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Student Loans 411: Using NSLDS

financial_aid_borrowing_infoAn excellent resource for Federal Student Aid (FSA) loan borrowers is the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Unfortunately, many students do not realize that this resource even exists. Indeed, I never logged into NSLDS until after I completed my master’s degree and I was ready to sign a mortgage. If you are borrowing or have borrowed FSA loans in the past, you should visit NSLDS occasionally to make sure all of your loan information is accurate.

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Old Testament Studies Offer Critical Insight into Today’s World

old-testament-in-todays-worldBy Ljubica Jovanovic
Faculty Member, Humanities at American Public University

There is a silent tendency in college-level religion programs to equate biblical studies with Bible school. This phenomenon is especially present in the predominantly Protestant environment where the Bible is often seen as the only source of Christian belief.

Departments of religion, by definition, study world religions. Large departments are partitioned along these lines. While the study of the New Testament constitutes a part of Christianity, the Hebrew Bible forms the sacred scriptures of both Judaism and Christianity. Moreover, Islam shares many biblical stories and figures with Judaism and Christianity. These three faiths are also called the Abrahamic religions because they all look at Abraham, who is a major figure of the Hebrew Bible, as their physical or spiritual progenitor.

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The Whole University in Your Hands

APUS Mobile is Now Available

Whether you’re an American Military University or American Public University student, online learning just got more flexible with APUS Mobile—the newly released app that’s taking on-the-go learning to greater heights. As an innovator of online education, American Public University System’s app lets you seamlessly access your classroom using your iOS (Apple) or Android mobile phone or tablet. Imagine connecting with instructors and peers as you participate in chatroom conversations, view assignments, check grades and more—no matter where you live, work and learn.

“I can sum the app up in one sentence, you have your classroom and schoolwork in the palm of your hand,” said learner Amy Rager. Fellow student Matt Jordan agrees, “The app adds a level of freedom to online education—now you take your class with you everywhere.”

Get it on Google Play

Download & Use the APUS Mobile App Today

It’s available via your iOS mobile device on Apple’s App Store and Google Play for Android devices–and it’s provided at no cost. It’s easy to find by entering “apusmobile” (no spaces) in the search field of each store. Currently, the app is only available on iOS and Android devices. However, there may be future app versions for Blackberry and Winedows mobile devices.

Once you download the app, simply enter your student ID# and password during set up. Your information and student credentials are always secure—APUS encrypts all your personal details. Just remember, to access the online classroom and realize the app’s full capabilities, you must be an actively enrolled student. If you’re not enrolled, maybe it’s time to sign up for your next class so you can experience the benefits of on-the-go learning for yourself.

New Features

You can read announcements, respond to forums posts, view the syllabus, read lesson content, and check grades and assignment directions. The app also includes a consolidated message inbox. However, you will not be able to submit assignments or take quizzes or tests. Set your preferences (globally or by course tool) to receive mobile email notifications for your most important items like Messages, Announcements, Gradebook, and Forums. Subscribe to key topics in Forums and you’ll be notified automatically when there’s a new post.

Never Miss a Beat with Offline Mode

Thanks to our offline mode, you do not need a cellular signal or Wi-Fi connection to use the app. In fact, you can use the app anytime, anywhere and everything you do on your mobile device will be synchronized to your classroom once you are reconnected to the Internet.

For example, if you’re mobile device is in ‘airplane mode’ and you complete a classroom forum post at 9.00 p.m., if you leave ‘airplane mode’ hours later, your forum post will be synched-up to your online classroom and time-stamped with ‘9.00 p.m.’ This is helpful for classes with timed deadlines.

And, if you are in the middle of writing a forum post in a class on your mobile device and you lose connectivity, your work is always saved automatically. You can perform classwork on-the-go, and if you lose connectivity, your posts are saved and time-stamped. When you regain connectivity, the app auto-synchronizes and posts your content to the course, and also shows what was posted by your classmates or professor while you were offline.

What’s Next?

With the popularity of the initial rollout, APUS is already exploring new enhancements for future iterations that may include:

  • An enhancement of the app’s user interface for writing and replying to forum posts.
  • Support for enhanced message features including “reply to all,” “read all” and attachment support.
  • The ability to send messages directly from the roster page.
  • A version of the app for use on Amazon Fire tablets.
  • Access to your academic plan and ledger balance.

Look out for these and other feature advancements in the coming months.

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Getting Involved with Your Online Class: 5 Must-Do’s

By Leslie Olsen
Online Learning Tips, Special Contributor

In 2008, The Economist Intelligence Unit published, The future of higher education: How technology will shape learning. The executive summary states:

Technological innovation, long a hallmark of academic research, may now be changing the very way that universities teach and students learn. For academic institutions, charged with equipping graduates to compete in today’s knowledge economy, the possibilities are great (The Economist. 2008).

Earning your education online may cause apprehension for some, but as the above quote suggests, the way we learn has changed forever. Congruently, so is the way we are taught. Academic institutions, the professors, and the instructors must find new and perhaps enticing methods to reach out to students in order to optimize their online learning experience and maximize their future scholastic and career opportunities.
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Lessons from Greek Tragedy: Baltimore, New York, and the Middle East

lessons-learned-from-greek-tragedyBy Mark Kelley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities, American Public University

My research the past few years has involved an analysis of literary texts in an attempt to explain the persistent struggle between forces of civilization—governance, community, familial and human bonds generally—and opposition to civilization—the discontented forces of violence, militarism, and mass destruction. We need only watch the news to observe this lethal clash in real-time on a global scale, from U.S. cities such as Baltimore and New York to the Middle East.

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Student Orgs in Your Online School: It’s Time to Sign Up

apus-spring-2015-student-org-membershipsBy Stephanie Matro and Amanda Wilson
Stephanie Matro is the Manager of Student Affairs at APUS.
Amanda Wilson is the Director of Student and Alumni Affairs at APUS.

Spring membership Drives have officially kicked off at American Public University System (APUS), inviting American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) students and alumni to join a number of clubs and professional organizations.

Over the past decade, virtual student organizations have surfaced as a mechanism for engaging community members all over the globe, providing a variety of benefits and co-curricular opportunities that support academics, professional development, leadership, and service. Much like you would find on any traditional campus, the university’s 40-plus student organizations work to assemble students and alumni with a common interest and motivation.

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Moving Beyond the Grade in General Studies

general-studies-senior-seminarBy Dr. Angela Gibson
Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities at APU.

Transitions come in many forms, some are personal, some are professional, and others are academic in nature. Just as there is a transition when you first attend college–perhaps an orientation or an academic skills foundation course–there is also a transition before graduation often in the form of a senior seminar or capstone course.

At American Public University System, encompassing American Military University and American Public University, students in the General Studies Bachelors of Arts program encapsulate learning and experiences in the COLL498: Senior Seminar in General Studies course. Students in senior-standing take this three-credit class at the end of their program of study.

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Should I Change My Program?

advising-changing-programBy Anna Sommer
Team Manager, Academic Advising at American Public University

For many people working towards a college degree centers around selecting the right degree program, taking the right courses, and learning the right skills or knowledge that will help you get the right job. The need to get it all right creates a lot of pressure and can lead you to second guessing your degree choice or send you into a cycle of changing your degree multiple times. If you are thinking about changing your program, here are two things to consider:

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