Author: Jeffrey Simons

Guest blogger Jeffrey Simons has been in advertising since the mid-80s, when faxes were “new technology” and portable computers were the size of suitcases. Now, as Storyteller-in-Chief for his own social media consultancy, JL Simons Marketing & Advertising Consulting, he gets to tell true stories to interested readers for deserving brands.

  • 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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  • Who Takes Online Courses?

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons The Seattle Times just published an article about a study showing more students drop out, and fewer get a passing grade, when they take a class online than when they take it in a classroom. According to the Times, “many previous studies comparing online and in-class course success have been limited in scope, usually only comparing the results of a single course taught in-person at a four-year college to the same course taught online… Those studies often show that online is just as good as in-person.” The study says that the students who are most likely to fail to finish a class, or get a lower grade, are males, black students and students with lower levels of academic preparation. It also claims that, “If ...

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  • Investigate Your Career in Criminal Justice

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Criminal justice in America has come a long way from the days of six-gun slinging sheriffs keeping the peace in frontier boomtowns with bullets and bluster. Nowadays, your local chief of police may have a Bachelors of Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Policy. Ever since 1916, when August Vollmer, the police chief of Berkeley, California established the first criminal justice program at UC Berkeley, the number of places you could get a degree has skyrocketed. By the 1970’s, there were 720 different criminology and criminal justice academic programs in the U.S. Many of those are online criminal justice degree programs at schools like Boston University, Penn State, and StraighterLine partners Thomas Edison Stat ...

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  • Help, I Took a MOOC – Now What?

    Jeffrey Simons

    Or, “How to get credit for what you learned in a non-credit-bearing course” By Jeffrey Simons Taking a MOOC sounded like a great idea. Who wouldn’t want to take a free online course from top professors at the best universities in the world, like Harvard and Stanford and MIT? That’s probably why hundreds of thousands of students signed up for them. Some of them even finished the courses, although sadly, fewer than you’d think. (Many MOOCS have dropout rates of 90% or so, according to articles like this one in The Chronicle of Higher Education.) But let’s assume you’re one of the students who stuck with your MOOC to the end. Now what? What do you do with what you learned? Because you see, with MOOCS, to some extent, ...

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  • California Begins to Look Online to Solve Their Problems

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons I was checking out a new page on Facebook dedicated to what’s going on in California, called, appropriately, California’s Community College Crisis Center. And I came across two articles about how some California schools are finally turning to online education to help address their problems. The first, “CA Community College Experiments with Online Degree Partnerships“ is a blog post on the website, CollegeInsurrection.com. It talks about how “California’s Coastline Community College is set to create low-cost, online bachelor’s degree pathways where students can enroll simultaneously at one of three public universities, none of which are in California.” Their goal is to cut their waitlist in half and en ...

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