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December 2021

Top Story of the Year

Employers across North America are grappling with forcing workers back to the office.
The issue has now hit your institution.
It's the #1 Top Story of the Year 2021 in lifelong learning. 

It doesn't matter what your boss says, or did.
1.People who work from home are 25% more productive than people who work in an office.
2.Younger generations will continue to want to work from home.
3.Taxpayers will eventually not want to spend 25% more in taxes to support you being less productive in an office, plus paying for all that wasted space and pollution.

Work from home-or-office is not a short term issue.
It's going to be here long after your boss is gone.
Thanks for your work and contributions to your community in 2021. 



#2 Live Online New Format

Overnight, Live Online was created last year for the field.
This year, it was made permanent.
It's the #2 Top Story of 2021 in lifelong learning. 

Leading edge programs created new markets using the Live Online delivery format. One programmer pioneered a whole new classroom design for in-person and Live Online simultaneous classes. 

Tomorrow: #1 The Home-Office Dilemma Hits You


#3 You Create Amazing Virtual Conference Format

You did it. You created a whole new conference format.
For the 21st century and the field of lifelong learning and continuing education.
It's the #3 Top Story of 2021 for lifelong learning.

Your interactivity, your engagement, your attendance - - and your comments, chat, questions - - that's what made LERN's new Virtual Conference format so successful.
As we bring back an in-person networking conference, we will keep the Virtual Conference.
Tomorrow: #2 Live Online New Delivery


#4 The New Era is Confirmed

The New Era of Online Learning for the field of lifelong learning and continuing education is now confirmed.
No program will go back to 100%  in-person classes and remain successful in this century.
It's the #4 Top Story of 2021 in lifelong learning.

In 1924 the old way of adults learning - - chautauqua's - - collapsed as people chose 20 century inventions like radio, movies and then television. Today, the new 21st century invention is online learning. 

Many of the best lifelong learning programs are reporting success with online learning. Yes, in-person classes are returning. Yes, online classes are here to stay.
Tomorrow:  #3 You Create Amazing Virtual Conference Format


#5 Young Generations Love Print

This was the year the young generations, both Gen Y and Gen Z, proved with dollars they love print.
It's the #5 Top Story of the Year 2021 in lifelong learning.

*Gen Y drove up sales of print magazines.
*Multinational online companies (Amazon, PayPal, etc.) started producing print catalogs.
*Student government officials confirmed college students prefer hard copy textbooks.
*More kids report enjoy getting a letter.
And more. 
THE BIG OUTCOME: Young generations love your print brochure.
Young people register more often, and register for higher priced classes, than people who do not receive your print brochure.
Tomorrow #4 The New Era is confirmed.

 


#6 Your Classes Helped Society in the Pandemic

Do NOT underestimate what you and your program do for your community.
Your classes helped society in the pandemic bigtime.
It's the #6 Top Story of the Year 2021 in lifelong learning. 

"Every class is a wellness class"  LERN's Julie Coates said during the first year of the pandemic. 
Some of you had special events, outdoor festivals, outdoor egg or holiday hunts.
Some of you switched overnight to offer Live Online classes.
Every one of you offered classes.  Every one of you, and your program, helped - - big time.
Tomorrow: #5 Young People Love Print 

 


#7 LERN Saves the Print Brochure and Field Again!

This year  Senior Vice President Julie Coates and her LERN team saved the print brochure and field once again!
In October she produced devastating data and reports of plunging registrations without the print brochure in the U.S. 
It's the #7 Top Story of the Year 2021 in the field.

Some 26-29% of programs (two surveys, both numbers within the margin of error) are hopefully the peak and the tide has turned back towards the vast majority of programs producing a print brochure. 

It's the second straight year that programs without a print brochure saw registrations and income 20% to 40% below that of programs with a print brochure.   For U.S. programs, the print brochure generates 70% of the registrations. 
Tomorrow: #6 Your Classes Helped Society in the Pandemic


#8 For Profits Damage Your Program

For Profits are damaging your program, and your institution. 
It's the #8 Top Story of the Year 2021 in lifelong learning.
There's a reason nonprofits were created by society to provide lifelong learning and continuing education.
The reason: you serve everyone. Every sector, maybe even foremost the business sector, of your community benefits.

For Profits are required to think only about Profit, not you, not your community.
For Profits are good at many things, like hotels, airlines, furniture..... They are awful at providing learning.
Short term the game is for them to try to use your nonprofit postage rates, name, and partnership to generate profit and multi-millionaires. Long term the game is for them to create monopolies over textbooks (the Ed2Go company), knowledge (Pearson), and take federal money away from your institution.  
Tomorrow:  #7 LERN Saves the Print Brochure and Field Again!


#9 Wages Go Up Creating Staff Shortages

Wages went up all over society. Basically a good thing. 
But it created a staff shortage in the field.
That includes just about every lifelong learning program in the nonprofit sector.
It's the #9 Top Story of the Year 2021 in the field of lifelong learning. 

Nobody wants the solution: to provide more taxpayer support for your and other nonprofit and governmental institutions by increasing taxes on the rich.  It's far more important to see Jeff Bezos on the moon.  

100 years ago we funded the public sector as a necessary means for economic prosperity and quality of life.
The underfunding of our public life today threatens both in this new century. 

Tomorrow: #8 For Profits Damage Your Program


Top Ten Stories of the Year: #10 The End of All-Girl Summer STEM Camps.

The end of all-girl summer STEM camps may be near. 
Complaints of gender-bias against boys were filed with 15 all-girl summer STEM camps across the U.S.
It resulted in the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education ruling all 15 were biased against boys. 

Middle school is the time when a)children, especially boys, decide whether they can go to college; and b)when the summer camps prohibit boys from learning about STEM.  It's a damaging combination. Over 20 million smart boys have been refused admittance to college. 

LERN is on record opposing gender bias against boys in school. 
Tomorrow #9: Wages Go Up Creating Staff Shortages