First-year students should avoid online classes

First-year students should avoid online classes

I did not know what to expect when I signed up for two online classes entering my freshman year of college. While I had never had a class where all the lectures, assignments and projects were entirely done online with minimal instructor interaction, I was open to try a new way of learning. After three weeks of experiencing my first online classes, I want to warn all students, especially first-year ones, to be very wary of selecting an online course. It is best to avoid them altogether. Lectures are an…

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FINALLY, AN ONLINE COURSE FOR ASPIRING FLYING CAR ENGINEERS

FINALLY, AN ONLINE COURSE FOR ASPIRING FLYING CAR ENGINEERS

IN THE PAST year, flying cars have gone from LOL, to maybe a real thing, to a booming industry raking in VC cash and churning out sweet renderings of an aerial future. The chance to trigger the next great transportation revolution has drawn in big companies, like Airbus and Uber, big names, like Google’s Larry Page, and naturally, a horde of startups. They all believe the proliferation of vertical takeoff and landing (or VTOL) aircraft, which combine the best features of helicopters and planes, can make traveling throughout and between cities not just faster, but maybe cheaper and…

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4 Steps to Get Organized for Online Courses

4 Steps to Get Organized for Online Courses

Consider also updating close family and friends about your online program and new schedule. (Rawpixel/Getty Images) Even as thousands of students head back to college campuses nationwide, enrollment in online courses continues to grow. For students starting online courses, it’s important to set yourself up for success – particularly if you work full or part time and juggle other family and personal responsibilities. Get a head start by thinking through your personal and online course schedules, organizing your materials and identifying a solid support structure. [Learn how to assess online program course scheduling options.] Here are…

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The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

This is the first in The Vanishing University, a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Right now, this very morning, thousands of young adults in the United States are scrambling through the same minor hell. They’ve woken up to the very last in a series of half-futile phone alarms. Made, and likely abandoned, an attempt to shower. Skidded wet-haired and flustered into a cavernous lecture hall, flickering fluorescent, stuffed full with hundreds of teenagers yawning and jostling one another for space. An inevitable five minutes late, they’re…

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Freshman Year for Free program offers help in cutting student debt

Freshman Year for Free program offers help in cutting student debt

 There are two words that can rock people with regret. Just ask them about their “student loans.” Then watch their faces. They will wince as they disclose how much education debt they’re carrying. Politicians have been promising to fix the growing loan crisis for years, but outstanding student debt has now mushroomed to $1.4 trillion. Meanwhile, a college degree has become out of reach for so many — unless they’re willing to go deep into debt. But Steve Klinsky, founder and chief executive of the private equity firm New Mountain…

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Study Business Online: 5 Options Beyond an MBA Program

Study Business Online: 5 Options Beyond an MBA Program

Those interested in a specific areas of business, such as finance, can consider a graduate certificate or specialized M.S. degree. (YURI_ARCURS/GETTY IMAGES) An MBA isn’t the right move for everyone who wants to study business online. For James Spinelli, vice president at the financial services firm Great Valley Advisor Group, a master’s degree in finance made sense because that’s mainly what he focuses on at his job. To compare, an MBA generally explores business on a broader scale. “I’m not using this to try to shift out of what I’m doing into a new space,” says…

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School districts CANCEL classes on Monday over fears the solar eclipse will damage students’ eyes

School districts CANCEL classes on Monday over fears the solar eclipse will damage students’ eyes

A school district in Ohio has canceled classes on Monday over concerns about students damaging their eyes while looking at the solar eclipse. The superintendent of Jefferson Area Local Schools said Thursday that the eclipse could pose a risk to students who view it even inadvertently while at school or on the bus ride home. The day will be used as a service day for faculty and staff. +8 Some school districts have cancelled classes for the entire day or are keeping kids inside +8 There is real worry that…

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Online studies, off-campus sites drive growth of Saint Leo University

Online studies, off-campus sites drive growth of Saint Leo University

ST. LEO — When Arthur Kirk became president of what was then Saint Leo College in 1997, the school was on the brink of bankruptcy. Enrollment had dropped; deficits had climbed. Faculty salaries were depressed. It seemed that every roof on campus leaked. This was during the first heady months of the dot-com boom, and Kirk believed the Web could help solve Saint Leo’s financial woes. Saint Leo launched its online education program in the fall of 1998. The school pulled together $600,000 to create the Web infrastructure, cutting a…

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Maine East, West, South Start Classes Monday

Maine East, West, South Start Classes Monday

Students at Maine High School Dist. 207’s three campuses head back to class for their first day of the 2017-2018 school year Monday, Aug. 14. The regular school day at Maine East, 2601 W. Dempster St., Park Ridge; Maine South, 1111 S. Dee Rd., Park Ridge; and Maine West, 1755 S. Wolf Rd., Des Plaines, start between 7:25 and 7:30 a.m. with late morning arrivals at 8:30 a.m. The school day ends at 3:15 p.m. at all three schools. Motorists can expect heavier traffic volumes near the schools around those…

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Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

Students Want Access to More Online Classes and Mobile Learning

Though just over half of K–12 students have access to a one-to-one device program at school, 56 percent of students say they use more technology at home than in school. Perhaps this stat is a bit startling, but the new research from Project Tomorrow indicates that overall students are quite interested in exploring more self-directed learning at home, eSchoolNews reports. “Students have always self-directed some of their own learning, but with the explosion of mobile devices, 24/7 connectivity and digital resources, students are leaving adults behind as they explore subjects that interest them in the ways they…

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