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Articles and information for online and distance learners & students to advance their e-learning and distance education skills and knowledge.

Building Community - How Students Can Help star
Autonomous students do well in distance learning courses. However, it can feel lonely if you don't communicate with classmates or the instructor, especially if you need some help. It is therefore advisable that you help to develop a sense of community in your online courses.

Accredited Online Colleges & Universities star
Reviews and overviews of accredited online and distance colleges and universities.

Advanced Degrees star
Today, more individuals have attained advanced degrees than ever before. Due to this fact, becoming a competitive job candidate may require you to hold an advanced degree.

Be a Successful Online Learner star
Students in online distance learning courses have needs which are different from students in on campus courses. If there is help available through the school, they need to take advantage of it. They also need to be self-motivated and manage their time as if they had classes at a given time.

Credit for Prior Learning star
Some ways to receive credit for learning you have accomplished previous to your current program of study.

Distance Learning Careers star
Are you interested in working in the field of distance education? There are many jobs available besides the obvious ones of teaching online. People are required behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. Here are some of the distance learning jobs that I found by doing an online search.

DL Colloquiums and Residencies star
The majority of distance learning programs require the attendance of a residency or colloquia prior to completing the program. Learn more about why it benefits both the student and faculty to participate in these learning sessions.

ESL Student Resources star[offsite link]
From OWL - the Online Writing Lab, a collection of resources, handouts, links, quizzes, chats, and much more to help ESL students learn to operate in English.

Finding a Summer Job in Your Field star
You may not be able to get an internship position for the summer at this point but you may still be able to get a job with an organization that is at least related to the subject you are studying. Here are some tips on how to make the most of such a job.

Job Search Before Graduation star
The moment you have been waiting for is just around the corner. Only a few dedicated months are left before all the time and money you have invested in a good college education will begin to pay off.

Learning Styles star
Information about how students can recognize and use their learning style to their advantage. Study Aids star[offsite link]
Resources for high school and college students, including tutorials, links and tutoring.

Making Choices star
Help in making choices about schools, programs, courses and whether distance education is for you.

Meeting Learning Goals star
How distance learning students can set and work towards their learning goals.

Motivation to Pursue a Doctorate star
While studies show an average 50 percent completion rate for students pursuing a doctorate, those who are successful tend to have strengths in perseverance and both oral and written communication.

Note-Taking Skills star
Many students today rely on their laptops or tablets for note taking in the classroom or while watching virtual lectures at home. Good note taking is an acquired skill that will eventually transfer into your work environment.

On Campus or Distance Learning? star
You have considered distance learning but are not sure you can keep up with the technology that may be involved in online courses. A person must consider several factors before making the decision to participate in a distance learning program.

Online Degree Programs star
Selecting a degree program can be a daunting task, particularly if your area of study covers a variety of disciplines. One way to help narrow down your choices is to visit a career counselor who can help you better understand your interests and long-term goals.

Reference Citations star
Every college student will inevitably need to write a properly cited college-level research paper at some point in his or her academic journey, particularly after reaching the master’s or doctoral level.

Social Media for Visual Learners star
I am an individual who thrives on learning new things, but one subject I find completely intimidating is math. While many of my fellow classmates could qualify as “mathletes,” math has never been included in my repertoire of skills.

Student Tasks star
Tasks that students must learn to do well so that they can be more successful on their assignments and in their work with other students in the course.

Study Skills and Strategies star
The skills and strategies that students can develop in order to be more successful in their studies.

The Purpose of an Associate Degrees star
Today, there are many two-year degrees that provide students with the education needed to obtain a relatively high-paying job: registered nurse, respiratory therapist, computer programmer, police officer, paralegal, industrial engineer, technician, dental hygienist—the list goes on.

Virtual Job Interviews star
After submitting numerous resumes for various job openings, you receive an email scheduling a interview. You are thrilled to be participating in a virtual job interview but feel a slight panic because you have never been interviewed virtually. Here are a few must dos to prepare yourself.

What is Accreditation? star
The accreditation process has been utilized for over a century. It was originally established to ensure the quality of education provided by secondary and postsecondary educational institutions.

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