April 2015

  • Tips for Getting Over a Fear of Math

    Tips for Getting Over a Fear of Math
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Dan Gryboski, StraighterLine Professor of Math If you say you have a fear of math, or that you hate math, is it possible that what you really hate are math classes? If so, I don’t necessarily blame you. If a single math course stands between you and your college degree, I can understand the anxiety you might feel. So let’s talk about what math is and what math is not. What Math Is and What Math is Not Math is something you already use all the time. Math is not, and should not be, confined to a particular class. Whenever you double a recipe or think about how long your road trip will be, you use math. You’re not really afraid of math; it’s just all those symbols and rules in a math book! Well, all those symbols and rules are ...

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  • Get a Year's Worth of College Credit Online

    Get a Year's Worth of College Credit Online
    Beth Dumbauld

    Looking to get a year's worth of college credit, save money and try classes for free? You have a number of options, including StraighterLine online college courses. Here's how StraighterLine stacks up against MOOCs like ASU's/EdX Global Freshman Academy: You pay less for your online courses with StraighterLine StraighterLine’s First Year bundle, allows students to take ten 3 & 4 credit courses and pay only $1,299. That’s one full year of college credit (10 courses) for just under $1,300! On the other hand, taking 10 courses to earn credit through the EdX Global Freshman Academy is $6,000. Taking your first year of college courses (10 courses) through StraighterLine costs thousands less and offers you more college options. You ...

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  • How Do You Judge the Quality of Online Courses?

    How Do You Judge the Quality of Online Courses?
    Beth Dumbauld

    How do students judge the quality of distance education courses? This critical evaluation process is what the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s (DEAC) new quality review service helps students solve. “Last Friday, DEAC announced its new Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC). This new service uses a standard rubric to peer-review non-institutional “providers” of distance education. StraighterLine and Sophia are the first “providers” to be recognized as achieving AQC status for their online courses.” That’s the insight from Russell Poulin, Director of Policy & Analysis for WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, in his recent article for the WCET Frontiers Blog, which highlights AQC as “a major step in er ...

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  • 12 FAMOUS COLLEGE TRANSFER STUDENTS

    12 FAMOUS COLLEGE TRANSFER STUDENTS
    Beth Dumbauld

    Not everyone knows where they will end up when they first start college. Many don’t know what they want to do, or what degree they need, until later in life. You can, however, still dream big even if your degree plans shift along the way. We're offering a special tribute to transfer students, students who have taken online courses or gone back to school to finish their college degree. We hope you will be inspired by these stories of famous men and women who completed their education on their own terms. Want to see how it works? Take two free lessons on us today! Check out the success of these famous college transfer students, including 7 presidents of the United States: Barack Obama President Barack Obama may be the world’s m ...

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  • Creating a Flexible and Affordable Path to a College Degree. A StraighterLine Success Story

    Beth Dumbauld

    Chris DuBose had over 20 years of business experience working for a beverage wholesaler, enjoyed a large amount of career success, yet had never earned his college degree. He had “always planned on earning his college degree, someday,” yet someday never seemed to arrive. Until one day, in his early forties, something changed. Chris realized it was now or never; it was time to earn his college degree. We’re excited to share his story with you. Needing a Degree for a Promotion Chris DuBose had reached a critical point in his career where not having his degree was limiting his opportunities at work, including an opportunity for promotion. "I was offered to take on an important new role at our parent company; a big promotion with ...

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