Archive for 2012

Georgia Tech Offers MOOC on Making MOOCs

Georgia Tech Offers MOOC on Making MOOCs

As massive open online courses (MOOCS) have exploded in popularity educators are coming under increasing pressure to make an effective use of the new technology. To help instructors realize the potential of the new content delivery platforms Georgia Tech is unveiling a MOOC about creating a MOOC. The six-week course, entitled "Fundamentals of Online Education", […]

edX Partners With 10gen to Offer Database Course

edX Partners With 10gen to Offer Database Course

Tech company 10gen and not-for-profit, massive open online course provider edX have partnered to offer MOOCs to train developers and business professionals on how to use 10gen's open-source, document-oriented, NoSQL database MongoDB. The courses will be hosted through 10gen's website and are geared towards teaching programmers how to utilize server-side JavaScript execution within MongoD, as […]

Sam Houston State Expands Access to Online College Readiness Courses

Sam Houston State Expands Access to Online College Readiness Courses

Sam Houston State University (SHSU), in Huntsville, TX, has signed a partnership agreement with Pearson to provide its nearly 19,000 undergraduate students with access to Pearson's MyLab and Mastering products. The agreement is part of the school's effort to improve student performance. SHSU students will be able to take advantage of more than 80 of […]

Saylor.org Course Exams Receive For-Credit Recommendation

Saylor.org Course Exams Receive For-Credit Recommendation

The National College Credit Recommendation Service recently approved three Saylor.org course exams for recommended credit. The course exams—political science 201: introduction to western thought, business 205: business law and ethics, and business 210: corporate communications—will be accepted at more than 1,500 colleges and universities. To receive credit students will have to take a proctored exam […]

MOOC Spotlight: Udacity

MOOC Spotlight: Udacity

Massive open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity was founded by artificial intelligence expert Sebastian Thrun and Stanford professors David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. The platform grew out of a free computer science class offered through Stanford University in 2011 which attracted an enrollment of 160,000 students from all over the United States. Udacity launched in […]

UMass Boston to Offer MOOCs

UMass Boston to Offer MOOCs

The University of Massachusetts Boston recently decided to launch two massive open online courses in spring 2013. The classes will be offered through the university's Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning. The inaugural pair of courses that being offered are molecular dynamics and coasts and communities. Molecular dynamics is a 12-week course that was developed […]

EdX Expands Courses for Spring Semester

EdX Expands Courses for Spring Semester

Massive open online course provider edX is announced a new slate of courses for spring 2013. The new schedule includes the not-for-profit's first forays into the humanities and social sciences. With the new courses, edX brings a variety of subjects, from political philosophy to quantum mechanics, online. The second semester also marks the debut of […]

Online Education Journal to Host MOOC on MOOCs

Online Education Journal to Host MOOC on MOOCs

Hybrid Pedagogy, an online education journal, will host a massive open online course (MOOC) about massive open online courses. The course, which is being delivered through the Canvas Network, runs from January 6 to January 13. Despite having previously offered a MOOC on MOOCs, the editorial board of Hyrbid Pedagogy felt that the subject warranted […]

The Future of MOOCs

The Future of MOOCs

As the year of the massive open online course (MOOC) winds down, educators and commenters have already begun looking to see what the future of MOOCs will look like. While the disruptive potential of the latest idea to take academia by storm is only beginning to be understood, some commenters are already pushing for MOOCs […]

MOOC Spotlight: edX

MOOC Spotlight: edX

When MIT launched MITx in December 2011 no one knew that it was the seed that would grow to become one of the largest massive open online course providers in the world. However, when Harvard joined with MIT and transformed the experiment into edX, with an investment of an additional $30 million, the project took […]

North Idaho College Considering For-Credit MOOCs

North Idaho College Considering For-Credit MOOCs

North Idaho College is considering allowing students to take massive open online courses (MOOC) for credit. The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based community college is considering using MOOCs as a means to reduce the cost to students. As part of its evaluation process, the school has assembled an administrative task force to explore the possibilities. Among the […]

MOOCs Come to the U.K.

MOOCs Come to the U.K.

Two-weeks ago the headline was “UK Universities are wary of getting on board the MOOC train.” At the time U.K. universities thinking so small that investors weren’t even interested in writing them checks. How quickly things change. Twelve of the U.K.’s top universities have joined together to offer their own version of massive open online […]

Student Spotlight: Jake Morgan, University of Oklahoma

Student Spotlight: Jake Morgan, University of Oklahoma

Jake Morgan, a microbiology sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, is the driving force behind the university’s decision to dip its toe into the waters of massive open online courses (MOOCs). As part of a pilot program, the university has authorized interested optional, informal groups for students who wish to enhance their education by participating […]

These Are the Best English Newspapers in the World

These Are the Best English Newspapers in the World

Thanks to mobile web access, paper-based news and communication is becoming increasingly obsolete. Whether this makes you nostalgic or not, the truth is that mobile news is increases audience access to information and limits costs to publishers and our planet. If you haven’t already, now is an excellent time to begin familiarizing yourself with the […]

MOOC Spotlight: Khan Academy

MOOC Spotlight: Khan Academy

Khan Academy helped kick off the third-party provider online education boom in 2006. The site hosts 3,600 micro lectures on subjects ranging from healthcare and nursing to history and 380 practice exams, primarily in mathematics. Khan Academy has delivered more than 200 million lessons to 202 million viewers, and recently launched a mobile device app. […]

OpenMOOC Offers Open Source Class Creation Software

OpenMOOC Offers Open Source Class Creation Software

U.S. based massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera and edX may grab headlines but closed source nature of the program has concerned some open education advocates. However, a program that launched earlier this year in Spain helps to ensure that MOOCs are open in every sense of the word. In October Spain's National […]

Georgetown Joins edX

Georgetown Joins edX

Georgetown University has partnered with massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. Although over 200 schools have inquired about joining edX, Georgetown is only the sixth to be admitted into the non-profit organization. The university, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit school in the U.S., will begin distributing courses through edX by fall 2013. While the […]

MOOC Spotlight: Udemy

MOOC Spotlight: Udemy

Launched in 2010, Udemy is an online learning platform that allows professors to host courses. The service was conceived in 2007 by Eren Bali while he was living in Turkey. He and Gagan Biyani decided to create Udemy as a way to provide the technology capabilities necessary to teach over the internet. When Bali and […]

San Diego City College Considers MOOC

San Diego City College Considers MOOC

After having its application to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a grant to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) in introductory psychology denied, San Diego City College is considering how to move forward with developing MOOCs. The college is assembling a task force to explore the possibilities of MOOCs, and whether the […]

Coursera Creates Academic Advisory Board

Coursera Creates Academic Advisory Board

Massive open online course provider Coursera has created an academic advisory board. The board, a first for the company, will feature nine senior academic officials from universities offering classes through Coursera. The board will advise Coursera on strategic academic business decisions. Membership on the panel will rotate between the universities partnered with Coursera, with three […]

Open Learning Design Studio Launches MOOC

Open Learning Design Studio Launches MOOC

Open University Learning Design Initiative, a pilot project from a consortium of universities throughout the United Kingdom to redevelop design education, is launching a massive open online course (MOOC) on Jan. 10. While the course, "Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum," was created with education professionals in mind, it is open to anyone interested […]

MOOC Spotlight: Coursera

MOOC Spotlight: Coursera

For-profit education company Coursera was founded by two Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller in 2011 as a platform for delivering massive open online courses (MOOC). The company, one of the fastest growing MOOC providers in the world, has partnership agreements with 33 universities and community colleges and has over 2 […]

This is Your Brain on Social Media

This is Your Brain on Social Media

It’s no secret that the phenomenon of social media not only dominates the communication pathways of younger generations, it’s also completely revolutionized the way people interact with each other the whole world over. If you’re like hundreds of millions of other people in this world, there’s a good chance you partake in some form of […]

Two HBCU’s Expected to Announce MOOC Deals

Two HBCU’s Expected to Announce MOOC Deals

Morgan State University, a Baltimore-based Historically Black College or University (HBCU), has reported that it is close to reaching a deal with massive open online course (MOOC) provider Udacity. The agreement, which is expected to be finalized in January, will make Morgan State the first HBCU to experiment with MOOCs. While the specific terms of […]

Business MOOCs Gain Ground Internationally

Business MOOCs Gain Ground Internationally

Unlike U.S. massive open online course (MOOC) providers, who have focused their platforms primarily around science, technology, mathematics, and engineering classes, the Academic Financial Trading Platform (AFTP) is designed to teach students the skills necessary to run a business. The platform, which was developed by two Carnegie Mellon University professors, immerses students in traditional business […]

A Student Activist’s Guide to Lobbying Congress

Making your voice heard in Washington, D.C. may feel like an overwhelming endeavor to the average college student, but regardless of age, the road to making a meaningful change often starts with a single person. After all, like voting, lobbying Congress is your right as a United States citizen. Every important piece of legislation passed […]

7 Things You Need to Know to Win the Digital Job Hunt

The web has widened the job market for everyone. Even the novice can easily navigate digital want ads once they know where to look. By taking advantage of the best digital employment and networking sites, savvy job seekers boost their careers and pocketbooks. Background Check After conducting a traditional background check, a common next step […]

5 Fascinating MOOCs for an American Studies Nerd

American Studies is quickly becoming one of the more popular fields for college students and continuing learners alike. And it’s no wonder. As one of the most interdisciplinary majors available, American Studies is becoming more and more relevant in today’s complex job market. Like other interdisciplinary fields such as Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies, American […]

UC Irvine MOOCs Selected for Credit Evaluation

UC Irvine MOOCs Selected for Credit Evaluation

Two of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the University of California Irvine, through its partnership with Coursera, are among the first to be evaluated by the American Council on Education. The classes, algebra and pre-calculus, are being considered for inclusion in the council's college credit recommendation service, which will make them eligible […]

Coursera Launches Employer Matching Service

Coursera Launches Employer Matching Service

Massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera launched a new recruiting service to match students with employers. The new service, called Coursera Careers Service, will allow the company to begin creating a revenue stream by selling students' information to potential employers. Because it's currently limited to high-performing students working in software engineering, the service has […]

Education Portal Reaches One Million Students for CLEP Test Prep Class

Education Portal Reaches One Million Students for CLEP Test Prep Class

Education Portal, a one-year-old test prep startup, claims that it has crossed the one million student mark. The company offers 18 video courses for students looking to take the CollegeBoard's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Each of Education Portal's classes use short video clips, as well transcriptions and assessment materials to help students prepare for […]

CourseTalk Adding Canvas.net Classes

CourseTalk Adding Canvas.net Classes

When it launched this past summer CourseTalk was designed to be a clearinghouse for information on massive open online courses, but over the last few months the site has evolved into a beta-version of Yelp for MOOCs. A simple, straightforward interface allows users to rate and review courses from providers like Coursera, Udacity, and edX. […]

Wellesley College joins edX

Wellesley College joins edX

Wellesley Collegea private, non-profit, women only, liberal arts school in Massachusetts has joined massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. Wellesley is the first liberal arts college to join edX, and the first women’s college to offer a MOOC. Beginning in fall 2013, Wellesley will offer four liberal arts classes through edX. Administration officials have […]

Atlas Society Launches 10 Part Lecture Series on Ayn Rand Philosophy

The Atlas Society, a research and advocacy organization promoting Ayn Rand’s ideas, has launched a series of video courses. The courses, which are designed to serve as an introduction to Rand’s objectivist philosophy, will feature presentations from Society members and other experts in Rand’s philosophy. Due to the nature of video courses, students can attend […]

Why Every Serious Student Needs to Check Out Oyez

If you find yourself scratching your head asking yourself what on Earth the Oyez Project is, don’t feel too bad, because you are definitely not alone. This project was started in 1997 by Jerry Goldman, a professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and has since grown to become the world’s premier unofficial resource for […]

Khan Academy Partners with Taghreedat for Arabic Translation, launches iOS App

Khan Academy Partners with Taghreedat for Arabic Translation, launches iOS App

Khan Academy has partnered with the Arabic content community Taghreedat to translate over 3,500 of the online education nonprofit's videos into Arabic. The partnership makes Khan Academy one of the first online education providers to move into the Arab world. To effectively translate the thousands of videos available from Khan Academy, Taghreedat will rely on […]

Master MLA Formatting and Style

Master MLA Formatting and Style

Beyond learning how to write quality content, students need to learn how to structure their writing based on the conventions used in different disciplines. The Modern Language Association (MLA) format is helpful for students of any major because of its easy process for organizing and documenting sources. There are several different documentation style guides across […]

Your Parents Were Wrong: How to Do Almost Anything With Your Anthropology Degree

Your Parents Were Wrong: How to Do Almost Anything With Your Anthropology Degree

These days, finding a great job with your college degree can be a challenge. This is especially true for those of us who have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining a degree in the social sciences. As a result, it is of the utmost importance that recent and potential college graduates take some […]

University of Miami Launches Mini-MOOC for High School Students

University of Miami Launches Mini-MOOC for High School Students

The University of Miami has launched the first massive open online course (MOOC) specifically for high school students. The course, a three-week long prep class for the SAT subject test in biology, is being offered through the college's University of Miami Global Academy and began enrolling students Nov. 26. The class is designed to address […]

Arizona State and Scottsdale Community College Decide What MOOCs to Offer

Arizona State and Scottsdale Community College Decide What MOOCs to Offer

While two of Arizona's public universities are considering how to adapt to the world of massive open online courses (MOOCs), two schools have already decided how they are going to proceed. Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College will each be offering a new MOOC in 2013. Scottsdale Community College, a member of the Maricopa […]

Knight Center For Journalism on Track to Launch Second Installment of MOOC

Knight Center For Journalism on Track to Launch Second Installment of MOOC

After a larger-than-expected interest in its first massive open online course (MOOC) forced the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin to suspend enrollment in the class, the center decided to offer a second installment. The six-week class, an introduction to infographics and data visualization, already has more […]

Berklee College of Music Gives MOOCs a Soundtrack, draws 80,000 students

Berklee College of Music Gives MOOCs a Soundtrack, draws 80,000 students

When Berklee College of Music's massive open online courses (MOOCs) launch in January they will be the first attempts to bring music education to the world of MOOCs. The courses, which are being offered through MOOC provider Coursera, will include an introductory improvisation class taught by six-time Grammy winner Gary Burton and an introduction to […]

Small Business Administration Launches Free Classes for Entrepreneurs

Small Business Administration Launches Free Classes for Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently unveiled a new online learning portal for small business and entrepreneurs The Small Business Learning Center provides small business owners with a searchable catalog of educational resources, including videos, chat sessions, and self-paced courses in entrepreneurship. The available courses cover topics that range from the basics, like writing a […]

Indiana University Invests $8 million in MOOCs

Indiana University Invests $8 million in MOOCs

Indiana University has decided to invest $8 million in massive open online courses (MOOCs). The investment is part of a major push to expand its online presence. In addition to creating MOOCs, Indiana University plans to increase its for-credit online programs by offering undergraduate certificates and degrees in business, technology, and sciences. To reduce the […]

Macalester College Joins the Online Revolution

Macalester College Joins the Online Revolution

Macalester College, a private, liberal arts school in St. Paul, Minn., has decided to offer its first for-credit online course. The class, "Calculus: a Modeling Approach," will be open to all students attending an Associate College of the Midwest school. A Macalester faculty task force will spend the remainder of the year working out the […]

MOOCs as Management Training: Jack Welch Institute Partners with Udemy

MOOCs as Management Training: Jack Welch Institute Partners with Udemy

The MOOC bandwagon has gone corporate. Strayer University's Jack Welch management training institute has partnered with Udemy to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in leadership development. The courses—which will include leadership, people management, strategy, and operational excellence—are being developed in both instructor-led and self-paced versions. Unlike other MOOCs, courses from the Jack Welch institute […]

Arizona Universities Looking to Increase MOOC Offerings

Arizona Universities Looking to Increase MOOC Offerings

As they look at ways to expand their online degrees and course offerings Arizona's three public universities are considering massive open online courses (MOOCs). While Arizona State University is currently the only school in the Grand Canyon State in the process of developing MOOCs, both Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are exploring […]

A Tasty Obsession: The Year in Pizza

A Tasty Obsession: The Year in Pizza

For most of us, from the time we were children, the answer to the question, “what do you want for dinner?” has always been met with a resounding, wholehearted cry of, “PIZZA!” Whether you’re into some of today’s trendiest specialty pies, or your style is more plain cheese, nothing beats the joy of biting into […]

Gates Foundation Awards $550,000 for Development of Remedial MOOCs

Gates Foundation Awards $550,000 for Development of Remedial MOOCs

Just because someone goes to college doesn’t mean they are ready for higher education. A recent study from Complete College America“”a Washington-based nonprofit working to increase college completion””found that over the last decade, the amount of incoming college freshmen requiring remedial courses has only increased. Remedial College Students: The Numbers In 2001, less than one-third […]

MOOC Provider edX Partners with Massachusetts Community Colleges

MOOC Provider edX Partners with Massachusetts Community Colleges

Massive open online course provider (MOOC) edX has partnered with Bunker Hill and MassBay community college to bring MOOCs to the classroom. The partnership is funded by a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership will start bearing fruit in spring 2013 when the community colleges will offer an adapted […]

Cornell Considering MOOCs

Cornell Considering MOOCs

A Cornell University faculty committee is considering whether or not to embrace massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to an article in the Cornell campus newspaper, the Ivy League school is weighing whether or not to adopt a go-it-alone strategy or petition to join one of the already existing MOOC providers. While the university has […]

Here’s What Justice Looks Like the World Over

Here’s What Justice Looks Like the World Over

The July 2011 killing spree of Norwegian Anders Breivik, which took the lives of 77 individuals, outraged people around the world. When the Norwegian criminal justice system sentenced Breivik to just 21 years in a three-room cell with a television and an exercise room, many people were stunned by what seemed to be a light […]

Coursera Credit Evaluation Prompts Some to Re-Examine Its Business Model

Coursera Credit Evaluation Prompts Some to Re-Examine Its Business Model

The announcement that a handful of Coursera’s classes were being evaluated for transfer credit recommendation sparked some education watchers to reexamine Coursera’s business model, and there examination has been aided by some newly released information about exactly how much it costs to develop a course and how much schools receive from the course. According to […]

College of St. Scholastica Offering Prior Learning Assessment Credit for MOOcs

College of St. Scholastica Offering Prior Learning Assessment Credit for MOOcs

The College of St. Scholastica has decided to accept massive open online courses for prior learning assessment credit. The decision is part of the Duluth, Minn.-based Catholic college's new degree completion program. Targeted at the 40 million Americans who already have some college credit but have failed to earn a degree, the school's new program—called […]

Access Five of the Most Important Documents in American History

Access Five of the Most Important Documents in American History

Today, there is no shortage of resources available online and elsewhere to help students appreciate the essentials of an education in American History. No longer are textbooks and in-class lectures the only means a person has to learn about the history of our great country. In fact, students and American history buffs alike now have […]

Deakin University Partners with University of Catalonia to Develop MOOC Platform

Deakin University Partners with University of Catalonia to Develop MOOC Platform

To help facilitate the launch of its upcoming massive open online course, Deakin University in Australia has partnered with the University of Catalonia in Spain to develop a content delivery platform. When the University of Catalonia was established in 1994 it was the first entirely online university in the world. The commercial agreement, which is […]

Academic Partnership Launches Mini-MOOC for Educators

Academic Partnership Launches Mini-MOOC for Educators

Academic Partnerships, a Dallas-based education technology company, launched a three-week-long Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for educators on Nov. 8. Described as a mini-MOOC, the course will focus on engaging technology and online pedagogy. The class will use Academic Partnership's Faculty eCommons platform. Guest lecturer Brian Mull will help class participants explore effective, and ineffective, […]

Udacity Offering New Entrepreneur Startup Course

Udacity Offering New Entrepreneur Startup Course

No two paths are ever alike. Nothing could be more true than for entrepreneurs and when beginning a startup company, entrepreneurs take all the sound advice and guidance they can get. Udacity, the online education platform, has created a new, free course called How to Build a Startup, which offers nine lecture courses taught by […]

MOOC-like Udemy Launches iPad App

MOOC-like Udemy Launches iPad App

Education content provider Udemy has launched an idevice app that will allow students to interact with course content on their mobile device. The design for Udemy’s 4,900 classes is very similar to a massive open online course (MOOC), although the amount of students in the class is generally less than the tens of thousands that […]

Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC

Excelsior College and Three California Community Colleges Offer Credit for Professor-less MOOC

Excelsior College has partnered with three California colleges “” San Diego City College, San Diego Miramar College, and Santa Rosa Junior College ”” to offer credit for a professor-less, or mechanical, massive open online course (MOOC). The course, an introduction to statistics class, is being developed by the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the online learning community […]

Northwestern Exploring MOOCs

Northwestern Exploring MOOCs

While many of its peer institutions have partnered with, or helped start, massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera or edX, Northwestern University has remained on the sidelines. That may be changing though. In an e-mail to Northwestern's campus newspaper, a university spokesman said that the school is exploring MOOCs. The e-mail did not […]

VMware Offers edX Computer Science Students Free Virtualization Software

VMware Offers edX Computer Science Students Free Virtualization Software

Software company VMware and massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX have partnered to provide students enrolled in a computer science class offered through the platform with free virtualization software. Students taking CS50x: introduction to computer science, which is a HarvardX class, will receive copies of VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation 9 for free for […]

University of Western Australia to Offer Courses Through Class2Go

University of Western Australia to Offer Courses Through Class2Go

When Stanford launched its open-source Class2Go platform in September it mostly sailed under the radar, but it caught the attention of the University of Western Australia's (UWA) Centre for Software Practice. UWA was already looking to increase its digital presence and was considering approaching massive open online course (MOOC) provider Coursera when faculty became aware […]

New Foreign Language MOOC Set to Launch in January

New Foreign Language MOOC Set to Launch in January

Since bursting onto the scene one-year-ago massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been plagued with an inability to offer students meaningful feedback””it’s fundamentally impossible for one instructor to grade or interact with the tens of thousands of students who sign up for MOOC. The inability to scale assessment to match class size is one of […]

Sink Your Teeth Into the Free Web Library

Sink Your Teeth Into the Free Web Library

It’s a shame more people are not aware of the wide array of free online libraries. Databases, books, videos, audio recordings and e-books are available, just waiting to be viewed and used. This guide will help avid readers, serious researchers and casual surfers alike get the most out of free web libraries. Best Online Libraries […]

Knight Center for Journalism Launches MOOC

Knight Center for Journalism Launches MOOC

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Oct. 28. Enrollment in the course exceeded expectations so quickly that the center had to cap enrollment because of concerns about server capacity. More than 2,000 people from 109 countries registered […]

Wallace State Considers Expanding MOOCs

Wallace State Considers Expanding MOOCs

The amount of positive feedback Wallace State Community College's Hanceville, Ala. campus has received since announcing the creation of its first conversational Spanish massive open online course has prompted the school to consider expanding the program. "We've been getting calls from people wanting to make sure they didn't miss the deadline to enroll and the […]

South Africa Business School Offers free MBA Education

South Africa Business School Offers free MBA Education

It's no secret that higher education institutions throughout the world are trying to find new business models to adapt to the Internet. South Africa's Regenesys Business School has decided to emulate one of the more successful models on the internet and provide a mix of free and premium content, reported South African website Skills Portal The […]

University of North Carolina Considering Partnership with Coursera

University of North Carolina Considering Partnership with Coursera

The University of North Carolina is considering a partnership with massive open online course provider Coursera, reported the Daily Tar Heel If pursued, the partnership would signify a drastic increase in the size of UNC's online education program. The school's Friday Center for Continuing Education currently offers 138 classes online and reaches about 4,000 students […]

Deakin University in Australia Launching MOOC

Deakin University in Australia Launching MOOC

Australia's Deakin University is set to launch a massive open online course. The class, which will cover an as yet undetermined subject, will be open to everyone but will also form a part of enrolled students' curriculum, reported The Australian. The class will use pre-existing content available online, which will allow professors to focus on […]

U.Va.’s Darden School of Business Launches New MOOC

U.Va.’s Darden School of Business Launches New MOOC

University of Virginia's Darden School of Business will offer its second massive open online course, foundation of business strategy. The class will be offered through MOOC provider Coursera. The class, which debuts on March 4 and runs for six weeks, gives participants the tools to think strategically and determine how a business can best create […]

Australia Launches Its First MOOC Provider

Australia Launches Its First MOOC Provider

A new Massive Open Online Course provider has launched in the land down-under. OpenLearning, which was started by two graduates from the University of New South Wales, is designed to consciously emulate the interactive nature of pre-existing social media sites by building on the familiar forum framework. Students are expected to participate in discussion threads […]

Wake Tech Community College to Offer Developmental Math MOOC

Wake Tech Community College to Offer Developmental Math MOOC

Wake Tech is one of the first community colleges in the nation to jump on the massive open online course (MOOC) band wagon. The Raleigh, N. C. community college will begin offering a course in developmental math in the 2013 spring semester. The content will be developed in-house by a team of Wake Tech instructors, […]

HP Launches Entrepreneurship MOOC

HP Launches Entrepreneurship MOOC

Education Development Center and HP have launched a new massive open online course for entrepreneurs. The class, part of the HP LIFE e-Learning program, is designed to provide the 75 million unemployed young people around the world with the tools necessary to create, establish, and grow successful businesses. The class uses a modular curriculum which […]

Santa Clara University Offers Business Ethics MOOC

Santa Clara University Offers Business Ethics MOOC

Santa Clara University is offering a business ethics class through learning management company Instructure's new massive open online course (MOOC) platform, Canvas.net. The class marks Santa Clara University's first foray into the world of open online education. Since their explosion into the world of online education about one-year-ago MOOCs have typically focused on science, technology, […]

The Undergrad’s Introduction to the Basics Behind Major World Religions

The Undergrad’s Introduction to the Basics Behind Major World Religions

Religious beliefs are among the most important parts of daily life for millions of people around the globe. World religions are made distinct by their unique beliefs and practices, many of which run counter to religious views of another faith. Developing an understanding of religious beliefs is an important way to promote tolerance and peace […]

Wallace State Community College Launches MOOC

Wallace State Community College Launches MOOC

Wallace State Community College's Hanceville, Ala. campus is now offering a Massive Open Online Course to teach conversational Spanish. The new class is the first MOOC to be offered by Wallace State. The school will be offering the course as a pass/fail class, which means that students taking the class will be ineligible to receive […]

German University Offers For-Credit MOOC

German University Offers For-Credit MOOC

A German university is offering a Massive Open Online Course that comes with “university credit points” that the school says can be accepted by degree programs. On Jan. 9, Northern Germany-based Leuphana University will begin offering its first MOOC, the course is an exploration of what it takes to create the ideal city of the […]

Udacity Partners with Translation Company Amara

Udacity Partners with Translation Company Amara

While the reach of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) is already global the content has been limited to English speaking countries, however that might change. Udacity has partnered with crowd-sourced translation service Amara to provide subtitles for more than 5,500 of the company's education videos, reported Forbes. While Amara isn't the first group or organization […]

Course Management Companies Enter MOOC Fray

Course Management Companies Enter MOOC Fray

Two new players have entered the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) game, course-management system manufacturers Blackboard and Instructure will be providing software to universities and other content providers to create MOOCs. Instructure's new platform, called Canvas Network, is designed to allow schools already using their learning management system to increase the scale of their courses […]

Foothill College Exploring Online Education Partnerships

Foothill College Exploring Online Education Partnerships

Cuts to state financial aid coupled with the rapid spread of free online classes have led many in academe to wonder what college will look like in the future.Foothill College has one possible solution. The two-year community college in Los Altos Hills, Calif. has begun discussions with Khan Academy and massive open online course (MOOC) provider […]

Udacity Teams with University of Alberta to Improve Course Delivery Methods

Udacity Teams with University of Alberta to Improve Course Delivery Methods

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Udacity signed an agreement with the University of Alberta develop the next generation of MOOCs. Researchers from the university's Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning, as well as professors from the schools of education and science, will work with Udacity. The partnership agreement will allow Udacity to build on […]

Antioch University Partners With Coursera to Offer MOOC’s for Credit

Antioch University Partners With Coursera to Offer MOOC’s for Credit

Antioch University became one of the first U.S. institutions to offer credit for massive open online courses. The partnership will allow students to reduce the cost of a four-year degree by taking classes through MOOC provider Coursera. Unlike some of the other classes offered through Coursera, the classes offered by Antioch's Los Angeles campus won't […]

Udacity to Create Startup Weekend Next

Udacity to Create Startup Weekend Next

Massive Open Online Course provider Udacity has inked a partnership agreement with three tech companies to create a free online college course dedicated to helping entrepreneurs create a successful startup. The four-week course, entitled "how to build a successful startup," unites Udacity with Startup Weekend, TechStars, Startup America and Steve Blank to teach 30,000 entrepreneurs […]

The 11 Greatest Enemies of Creativity

The 11 Greatest Enemies of Creativity

Creativity prospers under certain conditions and perishes under others. Here are 11 factors that often vaporize folks’ creative juices.

Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking

Many of us use the term “Facebook stalking” harmlessly. We tell ourselves and each other that creeping around Facebook is just not really that weird anymore. After all, you can only while away so many hours on friends’ pages before inevitably landing on the profile of someone you’ve never met. And before too long, a […]

It’s Time to Rethink How You Study

How do students learn? For a generation of students who have known nothing but the internet and wondrous smartphones, the answers have changed. As study techniques improve, the classroom itself evolves, growing into a part physical, part digital arena with new rules. Old-school study techniques are outdated. To succeed, students need to be taught concepts […]

Facebooking for Office: How Social Media Inspires Voters

Facebooking for Office: How Social Media Inspires Voters

Traditionally, student-aged voters (those between the ages of 18 and 24) aren’t great at remembering to vote. In fact, in the 2008 presidential election, less than 50% of the 18-to-24 age group actually voted. However, most 18- to 24-year-olds are good at staying plugged into social media, and as of 2012, 98% of them have […]

Social Media vs. Salary

Social Media vs. Salary

Discover how much students are willing to sacrifice in terms of pay for increased technology and social media freedom.

Think Before You Intern

Think Before You Intern

Pursuing an online education means that you probably hope to one day land a great job in your field of interest, but when entering the workforce, chances are you’ll be starting from the bottom and working your way up. A common way of working from the bottom up comes in the form of the internship. […]

Can a Degree Help You Live Longer?

Can a Degree Help You Live Longer?

Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and staying positive can all extend your lifespan — and so can higher education.

Fitter Body, Fitter Brain: How Working Out Can Make You Smarter

Fitter Body, Fitter Brain: How Working Out Can Make You Smarter

Getting the proper amount of exercise is one of the most important elements to maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle. It can also keep you from making repeat visits to doctor and nursing offices. From your heart to your waistline and even your mood, working out regularly touts a wide range of benefits. For students, finding […]

How You Can Strengthen Your Negotiation Skills

How You Can Strengthen Your Negotiation Skills

Negotiation skills aren’t just for business deals. Buying a car and purchasing a home are situations that call for negotiation. But there are many times when negotiation skills are used – from negotiating use of your time to negotiating your responsibilities. It can be a formal process like negotiating a pay raise or an informal […]

How College Students Can Prepare for a Job Interview

How College Students Can Prepare for a Job Interview

The time has arrived. You have sent out numerous resumes and now an interview has been scheduled. Perhaps it will be a phone conversation with a recruiter or an in-person meeting with a hiring manager. Whatever the case may be, this will provide you with an opportunity to make a great first impression, market your […]

Stephen Covey: Lessons from an Extraordinary Business Leader

Stephen Covey: Lessons from an Extraordinary Business Leader

Stephen Covey became internationally known and highly regarded because of his work as an author and motivational speaker. With his recent passing, I asked my students–many who are of the millennial generation–if they are familiar with his books and some indicated that they knew his name either because of their parents or an employer who […]

Improve Your Reading Comprehension with Speed Reading Strategies

Improve Your Reading Comprehension with Speed Reading Strategies

When students are first taught to read, it is usually done with a very thorough, methodical approach that requires reading each word carefully and sounding out any words that are unfamiliar. Fast forward to college and all of a sudden that approach becomes cumbersome when time is of the essence. It also doesn’t guarantee you’ll […]

Three Important Forms of Intelligence and Their Influence on Your Performance

Three Important Forms of Intelligence and Their Influence on Your Performance

When students are asked about the outcome they may expect to receive upon completion of a degree program, they often talk about the knowledge they’ll acquire, the specialization obtained for a new job or career, improved skill sets, and many conclude by saying that they will become “smarter”. While the concept of “getting smarter” in […]

Tips for Talking to Your College Instructor

Tips for Talking to Your College Instructor

Whether you are a student attending a traditional college or online school, it is important to utilize your instructor as a resource, mentor, and coach. They will evaluate your assignments so they are your best contact when you feel uncertain about what is expected from you. Over time they gain insight about your academic strengths […]

Learn How to Develop Grace Under Pressure

Learn How to Develop Grace Under Pressure

Going to college can be exciting, rewarding, life-changing, challenging, stressful, and demanding all at the same time. Students will feel pressure to perform, get good grades, choose a major, decide on a career, compete with their peers, write well, and communicate effectively. As a student, how you react to these demands often determines how well […]

The Student’s Toolbox for Coping With Frustration

The Student’s Toolbox for Coping With Frustration

Frustration is a common reaction to situations in which we feel (or perceive) that circumstances and events are beyond our immediate control or there are roadblocks that prevent us from accomplishing a task or goal. Occasional periods of frustration can be productive if they prompt new ideas and solutions. But continued frustration can have an […]

Why Charisma Matters in College and Your Career

Why Charisma Matters in College and Your Career

When you consider the word “˜charisma’ – what comes to mind? Do you think of a particular world leader, a manager at work, or a professor who was a dynamic speaker? It is a word that denotes a positive quality, a sense of self-confidence and resilience. But for many, it is also a quality that […]

Digital Citizenship Basics for College Students

Digital Citizenship Basics for College Students

If you have developed an awareness of your online presence and learned to behave appropriately when utilizing technology, you are maintaining proper digital citizenship – a crucial skill set that many of your college peers lack. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, believes that “for the most part, kids who are in […]

10 Signs Your Desk Sucks

10 Signs Your Desk Sucks

Your desk just might be making you sick, tired, and unproductive, and chances are you don’t even know about it.

How You Can Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut

How You Can Avoid Getting Stuck in a Rut

Are there times when you feel uninspired or unable to come up with new ideas, innovative solutions, or creative answers? Do you ever think that you are just going through the motions but not making progress because your school work seems like a struggle? If you believe that something is holding you back from doing […]

A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

A Look Into Higher Education, Ethnicity, and Race

When it comes to a person’s well being, educational attainment plays a significant role. As the country becomes more ethnically diverse, it’s important to examine the levels of education different racial groups are attaining.

Improve Your Self-Confidence and Become a Better Student

Improve Your Self-Confidence and Become a Better Student

How do you feel about your progress in college now? Do you approach each day with a confident feeling that you know you’ll accomplish all of the required tasks, develop the academic skills needed, and know that you have the capacity to learn new skills and be involved in the learning process? This is probably […]

Don’t Let Stress and Anxiety Get the Best of You

Don’t Let Stress and Anxiety Get the Best of You

Stress is a part of college life. This is nothing new. But the level of stress, poor mental health, and overwhelming anxiety is growing amount students. Anxiety not only makes every day life difficult, but it can also lead to poor physical health, which in turn can lead to expensive visits to nurses and doctors. […]

Why Managing Change Is an Essential 21st Century Skill

Why Managing Change Is an Essential 21st Century Skill

College students need to be expert multitaskers – balancing competing demands, approaching deadlines, and personal responsibilities in a limited amount of time. Many react by establishing a set routine so they can feel a sense of control. But then a new assignment or forgotten deadline threatens their equilibrium. Over time students probably get used to […]

The Meaning of Mastery: How to Identify and Learn a New Skill

The Meaning of Mastery: How to Identify and Learn a New Skill

As a successful college student there are many skill sets you need to perform your best in class. Though you may be aware of skills you possess that are well-developed or skills that you want to learn, there may be other areas you discover through feedback that you will need to develop. It is important […]

Characteristics of Highly Successful College Students

Characteristics of Highly Successful College Students

While the number of American college students – online and offline — continues to rise, not all students will successfully complete their degree program. In fact, the United States has the lowest completion rate – a dismal 46% — among 18 nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.  That’s despite the initiatives […]

Goal-Setting is an Often Forgotten but Powerful Work/Life Skill

Goal-Setting is an Often Forgotten but Powerful Work/Life Skill

If I told you that goal setting is an important success strategy for your work as a student, I doubt you would be surprised by that statement. And yet, many students simply do not have their formal goal statements written down. Sure, some will tell me they know what they ultimately want to accomplish once […]

Instructors Must Bring Critical Thinking to the Classroom

Instructors Must Bring Critical Thinking to the Classroom

In a post last week, I explored how students can train themselves to become critical thinkers to supercharge their learning. In that piece, there was a silent partner, the course instructor. Teachers – at every level – can help students to acquire a thoughtful mindset that can pay dividends in student motivation, class participation, and, […]

Quick and Easy Steps to Improve Your Personal Productivity

Quick and Easy Steps to Improve Your Personal Productivity

Every student has the same amount of time – 24 hours per day and 168 hours per week. Yet the amount of hours available for school work can vary widely amount students because of professional responsibilities and personal commitments. Students are required to complete their assignments on time regardless of their personal schedules – there […]

Your Next Presentation Could Be Your Best – Here’s How

Preparing for a class presentation may cause sweaty palms and butterflies, but sharing your ideas in front of a group need not fill you with feelings of terror or force you to rely on overloaded PowerPoint slides that put an entire class to sleep. The key to creating a class presentation is to approach it […]

Why Negative Feedback Will Make You a Better Student

Why Negative Feedback Will Make You a Better Student

What is your initial reaction when you receive feedback from your instructor? Many students feel apprehension and they often focus on any form of constructive criticism. Some students get so discouraged by negative feedback that they get upset, respond emotionally, or disregard it all together. If that has happened to you, you are missing out […]

Thinking Critically: The Most Important Skill for Student Success

Thinking Critically: The Most Important Skill for Student Success

Despite being immersed in college classes that demand reading and writing about required topical material, students are often ill equipped to tackle higher cognitive thinking about their courses. Critical thinking – a learnable skill with educational and workplace implications – requires focused effort and conscious practice, yet it seems that they aren’t being taught to […]

Learning Creatively: How You Can Train Yourself to Think Differently

Learning Creatively: How You Can Train Yourself to Think Differently

Creativity is often associated with elementary students who are encouraged to draw or color as a means of self-expression. For college students, it’s often thought of as courses or degrees that require specific creative skills such as art or writing majors. Yet for many students, the idea of intentionally being creative is lost. Business students, […]

Expressing Yourself: Avoid Looking Like a ‘Poor’ College Student

Expressing Yourself: Avoid Looking Like a ‘Poor’ College Student

Have you considered how powerful the messages that you post in an online classroom are? If you’re like most students, you log onto the classroom website and start posting, either on a discussion board or in a chat room, without evaluating the potential those messages hold. Why is it important to consider the impact of […]

All Work and No Play: Even College Students Need a Work-Life Balance

All Work and No Play: Even College Students Need a Work-Life Balance

There’s no doubt about it – going to college demands a significant investment of time and energy. You have to be focused, engaged, and have a well-developed time management plan. It’s easy to feel up for the challenge at the start of a new term but the intensity of a demanding schedule can cause stress […]

Can’t We All Get Along: Building Bridges in Online Classes

Can’t We All Get Along: Building Bridges in Online Classes

When you think about relationships that are important to you, whether at home or work, you know how much effort is required to develop productive interactions. You have to consider your tone, body language, and other visual and verbal cues. As an online student it may seem that developing relationships could be easier since the […]

Where is the Digital Divide in Higher Education?

Where is the Digital Divide in Higher Education?

Our society is so heavily dependent upon web technology, it‘s easy to forget that a digital divide could exist – and yet it does. The phrase ‘digital divide’ has taken on various meanings since it was introduced in the 1990s and is typically associated with factors such as income, race, and class. Even though advances […]

40 Best Blogs for Special Needs Parents

40 Best Blogs for Special Needs Parents

Blogs make it simple to connect with professionals and parents with plenty of advice, comfort, and resources to offer special needs parents.

Boost Your Career Potential With a Global Perspective

Boost Your Career Potential With a Global Perspective

As students make career plans for after graduation, they often think about the most marketable degrees, the skills needed for a new job, or knowledge that’s required to enter a new industry or field. However, preparing for work in a global economy is a new aspect of career development that every student should consider. This […]

Why Optimism Matters for Student Success – Now and After Graduation

Why Optimism Matters for Student Success – Now and After Graduation

As a student you may be worried about the future. There is a lot of daunting news available now about the value of a degree, challenges in the job market, and of course, economic conditions. If you pay attention to the news reports you can develop a sense of learned helplessness about events beyond your […]

Why Learning Can’t Happen on Autopilot

Do you ever find yourself drifting along through your classes, going through the motions, and feeling as if you have not learned anything? The problem of being disengaged from active thinking is not limited to college students. In a recent study by Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, and Matthew Killingsworth, they found that […]

Improve Your College Experience by Managing Your Expectations

Improve Your College Experience by Managing Your Expectations

Your college course has begun and now the clock is ticking. You have assignments to complete, activities to be involved in, and deadlines to meet. It’s a system that seems manageable for the most part, and you probably have a pre-determined idea of how the learning process works. As long as you are actively involved, […]

Why Students Can Benefit from Playing Games in College

Why Students Can Benefit from Playing Games in College

Gaming is all about being entertained and it cannot possibly be utilized for a serious pursuit of knowledge or the process of learning in a formal classroom environment, right? While it may seem that college students who are involved in playing a game during class time or their study time may not be learning, there […]

In the Classroom–As in Life–Collaboration Leads to Your Best Ideas

In the Classroom–As in Life–Collaboration Leads to Your Best Ideas

Have you ever struggled to come up with new ideas for your class projects or assignments? Collaboration with classmates can help you develop and/or refine your initial thoughts, turning them into ideas for meaningful class discussions and assignments. Many students believe that their involvement in the learning process is meant to be solitary in nature […]

Reading Intentionally as an Online Student with Web-Based Tools

Reading Intentionally as an Online Student with Web-Based Tools

One of the challenges that online students must consistently address is the amount of information they have to sort through, process, and retain for use in their classwork. Gone are the days when reading a textbook or visiting a local library to find a book or two was enough to complete your assignments. Now online […]

Freelance Your Way to a Fulfilling Career

Freelance Your Way to a Fulfilling Career

Whether you are a college student or recent graduate, finding employment is likely to be one of your top priorities. The job search process is time consuming and a degree does not always guarantee that you’ll have your pick of the best careers, as employers often weigh what you’ve learned and the experience you’ve acquired […]

Get Educated and Live Longer

Get Educated and Live Longer

Going to college to earn a degree has been a common choice for students who are interested in career development and advancement. Over the past few years the value of earning a degree has been called into question as the number of jobs or career options has been limited or restricted, which is a result […]

How to Be Productive and Organized in a Tech-Driven World

How to Be Productive and Organized in a Tech-Driven World

Every student knows that keeping up with assignments and classes can be challenging. In a tech-driven world full of distractions it becomes even more difficult at times to stay focused on the task at hand. This demands students develop a method of becoming highly organized to be productive. While articles and discussions about organizational skills […]

Five Sure-Fire Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer in College

Five Sure-Fire Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer in College

What often causes more anxiety for a college student than studying for a test? It’s being given a written assignment to complete. For some students, facing a blank page with only a topic to write about can cause stress and lead to procrastination, resulting in a poor final outcome. Students with under-developed writing skills will […]

Facebook Can Provide a Positive Influence for College Students

Facebook Can Provide a Positive Influence for College Students

There is no question that Facebook dominates the social media landscape now and a majority of college students maintain active profiles. Many educators frown upon the use of Facebook by students, especially when accessed during class time, because it can be distracting and addictive. But there is also research available that is in favor of […]

Is High Tech Cheating a Threat to Online Education?

Is High Tech Cheating a Threat to Online Education?

The problem of cheating in college is nothing new; however, it is becoming a bigger issue now because of the growth of online schools and online course offerings. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article has sparked further conversation about the problem of high tech cheating because there are sources that are readily accessible and […]

How Colleges Address the Issue of Measuring Students’ Learning

You’ve completed an assignment and earned a passing grade, but can you say that you have actually learned something? This is a question that educators, colleges, and regulators are also asking about college students – especially given the issues surrounding tuition increases, dropout rates, and the value of a degree for finding work in a […]

The Power of a Positive Online Classroom Culture

The Power of a Positive Online Classroom Culture

Do you believe it is possible for an online classroom to be exciting, intellectually stimulating, emotionally engaging, and a meaningful environment to work in? The field of positive psychology has been focused on helping organizations create a highly functioning culture that is supportive of employees’ well-being and those same principles can also be applied to […]

Tips for Success as an Older Online Student

Tips for Success as an Older Online Student

If you are thinking about going back to school as a mature adult, you may have feelings of apprehension about taking online classes and interacting with younger students. However, don’t allow fears about learning or common misconceptions prevent you from reaching for a new goal. You have qualities and characteristics that will help you succeed […]

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 […]

Final Exams May Not Really Measure Learning

Final Exams May Not Really Measure Learning

It’s the time of year when final exams are on the list of upcoming activities for many college students. This form of evaluation has been a standard practice among colleges and its underlying purpose is to assess what students have learned, the knowledge they’ve acquired, and the progress made towards meeting the learning objectives of […]

Should Religious Expression Be Banned from the College Classroom?

Should Religious Expression Be Banned from the College Classroom?

It is not uncommon for college students to share their religious viewpoints particularly during class discussions. This expression of faith is also highly evident in online classes because students take advantage of sharing their ideologies in a format where they do not have to explain, justify, or defend their response directly to other classmates. Should […]

How to Build Bridges, Not Walls, With Your Fellow Students

How to Build Bridges, Not Walls, With Your Fellow Students

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Why Co-Workers Don't Like You, talked about reasons why people are judged in the workplace and includes negativity, poor etiquette, messiness, and not fitting in. These factors contribute to a decline in productivity in the long-run and build walls between employees. As I read this article, I […]

Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed More Than Ever

Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed More Than Ever

College students are often very adept at “being social” through technological means such as social networking websites and other virtual communities. However, once they enter the classroom and students no longer have electronic communication to rely upon for their interactions, it may be challenging at first for them to develop interpersonal and productive relationships with […]

The Most Common Struggles Faced by Student Veterans

The Most Common Struggles Faced by Student Veterans

The number of veterans who are becoming college students is on the rise as the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides tuition benefits for an estimated 2 million eligible veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. From a higher education perspective, the transition from military life into an academic setting is not always easy for many veterans. There […]

The Many Benefits of Learning a Second Language

The Many Benefits of Learning a Second Language

There are approximately 6000 languages in use throughout the world, with an estimated 100 to 200 languages currently spoken in the United States. Student populations at colleges and universities are becoming more diverse, especially for online schools that provide access to education both nationally and internationally. In addition, the global nature of business has also […]

How Physical Fitness Improves Your Focus & Learning

How Physical Fitness Improves Your Focus & Learning

The life of a college student can be extremely stressful. Students likely have a number of stressors, including academic, financial, social, career, and family-related factors. It is possible to combat the potentially negative consequences of stress through development of your physical fitness, which in turn can improve your school work and performance. A recent poll […]

The Top 10 Myths About Online Learning

The Top 10 Myths About Online Learning

Online learning is a popular option among traditional colleges and it is the foundation of for-profit schools. Despite an increase in the number of online courses being offered within all sectors of higher education, some myths persist. From my experience teaching classes (online and on-ground), students often have developed pre-conceived ideas that are based on […]

Benefits and Challenges of Attending a For-Profit School

Benefits and Challenges of Attending a For-Profit School

When potential students see the phrase “for-profit schools” they may associate it with a convenient way to obtain an education or have concerns because of the negative press about these schools over the past two years. Here are some of the most important benefits and challenges associated with for-profit schools, which can help students decide […]

Be Prepared for Getting a PhD Online

Be Prepared for Getting a PhD Online

The completion of a Ph.D. indicates attainment of the highest level of education possible and denotes a significant accomplishment. The process is time-consuming, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. Yet only 1-3% of the United States population holds a doctorate and some estimates indicate that 50% of students who begin the doctoral journey fail to complete it. Before […]

Are You Ready to Face the Business World?

Are You Ready to Face the Business World?

Business students taking online courses are likely to find that their skills are not only relevant in today’s job market, but that they are well-prepared for working in many business-related positions. Because of the evolving nature of organizations, online business degrees have a unique opportunity to teach skills that are relevant and necessary for a […]

Mindfulness Isn’t Just for Buddhists

Mindfulness Isn’t Just for Buddhists

Mindfulness being taught in higher education? College students attuning to their inner thoughts? It’s really not as farfetched as you might believe. The concept of mindfulness has already been advocated as an organizational developmental tool. In addition, some instructors are using this concept as part of their teaching practice and it holds promise for any […]

How Students Can Learn to Be Creative

How Students Can Learn to Be Creative

Albert Einstein said that “the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Students are often conditioned to think in a linear manner; read the assigned course materials, develop a paper or discussion response, and pass an exam. Some educators emphasize the need for critical thinking, which requires the use of advanced cognitive skills. […]

Auto-Analytics: Self-Tracking Tools Students May Find Useful

Auto-Analytics: Self-Tracking Tools Students May Find Useful

We live in a time poor society, where students and employees are concerned with how much they can accomplish in a short period of time, and where methods for increasing productivity are often stated as action plans and goals. There’s an emerging trend known as auto-analytics that provides automated tools for feedback about performance and […]

Should Computer Science Courses Be Required?

Should Computer Science Courses Be Required?

A growing trend among colleges is a requirement for students (of all majors) to take computer science courses, as noted in a recent U.S. News article Computer Science Transitions From Elective to Requirement. At first it may not seems like an ideal match to all degree programs and there is even a debate among educators […]

Students with Autism in College: Finding Campus Support

Students with Autism in College: Finding Campus Support

Within the next ten years it is estimated that there will be a half a million children with autism who will become adults. As these children transition into adulthood some may become interested in a postsecondary education as a means of pursuing their career goals. In a Forbes article Living Life with Autism: Has Anything […]

11 Books Every Introvert Should Read

11 Books Every Introvert Should Read

We’ve collected some great books on living life as an introvert, offering advice on everything from getting ahead to enjoying time spent alone.

All Online Students Can Benefit from Peer Support

All Online Students Can Benefit from Peer Support

Online students are often encouraged by their instructors to collaborate with each other, as a means of developing an academic community. This is typically accomplished through class discussions or group projects; however, those activities may not be enough to provide the support needed during times when school work becomes challenging and the self-motivation felt at […]

Neuroscience Helps to Explain How Students Learn

Neuroscience Helps to Explain How Students Learn

Many students believe that learning has occurred because they completed an activity, such as reading, and by acquiring information they have been able to learn something. When it’s time for a test, or when called upon during class discussions, they hope to remember the information. Frustration sets in when they are unable to recall what […]

What Students Need to Know about Pinterest

What Students Need to Know about Pinterest

Have you heard of the website called Pinterest? It seems that this social media website has all of a sudden become an overnight hit, despite the fact it has been around for nearly two years. Some have called this website one of the top ten social networks. Because of its rise in popularity over the […]

Are You at Risk for Violence at Your School?

Are You at Risk for Violence at Your School?

Violence in colleges and universities is prominent in the news now, especially with the recent shooting at a college in California by a former student. There is also a video that is going viral, which documented a student at Florida Atlantic University who lost control during a class and went on a tirade, which included […]

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media Use by College Students

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media Use by College Students

The use of social media holds a lot of promise for higher education and it is being included as a learning activity within both traditional and online classes. It provides a means for students and educators to connect, collaborate, and build academic communities outside of the classroom. However, students (and educators) need to consider the […]

Failure is an Option if You Want to Succeed

Failure is an Option if You Want to Succeed

What does it mean to be truly successful as a college student? Does it mean that you have earned the highest grades, completed every assignment with ease, and never received negative feedback from your instructors? It is unlikely that you will ever meet all of these conditions because the process of learning is evolutionary. And […]

Write Better Papers through Focused Reading and Analysis

Write Better Papers through Focused Reading and Analysis

As a student, it is almost certain that you know how to quickly find information for your assignments. But the question is: do you know how to find the right type of information needed and, more importantly, do you know how to effectively process it? If your instructor tells you to “demonstrate critical thinking and […]

Do You Know What a College Degree Really Costs?

Do You Know What a College Degree Really Costs?

When you decide to invest in the cost of a college education, you are making a significant financial decision and one that should be carefully thought out. Due to the rising costs of obtaining a college degree, along with the record level of student loan debt, a new requirement called the net price calculator has […]

Wasting Time & Money

Wasting Time & Money

American workers waste approximately 2.09 hours each day — and that’s not including scheduled lunch breaks. So where’s that time going, and how much is it costing?

How High School Students Can Prepare for College Now

How High School Students Can Prepare for College Now

Making a transition from high school to college can be a daunting task for some students. One method of making this transition easier is to become a dual enrolled student, which means you take college courses while you are still in high school. If you have thought about going to college after high school, this […]

Students Can Learn Entrepreneurship Skills

Students Can Learn Entrepreneurship Skills

  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal proclaimed that “across the country, schools are rushing to introduce entrepreneurship classes,” and “self-help books for business founders are topping the best-seller lists.” This may be a sign of economic growth or a matter of necessity as many people try to find gainful employment during an […]

10 Big Brain Benefits of Playing Chess

10 Big Brain Benefits of Playing Chess

Not for nothing is chess known as “the game of kings.” No doubt the rulers of empires and kingdoms saw in the game fitting practice for the strategizing and forecasting they themselves were required to do when dealing with other monarchs and challengers. As we learn more about the brain, some are beginning to push […]

Are You Ready to Occupy Education? Occupy Student Debt Hopes So

Are You Ready to Occupy Education? Occupy Student Debt Hopes So

The Occupy Movement aimed at Wall Street is now similarly focused on higher education and, more specifically, student loan debt. Current estimates place the nation’s student loan debt at $1 trillion dollars, which exceeds credit card debt according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Building on the attention gained by Occupy Wall Street, […]

Getting to Know the Millennials – From a Higher Education Perspective

Getting to Know the Millennials – From a Higher Education Perspective

The Millennials now represent the largest generation with an estimated 101 million adults in this category. This presents a significant need for career and educational opportunities. However, is the higher education system prepared to meet their academic needs, which ultimately influences their career options? Can generalizations about the Millennials, such as a “can do attitude” […]

Can Low Income Students Succeed in Higher Education?

Can Low Income Students Succeed in Higher Education?

Most people would agree that every student has a right to receive a college education. The problem for low income students is that they have more than a financial challenge to overcome; they also have fewer options with regards to their access for higher education or the schools that may consider their application. And the […]

25 TED Talks You Should Show Your Kids

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) represents the best things about the Internet … and sometimes the world, for that matter. With the click of a button you can be inspired, educated, encouraged, wowed, or entertained by speakers from all walks of life. If you've been thinking of cancelling your cable, TED Talks would be a […]

Welcome to the Class Discourse – A Renewal of the Classroom Lecture

Welcome to the Class Discourse – A Renewal of the Classroom Lecture

The classroom lecture has critics proclaiming its death. In a recent article on Chronicle.com, Lecture Fail? Students and Professors Sound Off on the State of the College Lecture, the clips presented student perspectives on ineffective lectures. One professor responded indicating that students are responsible for being engaged and present in class. My previous post Replacing […]

Be Careful What You Use – Students and Copyright Laws

Be Careful What You Use – Students and Copyright Laws

Students have access to a large volume of information through the Internet and online library databases, and many new or inexperienced students believe that as long as they are using the information for their school work they are exempt from copyright rules. This is not the case because copyrighted work is still protected; however, allowances […]

The Most Disturbing Library Disasters in History

The Most Disturbing Library Disasters in History

Even ardent anti-bibliophiles can still love and appreciate what libraries contribute to the human race. They peacefully preserve the integrity of documents with academic, creative, technical, scientific, and historical significance, without which mankind could never move forward. So losing any of them in horrible ways – whether through natural or other disasters – means leaving […]

You’re Fired!! What Donald Trump Can Teach Us

When you hear The Donald’s name you may think of real estate investment, self-promotion, presidential discussions, and of course, The Apprentice. Do any of those topics seem like something you could learn from as a student? It may surprise you to realize that Donald Trump can teach all of us something about education – instructors […]

What Makes an Online Class an Interactive Learning Experience?

What Makes an Online Class an Interactive Learning Experience?

You’ve thought about taking an online class but perhaps you aren’t certain if this is an effective way to learn. Maybe you aren’t familiar with the methods that instructors are using now to create an interactive learning environment or you believe that your involvement in an online class is nothing more than reading a textbook, […]

Why Students Need Video Literacy Skills

Why Students Need Video Literacy Skills

There is little doubt that we are part of a video-based generation now. Recent YouTube stats indicate that there are “2 billion views a day (on YouTube), 24 hours of video uploaded every minute, and the average person spends 15 minutes a day” watching videos. You will likely find videos are gaining popularity within online […]

Coming Soon to Classrooms? Emotion Sensing Software

Coming Soon to Classrooms? Emotion Sensing Software

Developments with mobile learning, along with emerging technologies such as augmented reality, game-based learning and gesture-based computing are adding new and futuristic sounding enhancements for potential use in the online classroom. Now you can add emotion-sensing software and avatars to the list of possibilities for online learning with the introduction of AutoTutor, described as “emotion-sensing […]

Online Students Need Reputation Management

Online Students Need Reputation Management

Students beware!! Your actions and interactions outside of the classroom are leaving behind a digital footprint that is accessible by employers or anyone who wants to learn more about you. A recent New York Times blog post, The Growing Business of Online Reputation Management, summed it up best: “As quickly as images, blog posts, commentary, […]

This is Your Child’s Brain on Television

This is Your Child’s Brain on Television

While TV can be a great educational tool, it can also adversely affect their health, behavior, and family life. Find out what really happens when your child is hooked on the tube.

College Education and the Job Market – Does a Skills Gap Exist?

College Education and the Job Market – Does a Skills Gap Exist?

Amidst the many articles and reports about the current state of the economy, another trend is emerging that may have a direct bearing on the degree program that you are pursuing. It’s called a skills gap and is related to the reality recent graduates face as they enter the job market and search for employment. […]

The Great Debate – Developing Online Argumentative Skills

The Great Debate – Developing Online Argumentative Skills

Threaded online student discussions are challenging. It is easy to simply state “I agree” as a reply to another classmate and then provide an additional sentence that adds little to the conversation. It is very likely that particular discussion will go no further, which means a learning opportunity was missed. What can you do to […]

Ethical Behavior Guidelines for Online Students

Ethical Behavior Guidelines for Online Students

What is ethical behavior in an online class? When I ask online students this question, the answer that frequently comes up is centered on issues about cheating. Many students relate ethics to “doing the right thing” and describe how they are guided by an internalized sense of right and wrong. But that is only one […]

On-ground vs. Online Schools: The Quest for Online Students

On-ground vs. Online Schools: The Quest for Online Students

Students interested in online learning are highly sought after by both traditional institutions and online (for-profit) institutions. Cal State Online is one of the latest initiatives developed by a traditional school and it has a potential to attract online students. California State University will soon launch a new Internet portal that will help accomplish the […]

Learning the Art of Self-Discipline for Online Students

Learning the Art of Self-Discipline for Online Students

When you consider the many characteristics and skills you’ll need for success as an online student the one that can have the greatest impact on your performance is self-discipline. It may be easy to simplify this term and equate it to getting your work done; however, it’s not only when you get your work done, […]

Are Online Students Addicted to Technology?

Are Online Students Addicted to Technology?

We can’t escape it. Technology is integrated into many aspects of our lives. College students, especially those attending online schools, will likely have a greater use of technology than the general public, especially if social media use is factored in. Is it possible that you can become too dependent on technology? The term Internet addiction […]

OpenCourseWare – Not a Threat for Online Schools

OpenCourseWare – Not a Threat for Online Schools

If you see the phrase “OpenCourseWare” you may associate it with free classes and that’s a starting definition. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched an OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative ten years ago and since that time numerous institutions have implemented a similar program by offering their courses online. And there’s no indication that the increased […]

Minorities and the Online Classroom – Challenges and Benefits

Minorities and the Online Classroom – Challenges and Benefits

The demographic make-up of the United States population is changing. A Pew Research Center report concluded that “racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 91.7 percent of the nation’s population growth over the past 10 years.” As a result of this general population shift, there will also be an equivalent change in the nature of students […]

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 […]

When Generations Collide: Generational Differences in the Online Classroom

When Generations Collide: Generational Differences in the Online Classroom

The online classroom offers a unique learning opportunity because of the diverse nature of students that you are likely to find in your classes. Often when we think about diversity in education it is in terms of race and culture; however, due to the anonymity of the online environment those differences are not readily known. […]

Emerging Tech Trends for Online Courses

Emerging Tech Trends for Online Courses

The use of technology to enable the learning process already seems cutting edge; however, what makes online education even more exciting is that advances are continually being made that may improve the online learning experience. Some of the latest technological trends have already been implemented and are evident in many schools – while other potential […]

Be Seen, Be Heard -Developing a Virtual Presence in Online Courses

Be Seen, Be Heard -Developing a Virtual Presence in Online Courses

A strong virtual presence indicates to your instructor and other students that you are engaged in the class. What does it mean to be virtually present? As an online student, how can you demonstrate that you are actively involved in your class? There is an attendance requirement for many online schools, which requires you to […]

The State of OpenCourseWare

The State of OpenCourseWare

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What Every Student Should Know About Online Student Retention

What Every Student Should Know About Online Student Retention

Online (especially for-profit) schools have received a great deal of attention lately because of issues related to degree program costs, student loan debt, and other financial-related matters. Another issue that has been brought up is the retention rate for students attending online schools. It is a subject that is often discussed from the schools’ point […]

A New Year, A New Attitude

A New Year, A New Attitude

We are already nearing the end of the first month of the new year. Did you set new academic goals or establish New Year’s resolutions related to your classes or degree program? If so, are you making progress? The start of a new year can bring about a sense of excitement and hope, which is […]

Quality Matters – For Students and For Online Schools

Quality Matters – For Students and For Online Schools

The quality of online degree programs is an important consideration for students and schools, especially during a time when questions are being raised about the value and cost of these online degree programs. If you are a prospective student trying to determine the quality of an online school or program you may not know how […]

A Guide for Effective Academic Writing and Research

A Guide for Effective Academic Writing and Research

From my experience as an online instructor, most classes involve a lot of writing, from discussion board postings to written assignments, and many instructors may expect that you will anchor your work in these assignments with credible sources or research. Students often believe that conducting research for an assignment equates to finding sources of information […]

Replacing the Classroom Lecture

Replacing the Classroom Lecture

It seems that the classroom lecture has gotten a bad reputation. When students hear the word lecture they often think of an instructor standing in front of a class, talking for hours about a subject – and they hope the instructor will have something interesting to say. Even though a lecture has the potential to […]

What are the Rewards of Hard Work?

What are the Rewards of Hard Work?

You’ve worked hard to complete an assignment, submitted your paper, and now you are waiting to receive feedback from your instructor. You may hope to receive a good grade because you’ve worked hard on the assignment. Or you may not care about the grade itself and expect to receive some form of positive feedback so […]

Looking Ahead to a New Year for Online Education

Looking Ahead to a New Year for Online Education

2012 has arrived and it is time to consider what the upcoming months may have in store for the field of online education and more specifically, the for-profit education industry because those schools are one of the driving forces behind online learning growth and innovation. Whether you are pursuing an online degree or have an […]

Can Anyone Succeed as an Online Student?

Can Anyone Succeed as an Online Student?

It has been well documented that the opportunities for online education are growing and more specifically that the number of students taking an online class continues to increase. As potential students consider starting an online degree program one of the most frequently asked questions concerns the suitability of this learning environment for anyone who tries […]

Confessions of an Online Instructor

Confessions of an Online Instructor

Your instructors want the very best for you as a student, developing the skills necessary for your educational journey. While you may know that they are busy providing feedback and participating in the class discussions (which means they are actively engaged in the class), what you may not realize is how much they are concerned […]

Why Diversity in the Online Classroom Matters to You

Why Diversity in the Online Classroom Matters to You

As you look around your online classroom, you’ll probably see a standard course design, which will likely remain consistent throughout your degree program. It’s this presence of uniformity that often gives students a feeling that they are also the same, especially since you are not present to visually assess the differences. You become little more […]