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.
Archive for Online Education
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The republican pundit world went into a tizzy over rapper/poet Common being invited to the White House by first lady Michelle Obama last week. This even garnered enough media attention that it produced one of my favorite debate match-ups; John Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly.
How many times have you had someone ask you in conversation if you’ve seen a certain movie or read a given book? How many times have you said, without thinking, that you have, even though you really haven’t? It seems to be a constant of the human condition… something about wanting to belong and fit in.