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As we head toward Valentine’s Day, the topic of love seems to be on everyone’s minds. Candy hearts, loads of chocolate, and other romantic gestures are all around us, and love is most certainly in the air. But, have you ever wondered what makes us fall in love with a potential suitor?
Many students feel anxious about taking a math course online, yet most who finish leave the course feeling more confident in their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills. There are several advantages to taking a math course online that, if highlighted right away, can put students’ minds at ease.
For many people, the holidays mean family, parties, celebrations, children's programs, and all-around good cheer. But for many others it is a time that triggers the blues. Faculty member Nancy Johnson shares her story with the hope that it may help others who share these feelings.
You may have heard of open educational resources (or OERs), but what are they really? Kerrie Houchens, Department Chair of Open College, explains what OERs are, and what they can do for educators, students and learners at Kaplan University.
By participating in activities like the literary journal and festival, faculty bring their excitement to the classroom, and excitement in a classroom, more often than not, yields inspiration in students about writing whether its writing for a composition or science class.
Tips for more effective learning when taking an online math course.
You may have heard such terms as "prior learning assessment" or "experiential learning," but what do these terms really mean? Kerrie Houchens, Department Chair of Open College, explains the differences between the two and what can they do for students who are enrolled at Kaplan University.
Teaching and empowering students with the ability to effectively paraphrase can reduce the reasons students, consciously or unconsciously, plagiarize.
When the average person hears the words “air pollution,” images of smokestacks, smog, and even vehicle exhaust fill their minds. However, one of the most common forms of air pollution is right in your own home.
Each year on March 14, the world celebrates Pi Day.
From the first announcement of Dolly’s birth, this impressive genetic feat has been the fuel for many dialogues throughout our society.
Seeking (and locating!) the Christmas spirit, and rekindling a faith in humanity, even if only for a brief period, may be the best holiday gift.
A little over one year ago, the Kaplan University Composition Department began its foray into what Twitter aficionados dub the Twittersphere. One thousand one hundred and nineteen tweets and three hundred ninety-seven followers later, we take stock of where we’ve been, what we’re doing, and where we’re heading.
Since so many students at Kaplan University are returning to school after a number of years, it’s not uncommon to hear students mention that they are learning the same thing in their math course at Kaplan University that their children are learning in their math class at school. Although the situation may seem a bit awkward a first, there are benefits to be gained for both the Kaplan University students (parents) and their children.
Ever since the National Science Foundation coined the acronym STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), its future has looked very bright. Yet, there is still a sense of urgency in the United States to enhance education in STEM fields due to its potential to provide future economic prosperity and stability.
Children that entered kindergarten in the fall of 2013 will graduate from high school in 2026. These children, and many others around their age, will someday take over the reigns as ambassadors of our Earth. Are they up for the challenge?
When Earth Day began in 1970, the goal was to implement changes in policy and action to protect the planet. We wanted to understand how human activities impacted water, air, and land, and how we can alter our actions to make a cleaner environment.
“The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class–it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity.” This assessment, published in Anna Julia Cooper’s 1892 A Voice from the South, emphasizes a point that many twenty-first century Americans take for granted; however, it is a the subject of discourse from both Cooper and her contemporary, Ida Wells-Barnett.
In 2005, I completed my Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. One of the courses in my degree program was the History of Number Theory. It was a fascinating course which thoroughly (and pleasantly) surprised me because I had never been a huge fan of number theory, and I especially disliked history courses. That experience taught me that you never know when/where you will learn new and interesting things.
As we all move through the various journeys in life we are meant to take, there is but one constant: change. Nothing ever stays the same, and while some may be fearful or hesitant of change, change can bring many new opportunities. One such example of change bringing opportunity happened in the School of General Education.
When we set ourselves the task of teaching or learning in general education, we accept the challenge of creating, either in our students or ourselves, a deepened sense of how our society works, how it has developed, where it seems to have taken right or wrong turns, and the challenges we currently face. With equal attention we work to develop a richer, more meaningful sense of what it means to be human.
Going ‘green’ is not only better for you and the planet, but it could put some extra green in your wallet as well. While there are a number of ways to save money through increased efficiency, it takes time before the savings become apparent in your monthly budget. However, the following tips will provide you with immediate green in both your wallet and life.
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