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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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10 Things to Do Before Starting Your Next Class

starting-classes-onlineAre you about to start a new class, or continue on through your program? Every class start is a big step toward an end goal and it should be celebrated. In the layover between now and when classes begin what do you have going on? If you don’t have some part of school factored into that time frame then it’s time to get a plan.

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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. Read the full story

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An Ode to Online Learning

What do you love aboutOnline learning, how we love thee, let us count the ways. Or, in this case, let our students tell you why they are so fond of online education.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we asked students and alumni from American Military University and American Public University to share what they love about online learning. There are common themes with their answers, proving to us that flexibility and convenience are top priorities for those looking to earn a degree. Read the full story

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Improve Self-Learning Scores in Class Through a Knowledge Hunt

self-learning-score-onlineedIn an age of digital learning we keep finding new ways to avoid reading for class. Through app highlighting features, shortcuts through keyword searching, and chapter skipping, it’s only a matter of time until we have roboreaders reading and taking the dictation for us. AI isn’t the solution here. This is about educating yourself through a traditional means, asking questions and reading the material.

What if reading isn’t your issue? If you have trouble remembering the material, but enjoy the reading, there is a solution for that as well. Ask questions. This method can apply to both the non-readers, and the memory lapses. One way to engage with the material is by asking questions in advance. Some professors even require students to include questions along with their discussion post response for the week. For your purposes in reading though, it creates interest.

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New Year, New Class: The Basics for the Online Learner

online-learning-first-class-basicsBy Dr. Bruce A. Johnson
Online Learning Tips, Guest Contributor

This content was previously run on Bruce’s profile in LinkedIn Pulse.

Starting an online class usually marks the beginning of a new academic adventure, one that is a result of careful planning and a desire to learn something new. There are numerous articles written to help online students get started, usually focused on elements such as resources and time management. While those are important aspects of online learning, one of the most important indicators of success for a student is the mindset they begin with and maintain throughout their course.

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How Education Can Come in the Form of a Wreath

Arlington, VA - Wreaths Across America. Photo Credit: American Military University

Arlington, VA – Wreaths Across America. Photo Credit: American Military University

Any form of philanthropy can be a learning experience, if you pay attention. When you’re opting to give up a piece of yourself, your time, a possession, or your money it is important to pay attention to the effort involved and the potential takeaways. Back when I was in high school philanthropy during the holidays meant giving a new unwrapped toy, or donating cans to a food drive. Paying homage to soldiers that have served our country never came to mind as a way to give back during the season of giving. For me, the meaning of seasonal giving changed this year. In my attendance this year at the annual Wreaths Across America event, with American Military University, my perception on seasonal philanthropy completely changed.

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Asking Before the Leap: Open House Guidance for Your Educational Journey

APUS-OpenHouse_2014Starting school is so much more than buying school supplies. For adult learners it means getting a second chance, starting over, or trying something new. Choosing that school takes some sound thought, and shouldn’t easily be influenced by the first commercial or ad that you see. Education teaches us to not take things at face value, but to scratch below the surface and make our own conclusions. How can you do this with an online education? Attending an open house is a good place to start.

Most of us have learned to embrace mobile technology as if it were an adopted member of the family. It’s convenient, you can access your information from anywhere, and it’s instantaneous. What about your education? The traditional model of college is that great setting of being around other collegiate scholars where you learn at your own pace and in person. Online education is a stark contrast to this scenario, but it’s as adaptive as that mobile technology we all love so much.

Are you curious about what being a part of an online school entails? One of the easiest ways to get a glimpse into the online education realm is by attending a virtual open house. Imagine visiting a college and talking with representatives from the major university departments from your home computer in real time. On August 27, 2014 you can do just that at the American Public University and American Military University Open House.

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