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How Can Faculty Improve Online Instruction with Technology?


As an instructor for the past 18 years, with many of those years spent teaching online, I’ve found that an online class is only as good as its professor. Often, instructors in online formats believe that posting course materials and discussion board posts each week is sufficient for students. But I have found that the online experience can be somewhat nerve ... Read More »

5 Skills from Online Learning That Translate to the Workplace


As a graduate instructor who teaches primarily online, I hear a lot of people say they choose to learn online because it’s what best fits with their own schedule. But I also see the many benefits of online learning as directly translatable to the skills you need to excel in the workforce. I find it especially important for professors, students ... Read More »

3 Online Learning Myths and How I Busted Them


I’ll be the first to admit it: I was skeptical of going to school online. “It’s easier than on campus,” I’d hear. “You get no interaction with other people,” they’d say. After hearing many different opinions about pursing a degree online, doing research and putting my master’s degree off for many years – I had earned my B.A from Auburn ... Read More »

3 Ways to Get the Most Out of an Online Class


Although you’ll get the same education whether you take your courses online or in person, the skills you need to be successful at online learning differ a bit from what you need to excel in the classroom. Fear not: There are 3 areas that with a little improvement, you can make a big difference in your online courses.   1. ... Read More »

New Online Course Platform Seeks to Tie in Job Skills


This week in higher education, we saw an announcement for a new online platform to help prospective online students search through available online course offerings from several of the largest online degree and MOOC providers. The idea is to create a new search platform for online course offerings, specifically the ones that tie into in-demand job skills for employers who ... Read More »

Facebook Launching Mobile Education Pilot Program in Africa

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In such a short time, our mobile phones have gone from being, well, telephones, to becoming our on-the-go Internet browsers, music players, social connectors, video game portals, cameras, fitness trackers, email platforms and so much more. And is it now becoming a key component in student learning? Many colleges and universities are asking themselves this question and trying to understand ... Read More »

How Do You Like Your Classes, Scrambled or Flipped?

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There’s a lot of people already on the “flipped classroom” bandwagon. For the uninitiated, the idea behind the flip teaching approach is that students do their course work—watching the professor deliver a lecture via video, doing research, writing, etc.—away from school, then come to the classroom for in-person discussion with teachers and classmates. But there’s a new movement in higher education hold off ... Read More »

Could Online Learning Put an End to Snow Days?


For those of us who live in the Northeast — or more recently, the South — it might still be a sensitive subject, especially with several feet of snow still littering the sidewalks. But with all that snow comes much chagrin on the part of administrators: class and school cancellations. There’s a growing debate among educators about the role that ... Read More »

Why Your Habits Matter More Than Your Academic Skills


Sean O’Connell works in Northeastern’s Foundation Year program, which aims to increase college retention and graduation rates among Boston high school graduates. Northeastern created its Northeastern Foundation Year program after learning some startling statistics. Our Center for Labor Market Studies’ seven-year study found that among students who graduated from Boston Public Schools in the year 2000 and entered college immediately ... Read More »

Pop Culture: Would You Like Some Education With That?


Some MOOC-based educators, eager to hold their student’s attention as news unfolds about completion rates sinking to as low as 4 percent, have begun moderating class formats and lesson plans to find ways to engage students. And it doesn’t just include having celebrity instructors or opening up in-person learning centers. Pop Culture Connection Education company Instructure, which has partnered with faculty at the University of ... Read More »

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