Archive for 2013

Overhaul Your Homeschooling with MOOCs

Overhaul Your Homeschooling with MOOCs

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 […]

Open Courses

Open Courses

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Stressed Out Students

Stressed Out Students

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Brain Health Checklist

Brain Health Checklist

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 […]

Seven Things Every College Kid Should Know on Day One

Seven Things Every College Kid Should Know on Day One

  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 […]

How to Slash the Costs of College

How to Slash the Costs of College

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 […]

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

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 […]

The Minds Behind The MOOCs

The Minds Behind The MOOCs

Academia is buzzing about MOOCs. What sounds like genteel name-calling is actually a powerful new medium with potential to transform the education system.

Beneath the Thinking Cap: The Functions of the Basic Brain

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 […]

Financial Aid for Lifelong Learners

Financial Aid for Lifelong Learners

Lifelong learners are finding great ways to put their newly acquired knowledge to work, but they’re not finding a wealth of financial resources.

How to Finish a MOOC

How to Finish a MOOC

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.

Putting a MOOC on the Resume

Putting a MOOC on the Resume

Completing a MOOC shows commitment and adaptability, so make sure you showcase your MOOC courses on your resume.

Facebook Fatigue

Facebook Fatigue

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 […]

23% of America Is Illiterate

23% of America Is Illiterate

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.

Alone Together: In the Classroom

Alone Together: In the Classroom

How does the virtual world affect us in the online classroom? Does it isolate us or make us more confident?

Hacked

Hacked

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 […]

How Science Class is Moving Online

How Science Class is Moving Online

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 […]

The Life of MLK Jr.

The Life of MLK Jr.

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 […]