May 2012

  • Understanding the New World of eLearning Etiquette

    Barry Lenson

    Understanding the New World of eLearning Etiquette How should you behave then you are taking an online course? “Don't Be `That Guy’ In Your Online Classes: Online Student Etiquette,” a recent blog post by Jennifer Williamson on the DistanceEducation.org blog, spells out some good rules.  Williamson is directing her advice at students who are taking online courses in settings where a virtual class convenes and takes a course in a group. That means that there are shared group assignments, class message boards, and other common experiences. Although not all online courses adhere to that kind of format – in many, for example, students take online courses without being part of a class that adheres to a shared schedul ...

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  • Take Charge! Create Your Own Summer Internship

    Barry Lenson

    Take Charge! Create Your Own Summer Internship There are plenty of reasons to get an internship this summer. Even though internships don’t pay a cent, they give you the chance to learn new skills and show your stuff to a company that could hire you after you graduate. But so many students are looking for internships today. What if you can’t find one?  Well, you can create one of your own. Just like a “real” internship, it will add important experiences to your resume and help you get a job after you’re done with college . . . If you’re interested in working in a healthcare profession, volunteer at the kind of medical facility where you will probably be hired after you graduate.  Even if you only perform support service ...

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  • Mogul Mark Cuban Points to a Coming College Meltdown

    Barry Lenson

    Mogul Mark Cuban Points to a Coming College Meltdown In his Blog Maverick blog, super-mogul Mark Cuban recently made some wise and insightful comments about deep fault lines beneath the world of higher education that will cause some seismic shifts in the years ahead. In a recent post, Cuban points up similarities between the collapse of the housing market and the current situation in American higher education. “It’s far too easy to borrow money for college,” Cuban notes. “Did you know that there is more outstanding debt for student loans than there is for auto loans or credit card loans? That’s right. The 37mm holders of student loans have more debt than the 175mm or so credit card owners in this country and more than the ...

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  • StraighterLine Death Match Series, Part II: StraighterLine vs. MIT

    Barry Lenson

    StraighterLine Death Match Series, Part II: StraighterLine vs. MIT Would it be better for you to start college at MIT or at StraighterLine? It can be a tough call, because both institutions are on the leading edge. StraighterLine is on the forefront of online education. MIT has been a leading technology institute since it opened its doors in 1861. And if you haven’t been paying much attention to MIT in recent years, you’ll be surprised at what is going on there. Sure, lots of engineers still go there, but it is also possible to study business, city planning, economics, political science or even writing.  So put your pocket protector away. MIT is for nearly everyone. But is MIT or StraighterLine the better choice for you? Her ...

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  • The New York Times Reports on “A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College”

    Barry Lenson

    The New York Times Reports on “A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College” The New York Times just launched “Degrees of Debt,” a series of articles that will tell the stories of students who have racked up staggering student loans. The first article profiles a student named Kelsey Griffith, who will owe $120,000 after graduating from Ohio Northern University this month. She is working two restaurant jobs so she can start to repay her loans, and planning to move back into her parents’ home. And the debt isn’t only affecting Kelsey’s life. Her mother, who co-signed Kelsey’s loan applications, just took out a life insurance policy on Kelsey so that she will have a way to pay back the loans if her daughter dies. ...

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