Online Learning

The Importance of Building Online Learning Communities

Taking an online course should be more than sitting in front of a computer — real engagement involves becoming a part of the community of learners. Building Online Communities Online learning communities can be educationally and personally fulfilling when students approach their courses with a commitment to initiate, respect, value, and fully engage in the …

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Whiz Kid Receives 20 Graduate Degrees in Two Weeks

It was no surprise when 12-year-old Jimmy Knowsmore completed the last of his 20 graduate degrees, all within a voracious two-week span. Most of his still-young life had been spent as a preamble for just that accomplishment. “I could trace the algorithmic movements of the visual elements in Baby Einstein videos by the time I …

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How to Fit Education into Your Busy Schedule

Work, family, an active social calendar and the general chaos of day-to-day life can make it feel impossible to find time to squeeze school into the equation. Thanks to technology and a shifting approach to how courses are delivered, however, continuing your education in the midst of the rest of your life is becoming very possible. Read these tips …

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Online Versus Traditional Education: Is One Better Than the Other?

For more than 15 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching psychology courses to different types of students all over the world, and I’ve enjoyed embracing the many challenges this has presented me. But about 5 years ago, I faced a new kind of challenge when I started developing online courses. Admittedly, I was …

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How Your “Selfie” Can Change Your Online Learning Experience

As the beginning of a new semester approaches, you probably do what most online students do to prepare: find contact information for your instructors, purchase required textbooks, enjoy those last sweet moments of mental relaxation, etc… All of these are essential for establishing a positive online learning experience in the semester to come. But here’s …

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How communication really works in online learning communities

How Communication Really Works in Online Learning Communities

In my previous post, we explored how the technology that facilitates online education has been useful in helping students build relationships with each other. But with the lack of “social cues” like body language and voice intonation in things like discussion board conversations, it may cause one to wonder just what it is that makes communication …

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Hidden Assets: Online Learning Benefits Introverts

Grab a seat in any classroom from kindergarten to graduate school. When it’s time for students to interact, you’ll probably notice the same voices and the same hands in the air. Typically extroverts, these students enjoy public interaction with others, which awards them nice participation points, and more importantly allows them to analyze and clarify …

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Apprehensive About Online Learning? Here’s Why You Don’t Have To Be

Though more than six million students are now taking at least one course online, some people still find the idea of online learning intimidating. Adults going back to school can have a number of reservations about what online education entails. So for those who harbor concerns, we spoke with two online instructors and one online …

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