‘The Big Bang Theory’ Creates Scholarship for UCLA STEM Students

bigbangtheoryReality and fiction have collided and are causing a “Big Bang” of their own for STEM students at UCLA. For these students, television certainly will not ruin their brains. In fact, its purpose is to do the exact opposite. [Read more…]

Online Learning Research Shows How Listening to a Lecture Isn’t Much Better Than Watching TV

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

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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Top 10 Reasons to Do Summer School Online

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.

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7 Things Military Students Should Look For in an Online School

military students and online learningAs we reported recently on CollegeSurfing.com, when some schools see military personnel, they see dollar signs. After all, what school wouldn’t want a piece of the more than $4 billion that colleges have already collected under the new GI Bill?

Not all schools are preying on service members, though. Many colleges and universities hold military students in high regard, tailoring online programs to their unique needs.

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