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50 Fantastic Open Courses for Small Business Owners

50 Fantastic Open Courses for Small Business Owners

If you are a small business owner, forget about going into debt to get an MBA and learn online.


Inside Online Learning is on the move!

Inside Online Learning is on the move!

Thank you for visiting OnlineCollege.org and for the support you’ve given the Inside Online Learning blog over the past several years. While the blog will no longer be featured on this site, you can follow it over to OnlineColleges.net where blogger Melissa Venable will continue to provide information about current trends in online education and […]


Online Student Verification: Is that you? Are you there?

Online Student Verification: Is that you? Are you there?

While online education has come a long way in terms of design and learning assessment, there are still issues related to making sure that the students who enroll in these courses are the ones completing the work. From participation and attendance to cheating and plagiarism, confirming student identity continues to challenge online instructors and administrators. […]


Decoding Accreditation and the Online College

Decoding Accreditation and the Online College

If you are interested in online education, you probably already know that it is important to compare the components of different programs and look specifically for accreditation. While it seems that accreditation should be a clear-cut issue – a school is accredited or not –in reality, it’s a little more complicated. With so many accrediting […]


On Becoming a First-Generation Grad Student

On Becoming a First-Generation Grad Student

Just as first-generation undergraduate students often struggle to figure out how the college system works, those who go on to grad school without a family mentor may face some basic challenges in learning the ropes. Add online delivery to the equation and the curve could get even steeper as you navigate the system at a […]


The Power of an Online Career Portfolio

The Power of an Online Career Portfolio

It’s not enough in today’s competitive job market to know things. You have to be able to demonstrate what you can do and do better than most to gain the positive attention of a hiring employer. This was a recurring conversation during last month’s National Career Development Association (NCDA) conference as attendees, mostly career counselors, […]


Modern Career Management: Accepting Risk and Uncertainty

Modern Career Management: Accepting Risk and Uncertainty

The career decisions we face can all seem quite overwhelming – reading the regular reports on unemployment, layoffs, etc. – and it is overwhelming for so many students and job seekers trying to react to changes in the job market with little or no guarantee of the best way forward. We as a society are […]


What’s Your APPtitude? Job Search Edition

What’s Your APPtitude? Job Search Edition

You may already use mobile apps and devices to check your email and participate in social networks, and even work on your online courses. They further extend the flexibility and convenience of online learning, but are also helpful for career-related activities and job search tasks. Earlier this month I was privileged to present a technology […]


Graduate Students Unite! Online, that is.

Graduate Students Unite! Online, that is.

Graduate school has a culture all its own, both across institutions and among cohorts of learners within specific programs. My experience as a grad student included a great deal of immersion in problem-solving and design-thinking situations both in, and especially outside of, class. Working with faculty members and my peers on committees, research teams, and […]


Make a Personal Connection in Your Online Classroom

Make a Personal Connection in Your Online Classroom

Advice to post a faculty bio and develop online presence are not uncommon, but when I look out at my class roster in the school’s learning management system (LMS), on a sea of new names at the beginning of each term, my focus has increasingly become direct instructor-student exchange with each person. It’s always been […]