April 2013

  • New York Times Reporter Takes MOOC courses and Tells All

    Barry Lenson

    A New York Times reporter named A.J. Jacobs recently took a handful of Massive Open Online Courses. He then reported about them in an article that appeared in the Times on April 20, entitled “Two Cheers for Web U!” Jacobs even created this report card for the MOOC courses that he took... Jacobs awarded his professors a grade of B+. He awarded convenience a grade of A. He awarded teacher-student interaction a grade of D. He awarded student-to-student a grade of B-. He awarded assignments a grade of B-. He gave his overall MOOC course experience a B. Jacobs also offers some fun anecdotes about certain classmates who developed crushes on online professors, about his own frustrated efforts to develop relationships with o ...

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  • Failing a College Class? Already Failed a Class? All Is Not Lost…

    Failing a College Class? Already Failed a Class? All Is Not Lost…
    Jeffrey Simons

    What could be worse than failing a college class? Or dropping a college class because you’re about to fail? It may seem like it’s the end of the world, especially if this is your first time. It’s not. It used to be. But it’s not now. Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! See, just a few years ago, if you failed a class, there was nothing you could do about it except take it again next semester. And if you needed that class to graduate, that meant you wouldn’t be graduating with the rest of your class (unless they offered the class in summer school). Now you have options. Now, if you fail a college class, you can take it again, quickly, at StraighterLine, then transfer those credits to your school. You ...

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  • Trend: Demand for Medical Records Processors Is Surging

    Barry Lenson

    This week, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is hosting its ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) summit in Baltimore. That might not strike you as the top news story of the day, but the fact is that computer-assisted coding (CAC) could have a much bigger impact on your life than today’s baseball scores or tonight’s weather report. Why? Because medical billing and coding has become one of the most critical skills in America today. Medical billers and coders are specialists who submit medical diagnostic codes to insurance companies. Without enough of these trained professionals, our entire healthcare industry would be crippled.  The AHIMA conference in Atlanta is all about the latest compu ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip Four: Use CLEP Exams to Place Out of Courses

    Barry Lenson

    Today’s post is the third in a series of short tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Use CLEP Exams to Place out of Courses Do you want to save money on college and graduate sooner? Here’s a powerfully simple strategy for you.  Use CLEP exams to place out of courses. What You Need to Know about CLEP Exams The College-Level Examination Program® from The College Board lets you earn college credit for what you already know. Visit the official CLEP website  to learn more. Tests are given in 33 subjects, including English literature and writing, foreign languages, history, science, math and business. Exams are approximately 90 minutes long, with the exception of College Composition, which takes two hou ...

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  • How to Celebrate Earth Day by Taking College Science Courses... in a Cave, among the Wolves, and in the Lotus Position

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Beth Dumbauld If you are passionate about sustainability and environmental causes, there’s a good chance that you and science are well acquainted. Equally likely, your passion for nature has led you to live, even temporarily, in a remote location, and your schedule is anything but nine-to-five. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t earn college credits for environmental science while working in the field. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can let the natural earth be your classroom and take the online college science courses you need to move forward with your college plans. This Earth Day, let your love of the Earth spin you one step closer to a college degree. With a firm foundation in science, you can be ...

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