Oklahoma State University’s IT Students Receive Real-World Prep for Landing Jobs

Interactive online program proven to raise student performance, save instructors time

Stillwater, OK (PRWEB) September 26, 2011

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business Professor Meg Kletke knows firsthand the challenges facing today’s college students.

“Students don’t have schedules like they used to, when they’d come and do nothing but take classes. Now, they’ve got so many more responsibilities on their shoulders—they’ve got families, they’ve got jobs because they’re trying to pay for their education,” said Kletke, who teaches management science and information systems at the Spears School. “And in the midst of all this, students know that post-graduation, they’ll be facing one of the most competitive job markets ever.”

As the economy continues to struggle with no end in sight, more people are turning to higher education. But it’s not enough to simply have a college degree. Job seekers must do more to stand out to potential employers—and that includes a resume with strong technology skills, a must for any office job.

“Having solid IT skills is critically important for any career path—they can often be the difference between landing that job and continuing to pound the pavement,” said Kletke.

Kletke’s students are improving their technology skills using an interactive online homework and tutorial program called MyITLab. MyITLab looks, feels and acts like Microsoft Office, giving students a practical, hands-on approach to learning Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint applications. Students using MyITLab learn at their own pace, in their own style, and receive instant feedback on how they’re doing. Click here to see how Oklahoma State students are learning with MyITLab.

Nationally, students have increased their achievement by up to 40 percent following use of MyITLab, according to one report. Retention has improved too, with schools reporting lower drop/fail rates.

“Students are able to pick the time and the place where they want to get their work done. That’s unique. And the program adapts to how students really learn,” said Kletke.

OSU student Casey Robison said, “I’m personally a visual learner, so it’s great being able to sit down and see it, but [there’s] also an option where [the program] will actually talk to you and walk you through things.”

And, with nearly 700 students a semester, Professor Kletke says MyITLab allows her to spend more time actually working with her students and less time grading. Students are actively involved in their learning, and the gradebook shows her where students’ strengths and weaknesses are.

“Using this online tool, I’m definitely able to stay connected with my professor. She can be at home and I can be at home, and we’re still able to email each other—and that’s crucial when you’re under a time crunch,” said OSU student Jaclyn Denny.

With more than 8 million student registrations around the globe in 2010, Pearson’s MyLab and Mastering programs have proven effective at helping colleges and universities to improve student performance and retention while controlling costs. The MyLab and Mastering programs can be customized to suit each student’s level of knowledge and used in any environment—lab-based, blended and distance learning or classroom. For more information about MyLab and Mastering, visit http://pearsonhighered.com/educator/mylabmastering/index.page.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform.

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