7 Practical Strategies for Online Courses You Might Not Be Using


Online courses are designed for engagement. They are built to encourage students to ask questions, originate dialogue and prompt learners to think about concepts beyond the traditional textbook. Although effective writing and time management skills are paramount, online learning also lends itself to the world of inquiry – enabling you to initiate and conduct your own learning experience.

Once you register to take an online course, you may feel both excited and anxious as you examine the course space and glance at the syllabus. From the outset, it appears the course will introduce many new concepts, offering a new perspective on some overarching themes. Although the content may seem compelling, what brings a class to life is how actively you engage with your mentor and classmates; essentially, you get out of an online course what you put into it – before, during and after.  

Topics: Taking Courses

This TECEP Timeline Explains Everything To Do Before the Test [Infographic]

Whether you are a credit by exam novice, or a seasoned testing veteran, you know it is never too early to prepare for a TECEP® exam.  

Taking an exam for credit does not have to be complicated. That is why we have put together a TECEP® Exam Timeline to help make your testing process and preparation easier to navigate. Adapt and apply this plan to your own exam prep schedule. Check it out and be sure to review our explanations below the timeline for more in-depth details. 

Topics: Credit by Exam

7 Booming Careers You Can Get With a Liberal Arts Degree


Are the liberal arts still relevant today?

Are college graduates gaining the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce?

Today, educators and leaders are debating the effectiveness of higher education. During the 1960s, a national shift in outlook emerged, challenging the ideals of a liberal arts education in comparison to more narrow and specialized career-ready programs.

However, studies have routinely shown that students who pursued a liberal arts education reported having the most fulfilling careers. And as more and more people increasingly change jobs, these “soft skills,” (i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and adaptability) inherent in a liberal arts education, have become the most desired by employers.

As it turns out, a liberal arts degree may be the best career investment yet.

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs

14 Most Effective Tactics to Conquer Test Anxiety


If you have ever “blanked out” or “froze” on a test, you know what test anxiety feels like. It is terrifying. 

Test anxiety can affect anyone at any age. For most students, it may occur once or twice each school year. Others may experience it on a regular basis. If left untreated, anxiety can interfere with test performance and actually go beyond excessive nervousness to include memory loss and physical discomfort.

It is not fun but, in most cases, it is controllable. There are steps you can take early on to alleviate the anxieties of exam day. Here are some stress-reducing ideas to get started.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter Today?

Today, higher education is at a critical junction in the United States. As the nation considers cost, debt and the necessity of a college degree, one factor remains:  students must develop certain skills and abilities to be successful in our 21st century workforce. What is the best way to do that? Does a broad, liberal arts education still matter today, or are specialized, more narrowly focused programs what students and employers need? In this video, Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences, discusses the value of a liberal arts education – not only to provide students skills that are important to employers today, but also to be a productive member of society.

Topics: Career, Majors and Degree Programs

6 Essential Ways to Write a Brilliant Online Discussion Board Post

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By Heather Russino

Taking an online course can be an enriching, educational experience. In the online course space, you have the ability to share different perspectives with various classmates and host in-depth discussions on relevant course topics. There are so many key takeaways and memorable moments that can emerge from a dynamic discussion forum if you allow yourself to be an integral part of the conversation.

How do you stand out and attract the attention of your classmates and mentor via the discussion forum? Here are six key ways to help you generate an effective post, guaranteed to engage your audience and elicit thoughtful responses from your mentor and classmates.

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips

A Look Inside an Accelerated Nursing Student’s Schedule


Kristin Tilbury, Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Student

Nothing about an accelerated nursing program is easy. In fact, many students with non-nursing bachelor’s degrees who want to transition into nursing are surprised at how intensive it can be.

Chances are, your experiences as an undergraduate are vastly different from an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. On top of attending class, there are critical-thinking and leadership skills to master. In addition to classroom discussions, you must learn how to make quick, sometimes life-and-death decisions, all while understanding a patient’s symptoms and treatment options.  After a long day of clinical work, there will most likely be an assignment or deadline looming. 

Topics: Nursing

A Beginner’s Guide to the New Academic Advising Video Chat Option


Until you can meet with an academic advisor via hologram or teleportation, you can get advising help through the next best thing: live, video web conferencing. 

Topics: Advising

7 Tactics to Get Schoolwork Done on Your Next Business Trip


There are two kinds of thoughts most people have when they plan a business trip.


1. “Yes! My bags are packed and I am ready to go!”
2. “No, no and no. How am I supposed to fit this trip into crazy schedule?”


Most adults going back to college fall into the latter category. Even if you enjoy traveling, business trips can be a challenge when they cause you to play catch up at the office and with your course work. Maybe you feel the time spent in meetings or conferences is not worth the headache when you get back home.

Business travel? No, thank you.

Of course, saying no to a business trip is not an option for most of us. The good news is that you can incorporate a few productivity strategies to make sure that your time is well spent.

Topics: Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

How to Better Balance School, Family and Work as an Online Learner


This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program

If you are an adult today, your days are busy enough without adding classes and studying to your daily routine. You probably feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day for work, family and a social life, and when you imagine juggling classes and homework on top of that - life gets a lot more complicated. So how are you to supposed to study for your degree but still maintain an active social and professional life?

Topics: Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance