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Getting Started with Self-Paced Tutorials

When we launch the Self-Paced Tutorial (SPT) option next month, your students will be able to choose which learning modality — self-paced or instructor-led — works best for them.

If you offer a Fundamentals course that has a SPT counterpart, here’s what you need to know to get started.

How do I find SPT courses?

You will find the SPT counterpart to an instructor-led Fundamentals course with the phrase (Self-Paced Tutorial) in the title listing:


This SPT counterpart looks like a different course, is it?

Not exactly. The content of the SPT counterpart is the same as the instructor-led course, but the learning modalities are different. If a Fundamentals course has both options, students can choose which method is best for them and gain the same knowledge.

How do I add Self-Paced Tutorial courses to my catalog?

You will be alerted when we add more SPT options to our catalog. If you enabled the auto-add feature, these courses will appear in your catalog upon release. If you manually add courses, click “Add to Catalog” to ensure the SPT option is available to your students in the OIC.

Is pricing different?

Default pricing for the SPT counterpart is the same as the instructor-led course it corresponds to. However, you can adjust the price of the SPT in your back end as you see fit.

More information on adding, removing, or changing the price of courses can be found in our Mini OAC Workflows FAQ.

What about accreditation?

If you offer accredited Fundamentals courses, the SPT counterpart will also need accreditation. We have worked with the Project Management Institute, Staff Development for Educators, and ALLEGRA Learning Solutions to get courses accredited in the past, so we can assist you in the process. Please contact our Partner Help Desk for more information.

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Course Discontinuations and Replacements

Success in the workplace requires up-to-date skill sets. To meet this challenge, we regularly retire and replace courses to meet current industry standards.

While the following courses will be retired, our new titles provide industry-recognized certification and better serve workforce demand:

Discontinued on July 12, 2018:

  • Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2017 (Software Included) (GES289) can be replaced with Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 (Software Included), which will launch July 17, 2018.

Discontinued on July 18, 2018:

Discontinued on August 1, 2018:

If you plan to add these new courses to the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), you should apply for approval as soon as possible. If you need more information on the EPTL approval process or funding opportunities, please contact your account manager.

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Exciting new course modalities are coming soon!

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of online continuing education. We know that many of today’s continuing education students need flexibility, so we created a new learning modality to fit into their busy lives.

This summer, we’re adding a Self-Paced Tutorial (SPT) counterpart to many courses in our Fundamentals catalog. Students can select the SPT option in lieu of the traditional instructor-led method and complete the course on their own schedule.

We also created some brand-new courses that will use the Self-Paced Tutorial module exclusively, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!

What makes the Self-Paced Tutorial option different?

The content of the Fundamentals course and its STP counterpart are the same, but the new STP version offers greater flexibility to your students. Here is how:

Self-Paced Tutorial Instructor-Led Course
  1. All content is made available to students immediately after they register
  2. Students can work through the content at their own speed within the course term
  3. Course must be completed in three months
  4. Students can start the course any time.
  1. Content is released one module at a time throughout the course term
  2. Students learn on an instructor-led track that follows biweekly lesson plans
  3. Course must be completed in six weeks
  4. Classes have a fixed monthly start date.
This looks familiar, is this a new option?

Yes and no. We piloted the SPT option for a handful of Fundamentals courses, all of which are currently open for enrollment:

  • Explore a Career as an Administrative Assistant
  • Handling Medical Emergencies
  • Introduction to Natural Health and Healing
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach
  • Understanding Adolescents
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search
  • Spanish for Medical Professionals

Feedback for the initial SPT rollout was overwhelmingly positive, so we will extend this option to 120 more courses in three phases and release 75 standalone SPT-only courses.

What does this mean for me?

When a SPT option is available, it will be listed with “Self-Paced Tutorial” in the course title. You can choose to include or exclude the SPT option from your Fundamentals catalog. However, if you choose to offer only the one learning method, your school may not populate in the search results since users will only see schools that offer both modalities.

What’s next?

Stay tuned! We will announce more SPT courses in the coming weeks, as well as demonstrations, best practices, and suggested pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact the Partner Helpdesk:

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Important Changes to our Catalog

Our catalog is constantly changing, but that’s a good thing! Currently, we maintain approximately 800 relevant courses that support some of the market’s most in-demand careers. Read below about how you can supplement the following to-be-discontinued courses and build your continuing education program offerings.

Advanced Career Training:

● Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2017 (Software Included) (GES289)

Intuit no longer produces QuickBooks 2017, so our “software included” course will be retired on July 31, 2018. However, students with previous access to the 2017 software can enroll in Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2017 (GES277). Additionally, Professional Bookkeeping with QuickBooks 2018 (Software Included) will launch in July, so your students can enhance their financial literacy or start an accounting career with the latest bookkeeping software.

● Personal Fitness Trainer (GES115) and Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer (GES105)

In lieu of these two courses, which will be retired on October 8, 2018, our catalog has more comprehensive options to prepare for a personal training career:

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer + Corrective Exercise (GES162) focuses on corrective exercise and assessment, closing with a certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This course also teaches muscle activation and inhibitory techniques, opening career pathways in athletic training and physical therapy.
  • Successful athletes need behind-the-scenes training, so personal trainers with performance enhancement expertise are in high demand. NASM Personal Trainer + Performance Enhancement (GES161) teaches integrated, total-body personal training and concludes with National Academy of Sports Medicine certification, the preferred credential of sports training professionals.

● Introduction to ASP.NET (asp)

ASP.NET will be retired on August 1, 2018, but our catalog has several other computer programming courses that give your students an edge in the digital job market. Courses like Introduction to Java (jab) or Introduction to PHP and MySQL (iph) are ideal for learning a new server-side programming language and building a cutting-edge portfolio.

What Partners Need to Do:

You do not need to take any action as the discontinued course will be removed from your catalog automatically on the above-mentioned dates. If you are not currently offering any courses in either Advanced Career Training or Fundamentals, contact your account manager about expanding your program offerings.

What Enrolled Students Need to Do:

Students currently enrolled in these courses will able to finish the course with no change to the curriculum.

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Certifications and Vouchers

Many of our Advanced Career Training Programs help prepare students to take the certification exam in their field of interest. In addition, an increasing number of our offerings includes the cost of and access to the actual certification exam, in the form of a voucher.


In order to address the skills gap and ensure an educated and skilled workforce, many industries have successfully developed industry-recognized credentials or certifications to better connect individuals to the skills they need to enter into and advance in those industries. Inherent in these skills credentials is the identification of the knowledge, skills and abilities required in jobs within specific sectors and industries. These nationally portable, standards-based, industry-recognized skills credentials benefit labor market needs and end up being a great value to consumers. This approach better aligns education and training to career success.


Certification exam vouchers enable students to save time and money by providing a more streamlined, easy way to take their exam, after their training is complete. These Industry-certifying vouchers are included in an increasing number of courses and our partner schools, 3rd party funding sources, and most importantly students appreciate the all-included package these vouchers courses provide.

Click here to fill out a short form that will help your Account Manager connect with you right away about making sure that you are reaching and serving as much of your community as possible with valuable education opportunities.

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Difference-making Student Services

Advanced Career Training Students Receive Timely, Helpful, and Continuous Support

We pride ourselves on serving your students with the same dedication and professionalism that you provide. Every student receives a dedicated advisor who, along with the facilitator, get to know the students career goals and provides them with tools and strategies to help them succeed.

Advanced Career Training students receive the following support to help them enroll, begin, and finish their course.

  • ADMISSIONS TEAM – Guides potential students, on your behalf, into the course that best fits their interests and goals.
  • STUDENT ADVISORS – Track student progress and proactively reach out to help students who aren’t progressing.
  • VIRTUAL CAREER CENTER – Convenient access to resources for job search, in-demand job statistics, and resumé templates.
  • EMPLOYMENT READINESS – Includes fundamental course training on time management, resume writing, and job search training.

Real Students = Real Service

Complete service

ed2go Student Advisor, Tamara is a sincere, dedicated and extremely helpful person. She has been my one point of contact throughout my program. She understands what it means to invest time and energy going to school, especially when it is done remotely. It’s much harder because you don’t have the luxury of meeting people and discussing issues. She has always been there for me, responding patiently and promptly to my queries and providing her best possible judgement and advice. I can’t imagine having successfully completed this program without her support”.         

~ Ishleen Thomas: Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Student.

If you’re not already, add Advanced Career Training to your catalog

Click here to connect with your Account Manager about adding these courses or to learn more about them.

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Personal Development Courses are Hot

Personal Development is Hot

Everyone wants to be better in some way. In fact, self-improvement in the United States is estimated to be a $9.9 billion industry, and it is expected to continue at an average growth of 5.6% each year through 2022. Personal development encompasses anything from allowing someone to build a new skill to pursuing a passion that inspires them. Things such as; gaining a better sense of life direction, becoming more self-aware, getting motivated, improving effectiveness and focus, increasing resilience to navigate tough situations, and developing more meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

Why Choose to Offer Fundamentals Training with ed2go?

ed2go has more than 300 online Fundamentals courses. Some of these courses are aimed at gaining marketable job skills, while many help people reach their goals of self-improvement mentally, physically and spiritually. You can serve this large and growing need in your community by providing short online Fundamentals courses that include:

  • Decision Making
  • Effective Communication
  • Creative Expression (photography, art, music, writing, blogging)
  • Leadership
  • Health and Fitness (weight loss, training, cooking)
  • Stress Management
  • Relationships (parenting, marriage, co-workers, friends)
  • Wise Investing
  • And many others

Personal development used to be viewed as a negative, or beneath higher-ed, but interest and popularity are changing that misconception. It’s rapidly gaining acceptance as something that all people need to be engaging in, and social sharing of the process of personal development is inspiring more and more people to try some form of it for themselves. Let’s work together to reach more learners than ever before, and help them achieve their goal of being a little bit better tomorrow than they are today.

If you are not already offering Fundamental Courses (ILC) Click here to fill out a short form that will help your Account Manager connect with you right away about making sure that you are reaching and serving as much of your community as possible with valuable education opportunities.

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Complement Programs are Not Competition

Career Training Programs are becoming more popular, and it’s easy to see why.

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Reach More of Your Community

Make sure you are maximizing your enrollments, revenue, and service to your community by offering both our Advanced Career Training Programs and our Fundamentals Courses. Together, these product lines complement each other by filling in gaps in your offerings and providing training lengths that fit students’ needs.

Each product line offers hundreds of online programs, covering a wide range of skills and industries. Offering the widest possible variety of courses and programs is a win for you…and your students. 

  • Fill in gaps by expanding your offerings
  • Pick and choose the programs you want in your catalog
  • Add an additional revenue stream

Click here to fill out a short form that will help your Account Manager connect with you right away about making sure that you are reaching and serving as much of your community as possible with valuable education opportunities.

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7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging Continuing Education Website

7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website

Websites play an ever-increasing role in the importance of our marketing efforts. Our partners indicate that more emphasis is being placed on digital marketing including website design when it comes to where they are choosing to spend their marketing dollars to promote online offerings. In fact, when we conducted our 2016 partner survey, we found that…

  • 5% spent money designing or redesigning the continuing education section of their website in 2016

Most of our partners are currently using a combination of digital marketing strategies, but 34% of nearly all responders indicated keeping their website up-to-date is a highly effective way of marketing continuing education. Online course catalogs and training websites give students immediate access to purchase and begin working on continuing education options when it fits their schedule increasing the likelihood that they will engage and begin working toward their goals.

When we asked our partners how ed2go can best help them in their efforts to market continuing education, over one-fourth of responders said they could use help optimizing their continuing education website. You asked, and we’re delivering with 7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website.

  1. Clearly showcase your online course offerings.

You know the importance marketing plays in the success of an initiative, and your continuing education courses are no different. A great way to feature courses is to utilize promotional banners located throughout your institution’s website as well as within your Continuing Education web page. In fact, ed2go has already created various promotional marketing items including banners for your use. You can access these any time by visiting

  1. Keep the number of clicks as low as possible.

You want to make it as easy as possible for prospective students to access the information they need by keeping the number of clicks to a minimum. Most web design experts agree that any information a user wants to find on your site should be accessible within three clicks. Many of our most successful partners have easy navigation in the header of their homepage directly to their continuing education website.

  1. Include a detailed value proposition on the front page of your continuing education website.

You want to let prospective students know why they should view continuing education as important by letting them know why it is important to your organization. In one or two sentences near the top of your continuing education website homepage, tell them why you’re investing time and money in providing education and training and how you believe it can help them achieve their goals.

  1. Clearly define the steps you want visitors to take on your continuing education site.

If your goal is to effectively provide education and training, and we know it is, you need to create a clear call to action so visitors to your site will understand exactly what you want them to do. Walk them through the course catalog, how to purchase, how to get started in training programs, and the best ways to be successful in online course offerings.

  1. Keep content concise.

You don’t need to include every single detail you’ve ever learned about a course that you offer in your catalog. Simply let visitors know the key objectives and learning outcomes as well as a little relevant information about instructors if applicable. Keep it brief and relevant so as not to overwhelm visitors with details they don’t need. We have even created a universal template of ed2go content you can use to create a successful online Continuing Education page which you can find here:

  1. Use white space to your advantage.

Simple design is often best. You don’t want to overwhelm visitors with too many pictures, videos, menus, and links crowded around the content they are seeking. According to the average user is on a webpage for less than 15 seconds. It is your job give them the information they need as quickly as you can. Give text ample room, so readers can absorb it, make a decision about what to do with it, and move on.

  1. Provide social media icons for easy sharing of information.

We live in a world where everything, and we mean everything, is shared with friends online through social media. This includes courses people may be considering or are already pursuing. Give visitors to your site an easy way to share their experiences with friends and create referrals for your organization by including icons for popular social media sites that will allow users to disseminate information.

There you have it – 7 Best Practices for Creating an Engaging and Usable Continuing Education Website!


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