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Several local schools offer online courses and an increasing number of degrees are available entirely online. To name a few the University of Buffalo offers a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and the general public library and information science, Buffalo State College offers a master’s degree in adult education, and Canisius College offers a Master of Physical Education.
But online for high school students? There is still a relatively new frontier locally, and nationally. Memphis is one of those school districts that are leading in online learning for high school students. Some students will be required to take at least one online course to graduate from high school, the Commercial Appeal reports.
We are using online sources for children from university life and work force, where a large amount of training and learning that is happening, said Deputy Superintendent Irving Hamer, the newspaper of Memphis. This year, 2,736 students in grades eight to Memphis 12 years are enrolled in online courses. The district offers 28 courses online, according to Betty R. Brown’s office in Memphis of educational technology.
Students can choose from several required courses, including English, algebra, geometry, physics, chemistry, economics, world history, and Spanish. Options include web page design, computer and typing. Memphis also offers three Advanced Placement courses online: art history, computer science, and microeconomics. Students can complete courses at home, at school, or wherever they have computer and internet at high speed, Brown wrote in response to questions from the Buffalo News. Memphis City Schools], even after school computer classes for students who are the staff and manager of the site, and in some cases, the subject tutor.
Students will have access to all the course materials with the exception of semester and final exams, which remain blocked until all course requirements have been met. When the conditions are met, students can access the house, the school a designated date, and the examination period. Each course includes a compulsory part oral, which are designed and meets the teacher online. This provides a greater responsibility in ensuring that students complete their tasks.
Memphis students may also take classes’ blended learning – also known as hybrid classes – which combine traditional teaching face-to-face with online learning. Another 1,437 students attend such courses. In most cases, online courses, less costly to implement and execute than traditional courses, Brown wrote. The costs of implementation of online courses each student enrolled in fall, and enrollment increases each year.
Impact web design makes a big impact with graphics. Many clients approach the web design companies for upgrading their website and want to give it a fresh new look. After a time consuming process when the website is finally ready, they are overjoyed at the appearance of the website and are very optimistic about its effectiveness and efficiency. Usually this optimism is short lived because of the limited perception of the web designer.
So, which factors increase the productivity of the website? Reputed web site designers consider the looks of the website as just one of the several factors contributing to the marketing efficiency of the website. The purpose of the website should be given prime importance. Does the prospective customer get what he/she wants on visiting your website? Is it easy for him/ her to navigate through your website? Is your website user friendly?
A professional web site designer sees to the fulfilling of the prime function of the website, which is to serve the buyers of things offered on the website. The web design, coding and SEO strategies need to be synchronized. It is only with the right ingredients that you can make a website a successful representative of your business.
What are the considerations for an effective and efficient web design?
Testing: There are various elements such as the copy, page layout, images that need to be tested regularly for increasing the effectiveness of the website. Times change and so does the influence of various elements. The effect of various elements at the productivity of the website also depends on the product or service offered through the website and the range of market segment that it caters to. It is either through trial and error or with professional assistance from a web site designer that you can find a perfectly blended web design.
Utility: Be sure that that visitor visits your website with a purpose to be fulfilled. It is not only the gorgeous appearance of the website that matters but also its utility by the visitor. Things can go wrong if the website is difficult to download or if the visitor cannot navigate through it easily. The codes used and the design play a pivotal role at this juncture.
Rat Race: Competition is taut especially among the website pertaining to mass communication, public relations and advertising. To stay ahead of competitors many website designers resort to frequently changing the design and the layout of the website. Make sure whether the amendments are facilitating your customers/clients or are just an exercise of shifting the images. Finally it is the prospective buyer that you have to impress and not your competitors.
Return on investment (ROI) is defined and illustrated, as a cash flow financial metric for evaluation investments and business case scenarios. A professional web site design and development company aims at optimization of return on investment (ROI) on your website.
Has a lot changed since you started in 2001? “Without question. I started in 2001 as a one-man band with FrontPage (software) and a computer and a card table, and an idea. Like most Web developers, it’s a seat-of-the-pants, on-the-job training type thing. And you grow and learn. We were very blessed with good business early in the game, and I knew … I had to bring in new talent. We grew in number of employees and capabilities as clients needed more sophisticated Web sites and technology changed.”
How many sites do you host? “We just crossed the 500 threshold, hosting 502 Web sites at last count.”
Are they mainly sites in N.C.? “Mostly in North Carolina, but like every other sales environment, word of mouth is the strongest sales tool. Through friends who know friends, we have sites in New York, Idaho, Florida. We’re in about 15 states.”
What are clients most interested in today? “They are most interested in really two things. They want a professional Web site that’s easy to navigate, and they want it to be No. 1 in the search engines.”
Do you have a typical client base? “Really, we don’t. We have several sectors that we’ve done quite well in. We’ve done a number of dental and medical sites, and that’s where we’ve gotten a lot of regional and national clients. We’ve done a number of churches … a number of nonprofits. Municipal governments, quasi-government sites. We build and host the cities of Shelby, New Bern, Spring Lake. And of course a lot of private-sector businesses.”
Has the economy affected business? “We were up last year about 8 percent over the previous year, and that is attributable to the fact that folks have abandoned or scaled back from traditional advertising. But they realized they need to do something to stay current, so they’re coming to us to update their Web site or get a site for the first time.”
What do you look for most when hiring? “Positive customer service attitude.”
Owning a small business, what most likely keeps you up at night? “Where the next dollar is coming from. You never know, until the phone rings, whether or not those new customers are going to come walking in the door.”
Any advice for someone starting out? “Most importantly, it’s critical they understand what their customer wants and what they’re willing to pay for it. If you want to sell a $100 widget but the customer wants a $10 widget, you better figure out how to sell a $10 widget or pack your bags pretty quickly. (Late developer) J.P. Riddle used to say this is a hot dog and hamburger town, not a steak town, but you can make a lot of money selling hot dogs and hamburgers. And he was right.”