Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Best High-Tech Note-Taking Tools for Online Students

Taking high-quality notes is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself be successful in your courses, both online and off. While traditional methods like pen and paper still work quite well, if you’re looking for a more high-tech solution there are plenty of options available to you.

Here are a few great tools that make it easy to take, store, share, and organize notes for all of your courses.

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Hybrid Classes: Expectations vs. Reality

My name is Jason Snart.  I’m an English Professor here at COD and I teach a lot of hybrid classes.

What is a “hybrid” class?  A hybrid, or what is sometimes called a blended, class involves a combination of face-to-face, in-the-classroom learning with online learning.  At the College of DuPage instructional time is usually divided on a weekly basis.  So maybe a class that would meet from 9-9:50am on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the face-to-face version would, in the hybrid version, meet in class on Monday and Wednesday but not on Friday.  Instead, there would be an online learning component each week, probably available through our Learning Management System, Blackboard.  

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5 Research-Proven Tips for Studying More Effectively

When it comes to studying, it’s not just how much you study, but how well you do it. In fact, the better you are at studying, the less time you’ll actually have to commit to it. How can you attain pro status when it comes to studying for your online courses? Here are five tips, based on psychological research, that will help you hone your study skills and ensure you get more out of every minute you put in.

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