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Dear Reader,

My daughter is a junior in high school, and for almost every semester she’s taken an online course as part of her studies. This semester she’s taking Spanish 3, an advanced level course where every word of instruction is spoken in Spanish. Each morning she joins the class from our home in North Carolina, while her teacher is in Illinois and her classmates are scattered across the country. It’s pretty cool. And, since the office in our house is near our kitchen, I’m serenaded with Spanish during breakfast every morning. I think I’m learning Spanish through osmosis.

It’s so different from when I was in school, where the only way to take a course was to sit in a classroom and listen to a lecture. But online courses are common for today’s students. My daughter took her first online course because her school didn’t offer a class she needed; now it’s because she simply wants the course, and how it’s delivered doesn’t matter. In fact, she says she might even prefer online courses to the traditional classroom.

I guess I’m just a dinosaur, because SAS® users have been taking online courses from us for more than a decade. Every year, approximately 3,000 students enroll in SAS Live Web classes, SAS' version of the classroom experience, without the travel. Most students love it, saying that because classes run in real time, have high interactivity (through exercises, polls and quizzes), encourage Q&A, and set aside lab time, they feel like Live Web classes are no different than a traditional classroom course. And, like my daughter, some say they actually prefer Live Web classes to the traditional classroom.

Live Web classes do enjoy some advantages over the classroom. For starters, many classes run with two instructors. The lead instructor teaches the material, while the second instructor answers questions and helps manage the flow of the class. Just like a traditional course, students can "raise their hands" and ask questions (via the VoIP feature), but there’s also a texting option if they want to ask a question without disrupting the entire class. Another nice feature is that the data and a recording of class are both available after the class concludes, making it easy for students to review concepts or practice what they learned.

The program is very popular, and we now offer Live Web classes around the globe. If you haven’t taken a Live Web class before, I encourage you to learn more about the format. You can also view a short video for more details. When you’re ready to register,  you can view course dates in EMEA or the US. Contact your local training site if you have questions.

Mientras tanto, disfrutar el boletín SAS Learning Report. Y gracias para leyendo.
(See? Osmosis.)

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Thanks for reading,

Larry LaRusso
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Editor, SAS Learning Report

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Learn a coding-based approach to predictive modeling

In the Predictive Modeling Using Logistic Regression course, you’ll learn how to build predictive models using SAS/STAT® with emphasis on the LOGISTIC procedure. Learn your way – the course is offered in the classroom or via e-learning.

SAS® Predictive Modeler exam now available at Pearson VUE locations

SAS® Predictive Modeler exam now available at Pearson VUE locations

The SAS Certified Predictive Modeler Using SAS® Enterprise Miner™ 14 exam can now be taken at over 2,800 Pearson VUE sites in 134 countries. See the SAS Global Certification website for full details and registration information for this and all other SAS Certification exams.

Customer Life Cycle Management Using SAS®

Customer Life Cycle Management Using SAS®

Explore popular metrics and methods used to measure customer valuation (including Customer Lifetime Value), learn different strategies to maximize CLV over a customer’s life cycle and more. New course offered in New York City and San Francisco.

Applying Data Science: Business Case Studies Using SAS®
 

Applying Data Science: Business Case Studies Using SAS

Analytical talent is in high demand, especially data science skills. In eight entertaining and real-world case studies, author Gerhard Svolba combines data science and advanced analytics with business questions, illustrating them with data and SAS code.

Learn more about SAS® Live Web classes
 

Learn more about SAS® Live Web classes

Wondering what all the benefits are for Live Web training? Look no further. This short video gives you a quick look at all SAS Live Web has to offer.

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SAS Visual Analytics: Getting Started  26 MAY 2017

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager: Creating and Managing Campaigns  28 MAY-01 JUN 2017

Introduction to SAS and Hadoop  30 MAY-02 JUN 2017

SAS Macro Language 2: Advanced Techniques  30 MAY-02 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Using SAS Visual Data Builder  30 MAY-02 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques  30 MAY-01 JUN 2017

SAS SQL 1: Essentials  01-02 JUN 2017

Managing the SAS Platform with SAS Environment Manager  01-02 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Getting Started  01-02 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials  02,05-09 JUN 2017

SAS Business Intelligence Reporting: Fast Track  04-07 JUN 2017

SAS Platform Administration: Metadata Administration  05-09 JUN 2017

SAS Business Rules Manager Usage  05-08 JUN 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting  05-09 JUN 2017

JMP Software: Introduction to the JMP Scripting Language  05-09 JUN 2017

SAS Contextual Analysis: Building Models  05-08 JUN 2017

Exploring SAS Studio for SAS Programmers  06 JUN 2017

Decision Tree Modeling  06-09 JUN 2017

SAS Macro Language 1: Essentials  06-09 JUN 2017

DS2 Programming: Essentials  06-09 JUN 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide 1: Querying and Reporting  07-09 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques  07-09 JUN 2017

Explaining Analytics to Decision Makers: Insights to Action  07-09 JUN 2017

Statistics 2: ANOVA and Regression  07-09,14-16 JUN 2017

Mixed Models Analyses Using SAS  07-09,14-16 JUN 2017

Getting Started with SAS In-Memory Statistics  08-09 JUN 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide 2: Advanced Tasks and Querying  08-09 JUN 2017

JMP Software: Measurement System Analysis  08-09 JUN 2017

Taking Your SAS Programming Skills to the Next Level  08 JUN 2017

SAS Report Writing 1: Essentials  09,12-16 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials  12-14,19-21 JUN 2017

SAS SQL 1: Essentials  12-16 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Administering a Distributed Deployment  12-16 JUN 2017

Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning  13-16 JUN 2017

SAS 360 Discover: Working with the Data Model  13-16 JUN 2017

Text Analytics Using SAS Text Miner  13-16 JUN 2017

Neural Network Modeling  13-16 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 1: Essentials  13-15 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 3: Advanced Techniques and Efficiencies  14-16 JUN 2017

Creating Business Intelligence for Your Organization: Fast Track  14-16,19-23 JUN 2017

SAS Environment Manager: Essentials  14-15 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Fast Track  14-16,19-23 JUN 2017

SAS Enterprise Guide for Experienced SAS Programmers  14-16 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Getting Started  15-16 JUN 2017

JMP Software: Analyzing Multidimensional Data  15-16 JUN 2017

SAS Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques  16,19-23 JUN 2017

Creating Business Intelligence for Your Organization: Fast Track  18-21 JUN 2017

SAS Visual Analytics: Administering a Distributed Deployment  18-19 JUN 2017

Text Analytics Using SAS Text Miner  19-22 JUN 2017

Exploring SAS Studio for SAS Programmers  19 JUN 2017

SAS Real-Time Decision Manager: Creating and Managing Campaigns  19-23 JUN 2017

SAS Platform Administration: System Administration  19-23 JUN 2017

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