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Illinois Community Ambassador Showcase: Mariana Pinto Veiga

This week, we are highlighting our very first Illinois Community Ambassador. Mariana joined the team in June 2016, and since then has been a vibrant member of our ambassador team.

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5 Steps to Make Your Online Course Sticky

A guide to driving engagement and increasing enrollment in your online course. By Natalie Papazian, Manuel Feldmann and Professor Vishal Sachdev With the explosion of online education, learners are finding they have more options than ever to choose from. For universities, this means a number of things. Although having an accredited university name can help […]

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15 Reasons to Love the Digital Marketing Specialization

This year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign celebrates its 150 year anniversary! Although a majority of our digital marketing learners are not alumni of the university, we wanted to find a way our learners could celebrate this accomplishment with us. Therefore, we asked our learners what they loved about our Digital Marketing Specialization, and here […]

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An Online Book Club for Digital Marketers

Dive deeper into digital marketing topics with the Illinois Digital Marketing Book Club! In the Book Club, you will get the opportunity to gain a further understanding of various digital marketing topics through short readings and intellectual discussion with your peers. The Digital Marketing Book Club is hosted through Facebook Groups, providing a close space […]

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Learner of the Week: Padmaja Duvvuri

  Hometown: Navi Mumbai, India Current course enrolled in: Digital Marketing Channels: The Landscape What is a fun fact about you? I love to paint and click photographs and give them apt captions. What do you do for a living? I’m an entrepreneur by profession. I own multiple businesses. I have an IT company in which the […]

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Learner of the Week: Thiago Xavier

Where are you from? I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but now I am living in Portugal. What is a fun fact about yourself? I run a blog about popular science dedicated to Portuguese speakers (Brazilians mostly) called Blog da Ciência. What do you do for a living? I work mainly as a freelancer […]

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My Learning Journey So Far in the Digital Marketing Specialization

After switching from a banking career to an IT consultancy firm that offers digital marketing solution to a niche market, I was having a difficult time developing knowledge about the mechanism of digital marketing and how it actually works. I was not provided with any training opportunities by my employer because of the small size […]

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Learner of the Week: Ranjith Kumar Panjabikesan

Where are you from? I am from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. What is a fun fact about yourself? I am very passionate about digital disruptions. I believe that there is no age limit for knowledge acquisition. I love sharpening the saw for acquiring new learning yield daily. What do you do for a living? I work […]

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Learner of the Week: Gabriel Fig

  Where am you from?
 Originally from a small town in Virginia called Rose Hill, but I now live outside of Chicago. What’s a fun fact about you? 
I am a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security. What do you do for a living?  […]

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Learner of the Week: Mohith Agadi

As part of our Learner of the Week series, we sat down with Mohith Agadi, a digital marketing specialist, entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist who will represent India at the 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  Where are you from? I am from Anantapur (Anantapuramu), which is a city in Andhra Pradesh […]

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