Online Learning

UMassOnline Advisor Spotlight: Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

UMassOnline is excited to share our first Advisor Spotlight blog. All of our incredible advisors are available to students throughout the five campuses, as well as online. Here is a profile of UMass Senior Lecturer and advisor Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD.

What was your background in education and helping students?

Reasons to Love the UMassOnline 24/7 Tech Support

For online students, technology is the backbone behind their entire college experience and if their technology fails them, that can be detrimental to their coursework. Luckily, taking classes online with UMass arms their students with 24/7 tech support to ensure any technological issue can be dealt with efficiently and effectively. Here are a few reasons to love the UMassOnline 24/7 tech support.

Ways to Bounce Back After Falling Behind in an Online Class

We are all guilty of falling behind during a class, even if it is just a little bit. When this happens, we can learn from it and remember the next assignment or exam is crucial to getting back on track. Remember these few tips if you find yourself in this position:

Helpful Apps for Online Students

As opposed to traditional learning styles in a classroom when students are on campus, online classes offer a complete digital experience. Because of this, online students have different ways of embracing technology in their studies, especially when it comes to the use of apps. Here are some of our favorite apps that have helped students increase efficiency and productivity.

All About MOOCs

When people think of online classes, they usually think of the traditional type: a class where you pay the university to take a class in an online format. Did you know that you can actually take certain online classes for free? You can!

What is a MOOC?

UMass Online Program Spotlight: Master’s in Applied Linguistics

The Program. The master’s program in applied linguistics through UMassOnline is created to enable students to understand difficulties within the study of a language to better prepare them to teach a language.  The program focuses on both theory and practice including psycholinguistics, ESL/EFL methodologies, and cross cultural studies.

5 Tips On How to Communicate With Professors Online

Earlier today I was speaking with a woman who was interested in finishing her degree online with UMass. However, she had one reservation. She thought since she would be taking her classes online that there would never be an opportunity to connect with her professors when she had questions. I continued to assure her that is far from true. Professors that teach online make themselves readily available for their students to contact them in many ways. Some prefer Skype and others a phone call. Majority of professors prefer email communication as the best way to get a hold of them.

The Importance Of Online Learning For Professors

We know the many reasons why online courses appeal to students—from the flexible hours to the affordability, they are a great alternative to traditional classes. But why do professors choose to teach online?

It turns out that teaching online is just as beneficial to professors as taking the classes is to students. Here are a few reasons why teaching online is becoming more popular with professors:

Regional vs. National Accreditation

Choosing the right university can be challenging and stressful. We are here to help!

There are many different aspects to consider. One major factor to think about is - accreditation. There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. While one is not necessarily “better” than the other, it is important to know the difference between the two.

UMass Boston: Online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Research

The University of Massachusetts Boston's 15 credit online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Research is designed to provide a coherent body of knowledge in the fundamentals of systematic evaluation and exposure to  cutting-edge knowledge. This certificate prepares individuals to evaluate programs, practices and institutions in a broad array of fields, including education, health and human services, criminal justice and community  development and planning.

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