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The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Specialized Areas of Focus

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 24, 2014 2:10:23 PM

Most college  majors offer a pretty standard curriculum: the most important topics in the major organized chronologically or from most basic to most advanced.

UNCG's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, however, does things a little differently. It's like a huge buffet with wildly interesting dishes organized into four kinds of courses. And while they're not Appetizer, Main Dish, Side Dishes, and Dessert, each grouping offers items that are tasty, nutritious and sometimes totally unexpected.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, BLS

Etiquette for Online Course Discussion Board Posts

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 9, 2014 12:01:05 PM


Writing for your course's discussion board is not like posting on Facebook, Twitter, or the comments section of news websites.

Posting on the course discussion board isn't quite like writing a paper either, but it's close. It counts toward your grade and furthermore creates your most visible portrait in the class. The following tips will help you demonstrate good discussion board etiquette with both your professor and your classmates.
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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success

Tips for Successful Group Work as an Online Student

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 9, 2014 11:28:03 AM

Any time a college or university course requires group work, coordinating it can be a challenge. Especially when all group members are online students and dispersed around the world, that challenge grows exponentially. To make sure you're prepared for that class requiring a group project or other group work, I've outlined some tips for making it a successful experience.

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Topics: Online Learning, Student Success, Career Advancement

Defining the Workplace X Factor

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jul 9, 2014 11:26:55 AM

UNCG's Division of Continual Learning (DCL) conducted research with the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) to identify in-demand workplace skills that employers in the Triad, Triangle, and Charlotte metropolitan areas of North Carolina seek in their college graduate employees. More than 36,000 job posting created between May 2012 and April 2013 were reviewed and ten specific in-demand workplace skills were identified.

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Topics: Online Learning, College Degree, Career Advancement

UNCG Develops Online History of Rock Course

Posted by Kelly Paul on Jun 17, 2014 9:21:00 AM

UNCG Musicology Professor Kailan Rubinoff and UNCG's Division of Continual Learning (DCL) are developing MUS 329: History of Rock, an online course, for Fall 2014.

In MUS 329, students will consider rock music's connection to historical, political and social contexts. "Music will be the lens through which we'll try to understand broader historical and political events...such as the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," Rubinoff says.

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Course Design

Want to Lead a Nonprofit? A Graduate Certificate Can Help.

Posted by Kelly Paul on May 27, 2014 4:28:00 PM

If you’re passionate about serving others and currently work or volunteer with a nonprofit organization, you may be considering moving into a leadership role. Furthering your formal education so you are knowledgeable about the operational responsibilities of leading a nonprofit organization can prepare you to be a strong leader. Unique operational responsibilities for nonprofits include: 

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Topics: Career Advancement, Graduate Courses, Graduate Certificate

Bringing the Ed.D. in Kinesiology Online - Online Faculty Profile

Posted by Kelly Paul on May 21, 2014 9:39:00 AM

You can tell when entering Dr. Pam Kocher Brown's office in the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) that she likes people and she's got a lot going on.

Besides the requisite files and stacks of books, there's the comfy guest chair, boxes of bright inflatable exercise balls, a set of antique Indian clubs (old-school exercise weights), and a wall covered with pictures of her kids running and playing outside. She smiles easily and talks animatedly about the program she will become Director of this fall — UNCG's innovative new online Ed.D. in Kinesiology, a dream several years in the planning.

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Topics: Online Learning, Graduate Degree, Online Degree, Graduate Courses

Building Skills for a Successful Career Change

Posted by Kelly Paul on May 5, 2014 2:23:00 PM

Transitioning from one career to another can be challenging - but doable. There are a few key things to consider and steps you can take to make sure the transition is as successful as possible.

The Right Education

Often the critical element when transitioning from one career to another is having a degree or credential that connects to an industry or job skill-set. For example, a job in public relations is likely to require formal education in communication and public relations. However, many jobs out there don't have a direct degree-to-job match but do require a specific level of degree, such as an associate's, bachelor's or master's.

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Topics: Online Learning, Career Advancement

How Many Online Courses Should You Take Each Semester?

Posted by Kelly Paul on Apr 28, 2014 9:50:00 AM

Let’s face it. Going to – and finishing - college isn’t easy. It takes a lot of hard work, research, reading, writing, presenting, and learning, to complete a degree. College also isn’t for everyone.  But for those adults who know they want to pursue a college education and earn a degree – whether it’s an undergraduate or graduate degree, or a graduate certificate – being able to take courses online is a big deal. 

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Topics: Online Learning, Online Courses, Student Success, Time

Textbook Options for Online College Students

Posted by Kelly Paul on Apr 21, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Textbooks now cost college students an average of almost $1,000/year. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (2011), about seven out of ten college students skip buying one or more textbooks because it’s too expensive, even though they know not reading the textbook will lower their grades.

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Topics: Online Learning, Student Success, Textbooks

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