Thursday’s Professional Development Committee meeting was outstanding! Chair Amy Chorew and Vice-Chair Margaret Hartman ran a tight ship in the two-hour meeting that crunched through a variety of updates and a panel discussion. Here’s a quick summary.
David Overby updated us on REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate (MRE) program. Last year’s first graduating class of 10 was followed this year by 12 graduates. There is a steady 70-something group of adults in the program at this time.
Katherine Kerpan and Kristen Short discussed REALTOR® University’s designations and certifications. There are so many online learning options at REALTOR® University – which includes 80 online courses, 100 recorded webinars, and a total of 640 hours available to all REALTORS® on the platform. If you haven’t seen the catalog, check it out. It’s impressive! They’re specifically introducing a new Real Estate Safety Matters course, which will be a 3-hours course available to associations and others to host. What a timely topic.
Amy then introduced a six-member panel who discussed education trends in our industry. I was honored to be a member on the panel, which included Shannon Poser, Brent Lancaster, Michelle Pettway, Stephanie S. White, and Justin Levitch. We talked about mobile learning and offering education alternatives to agents through “digital sips” – which is one of my favorite new catch phrases from the conference. Amy talked about being able to offer these educational or training sessions to agents on any platform – cell phones, tablets, laptop, or desktop – so that on-the-go training can occur wherever and whenever the agent needs it. I love that concept.
Panel members discussed distance learning and being able to connect with students and agents remotely using virtual learning platforms. We also talked about using a blended method of teaching, using social media concepts (badges, making achieving goals competitive, building games out of teaching moments, etc). We talked about my use of an old-school paper planner to keep my agents on track, and we talked about keeping track of agent metrics. It was an energy- filled discussion that the group responded positively to and we received good feedback after the meeting.
Erica Ramus is the broker/owner of RAMUS Realty Group in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She was in NAR’s REALTOR® University’s first graduating class to earn the MRE degree and she serves on both state and national REALTOR® group committees. She teaches pre-licensing and continuing education real estate courses at Penn State University and is on the Board of Regents at Realtor University.