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Why You Should Consider an Online Graduate Degree
February 12th, 2013

consider an online graduate degreeOnline learning isn’t just for people starting out with an undergraduate degree program or trying to complete their bachelor’s degree.

E-learners include working professionals and adult learns seeking to advance their education with graduate degree programs. You’ll find online graduate programs offered in a huge variety of subject areas, from engineering to health care to information technology to business and beyond.


Best Online Degrees in 2013: What the Rankings Say
February 1st, 2013

online degree rankingsWe are a rankings- and ratings-obsessed nation. Nielsen ratings help determine which TV shows stay on the air, and the ratings that reviewers post online help us decide which products to purchase.

Higher education is certainly no stranger to the rankings universe – U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges since 1983. But this is only the second year that the news magazine has ranked online education programs.

Nearly 860 online education programs (up more than 20 percent from the 2012 list) were evaluated by U.S. News for 2013. Only degree-granting programs that met the federal standard of 100 percent online course delivery were evaluated – no blended learning here. As U.S. News has stated from the start, it is ranking programs, not schools. Also note that the rankings make no distinction between nonprofit and for-profit schools’ programs.


Massive Online Open Course Options Growing
October 18th, 2012

The other day, I received an e-mail from a college professor about a free massive online class on infographics and data visualization, taught by expert Alberto Cairo, a University of Miami professor. The course wasn’t offered through University of Miami, but as the first massive open online course offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, based at the University of Texas in Austin.

To get in the six-week course, students don’t need to apply or be selected. If you have an Internet connection, you’re in, and there’s no limit to the number of students in your class. But it offers an extra credential for those who participate and meet course requirements — a certificate (for $20) to show employers or add to your resume.


Penn Foster President Bikes to Talk About Education
October 9th, 2012

If you were in the Northeast this past week, you may have seen Penn Foster President Joe Gagnon biking across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, talking to students on his breaks.

As part of Penn Foster’s Choose to Be More Tour, Gagnon rode 100 miles each day, from Thursday through Saturday, stopping for town hall meetings with students in six cities.


5 Ways Colleges Are Making Online Learning Fun
August 2nd, 2012

colleges and universities making online learning fun One of the best things about online learning is that it is constantly evolving. Colleges and professors are using new ways — and new technology — to improve e-learning and to bring more excitement into online courses.

Here are five ways we’re seeing colleges making online learning more fun.


Top 10 Reasons to Do Summer School Online
July 5th, 2012

Sun, sand, and surf… Who wants to miss glorious warm weather activities just to sit in a classroom all summer long? As it turns out, you don’t have to abandon fun in favor of academia. Even if studying is the last thing on your mind this summer, take a look at the top 10 reasons you should stay in school – online, of course.


Zombie Course Among New Online Classes
April 11th, 2012

Online students may feel like the walking dead, studying and completing coursework late in the evening or in the early morning hours.

So why not make zombies part of the coursework?


U.S. News’ First Online Degree Rankings Puts Schools on Honor Rolls
January 10th, 2012

With more than 6 million e-learners today, U.S. News is recognizing the importance of online learing that its first-ever ranking of online degree programs.

So, who’s No. 1?