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 Subject : Registration Methods.. 09/10/2018 12:37:51 PM 
Heather Jasmin
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Hi everyone,
I'm interested in registration methods that other institutions use. At the Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning, we don't currently have an online registration option. All registrations received by a certain date (either by mail or dropped off) are processed randomly. We have about 500 members, and close to 400 of them get their materials in by the date. Every year, we have people chafe at the random process. We used to be first come, first-served, with walk-in, phone, online and mail all vying for attention at once. That was a nightmare!

Thanks for your help!
Heather
 Subject : Re:Registration Methods.. 09/14/2018 02:52:25 PM 
Claire McGurn
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Heather, this response was forwarded to the Resource Network from LIRIC, Iona College.

This is in response to Heather Jasmin's request.
Currently our organization, Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) , does not have on line registration. Catalogs, which include application forms, are sent out 2 months prior to the start of our Fall session and again prior to the start of our Spring session. These are sent to current members and those requesting them. Registration applications and fees, either check or cash, are mailed to the Chair of Membership Committee. There is a deadline for applications, however we do accept them after the deadline and even after the beginning of classes. We also have an Open House about 3 weeks prior to the start of the Fall session. Here new attendees may apply and also members can submit their applications for the year. In the Spring we offer a reduced fee for those who wish to attend this session only. Our membership for the year 2017- 2018 was 356.
We are very satisfied with our registration system and will continue using it.
I hope this information is helpful.

Lorraine Rosano
Chair of Membership Committee LIRIC
 Subject : Re:Registration Methods.. 09/14/2018 02:54:47 PM 
Claire McGurn
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This response sent to the Network from Worcester Institute for Senior Education:

The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) uses Wild Apricot (wildapricot.com) to manage online registrations, contacts, and our website (assumptionwise.org).
We have used Wild Apricot for three years. After a few hiccups as members and administrators acclimated themselves to the system, we've having a good time. More than 80 percent of our members register online, a percentage that's increased from half. (We started online registration five years ago, using sched.org for the first two years.)
I'd be glad to answer any additional questions and provide a guided tour through our system.
Karl

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Karl A. Hakkarainen
508 829 5825
WISE technical adviser
 Subject : Re:Registration Methods.. 09/14/2018 02:56:56 PM 
Claire McGurn
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This post is from Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative

Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this problem. The old group I belonged to had people submit -either by mail or online - their list of desired courses ranked by preference. They were all opened the same day and as many first preferences as possible were enrolled. However when a course was filled there was a lottery and that engendered a lot of dissension.

At LLAIC we have gone the route of online enrollment beginning at 10 a.m on a specific date. Unfortunately several popular courses fill in the first 3 or 4 minutes believe it or not. Then people can see right away what courses are still open to them and have immediate notice they are in the course. We use ProClass software which several of us have mastered. They are okay but not always as responsive as we would prefer when we ask them to make a change in their system.. We have sampled some others but the task of learning a new one, and the even greater task of acclimating our members to a new one, seems too daunting so we stay with them.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for any details you might want.
Phyllis Pressman Cohen
President
Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative

300 Willow Brook Drive
Wayland MA 01778
508-651-9630
 Subject : Re:Registration Methods.. 09/14/2018 02:59:41 PM 
Claire McGurn
Posts: 73
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This post is from Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative

Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this problem. The old group I belonged to had people submit -either by mail or online - their list of desired courses ranked by preference. They were all opened the same day and as many first preferences as possible were enrolled. However when a course was filled there was a lottery and that engendered a lot of dissension.

At LLAIC we have gone the route of online enrollment beginning at 10 a.m on a specific date. Unfortunately several popular courses fill in the first 3 or 4 minutes believe it or not. Then people can see right away what courses are still open to them and have immediate notice they are in the course. We use ProClass software which several of us have mastered. They are okay but not always as responsive as we would prefer when we ask them to make a change in their system.. We have sampled some others but the task of learning a new one, and the even greater task of acclimating our members to a new one, seems too daunting so we stay with them.

Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me for any details you might want.
Phyllis Pressman Cohen
President
Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative

300 Willow Brook Drive
Wayland MA 01778
508-651-9630
 
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