Online Learning & eLearning

Best Money Moves partners with the LFE Institute to add Essential College Planning to Help Millions of Employees Save Time, Money, and Avoid Costly Post-COVID College Mistakes

 CHICAGO, IL, September 10, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Escalating college costs leave many families unaware of how expensive higher education really is. Unanticipated expenses and lack of planning has led to massive college drop-out rates, students taking up to 6 years to graduate, and 53% of new grads being unemployed or underemployed. Many envisioned college as a path to a brighter future, but the reality is often just the opposite, including massive debt often nearly impossible to repay.

Best Money Moves’ award-winning Financial Wellness platform has seen first-hand how the lack of college planning negatively impacts productivity, and leads to employee stress, massive debt levels, and depleted retirement savings. College is one of the most expensive decisions many employees will ever make, yet a digital turn-key Plan has been the missing component in Benefit Programs … until now.

“Planning for college is a confusing, expensive process and mistakes are costly,” said Ilyce Glink, founder and CEO of Best Money Moves. “As part of our ongoing dedication to employee Financial Wellness, we’re delighted to partner with the LFE Institute. They bring an unbiased educational approach to the college planning process to ensure that employees have the essential information needed to make the most of every dollar invested in college.”

“With parents and grandparents of 16 million high school Juniors struggling to make informed college decisions every year, we saw a massive need to provide education on strategies that simply weren’t available through current college planning channels,” states Alice Whinnery, CEO and founder of the LFE Institute.

“Access to general college information and data is plentiful,” says Whinnery, “but this information has failed to prevent today’s problems, especially with the substantial impact COVID has had on the college planning process. That’s why we created the CAP System, the first turn-key educational System specifically designed to prevent the college-related challenges millions of employees face today.”

Adding LFE’s innovative new College Planning System to its best-in-class fintech and e-learning tools demonstrates Best Money Moves’ continued focus on helping employers provide results-oriented solutions. “Reducing employee stress for those involved in making life-changing college decisions is just one more way we’re committed to creating a financially healthy workforce,” states Glink.

About Best Money Moves

An award-winning, mobile-first financial wellness technology platform, Best Money Moves helps employees measure their level of financial stress and dial it down using a unique content-mapping system, powered by machine learning. Best Money Moves measures stress in 15 categories, and incorporates live money coaching as well as an extraordinary level of company-level customization, so that employers can dig into unique insights, and understand more about how their employees financial stress impacts everything from retention, turnover, and workplace accidents, to unexplained absences, healthcare costs and outcomes and other issues. Best Money Moves was top in the 2017 Next Great HR Tech Company competition, was named a Top 20 Financial Wellness provider by MyShortlister, a top 50 Startup to Watch by Builtin Chicago, and a finalist in the 2019 Health Value Awards. For more information, visit BestMoneyMoves.com or contact our CEO, Ilyce Glink, on LinkedIn.

About LFE Institute

The LFE Institute was a pioneer in providing unbiased financial literacy and money coaching to employers, banks, pension providers, financial services firms, and the U.S. Department of Defense over the past 25 years. Alice Whinnery, LFE’s founder and CEO, is a former CPA with PwC, the author of four books, publisher of the weekly Money Minute! for more than 9 years, and creator of CWMC, a comprehensive Workplace Money Coaching Certification program for counselors and financial professionals. Recognizing the negative impact college had on families, LFE transitioned from broad-based Financial Literacy education to assemble a national team of academic and financial experts to develop the first scalable College Planning Educational System: The CAP System. After nearly a year of successful field testing this best-in-class digital 5-Step System, CAP was launched in the spring of 2021, with the goal of helping millions of families avoid costly college mistakes through Financial Wellness Providers, FinTech firms, financial institutions, advisory firms, and CPAs. For more information, visit the LFEInstitute.com or contact Alice Whinnery at [email protected]

Learning Management Systems (LMS) Apps, Tools, and Resources That I Would Use If I Were Still in the Classroom

Back in 2001, when I started as a teacher, the technology boom was in its nascent stage. I remember toting a large bag filled with papers home most nights and going to sleep drowning under a vast sea of student homework that needed grading. My classroom was even worse, cluttered with books, manipulatives, globes, maps, and learning stations that left little room for anything else. However, as I write this in 2018, things have changed dramatically. Today’s teachers have edtech in their corners.

Digital teaching and learning tools have streamlined education processes and provide learning experiences that stretch far beyond the materials that were available for me back in 2001. For example, the advent of learning management systems has completely turned the notion of “attending class” on its ear. Now, homeschool students can “attend school” using a service like K-12, which allows students to receive a K-12 education from the comfort of their own home or on the go. A working mom with a hectic schedule can enroll in an online degree program at her local university or at a university 5,000 miles away, and barely or never step foot on a physical university campus.

High schools use learning management systems to offer credit recovery classes online, to help students make up a course that they failed in person, which can keep them on track for graduation. They also offer unit recovery courses, which allow students to retake only the units or skills that they need to advance. For instance, a student who has demonstrated mastery of 6 out of 10 concepts in an English class doesn’t need to retake the entire course—he can focus on the four concepts that weren’t mastered in person. As you can see, the modern LMS’s has many uses and applications. If I were still in the classroom today, I’d use these apps, tools, and resources:

Google Classroom: Google Classroom is one of the leading learning management systems because it is free and compatible with all of the other Google programs. Teachers can deliver assignments, communicate with students, and help their class to stay better organized.

Blackboard: Blackboard developed learning management systems for both the K-12 sector and for higher education universities. Their unique approach enables a workflow that students can access from anywhere alongside real-time communication between teachers and students. Their goal is to create a more personalized education with access to these materials.

Submittable: This program collects and manages submissions of digital materials. It covers manuscripts, assignments, applications, portfolios, artwork, and other related documents. The software is used by leading schools and universities globally including Harvard and MIT. It collects all forms of submissions including videos, texts, and links.

LearningWare – LearningWare is a Japanese-based learning management system that uses games as a tool to improve training and learning. The platform provides users with course scheduling, sales, and communication management features. The platform integrates games into training programs to improve trainees’ engagement and retention.

Eduhappy – EduHappy is a school management system, student information system, and a learning management system. The system constructs schools from scratch, including school profiles, grades, courses, and academic calendars. The system also provides schedule management; that is, students are provided with timetables in their portal views, and teachers will also have their schedules.

ProctorTrack – ProctorTrack is designed to provide proctor services that allow students to take exams at their convenience. The tool can easily be set up by linking it to your existing learning management system.

Schoology: Similar to Blackboard, Schoology helps students and their teachers to better communicate about assignments and classroom information. There are plenty of instructional tools, mobile capabilities, and even real-time data for educators to study. Schoology’s platform is designed for both K-12 schools and universities.

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