All parents who homeschool their children probably agree on one point: it’s not easy. In addition to choosing the right curriculum, you need to spend hours tutoring, and often, becoming an expert in different subjects every year. Fortunately, a recent development is making life a lot easier for homeschooling parents, and education a lot more […]
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Aging can significantly change the way our brains function. As we get older, we become more likely to develop degenerative cognitive diseases such as dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. While aging is unavoidable, many of the diet, exercise, and activity choices we make influence how well our brains perform over our lifetimes. Take […]
Whether you are planning on attending your local community college or a renowned four-year university, you’ll be taught by professors with Ph.D.’s who have dedicated their lives to their academic fields. You’ll also be surrounded by fellow students eager to prove their intellectual credentials. As a collegiate, you’ll be expected to regularly contribute to […]
The burden of paying for college continues to cripple many of today’s graduates. An average student in 2013 will walk away from their undergraduate with $35,200 in debt. If they had the chance, many students say they would have done things differently. Of the 750 students surveyed in a recent poll, 39 percent “” up […]
As your brain ages, some of its pathways weaken from underuse. You might have a harder time recalling names, facts, addresses, or everyday details. To counteract these aging circuits, try learning new skills. Fresh information acts as a protein shake, forging new pathways and recoating those that are weak. Plus, with practice, these pathways get […]
Academia is buzzing about MOOCs. What sounds like genteel name-calling is actually a powerful new medium with potential to transform the education system.
There are many ways that students can earn college credits, many of which don’t involve the full cost of a college course or sitting in a classroom.
The potential side effects of social media use can be a bit scary and may have many wondering what role social media should play in higher education.
President Obama recently announced a proposal for the BRAIN initiative, a research project with lofty goals to map every neuron in the human brain. The idea is comparable to what researchers did with the Human Genome Project, with a similar aim of creating a massive science resource. What happens in between, however, proves far more […]
Rather than waiting on skilled workers to finish college, employers are offering specialized training for which employees can earn college credit.
Lifelong learners are finding great ways to put their newly acquired knowledge to work, but they’re not finding a wealth of financial resources.
Many online students are choosing a more hybrid version of classes by initiating and participating in face-to- face meetups wherever they are.
If you’re considering taking online courses, take a moment to learn about what you can actually expect from online learning.
If edtech enthusiasts hope to see MOOCs catch on permanently, they must address the completion rates and help students finish each MOOC they’re enrolled in.
Completing a MOOC shows commitment and adaptability, so make sure you showcase your MOOC courses on your resume.
If you’re one of the one billion people on Facebook, you know that sometimes, the social media juggernaut can be your best friend, and sometimes it can be your worst enemy. The Facebook pros? It allows you to stay in contact with old friends, reach family across the globe from you, and possibly take a […]
Learning a language is still important in today’s world, but you don’t need formal training to reap the benefits.
One in five Americans lack the literary skills beyond the 4th grade level. Learn more about the problem of U.S. illiteracy and what it means.
Is open education the wave of the future? Two academics weigh in.
How does the virtual world affect us in the online classroom? Does it isolate us or make us more confident?
When considering taking an open online course, it’s important you choose a provider that fits you and your goals.
MOOCs may have a lot of great qualities, but it’s important to consider the scary side of these courses as well.
Some partnerships between MOOCs and education leaders hold the potential to result in some real game-changing efforts.
Most people manage multiple online accounts for a variety of uses””from multiple email addresses to online shopping accounts or online banking, the average person accesses an account containing personal information at least once a day. Whether you manage large quantities of financial information via an online account, or you simply have personal information associated with […]
Of the new crop of open courses, these 20 are the ones we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Social learning and student success do correlate, but effective educators know the whats and whys behind the connection.
From teachers as far back as Einstein to modern-day academics, here are 10 quotes from professors to inspire you, no matter what stage of life you’re in.
We picked out 15 TED videos that can inspire you to see the world in a different way and perhaps even take the next step of changing it.
Even for the self-declared “science geeks” who think they want to spend the rest of their life in a lab, freshman biology class can be intimidating. Multiple reports have found that nearly 50% of students who start a science, engineering, technology, or mathematics (STEM) degree change majors before their senior year. Part of the reason […]
Whether they’re pushing government restrictions or landing a job at Google, these MOOC students are doing great things thanks to their online education.
Universities, colleges, organizations, and even individuals are breaking away from MOOCsâ€™ American roots to stretch toward its more international potential.
After all the celebrations that come with the month of December, it’s easy to feel like the rest of winter is empty of special occasions or reasons to celebrate. One important day to commemorate, however, falls in the middle of January and is certainly a cause for thanks and remembrance: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.People […]