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How will my online college courses work? You might have a fairly traditional view of what education looks like: sitting at a desk in a classroom, with numerous other students, and a teacher giving instructions at the front of the class. This scene, with slight variations, might be the normal...

How can you be sure a college is right for you? Ultimately, you are the only person qualified to answer this question! We can provide some insight as to some of the factors to consider when selecting a distance learning course, degree or provider: Online degrees and courses: What...

If you will be attending college in the fall, here are some tips that could help you be the best college student possible. While the college experience is not the same for everyone and may vary depending on if you are attending school in-person or online or in-state or out-of-state, for example,...

By Josepf Haslam What is Asynchronous Learning? Asynchronous learning means online courses that you can take on your own schedule. Editors note: I've taken both synchronous classes and asynchronous classes and loved them both. Asynchronous learning has many benefits for those of us juggling...

With the growing number of students seeking an alternative to traditional college, the future of higher education is likely to continue integrating more and more technological and post-traditional elements to the teaching experience. If you are pursuing your education online, you could be seeing...

Getting to know the flipped classroom model As the internet becomes more prevalent in the modern classroom, some educators are making changes to their teaching styles to better include this resource. Rather than adopting a traditional method of learning, which includes a lecture by day and...

As the Internet becomes more integrated in the classroom, you might begin to find that traditional education has begun to change. In a world where everyone seems to have smartphones and tablets, it’s only natural that classrooms would also adapt to these technologies, becoming less traditional and...

  William A. Ward, inspirational speaker and author, said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Most people, remembering their education, recall one or two great teachers who inspired them and made a...

Online learning is becoming a more popular option, as 6.7 million students are using it as a way to work towards a college degree.[i] Accordingly, it’s no surprise that more than 64% of traditional colleges now offer online degree programs. If you’re deciding between pursuing your degree online...

I, Josepf Haslam, loved my online college experience. Of course I was initially drawn to looking at finishing my degree online because I needed the flexibility and convenience. Working full time with 3 young kids and traveling internationally meant that an online university program was about my...

With online college programs and courses becoming more and more popular, some students are completely “digitizing” their learning process. Smart phones and tablets are becoming more prevalent than ever. Below are some of the best apps on the market for note taking, organization and time management...

It’s early on Saturday morning. Your family is still sleeping, but you’ve been up for two hours. Remarkably, you’ve already chatted with friends in Florida, Texas, New York, Arizona, Oregon – even Germany. This is partly what makes online colleges so amazing. Not only can you “attend” class from...

If you’re researching college options and exploring online degree programs, then you already know that college is important. Nearly two-thirds of tomorrow’s jobs will be reserved for college graduates or for trained professionals with credentials beyond a high school diploma.[i] According to...

Before you can get started on any assignments, you need to find a place to study. A separate space for your online class will help you stay focused on your work, and keep your study materials organized. This area should be designated only for academic work and test taking. If possible, keep your...

Everyone starts a new program with the best intentions — learning new things, another class completed towards your degree — but sometimes life puts up a roadblock and you take a little detour. You may have misjudged the time you had available to take your online courses or you found that online...

In a traditional class setting, the instructor provides feedback to students vocally, with body language, or writing on a whiteboard or chalkboard. Students comment or ask questions, interact with others in verbal discussions, collaborate with small groups, and may give presentations. Similar forms...

If you're new to e-learning and the digital age, you might be concerned about the technical requirements. How much equipment will you need, and how will you learn to use it? Today's technology is fast and user-friendly. Just like email and texting, you'll get the hang of it in no time. Plus, many...

These journals and magazines publish distance learning research, cover education technology news and developments, review course management systems, and offer best practices for e-learning use and integration. American Journal of Distance Education (ISSN 0892-3647) AJDE is the internationally...

Together everyone achieves more, and to bring distance educators together there are many distance learning associations at the state level, the U.S. level, and around the world. U.S. Distance Learning Associations The Distance and Education Training Council (DETC) DETC is a non-profit...

Is online learning right for me? Earning your degree through online learning can be a convenient way to go to school, but there's still quite a deal of work involved, and it's not necessarily right for everyone. For many adult students, it can be difficult to decide between on-campus programs...

She has the distinction of being one of the very first to have graduated from Walden University's Master of Science in Nursing Education program. So it's no wonder that Joan Goudounis's new degree is opening her up to a number of firsts. Joan, a married mother of two children, 15 and 19, began...

In the grand scheme of higher education, online education is relatively new. Like anything nontraditional, some people may be unfamiliar with online programs and a little skeptical of the value of a degree earned entirely online. As a graduate of an online degree program or as a current student,...

Steps in Starting and Building a Plan for Creating Effective Presentations Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D. Every presentation you make has one overall goal or general purpose: to inform, to persuade, or to entertain. Keep in mind that your goal or purpose will determine how you construct your...