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.

  • California Dips Its Toes Into Online Education

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons The higher education community is all abuzz about the news out of California Wednesday. As part of a trial program for the California State University System, San Jose State University is beginning to experiment with MOOCs. Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tech Crunch each have their own take on the news, and we recommend you take a look at all three. In short, SJSU will be creating a pilot program of 3 online introductory level MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) for their students that will award academic credit and will only cost $150. The pilot is small, with 100 students per course. The courses will be taught by their own professors, but will exist on the Udacity platform. Udacity will al ...

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  • Help the Students Affected by the California Community College Crisis

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Nearly half a million community college students in California have been shut out of classes. Classes they need for their Associate Degree. Classes they need to move on to a 4-year college or university. Classes they need to get on with their lives. It’s time to do something, and at StraighterLine, we think we can help. Many of the 472,300 students affected can get the college courses they need, online, right now, for just $99 a month plus as little as a $49 per course registration fee. We’re not alone in our efforts to support community college students in California. Together with our partner schools, we’ve helped hundreds of students from California continue their education and get their college degree ...

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  • Bill Gates on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) and Online College Courses

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons What does a college dropout like Bill Gates know about education? Quite a lot, it turns out. We talked about the efforts of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve education on Bill’s birthday right here on the blog. Today, we’d like to/ talk about Bill’s support of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), one of the new assessments now available to StraighterLine students. (With the recent launch of the new StraighterLine, students have access to more than 30 credit-bearing tests and other assessments.) Gates wrote on his blog, The Gates Notes, that “most people would agree that skills like critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing—the things the [CLA] test does measure—are pretty i ...

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  • New Credit-by-Examination Options from the New StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons You’re probably familiar with some CBEs already, like the AP test or CLEP exams. But now, at StraighterLine, we offer more than 30 new credit-bearing tests, as well as additional options like the PLA, and non-credit bearing tests that can help you land a job. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! With a test for credit, you still need to study. But when you’re ready, you can take a single exam, and if you score well, you can earn credit on your transcript and avoid taking that course wherever you choose to pursue your degree. In this post, we’ll take a look at two types of credit bearing tests, Excelsior College Exams and the PLA, and two non-credit bearing tests that are useful ...

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  • New Professor-Led and Cohort-Based Course Options from the New StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Welcome back. We hope you’re enjoying getting to know our new “campus.” We’re pretty proud of it, especially because we’ve incorporated many of the latest advances to continue to bring you the best options in online college courses. In keeping with our commitment to give you more choices for pursuing your college degree, we’re happy to announce our newest innovations in course offerings: professor-led courses and cohort-based courses. In the past, all of our courses have been self-paced courses that you take on your own. You’ll still have that option, but now you’ll also have the opportunity to choose courses that are led by professors, as well as courses that you take as part of a small group of s ...

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