Articles tagged with Education Trends

What is a Hybrid Course?

What is a Hybrid Course?

Hybrid courses, also known as blended classes, are common additions to college course catalogs. But what is a hybrid class? What are the benefits of enrolling in one, and how do you know if hybrid courses are right for you?  What is a hybrid course? Hybrid classes combine traditional “in-person” discussions and lectures with online coursework. Different schools have different arrangements for this division of time, but generally speaking, a hybrid class will meet face-to-face roughly 50% of the time, with the remainder held online. There is no established standard across colleges and universities, so if you are considering r ... Read More About What is a Hybrid Course?

What New College Students Should Know About EdTech

What New College Students Should Know About EdTech

As technology evolves and becomes increasingly essential within our society, the college classroom evolves as well. The integration of technology into the classroom has allowed for increasing educational possibilities. However, there are some basic concepts that new college students should know about educational technology (or edtech) to maximize their schooling experience. Be prepared It is likely that if you are a new college student, you will encounter some form of edtech in your classes. Many colleges offer a short course on educational technology; if your college does so, enroll in this class during your first term. Additionally, some l ... Read More About What New College Students Should Know About EdTech

What is a MOOC?

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a free, virtual college class available either through a university’s own website or an external website like Coursera or edX. The goal of these courses is to offer the material typically found only in college classrooms to anyone with an internet connection. While no actual college credit is typically awarded for completing one of these courses, many parent institutions provide a certificate of completion (for a fee) and a final grade to their online students. Here is some information on online education that you may find useful. With upwards of 10,000 students per class and little—i ... Read More About What is a MOOC?

How to Evaluate a School for Your Child

How to Evaluate a School for Your Child

The following piece was written by Liz Perelstein. Liz has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the Founder of School Choice International. As we anticipate the spring, you may be evaluating your child's progress during the past year and deciding what kind of school would serve your child best in the coming years. The options can be overwhelming: Public Schools Local public schools Specialized public schools Private Schools Independent schools Parochial schools Boarding schools Distance learning schools Specialized private schools (which may include: international schools, special education schools, an ... Read More About How to Evaluate a School for Your Child

Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

The Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA+, is a standardized exam with significant similarities to the ACT and the SAT. However, instead of enabling high school students to matriculate to the university of their dreams, the CLA+ will assist college students in landing a top job. The CLA+ is an evolution of the CLA, which was first established in 2002. This test delves beyond GPA, internships, and extracurricular involvement in order to better measure individuals’ real-world value to employers. It provides students with a “report card” for critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities. The exam can be taken by stud ... Read More About Everything You Need to Know About the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)