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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Top 5 Advantages of Online Nursing Programs

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career, and now more than ever, there’s pressure on nurses to continue their education beyond just an RN or associate’s degree to unlock greater career potential. But is pursuing an advanced degree while working as a full-time nurse feasible? And is it worth it? Absolutely! There are a lot of great benefits to continuing your nursing education as you work, such as through a bachelor’s (BSN) or master’s (MSN) in nursing, and even more when you pursue your...
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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Preparing for your next term taking online classes

If you have been taking online courses, you already understand the in’s and out’s of what's expected of you. As you prepare for you next term, here are four ways you can up your game as an online student.   Use a profile picture  A profile picture personalizes your posts - it helps students feel like they are in a classroom talking to one of their classmates face-to-face. Think about how you want to be represented in your profile pictures. Do you want a family photo? One of you on vacation to...
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4 myths about online learning

Nearly 20 years ago the first online courses were introduced. Ten years ago, you started to hear about people earning their entire degrees online. Today, you probably know a handful of people who are getting a degree online. Yet, there’s still an air of mystery. Even though the benefits of taking online classes are evident, some students think that there still is a catch. Let’s debunk some common misconceptions about online learning: You need to be a computer expert Online learning is about...
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Father / Fire Fighter: how taking online classes & credit for career makes the difference

Mike is a third generation fire fighter in the City of Manchester. Mid-way through his career he knew that if he wanted to ascend the ranks, getting his degree was important. He took some hands-on courses in Fire Science at a New Hampshire Community College, which were superb, but he wanted a more versatile degree. He looked into Granite State College for an individualized program that would be tailored to his goals. When my advisor learned that I was a fire fighter during our initial meeting,...
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The real benefits of taking online classes (from our online students!)

If online classes are a mystery to you, you probably have questions about what they’re are really like. Our blog team could certainly put together a fact sheet to help demystify online learning but to really get at the heart of the matter, we went directly to the source: we asked our current online students what they think. Specifically, we wanted to know: what are the benefits of taking online classes? They described what students can expect and explained that the advantages from their...
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