4 ways to tell if an online language course is right for you

Posted by Mandy Byrd on Feb 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

So you’re thinking about taking a foreign language course online, but it seems so, well, foreign from what you remember of high school Spanish. There’s a good reason for that – it is different, but that’s not a bad thing.

Online courses are a great option if you’re looking to learn a new language, brush up on one you studied years ago, or simply get those foreign language requirements out of the way. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you weigh your options:

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Foreign Language

Brent Greene '14 NPM Develops Nonprofit Management Skills with Graduate Certificate

Posted by Kelly Paul on Dec 9, 2015 8:39:12 AM

Brent Greene '14 NPM was an associate pastor at a Winston-Salem Church when he began studying for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at UNCG.

The program, which offers flexible online and on-campus study, as well as Saturday classes, is designed to give nonprofit professionals the skills they need to advance in their jobs or move onto larger organizations. Students earn academic credit for their coursework, which they can later apply to a degree in the university's Master of Public Affairs program.

Greene saw the program as an opportunity to better understand and work with the nonprofits his church partners with. He also wanted to develop his leadership skills, beyond what he learned through is training in ministry, and the program offered that.

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Topics: Nonprofit Management

5 Skills Employers REALLY Look for

Posted by Kelly Paul on Nov 30, 2015 1:16:25 PM

Did you know there are skills employers look for in job applicants that aren’t necessarily in the job ads they post? And they’re important no matter what type of job you’re looking for.

  1. Emotional Intelligence

    Successful employees understand emotions, what causes them, and how to manage them to create and foster excellent work environments and to build relationships with others in the workplace.

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Topics: Career Advancement

Eight Tips for Coping with the Holidays as an Online Student

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 24, 2015 9:21:13 AM

You work. You have a family. AND you’re taking online courses for a degree and/or a better career. Your life is already as stuffed as a Thanksgiving turkey. Now that the holidays are coming, how can you juggle family expectations, classes, AND Thanksgiving-Chanukah-Christmas-New Year without losing your mind?

  1. Remember, everyone wants you to succeed, right? 
    Most of the time, people want family members to do well and be happy. You’re in college because you have an important goal in mind. Let family members know up front why earning a degree is SO important to you. This will make it harder for them to put the squeeze on you to ignore what you need. 

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Topics: Online Learning, Student Success, Time

Yes. You Can Take A Science Lab Online.

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 16, 2015 11:19:15 AM

Some things once seemed impossible: Cordless phones, cooking without heat (hello, microwave!), “test-tube” babies. Add to that list really good science labs conducted online.

Wait! Don’t science labs need beakers, test tubes, dangerous chemicals, and the close supervision of a worried instructor to make sure you don’t blow yourselves up?

No. Mostly a science lab needs the kind of equipment (and questions) that will allow you to solve problems in the same way scientists do, in a valid and reliable experiment.

Fortunately, UNCG’s innovative BIO105: Major Concepts in Biology science lab online is set up to do just that. In addition, it’s just cool.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses

In-State Tuition for North Carolina Veterans and/or Dependents/Survivors

Posted by AJ Lee on Nov 10, 2015 9:58:36 AM

If you’re a Veteran or dependent/survivor looking to pursue your college education in North Carolina, we have news for you. Under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, if you meet certain conditions, you may qualify for North Carolina in-state tuition rates, without meeting the usual civilian residency requirements. This can mean a savings of thousands of dollars every semester.

Who Qualifies:

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Topics: Cost, Veterans

Yes, You DO Have to Take THAT Class

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Nov 2, 2015 12:15:38 PM

You're returning to college because you finally know what you want to do and you've got to finish your degree. Now they're telling you you have to take required courses that have NOTHING to do with what you want to learn.

The last thing you want to do is slog through (1) Biology, (2) Western Civ, (3) Spanish, or (4) College Writing — any course that makes you want to pull out your hair and spit nails. Unfortunately, it's a requirement you can't wiggle out of. So. . . how to cope?

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Topics: Online Courses

What To Expect Your First Day of Online Class   

Posted by Kelly Paul on Sep 23, 2015 10:56:38 AM

Yes, you did it! You decided to attend college online and now you’re an online college student. Your first day of class is approaching and a million questions hit you:

  • How does the first day work?
  • When can I see the syllabus?
  • What will class be like?
  • Am I ready?
  • I’ve never done this before – help! 
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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success

Overcoming Barriers to Graduate School

Posted by Coventry Kessler on Aug 11, 2015 11:12:40 AM

We know more formal education generally equals career advancement and greater income. Yet many of us who want a graduate degree often don't try because the barriers seem impossible to overcome.

They're not.

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Topics: Graduate Degree

Turning an AA or AS into a BA in Liberal Studies at UNCG

Posted by Trina Gabriel on Jun 9, 2015 10:52:07 AM

Are you enrolled in an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at a North Carolina community college? If so and you’re thinking about continuing onto the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BLS) at UNCG, completion of your A.A. or A.S. through the North Carolina community college system can make that process much smoother.

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Topics: BLS, Transfer