All posts tagged online colleges

A History of Distance Learning

Surely if you’re on our website, you’ve been active in your research about online education, with an exceeding amount of thoughts and fears swirling around inside your head. “What school is right for me?” “How much will it cost?” “Do I have enough time?” There’s plenty enough on your mind as it is. But imagine not being able to even have these options. The Internet made education more accessible, but it is not the first form of distance learning. In fact, the earliest known examples of distance learning date back to the early 18th century. So you have a bad internet connection? Try waiting a week to receive your test results in the mail! Here is a brief timeline of distance education that has culminated in what you know today.

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9 Myths About Online Education

It is 2014 and there is still much resistance to the progress of distance learning. Yes, student debt is exorbitant, but that beast has been feeding on student bank accounts since before any of the recent controversy. Consider this: today we have options to listen to vinyl records and digital downloads; to read volumes of novels and gigabytes of e-lit; pen and paper, keyboard and screen. New technology has made things more convenient and more fast-paced. Daily life may feel less physical, but social media has created more interaction and connectivity between people. Distance learning is no different: It’s convenient and fast-paced, perhaps less physical, but still keeps you interactive and connected.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Forums for Distance Learning Students

Discussion forums are designed to engage all types of learners in an educational community. Through the various types of forums, students can freely share their ideas, opinions and experiences and can create challenging discussion in an interactive, friendly environment.

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Happy Holidays from Top 5 Online Colleges!

Only a few days ago basically, I posted about how it’s now autumn and the leaves are changing colors and the air is getting crisp. Well, here in Chicago, it’s already winter. I’m being dramatic, but only exaggerating slightly. We’ve had our first snow flurries already and when I woke up this morning, the news was telling me it was 29 degrees outside! While I personally love the fall – the memories of shopping for school supplies as a kid, playing soccer with long sleeve shirts under the jersey, heading to football games, and curling up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea while studying for midterms – this unseasonably cooler weather is getting me ready for one of the best two month stretches of the year!

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How to Best Manage Stress

It’s October. The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisp, pumpkin flavors are taking over your taste buds. “Back to School” season is in full swing! On top of balancing your work, your online seminars and classrooms, your homework, your home life, you are now probably balancing your kids’ school, homework and projects, soccer and football and drama club schedules, sleepovers and play dates, and more.

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Top 5 Reasons Online Higher Education ROCKS!

Today, what I want to address are the top 5 best things you get to experience with an online education. Before I give you that list, I do have to give you this disclaimer – I, myself, am not a student within online higher education. I work in the field, which gives me some insight, but I am still an outside observer. You may or may not agree with my top 5 list, but hopefully it’s at least fairly true to the online higher education experience!

These are in no particular order, and I should also warn you that this is very lighthearted and not at all too serious – in honor of it being the first Friday of fall!

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Email and Online Classroom Etiquette

When you are going to be communicating primarily online, it’s important to follow some basic etiquette when it comes to your communications. I’m just going to warn you in advance, I have some pretty strict views on what is appropriate and inappropriate when it comes to doing anything in writing. Some people may argue my points, and I realize that when we’re talking about posting in classroom discussions, that might be something that’s based on the instructor’s opinion more than grammar rules. However, I am of the opinion that I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed, and I think that same belief applies to writing styles in online communication.

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How You Can Get Involved Outside the Online Classroom

I have to start this second-part post with a disclaimer – each institution will have different options to get involved, and I can’t guarantee every suggestion I make here will be available at every online university. However, I strongly encourage you to begin to look into your options – and to look into the options available when you are still deciding on which school to attend as well!

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Why You Should Get Involved Outside the Online Classroom

Student involvement in college is a big part of the higher education experience in traditional universities. Because most traditional students are leaving their parents’ houses, saying goodbye to their social circles from their hometowns and high schools, and entering a whole new world for the first time, getting involved outside of the classroom is a vital part of creating a life on campus.

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Introduction to New Blogger Nicole

Hello everyone! I’m Nicole, and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, give you a little information on my background and experience within online higher education, and to share some ideas I have for future posts here.

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