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Online Learning Research Shows How Listening to a Lecture Isn’t Much Better Than Watching TV
March 7th, 2013

why it won't be hazardous to your brain if you miss in-person lectures in online learningThe advantages of interactive learning over passive lecture experiences have been well-documented through the years, but I would have thought academic lectures were at least a step up from Snooki’s antics on “Jersey Shore.” Not so much.

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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.

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80-Year-Old Texas Man Embraces Online Learning
January 2nd, 2013

WGU TexasLearning online isn’t holding back any age from learning, and we think that’s incredible!

The New York Times recently shared the heartwarming story of 80-year-old Robert Titus, who lives in Houston and recently earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing management online.

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Top 5 Questions About Going Back to School
December 10th, 2012

top five questions of adults interested in returning to collegeMaybe you’ve been thinking about going back to school for quite a while, but there are some burning questions you need answered first. Well, you’re in luck – we’ve compiled and answered the top five questions adults have about going back to school, particularly for those weighing the possibility of online degrees.

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Technology Issues Add to College Stress — Surprised?
November 7th, 2012

Halloween has passed, but here’s a horror story college students often face: The paper or project that you’ve spend hours on suddenly disappears from your computer screen. You immediately try to bring it back, trying hard to resist throwing your laptop across the room.

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College Admissions in the Facebook Age
October 23rd, 2012

college admissions in the facebook ageSchools are using social media more often these days to get the word out about why their colleges and universities stand out and to connect alumni with prospective students. They’re no longer scared of social media, but embracing everything it has to offer, especially in promoting their programs to students like you.

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Online Students’ Biggest Mistakes (Part 1)
August 27th, 2012

Online student mistakesDropping, performing poorly, or even failing an online course can keep you from earning a degree and cost you big bucks, especially if you have to retake the course.

Professors and students identified major online errors by college students, which can prevent you from making these mistakes.

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Overcoming Challenges as an Online Student
July 31st, 2012

online student challengesAs I’m writing this, I’m not at my home office or even at my favorite coffee shop, where using the Internet is tried and true. Instead, I’m in a guest bedroom at my in-laws’ home, where we’re staying for a bit on vacation. The wireless Internet works, but there’s an annoying glitch: I can receive but not send e-mails. I’ve already spent too much time trying to figure out what’s wrong.

That’s why I admire online learners. Technology can be frustrating and unpredictable. Online students must have the patience not to want to stomp on their laptop when they can’t get connected to their class discussion or are facing an assignment deadline and need to log onto the school website.

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