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  • Four Traits of Great Professors

    Barry Lenson

    What makes for a great professor? Whether you’re taking a class online or in a classroom, here are some traits to look for . . . Current knowledge. If you are taking a science course like Environmental Science, it’s obvious that your professor should be current with the latest trends and research.  But up-to-date knowledge is just as important if you are studying religion, anthropology, or even psychology, where your professor should be aware of the latest theories, trends, and scholarship. Great communication skills. A superior professor needs the ability to listen to questions and answer them. If all a professor can do is spout knowledge, he or she is not doing a good job of cultivating students. Discipline. This is a two-way ...

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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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  • Welcome to the New StraighterLine!

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons When a traditional brick and mortar school starts bursting at the seams with too many students and not enough space, they build a new dorm, expand their student center, knock down some trees and put up a new building or two with more classrooms. When an online college course provider like StraighterLine expands, we do it by launching a bigger, better website complete with new functionality, more courses and even a few surprises. Welcome to StraighterLine 2.0. Over the next few days on the blog, we’ll be looking at some of the most important changes that will make your experience as a StraighterLine student better than ever, including: 15 New College Courses Professor-Led Courses Cohort-Based Courses ...

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  • Student of the Month: Elizabeth Smith

    Barry Lenson

    Elizabeth Smith earned three credits in college algebra from Charter Oak State College in just 10 days thanks to StraighterLine. Total cost? $138. She stands for everything that is possible when you accelerate through a self-paced course. She saved time and money with StraighterLine’s help, and so can you by enrolling now. “I was referred to StraighterLine by my advisor at Charter Oak State College… And I had a few small classes that needed to be tied up,” said 42-year-old Smith. “I immediately emailed StraighterLine and within the day I was already signed up for my algebra class. I had an advisor right away, I had full access to tutoring, and I knew I could do it at my own time frame. For me I needed to get it done in less t ...

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  • Registration Deadline Looms! Don't Get Shut Out of Class!

    Barry Lenson

    PSST! Hey . . . you! Yes, you. You there in your dorm room, doing the tenth rewrite of the paper you have to turn in tomorrow, “Ambivalence – good or bad?” Sure, you’ve got to keep grinding away at your paper all night until you get it just the way you like it.  But while you’ve been writing nonstop for the last three days, the world hasn’t stopped turning. And while it turns, stuff is happening. To be more specific, you have to register for next term’s courses pretty much right away, or risk getting shut out of the classes you want or need. If you’ve ever gotten shut out of a class, you know the drill.  Sometimes, it’s not even your fault. You log in the minute that course registration opens and find out that t ...

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