Meet CaptureSpace: Create and Edit Videos for Your Online Courses

Online learning is as engaging as ever – just visit any online classroom and you can see how learning is moving beyond the textbook.

For example, back in 2016, the University launched a set of tools that is changing the way students connect, collaborate and engage in the online classroom; we are also beginning to incorporate video content into courses, so no matter which industry you work in or degree program you are studying, learning about and using this kind of relevant technology is vital for any discipline

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses

7 Essential Steps for Adults Returning to College

I’ve read that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

And when you’re considering returning to college, that first step can feel like an intimidating one. Maybe you picture that step with a giant gapping crevice in the middle, panicked by the multitude of essentials you need to consider before you can even lace up your shoes to begin that journey.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Fortunately, these tips will help quell your fears and guide you toward making the right decisions for you, like a degree-pursuit Sherpa. So here’s how you can turn that single step into a running leap and ensure your journey is a successful one.

Topics: Going Back to College

Speak a Foreign Language? These 6 Exam Programs Can Help You Earn College Credit for It

According to the Ethnologue, the official catalogue of world languages, there are currently an estimated 7,099 living languages worldwide. How many can you speak?

Whether you know a second language or you’re the world’s greatest living linguist (the world record is 42), studies have shown that knowing another language provides many rewards in the form of increased cognitive capacity and broadened knowledge, let alone the ability to bridge social barriers.

It also gives you the ability to earn college credit. Depending on your linguistic skill level, there are a variety of exams that allow you to earn credit toward your degree by testing your foreign language proficiency. Some of these credit-by-exam programs focus on the oral/speaking aspects of a language, while others test your writing, translating and listening abilities. In fact, if you already speak another language fluently, a single exam can earn you upwards of 12 credits!

Topics: Credit by Exam

Should I Get an Associate Degree Before a Bachelor’s Degree?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

I often hear a version of this theoretical question as it relates to earning a college degree. Of course, prospective applicants to the University ask me if they should earn an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree first, and not my theories on fowl evolution.

When it comes to which college degree to initially start, the most obvious answer is that one takes a shorter amount of time to earn than the other; an associate degree usually requires 60 credits, whereas most bachelor’s degree programs require 120 credits, or four years at traditional institutions. But does that mean you should pursue the shorter degree first? Or, at all?

Topics: Going Back to College

3 Types of Assessment You’ll Take in College (And How to Approach Each One)

I’m 99.9 percent sure that most people do not like exams.

While that .1 percent is another story, there’s no way around it: throughout your time as a student, you will be tested on the knowledge and skills learned in your college courses. This requires hard work, but it also ensures you possess the expertise that your degree says you have. It confirms that after you graduate, the diploma hanging on your wall means something - to your employer, to your colleagues, to any educational institutions that you might attend in the future and, most importantly, to you. 

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips

Does Postsecondary Education Pay Off? [Infographic]

Stocks can go up and down. The real estate bubble can burst. Companies can file for bankruptcy. However, there’s only one investment that historically yields greater earning potential year after year.

A college degree.

Not only do degrees matter to employers looking for skilled workers, the national data shows they impact workers in all aspects of their lives, both personally and professionally, while contributing to a stronger, more robust economy. And as workplace demands and expectations shift over time, those without advanced degrees may get left behind.

Topics: Going Back to College

How to Conduct a Job Search (The Right Way)

I once interviewed a candidate for a job that seemed perfect on paper. His resume was impressive, and his cover letter was interesting. So I invited him to interview.

But I didn’t offer him the job because of a mistake that could have been avoided, and one that I couldn’t overlook. 

So, why?

Topics: Career

7 Ways to Earn College Credit That Don’t Include Traditional Online Courses

Did you know that in just last year alone, TESU students received 273,753 credits toward their degrees that didn’t involve a single traditional online course?

That’s more than enough credits for a lifetime, for 1,000 lifetimes. Suddenly, fulfilling 120 credits for a bachelor's degree seems doable.

The truth is, almost 85 percent of the TESU student body is 25 or older, and so it makes sense that you may have acquired college-level knowledge outside of the classroom that might be worth college credit.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transferring College Credit, Credit by Exam

The Beginner’s Guide to Career Planning: Smart Strategies to Prepare for Any Career

When you hear the term “career planning,” what do you think about?

Most of us tend to think about young, fresh-faced 18 year olds selecting majors and degree programs or figuring out internships on the way to college graduation. However, career planning is not just about picking a program of study, and it does not end once a student completes his or her degree. Our society tends to gravitate toward this cookie-cutter scenario, when, in fact, career and skills assessment is a lifelong endeavor.

Planning your career, or choosing a new one, can be a job all its own. You know you need to develop a career plan, but where do you begin, and how do you implement it? These basics will help you assess your options and identify what you can offer your dream job, so you can plan for any career transition and increase your chances of success.

Topics: Career

2016 Was a Bad Year for Cybersecurity. Will 2017 Be Any Better?

Unless news headlines shout that some major business, government agency or celebrity was hacked, the public assumes their data is secure. However, that is hardly the case.

One of the ongoing problems with cybersecurity is getting the attention of the general public as to the seriousness of the issue. According to cybersecurity firm Risk Based Security, 2016 set a record for data breaches with more than four billion records stolen. According to the report, more than two billion of the stolen records were from breaches at Myspace, Yahoo and the FriendFinder Networks. More than 50 percent of the breaches occurred in Great Britain and America.

Topics: Cybersecurity