Online Education Gets New Home
If you build it, they will come.
That’s certainly been the case for the new US Lacrosse learning management platform, which launched last month. In just the first few weeks, more than 5,000 people have signed up to access online educational information offered by US Lacrosse.
“We’ve had tremendous response and it’s gratifying to see people better able to access content that we’ve developed,” said Erin Smith, director of education and training for US Lacrosse. “This new system makes it much easier for our members to take advantage of the course offerings we have.”
The platform can be found at learning.uslacrosse.org, and US Lacrosse members can enroll in most of the courses free of charge.
One of the most popular courses is the How to Make Proper Contact in Men’s and Boys’ Lacrosse. The course, originally launched in 2013, was developed to help reduce the number of injuries resulting from illegal and hard hits by teaching proper technique to deliver and receive contact in men’s and boys’ lacrosse. Since the launch of the new learning management platform in January, more than 1,000 people have enrolled in the course.
Two other popular courses include the Fundamentals of Coaching courses for boys’ and girls lacrosse, which satisfy the online requirement for Level 1 certification through the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program. Coaches have also actively been taking rules tests for 2016 for various levels of youth and high school play.
Boys’ and girls’ rules and penalty courses geared towards officials have also been among the most used courses.
“I’m most excited about the opportunities this platform provides in allowing us to expand our educational offerings,” said Smith. “We’ll be able to develop new courses and update content much faster with this system, and incorporate experts from around the country into our offerings. We just scratched the surface of what this platform will allow us to do for the sport.”
More than 1,000 people enrolled in US Lacrosse’s “How to Make Proper Contact in Men’s and Boys’ Lacrosse” course in the first few weeks after USL launched a new online learning management system.