All posts tagged online higher education

Paying for Your Online Education Without Going into Debt!

Words "Debt" written in magnetic letters.

“Debt” by Christian Schnettelker
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According to a recent report, student loan debt is projected to overtake mortgage debt by the year 2042. As someone who has carried a mortgage-sized student debt for the last 10 years, I’m not surprised. A degree comes with a hefty price tag, and if you aren’t independently wealthy, then you need to find ways to foot the bill. When I enrolled in my first graduate program, I didn’t know anything about the different options out there. Because of that, I took on too many student loans for too much money with too few benefits.

I don’t want you to make the same mistakes as I did, so here are some tips to help you avoid massive student debt and the headaches that come with it:

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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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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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Using Your Online Education and Involvement Experiences to Boost Your Resume

We’re back to the involvement topic, folks! My favorite subject to discuss when we’re talking about college education. It’s very clear I have a bias here, so you shouldn’t be surprised by this. However, I’m going to tie in student involvement with something I’m sure everyone cares a lot about – career advancement.

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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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Managing your Time while Studying Online

There are three key tools of effective time management that you should uses to best manage your day-to-day: a schedule or calendar of events, a prioritized “to-do” list, and organized note taking. You’ll notice that these items don’t necessarily relate only to schoolwork – you can and should use them to sort out your entire day, week, year, etc. And you should also use them together for the best results.

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Social Media and Your Online Education

I know what you’re thinking: Wait? What does my education have to do with Facebook and Twitter??

Well, I can’t say it has a lot to do with your education, but you should definitely think about how it can relate. And that’s because one of the most important things to remember when you get involved with social media is that no matter how private you have your settings, there is still a whole lot of public. The things you post can often be found, and the pictures you share can often be seen. And when it comes to your education and your career path, you definitely want to keep this in mind.

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