Word Crimes: Get It Write!

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 15, 2014 9:46:04 AM

word_crimes_imageTouring the Apollo-era mission control center in Houston last June, I noticed a mirror with a plaque that read: “This mirror, flown on the Aquarius, LM-7, to the moon April 11-17, 1970. Returned by a greatful Apollo 13 crew to “reflect the image” of the people in mission control who got us back!” (Emphasis added.)

A fantastic sentiment. A glaring error. Personally, I’m grateful for the spelling error.

It gave me just the ammunition I needed to persuade my editor into letting me write this post. Why? Because I’ve been meaning to wright about righting write! I mean, write about writing right!

Actually, I just wanted an excuse to share some examples of so-called word crimes I saw, heard or otherwise witnessed over the summer.

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Topics: Academic Advice

Have you seen this week's viral video? Plus, other top stories!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 12, 2014 9:31:16 AM

giant-mutant-spider-dogI wish I could sit down and spend an hour filling you in on all the news stories that you may have missed this week while you were working or completeing assignments for your online degree program.

But alas, I have one blog and four stories to get you caught up on this week's happenings.

So let's hop to it...

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Topics: online degree programs, In the News

How many of these tech mistakes have you made today?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 11, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Technology tips for online degree program studentsWhen you're taking 100% online classes, you've got a unique set of new responsibilities to deal with, most of them electronic.

As a military friendly college offering completely online degree programs, we don't want a fear of technology to stop you from pursuing your education. We're here to help! 

If you're taking online college classes, these are some of the top faux pas to avoid. You might just find that some of these tips save you a headache — or worse  on your road to graduation.

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Topics: Academic Advice

Patriot Day: A Time to Reflect, A Time to Serve

Posted by Ryan Kane

Sep 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM

patriot day, first responders, online education degreeSeptember 11 . . . 9/11 . . . Patriot Day. There are a few ways we refer to this day, both then and now, but they all evoke the same memory.

The details of that memory vary as much as the emotions we felt that day. Maybe we first saw the news on TV while sipping our morning coffee, maybe we heard it on the radio while driving to work, or maybe we were there, witnessing the tragedy firsthand.

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Topics: military

Check Out Our Upcoming Criminal Justice Elective: CJ230 Serial Killers

Posted by Charles Stiles

Sep 10, 2014 4:15:00 PM

51g3ugomgcLDid you hear the news? Using DNA evidence extracted from a shawl recovered from the scene of one of the killings, Jack the Ripper has finally been identified as Aaron Kosminski.

The stories I read still cast some doubt on the claim, calling for peer-review of the techniques involved. Even so, I can’t help but feel that after 126 years, some progress has been made.

Whether you believe the chain of evidence remained pristine enough through the years to make this identification believable or not, it does bring an interesting question to mind: “How does one identify a serial killer?”

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Topics: online degree programs

Stop trying to diagnose and fix the introverts!

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 10, 2014 10:45:00 AM

being shy, working with introverts, being a leaderHave you ever been in a situation where you went to a class, seminar, or a group meeting, and you were divided into groups for an activity?

Some thrive on this forced group dynamic while others appear (on the surface at least) to be really feel uncomfortable with the entire situation. 

If you prefer to work independently and recharge by being alone, you are most likely an introvert.

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Topics: Academic Advice

How to Master the Art and Science of Napping … Yes, Napping

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 9, 2014 4:00:00 PM

time for nap, art of napping, online college classesIf you feel exhausted, know that you're not alone: Not getting enough sleep is a public health epidemic, according the the Center for Disease Control

The CDC reports that, while the average American adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep a night, 30 percent of people get fewer than six.

A chronic lack of sleep has been linked to depression, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. I Good thing the flexibility of 100 percent online college classes allows you to catch some ZZZs when you need to and not be forced to sit in a traditional classroom!

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Protecting yourself online - don’t be the next victim of cybercrime

Posted by Kendra Eason

Sep 9, 2014 10:45:00 AM

phoenixts.com, smart computer use to prevent cybercrimeComputers are great for many things, from shopping and socializing to paying bills and earning an online degree. If you aren’t careful, however, they can also lead to big problems, including identity theft.

In fact, data breaches exposed 574 million identities from July 2013-June 2014, according to the 2014 Symantec Intelligence Report. The majority of these exposures were caused by hackers (45%) or accidental release of information (23%). Just look at Home Depot scrambling this week to run defense on their confirmed data breach

Instead of playing defense, though, start with a strong offense! Here are some tips for protecting yourself online:

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Topics: online degree programs

How much time do we waste in meetings? How can we be more effective?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 8, 2014 3:30:00 PM

online college tips for effective meetingsSo, you’re planning a meeting?  You are not alone.  Each day, individuals are tasked with bringing groups of people together to work on specific objectives.  In fact, on a daily basis, approximately 25 million people attend business meetings in the United States.

Regardless if it’s planning a virtual study group meeting for an online college class or a business meeting with colleagues, there are steps you need to take in order to conduct a successful meeting.

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Would you send your baby to an infant spa? Plus, other top stories.

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 5, 2014 10:30:00 AM

271bd010-1e9d-47fb-a691-58a525e1d7de-620x415It’s been a busy week around the world. We know that you’ve been busy, too. That’s why we think it’s important to integrate some top stories into the information you’ve been learning in your online college classes.

Take a minute and scan some trending and interesting stories that made headlines this week. 

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Topics: online degree programs, In the News

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