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5 Ways for U.S. Students to Compare Top European Online MBA Programs
Expert Advice - Online MBA
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst
  
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UK Online MBA
There are so many fake or poorly-conceived rankings of online MBA degrees that it is virtually impossible for consumers in the United States to get solid advice about the "best" or "top" online European MBA programs.

Get Educated profiles 350+ online MBA programs, but, alas, all are in the United States (okay, so one, Athabasca University’s distance MBA program, is in Canada). Since questions about European and UK online MBA programs are popular in our student advice forum, we’re tackling this question head-on for inquisitive U.S. citizens who crave a credible global business education without leaving home.

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Free Elearning Instructional Design eBook: 131 Tips on Graphics and Animations
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By Rachel Wang
  
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Great Elearning Instructional Design Keeps Students Engaged
We’ve all sat through presentations with great material but awful graphics and animations. (Maybe you’ve even given one!) 

Gaudy colors, obnoxious fonts and poorly laid-out illustrations can all distract students from content that deserves their time and attention. But, as an online teacher, you know how difficult it can be to strike the right balance between catchy graphics and over-the-top visual aids. 

Improving your design can be the key to getting your message across with panache. That’s where the eLearning Guild’s latest ebook, “131 Tips on Graphics and Animations for eLearning,” can help. This downloadable read features more than 100 tips on how to make your presentations more eye-catching and informative.

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Finding Balance: 4 Great Time Management Tips for New Online Instructors
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By David Handlos
  
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Beat the Clock with Time Management Tips for Online Instructors
I’ve blogged in the past about my (mis)adventures in online learning as a student...like using mobile learning appstransferring programs and study tips for traveling. This spring I was fortunate enough to join the University of Nebraska at Kearney as an online instructor. In an interesting turn of events, I began teaching online courses instead of taking them. 

Even more importantly, right before starting my inaugural semester as an online instructor, I was blessed to become a first-time father. This meant that I had to be better than ever at managing my time, or I’d miss out on seeing a lot of “first” moments with my daughter.

It wasn’t easy, but as the semester progressed, I learned four great ways to save time. These techniques helped me find balance between my job as a new online teacher and my life as a new parent.

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Employers, Community College Students Still Question Online Degree Credibility
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By Rachel Wang
  
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Online Degree Credibility Questioned by Employers and Community College Students
Traditional degrees still win out over online degrees—at least in employers’ eyes.

A new study titled “Not Yet Sold: What Employers and Community College Students Think About Online Education” revealed that employers are still skeptical about online degree quality.

The report also revealed that community college students have concerns about online learning.

The September 2013 study was released by Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on finding solutions for key issues, including higher education, energy issues, healthcare and the national debt.
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Trends in E-Learning for Community Colleges Online
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By Rachel Wang
  
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Growing Community Colleges Online See New Trends in E-Learning
Online education isn’t just expanding. It’s also getting better. 

Student enrollment is up at community colleges online, and the gap between distance learning and face-to-face student completion rates is closing, according to the latest findings from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC).

In an environment where most colleges are struggling with budget cuts and decreased funding, e-learning continues to shine as a new way to learn.

ITC, which represents nearly 400 institutions that offer distance education courses in the United States, Canada and around the world, surveys its members each year about online learning.

The most recent survey, “Trends in eLearning: Tracking the Impact of eLearning at Community Colleges,” notes that distance education enrollments grew by 6.52 percent from fall 2011 to fall 2012. This stands in contrast to overall student enrollment, which declined by 2.64 percent.

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