Archive for Online Education

Going To Grad School Without Going Broke

Aug 06, 2011 No Comments

Going to graduate school can be a costly undertaking, with average costs ranging from just over $28,000 at a public college or university to over $52,000 at a private one. Where is a graduate student to turn for financial help? As you may have already guessed, the vast majority of them turn to federal student loans.

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Amazon’s New Textbook Rentals Could Save You Money

Jul 28, 2011 No Comments

Textbooks cost an arm and a leg these days; actually they cost more than that. I, along with everyone else I know, have paid ridiculous amounts of money for a college textbook and the trend does not seem to be stopping any time soon. Most college students have devised different ways to offset these costs like sharing books, buying used copies and buying books online.

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Everything You Need to Know About Google Plus

Jul 15, 2011 No Comments

Google Plus has arrived, and since its start the Facebook competitor has given the number #1 social media site a run for its money. In less than two weeks over 10 million people have signed up for Google+ even though the new network is still in testing stages and can only be accessed through membership invites. Similar to Facebook the social network allows you to share links, status updates, pictures and information about yourself.

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Educational Internet Searches to be Made Easier and More Efficient

Jun 29, 2011 2 Comments

A new partnership was recently announced between the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to help devise an easier and more efficient search method for students to find educational research material on the World Wide Web. The goal of the group is not to usurp giant search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, but to create a better educational interface for those search engines. The group hopes to create detailed educational search criteria that interfaces with the existing search engines that will give students more relevant hits.

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Colleges Respond to Disasters and Terrorism

Jun 15, 2011 No Comments

It seems that this generation has not known a time without a major disaster or incidence of terrorism. These types of events affect not only those directly involved, but those who are witnesses to the devastation and destruction that they leave behind. As a result, more colleges are beginning to offer degree programs in subject areas like disaster mental health, emergency management, or disaster response.

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Even From a Distance, the Library Is Your Friend

Jun 08, 2011 No Comments

I may be a bit biased as a former library and information studies distance learning student, but I cannot stress enough the importance of getting comfortable with your school’s library system. Even if you’re taking all online courses, the majority of schools today allow access to a large percentage of their materials via the web. More college and university libraries are moving toward subscription-based online databases of information.

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Education Department’s New Rules: Colleges Must Improve Statistics for Graduates

Jun 07, 2011 No Comments

In a boon for students across the country, the Department of Education released new rules regarding certificate and vocational programs at colleges that offer training aimed to “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” Intense scrutiny has been leveled at the billions of dollars that college programs receive from the federal government in the form of student aid. All colleges that offer these types of programs must abide by the new guidelines.

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Make Every Point Count

May 31, 2011 No Comments

When your professor is designing your course, he or she assigns a certain point value to every assignment. Some are worth more points, such as essays, tests, and group projects. You will usually also notice some assignments on the syllabus that count for only a few points each.

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Surviving the Online Group Project

May 25, 2011 3 Comments

Group projects can be difficult, especially in an online program, but if you do a few simple things, you can make the most of the experience, earn a decent grade, and escape with your sanity (mostly) intact. First, be prepared. Read the syllabus before the first class meeting. If there is a group project lurking in there, you don’t want to be surprised by it.

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Shining a Light on Non-Profit Colleges and Universities

May 25, 2011 No Comments

Education Connection’s mission is simple, provide a simple way for those seeking to earn a college degree a way to find the best college and degree program for them. High school students often have the guidance of a counselor to help them choose the right school, program, find financial aid and more. What happens once you leave the confines of that familiar setting though, who helps you then? This is where Education Connection comes in.

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