Saturday, August 30, 2014

REGISTRATION FOR FALL CLASS 2014 NOW LIVE

Registrations are being taken for the Fall Real Estate Sales Prelicensing class to be held September 29 to October 10, 2014. Classes will be held at 427 Ala Makani St., Kahului, next to the Realtors Association of Maui daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily including Saturday. For more information and to register go to http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html .
Hope to see you on September 29!
Mahalo nui,
Carol
Questions? Email me at carol@carolball.com

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GET READY, GET SET.....

Ready, Set....
Want to take the live real estate sales prelicensing class?
Registration begins in a few short weeks on September 1, 2014. Registration and payment will be taken at
Classes will be from September 29 to October 10.
See you then!
Mahalo,

Carol

Friday, July 11, 2014

LIVE SALES PRELICENSING CLASS SEPTEMBER 29 TO OCTOBER 10, 2014

Aloha Friends-

Because of the many requests such as yours, I have arranged to hold an 11 day accelerated class this fall. I have had over 100 inquiries since my last class began. Thank you so much for your interest!
When and Where the class will be held
The dates of the class will be September 29-October 10, 2014. The class will be held live at the Maui Mall from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Daily including Saturday on days one through six of the course. Sunday will consist of a take home midterm reviewing all of the class work already covered. Monday through Thursday of the following week class will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The course final exam consisting of Uniform and Hawaii exam questions will be held on Friday, October 10 from 8:00 AM TO 12:00 Noon. Attendance is required at all classes and a passing score of 70% on both the Uniform and Hawaii portions of the course final to pass the course. A certificate to those who pass the course will be awarded after the class final which will allow entry to the Hawaii real estate licensing exam with the proper fee and registration. Total cost of the course instruction including materials is $880.00 plus tax paid upon registration. There are no refunds once class has started.
For General Information on real estate licensing in Hawaii please go to http://cca.hawaii.gov/reb/files/2013/08/GENINFO08_2013.pdf .
When REGISTRATIONS will be taken
Registrations will be taken beginning September 1, 2014 on a first come first served basis. Registrations must be accompanied by payment. Class size will be limited due to room constraints. Registrations will be taken at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html   after September 1, 2014. This course may be canceled at any time prior to registrations.
You should receive an email alerting you to the availability of registration applications and payment.  In the meantime you can check out my blogspot at http://carolballrealestate.blogspot.com/ for any updated information as it may become available.
To answer the inevitable question, I do not have any live classes planned beyond this date at this time.
Online Sales Prelicensing Course
If you will be unable to make the Fall class or would like to take a real estate sales prelicensing class right away please go to the online class that I offer on my website at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html . You can join and log on any time 24/7 and begin immediately! I provide individual support on the course where you can ask an email question on any page and expect a response from me for any questions that you may have or concepts that may require more clarification. Read the course descirption on my website or check out my blogspot for more information.
Thank you for your interest in my live class. See you in September!
Mahalo,

Carol

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

10 REASONS TO TAKE AN ONLINE PRELICENSING CLASS

Aloha Friends-

Sorry you missed my live class. We are in our third day and it is INTENSE. Not for everyone that's for sure.
I am receiving many calls asking me when I am planning to give another live class. It will not be soon, I am not planning on another this year.
In the meantime, have you thought about an online course? Here are 10 Reasons why you might want to take one.

Ten Advantages of Online Learning

By Jim Luger
ContinuingEdExpress.com


A friend, and fellow real estate educator of many years, told me that he had misgivings about the growing trend of online education. “I build a relationship with my students,” he said. “I can tell by their body language that they are enthusiastic about my class. Synergy develops in the classroom.”

I responded to his concerns: “If you are asking whether a computer can duplicate those classroom experiences, the answer is no. But if you are asking whether a student can learn as well online, the answer is yes—provided the course material is well-written, the educational objectives are well-designed and executed, and the student is properly engaged.” 

I didn’t want to push the point with my reluctant colleague, but there are significant advantages to online learning compared to traditional classroom education:

1. Within the same amount of time, you can cover more material online than in a classroom.
According to a report from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the range at which people comfortably hear words is between 150-160 words per minute. In another study that measured reading speed, Aaronson and Colet found the average reader could read 342 words-per-minute, with a range from 143 to 540 words-per-minute.
Because average reading rates are considerably faster than normal speaking rates, much more content can be included in an online course within the same amount of time.

2. Classroom teaching has not proven to be superior.
Thomas Russell, Director Emeritus of Instructional Telecommunications at North Carolina State University, analyzed 355 studies on distant learning that span 70 years. In his book, The No Significant Difference Phenomenon, he wrote:  “For those charged with creating programs, the good news is that a wealth of evidence supports the position that distance education programs match conventional, on-campus, face-to-face courses in both rigor and quality of outcomes.”   He observes, however, that “…it is abundantly clear that faculty and administration tend to feel that the quality of the instruction for the distance student is inferior to that given to the on-campus, face-to-face student.”

3. Administrators can easily manage the content and quality of online courses.
Other than approving lesson plans and outlines, administrators of classroom schools have limited control over the quality, content and delivery of classroom lectures. With online courses, however, every word, image, and activity can be scrutinized, researched, tested, and edited before being presented to students.  Moreover, instruction can be standardized.  Real estate regulators do not have worry about whether online instructors will deliver required information consistently and professionally.

4. There are no student disruptions while taking online courses.
In a classroom, it is possible for students to monopolize discussions or create. Confused or ill-prepared students can paralyze a classroom with questions. To capture attention, instructors can be tempted to entertain students with humorous stories that digress from substantive content. With online learning, the learner controls his or her learning experience without distractions, digressions, or interruptions. Instructors are able to engage students with content and activities that focus on learning objectives.

5. A self-paced format lets the learner control the information flow.
During periods when students ponder, take notes, or are confused by the teacher’s lecture or class discussion, they miss meaningful information. With online learning, the student controls the flow of information.  Online courses allow students to disengage from instruction and return when they are ready.  Online courses stop and wait for students to take some action. They must interact with the course to move it forward.  In contrast, a classroom lecture continues on even if the student is answering emails, reading magazines, or falls asleep.  Also, if a student is tired, distressed or preoccupied, little learning takes place. With online courses, students can take classes when they are most ready to learn.

6. Online course content can be saved and reviewed by the student.
The online student can move back and forth through a course or return to any part of a course that has been taken.  In many cases, online schools allow students to download or print every word of a course for future reference.  Traditional classroom instructors often provide outlines, expecting the student to take notes.

7. Online courses are self-contained.
When classroom instructors reference websites or reading material, they expect the student to read them outside of the class experience. With online learning, all websites and supportive text are immediately available to the student. Instructors can be assured that students will benefit from these outside resources because they can be made part of the course.

8. Online learning can be less expensive.
Quality online learning can be delivered less expensively than classroom instruction. There is no cost for classroom space. Registration and scheduling is managed by the student. Administrative and support staff requirements are minimal. Because delivery is asynchronous, instructors do not have be repeatedly scheduled or required to travel. There are no costs for printed outlines, property insurance, custodial services, parking, and so on—all overhead that must be passed on to students. With online learning, students share the benefit of overhead economies.

9. Online class size is unlimited.
When classroom enrollment is at its limit, students are often forced to choose courses that are less interesting or less relevant to their needs. Online classes, however, are accessible to all students all the time. Students who live far from schools do not have travel expenses. Individuals with disabilities also find special benefits to online education since they do not have to be concerned with physical classroom limitations.

10. Online students can schedule classes around productive work time.
Because online students choose when to participate in learning, they can avoid conflicts with productive work time—an expense for both licensees and their companies. Online learning, in contrast, allows students to balance their continuing education needs with income opportunities, as well as time with friends and family.

Students are learning the advantages of online education.  A Pew Internet Project report shows that 45% of Americans on the Internet– 60 million – say the Internet has played an important role in helping them make at least one critical decision affecting their lives, with career training the leading life element.  According to the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Web site, over 4 million students are currently enrolled in their certified distance learning institutions, in over 500 fields of study ranging from accounting to yacht design. Educational institutions now offer instruction from kindergarten to doctoral degrees.

Educators are learning, too. Instructors can also enjoy benefits from online education, including a greater audience reach, more lifestyle freedom, and ongoing royalties. School owners can gain additional revenue and long-term student loyalty by offering quality online continuing education courses through an affiliate program.

My friend, like many classroom instructors, is struggling with the efficacy of online learning. But he recognizes its growing popularity, and he intends to better understand why. To me, his curiosity and open-mindedness are marks of an outstanding educator who is weighing the possibilities of a new era.

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RESOURCES:

Williams, J. R. (1998). Guidelines for the use of multimedia in instruction, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, 1447–1451 (Suggesting books-on-tape speaking rates.)

Aaronsn, D. and Colet, E., Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers, 29 (2), 250-255 (1997).

The Pew Research Center, Real Estate Intelligence Report 1/30/06.

Russell, Tomas L., The No Significant Difference Phenomenon. The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC): 2001.

The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) History: Over Eight Decades of Service (http://www.detc.org/theassociation.html)




Jim Luger is an instructor for ContinuingEdExpress.com, which is owned by his daughter, Liz Luger Anderson. Jim has taught agents at his own real estate brokerage since 1976, and was a certified trainer for an international real estate franchiser for three years. He has also owned a mortgage brokerage and title insurance agency.   Jim can be reached at jim@continuingedexpress.com

SIGN UP FOR THE HAWAII ONLINE PRELICENSING COURSE THAT I TEACH AT http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html

Aloha,
Carol

Saturday, May 31, 2014

PRELICENSING CLASS SOLD OUT

Class is sold out for the June 2-13 real estate sales prelicensing class. Let me know if you have an interest in future live offerings of the class and I will let you know when I decide to hold one.

Please check out the online sales prelicensing course at http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing-online.html . If you never thought that online classes were for you read through the description of this one. Folks who have taken it tell me that they have found it very interesting and easy to follow. There is an opportunity on every page to email me if you have any questions so you have the instructor support that you may need.

There is no difference in the content of the course since I designed it after my live class that I give. The difference is the manner of delivery. I am very happy to offer this alternative to waiting for a live class for those who want to get into this challenging field of real estate while the market is heating up.

Questions? Email me at carol@carolball.com

Mahalo,
Carol

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ONE SEAT LEFT IN MY REAL ESTATE SALES PRELICENSING CLASS JUNE 2-13, 2014

We are down to the wire and I have one seat left for my real estate sales prelicensing class June 2-13 2014 which I am holding at the Maui Mall. Classes will be held from 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily. It should be fun and excitement is mounting both for me and the registered students.
I would love to have you join us. Register right away and get the seat that is left. Please go to  http://www.carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html to register. Payment is required with registration to reserve your seat.
Instructions will be sent to you as soon as I receive notification from Paypal of your registration.
C'mon, JOIN THE FUN and get your real estate license. It's lots of work but very satisfying.
Mahalo,
Carol

Saturday, May 24, 2014

EXCITEMENT GROWS WITH REAL ESTATE CLASS DATE IMMINENT

I'm excited about the eagerness that the students in my new class are showing about wanting to start studying for the real estate prelicensing class that will begin on June 2.

Although the books are not scheduled to be distributed until May 29, anticipation is already growing and several students have inquired about being able to pick up their books early.

Class will be held at the Maui Mall in the space where the "Art of Trash" is presently being presented.

Registrations for the live real estate prelicensing class June 2-13 are still being taken at  http://carolballrealestateschool.com/pre-licensing.html .

Hope to see you then!
Mahalo,
Carol