May 2011

  • Busted Myth of the Week: There’s Something Wrong with “Night School”

    Barry Lenson

    Busted Myth of the Week: There’s Something Wrong with “Night School” Years ago, people went to night school if they wanted to pursue college studies while they were too busy working a job. There was something of a stigma to it, because the people who went to night school didn’t have enough money to go to a “real” college. What bunk. Today, people take college courses at night because they are working during the day, because they are too busy taking care of their kids during the day, because they are in the military, or for other reasons that everybody respects. And of course, people are taking distance learning courses at night, in the morning – any time. And people who take college courses online are saving so much money, ...

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  • Online Education is Booming at American Community Colleges

    Barry Lenson

    Online Education is Booming at American Community Colleges The Instructional Technology Council has been monitoring the use of distance learning at community college for more than six years now. In a recent survey of 139 institutions, the Council determined that the use of distance learning is increasing quickly at community colleges. It’s another sign that computer-based instruction is now firmly in the mainstream of American higher education. Let’s look at some findings from the survey: Enrollment in online courses grew by 9 percent from between 2009 to fall 2010, outpacing the eight percent growth in overall community college enrollment. Sixty-eight percent of the colleges surveyed reported that they can’t offer enoug ...

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  • Why Online Learning Welcomes Everyone

    Barry Lenson

    Why Online Learning Welcomes Everyone Prestigious colleges are famous for rejecting more than 90 percent of applicants. Online colleges are famous for letting everybody start. Which approach is better? You can decide. But when you stop to think about the students who are welcomed by StraighterLine, the question takes on a different focus. At StraighterLine, all these students are free to log in and learn . . . Students who are in the military can start taking college courses online, no matter where they are stationed. Traditional colleges can’t offer anything like that to active service people and veterans. Working parents are welcome, because they can fit their online learning around their families and their jobs. Hom ...

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  • Special Today! Two Million Dollars Worth of Wisdom for Free

    Barry Lenson

    Special Today! Two Million Dollars Worth of Wisdom for Free If you went to 10 colleges and spent $200,000 in tuition at each of them, you would have spent $2 million, right? After four years at each of them, you’d be sitting on a folding chair in your cap and gown, listening to some famous commencement speaker talk about what it takes to make a difference in the world. Okay, you’re going to thank us. We just saved you a fortune. We’re bringing you that $2 million worth of wisdom for free today. Just click on the links below to watch YouTube videos of commencement addresses that have been given by all kinds of high-falutin’ celebrities over the last 10 years. 1. Denzel Washington! CLICK HERE to watch the actor’s 2011 commenc ...

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  • 8 Ways to Be a Better Online Learner

    Barry Lenson

    Eight Ways to Be a Better Online Learner All students know that certain strategies lead to success in the classroom. If you raise your hand, answer questions, respect other students and chat with the instructor after class, you will do better and probably earn a higher grade. Similar skills exist for online learning too. Let’s take a closer look . . . Success tip #1: Before you enroll, make sure you will have the time to pursue the coursework. Even though most college courses online don’t have rigid class schedules, you will still need the time to study, write assignments and take part in online class activities. It’s wisest to take classes when you are sure you will have enough time – like over the summer months. Success ...

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