5 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Charles Stiles

Jan 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

martin luther king jrOn July 4, 1776, church bells rang out with a clarion call for freedom as the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted.

On January 1, 1863, in the third year of our nation's civil war, Abraham Lincoln issued his final Emancipation Proclamation.

And on January 18, 2016, we will recognize another legacy to freedom on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a man that stood up for what was right during a time when it was wildly unpopular to do so.


Topics: online degree programs, Academic Advice, current students, martin luther king

How One General Education Course Changed This Student’s Life

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Nov 3, 2015 2:45:00 PM

LisaMarie_Garden“When I signed up for Intro to Environmental Science with Sarah Powell, I had no knowledge of what the course entailed and was pretty much in the dark (albeit by choice) as to what is happening in the world today,” said Lisamarie Rykowski.

You may remember Rykowski from a blog last summer.

She’s a mom, full-time government employee and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business Management thanks to a full scholarship from Federally Employed Women (FEW).


Topics: Academic Advice

Do you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? Here's how to break the cycle!

Posted by Sarah Burgen

Oct 26, 2015 2:30:00 PM

military friendly college, college after military, imposter syndrome I earned my Master of Business Administration at Grantham in 2014, but I wanted to study something that would equip me to succeed in my new role as a student advisor trainer.

A university in the area offers a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education, and it seemed perfect.

I enrolled in my first course and spent the weeks prior to class freaking out about whether I should bring a notebook or a laptop, or if I should dress up, or what it would be like.

Adults still experience first day jitters
With my 100% online MBA, I could “go to class” in my sweats, but I felt like I needed to dress to impress if I was going to be in a classroom.

In my first four-hour class session, I felt so intimidated. This particular course was considered to be an elective, so many of the students in class with me were


Topics: Academic Advice

Top 5 Reported Cyber Scams: Which One Might Compromise Your Future?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Oct 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

iStock_000059144354_Small_1October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Like any month set aside for intentional observation, there are themes, initiatives and resources that help keep important issues top of mind

Since the advent of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 12 years ago, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has kept the theme the same: Our Shared Responsibility. 

"We live in a global, digital age where people, networks and devices are increasingly interconnected, and everyone needs to be taking steps to use the Internet safely and more securely," said Michael Kaiser, NCSA's executive director.


Topics: Academic Advice

Does hand writing versus typing notes make a difference?

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 29, 2015 2:45:00 PM

note taking, information retention, online college coursesI don’t have children, but one thing that always cracks me up is when kids these days discover something from generations past and call it “retro” or “vintage."

As digital natives, they’ve never known a world without technology.

Just last week, a friend of mine had to explain to his daughter why we say “hang up the phone.” (No one she interacted with has a landline anymore.)

But there are some things that, no matter how much technology enables our lives to be more streamlined, will always stand the test of time. Cue note taking.

When you’re completing assignments in your online college classes or in a business meeting, it may be tempting to skip note taking, but here’s a free piece of advice: Don’t.

Research, time and time again, proves the linkage between jotting down notes and retention. So, we’ve established that you should take notes but does it matter whether your handwrite them or type them?


Topics: Academic Advice

5 Missteps New Online Students are Prone to Making

Posted by Eden Lord

Sep 21, 2015 4:45:00 PM

online college classes mistakesGoing back to school can be a challenge in any situation.

It’s no secret that earning an accredited online degree offers tremendous flexibility and portability while requiring a healthy amount of self-discipline.  

As an instructor and curriculum designer, I’ve seen students from every walk of life pursue their online degrees and I’m here to share some of their missteps in the hopes that you can sidestep some of the more common ones.  

Sure, you’ll have a unique set of circumstances, but these five mistakes seem to be fairly common in the digital classroom.


Topics: Academic Advice

How much do you know about academic integrity at Grantham University?

Posted by Ryan Kane

Sep 15, 2015 2:45:00 PM

academic integrityWhile most students, including those at a 100% online University such as Grantham, are focused on pursuing their studies with academic integrity, there are bound to be a few bad apples in the lot.

As long as any school has existed with the intention of providing students an honest, quality education, there has been someone who has tried to “work the system” through misconduct, dishonesty or deception.

This is particularly true in the Internet age.

There seem to be more and more methods of cheating available to students looking for an easy, albeit unearned, way to a passing grade.

As a respected and accredited institution, Grantham has a responsibility to protect its reputation by adhering to strict rules and regulations. You might think of it as a sort of “institutional integrity” that Grantham expects to be matched by the academic integrity of its students.


Topics: Academic Advice

GU Alumni Share the Secret Sauce of Discussion Boards

Posted by Valerie Morrow

Sep 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM

iStock_000022221304_SmallI’ve taken and I’ve taught online college classes.

If you’ve ever wondered “Why do we have to do discussion board post?” you’re not alone.  

It's a question that I hear often from students. 

Hindsight being 20/20, 2014 Grantham alum Michael Baldwin thought back to when he first started his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology.


Topics: Academic Advice

For a faster email response from your instructor …

Posted by Greg Gildersleeve

Sep 3, 2015 4:00:00 PM

online college classesEmail makes taking online college classes so much easier these days. Among other things, it allows you, as a student, to reach out to instructors as soon as you have a question or concern.

You can inquire about an assignment, ask about a grade, or seek clarification on feedback with a few keystrokes.

The ease of email, however, can make users careless. Students sometimes fire off emails without putting much thought into them, leaving instructors scratching their heads as to what the student is asking and how best to respond.

You can give your instructors all the information they need to assist you in a timely fashion by following three simple steps:


Topics: Academic Advice

5 Best Apps to Help Organize Your Life

Posted by Eden Lord

Sep 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

iStock_000019780426_SmallNowadays, scheduling and planning feels like a job unto itself. Between work, school and family commitments, it’s incredibly easy to feel overwhelmed and unorganized.

Harvard reports time is our scarcest resource, and no matter how much we try to find an extra hour in the day, the sad truth is: There are only 24 of them. 

Saving time most likely one of the reasons you enrolled in an accredited online degree program in the first place!

So, how do you make the most of yours? Fear not, the app world has several opportunities to help you be organized and on time, no matter where you’re headed.

Check out these five picks and get to downloading:


Topics: Academic Advice

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