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In the UK, around 10 per cent of people have dyslexia. Dyslexia is entirely subjective to the person who suffers from it. However, for some context, I am pretty much in the middle of the spectrum.


When reading, I get rivers of light running through text, along with jumping letters and frequent skipping across words or lines. I have used coloured overlays in the past, and have glasses with coloured lenses that improve my reading experience.

A small study published in 2023 in the journal Proceedings Of The Royal Society B found evidence that one cause of dyslexia could be down to a patch of light-sensitive cells in the eye. It said that in non-dyslexics, the cells are differently arranged between the two eyes, with information from one eye overriding the other.

In dyslexics, both eyes have the same pattern. There is therefore no dominant eye, meaning that two pieces of information are sent to the brain at the same time, which can cause mirror images.

Lexilife has launched an LED reading lamp, the Lexilight, that claims to reduce the mirroring effect by using pulsed light to allow one eye to take dominance. Several parameters of the lamp can be adjusted, so it can be personalised to suit the user.

The Lexilight is a well-made and pleasing design. It is lightweight and comes with a protective carry case to keep it safe when you’re on the move. On the desk, it’s extremely sturdy, and you can arrange it to face the screen when you’re working on a computer.

Its stability is reassuring, because the adjustments needed to get the best result are precise, and much fiddling is required on the initial setup. However, once you’ve sorted your personal settings, you shouldn’t need to do anything more than switch the light on and off as needed.

Using the light for the first time is a slightly strange experience. The instructions weren’t very in-depth, so I had no idea quite what to expect or what I should be aiming for with the settings.

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Regardless of which settings I went for, I was still seeing the rivers of light between words and, in some cases, felt the pulsing of the Lexilight was making things worse.

It was only when I switched off the Lexilight function, and then looked at the page with the normal lamp mode, that I recognised the benefits of having the function switched on.

For me, when I’d adjusted the Lexilight to suit me, each word appeared clearer and more distinct from any words around it. It was a lot easier to focus on the exact word I was reading and that helped me stay on the correct line too. My rivers of light remained though, and I feel that my assumption that I would suddenly be ‘cured’ clouded my initial response to the light.

I would add, though, that some clearer idea of the proposed benefits should be mentioned within the manual. For me, this wasn’t a miracle dyslexia cure, but it was a useful addition to aid my reading.

I am sure that there will be some dyslexics out there who receive even more of a benefit, particularly if they experience the mirroring effect. Plus, you can try the light for 30 days, and can get a refund if you’re not satisfied.


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Teaching Close Reading To Elementary Students

Addressing the differing needs of students can make teaching reading a daunting task. Students are expected to have a deep understanding of what they read and provide answers grounded in text. One way for students to interact with the text is through close reading, which can become a powerful classroom tool for fiction and nonfiction texts across grade levels.

Setting the Stage

At the beginning of the year, each component of close reading is highly structured, but as the year progresses, students work more independently. Close reading begins with setting a purpose. I set the intention by telling the class, “We are going to read to find the main idea. The main idea helps us determine what an article is about.” When learning how specific animals adapted to their surroundings, for example, we identified the main idea with the simple phrase, “how animals adapt.” Writing the purpose at the top of the page helps students focus attention toward meeting a clear objective.

Once a purpose is set, number each paragraph of the article to allow students to cite their sources and track their reading. As a prereading strategy, students can make predictions about what the text is going to be about based on context clues like the title and pictures. 

Developing the Skill

When reading, students can use pencil marks to annotate the text. Initially, color-coding annotation provides visual cues for students. A common key for the color coding can be presented as a visual at the front of the classroom so that the whole class uses consistent marks.

At the beginning of the year, we read the text together—first for fluency, or, as I told my students, to “get [their] mouths familiar with the words.” Then we read the passage again with the goal of finding key terms such as numbers, dates, and names of places. Together, we mark the key terms with a blue box, and I explain why we are making this mark.

I devise a mini-lesson on the importance of each key term. When we encounter a word in bold, we discuss how bold words have a specific purpose. When we read an article on weather, we discussed how headings use bold print. This print in bold serves as a clue to let us know the topic of each paragraph.

Other key terms may be notes by dates. When we read an article about Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space, we used dates provided in the text to sequence her life using sticky notes. Students wrote down the date and the event that occurred. This helped students understand how a text works to provide a logical flow of information.

After reading the passage together, students reread it independently and put a box around unfamiliar words. I ask students to share unknown words with the class and mark them on my own text. Their feedback informs what vocabulary I can teach in an upcoming lesson. The words that need to be retaught are often content specific and essential for students to understand. After noting the vocabulary I want to revisit, we define the meaning of the text. 

Following the independent read, we read the passage again as a class, pausing to annotate. I model my thinking during reading by pausing and noting, “I have not heard the word ‘extinction’ before. I wonder what it means.” We then put a question mark by the word. As the year progresses, some of the steps can be combined, and students may begin to annotate the passage earlier in the process. Strong readers may complete this task by themselves or work with peers who need support as long as clear expectations are put in place. Annotating text encourages students to slow down and have meaningful interactions with their peers. When students are not racing to find an answer, they can critically explain why their answer makes sense in the context of what they are reading.

Encouraging Critical Questions

Finally, the students answer questions I create about the text. To make sure that readers of all levels can participate, the questions should range from simple, such as “What is the title of the article?” to more complex, such as “Who is the audience for this article and why?” I ask specific students for responses. To deepen comprehension, students can engage in discussion around what they have read. For example, when learning about character traits, students were asked to show what the protagonist thought, said, or felt, while rooting their responses in evidence. 

Later in the year, students can begin to develop their own questions to ask their peers. Remind students that the answers need to be supported by evidence in the text. A trading card format engages students in the questions. Students write a question on an index card and give it to a partner at their table to answer. This simple activity allows students who hesitate to answer questions aloud to participate. Sometimes I collect the cards at the end of the period and use one of the questions as a “do now” when students enter the classroom for the next period.

Reading From And Writing To Text Files

Reading from and Writing to Text Files

The StreamReader and StreamWriter classes are used for reading from and writing data to text files. These classes inherit from the abstract base class Stream, which supports reading and writing bytes into a file stream.

The StreamReader Class

The StreamReader class also inherits from the abstract base class TextReader that represents a reader for reading series of characters. The following table describes some of the commonly used methods of the StreamReader class −

Sr.No. Method Name & Purpose


Public Overrides Sub Close

It closes the StreamReader object and the underlying stream and releases any system resources associated with the reader.


Public Overrides Function Peek As Integer

Returns the next available character but does not consume it.


Public Overrides Function Read As Integer

Example Down the way where the nights are gay And the sun shines daily on the mountain top I took a trip on a sailing ship And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop Imports System.IO Module fileProg Sub Main() Try ' Create an instance of StreamReader to read from a file. ' The using statement also closes the StreamReader. Using sr As StreamReader = New StreamReader("e:/jamaica.txt") Dim line As String ' Read and display lines from the file until the end of ' the file is reached. line = sr.ReadLine() Console.WriteLine(line) line = sr.ReadLine() End While End Using Catch e As Exception ' Let the user know what went wrong. Console.WriteLine("The file could not be read:") Console.WriteLine(e.Message) End Try Console.ReadKey() End Sub End Module

Guess what it displays when you compile and run the program!

The StreamWriter Class

The StreamWriter class inherits from the abstract class TextWriter that represents a writer, which can write a series of character.

The following table shows some of the most commonly used methods of this class −

Sr.No. Method Name & Purpose


Public Overrides Sub Close

Closes the current StreamWriter object and the underlying stream.


Public Overrides Sub Flush

Clears all buffers for the current writer and causes any buffered data to be written to the underlying stream.


Public Overridable Sub Write (value As Boolean)

Writes the text representation of a Boolean value to the text string or stream. (Inherited from TextWriter.)


Public Overrides Sub Write (value As Char)

Writes a character to the stream.


Public Overridable Sub Write (value As Decimal)

Writes the text representation of a decimal value to the text string or stream.


Public Overridable Sub Write (value As Double)

Writes the text representation of an 8-byte floating-point value to the text string or stream.


Public Overridable Sub Write (value As Integer)

Writes the text representation of a 4-byte signed integer to the text string or stream.


Public Overrides Sub Write (value As String)

Writes a string to the stream.


Public Overridable Sub WriteLine

Writes a line terminator to the text string or stream.

The above list is not exhaustive. For complete list of methods please visit Microsoft’s documentation


The following example demonstrates writing text data into a file using the StreamWriter class −

Imports System.IO Module fileProg Sub Main() Dim names As String() = New String() {"Zara Ali", _ "Nuha Ali", "Amir Sohel", "M Amlan"} Dim s As String Using sw As StreamWriter = New StreamWriter("names.txt") For Each s In names sw.WriteLine(s) Next s End Using ' Read and show each line from the file. Dim line As String Using sr As StreamReader = New StreamReader("names.txt") line = sr.ReadLine() Console.WriteLine(line) line = sr.ReadLine() End While End Using Console.ReadKey() End Sub End Module

When the above code is compiled and executed, it produces the following result −

Zara Ali Nuha Ali Amir Sohel M Amlan



The ‘Safer’ Plastics Designed To Replace Bpa May Be Just As Bad For You

A chemical called BHPF—found in some ‘BPA-Free’ plastics—may cause harmful outcomes in mice, according to a study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

BPA, or Bisphenol A, has come under scrutiny in recent years, with studies suggesting that the chemical might mimic estrogen in the body in ways that are harmful to human health.

“In recent years, BPA was shown to have estrogenic activity, linking BPA to endocrine diseases and to an increased incidence of endocrine-related cancers,” lead study author Hu Jianying of Peking University told PopSci over email. “Because materials synthesized with BPA were widely used in packing materials for food and beverages, and BPA can be released into food from such containers, many countries have restricted or banned the use of BPA in materials or containers that come in contact with food, especially baby bottles for milk or water.”

Although BPA is not banned in the United States—in fact the US Food & Drug Administration ruled it safe for use in food packaging in 2014—manufacturers have still phased it out in response to consumer concerns. They’ve instead turned to plastics marketed as BPA-free, including BHPF.

In recent years, BHPF has shown up in all sorts of adhesives and plastic materials—everywhere from the aerospace and automobile industry to coatings used to protect floors. “So we are interested in the human exposure and risk due to the usage of BHPF,” Hu said.

The first step in that process was exposing cells—in this case yeast cells—to the chemical. Because BPA was known to be estrogen-like, the researchers exposed cells similar to those that bind with estrogen in humans. They discovered that while BPA mimics estrogen, BHPF actually blocks the hormone. This was confirmed via a computer model that simulates the effects of BHPF on cells. The model showed that BHPF fit into the antagonist pocket of estrogen receptor—it binds to an estrogen receptor but doesn’t elicit a response.

This sort of multi-step analysis is beneficial, says Maricel Maffini, because, “each step gives you more information and you can fine tune the type of testing you do next.” Maffini, who wasn’t involved in the new study, is a scientific consultant who works with public interest organizations and businesses on issues related to chemical safety—especially for chemicals that interact with our food.

The next step, in this case, was testing in animals. The researchers exposed four groups of pregnant mice to four different concentrations of BHPF. The mice exposed to BHPF experienced a host of pregnancy-related issues. This included low uterine weight, inflammation and thinning of the womb lining, and worse pregnancy outcomes. The mice exposed to the highest dose of BHPF had 24 percent fewer live pups per litter than the control group.

The study authors point out that we can’t extrapolate from mice onto humans. “[But] when you have a drug and you give it to animals, people take what happens to the animals pretty seriously and say this may happen in humans,” Maffini said. “Somehow there is a resistance to think the same way when we are testing chemicals. There is a tendency to say that the rat is not a human, the mouse is not a human, we don’t know if the same amount of chemical…is going to do anything to the human. We are different.”

And those knowledge gaps leave many concerned.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals are especially concerning for children since these hormones guide so much of their development. Pexels

“In the U.S. there are no requirements for testing in animals unless a lot of the chemical gets into the food supply,” said Maffini. “There is definitely no requirement to test for potential endocrine disrupting properties in chemicals—not even doing a computer modeling study, or an invitro study, similar done to those that are done in report.”

Similarly, we tend to test individual ingredients that are used to make a particular product, but not the product itself.

“We can test sodium independently, we can test chloride independently, and get very bad, toxic data,” said Maffini, “but if we look at salt—the sodium and the chloride together—we’re going to have a very different picture of the toxicity.”

But none of this matters if we’re not coming into contact with BHFP—it’s only a potential problem if humans are exposed to it. To see if we are being exposed, Hu and his colleagues tested 100 students for the presence of BHFP. Seven percent of them tested positive for the chemical. The testing wasn’t done to prove that BHFP is harming human health, but rather serves to suggest that at least some of us are being potentially exposed to it—and that we need to look deeper into what this might mean. How dangerous might BHFP be, and how is it getting into our bodies?

We have some clues about the latter question: because BPA rose to such prominence due to its use in plastic drinking bottles, and because a lot of Chinese students drink boiled water out of plastic water bottles, Hu’s team tested polycarbonate bottles—both baby bottles (polycarbonate baby bottles are banned in China, so they had to purchase them from abroad) and adult drinking water bottles—for the presence for BHPF. They found that water samples taken from all three baby bottles tested positive for BHPF.

Similarly, they detected BHPF in water from two bottles made of Eastman Tritan’s BPA-free copolyester. It’s unclear if the bottles Hu tested are available in the United States. But the U.S. might not be regulating the use of BHPF at all. A survey of three FDA databases—Indirect Additives used in Food Contact Substances, Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications, and the Threshold of Regulation (TOR) Exemptions—failed to turn up references to either Fluorene-9-bisphenol or BHPF. If the FDA has deemed BHPF safe to use, it should show up in one of those databases.

In an emailed statement Eastman Tritan claimed that “no fluorene-9-bisphenol nor any other bisphenol analogs were added to Tritan,” and that “based on the chemistry of Tritan and the lack of bisphenol analogs, the results in this paper are not expected.”

The statement went on to note that in a 2012 study, researchers tested seven bottles made from Tritan resin and found that they did not release BPA “nor plasticizer or other substances.”

“Polymer migration testing and polymer chemistry can be very complex,” the statement added. “It is more likely that the detected substances were contamination from their lab equipment (other plastics, gaskets, seals, tubes, glassware, detergents for example) or the substances were misidentified.”

But in 2011, researchers on a different study found that most commercial plastic—including Tritan—leeches some kind of synthetic estrogen even when not exposed to microwaves, dishwashers, or boiling water, which are known to make plastics leech chemicals. Synthetic estrogens are worrisome, because estrogen hormones guide a host of biological processes—from growth, to puberty (even in boys, despite the fact that estrogen is considered a ‘female hormone), to reproduction. Eastman Tritan sued over the 2011 study and won.


It’s possible that both Tritan and the team sued in the 2011 lawsuit are technically correct—the two sides used different tests, and different definitions of estrogenic activity. Scientists are still trying to figure out what level of endocrine disruption can be considered safe, and the answer is likely different for each chemical. In the new study, researchers found that BHPF affected mice at much lower levels than BPA did.

The method of exposure matters, too. The FDA labels BPA as safe because it’s assumed that the primary mechanism of exposure is through eating and drinking, and the body excretes BPA in just six hours. But this ignores that some of us are drinking from containers made with BPA pretty much constantly, preventing us from ever fully expelling BPA from our bodies. Meanwhile, a number of studies looking at the presence of BPA in paper receipts have found that a significant amount enters the bloodstream by way of skin contact alone. A May 2023 study found that those of us who live near industrial sites can be exposed to a high level of BPA simply by living our lives as usual. It may very well be that the level of exposure from any single source might be low enough to be safe, but that the cumulative exposure could cause health problems. We don’t know yet—there needs to be more research.

“We think,” wrote Hu to PopSci, “that toxicity of substitutes should be assessed comprehensively, and regulations for substitution of chemicals should be developed in the future.” Otherwise, we risk introducing alternative materials that cause just as much harm.

“People shouldn’t be put in the position of selecting which are the safe products,” said Maffini, “the products should be safe.”

In the meantime, there’s always glass.

Acer Predator Aethon 500 Review: Seriously, Who Designed This Keyboard?

Acer’s Predator Aethon 500 isn’t a bad value-add for pre-built PCs, but its $180 price tag is steep for a Kailh Blue-equipped keyboard with some very strange design choices.

The longer you stare at Acer’s Predator Aethon 500, the weirder it seems. It’s not that it’s an ugly keyboard per se, but you might call it “challenging.” Where most companies might settle on one or two flashy design elements to stand out, the Aethon 500 is all flash, a mess of design elements that often contradict each other.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Questionable calls

The Aethon 500 is a battle station. Let’s start there, with its heft. This is a monster of a keyboard, so heavy I actually handed the box off to my colleague Adam Patrick Murray to see his look of surprise. You might think 3.9 pounds doesn’t sound like much, but it’s almost a full pound heavier than other flagship keyboards like Razer’s BlackWidow. It’s large, yes, with thick bezels and a row of macro keys—but more to the point, it’s dense. There’s a lot of plastic here, but also a thick metal backplate and sides. If you need a keyboard to potentially bludgeon zombies with, the Aethon 500’s set to be your best friend.

IDG / Hayden Dingman

It’s an interesting contrast to the lightweight Futura typeface emblazoned on (most) keycaps. And if those two elements, sans-serif typeface and a thick slab of keyboard, were sufficient to describe the Aethon 500 then I might say Acer had a winner of a design.

There are so many odd choices though. For one, you’ll notice I said Futura’s used for most of the keyboard. Weird, right? Don’t ask me why, but Acer’s chosen to use a completely different, more aggressive typeface on the five macro keys. It’s not a terrible juxtaposition, but it’s not endearing either.

The branding’s also a bit overdone for my tastes. The keyboard itself isn’t too bad, but having the word “Predator” written across the bottom edge isn’t a choice I’d make. The (thin plastic) wrist rest is the real offender though, with the Acer Predator logo engraved in silver on the right edge. Every time I look at it, all I can think is “Someone stamped Optimus Prime onto this keyboard.”

IDG / Hayden Dingman

One of the first elements you’ll notice is the volume wheel. Why? Because it sticks out of the side of the keyboard. Like so much of the Aethon 500, I’m torn on this choice. It’s useful—if the wheel didn’t stick out the side, you’d be left with one that’s about a half-inch long and hard to find. Like Razer’s recent circular media keys, the Aethon 500 makes it easy to run a hand up the side of the keyboard, find the knob, and twist.

IDG / Hayden Dingman

And these are just the Aethon 500’s most obvious quirks. There are more. For instance, Acer uses the arrow keys for backlight brightness, plus…a second set of volume controls. Why? You’ll find the same sort of redundancy is also present in Caps Lock/Scroll Lock/Num Lock, where Acer has included a standard row of indicator lights across the top-right edge and made it so the lock keys only light up if active. Again, why?

IDG / Hayden Dingman

Perhaps most baffling of all: The “5” key has two secondary function labels, one for the standard “%” sign and the other for the Euro symbol (“€”). That’s the only EurKEY symbol to show up on the Aethon 500 though, and the accompanying “Alt Gr” key you’d use to access it doesn’t (to my knowledge) even work by default in the USA. It just defaults to a second Alt key.

Point being, Acer made a lot of strange choices with the Aethon 500’s design. None of them are really make-or-break, and I haven’t hated having it on my desk these past few weeks. That said, there are better keyboards out there—especially for $180. That might be standard list price for an RGB keyboard, and indeed the Aethon 500’s backlighting is decent enough to compete with Corsair, Razer, Logitech, et cetera. But the rest of the design? I’m not so sure.

Blue for blues

That $180 price is doubly hard to swallow when you factor in Acer’s switch choice.

Anyway, those days are long in the past. Rather than revive its old switch, Acer’s instead opted for a fairly standard Kailh Blue on the Aethon 500. There’s nothing wrong with a Kailh Blue in theory. It’s one of the better Cherry MX knock-offs, with a slightly lower actuation force—so slight it’s doubtful you’ll notice, really.

IDG / Hayden Dingman

Kailh switches also have a reputation for poor quality control though, deserved or not. Regardless of whether you buy into that argument, it means Kailh switches generally don’t command the same price as actual Cherry switches—except here, on the Aethon 500.

Corsair’s keyboards list around $180 and use actual Cherry MX switches. Razer’s and Logitech’s don’t, but each has developed a proprietary switch to justify the price—in other words, “You either get it from us or you don’t buy our keyboards.”

IDG / Hayden Dingman

Now, Acer’s put a lot of work into the Aethon 500 and I’ve no doubt the general build quality is better than most of those $60 keyboards. That said, the Aethon 500 probably deserves a price in between the two extremes—say, $120. Anything higher than that feels a bit steep.

Light it up

Before we wrap up, let’s briefly touch on the awkwardly named “Predator Gaming Device Integration” software. It’s okay.

These sorts of software utilities are always hit-or-miss, but Acer’s is at least fairly intuitive when it comes to changing out lighting effects, the one feature most people will touch. Macro customization is more awkward, but can be deciphered by someone who cares enough.

IDG / Hayden Dingman

Bottom line

The Acer Predator Aethon 500 isn’t a bad keyboard, and if you’re buying an Acer Predator PC there’s no reason to throw it out. We’ve come a long way from the old rubber-dome pack-ins that came with a lot of prebuilt machines.

But Acer’s now selling the Aethon 500 to the public and that’s a more questionable pursuit, especially at full price. It’s one of the few keyboards to include macro keys these days, which might be enough to convince certain gamers, but substandard switches, an eye-watering price, and a cadre of awkward design choices make the Aethon 500 an also-ran in my eyes.

How Are Emeritus Courses Designed & Why It’S The Mark Of Quality

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Emeritus courses have an 80% completion rate. Surprised? So are most people, since the average completion rate for online courses globally is as low as 13%. This begs the question, what about our courses keeps learners so engaged till the end? We’re letting the cat out of the bag here. Discover how our courses are designed that sets it apart.

Step #1: Identifying the Right Courses to Build

  – Lisa Brem, Director of Design at Emeritus

The idea is to identify a knowledge gap in the market and come up with a program to bridge this. For instance, by 2025, it is expected that the time spent by humans and machines on current tasks will be equal. This will result in 97 million new roles for machine learning experts as the division of labor between humans, machines, and algorithms grows. Naturally, the world needs a workforce educated in machine learning. Thus, we have a wide range of Emeritus courses for machine learning and artificial intelligence as part of our offerings.

– Debajeet Das, Regional Director of the Product Team

So the idea for a new Emeritus course could come from anywhere as long as it is a great idea that has the potential to create impact. In fact, even faculty members who work closely with the product team to build courses make recommendations. The dialogue with faculty members about course ideas sometimes opens up avenues that were not considered before. The entire process of starting a new course is both organic and symbiotic for the world class universities we are partnering with.

Step #2: Determining the Type and Format for the Course

Once the subject is decided, the next step is to select its format. Moreover, the format must compliment the subject and suit the online learning aspect of Emeritus courses. Director of Design, Brem, sorted course formats into five categories:

Step #3: Building the course content

“Once we start working with faculty, we integrate insights from these three pillars for a unique learning experience: the human element, applied learning, and collaboration between faculty and instructional designers,” says Brem.

The Backward Design Methodology

  -Karen Mahon, Director of Design at Emeritus

“We identify the inputs required for the learning outcomes we have identified. This design method is effective in developing instruction for learners of all ages. Using BWD, we craft unique, interactive learning experiences that include a combination of assessments, hands-on activities, skill applications, and more,” explains Mahon.

3.1 Human Element

The “human element” of any Emeritus course entails the style and passions of course leaders. Learners receive information in small bite-sized nuggets that are easier to digest. Moreover, they receive personalized feedback to help them understand the course material and self-evaluate. Many learners have full-time jobs and personal commitments. The hybrid asynchronous/synchronous structure is made for such busy students, who learn mostly from recorded materials and attend live lectures when they can. Learning happens along side community building with their peers because networking is one of the outcomes of all Emeritus courses.

3.2 Applied Learning

“Applied learning” is a commitment that the students will be able to apply what they learn in an Emeritus course. It is the process of giving learners engaging assignments that facilitates them to understand the course material; it is a prioritization of practical application over memorizing for academic success. So, learners receive playbooks and practice simulations of real professional events that they are likely to encounter in their careers. It ensures that learners know how to handle these situations with real-life examples and case studies while also hearing industry perspectives.

3.3 Collaboration

Collaboration delivers the important content at the core of each course. Emeritus partners with the upper echelon academic minds and drives best practices in instructional design to build unique and usable courses. In fact, these Emeritus courses include engaging videos with high production value purely to make the learning experience smoother. This includes a learner-centric UX including a 24-hour live support and badges for high achievers.

Brem sums it up beautifully by saying “In the 25 weeks that follow, we focus on crafting a course that adds value to a learner’s professional life by aligning their learning goals with all the elements in the course.”

Step 4: Quality Matters

The success of the designing process for an Emeritus course does not end with designing a course. There are rigorous checks in place to ensure that the quality of education imparted to learners is top-notch. To ensure that there is no compromise in quality, all Emeritus online courses follow Quality Matters rubrics and standards. This, in turn, provides a certification of quality that ensures all courses deliver what they promise to learners — well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented courses and programs.

Lisa Brem spoke further about the rigorous quality standards required by Quality Matters to help learners upskill or reskill. “Quality Matters is a global organization that focuses on providing quality standards for online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments,” she says.

Now that you know how Emeritus courses are designed, you must be wondering how to choose the right course for you. So, find an Emeritus course that fits your learning and upskilling needs today.

By Anwesha Barari

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