Why Do I Have to Take Quizzes in My Online Courses?

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When you spend 10+ years in the world of testing and assessment, like me, you tend to hear a lot of diverse and interesting questions. But when it comes to online quizzes, I usually hear a specific few:

Why do I have to take quizzes when I am already taking exams, writing papers and completing other course activities? What is the point of it all?

These are perfectly legitimate questions, and I would like to answer them. 

When students feel overwhelmed, they often question the purpose of taking quizzes. Many students do not understand why quizzes are instrumental to their success.

Topics: Taking Courses, Work-Life Balance

Why Business Graduate Programs are Moving to 8-Week Formats and What That Means for You

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In today’s fast-paced business world, finding quality solutions to global challenges in a timely fashion is often the difference between taking a profit and suffering a loss. Business executives know how valuable time is. So if they want to succeed in an ever-changing and shifting business climate, it is crucial that professionals can adapt to this new landscape to lead and succeed.

That is why, on July 1, 2015, the School of Business and Management transitioned all graduate business courses and degree programs in the School from 12 weeks to 8 weeks.

If you are wondering how this change will affect you, read on.

Topics: Business and Management, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

10 Notably Successful People with Liberal Arts Degrees

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright testifies during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee September 16, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong)

The value of a liberal arts education is something many people tend to question.

In reality, reports - and employers - frequently indicate that a liberal arts education continues to prepare students for career success long after graduation. Employees who studied history, political science, humanities, mathematics and more in their undergraduate pursuits are often better communicators, analytical thinkers and more adaptable to excel in any given task. From supreme court justices to CEOs, political activists to media moguls, some of the most influential and powerful people attribute their liberal arts education as the launchpad for their successful careers. Here are a few of those people.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Motivation

What to Do If You Miss a Midterm, Final or TECEP® Exam

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It is every student’s worst nightmare. Late nights and early mornings spent studying, or reading the textbook cover to cover. But then, something happened. Life got in the way. Perhaps a major project at work tied you up, or your child got sick. Whatever the reason, you missed your exam.

Most of us may panic. But in reality, it can be fixed.

To reschedule your exam, your best defense is a good offense. Be transparent, stay calm and contact the Office of Test Administration immediately. All assignments and examinations must be completed by the last day of your term, but you do have some options when it comes to rescheduling your test.

Whether you missed a midterm, final or TECEP® exam, here is what to do and keep in mind to ensure that you meet your course deadlines. 

Topics: Student Services, Credit by Exam, Work-Life Balance

What is the Difference Between Guided Study and Online Courses?

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Take a moment to think of your commute to work each morning. Do you have a favorite route? It is because it is faster? Does it have less traffic? Is it more scenic? Whether you prefer to get to your destination as quickly as possible, or enjoy a leisurely drive to the office, at one point, you decided that this route was the best one for you.

When it comes to an online learning environment and planning your degree, you also have a choice to make in reaching your ultimate educational destination. Only now, you have to select the course route that best fits you.

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College

What Accelerated Nursing Students Can Expect During Clinical Rotations

Accelerated nursing students in the simulation lab

Accelerated nursing students go to work on a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity simulators in the College's simulation lab.

Nursing is a profession of lifelong learning and dynamic practice. Rooted at its core is the clinical rotation, where skills and knowledge gained in the classroom is applied to hands-on clinical practice.

Nursing students begin an immersive clinical experience in the simulation lab and classroom. After demonstrating proficiency in the fundamentals of nursing, students move into the clinical practice setting and continue to take courses that build upon previously learned concepts and skills. In Thomas Edison State College’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program, every clinical experience is based upon an in-class curriculum, so a lesson in maternity nursing or mental health is mapped to a clinical experience scheduled in that area. Eventually, nursing students are exposed to a variety of experiences and can then decide to which specialty area they are best suited. Through this involvement, many find a specific nursing path is enjoyable and intend to explore it further.

Topics: Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

How to Submit an A+ Assignment: The Ultimate Writing Checklist [Free Download]


When completing a written assignment, drafting a final paper or posting to an online discussion forum, you want to ensure your writing reflects the ideas you are trying to convey. The key to effective writing is clear thinking; you must have clear thinking in order to deliver clear communication so readers understand your messaging.

Here is a must-have writing checklist that will help you express your thoughts in a coherent, cohesive, and engaging manner. Use this checklist to make necessary edits and revisions to your writing, enabling you to submit the best piece of writing possible.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses

How Do You Know If You Need A Master’s Degree for a Career in Science and Technology?

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Humanity has a love-hate relationship with technology. Our growing reliance on new and updated systems, networks and products presents both challenges and benefits to our global society. But undoubtedly, its impact is a pervasive reminder of what we can do.

Technology is integral to modern life. As tech professionals, we are responsible for designing, building and applying scientific principles to meet the technological demands of our society. Whether we work in the utilities or healthcare industry, aviation sector or IT field, keeping up to date with the latest developments and predicting future needs is a critical part of what we do.

Application-oriented knowledge and specialized training is inherent in the field. So I understand when technology professionals question the practicality of a master’s degree. This is a fair question from people who are trained to inquire, examine and solve complex problems.  

Topics: Science and Technology, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

10 Strange and Unique College Scholarships Worth Applying For


Remember applying for scholarships that included stringent requirements based upon test scores, grades, introspective essays or some other academic achievements?

These requirements are much different.

There are countless offbeat and unusual scholarships out there that award serious cash to students with unique talents, hobbies or interests. Whether you are a passionate Star Trek fan, a walking encyclopedia of knowledge or you have a gift for designing greeting cards, you could qualify for more college funding than you think.

Topics: Scholarships and Financial Aid

5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

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

You do not need an English degree to know that writing plays an important role in any profession. From writing cover letters to composing emails, communicating with the written word is critical to your career.

Thankfully, writing is like a muscle - the more you work on it, the stronger it grows.

So how do you actively improve your writing skills? Try incorporating one of these five tips into your daily or weekly routine.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam, Work-Life Balance