The Travel Institute has moved its current online educational courses format to a more interactive e-learning platform to improve student experience and retention rates.

“With interactive exercises, increased use of images, enhanced navigation, mapping capabilities, progress quizzes and much more, we’re blending the capabilities and content we see as most beneficial to travel professionals who want to maximize educational opportunities and advance their career,” says Diane Petras, CTIE, president, The Travel Institute in press materials.

In addition, students using the new platform are expected to benefit from improved retention in a variety of subjects including business and interpersonal skills development, destination information, niche marketing, and more.

“It’s widely understood today that students best engage and learn in a variety of ways including visual, auditory, and experiential,” said Guida Botelho, CTIE, director of training, The Travel Institute in press materials. “Taking advantage of today’s best-practice Web technologies, The Travel Institute is ensuring our content connects most broadly with various students’ learning styles and, ultimately, that our students experience increased retention of what they’ve learned and are able to then use it in their careers each day,” he adds.

The new platform easily adapts to various screen sizes and orientation, which enables easy transition between desktop, tablet, and mobile phone devices. This allows agents to easily complete their coursework from anywhere, anytime they have Internet access.

The Travel Institute’s re-vamped e-learning courses makes learning more interactive and accessible on various platforms. (Photo courtesy of The Travel Institute.)

Current classes available are Luxury and Golf, which each give agents the education and resources they need to learn to sell luxury travel experiences, as well as golf-focused itineraries. The Northern Europe course will be available May 1, as the first in a 3-part series for Europe, including Scandinavia and The British Isles. This course will give agents sample itineraries, information on key landmarks and attractions, as well as tips on selling the region, cultural nuances, language, best season to travel, and more. Advisors will also get sales tips and nice market advice. As of July 1, advisors can sign up for the Certified Travel Associate (CTA) course, which covers 15 critical areas designed to teach travel advisors to become travel professionals. This in-depth program is a practical, real-life approach to your on-the-job success.

Additional courses including Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, and North America are in queue with all courses scheduled for migration to the new platform by the end of 2019.

With a complex and ever-changing industry, learning travel should be a career-long mindset. We support continual advancement, and we have options from bite-sized, micro-learning opportunities to certification and everything in between to help our travel professionals do just that,” added Patras in press materials.

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