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As part of an ongoing commitment to provide students with clear and comprehensive guidance on online education and degree programs, OnlineEducation.com offers a broad range of informational resources on relevant topics in the field of higher education. These articles are meant to complement our rigorous research and reporting on specific online degrees, on trends in online learning, and on careers in fields linked to particular academic programs. The features section includes general interest stories, in-depth reports, and practical guides that delve into a wide array of subject areas, extending beyond online education, and reaching out into the larger world of knowledge and scholarship.

10-Year Careers: High-Growth Occupations For Which You Can Prepare Online

The BLS’s Occupational Outlook Handbook contains a list of the 20 jobs with the highest projected growth in openings between 2018 and 2028, including ten fields which can be prepared for online. What follows is a discussion of each career’s expected growth, salary ranges, and examples of accredited online programs to train for these dynamic fields.

20 Great Mobile Apps for Online Students

These great apps can help even the most resourceful online student stay organized, write papers, prepare presentations, and network.

A Student’s Guide to Online Non-Degree Credentials: Are They Worth It?

Non-degree credentials can be an option for many who don’t have the resources or inclination to complete a college degree. They can take on many forms, including certificates, certifications, badges, professional licensing, or even an apprenticeship.

Adaptive Learning: How Online Colleges Tailor Programs to Student Needs

Adaptive learning is the use of software platforms to allow college and university students to not only learn from the comfort of their own homes, but to learn in a way that makes sense for them. Adaptive learning is not simply the technology that allows for students to watch lectures after work or to post online messages to their classmates, it is technology that learns about students as they learn and then presents the best version of a course for that individual, thereby adapting the process to his or her needs.

AI-Powered Adaptive Learning: A Conversation with the Inventor of Jill Watson

According to a recent McKinsey survey, teachers are working an average of 50 hours a week, and further research estimates that 20 to 40 percent of those hours are spent on activities that could be automated using existing technology.

Artificial Intelligence Innovations in Online Learning

Delivering courses online has already lowered costs, reduced inequality, and improved graduation rates in education. The AI revolution could, in turn, make online education smarter, faster, and cheaper still.

Ask a Professor: Can I Learn Cloud Computing Online?

It’s no secret that tech expertise is in high demand and offers some of the best paying jobs. Of the many job markets cropping up, cloud computing is proving to be one of the best paying segments in the tech industry.

Ask a Professor: What are the Pros and Cons of Learning a Language Online?

In the prolonged novel coronavirus pandemic period, many in-person classes are still taking place online. This includes language courses, where learning often relies on strong class engagement to support students’ comprehension of foreign material.

Ask Educators: The Challenges of the Abrupt Shift to Online Learning

We talked to educators teaching online classes in the fallout of the pandemic to find out about the learning curve for brick-and-mortar institutions shifting to the remote learning model, as well as challenges students and families face in pursuing education from home.

Ask Experts: Challenges and Opportunities for EdTech in the New Decade

The 20s have started with a bang to be sure, with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic forcing businesses and individuals to reconsider their practices and work habits. This was no less true for the online learning sector as it fielded an influx of students and educators aiming to stay connected for the duration of the pandemic.

Ask Professors: How Can Students Shine in Online Classrooms?

Online classes are a great way for students to access learning opportunities around the globe. They have become an especially useful mode for learning as education providers turn to the industry to connect and communicate with students in the wake of school closures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ask Professors: What are the Pros and Cons of Online Learning?

One of the challenges with online education today is this kind of check-the-box mentality, where students may have the tendency to view their online education as a means to an end rather than a total learning experience. It’s hard to restrict education to the romance of the classroom. While I would count myself as one of the more hesitant traditionalists, I recognize the absolute need for flexible education today.

Becoming a Medical Science Liaison: An Expert’s Guide to a Growing Profession

Medical science liaisons (MSL) play an increasingly important role in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. But the Covid-19 pandemic is changing the way MSLs engage with physicians, as well as how they break into the profession. The predominant trend for both is increasing virtualization, with a heavy reliance on online resources.

Brick-and-Mortar Institutions & Online Post-Pandemic Learning Strategies

While the initial jump into online learning following the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic outbreak in early 2020 was rushed, educators at many traditionally brick-and-mortar learning institutions responded by rapidly adapting lesson plans to swiftly move lessons online. And although distance learning pushed teachers and students to tap into different skill sets to succeed, the move was largely embraced by the public and popularized by big tech companies as new educational opportunities.

Bridging the Middle Skills Gap With Online Education

It’s part of the American Dream for new generations to achieve a higher standard of living than their parents. In practical economic terms, however, the increasingly educated labor force has presented some major issues, both from a business perspective and from an individual standpoint.

Bridging the Middle Skills Gap: Community and Technical College Initiatives

Vocational and technical training has long incorporated new developments to increase efficiency. Middle skills attained for new collar jobs will be at the forefront of discussion in 2020 and beyond. The North Carolina Community College System is a prime example of how community college initiatives bridge the middle skills gap.

Bridging the Middle Skills Gap: Intermediary and Nonprofit Initiatives

Middle skills jobs fall within industries that are considered the foundation of the American economy—yet roles in these fields are increasingly going unfilled. One significant factor is the increasing number of students entering bachelor’s degree programs as opposed to alternative options, like associate’s programs or apprenticeships.

Bridging the Middle Skills Gap: Public Workforce Initiatives

The Workforce Development Board for Central Ohio (WDBCO) operates job centers across the state that offer training, networking resources, and reskilling opportunities. Working through the Ohio Means Jobs Center of Columbus Franklin County (OMJCFC) and other agencies, WDBCO creates ever-evolving workforce solutions for job-seekers.

Calbright: What We Can Learn From the Nation’s First Online Community College

Calbright is not designed to replicate a classroom, but to incorporate the technologies available now with the ability to be adapted as it improves. What else can we learn from the college’s innovative online education model?

Can I Learn Game Design Online? Interview with Professors

We talked to professors teaching online classes in the fallout of the pandemic to find out about what learning game design online means for students’ classroom, internship, and career opportunities, as well as how they can get the most from their experiences.

Can Online Education Fix the Gender Diversity Problem in Coding?

Most people are aware of the gender gap in computer science and technology fields, with women just representing about one-fourth of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Many are also under the impression that the proportion of women in STEM is growing, slowly but surely. However, data shows this rise hasn’t been enough to make a difference in the actual gender gap in these professions.

Can Online Education Fix the Gender Diversity Problem in Engineering?

As a society, we need to continue to work on busting the myth that girls aren’t as mentally apt to math and science as boys. If you think this stereotype is behind us, just look at the data. In most countries, girls surpass boys in math. However, in the U.S., boys consistently outperform girls. This isn’t a biological difference in aptitude for mathematics and sciences—it’s a problematic cultural phenomenon.

Can Online Education Fix the Gender Diversity Problem in Finance?

Finance is still one of the most unequal sectors of the workforce with regards to gender. Women only make up 18 percent of finance professionals in the U.S., according to recent studies. This gap is much greater than science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which encompasses several traditionally male-dominated fields that are now 50 percent female.

Can Online Education Fix the Gender Diversity Problem in STEM?

Although the gender diversity problem in STEM has been well-known for some time, it’s only recently that researchers have been able to pull back and see the big picture. Using its own enrollment data, Coursera has taken the lead on how this issue affects the American economy.

Can Theater Studies Succeed Online? How Covid-19 Has Reshaped the Performing Arts

In the wake of Covid-19 and stay-at-home-orders, theater and performing arts students were among the nearly 1.1 billion learners across the globe affected by school closures, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).