Nuestra pedagogía: Microaprendizaje

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Ciertamente, vivimos en una época de gran modernismo y avances.

Contamos con equipos que permiten ver los órganos internos del ser humano con una precisión pasmosa. Sin hablar de vehículos comerciales eléctricos económicamente viables y más reciente aún, hombres haciendo viajes comerciales al espacio. Creo que esta generación verá el afamado Mars Shot (foto del planeta Marte, tomada por un astronauta desde Marte, y que marcará el inicio de los viajes interplanetarios) que impulsa la visión del hombre considerado como el Tony Stark de la vida real: Elon Musk.

El hombre ha avanzado mucho.

Pero, así como hemos avanzado en muchas áreas, también la tecnología ha venido a democratizar la educación. Esto debido a la virtualidad con la que contamos hoy día (aplicaciones de telepresencia, teleconferencia o educación virtual) y la amplia disponibilidad de contenido online.

Por eso en MoveUp creemos que a través de la educación, apalancada correctamente en la tecnología, las personas pueden cambiar sus vidas para siempre.

Ahora bien, no podemos perder de vista que los avances tecnológicos, la virtualidad, y la permanente búsqueda de eficiencia y de mejores márgenes en las empresas, han traído consigo también jornadas más largas de trabajo, dejándonos casi como un reto adicional el poder continuar educándonos y preparándonos.

Entendiendo todo esto, y sabiendo que la educación tradicional presencial o virtual va dando cada vez resultados más bajos en tasas de retención de la información y de término de material, en MoveUp nos hemos convertido en expertos de la mejor pedagogía para este estilo de aprendizaje, en estos tiempos: el MICROAPRENDIZAJE.

A continuación, podrás leer sobre las bondades del microaprendizaje, directamente de la mano de nuestra Especialista en Éxito de Clientes, y principal Desarrolladora de Contenido, Saira Julián; quien respondió, para este Blog, las preguntas claves:

¿Qué es el microaprendizaje?

¿Cuáles son sus características?

¿Cuáles son sus ventajas?

“El objetivo de MoveUp es crear un gran impacto en las vidas de las personas vulnerables, empoderándolos a través del aprendizaje para que ellos/ellas puedan alcanzar sus sueños, ayudar a crecer su comunidad y crecer de manera profesional, personal y espiritual.

Consideramos que la educación es la base de todo y hoy en día está en constante evolución. Por eso nosotros utilizamos el microaprendizaje como estrategia principal para la creación de nuestro contenido. En MoveUp nuestras lecciones no toman más de 10-15 minutos completarlas, dándole libertad al usuario de aprender sobre temas en poco tiempo. Insertamos dentro de estas lecciones la gamificación (donde los usuarios tiene actividades y juegos dentro de las lecciones), lo cual aumenta la atención y concentración. Gracias a la gamificación nuestras lecciones son más atractivas para el usuario y el proceso de aprendizaje es más rápido, eliminando las interrupciones o distractores que puede tener el usuario a su alrededor. Con este método nuestros usuarios reciben un reforzador social positivo al ganar estrellas, recibir trofeos, ganar puntos, entre otras cosas más.

Gracias al microaprendizaje y la gamificación nuestro contenido ha generado un gran impacto en nuestros usuarios y sus vidas.

El desarrollo de contenido mediante la pedagogía del microaprendizaje provee las siguientes ventajas:

  • Mejora la retención del conocimiento.
  • Es compatible con el aprendizaje virtual.
  • Ahorra tiempo en el proceso de formación.
  • Motiva al usuario a seguir aprendiendo.
  • Es de breve y de fácil acceso.

Al usar gamificación se logra:

  • La motivación del usuario se ve elevada. Divertirse mientras aprendes es una fuente de motivación.
  • Aumenta la concentración y atención.
  • El usuario entiende que aprender no debe ser aburrido.
  • Proporciona un nuevo modelo de aprendizaje.
  • Puede compartir su opinión con los demás, entendiendo que el aprendizaje se construye en grupo y no individual.
  • Aumenta la interactividad.
  • Introduce al usuario al uso de nuevas tecnologías.
  • Mejora la comunicación de los usuarios.”

Varios expertos en microaprendizaje, como son Edapp y Shift, aseguran que:

El microaprendiaje ha demostrado que la tasa de retención y termino del material estudiado pasa de alrededor de un 20% a un 80%.

Si deseas conocer más sobre nuestra pedagogía y cómo podemos ayudarte a transformar a tus relacionados, por favor no dudes en contactarnos.

Nuevos Comienzos

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En los más de 10 años que llevo trabajando con personas me han hecho cientos de preguntas, pero hay una pregunta la cual es la que más me hacen sin importar rango de edad, logros realizados o etapa de vida de la persona… y esta pregunta es:

“Cómo descubro cuál es mi propósito?”

La respuesta que siempre doy, y es la que vengo a compartir contigo el día de hoy, es que

¡¡tu propósito está íntimamente ligado a lo que te apasiona!!

Esto lo he confirmado con mi propia búsqueda e historia de vida y por ver la vida de personas cercanas a mí. En algún momento de nuestras vidas, cada uno de nosotros hemos estado en la búsqueda de nuestro propósito, y todos tenemos la pregunta, ¿por qué estoy aquí?

Entonces, en este camino del descubrimiento de nuestro propósito lo primero que tenemos que hacer es descubrir lo que nos apasiona. Lo que nos apasiona está relacionado con esa actividad la cual cuando la estamos ejecutando nos sentimos energizados, sumamente felices, productivos; y es aquello que podríamos hacer todos los días sin cansarnos. Pero, no podemos obviar que incluso haciendo nuestro llamado nos podemos sentir cansados físicamente, y eso es normal.

Un indicativo para saber cuál es nuestra pasión es identificar qué sería aquello que estaríamos dispuestos a hacer siempre incluso sin que nos paguen.

De acuerdo al diccionario, pasión “es una emoción definida como un sentimiento muy fuerte hacia una persona, tema, idea u objeto. Así, la pasión es una emoción intensa que engloba el entusiasmo o deseo por algo. El término también se aplica a menudo a un vivo interés o admiración por una propuesta, causa, actividad, y otros. Se dice que a una persona le apasiona algo cuando establece una fuerte afinidad”.

Un aspecto que muchas veces no se resalta se encuentra al inicio de la descripción, donde dice que pasión no solamente es sentir sino también sufrir.

Aquello que nos apasiona es algo por lo cual podríamos incluso estar dispuestos a sufrir para lograrlo.

Entonces, ¿cómo soportamos el sufrimiento mientras logramos lo que nos apasiona?

El sufrir por lo que nos apasiona solamente se supera cuando tenemos la vista puesta en aquello que está más allá del sufrimiento, cuando enfocamos aquello que es el resultado de lo que estamos trabajando para, haciendo para, o esperando lograr con esa actividad que nos apasiona. Por ejemplo, los atletas de las olimpiadas están enfocados, por años y años de sus vidas, en llegar a las olimpiadas, hacer su mejor esfuerzo, y ganar una medalla. 

En mi caso, mi propósito no incluye nadar en las Olimpiadas. El mío se centra alrededor de mi pasión por la gente y el Reino de Dios. Ahora me encuentro realizando mi propósito mediante mi posición actual como Director de Programas de MoveUp.

Por más de 12 años tuve un negocio propio mediante el cual asesoraba a empresas en diversas actividades operativas y ejecutivas, el cual tuvo sus altas y bajas. A finales del año 2020 decidimos como familia yo volver a emplearme en busca de estabilidad.

Ya que sé bien lo que me apasiona, y conozco mi propósito, fue muy fácil identificar la oportunidad de aplicar para la posición que hoy ocupo. El “sufrimiento” se pudo haber encontrado en dejar la flexibilidad, el estatus y las libertades que tener mi propia empresa me brindaban. Pero, como mi pasión y propósito están por encima de todo lo demás y son la fuente de gozo supremo en mi vida laboral, fue fácil dejar atrás todo y emprender este NUEVO COMIENZO.

Una vez identificado lo que te apasiona el siguiente paso es ver cómo vas a canalizar a través de alguna actividad la realización de esa pasión. Puede ser que en tu caso lo que te apasione sea cocinar, o tal vez sea construir algo con tus manos, o podría ser aconsejar personas, o tal vez sean los deportes. Sea lo que sea, debes entonces ver qué actividad harás que te vaya conectando con tu propósito.

Este tema de identificar nuestro propósito se hace cada día más urgente debido a los altos niveles de infelicidad que las personas viven hoy. Es sabido que en la actualidad se venden más ansiolíticos y antidepresivos que jamás en la historia de la humanidad, y esto en gran parte se debe a que las personas se han enfocado más en producir que en identificar para qué están vivos. Entonces, cuando estamos solamente trabajando día a día por un mínimo de 8 horas pensando en cómo pagar las facturas esto nos agobia, nos agota y nos termina “quemando”.

No fuimos diseñados para durar tantas horas continuas al día realizando actividades las cuales no nos produzcan gozó, y por esto la elección de carrera para los jóvenes y, incluso más importante, la pasión que los jóvenes tienen para esta carrera  son hoy más importantes que nunca.

Las personas que siguen su pasión y viven su propósito usualmente son más felices que aquellas que no lo hacen. Esto incluso por encima de las personas que ganan mucho dinero. Mientras que los que sí viven en su propósito, aunque no tengan tanto dinero, sonríen más, comparten más e impactan a todos a su alrededor de una manera trascendental. ¡La pasión es contagiosa!

NO ESTÁS TARDE:

Sé que quizás tu situación de vida actual no te permite “soltar todo” y comenzar de nuevo, para lo cual entonces debes hacer un plan para ir transicionando de tu temporada actual a tu nueva y anhelada vida. Lo importante aquí es tener presente que hoy es el día perfecto para dar pasos hacia un nuevo comienzo.

MU Summer Announcements

As hurricane season progresses in the DR, winds of change blow through MoveUp as well. As some of you probably saw on our LinkedIn, I’ve (Marlena) moved into the role of Chief Strategic Officer and we’ve brought Píndaro Peña onboard as the new Program Director of MoveUp. He is doing an excellent job, bringing his past consulting experience to MoveUp to help us scale up our operations and sales. Saira, one of our content writers, was promoted to Customer Support Specialist, where she now manages our platform, content, augmented analytics, and relationships with our partners.

As our team grows, our business evolves as well. Since our last blog post, we’ve written 18 new courses and published 100 new lessons. Some of our users’ favorites include a basic course on math, an advanced course on saving, and a set of mini-courses celebrating International Women’s Day and other international holidays. We’ve also brought on a new partner, and have a couple of others exploring MoveUp through demos and pilots.

We’ve enjoyed speaking at different online webinars and events about our work, and continue to share our findings on how micro education can help empower vulnerable individuals to become more resilient and change their lives, families, and communities.

During EdApp’s first virtual summit, ‘”Rewrite the Playbook”, the 29th of April, 2021, Marlena presented the MoveUp program to the 6,000 participants during a Case Study. She focused on the importance of having Empathy & Collaboration with Learners in order to “rewrite the playbook.”

On June 23rd, Marlena & Píndaro had a conversation about how MoveUp’s learning platform helps the marginalized get more access to decrease gender gap inequalities.

As COVID continues to challenge the Dominican Republic’s economy and healthcare system, we’ve seen so much hope and progress. We’re encouraged to hear stories of innovation, even during a period of so much challenge. 

Summer has been an exciting whirlwind for us. We’d love to hear how it’s been for you and your organization. Reach out for a call, demo, or just to say “Hi and happy summer.”

Christmas Celebration despite Challenges

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2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for most of us, and that includes MoveUp users as well. The vast majority of individuals using our application are microentrepreneurs who live in vulnerable communities. According to the World Bank, for the first time in 20 years, global extreme poverty will rise in 2021. Many of our users are struggling to not fall into extreme poverty (living on less than $1.90 a day).

As a result of the pandemic, more than 50% had to close their businesses temporarily, and not all have been able to reopen. Most are struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.

Yet we have heard so many incredible testimonies of hope and change this past month. Despite the many challenges, our app users share how our classes have given them hope, helped them pivot their businesses, and brought joy to their families.

From Depression to Joy

When I called Mariela she was happy to share with me her experience with the app. She started talking about her favorite courses and had her 16-year-old daughter join the conversation. Her daughter, Johanna, also took our courses and passed on what she learned to her mom and 3 younger siblings.

Mariela explained that before downloading the app, she felt complacent about her business. She lacked motivation and didn’t know what to do to increase her sales. When her daughter started taking courses on MoveUp, both of them realized the importance of good hygiene and customer service.  Mariela sells grilled sweet potatoes, which she used to leave on a table outside the house. They frequently had to swat away flies and had few satisfied customers. After taking a couple of lessons, Johanna had an idea: it was likely the flies were driving away customers. To get rid of them the family started keeping the cooked sweet potatoes on top of the oven, which the flies avoided due to the heat.

To encourage people to stop by at the house, Mariela put into practice our lesson on customer service: she had her younger children greet potential customers with a smile as they passed by.  Sales started increasing, and as a byproduct, Mariela’s four children became more interested in the business.

Mavimose with her two daughters

Johanna also took a course on homeschooling. She was already helping her younger siblings with their schoolwork, but the course gave her ideas on how to continue to teach math using beans, corn, and other household objects. She realized how important it is to supplement what her siblings were learning via virtual school with additional learning at home.

Mariela shared, “Before, I felt depressed about my business, but the app has changed my mentality. My children sense my motivation, and they are also motivated and happier.”

We hope your family is also filled with joy and hope this holiday season, and that despite the challenges, you too are motivated for 2021.

 

Names changed, photo & story used with permission.

To learn more about MoveUp and how we use digital education to empower others, please reach out.

 

Grateful

This year has been full of shock and sudden change, mourning, and extreme loss. For many, the new normal will not feel normal at all because a loved one is absent from the kitchen table. Many others are homesick, physically sick, or struggling with their mental health.

Even so, there are always reasons to give thanks. Regardless of our external struggles, we can find inner peace and joy. I’m reminded of that frequently when I hear testimonies from our users about why they are thankful.

Most of our users are economically vulnerable microentrepreneurs. The majority are women, many are Haitian immigrants, and almost all have experienced extreme hardship in their lives. Yet, they use their spare time to take classes on personal finance, customer service, preventive healthcare, and parenting. They understand the importance of pushing forward, learning something new, and keeping their heads up.

 

This Thanksgiving, I will let you be encouraged by the reasons our users are thankful for MoveUp and our partner Esperanza International:

 

“The course Business in Times of Crisis helped me realize that all was not lost (in my business) and that when the crisis comes, we can still move towards our goals if we apply these wise practices.”

 

“I’m grateful for the course Supporting my Child at Home because it not only taught me how to have fun with my kids but also brought me back to my childhood!”

 

Yenny smiling at the camera

“The application has helped me learn important tactics to grow my business. The course, Coronavirus taught me how to take care of my family. Before I took this course, we were not too concerned about using masks or washing our hands frequently; after taking the course, we all are.  I truly recommend this app to others, it really helps.”

– Yenny, pictured left

 

 

 

 

“The class on savings helped me so much. My family and I like to eat out a lot, but when we do, we spend up to three times as much as when I cook from home. This course taught me this, and other things I will teach to others, especially that we should only spend what we need to.”

 

Yulisa holding a certificate

“The application has really helped me, especially in these times. We’ve been struggling with our business, but the app has given me clear and edifying instructions that have helped me implement what I learn. I feel so grateful for the support I have received while taking these courses, and I feel dedicated to keep learning.”

– Yulisa, pictured right

 

 

 

“The course on Female & Male Health was so important to me because it helped me realize how I can protect my body from illness through good hygiene.”

“I’m grateful for the course on Human Rights. This course filled me with strength because I realized my rights and the rights that should be available to all humans.”

 

With those very encouraging words, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at MoveUp.

La educación es libertad

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La educación es un derecho humano fundamental, que establece que todos tenemos el derecho a una educación asequible, accesible, aceptable y adaptable de forma gratuita.

La sociedad y el individuo se benefician si todos tenemos la libertad de ejercer nuestro derecho a la educación. La educación promueve la libertad y la autonomía personal, y genera importantes beneficios para el desarrollo humano, social y económico. Además, permite a la persona salir de la pobreza, por su propio esfuerzo, y se asciende a la libertad. La educación empodera a las personas. También, ayuda a lograr la paz duradera y el desarrollo sostenible, y es un derecho que permite hacer realidad otros derechos. Como un día mencionó el filántropo y político sudafricano Nelson Mandela:

La educación es el arma más poderosa para cambiar el mundo.”

Educar es un regalo, el mejor que podríamos darle a los niños y adolescentes de nuestro país, para que tengan un futuro prometedor, vivan en una sociedad más justa, con igualdad de oportunidades y sin barreras. Así mismo, si apreciamos y agradecemos este regalo de libertad estuviéramos asombrados por el mundo del conocimiento y anheláramos recibir educación y aprender.

Cuando no tenemos acceso a la educación estamos encerrados en una cárcel tanto en lo cognitivo como en lo emocional, nuestro desarrollo como persona y el desarrollo de quienes nos rodean se detiene. Lamentablemente, aún hay millones de personas en el mundo que no tienen la libertad de ejercer su derecho a la educación y se le niega este y otros derechos. 

Otros desafíos a los que se enfrenta el derecho a la educación son: el derecho a una educación inclusiva para niños y adolescentes con alguna condición o necesidad educativa especial, el derecho a una educación de calidad sin importar la clase social y la igualdad de oportunidades para todos. 

En MoveUp, se busca ir eliminando estos desafíos y promover el derecho de cada persona a disfrutar de una educación accesible.

 

 

Este artículo es una respuesta a nuestra post del 11 de septiembre 2020, “The Freedom to Learn.”

 

Autora: Rosanna Estevez – Rosanna es miembro del equipo MoveUp, y escribe contenido de educación continúa y escolar.

Increasing Literacy through MoveUp

Earlier this month we celebrated a victory at MoveUp. We finished the last of 31 lessons in our course, “Aprendiendo a Leer” (Learning How to Read). This course will hopefully be the first of many in our Learning How to Read & Write series.

The series is aimed towards illiterate adults in the Dominican Republic who own a basic smartphone and want to improve their reading and writing skills. This first course has a lesson for each letter in the alphabet, where we teach users how to recognize, pronounce, and write the letter. The course is completely narrated so a user can take lessons on their own, though we recommend a family member, friend, or coworker be present to help when needed. We use photos, games, quizzes, surveys, and more to make the course user friendly and engaging. Users are encouraged to have a notebook next to them while taking lessons so they can practice drawing the letter themselves.

At first, we were hesitant to develop this course. Due to its unique nature and market, it took more than twice as long to produce than other courses. Additionally, we were unsure the course would reach the individuals who needed it most. After careful consideration, Rosanna, our expert in education and learning pedagogy, assured us she could develop a course that was simple, engaging, and achieved its goal of teaching adults how to write the Spanish alphabet. Next, our partner Esperanza International developed a field execution plan to reach a pilot group of their clients to test out the course.

Initially, the adoption of the course was slow. It helped that all course lessons are downloadable, so users downloaded lessons while connected to Esperanza hotspots, then took the lessons whenever most convenient for them. When they connected again to the hotspot or any other internet, their results automatically uploaded. As we released more lessons, enthusiasm for the course grew, and course completion started to rise.

At the beginning of October, we realized the course completion rate for this course was much higher than our other courses. The intrinsic motivation of these users is high, and they are determined to take the lessons and apply their learning. Users who start learning the alphabet are much more likely to finish all the lessons in this course than a typical user taking another course.

One day in September, an Esperanza team member arrived in a community to find a 12-year-old girl using the course to teach her mother and a friend how to write their letters. Later in the month, another Esperanza team member helped a group of users to write their names for the first time! Stories like this show the course is popular and successful in helping students achieve their reading and writing goals!

Woman writing her name

Agneus, a pilot participant, writing her name for the first time.

Our successful pilot of this course confirmed there is a demand to learn how to read and write, and that a digital course can successfully teach the basics. It also emphasized the importance of having a supportive community (like Esperanza International team members, a friend, or a neighbor) to help encourage and guide learners in their journey towards improved literacy.

These conclusions remind us that learning is a lifelong journey, and hopefully, a journey none of us walk alone. I encourage you to take steps forward on your own learning journey and invite a friend to accompany you.

 

 

 

 

 

MoveUp provides digital education to underserved people groups, including those who are digitally and alphabetically illiterate. Reach out for more information on how we can help your organization’s beneficiaries grow professionally and personally.

 

MoveUp at LTX Fest

Last week, MoveUp participated in the all-virtual, 4-day LTX Fest for Latinx professionals in tech. Here, our Program Director, Marlena May Cuesta, shares about the event.  

When I heard about LTX Fest I was thrilled. This was the first year I had heard of the conference, and I was excited it was accessible to MoveUp (it was free and 100% virtual this year; we’re located in the Dominican Republic).

LTX Fest exists to unite and empower Latinx professionals to become local and global leaders in tech. The speaker line-up and agenda were impressive, but what was even more inspiring were the participants themselves. I dedicated 90% of my time to networking, hopping on many meetings with vibrant professionals as passionate as I am about promoting and celebrating diversity in the technology industry.

I was new to Brella, but the online meeting platform was relatively simple to figure out. Brella’s matching system was great. Once I entered my information and information about MoveUp, Brella matched me with participants that shared similar interests. From there, it was simple to solicit meetings and start chatting with other like-minded participants.

Per usual, the solidarity of the Latinx community did not disappoint; almost everyone I reached out to was willing to hop on a 15-minute call to learn about MoveUp. Some were interested in working with us, others provided valuable advice, and many more connected us with potential leads and partners in their network.

The energy and enthusiasm were palpable in most of these meetings. LTX Fest was a safe space to support and challenge each other to strive for greater excellence, representation, and unity.  Thank you to LTX Fest for organizing an excellent event at an opportune moment in 2020 to learn, connect, and unite together.

Finally, gracias to all my new Latinx connections; we look forward to partnering with you!

 

Missed the conference but want to chat with MoveUp about empowering more of the Latinx population through digital education? Reach out here

Five Reasons Continued Education is Important

Last week, we discussed how education is a lifelong journey. The world we live in demands we continue learning, whether it be new recipes, software for our job, or how to adapt to COVID-19. However, the demands of adult life leave us scrambling to accomplish everything on our to-do list, and continued education is often one of the items that gets left unchecked or forgotten.

To boost our motivation to keep learning, here are five reasons that continued education is important:

(1) Helps us keep up with the world’s changes

The world is changing at a rapid pace. Technology has augmented our connectivity within our communities and throughout the world at large. The rapid development of technology requires we consistently learn new skills, whether it be saving documents on the cloud, video calling loved ones, or setting up a firewall and password protector. To a certain extent, we can learn these skills through trial and error, but a class helps us learn and develop the skills to be able to replicate our actions in future tasks. A great way to learn technology is by using it! Our application at MoveUp teaches users app navigation skills, online commenting, and more while taking classes on business, preventative healthcare, etc.

Additionally, our global community and connection merits learning a new language or studying a different culture to be able to relate appropriately with our global neighbors.

(2) Helps us respond to the changes in our personal lives

Adult education not only helps us to respond to the changing world but also to our own rapidly changing lives. Our professional and personal goals when we were in school were probably much different than they are today. While our past education may have prepared us for those goals, our evolution into who we are today and who we want to become requires continual learning. Perhaps you have changed careers or started a new business. Perhaps you’re a new parent and want to learn parenting skills. Perhaps you’ve picked up a new hobby. Regardless, your past education is probably less relevant for your new reality. Continued adult education helps you learn what matters most now, so you can be successful in your current and future ventures.

(3) Changes up our routine and increase satisfaction

Third, education helps us change our routines. If you have picked up a new hobby, congratulations! It is much easier to fall into a comfortable rhythm and repetitive daily schedule. Learning or doing something new helps shake up our routine.  While this change may be uncomfortable or challenging at first, it eventually results in higher satisfaction and happiness.

(4) Exercises our Minds

Our mind is similar to other muscles in our body. It needs to be exercised in order to develop. Doing the same job-related tasks and spending time with the same people for years does not necessarily exercise our brain. Continued education challenges our way of thinking. It introduces us to new perspectives and challenging topics. It also increases our creativity as we are exposed to different material and concepts. At MoveUp, our innovative content helps entrepreneurs think up new business models and products. Perhaps they’re taking a course on marketing, but it is equally probable they are taking our course on parenting during COVID and inspiration struck for a new product line based off of a concept presented or a photo we used.

(5) Develops Confidence

Finally, continued education helps us develop confidence. The more we learn, the more we can engage with and respond to current events and issues. If we only know about our specific profession, culture or community, we may feel insecure when asked to respond to something outside of those realms. By studying diverse concepts outside of our expertise, we gain a repertoire of perspectives and knowledge that help us respond to new challenges. We expand our friend groups and social sectors. We possess the skills to respond to future changes. This confidence equips us to boldly march into the future and make plans and goals for success.

 

Continued education is important, regardless of our age, social status, and the number of degrees we currently possess. Education prepares us for the future, increases our satisfaction, exercises our minds, and makes us more confident. Fortunately, today education is available for most of us with a single swipe or a couple of keystrokes. So, what are you waiting for? Start learning something new today and let us know how it goes.

 

MoveUp provides digital continuing education to those who don’t have access. Interested in learning more about our work? Reach out today!

 

Interested in reading more data? Here is a fascinating report on Higher Education and its benefits by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills in London.

Education: A Lifelong Journey

In our blog post celebrating freedom, I mentioned an eighth-grade graduate who decided not to attend high school to instead support her family financially. While this girl showed high intellectual capacity and decision-making skills for her age, she most likely lacks important skills to succeed in life.

In the Dominican Republic, only 50 percent of the population graduates from high school. During the same academic school year (2017-2018), approximately 88 percent of Americans graduated from high school (read more here). In the Dominican Republic and in general, students who don’t enter high school or drop out before graduation have higher rates of unemployment, poverty, teenage pregnancy, and participation in criminal activities. (Read more statistics here.)

These statistics are commonly cited arguments for teens to finish school. However, a lack of education also has negative effects on a person’s intellectual capability that can alter the trajectory of his or her life.

Students develop many crucial skills in high school and continuing education, such as values, critical thinking, and career readiness.

Values

The development of soft skills and value-based learning begins in primary school. High school education continues this formative education but using more complex scenarios. Upon middle-school graduation, the student is hopefully equipped with basic knowledge about what values are important to her and what she believes is right and wrong. However, those values have not yet been challenged by complex scenarios. In high school, she would hopefully be introduced to conflicting views and be challenged to a debate, helping her discern inconsistencies in her ideas and those of others.

When people are ill-equipped to discern between right and wrong, they struggle to stand firm to their beliefs when challenged. They may struggle to decide how to vote, how to discipline their children, or, in the case of the entrepreneur, how to develop and enforce their business’s mission, vision, and values.

Critical and Creative Thinking

Critical and creative thinking requires years of practice and evaluation to fully develop. Individuals who lack these skills may lack imagination, creativity, and may be incapable of developing their own strategies to complete a project. They often need to be told, step-by-step, how to complete processes.

At MoveUp, we have seen entrepreneurs who lack critical and creative thinking skills struggle to keep their businesses sustainable long-term.  They’ve sold the exact same product for the last 10 years. As demand decreases, these entrepreneurs struggle to change products, operations, and supply chains. They may have a vague dream for the future success or expansion of their businesses but lack the ability to get themselves there.

Job-Related Skills

Finally, high school and continuing education teach job-related skills necessary in the modern workplace. These skills include note-taking, advanced reading and writing, spatial reasoning, and knowledge of basic geometry and algebra.

While these skills can be learned on the job, it is much easier and less stressful to learn them before you need to use them to be successful in your career.

What if I lack these skills?

Whether you came from a not-so-great high school or simply want to freshen up on what you learned decades ago, you can and should keep developing your professional skills!

At MoveUp, we know these skills are like muscles: you have to use them frequently to keep them strong. If I want to become a better professional writer, I need to dedicate time to read and write frequently. This is why continued education is so important, not just for some professions like teaching and nursing, but for everyone!

The most important first step is simply getting started. Many of our MoveUp users take our courses to grow professionally because they are motivated to provide a better future for their children.  They want to ensure their children receive a better education than they did. Children are inspired to learn when they see how their parents are life-long students.

The education we receive in school and beyond significantly impacts our development as an individual and professional. At MoveUp, we work to help all individuals, regardless of their past education, learn what is necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. We join with our users to encourage the next generation to get the best possible education they can now but also become life-long learners who consistently are stretching and growing their skills.

 

To read more specific statistics about the negative effects of not graduating from high school, check out this report in Spanish about the Latin America region.