June 2012

  • Tune in Sunday to Hear StraighterLine's Founder Burck Smith on Marketplace

    Barry Lenson

    Tune in Sunday to Hear StraighterLine's Founder Burck Smith on Marketplace Here’s a heads-up for all of you StraighterLine students and fans. This Sunday, June 10, StraighterLine’s founder and CEO Burck Smith will be a featured source who will contribute his views to American Public Media’s Marketplace program, heard nationwide on National Public Radio. We’re not sure how much of the program will be devoted to airing his views, but we do know that he was interviewed about some interesting trends in American higher education, including alternative credentialing for colleges. So the show is bound to be informative and interesting. Plus, a StraighterLine student was interviewed for the program. How to Tune In You can li ...

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  • What is DANTES Exam?

    Beth Dumbauld

    What is the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support or DANTES exam? DANTES is the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support. DANTES’ mission is to assist U.S. military service members in meeting their educational goals. DANTES accomplishes this mission by sponsoring a wide range of examination programs. DANTES sponsored examination programs include: Credit-By-Exam: CLEP and DSST
Passing CLEP or DSST exams can help you receive college credit for what you already know. Entrance Tests: ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT
Performing well on required entrance tests can help you qualify for entry into a variety of post-secondary education programs including undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs ...

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  • Student of the Month: Lindsay Emo

    Barry Lenson

    Student of the Month: Lindsay Emo Lindsay Emo is StraighterLine Student of the Month for June. Unlike other students who we’ve profiled on this blog in the past, Lindsay is a high school senior. She had the vision to take a college-level course at StraighterLine. She even arranged to have the credits she earned transferred to the college of her choice. No doubt about it, Lindsay is a unique young woman. And she is notable for other reasons too. She is homeschooled and proud of it. And she is already starting to make plans for graduate school. Let’s hear what she has to say. StraighterLine:  How did you find StraighterLine? Lindsay - I was surfing the Internet for affordable online college courses. I’m a homeschooled senio ...

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  • How to Get the Most Out of Online Degree Program Bulletin Boards and Forums

    Barry Lenson

    Many online degree programs have bulletin boards or forums where students can post comments and questions, get to know other students who are enrolled, and share resources and ideas.  Often, students are required to post on them weekly as part of their coursework. I have taken three courses over the last two years that required me to participate in bulletin boards, and I have been surprised when some other students didn’t find much value in them. I have been able to make very good use of them, in the following ways . . . Not sure where to start? Get your free personalized degree plan today! To share resources and ideas with other students. Now, this is the basic purpose of forums, and you might wonder why I am mentioning it her ...

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  • What are MOOCs?

    Beth Dumbauld

    MOOCs are massive open online courses. MOOCs are free lecture-based courses available online from some of the world’s most well-known colleges and universities. These free college courses are distributed without limit online and are available to any person, anywhere in the world. Currently, you do not earn college credit for taking MOOCs (massive open online courses). MOOCs are offered through the following online college course aggregators: EdX: Course material provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Berkeley (University of California) Coursera:  University of Washington, University of Toronto, Caltech, The University of Edinburgh, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Stanf ...

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