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Where Are the Luddites Today?

digital-addiction-LudditesBy Dr. William Oliver Hedgepeth
Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University

Have you tried to live without your iPhone or cell phone for a day? A week? Two weeks? Can you imagine leaving your cell phone at home, cut off, and drive away to the coffee shop to meet some friends, to the hardware store, or to the grocery store? How does this make you feel?

My granddaughters told me that they use their cell phones to stay in touch with their friends, and they instant message or text others over 300 times each day. Have you gone out to dinner with your friends or spouse and seen a family of four or a couple on a date sitting at the table, each texting or checking email? I have. I suspect you have.

Has that person been you? When we go to dinner, we routinely turn the sound off of the iPhone or turn it off. I place my phone in my coat pocket. My wife’s cell phone is in her purse. It ,too, is turned off, lest her brother text or call her to ask some silly question like what is the weather like in Virginia or to tell us what his two cats have done today, lying around in the sun and doing nothing.

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How to Prepare for School Assessments

test-taking-tips-online-learningBy Nichole Ahlstrom
COLL100 Faculty at American Public University

Have you ever wondered how in the world you did so poorly on a test when you studied your heart out? Have you ever wondered if you misinterpreted the information, or maybe you didn’t study the right material? If you answer yes then you are not alone. Many students think they’re taking accurate notes, know how to properly review the material, and can ask the professor questions in preparation for tests. Putting forth every effort in studying to only find out that the efforts made were not good enough can be detrimental to a student’s psyche.

In preparing for a test certain techniques must be addressed. For example, where and when studying occurs is important. How much material and what specific information must be studied, taking proper notes, and the list goes on. The most important aspect of studying for a test is not only reviewing class lectures, notes, and textbook material, but also the process that needs to follow is imperative. Here are my thoughts as an instructor on the most important features of studying for an exam.

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How to Read More Critically in College

critical-thinking-reading-tipsBy Kim Bessolo
Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

When we read critically, we question our comprehension, double-check to ensure we understood a concept accurately and connect what we read to what we already know. Critical reading is thinking while we are reading. It is engaging with text as if there were a conversation between author and reader. It is hard work, going beyond simply consuming information on a page, to actually participating in the process of creating meaning. Critical reading extends beyond understanding words and moves us into making judgments and drawing conclusions.

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APU’s Top 10 for 2015: Our Year in Review

Top-10-2015APUS-InsiderBy Online Learning Tips Staff

For American Public University, 2015 brought many rewarding student success stories, another accomplished graduating class, the launch of our versatile native app, and new academic programs. Our year in review highlights the top university news of the year, shared through our weekly newsletter, The Insider.

  1. New Law to Require Passports for Domestic U.S. Travel
    In Homeland Security Brief: Air travel identification requirements are tightening for residents of certain states, forcing up to 31 million Americans to carry passports to fly domestically. Will you have to be one of them?
  2. This May End in a Graveyard Smash
    Trick or treat? NASA recently discovered a skyscraper-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth at nearly 80,000 mph. It heads our way on Halloween – but just how close will it get to our planet and why was it only detected on October 10th?
  3. New Programs Keep Pace with Changing Healthcare Environment
    We’re deepening our commitment to healthcare professionals by launching our new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Health Information Management (HIM) graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  4. Introducing the New APUS Mobile App
    From checking grades and posting to forums, to reading announcements, the new APUS mobile app has innovative features to boost your overall learning experience. Learn more about its convenient tools, including offline mode and upcoming enhancements.
  5. What to Expect at Commencement
    We honored thousands of graduates and family members on June 12-13, 2015, at National Harbor, Maryland. From rallies and networking receptions, to service events and graduation ceremonies, get your sneak peek now at what 2016 commencement celebrations will be like and share it with your friends.
  6. #APUSGrad 2015: Making Lifelong Learning Memories
    From the surprise servicemember homecoming and making 17,000 meals for those in need, to student awards and graduation ceremonies — Commencement 2015 inspired thousands. If you were unable to attend or join our livestream audience, here’s the next best thing to being there.
  7. Journey From High School Dropout to Successful College Graduate
    Recent APU graduate Mark Torres built on his military experience to land a management position with Walmart. Learn how his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, through our university’s Lifelong Learning Program with Walmart, also helped him accomplish his goal in a story in the Huron Daily Tribune.
  8. Writing Guidance from the CIA
    One of the biggest hurdles to mastering intelligence writing is removing the academic writing styles from analysts and retraining them in the intel style. In this post, APUS staff member Leischen Stelter explores the need for writing improvement in your career field as proposed by CIA experts.
  9. Show Us Where You Take #APUwithyou
    This fun campaign marked the launch of the university’s mascot site. We asked students to celebrate their mascot and show their school spirit on social media, check out a fun new video, and download free wallpapers for their desktop and mobile devices.
  10. U.S. News Rankings: It’s the Company You Keep
    APUS made front-page news in our hometown’s newspaper, Spirit of Jefferson, with its third consecutive, national recognition for its undergraduate programs.

Online education is a great opportunity for those looking to increase their knowledge in current areas of expertise, or to look at new avenues for personal growth. Interested in learning more about your online education options? Explore our schools and programs at APU.

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Here's Your First Reading Assignment – Your Course Syllabus

reading-class-syllabusBy Online Learning Tips Staff
Admissions Representative, American Public University

Probably the best way to find out what to expect from your class is to read the course syllabus. This document will contain everything you need, from your instructor’s contact information to explanations of your instructor’s grading philosophy. Download or print out the syllabus as soon as you access your class, keep it handy, and refer to it regularly. It will keep you on track with your assignments and on target with meeting your instructor’s expectations.

Some schools will allow you to access your syllabus before the class begins, so you can prepare yourself beforehand. Some have archived syllabi available you can check out to see how classes were taught in the past so you can get an idea of the types of assignments you can expect.

Each school may have a different format that instructors follow for their syllabi. Let’s take a look at the style followed by instructors at American Public University.

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Tips to Keep in Mind for the 2016 School Year

2016-school-yearBy Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS

If you are planning on resuming or starting your college career in 2016, there are a handful of tips and important dates you need to understand. Listed below are some of these tips and important dates.

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Picking Your Professor: When You Should Branch Out

picking-professorsBy Dr. Randall Cuthbert
Associate Professor, Emergency & Disaster Management at American Public University

A student reminded me recently that she had taken eight of her 12 master’s courses from me. Although it’s flattering when a student does that, it’s really not a good idea for a couple of reasons.

First, if a student took every course from me, at the end of the program they would know less than I do—there’s no way to put everything I know about any subject into a classroom. I’m not bragging, that’s just transmission loss—an unavoidable feature of communication.

However, taking courses from as wide a variety of instructors as possible brings the knowledge from each into your knowledge base. The wisdom becomes uniquely your own and is greater than the sum of the parts. That’s a successful use of instructor resources.

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What is the Value of a College Education to Working Adults?

working-adult-college-studentBy Guy Williams
Alumnus at American Public University

What is the value of a college education, especially to working adults? I asked myself this question several times and heard the same question echoed by my peers, students, faculty members, politicians, newscasters, and several prospective employers.

Then there are deeper questions around topics such as whether there is a way to quantify the value of a college education or whether traditional brick and mortar school degrees carry more weight than online schools. While the list of questions appears endless, I believe a few truisms exist about college degrees earned at any age.

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