Sunday, November 6, 2011

Students Save on e-Books

Textbooks can claim an enormous outlay of cash. One way to lower the cost a bit is to buy e-Books. The new Amazon Kindle can display text books and pdf formatted documents, which can offer a great way to save time and money.

Check out the new kindle and mobile reader apps from Amazon.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Another Alternative to Financing an Education

With tuition increasing across the board at practically every college and university and student loans becoming harder to secure, is there an alternative way to finance an education.

For those seeking degrees online, the answer is absolutely.

You are already familiar with navigating the web so you have some know how in the areas of posting to the web. You should also not be intimidated by the necessities to use a computer in this day and age.

Multi Level Marketing (MLM) systems have been around for a long time but there is now an alternative that truly leverages the power of the Internet. Almost everything is accomplished online, from retailing and recruiting to training and securing payments for products.

If this sounds intriguing and you are interested in earning up to $1500 a month part time, then you owe it to yourself to visit Online Business Systems

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tuition Increase

One of the uncertainties of attending college is the inevitable tuition increase. Tuition increases are an annual occurrence at many colleges and universities; whether online or brick-and-mortar institutions.

I received a message from the college that I attend stating that my tuition will go up about $400 per term starting in January. I am not happy with the situation but I will deal with it. If you are in a similar situation, you may want to looking into adding methods of financing your education. If you are inclined to write than you may consider

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Research Accreditation

I have seen plenty of debate in the recent months regarding the accreditation of online colleges and universities. Many disgruntled students and former employees of colleges and universities will do anything they can to discredit the institution that they feel did them wrong.

In some cases, these complaints are valid and in some cases they are simply rantings to vent anger. The Internet empowers people to make anonymous claims, whether valid or not and whether ethical or slanderous. Personally, I feel that the right to vent such anger is guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Therefore, when researching a particular college or university, online or not, perform due diligence research to determine the true accreditation status of the Institution.

An article written about the debate can be read by navigating to the link in the title of this post.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Program Participation Requirements

Program Participation
Most degree programs include attendance and participation components for the learner to demonstrate acceptable academic progress. Attendance shows that the learner is involved and may or may not be a graded activity. Participation, on the other hand, is normally graded.

The author has pursued degrees from three different online universities and each of those universities requirements are reflected here.
The University of Phoenix weights participation from 25 to 50 percent of the final grade depending on the facilitator. Learners must participate in course-room activities by answering discussion questions and responding to the answers of other learners. The participation requirements may vary by institution and by degree level.

Bachelors’ Degree
The Bachelor’s programs at the University of Phoenix require learners to answer from three to five discussion questions per week. The word count may vary by facilitator but typical answers must contain from 300 to 500 words. Learners must respond to the answers of four other learners and the responses must normally contain a minimum of 300 words.

Facilitators also vary the requirement to use references and citations. Some facilitators require using references and citations, and some do not. When in-text citations are required, the learner must typically provide three to five of each.

Master’s Degree
On line institutions somewhat lower the participation requirements at the graduate level. Capella University requires learners to answer one to two discussion questions per week and respond to the answers of two other learners. There were few word-count requirements for answers or responses and the response requirements varied from class to class.

The PhD program at Northcentral University does not include discussion questions as a participation requirement. Typical classes at the PhD level include one learner. The learner is assigned a mentor for each class and the mentor guides the learner through the course learning objectives. The PhD program is highly project driven.

Reply to Vanessa


I would be happy to include a segment on coping with stress. If you wish to write the segment, I will be happy to post it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Expect some Stress

Today is Sunday October 24, 2010 and I have a paper due on Tuesday. I have not yet received a grade for my first paper in this course, which I submitted over two weeks ago. My schedule as an IT instructor places me in a classrioom 11 hours a day four days a week and another 4 hours on Friday.

I accomplish most of my writing on the weekends because I have virtually no time during the week. As any online student will tell you, time management is a very necessary skill to develop if you pursue an education online. However, circumstances at times make applying self management skill more difficult than necessary. I do not know yet how my mentor grades, which makes writing this next paper more difficult than normal. I also have to juggle time between work and family responsibilities.'

Jus what I need: more stres.

PhD - A Higher Level

I have taken my education to a higher level. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Security. This particular program concentrates more on the administration side of InfoSec. I have obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Technology. Both programs concentrated on the technical or nuts and bolts aspects of IT. I am now attempting to learn more about the mnagement and administrative areas.

The Ph.D. program is an intense program with numerous courses in Business Administration and Information Security. The course that I am presently pursuing delves into the areas of the ethical and legal considerations of Information Technology. Each week concentrates on a diferent area. I am now finishing up the third week and am writing a paper that discussess the organizational considerations of computer addiction and cybercrime on information asssets.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Journal Entry for August 19, 2009

Two hours working on the answer to a discussion question and two hours reading earlier today. The routine has settled down somewhat after 4 years of attending universities online. I still must decide whether or not to continue for a Ph.D.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Journal Entry for August 18, 2009

I am presently studying Risk Management and am in the act of developing a website to test my awareness.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Achieving Balance

Unless you thrive on punishing yourself, you will need to learn to balance your academic, business, and personal lives. This may not be easy to accomplish, especially for those who work full-time and have families. Hopefully you are already in control of the time you spend at work so the concentration of effort to balancing your life will be spent between academics and family obligations.

I made a decision when I entered graduate school that I would not put my family through the extreme absence of my time like they endured when I was an under-grad. To that end I dropped to half-time beginning with this quarter and will continue this schedule until graduation. This measure has afforded me the opportunity to spend more time with my family. Yesterday we took the morning to travel to another town to check out a house because we really wish to leave the town of our currant residence. Today, my daughter spent the morning and afternoon playing putt-putt, and riding go-karts and bumper-cars. I was still able to complete my assignments and discussions for the week and all the submissions were on schedule.

The total time spent on course-work for this week was about 24 hours. On a full-time schedule that would have more than doubled and I would not have had the opportunity to spend the quality time with my family. We would also not be able to move if I was participating in a full-time schedule. As it stands, in order to move I will need to complete my course-work for that week by that Friday in order to have the weekend off.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Journal Entry: Sunday July 6, 2008

Class starts tomorrow so I am taking the time to set up my schedule for the coming 10 weeks. I started by logging into the classroom and checking the on-line calendar of events. The university supplied me with a planner and each quarter they send out a set of stickers to annotate due-dates in the planner. This class requires at least one writing assignment each week, due on Sunday, so I will be spending plenty of time writing.

Most of the reading should be completed the first or second day of each class-week to permit time to participate in the discussions and complete the written assignment for the week. My normal routine is to complete the reading on Monday and Tuesday, complete the initial posts to the discussions on Wednesday through Friday, and work on the written assignments on Saturday and Sunday. The assignments are due by Sunday night midnight local time.

This will be the most intensive class to date and I will not get much sleep over the next 10 weeks. I will actually begin my reading today and post my bio tomorrow. I make sure and post a discussion on the first day of class to lock in the participation requirements for financial-aid (Participation is closely monitored.)

The time spent on course-work today will include about three hours reading and a half an hour setting up my calendar.