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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.

Online Learning Best Practices: 5 Great Resources for the COVID-19 Lockdown

Rapidly transitioning from traditional classroom-based teaching and learning to online learning mid-semester can be a difficult and stressful process. Discover some best practices and resources to help you get started, and to smooth the transition to online.

Online Learning: Disrupting the General Education Requirement

COVID-19 continues to emerge in pockets across the country as the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, and students of all ages find themselves thrust into online learning. As such, in-person coursework for college students has been deemphasized for the indefinite future. Enter outlier.org, a startup delivering courses to help students meet general education requirements online.

Online Resources to Prepare Students for Study Abroad

As vaccines roll out globally, higher education institutions are making plans to get students back into study abroad programs. Some students daydream about rattling off phrases flawlessly in another language or doing research at a field station deep in the middle of the rainforest. But even before getting on the plane, there are a lot of things students need to know to make the most of an educational experience in another country.

Preparing for a Lucrative Career: Online STEM Education

Many traditional universities have created online versions of their STEM programs, enabling interested students to learn at their own speed, with some flexibility of schedule. View a list of STEM careers with positive employment outlooks and examples of online programs training professionals to meet the forecast demand.

Privacy Concerns in the Age of Expanding Online Education

A robust federal privacy legislation should be a floor, not a ceiling. The U.S. is one of the only democracies—and the only member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—without a federal data protection agency.

Reimagining Girls’ Education: Ways to Keep Girls Learning in Humanitarian Emergency Situations

In August 2021, the Taliban took the capital of Afghanistan, and with it many opportunities for girls’ and women’s education. Over three months later, Afghan girls are still stuck at home, waiting for the Taliban plan to re-enter schools, while boys have since been allowed to return to their classes.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: Apprenticeships

Companies are rethinking their approaches to apprenticeships for tech fields. Find out how some of these innovative educational models are being built.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: Coding Boot Camps

Learn about how coding boot camps operate, what they teach, and why the demand for software developers will continue to grow.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: Employer-Led Approaches to Closing the Skills Gap

The rapid evolution of work due to technology, innovation, and globalization has had profound effects on the labor market, but educational systems have not been able to keep up. As a result, many young professionals feel ill-equipped to enter the workforce.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: New Collar Jobs

By 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be two million vacant American tech positions. Given the rapid advancement of technology in the workplace, jobs will require an even more diverse mix of traditional skills and computer proficiency.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: Public-Private Partnerships

The growing interest in public-private partnerships has been encouraged, in part, by governmental policies being put into effect. These are policies that propel reskilling and new collar job initiatives, and help prepare high school students for immersion in the new collar economy

Reskilling for Tomorrow: The Nonprofit Per Scholas Partners with Tech Companies

Learn about the innovative training nonprofit Per Scholas and how they support reskilling efforts in the American tech industry.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: The Reskilling Gender Gap

Women make up only 13 percent of engineers in the U.S. One of the few areas in STEM that they do outnumber men is in mathematics. But the average total earning potential of a statistician, math teacher, or professor is closer to the starting salary of a civil or mechanical engineer. This pattern is not confined within healthcare and STEM. It’s also observable in professions like sales, real estate, administration, and management, among others.

Reskilling for Tomorrow: Who Should Pay for Workers to Upskill?

Learn about trends in employer-led upskilling, reskilling, and how the face of the job market has changed with technology.

Social Media Dos and Don’ts for College Students

Social media activity can impact the lives of college students with short- and long-term effects; online personas affect not only a person’s immediate circumstances, but also one’s future ability to secure a mortgage or job.

Socially Connected Professors on Twitter

Platforms like Twitter allow users to communicate with others beyond their direct connections. This sort of access allows even the most underserved student to connect with professors from schools like MIT and Harvard. This article explores the top twenty-three socially connected professors on Twitter.

Staying Competitive: How to Upgrade Your Employability Online

There are myriad professional training and certification courses available online, many for free. Professional certification can be one of the most effective ways to improve your employability and ensure career growth in the long-term.

Strategy Guide: A Playbook for Online Student Success

During the past two decades, online education has democratized access to learning, specifically with respect to geography and time. By illustration, a farmer in the American heartland may be hundreds of miles from the nearest university, but she can still enroll in an MBA program; or a nurse may have a demanding work schedule at a local clinic, but he can simultaneously pursue his graduate degree in nursing at an institution located six states away.

Student Guide to Phishing Attacks

Hackers and scammers use a continually evolving set of tools to break through computer security. One of the primary modes to get access is phishing, or sending fake emails from speciously reputable companies in hopes of gaining access to credit card numbers, bank accounts, or other sensitive information. This guide helps students identify and respond to phishing attacks.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Degree Programs

The challenges for online students are well documented. We do not talk enough about the strengths that online students bring to the classroom. Recognizing the experience and passion that adult learners bring to the classroom is fundamental to supporting students.

The Biggest Higher Ed Story of the Decade: How Online Degrees at Scale Will Transform Education

We spoke with professors that are also experts in the design and rollout of scaled online degrees to learn more about the development of online degrees at scale and what they could mean for students.

The Chinese-American EdTech Space Race: Who is Best Set to Win Global Education Markets?

With recent TikTok and WeChat drama highlighting business competition between U.S. and Chinese tech companies, the same trend may be on the horizon for edtech products. Find out what players are best set up to succeed in education markets worldwide.

The Digital Equity Initiative: Bridging Washington’s Educational Divide With Expanded Access

The novel coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the digital divide impeding online educational access and support for many students from low-income families as schools moved the majority of their operations online in efforts to stem the spread of the virus.

The Future Online Classroom: Augmented & Virtual Reality

As virtual reality began to dip its toe into the mainstream, the first obvious use case for immersive technology was gaming. However, the education industry would soon benefit from VR as well.

The Measurable Impacts of Covid on Education

Preliminary data quantifies the impact of Covid-19 on higher education and students, providing insight into the tumultuous period’s impact on the education sector. OnlineEducation.com spoke with an expert who has studied the impact of Covid-19 on education to gain his insight on the pandemic’s evolving challenges for students and higher education.