Archive for May, 2012

Don’t Allow College Burnout to Happen to You

Being a college student isn’t always easy because you are often balancing multiple responsibilities, competing priorities, and a work schedule that may offer little flexibility. While addressing all of these demands, you are trying to do your very best to successfully complete every goal you’ve established. Some days it may feel easy to accomplish the […]

Beware! Multi-Tasking Doesn’t Make You Smarter or More Effective

Here’s a quick check: what else are you doing right now as you read this post? Are you on alert for new tweets, emails, instant messages, and Facebook status updates? If so, you are part of a generation of multi-taskers whose attention is focused on multiple activities throughout the day. It is a common belief […]

Before Starting College, Consider the Benefits of Taking a Gap Year

Before Starting College, Consider the Benefits of Taking a Gap Year

Does the thought of going to college right after high school seem overwhelming? Do you feel pressured to start a degree program but haven’t really decided what you want to study? Students who are unprepared to begin college or do not have a reason that is tied to specific career goals, often lack the focus […]

Online Students Need Virtual Emotional Intelligence

Online Students Need Virtual Emotional Intelligence

A common misconception about online classes is that students are working in a text-based environment that is absent of human emotions. While visual cues such as facial expressions, body language, and auditory tone are absent, emotions are always present. It is not possible to work in an online class without experiencing feelings of some kind. […]

The Benefits of Texting

The Benefits of Texting

Texting has been blamed for ruining social skills, spelling, and grammar. However, new evidence suggests that texting could actually better our lives.

Why Students Are Going to Flip for the Flipped Classroom

Why Students Are Going to Flip for the Flipped Classroom

Have you heard? College classrooms are getting flipped. What’s that? It’s an approach to teaching that instructors are using as a means of engaging students in the class and making the learning process more meaningful. And it seems that students who have been able to try out a flipped classroom have discovered that learning comes […]

Adaptive Learning: The Next Big Wave in EdTech

Adaptive Learning: The Next Big Wave in EdTech

Do you enjoy your school work and involvement in the process of learning? What if I told you that interactive enhancements make it possible for you to learn more effectively and have more fun doing it? The future of education continues to evolve as the next wave in technology – adaptive learning – is making […]

What Are the “Right Reasons” for Going to College Today?

What Are the “Right Reasons” for Going to College Today?

Whether you have just graduated from high school or you waited awhile to return to college, you need to carefully consider why you want to pursue a degree and that your decision is done for the right reasons. Going to college involves making an important decision that’s based upon more than what school to attend. […]

In Today’s Economy, Internships Provide a Competitive Edge

In Today’s Economy, Internships Provide a Competitive Edge

College is not just about the degree, it’s an investment of time and money in your future  — whether you want to find a job, work toward a promotion, or seek to explore new industries. Whatever your field of interest, building skill sets to support your degree will improve your marketability. There is renewed hope […]

How You Can Learn to Be a Better Listener

How You Can Learn to Be a Better Listener

Hey!! Did you hear what I just said? There’s nothing more annoying when you talk to someone than thinking that they haven’t heard a word you’ve said. Or their body language indicates that they would rather be doing anything else but listening to whatever you have to say. Instructors don’t like it and neither do […]

Lessons about Learning and Self-Motivation from Five Inspirational Greats

Lessons about Learning and Self-Motivation from Five Inspirational Greats

The journey of success as a student is incremental. Your goals happen as a result of sustained effort, gradual progress, and a lot of learning from your mistakes. But the most important thing to keep in the forefront of your mind: Belief in yourself and your capacity to learn. There will be days when the […]

Should We Be Worried About Robo Graders?

Should We Be Worried About Robo Graders?

Attention students: coming soon to a college or university near you – the robo grader. No, it is not going to replace your instructor but it is a tool that is being considered for use by educators as a means of making their job more efficient and should I say, easier? I understand the challenge […]

College Admissions: What Really Matters?

College Admissions: What Really Matters?

From GPAs to letters of recommendation, it can be overwhelming for college applicants to get everything together. Learn about what really matters when it comes to admissions.

Why Online Students Need to Be Actively Engaged in Class

Why Online Students Need to Be Actively Engaged in Class

Student engagement is one of the main concerns that online instructors have when teaching. Instructors know that if students are not actively participating, they will not absorb the material being taught or disengage and ultimately drop the course. While professors have a responsibility to present the information in a compelling manner, they are only half […]

The Top 5 Challenges for Writing College Papers

The Top 5 Challenges for Writing College Papers

Entering a college course at any age can be daunting, especially to the new student. The workloads are heavier, the demands greater, and the writing assignments longer. Students are expected to communicate their ideas and absorption of course materials through carefully constructed essays and papers. Whether traditional or online, writing clearly and succinctly is core […]

Are Bad Habits Holding You Back in College?

Are Bad Habits Holding You Back in College?

Before you start your next assignment, take a quick assessment on your progress in your course. Would you say you were doing your very best? Did you meet your deadlines? Were you pressed for time on the readings? Are you being held back by something? If there are areas of your class work that are […]

Graduation Can Provide Inspiration for the Start of a New Future

Graduation Can Provide Inspiration for the Start of a New Future

The graduation season is upon us. Will you be among the graduates attending the ceremonies at your school this year? Almost every graduate has an opportunity to attend a commencement ceremony, even those students who have graduated from an online school. As I talk to students I’m always surprised at the number of them who […]

How to Ensure Civility in the Online Classroom

How to Ensure Civility in the Online Classroom

The online classroom should be a relatively neutral environment since there isn’t direct contact or vocal communication; however, as students know, this is not always the case. Just because the form of classroom interactions has changed doesn’t mean that the potential for acts of incivility has lessened. In some ways, it can become more difficult […]

Do Non-Traditional Students Need a College Consultant?

Do Non-Traditional Students Need a College Consultant?

If you’re thinking about getting a college degree, the process of deciding on a specific program and school can seem overwhelming at times. It becomes even more complicated if you have been out of school for awhile and you aren’t sure what the expectations are for being a successful student. There are many others like […]

College Students on Cheating

College Students on Cheating

Unfortunately, many college students cheat, whether it’s because of laziness or desperation. But how do they do it, and what can educators do to stop it?

Do For-Profits Need a New Brand Image?

Do For-Profits Need a New Brand Image?

  Online learning, also known as distance learning, is here to stay. Some reports have indicated that the number of students in the United States who have taken at least one online course is now over 6 million. One sector within higher education that has ridden the wave of online course offerings is the for-profit […]