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Building Skills for E-Learning Success

online-learning-destinationBy Ryan Watkins
Distance Learning

For many, the years spent sitting behind desks in both academic and training classrooms have molded their perceptions of what learning is, where learning takes place, and how to be successful. From these perceptions, many of us have actually become quite effective in our skills for interacting, learning, and assessing our progress from behind the desk of the traditional classroom environment. E-learning, however, typically challenges each of these perceptions about learning and, as a result, the transition from the traditional classroom to the online classroom can be difficult for many learners.

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Budget Wars Threaten Basic Science and Future Innovation

future-science-innovation-fundingBy Mark P. Mills
Contributor, Forbes

The Oscar-winning movie, The Imitation Game, opened with a scene that perfectly captured an age-old conflict between brilliant science and bureaucratic sensibilities.

In the movie, math and science genius Alan Turing professed no particular knowledge of the crisis at hand (cracking the German code). He suggested the Army general, in effect, trust him to bring to bear the power of ideas. The skeptical general was looking for a specific skill-set and path. To the general’s credit, he trusted Turing. (The outcome of World War Two would have been otherwise quite different.)

On average, history shows it is how science works. A lot of trust is needed to fund open-ended exploration. That kind of curiosity-driven, basic research has been the American hallmark for all of modern history. And ironically, even if unpredictable in advance, it has in hindsight been both revolutionary and productive.

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Tips for Choosing Your Major

choosing-majorIf you are a prospective college student, or even a current college student, you may not have decided what area of study you would like to major in. The first time you declare a major does not necessarily mean it is set in stone, but the more you change your major, the better chance that you will continue to push your graduation date back. If you are going to change your major, you should try to have a concrete plan in place no later than by the end of your first year in college. Since deciding on a major is a very important decision that requires a lot of introspection, the following tips can help you if you are unsure of what would be the best fit for you. Continue Reading

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Fact Check: Four Myths About Heart Disease

heart-health-facts-vs-mythsWe celebrate love this month but there is another matter of the heart to address in February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named February American Heart Month to encourage a “heart healthy” lifestyle for you and your loved ones. Here, we fact-check some common myths associated with heart disease and offer resources to learn about lowering your risk.

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Yes, You Can! Committing to Being a Better Online Student

surviving-school-onlineBy Dr. Angela Gibson
Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

At the beginning of each new year, new season, or even new month it seems that television shows and magazines create lists to help you become the new you. One topic that doesn’t seem to make headlines is how to be a better student.

It’s doesn’t take a new year’s resolution to become a better online college student; it can happen any time. What is needed is commitment to the focus and dedication needed to become a better you academically.

Starting is often the hardest part. Finding just one or two things to do to improve is a great first step.

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Tips from the Road: Getting Access to Class for the Online Learner

online-ed-tips-tlmBy Aj Dionne
Student, American Military University

Online schooling gives us a lot more freedom than a traditional college or university would. We all take advantage of the time aspects of that freedom, but most people still do their school work from home, or a coffee shop. What happens when it is time to take a family road trip, or if you travel for business? As a long haul truck driver, and a full-time student at AMU, I want to offer some tips to help you out.

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The Online Student’s Guide to Handling Catastrophe

online-student-catastropheBy Dr. Angela M. Gibson
Professor at American Public University

If you are an online college student, you have joined the ranks of 7.1 million e-learners in the United States taking at least one online course (Allen & Seaman, 2013). Approximately one in three of all those in higher education are enrolled in an online class.

Online learning makes it possible to pursue higher education goals anywhere there is Internet access. It’s also ideal for students with time constraints, such as those with shift work or unpredictable family and caretaker obligations.

Even with the access and more flexible schedule of online learning, there can be challenges. When you are an online student and taking classes alone on your computer and you hit a roadblock, what do you do? The following is a guide on how to get help as an online student.

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Cybersecurity Hits Hollywood: What Have We Learned?

sony-hack-history-lessonBy J. Thompson
Online Learning Tips Contributor

Black Hand’s assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife triggered World War I. Pearl Harbor thrust the U.S. from isolationism into World War II. The Gulf of Tonkin catalyzed U.S. military intervention in Vietnam. Is it possible that the Rogen-Franco hackneyed Hollywood comedy The Interview (in the vein of 1985’s Chase-Akroyd, Spies Like Us) will become the flashpoint for The Great Cyberwar in the chronicles of history?

The Sony hack is already bad, but according to CNN, worse is coming. And while bruised egos and geopolitical consequences are being sorted out, the truth is the West has prepared for cataclysmic cyber-attacks by enemy states for years now. In fact, it was around the time of Stuxnet while touring DC’s International Spy Museum that I recall the strong emphasis placed on potential cybersecurity warfare in the museum’s 21st century exhibit:

If cyber spies break America’s security codes—could power lines turn into battle lines? …On your final stop—Weapons of Mass Disruption— hear from some of today’s top experts on the new intelligence battlefield of cyberspace. Explore what would happen if a cyber attack hit the electrical grid.”

International Spy Museum

Power grids, transportation systems, Wall Street—those were the priority “hard targets” topping our nation’s must-protect list—but Hollywood? Not only was the movie industry a relatively “soft target,” few probably considered “Tinseltown” a target at all considering it was a malware program with splapdash code that broke the levee of embarrassing executive emails, unreleased film content and overwritten data. Federal and private-industry cybersecurity experts have been on high alert for years, but now that the FBI officially linked North Korea to the Sony hack, some Americans who were either unaware or thought cyberwar was an abstract or clandestine concept, may now realize this was only a preview for more disruptive attacks that will hit closer to home. While cyberwar may sound tame in the context of comparing it to actual warfare, most press descriptions and federal agencies leverage warfare terminology to describe the potency of this global threat (Read The Associated Press, “Inside North Korea’s cyberarmy”).

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