July 2012

  • What is Credit-By-Exam or CBE?

    Beth Dumbauld

    CBE is Credit-By-Exam. A Credit-By-Exam (CBE) program allows you to earn college credit for what you already know. Students can pick and choose college-level subject matter exams from a variety of credit-by-exam providers. Passing tests through a credit-by-exam program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or transfer credit to thousands of colleges and universities. Credit-by-Exam providers include: CLEP DSST UExcel AP Each exam program sets its own testing schedule and has its own test taking centers. All credit-by-exam programs have specified waiting periods before you are able to retake any exam for credit. You can also earn college credit by taking self-paced online college cou ...

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  • Introduction to Nutrition (or why you are different from your car)

    Barry Lenson

    Introduction to Nutrition (or why you are different from your car) On first glance, nutrition looks like a pretty simple deal, doesn’t it? Your stomach is sort of like the gas tank on your Ford. The food you put into your stomach is kind of like the fuel you buy at the gas station. (And your mouth and esophagus are pretty much like the gas cap and filler pipe on your Ford . . . but let’s not dwell on that.) So you get your fuel down there into your tank, then it moves through your alimentary canal (small and large intestines), which basically burn up the food and extract energy from it. And all that energy fuels your muscles and major organs and (if there is any juice left over) maybe your brain too. To make this analogy even mor ...

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  • How the Affordable Care Act will Create Opportunities in Health Care Professions

    Barry Lenson

    How the Affordable Care Act will Create Opportunities in Health Care Professions Even though certain political factions are still hoping to overturn the Affordable Care Act, the fact that its constitutionality survived scrutiny by the Supreme Court indicates that the bill is destined to survive. We’re not going to discuss politics here on this blog. (As you have noticed, we never do.) What we will do, however, is take a quick look at how the Affordable Care Act will create new job opportunities in the medical care professions. We took out our crystal ball and here are some opportunities that are likely to result . . . Demand will increase for medical billers and coders. In time, the Affordable Care Act could actually reduce pap ...

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  • How to Use Social Media to Enjoy a Better Online Learning Experience

    Barry Lenson

    How to Use Social Media to Enjoy a Better Online Learning Experience “6 Social Media Suggestions for Your Online Course,” a recent post that Melissa Venable wrote for the College Online blog, offers some excellent suggestions for teachers who want to use social media sites to create better online courses. She offers some great ideas. For example, she writes that course instructors can create virtual online course libraries on Diigo.com, and also post lectures on YouTube.  Those are excellent suggestions. But for the purposes of today’s post on the StraighterLine Blog, let’s ask a different question . . . If you’re an online student, how can you use social media to improve your learning experience? Here are some ideas to ...

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  • How to Graduate from College Faster and Save Money

    How to Graduate from College Faster and Save Money
    Barry Lenson

    How much money can you save by completing your college studies faster? It is pretty easy to calculate. You don’t even need to take a math class! If tuition at your college costs $20,000 a year and you can graduate in three years instead of four, you are going to save $20,000. If you go to a private college that costs you $50,000 a year, you will save $50,000 if you lose a year. And so on. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! But how can you trim time from the four years you were planning to spend at college? Here are some ways to get it done . . . Option one:  Take exams to earn college credit. We’ve written about them exams before on this blog. You have several options to choose from, including AP ...

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