accessibility, which helps to read the words on the webpage to an individual who is unable to see the text format.

Scalability and Compatibility:

With the ever-increasing fast rate of online learning, the complete software must allow you to create content for all devices. It should have the cross-platform functionality which can help in optimizing the content for different screen sizes with device-specific tweaks. The upsurge of the scalability occurs with the ability to store and reuse pages or even the complete modules, which allows a user to work consistently. The collaboration and features of the review allow team members to work on projects together. It develops ultimate support between the online instructors and learners to persist in the course of study. It is quite difficult to find a completely compatible solution for every LMS in the market, however, selecting a vendor who uses widely recognized e-learning software with specified standards can be most relevant for the situation.

This is quite obvious that the learning can’t be steady in the competitive market as the business atmosphere is changing faster than ever. The entrepreneurs, educators are providing platforms with innovative technical skill sets to reach a lot of customers while adding values every time.

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Kathy Alameda is a content strategist at PinLearn. She develops educational technology plans and online learning strategies for schools, businesses, universities in the USA & other countries. She is also an author and researcher on effective e-learning programs.

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In college, you have the freedom to do pretty much anything you want. As long as you keep up with your classes and do not forget that you are a responsible adult, you are free to explore every option and opportunity. Studying abroad is something that you may have experienced in the past, and if not, we highly recommend it. It has tremendous benefits. Some of them are expected, while others are not. But what you need to remember is that even a semester abroad can change your life. Here is how.

It will boost your confidence

Imagine yourself hundreds or even miles away from your home. Does that make you feel uneasy? It is a natural feeling, but that will only bring the best out of you. How? You will discover that you have new skills, and one of the most important is adaptability. Believe it or not, we are designed to adapt and overcome. Most people are not aware of that because they do not like to get out of their comfort zone. However, a semester abroad will change your perspective on how well you can adapt to new environments, and that will boost your confidence. You will feel empowered.

You get to see the world

Well, at least a part of it. When you are a student, you are as free as you are ever going to get. You do not need to feel fenced when you are an adult, but that is the time when you focus on a career or get busy starting a family. When you are in college, you have the opportunity to see new places and meet new people without having to worry about anything or anyone else. You must take advantage of this period in your life, and seeing the world is one of the items on your to-do list while in college. Not to mention how easy it is. Visas are easy to obtain. And there are countless programs.

Familiarize yourself with another culture

Whenever you travel, you have the opportunity to absorb a new culture. You cannot do that properly on a vacation trip. You need more time for that to happen. But if you study abroad, you get to see real people in real-life situations. That will teach you so many lessons about the country you study in. You will come in contact with so many people that you will not even notice the change a first. The point is that this new knowledge can help you in your future career. Not to mention that it can change your perspective in life a little bit.

It will look amazing on your resume

We cannot talk about studying abroad without mentioning your future career. When your prospective employer sees that you have studied abroad, he or she will be impressed by your dedication to your field of activity. It may sound good in theory, but studying abroad is not easy, and it is definitely not for everyone. By doing it, you show courage and interest, and that looks amazing in a resume.

You will end up with an entirely new network of people

When you study abroad, you will get to meet a lot of new people. Some of them will become your close friends, while others will stay at the acquaintance level. Whatever the case, when you go home, you will have gained a new network of people, and you could say that in the future, you will have international connections. It may not seem such a big deal now, but it can improve your career.

The bottom line is that studying abroad can change your life, and it is always for the better. Even if you decide to not use that experience in your career, you will still have gained new friends and unforgettable memories. So, if you have the opportunity, we highly recommend that you leave the comfort zone and try something new.

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Study skills may come easy for some students. However, for those students that struggle to keep up with term papers, discussions, projects, and all other tasks during a study abroad program is overwhelming. Perhaps, you have tried a system of study skills. Does the feeling of achievement leave you empty? It might be time to evaluate your study skills method. What new strategies help you take action to build concise study skills?

Time-Saving Strategies

Study time is just as valuable as performing well on an exam. So, take time to plan your day and week based on your study abroad program. By merely considering a few steps to schedule a conference or tour, it can save you time in the long run. Most schools display activity programs and events in advance. Take advantage of those times to schedule your classes, extracurricular activities, and healthy habits.

Do digital reminders work better than paper planners? Then, go ahead and jot down those ideas as soon as you come across those events. By keeping track of events and classes, you work around those times to schedule in study times. Although multitasking is counterproductive to your productivity, you might want to organize those time-consuming habits for downtime.

Does the notion of repeatedly checking social media and emails deplete your time? When you are serious about your study time, you need to make choices that are good for you. Besides, those notifications about your friends and family will still be there.

Continuous Breaks Boosts Learning Power

Learning occurs best with minimal distractions. Of course, you do not want a noisy room to disrupt your concentration. Take a moment to evaluate your surroundings. Does your study area offer you a calm environment to focus on your studies? Whether electronic devices are too loud or people persistently interrupting, you need to take control.

Are you not convinced that distractions are costing you brain power? In recent neuroscience research, a team of scientists determined the effect of interruptions potentially lead to a comfortable setting in your brain. When someone has a noisy electronic device next to you as you are studying, your mind will eventually tune out those sounds. However, those noises create a perceived mechanism in your brain. Otherwise, your brain exhausts its power in adjusting to external noises and focusing on what you are learning.

Take time to focus on your studies the first time in a serene place than assimilating to outside noises.

Study Groups as Accountability Partners

While individual studying creates a one-way method of learning, most students benefit when they group with other serious-minded people. Likewise, creating a study group generates life-long friendships and strong networking connections. Realizing your strengths and weaknesses is a vital step in identifying those unique relationships for your study group.

Of course, when seeking a study partner or team, you want accountability, reliability, and integrity. Most students consider a study group as a social past-time. Be aware of those individuals that are not serious. Consider those students in your class serious about making a positive impact on their lives in a study abroad program.

Are there any methods that work for you that are not listed here? Mention them in the comment section. I would love to read them.

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Teaching English abroad is an experience unlike any other. It not only gives you the opportunity to pass a new skill onto others, but there are many things to be learned from the experience itself. You will not only improve your own ability to speak another language, but you will develop professionally as well as personally as you help others to make a real positive step in their lives. Immersing yourself in a new culture is something that many of us only ever dream of and so the opportunity to live and teach in a foreign country is one that shouldn’t be passed up if you have a genuine passion for teaching and self-development.

To help you get a better idea of how you can go about teaching English in a foreign country, we’re detailing some of the most important things you need to know.

Get a TEFL qualification

If you hope to teach English anywhere in the world, you will need a TEFL qualification. TEFL is a course that can be completed entirely online, in class, or if you want to make the best of both worlds, you can do a blended learning TEFL course. The course can take as little as 3 months to complete, and after that, you’ll be ready to start your journey of teaching English. It’s a necessity for anyone planning on teaching English abroad but even if it wasn’t it’s still very worthwhile doing as it will give you the extra confidence and ability to teach English to a non-speaking audience.

Do thorough research

Heading to another part of the world to teach the English language to non-English speakers can take a great amount of courage and determination. Before embarking on your journey, there are a number of things you will need to research thoroughly beforehand. Thankfully, you’ll always have the option to speak to experts or those who have previously taught English abroad, to seek their advice. In fact, TEFL has plenty of expert advisors that you can contact to discuss your options, and it is completely free to do so when taking the course.

It’s always a good idea to take some time to look into the culture of the place in which you will be teaching. It makes sense to familiarise yourself with the country and city of your choice and even to visit as a tourist before committing to moving there to teach. From a practical point of view, this will put you in a better position when it comes to finding a place to rent, where to shop, public transport schedules etc.

Have a realistic timeline

Set yourself a realistic timeline from the moment you begin your course until the moment you arrive in your destination country to begin teaching. There are many steps to consider, like the time it will take for you to complete your course (as mentioned, it can take as little as 3 months but in some cases, depending on your learning style, it could take longer), how long it will take you to land a job, and how soon you can relocate to your destination country to begin working. Pace yourself each step of the way, and make your goals achievable.

Job searching

From the moment you enroll onto your TEFL course, you will be provided with help and support through every step of your journey. The course itself usually includes work experience and this is usually what comes in handy when applying for jobs in the completion of the course. TEFL advisors can even help you to seek jobs in your destination country. As well, there are plenty of online resources to help you land a job before arriving in the country.

Written by Stuart Cooke, blog writer at UniBaggage.com.

The original post is titled A Guide To Teaching English Abroad , and it came from Summer programs for high school students with Abbey Road .

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