Moodle Gets a Makeover!


If you haven’t heard the latest – Moodle is getting a makeover!

That’s right, Moodle, our Learning Management System (LMS) is getting a facelift of sorts to improve the user experience. Moodle’s fresh, modern look incorporates several enhancements, making it more user friendly and content-focused to allow you to navigate your course space with greater ease.

Topics: Taking Courses

4 Revising Tactics for a Better Paper (And a Better Grade)

If you ask any colleague, friend or classmate to describe the steps of writing a successful paper, they might say that first you plan, then you draft and then you revise. 

But if you watch most people writing a paper, it goes more like this:

They open a document, stare at a blank screen for a few hours, type some things, grab a snack, type some more things, run Spell Check and turn it in. No final read through, no editing and no enhancing. For many people, revising includes Spell Check – and that’s it.
 

Topics: Taking Courses, Going Back to College

5 Alternative College Credit Options That Can Fast-Track Your Degree

Years ago, the only way you could earn college credit was by sitting in a classroom for a set number of hours each week, carting around a stack of heavy textbooks as you shuffled from room to room, building to building or, even worse, campus to campus. In the cold. In the rain. No excuses.

Since then, a lot has changed.

Instead, your textbooks can be carried on a sleek and slim tablet while the hours you spend “in class” are entirely at your discretion. And your learning can happen anywhere, whether your classroom today is your dining room or some exotic locale.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

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

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

What is a Practice Exam and What Can it Do for Me?

You and the University share the same goal: for you to do well on your exams, and thereby your courses.

From blog articles, like this one, for example, to the Testing Resources page and exam study guides to low-stakes formative quizzes, you have a variety of resources to help you better review your course content and do well on your exams.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses

How to Write With Style and Impress Your Mentor

For students, essays are like taxes: they are unavoidable.

Throughout your educational career, you’ve probably had to write more than a few essays. But, although you know the basics of writing a good exam essay - like organization, grammar and focus - there’s a whole other issue to consider that you may not have thought of before:

How can you write in a way that impresses your mentor?

Topics: Taking Courses

Where to Find Free Nursing Research Articles and Resources

If you could pick a short phrase that describes the field of nursing, what would it be?

A true calling? Lifelong learning? Or, what did you get yourself into?

Whatever phrase you thought of, chances are ‘guessing game’ is definitely not one of them.

As a professional nurse, you read, interpret and evaluate information every day before you make a single decision or take any step. Whether you do that in a split second or spend hours in collaboration with other health team members, you know it’s because quality patient care is only as good as the existing evidence it comes from. Your role, then, is to identify the best evidence available and use your critical-thinking skills and clinical judgment to direct your practice. Simply put, the more reliable the information you get, the better the patient’s outcome.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Nursing

7 Smart Strategies to Actually Get Homework Done During the Holidays

While most people consider the holidays “the most wonderful time of the year,” for some students, not so much. With families to care for, holiday parties to prepare for and gift shopping to finish in between, finding time to complete schoolwork may seem down right impossible. For students, the mounting stress of the holidays can result in late assignments, or, even worse, assignments never submitted at all.

Topics: Taking Courses, Study Tips

How to Cultivate the Ultimate Online Classroom Experience: Meet Edison Live!

If you’ve ever participated in a group project, you probably have pretty strong opinions about them. Perhaps you find working more closely in a team-oriented atmosphere refreshing. Or maybe, you find group projects can lead to frustration, especially when your classmates have different work schedules and preferences for varying technologies.

So for the online learner, how can group interaction and collaboration be easier to manage?

Thomas Edison State University has implemented Edison Live!, a tool designed to make collaboration in a virtual environment with both mentors and classmates a more engaging experience.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses