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Filene announces experiential learning colloquium

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MADISON, Wis. (12/4/12)--The Filene Research Institute will offer a free experiential learning colloquium on financial literacy, thanks to support from CO-OP Financial Services and the National Credit Union Foundation.  

The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Jan. 31 in Atlanta. It is is designed to explore the foundations of financial literacy and help credit unions ensure that the money they spend reaching out to members helps members to make better financial decisions.

Presenters and topics at the colloquium include:

  • Professor Lou Centini, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Centini will explore the theoretical foundations of experiential learning. He will offer examples of experiential learning and its application in helping make better personal finance decisions.
  • Tim Vandenberg, Young Tycoons: A Better Way to Teach Math. Vandenberg, an accomplished Monopoly player and sixth-grade teacher, will explain how he uses gamification to bring a record number of disadvantaged students past state standards and teaches them to love math along the way.
  • Jason Young, Revolutionizing Financial Capability through Mobile Gaming. Young, the founding partner of Mindblown Labs, will discuss how the app revolution makes it easier and more fun than ever to learn financial life skills.
  • Life Simulation, National Credit Union Foundation. The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union employees, volunteers and leaders understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.

Ignite sparks CU Centers venture on Facebook

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INDIANAPOLIS (12/4/12)--The 4G working group from Ignite, an Indiana Credit Union League innovation program, has handed over the management of its shared-branch Facebook page project to shared-branching vendor Credit Union Centers (CUC).

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The Facebook page was developed as part of a yearlong project from the 4G group as part of the Ignite program.

The project was designed to help boost the visibility and benefits of credit union shared branching--particularly with university-based credit unions.

The four Indiana credit unions in the 4G Ignite group include:

  • Crane CU, Odon;
  • Energy Plus CU, Indianapolis;
  • Finance Center FCU, Indianapolis; and
  • Interra CU, Goshen.
CUC's Facebook page includes videos of shared-branch benefits, client case studies and testimonials, advice articles on how shared branching can enhance member service, client conversation, and nationwide shared-branch locations.

The group chose shared branching as its project to help promote the service across a new media channel--and to educate credit union staff and members on how shared branching works, said Cari Palmer, a 4G team member and operations analyst at Energy Plus CU.

CUC provides branch locations for members to use on nearly every major college campus in its market. With that in mind, the group saw that social media would be an ideal way to reach out to student members and help them connect with shared-branching centers in their areas, Palmer said.