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The University of New Hampshire has launched an enterprise event system that comprises many non-credit conferences, camps, and professional development courses into one easy-to-use portal.
Learn for Life caters to adults seeking to sharpen their career skills while also fostering youth development and learning by offering up hundreds of courses, camps, seminars, certificate programs, and conferences. The site has a self-service account system which keeps a complete history of all course registrations, making it easy to track development progress. It also comes complete with its own shopping cart system, and is PCI-compliant, taking the guesswork out of purchasing and invoicing.
The website is a massive collaboration that involved many UNH departments, including the UNH IT Project Management Office, UNH Professional Development & Training, UNH Youth Programs and Summer Camps, Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration, Academic Technology, Research Computing Center (RCC), UNH/USNH IT Enterprise Technology Services, and USNH Finance and the Financial Administration Support Team for Banner Finance Business Processes. Team members from all of these departments took a thoughtful, deliberate approach when choosing a vendor for this website, which is revealed in the end result: a site featuring all of the best UNH has to offer in terms of non-credit development with a user-friendly interface, all in one place.
Paul DeMello is Director for the UNH Project Management Office, and has served on the steering committee for this project. “Learn for life will provide additional streams of revenue through expansion of Professional Development & Training and Youth Programs,” he said. “And in staying true to the Learn for Life mission, provides opportunities for participants to take advantage of credit and degree opportunities that are in alignment with demonstrated fields of interest.”
Ken La Valley, Dean of UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Professional Development & Training, became interested in the Learn for Life platform from its outset due to its ability to pull multiple, similarly categorized resources into one area. “By coming together under one umbrella – Learn for Life - the consumer will have better access to all the programs in the non-degree space and summer youth camps that UNH has to offer,” La Valley said. “There are a variety of benefits to the University. (It provides a) focused vision for centralized marketing for non-degree and professional programs, as well as improved marketing and marketing automation. It also co-brands many programs offered through UNH, creating a more appealing environment for consumers interested in multiple (opportunities) across the University.”
While Learn for Life initially offers spring and summer programs sponsored by UNH Professional Development & Training and UNH Youth Programs and Summer Camps, more UNH departmental offerings will be added in the coming months. Course transfers and drops can also be facilitated through this portal, and a user guide makes navigation a breeze.
“We already have a backlog of people wanting to leverage this platform,” DeMello said. “Early feedback is quite promising.”
For more information and to browse a list of non-credit training opportunities, go to http://learnforlife.unh.edu.