Online Education

Accessibility of Online Education for Students

Accessibility to education is a concept that continues to be challenged as policy makers and economists struggle to find a solution that provides affordable, quality education for all. In the 21st century economy a college degree is often synonymous to success, but many potential students are unable to take on the financial burden or the lack of flexibility of a traditional brick and mortar school.

The Rise of Competency-Based Education

Time and time again the issue of accessible and affordable education is taking center stage this election season. Business leaders, educators and politicians alike are interested in not only lowering the cost of education but also providing students with a program that gives them the skills necessary to be successful in today’s job market. For many, the solution is competency-based education.

Important Factors to Consider When Exploring Online Education

You have a large variety of options when selecting an online university. While each school has something different to offer, it’s important to know what to look for in a school:

The Truth About Online Education

Online education has evolved over the last few years. The idea of taking classes solely through your computer without the physical interaction of professors or other students has only taken hold in the mainstream for about a decade, so it’s not surprising that there are still many misconceptions about this growing type of education. Here are a few of these myths (along with a dose of reality to debunk each of them):

Embarking on a New Journey - Class of 2014

The University of Massachusetts proudly sent off another successful class of graduates earlier this year. Commencement is always such a special time when families and friends gather to celebrate the academic achievements of their loved ones. Many members of the staff at UMassOnline had the chance to attend the on-campus commencement ceremonies this year and connect with the graduates on their big day. It gave them a chance to share their success stories and encourage others who might be considering obtaining their degree online.

Note Taking: Writing vs. Typing

Let's just say note taking when you are in online class can be a little different than when you are taking an on-campus class. Most of the information tends to be on a computer screen as opposed to listening to a professor lecture. We know note taking is important. It is said to help you retain information a lot longer than if you just listen or read. I came across this infographic that actually shares some great tips for best practices in note taking.

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