Distance Learning

  • 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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  • The 8 Best Courses to Start Over Spring Break

    The 8 Best Courses to Start Over Spring Break
    Beth Dumbauld

    Spring break is a fantastic time to start taking online college courses. If you use your time wisely, you can quickly start getting the credits you need for your degree, and the skills necessary for growing your career. Wondering which courses to start taking over spring break? Your best strategy is to enroll in a low-cost course with a track record of faster-than-average completion, engaging course materials, and higher levels of student success and satisfaction. If you are going be spending a good chunk of your spring break getting ahead, why not enroll in a course you find interesting, compelling, or career-building? Using our comprehensive database of student success, we have put together a list of some of our most compelling ...

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  • 10 Questions to Help You Choose a Competency-Based Degree Program

    10 Questions to Help You Choose a Competency-Based Degree Program
    Beth Dumbauld

    [Updated October 2015} Considering earning a competency-based degree? Smart move. In a competency-based degree (CBE) program, student success is measured by learning, not seat time, class attendance, or credit hours. You earn a degree by demonstrating skills and knowledge in required subject areas through a series of carefully designed courses. The advantage to this approach is straightforward - you are rewarded for hard work and prior experience. If you are a working adult looking to accelerate your time to graduation and acquire skills that employers value, a competency-based degree program may be your best choice. But how do you know which one is right for you? Working while earning your degree? Download our free Gui ...

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  • 3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier

    3 Ways Studying Intro to Nutrition Can Help You Eat Smarter, Be Healthier
    Beth Dumbauld

    Introduction to Nutrition is the study of how nutrition affects health. It also help you explore how psychology, society, and your own values and beliefs affect what and how you eat. It's an important subject for those looking to eat smarter and live healthier, and it is probably the most accessible and relevant online general education science course you can study once you enroll in a college class. 1. Develop Smart Eating Habits You’ll gain really important insights about food and nutrition. Better yet, your knowledge of nutrition will have very practical applications in your own life, such as making informed decisions around snacking or how to fuel your athletic activities. Also, every health care field require ...

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  • How To Start Saving on College With This Smart Hack

    How To Start Saving on College With This  Smart Hack
    Beth Dumbauld

    Today’s post is the seventh in a series of practical tips on how to save money on college. Today’s saving money on college tip is: Enroll in a school with a liberal credit transfer policy that makes it easy for you to start college in a low-cost, low risk environment. Pursuing an online degree requires commitment and discipline and is often more demanding on your time than you might expect. To avoid putting your finances and goals at risk, you can prepare for success in college in a a low-cost, low risk online learning environment. According to the Pew Research Center, over 40% of households headed by young adults are burdened with student loan debt; many who never earned their degree. When you enroll in a degree progra ...

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