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Online vs. In Person Classroom Interaction


online-classroom-interactionsWhen beginning online education, one of the things that can be tough to recognize initially is online classroom interaction is much different from in person classroom interaction. Message boards are the key feature for online interaction and while they give you an opportunity to create detailed, thought out posts, they are missing other features available in traditional brick and mortar schools. Depending on your personality and communication style, this can be difficult to reconcile initially.

Regardless, here are some things to keep in mind on the differences.

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Avoiding Common Errors in English Usage


common-english-use-mistakesWhen starting the course, MILH202 – Survey of American Military History at AMU, Professor Stephen B. Bacon provided his list of “Spelling Words of Death!” He stated clearly, “Misspelling these words on any test or paper will cost you three points each time! Fair warning!” It may seem harsh, but his threat was effective.

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Your Reasons for Attending School are Unique


Unique-students-onlineOne of the things you should remember when attending an online college is that your reasons for going to school are unique. In the case of AMU, you will come across a wide variety of students.  You will find soldiers, veterans, military spouses, working professionals, emergency services personnel, and corporate civilians. Among these groups of people, you will find people straight out of high school, people returning to school after a lengthy break, and others just interested in continuing their education. The combinations become much different as you ask more questions—nationality, hometown, age, sex, etc.

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The Ease of Taking a Break from Online Learning


spring break-online-learningBrick and mortar schools offering three semesters a year are difficult to take a break from while earning a degree. Most students on a stringent program will quickly fall behind, as taking even a single semester off has drastic effects. For example, if you take off from the spring semester, there are courses you cannot take until the next spring semester. Worse, what if you do not want to take off for a whole semester and instead only need a month?

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Juan Williams Reminds Us to Avoid Plagiarism


plagiarism-guidancePolitical commentator Juan Williams was recently caught in a plagiarism scandal. Williams has since blamed the whole thing on his researcher, who apparently was less than clear on what was a summary and what was a near direct quote from another article. Regardless, comparisons of the text provide a prime example for students to understand that plagiarism is plagiarism even if you change a few words.

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It is Okay to Work Ahead


working-aheadDuring your online academic career, you will inevitably find yourself in a situation where you have extra time during the week, but you also realize the following week will be packed. This is an official statement to let you know that it is okay to work ahead. Go ahead. Read that chapter, write that paper, and even write that message board post.

Of course, all of this varies on what is accessible to you when you start your course, but more often than not, teachers are very open about what they have planned for the semester. This allows students with unprecedented access to the assignments and questions the teacher will throw their way.

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Read Everything Before You Ask a Question


One of the things you will need to get used to in online learning is the amount of reading you will do. This is not just assigned books and articles, but the syllabus, teaching lessons, and assignment instructions. In addition, you will need to get use to not being able to raise your hand in a classroom and get an immediate answer to a question. Instead, you will need to be a little more self-sufficient.

That is why you must take care to read everything before you ask a question. This is for your benefit and for the teacher’s benefit as well.

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Recovering Deleted Files on Dropbox


Everyone has some horrific computer story where they accidentally deleted a file. We have all been there. Maybe you deleted the wrong file, you were a little too aggressive during a computer cleanup, or perhaps you simply deleted a file thinking you did not need it anymore. Regardless, Dropbox can help.

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