Archive for February, 2012

Plagiarism in Online Schools: What Students Need to Know

Plagiarism in Online Schools: What Students Need to Know

Plagiarism is on the rise. The articles and reports about academic honesty are a concern for online schools and students. The question is who’s to blame? You would think that it a matter of common sense – if you turn in a paper or submit a discussion question response you haven’t written, you should know […]

15 Terrific Twitter Chats for Your Financial Education

15 Terrific Twitter Chats for Your Financial Education

The principle behind the bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad was that people teach their kids about everything except how to make money. The reason for this is probably because few adults know much about money themselves. In this tough economy, it’s time we all got a little financial education, and Twitter is a great place […]

You Don’t Have to Like Your Instructor, Do You?

The start of a new online class can certainly be stressful and you probably look to your instructor for guidance necessary to navigate through the many expectations and requirements. You also start with a set of beliefs about your instructor and what you expect he or she will do to support your progress, including his […]

Online Education Promotes Strong Minds

Online Education Promotes Strong Minds

Would you continue to take classes and work on your degree if you found out the degree wouldn’t help you reach your academic and career goals? Doug Lederman, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, discussed issues related to the ability of American colleges to prepare students for the real world in his review of […]

Students Beware! Diploma Mills Still Exist

Students Beware! Diploma Mills Still Exist

If it seems too good to be true that you can obtain a degree without going to class, well, it probably is. It may seem difficult to imagine that anyone could purchase a degree in this manner, especially with increased attention to accreditation and regulation of financial aid. However, diploma mills still exist – they […]

Peer Reviewed Journals Serve a Purpose

Peer Reviewed Journals Serve a Purpose

When you, as an online student, are introduced to the phrase “peer-reviewed journal articles,” it is likely you will first imagine finding an article that is difficult to read and may require interpretation. As you progress throughout your academic program, you will begin to realize that journal articles provide a wealth of credible information and […]

Be Prepared for Accelerated Learning in Online Classes

Be Prepared for Accelerated Learning in Online Classes

Learning at the speed of light? Online classes are often noted for offering features such as convenience, ease of access, and flexibility. Many degree programs can be completed at an accelerated rate, with classes requiring an investment of time from five to ten weeks – versus a traditional semester-length class that can last 16 weeks […]

Protecting Your Privacy with Online Classes

Protecting Your Privacy with Online Classes

With a rise in the number of identity theft occurrences, online students may become apprehensive about their privacy when working or participating in class if they believe that their information can be easily accessed. Are you familiar with the privacy guidelines your school must follow? Do you know how you can protect your privacy in […]

Online Education for Military Personnel

Online Education for Military Personnel

Military personnel are a growing market for online schools. Many schools design programs with the military learner in mind and develop marketing campaigns directed towards this prospective student base. What new opportunities are there for military servicemembers and veterans? In 2008 a new GI Bill was introduced that is more expansive than previous versions in […]

Is an Associate’s Degree Relevant Today?

As an online instructor, I have been teaching courses for first-term students at the associate’s level for many years. I find among the expectations of new students that many believe they will be able to “buy a big house, purchase a new car, and secure a high-paying job” after completing their programs. My initial thought […]

Get Credit for Prior Learning Experience

Get Credit for Prior Learning Experience

If you are in the process of choosing an online degree program, you may be interested in finding out about the option of receiving credit for your prior learning experience. Many schools offer an assessment process that allows evaluation of your prior experience and if approved, credit hours are awarded and applied towards your degree […]

Twitter Basics for Students

Twitter Basics for Students

Have you heard of Twitter? Do you like to tweet? Most likely you’ve utilized social networking websites such as Facebook. So why would you consider using Twitter? To enhance and increase connections with classmates – and potentially your instructors, as you may not find it easy to network with students on other sites and it […]

A Winning Resume for Online Students

A Winning Resume for Online Students

As a student working toward your career goals, you may be ready to start sending out your resume to potential employers. One of the challenges you will face is getting your resume noticed – at least long enough for a recruiter or hiring manager to become interested enough to call you. As you enter a […]

Can a Badge Certify Your Academic Credentials?

Can a Badge Certify Your Academic Credentials?

There’s a new education development on the horizon called digital badges. The basic concept of a badge is that it provides a means for documenting specific skill sets that you’ve acquired throughout the learning process, skills which are not immediately recognizable simply by listing the name of your degree on a resume. As the use […]

Are You Ready for an Online Graduate Degree?

Are You Ready for an Online Graduate Degree?

Students that earned a bachelor’s degree have made a significant start in their career because of the knowledge gained, related to their degree choice, during the process. Many students have also found that a bachelor’s degree is a pre-requisite for a number of jobs. As you progress in your career there may be a time […]

Career Development through Online Education

Career Development through Online Education

If you are like many online students, you are probably pursuing a degree while you are working, in an effort to advance your current career or increase your career options. Students motivated by career goals chose a degree or academic major based upon knowledge they believe is required to gain the targeted job or career. […]

Decisions, Decisions. How Online Schools Market their Programs and Services

Decisions, Decisions. How Online Schools Market their Programs and Services

If you are in the process of deciding which online school to attend, how will you make the final decision? Especially when more than one school offers the degree program you are interested in pursuing. It is a challenge for students to make a decision based upon a school they may never physically attend. This […]

What You Need to Know about Peer Reviewed Articles

What You Need to Know about Peer Reviewed Articles

One of the challenges you’ll face as a student is finding the right type of research for your written assignments. What is the phrase the “right type of research?” It is an indication that you will need resources that are acceptable for an academic environment, which are credible and scholarly – written by an author […]

Should You Get to Choose Your Online Instructor?

Should You Get to Choose Your Online Instructor?

When you decide to start an online degree program you have probably considered the school and assessed the potential for receiving a quality education. Next, you sign up for classes based upon your degree program, or they may be assigned for you based upon the system that’s in place with your school. What’s interesting is […]