Dementia Care Specialist
As baby boomers age, the population of people suffering from dementia is expected to grow. This course provides essential information and facilitates students’ understanding about neurological diseases that impact cognition and memory as well as practical application of effective skills for supporting people with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from the expertise of dementia care specialists, as do families of people with such conditions. Students come away with increased knowledge of how to care for people with dementia.
Online Learning and Teaching for K-12 Teachers
Designed specifically for K-12 educators, this course shares strategies for integrating online tools into the learning process. Students examine current eTools such as drag-and-drop games, virtual labs and ways in which to incorporate these Web-based materials into their own teaching styles. Optional 1.0 graduate credit for each course is awarded by the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. After students register for this course, they pay an additional fee of just $40 to the University of South Dakota for the awarding and processing of their graduate credit.
Social Media and Online Tools for K-12 Teachers
Social media has become a staple in communications for staying connected and obtaining information. Because many K-12 students already use this technology, it can prove a useful way to engage them in the learning process. This course provides techniques for enhancing students’ educational experience and adding dimension to any class setting through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GoogleDocs, Adobe ConnectNow, Flicker, Animoto, Earth Album, Teacher Tube, blogs and virtual labs.
Generational Learning Styles for K-12 Teachers
Today’s students learn using different styles than generations past. This course offers 20 techniques geared to this generation of students to facilitate the learning process.
Gender in the Classroom
Research indicates that girls and boys learn differently. This course discusses current research data and offers 10 techniques for communicating and educating girls and 10 tips that are specific to boys. Optional 1.0 graduate credit for each course is awarded by the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. After students register for this course, they pay an additional fee of just $40 to the University of South Dakota for the awarding and processing of their graduate credit.
Management and Leadership
Business Research Certificate
Market research and using the most appropriate data facilitate the decision-making process for any organization. This three-course certificate teaches students the skills they need to effectively communicate research results to specific audiences to maximize their business’s impact in the global marketplace. This program is designed for business professionals, entrepreneurs and marketing personnel.
- Introduction to Business Research
This course provides students with specific knowledge for researching and using data, which is important to any decision-making process. Students learn how to effectively communicate research results to superiors as well as use the information to better connect with target audiences and specific customers. The course is broad based and provides a strong foundation for meeting business research needs.
- Business Statistics
From budget projections to inventory tracking, business leaders rely on numbers to make sound financial decisions. Students learn how to make these numbers meaningful in their day-to-day planning and operations in addition to applying and interpreting numbers for real-world business practices.
- Qualitative Business Research
Words prove a powerful source of information that can influence and promote sound business decisions. This course centers on qualitative research methods, a form of research that is more descriptive than traditional quantitative methods, which are grounded in statistics. Research methods such as focus groups and in-depth interviews provide a wealth of knowledge that numbers alone cannot. Students explore these methodologies and how to use the data obtained in this fashion to make sound business decisions.
Business Coaching Certificate
Mentoring and coaching have become staples for improving business leadership and providing employees support. They prove mutually beneficial for employers and employees. Students create and implement coaching and mentoring programs for their workplaces. Critical analysis, program improvement and group dynamics are also among topics discussed.
The Business Plan
Whether someone is starting a business or growing an existing enterprise, business plans serve as the roadmap for achieving organizational goals or securing much-needed funding. In this course, students explore the many aspects and potential hurdles of building a business plan — one step at a time. Students focus on the most critical components of the plan, which enables them to uncover hidden risks and assess business opportunities from marketing, management and financial vantage points.
Using Personality Profiles for Better Work Performance
Understanding personality profiles can increase an employee’s overall effectiveness at work and help people cultivate strong relationships. Students explore their own personalities and improve their communication styles. Students practice conveying their ideas effectively and understanding those who do not share the same style. Course fees cover the cost of students’ DiSC behavioral personality profile assessments and reviews.
Supervisory and Leadership Certificate
The most valuable asset of any business is its employees. Therefore, one of the most important responsibilities of supervisors regards developing efficient teams. Students explore effective delegation strategies, performance evaluations and writing performance reviews. Topics such as supervisors’ roles and responsibilities and strategies for improving their overall effectiveness as leaders are also covered. Students take away practical information along with tips and techniques that can be applied at their jobs immediately.
Management Boot Camp
New supervisors, managers and business leaders can enhance their skills through this course. Students discover effective management techniques for leading their employees. By studying the DiSC personality profile, students create clear expectations and engage and motivate employees, increasing their effectiveness as leaders. By the end of the course, students will manage like pros — quickly and with confidence. Course fees cover the cost of students’ DiSC behavioral personality profile assessments and reviews.
Mobile Marketing and Technology
Designing Successful Webinars
Webinars provide a new way to hold meetings, saving money and reaching more people than traditional in-person meetings. Students investigate ways to use webinars to educate customers, hold staff meetings and train new employees via presentations, virtual seminars and much more. Although the technology is simple, good webinar presentation techniques are critical. Students obtain four key strategies to make their webinars more successful and acquire techniques to better reach their audiences.
Website statistics afford business professionals several key opportunities to increase their profits and drive website traffic. This course, aimed at nontechnical users, takes students through all the key techniques and uses of Google Analytics, a free online tool that is now the world standard in website analytics. Topics include understanding visitor traffic, calculating return on investment for online advertising and drumming up conversions and sales with website visitors.
Cyber Security for Managers
Cyber security is vital for all business functions, ranging from online banking and education, to Facebook and Wi-Fi. This course enables students to obtain up-to-date cyber security techniques. It is designed for nontechnical managers, directors and employees who wish to learn more about threats, vulnerabilities, safeguards, common attacks, viruses, malware and spyware that can impact their organizations. Additional topics include disaster recovery planning, intrusion detection and prevention, basic security architecture, introductory forensics and cyber terrorism.
Video Marketing Certificate
Video marketing is a hot new trend in marketing that enables organizations to tell stories and make connections with audiences. Present research indicates that shoppers who view product videos are 144 percent more likely to add the item to their carts. Videos, when paired with strong search-engine optimization techniques, have a 53 percent higher chance of showing up in Google searches. Students learn how to develop video communications and emotional triggers that cannot be achieved in traditional print advertisements and product descriptions.
Sight, sound and motion are much more compelling than words on a page when communicating with customers. In this course students discover ways to use simple online videos to bond with their viewers, drive traffic to the organization’s website, boost business and build brand awareness. Marketing through Google and YouTube are among topics covered.
Mobile Marketing Certificate
This certificate is relevant for professionals who work in any setting, including companies, nonprofits, government agencies and small businesses. Mobile marketing has taken off; in recent years there have been more purchases of smartphones than desktop computers. Research indicates more Internet searches are taking place on mobile devices. This one-month course provides an introduction to the types of mobile platforms that are available to organizations, including how to design, execute and measure campaign success. Learning is facilitated through voice-over lectures, videos, online readings and ongoing discussions with classmates.
- Introduction to Mobile Marketing
More than half of U.S. consumers who purchased items using their smartphones have done so in response to a mobile marketing message. Smartphone sales exceeded $420 million in 2011. Analysts forecast sales will surpass $1 billion by the end of 2016. The way consumers interact with brands and connect to the world is changing because of mobile devices. This course enables students to examine location-based marketing, mobile payments, QR codes, applications and coupons. Students learn more about mobile marketing to increase their capabilities to retain current customers and gain new ones.
- Creating Cell Phone Apps for Your Business
It seems that nearly everyone is carrying and using smartphones these days. Savvy organizations across the globe are investing in smartphone technology and applications for mobile devices to promote their businesses. This nontechnical course provides students with an overview of building, deploying and marketing smartphone applications across Android, iPhone and Blackberry platforms. It is ideal for business owners and executives who want to understand more about smartphone technology and quickly deploy mobile marketing.
- Advanced Mobile Marketing
This class provides students the knowledge they need to implement mobile marketing plans for their organizations. Topics include proximity marketing, mobile marketing metrics and developing a mobile marketing campaign. Students discover ways to promote their apps on the Web, build landing pages for the apps and learn about advanced tracking. Students walk away with a blueprint for creating guidelines and standards for their mobile marketing efforts as well as measuring its success.
Social Media and Marketing
eMarketing Essentials Certificate
This program conveys the fundamental principles behind search engine optimization and online advertising. Course materials and topics are appropriate for professionals who work in business, corporate, government, nonprofit and general organizational settings. No prior e-marketing experience or expertise is necessary. For more advanced students, instructors can provide additional information on the latest strategies and tactics and answer students’ toughest questions.
- Improving Email Promotions
Students discover new ways to improve their email promotions, including when to email, what to email and testing email copy. Students analyze email response rates and establish benchmarks for open- and click-through rates. This course provides an overview of email promotions with special emphasis on tracking and testing responses.
- Boosting Your Website Traffic
Students acquire basic skills to boost their website traffic, including how to analyze visitor traffic. Among topics explored are using search engine optimization to obtain greater visibility and exposure in Google searches, in addition to redesigning the business website to increase visitors and results.
- Online Advertising
This course offers an overview of online marketing uses and techniques. Students learn how pay-per-click advertising via Google AdWords works. A central focus of the course regards determining appropriate demographics and targeting local audiences. Students will practice and test low-budget AdWord campaigns.
Integrating Social Media in Your Organization
This course relays practical strategies and techniques for integrating social media and marketing communication tools into any organization or business setting. Students create their own private social network using Ning, work socially using Google Docs and calendars and advance their websites to interactive Web 2.0 platforms. The instructor helps students select which social network and tools are right for their situations and then integrate these materials into their organizations.
Facebook for Business: Advanced Skills for Businesses and Organizations
This course teaches students how to adapt their marketing messages to suit the Facebook platform as well as how to integrate Facebook across all marketing areas. Students discover what goes on behind the scenes of various Facebook pages. Tools and proven techniques for increasing business and expanding an organization’s reach are among topics discussed. In addition, students monitor their pages to determine whether or not their message has been seen and customers have acted using the information. This is an advanced class; students must have their own organizational Facebook page and basic knowledge of the platform.
Twitter is a hot social media platform — everyone seems to use it these days. Students obtain insight for creating relationships with their customers and networking with key constituents. The course focuses on the fastest, easiest and most reliable ways to forge successful interactions in the Twitter-verse.
Discover the marketing planning process to clearly delineate the relationship between marketing and media-buying decisions. Students examine marketing functions through case analyses to successfully integrate all elements of the media-buying process. This approach emphasizes the marketing decisions that business owners are most likely to confront when meeting with various media outlets and managing their marketing campaigns.
YouTube for Businesses
YouTube is the second-largest Internet search engine. This course focuses on increasing marketing exposure through the power of video. Students learn what types of videos work best and examine case studies on how other businesses and organizations use YouTube. Students create their own YouTube channels and add captions, annotations and other features.
Social Media for Business Certificate
This certificate program is designed for working professionals employed in business, nonprofit, government and other organizational settings who want to learn more about social media. A new and exciting way to communicate, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn enable organizations to market and serve their customers directly. Students enrolled in the program learn how to harness social networks to develop two-way communications and marketing strategies for their organizations. Whether new to social networks or already involved, students walk away with a greater understanding of social media, its practical applications and ways to integrate the technology into their marketing plans.
- Introduction to Social Media
This course provides an overview of current social media platforms available to users and how each can enhance personal and corporate communications. Students examine how businesses use the top social media websites for communication, customer retention, branding, marketing, market research, needs assessment and serving customers and clients. Furthermore, students consider case studies of what other organizations are doing.
- Marketing Using Social Media
Develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for any organization using social media. The class instructor guides students through the uses of major social networks, including Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging websites. Students learn quick, easy ways to use these platforms to engage their customers and maintain interest in their organizations or businesses. Students discern between the advantages and disadvantages of each website as well as what communication strategies are appropriate for their kind of organization. The instructor is a director of marketing for a national association and writes and speaks on the topic.