Effectiveness of Online College Courses [Infographic]

January 24, 2015 |  by  |  Education, Tech  |  2 Comments
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Each year, more and more college students enroll in online classes as opposed to traditional classroom-based courses. With this significant increase, many misconceptions and biases have emerged questioning the merit and efficiency of web-based university classes. Arguments claiming online college students “aren’t smart enough for a traditional education,” or “are too lazy to go to real college,” have cast a false stigma over the effectiveness and credibility of online college courses.

Not only do online classes offer students a more cost-efficient, flexible alternative to earning college credits, recent studies have found that students enrolled in online courses learn material just as efficiently, if not better, than those enrolled in traditional classes. After MIT physics professor David Pritchard conducted a study with his online MITx physics course, he found “the amount learned [online] was somewhat greater than in the traditional lecture-based course” [MIT News]. Additionally, today’s infographic shows the average online student usually falls within the 59th percentile of his peers – based off test-taking performance – as opposed to the average traditional student, who falls at the 50th.

Furthermore, the independent thinking required of online students further demonstrates the value and effectiveness of web-based courses. Online classes force students to teach and hold themselves accountable for the material covered, significantly more so than lecture-based classes. Plus, most employers want to hire candidates who exhibit confidence that they can teach themselves how to succeed in a new environment, not someone who sits in a chair and nods, and listens to whatever comes out of their mouth. For more info on the effectiveness of online college courses, check out today’s infographic.

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The Most Popular Horse Racing Event In The World: The Cheltenham Gold Cup [infographic]

January 23, 2015 |  by  |  Animals, Entertainment  |  No Comments
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Why humanity has enjoyed watching things race around in circles for hundreds of years, I cannot explain. I myself have been to horse races, dog races, car races and potato-sack races, and they’re all a ton of fun. I must say horse racing is one event that thrives on the gamble. The amount of money put on the table during these races is astounding. Every little factor is taken into consideration for veteran gamers. The breed, the trainer, the age, the jockey and most importantly, the odds. Last year, Lord Windermere was the first double-figured odds winner in the past decade. That horse was fighting against 20 to 1 odds. The payout for his win must have made some very lucky people a pretty penny.

We even have horse racing in Texas. Although gambling is illegal aside from a few racing stadiums, there are plenty of little ‘house’ bars where we can still get in on the action. These bars take no cut from the gamers, therefore leaving them in the clear legally. My brother and I love to go drop $50 every couple months and bet on the races. I’m not going to lie, we usually stick to the dog races. They’re more unpredictable and as beginner gamblers, we feel like we have more of a chance at winning big.

Check out your local races; you don’t need to be a gambler to have fun. The power behind these animals is astounding. Go see for yourself. [Cheltenham Gold Cup Infographic]

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The Hair of Men: What Hairstyle is Best for You [infographic]

January 22, 2015 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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The barber was my dreaded enemy as a child. For some reason I thought I looked incredibly stupid with short hair. It didn’t help that my only hair style for the first 10 years of my life was a buzz-cut. It also was mightily convenient for my parents that my next door neighbor was a barber. Pouting in the kitchen, wearing a plastic bag over my body, with more scattered across the tile to catch the falling fur.

Once I reached middle school, my dad told me one thing I had to respect. He said, “I can tell you to brush your teeth, take a bath, do your homework and listen to your mother, but I won’t ever tell you how to do your hair.” As my father grew up, he also didn’t have rules for his hair; it was past his shoulders when he was a teenager. Unfortunately, I didn’t get his straight hair gene passed on to me. When I grow my hair out past a few inches, it starts to try for a half-assed fro. It’s also almost completely untamable.

I’ve wanted to grow out my hair. I feel like if I gave it a year, my golden locks would actually weigh itself down enough to look pretty good, but the 12 plus months of horrible hair just isn’t worth it. I stick to a two on the sides and a inch on top. It’s easy and clean. What do you do? [via]

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The 9-Step Cheat Sheet For Becoming a Public Speaking Expert [infographic]

January 21, 2015 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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The skin goes pale, the hands start shaking, sweat beads on my forehead and my mind runs at 100 miles per hour. It has awfully similar traits to the flu, yet the cure is in the instant I stepped away from the podium. The weight is lifted, and a tingly feeling rushes through my body, relinquishing my taught muscles and flush face. I then walk back to my seat. When I glance around the room, I notice no one is staring; no one is laughing. My performance had been forgotten, and the next speaker starts their own battle with the demon of public speaking.

In grade school, I remember feeling physically sick before being called upon in class to give a two minute presentation. Most of us do back then. I first started to get better at public speaking by thinking about the feeling after. I would think, in 5 minutes I have a huge daunting task in front of me, but no matter how it goes, no matter if I flop on the entire speech, in 10 minutes I’ll be back in my seat and it will all be over.

That tactic has helped me enormously, coupled with years of classes from college and the like, public speaking has become something different than as a kid. I’m still scared, I still shake, but I know that when I’m up there, I have a point to get across and an audience to entertain. I can’t let them down, so I give them a good show, and you know what? I like it. [via]

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Modern Ways to Job Search [infographic]

January 20, 2015 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Are you in the market for a new job? Do you check out career opportunities elsewhere? If you’re thinking about doing a job search, first check your social media presence. Recruiters are using social networking sites to check on potential employees. Sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other sites are routinely checked by potential employers. This infographics shows some the steps you can take to improve your profile.

One of the steps given is to create a personal branding on social media sites. This entails posting pictures, comments and opinions that will show you in a good light. Another step is to follow recruiters on Twitter. Especially the ones that are in your specific industry or position. Next is to use your smartphone and download job-seeking apps. We all carry our phone everywhere and can check any updates anywhere.

Searching for a new job is never easy. It takes time and effort to craft a resume, a cover letter, interview skills, and now a social media presence. It is really easy to post inappropriate pictures, bad-mouth a boss, or criticize anyone. Yet employers review what is posted and make decisions. Remember to be careful on what you post and good luck in your job search.

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