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  Still no cheap Associates anymore, right?
Posted by: jsd - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (6)

A buddy of mine with an unrelated Bachelors and Masters (in GIS) is looking to get an associates in Computer Science to boost his career change opportunities (he has professional CS experience, he's not going into it blind). 

He's asking about an associates in CS, and is not in a state where he can do this cheaply. Are there better CS specific opportunities for him to do this quickly? A WGU  bachelors is an option, but seeing as how his gen ed is done, an AA/AS in CS could just be 5 courses or so at a community college, whereas a BS at WGU is probably a lengthier process and overkill. He just needs a checkbox sort of thing.

He has tuition reimbursement for $4k/yr through his employer (but not for alt-credit). Doesn't need a Bachelors/Masters, Associates is enough to boost the resume. 

Thoughts?

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  Dine College: $55 per credit hour
Posted by: eriehiker - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (4)

I don't remember seeing this college on the forum.

Dine College is a college in Navajo-populated areas on the border of Arizona, NM, Colorado and Utah.


I have no experience with the college, but it appears to have a tuition of $55 per credit hour and a reasonable selection of online classes.

https://www.dinecollege.edu/admissions/tuition/

https://www.dinecollege.edu/admissions/course-schedule/

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  WGUs integrated physical science requirement
Posted by: dicetomato1 - 1 hour ago - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (1)

Anyone have experience satisfying this requirement for wgu? Does astronomy or geology work? Would rather not take chemistry or physics. I'm thinking astronomy dsst or study.com also chemistry shows up as non transferable for the secondary biology teachers program.

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  Equivalent transferable credits to WGU
Posted by: pingmanping - 7 hours ago - Forum: Saylor.org, Straighterline, Study.com, Ed4Credit.com, Shmoop.com, Sophia.Org Discussion - Replies (4)

Hello,

I planning to take the BS in Cybersecurty that WGU is offering. I have spoken to an enrollment counselor and I was told that I do not have to take the placement test and can directly start taking classes.

I am currently researching if I can test out of WGU's General Education Courses and maybe some of the main courses, but I am more concern about the GE courses because I know very well I am not good at these courses.

I enrolled at Straigtherline back in 2018, but found the material very lacking of information. What I mean by this is when I took some exercises, I could not verify my answers if they are correct or wrong. Plus, it is so confusing the way SL laid out their materials. Anyways, my current plan is to take CLEP or something similar exams to earn transferable credits, but I do not know where I can get training materials for the exams that I can transfer to WGU. I don't even know what specific exams I should be taking. I asked my enrollment counselor about CLEP and he simply dodged my question. My guess is because CLEP is not a WGU partner.

Here is what I currently have in regards to transferable IT certifications:
Cisco CCNA (R&S, Security, Wireless) and CCNP R&S
CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+


I found this Saylor Academy transfer pathway agreement https://partners.wgu.edu/Pages/Single.as...69&pid=78#
Also, for Straighterline https://partners.wgu.edu/Pages/Single.as...53&pid=78#

Straighterline will probably my last resort due to my experience with their provided study materials. The Saylor Academy has crazy estimated study hours and the materials are like deep dive. However, Saylor Academy I think it is more organized (compare to SL) and offers a cheap way to get credits. My plan of action is to take some SA exams but use maybe Khan Academy's AP study materials for studying.

So far this is what I think the equivalent courses and approach based on WGU BS Cybersecurity General Education:

  • English Composition I and English Composition II -CLEP College Composition exam and this should cover both I and II. Study materials from Modern States College Composition
  • Introduction to Communication - no idea
  • Technical Communication - no idea
  • Applied Algebra - For study materials, I will be using Khan Academy Algebra I & II. For the exams, Saylor Academy MA001
  • Applied Probability and Statistics - For study materials, I will be using Khan Academy Statistics & Probability. For the exams, Saylor Academy MA121
  • Integrated Physical Sciences -  For study materials, I will be using Khan Academy AP Chemistry. For the exams, Saylor Academy CHEM101
  • Ethics in Technology - no idea
  • Introduction to Geography - For study materials, I will be using Khan Academy AP Macroeconomics. For the exams, Saylor Academy ECON101
  • American Politics and the US Constitution - no idea
  • Critical Thinking and Logic - no idea

I preferred video materials because of my commute to work is an average of 60 minutes in the morning and about 1.5 hours on the way home. And if it is a video, I could listen while I get free time at work. I am not planning to take the long road. I have a full-time job (+ 2.5 hours commute) and a part-time job. I am working on my AWS certification and plan to get this AWS before 2020. I just want to get this done as fast as I can, but learn as I go.

Do the materials I put together make sense or are they even correct?
What about the courses I don't know the exams and study materials?
Do you have better study materials and exams you would recommend?


Thank you

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  Graduate/UL ENG Shakespeare+Pop Culture NDSU
Posted by: eriehiker - 7 hours ago - Forum: Graduate School Discussion - No Replies

NDSU has an online graduate course in Shakespeare+Pop Culture.  It transcripts as ENGL 2000 which means it should come over to TESU as upper level English.  The class is $375 for three graduate credits.

https://www.ndsu.edu/dce//k-12/info/17992

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  Input please
Posted by: geissingert - 9 hours ago - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - No Replies

Please help me to figure out which degree would be the fastest way for a family member to get any degree with the following classes he has taken. He would like to stick with TESU, unless you know of a less expensive degree he can get. 

Thank you


Foundations for university success 3 credits GEN
 
 
College composition   4 credits ENG
Literature & composition 3 credits ENG
Intro to speech communication 3 credit ENG
 
Intermediate Algebra 3 credit MAT
College Math ll 3 credits MAT
 
Human Nutrition 3 credits SCI
 
Gen Psych l 3 credits PSY
Gen Psych II 3 credit PSY
 
Intro to sociology 3 credits SOC
 
Critical thinking everyday life 3 credits HUM
 
Computer applications I  3 credits CSC
HTML and website development 4 credits CSC
 
Political science elective 3 credits POL
 
Fund of engineering graphics 1 credit CAD
Lab fund engineering graphics 2 credit CAD
Computer aided drafting 1 credit CAD
Lab, computer aided drafting 2 credits CAD
 
Engineering materials 3 credit CIV
Lab engineering materials 1 credit CIV
 
Manufacturing process 3 credits MFG
Lab manufacturing process 1 credit MFG
 
Business Communication 3 credits COM
 
Introduction to computer application & systems 3 credits BIS
 
Statistics for Decision Making 3 credits QNT
 
Principles of accounting l 3 credits ACC
Principles of accounting ll 3 credits ACC
Financial acct 1 4 credits ACC
 
Critical thinking and decision making 3 credits PHL
 
Ethical and Legal Topics in Business 3 credits ETH
 
Organizational Behavior for Managers 3 credits MGT
 
Intro to criminal justice 3 credits LAW
Constitutional Law 3 credits LAW
Juvenile Delinquency 3 credits LAW
Police Organization & admin 3 credits LAW
Criminal Investigation 3 credits LAW
Interpersonal Dynamics CJ Prof 3 credits LAW
Criminal Law 3 credits LAW
Rules-evidence & court Procedure 3 credit LAW
Intro to forensic Science 3 credit LAW
Spanish for CJ professionals 3 credits LAW

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  SDC annual sub pause
Posted by: saraholson - Yesterday, 10:51 PM - Forum: Saylor.org, Straighterline, Study.com, Ed4Credit.com, Shmoop.com, Sophia.Org Discussion - No Replies

Does anyone know if i can pause my study dot com membership if i am on the annual sub? i paid for the whole year but i was hoping it would do something like push my expiration date forward by a month (or however long i pause)

thanks all

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  Getting Close
Posted by: Zachcleigh - Yesterday, 10:43 PM - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (1)

I'm going for a BSBA in Accounting from TESU.  Being in the Army has set me back farther than I would like to admit over the years.
Yesterday I knocked out intermediate accounting I and principles of finance from study.com

All I have left at this point is the captsone, business law, and one more upper level accounting class (probably going to have to take the federal taxation tecep).

I feel hopeful and excited.  Even with joining the army, ranger pipeline, and a deployment, I'll still be graduating a year faster than my peers.  Here's to the final push!

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Photo Help I'm trying to help my cousin
Posted by: geissingert - Yesterday, 06:31 PM - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - No Replies

My cousins has the following classes. There are 4 attachments. He's trying to take any degree that will give him the most credits to transfer to TESU for the least amount of money.  PLEASE let me know.

Rhonda

   
   
   
   

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  Ways to Make Reading On a Computer Screen Easier On the Eyes
Posted by: pws - Yesterday, 06:12 PM - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (1)

I'm grateful for all of the help I've received here on DegreeForum, and I want to give back a little. These are some of the ways that I've found over the years, that work relatively well for reading digital content. I hope this can be of use to some. Thanks for all of the help.  Smile

Ways to Make Reading On a Computer Screen Easier On the Eyes
For most of us, reading course material is done using a computer monitor. Everyone who has had parents or has used a computer knows that a computer monitor is difficult on the eyes, having negative effects on reading, as well as for the health of our vision. This is especially the case, and further amplified, when done for long periods of time. However, since it can be difficult to avoid in many situations, there are still small number of things you can do to make reading on a computer screen easier—and a bit healthier (or at least less unhealthy)—for your eyes:

1. Change the colour temperature of your screen.
Blue light is difficult on the eyes; yellow light is softer (they are opposites on the colour temperature spectrum). Look in your monitor settings to see if you can change the colour temperature—it'll probably be displayed as a number with 'K' at the end (meaning Kelvin). There is also software to do this, such as with f.lux (which I, and many people, highly recommend). 

2. Reduce the brightness of your monitor.
This one is the most obvious, but also the most important. Reduce your monitor's brightness as much as you can, until reading starts to be a bit more difficult due to the lack of brightness. Try it out; you'll be surprised by how little brightness you need—and you might actually find it better to read at low brightness levels.

3. Decrease the brightness of your monitor, and increase the brightness in your room/office.
Although decreasing the brightness of your monitor helps, it isn't of much help if your room or office is completely dark. Light from a monitor goes straight into your pupils—this is difficult for the eyes (especially when this happens for long durations of time). However, this is especially increased when the single source of light is that intense and focused beam of coming from your monitor. 

Something most don't think about is that the light in your room also has a strong affect, in part since your eyes and pupils adjust to the level of light of your surroundings (rather than adjusting to the small and intense amount of light pointed directly at you). Open the lights, buy a small lamp, experiment with different wattages of light bulbs, as well as choose better types of lightbulbs (see next item).

4. Choose healthier types of light.
Different sources of light have different qualities to them. Although the eye can't see it, fluorescent light, which is the worst, is usually purple or green (those who do indoor photography have probably experienced a blotched half-purple picture because of these dreaded fluorescent lightbulbs). They also have a host of other issues, like flickering (again, not perceptible by the eye) and possibly negative effects on the brain (many people with brain disorders such as seizures, and conditions such as autism, ADHD, Tourette's and so on report increased symptoms due to fluorescent lightbulbs). Health-conscious people as well as stores used to encourage people to choose fluorescent lightbulbs because they lasted longer, and were 'more green' (a marketing fad, probably started by the same companies that sell the product), however, they leach mercury gas when broken, and solid mercury when disposed of—so I have no idea how saying they are 'greener' makes any sense. 

The best types of lights are incandescent, and then LED (although incandescent is still better). Experiment with different types (and wattages/intensities) of light and see what works best for you.

5. Decrease the brightness of your monitor even further by increasing contrast and sharpness.
At a certain point, lowering the brightness of your computer screen doesn't give good results, however, you can succeed in lowering it a bit more by increasing the contrast (which is the increasing of the difference—or contrast—of blacks and whites of displayed images), and also increasing the sharpness (if this is a setting that your monitor has).

6. If available, experiment with 'dark mode'.
This is a new feature that is increasingly popular as of late. It inverses the blacks and whites of the image displayed on your monitor, so text is white and the background is black. More and more software developers are adding this feature to their software—usually because of incessant demands from users. If it is available with the pieces of software or browser you are using, give it a try. It might take a bit of time to adjust to it though, since you probably aren't used to reading white text on a black background. Once you do adjust to it, however, it is markedly easier on the eyes. 

Even though it might not be a feature of most pieces of software, sometimes you can replicate dark mode by inverting colours—such as on iPads for example. Although it will invert all the colours (dark mode only inverts blacks and whites, and not reds and greens, for example), it doesn't make that much of a difference.

7. Use an e-ink device (might not be for everyone, though).
E-ink devices are devices similar to iPads, but they display image not by LCD, but with actual ink. The ink is displayed by electromagnetic signals either positively or negatively charging the ink particles in different areas of the screen. Being itself ink, its main advantage is obviously that it's soft on the eyes. 

You'll want to use an e-ink device that works well with PDF documents (speed, pinch-and-zooming, etc.). There is also the formatting you need to take into consideration, since PDF documents with large borders will result in small text on the e-reader—although there is software to crop PDF documents which mostly remedies the issue. Smaller PDF files might not be worth reading on an e-ink device, but PDF files of 20 to 100 pages or more could be worth it. The managing and transfer of files adds an extra step to the process, but once completed, it can work out well. Also take into consideration that this requires a more tech-savvy approach, which is might not work for everyone. Lastly, PDF files aren't rendered that great on some e-ink devices—Kobo devices are the best ereaders for reading books, but their PDF rendering is 10 years behind (although there are 3rd party add-ons to make it better), and I don't have much experience with Kindles (a Google search would be useful for this).

Again keep in mind this might not work out for everyone. It would work best if you don't mind learning how to crop PDF files, as well how to set up the device and manage files. Also, and again, this isn't a good option for PDF files of only a few pages, but more for PDF files (course PDFs or textbooks) of 100 pages or more.

8. Take breaks.
Not that fun to constantly hear, but true nonetheless. If you take breaks every 1.5 hours or so, it gives time for your eyes to rest (as well as the muscles that help focus your vison). After completing a degree by distance education, coupled with doing this, it can result in a net difference in regards the state of your vision.

9. Study using your computer mainly during the day, and not before bed.
Many night owls won't agree with this suggestion, but if you study mainly during the day, there is less of a need to manage lightbulbs, lamps and so on. As for being in front of a computer screen before going to bed, having experimented with this for over 10 years, it has considerable effects on your sleep. You'd be better off taking an hour or so before bed to enjoy a good and old-fashioned printed book, and then have much better sleep, to then return to your studies the next morning much better rested—with more energy, better functioning memory, better recall of learnt material, etc.

10. Take notes on paper instead of in a text editor (or print them), then study with them away from the computer.
Writing out notes by hand adds a physical component, which apparently helps for the memorization of what you are writing—however, the biggest benefit is studying your notes on paper, which I've found to be a better way to learn and memorize whatever I'm studying (although I only do this for some things).

CONCLUSION
There might be more ways to reduce eye strain from computer monitors, other than those listed above. If you find something that works, definitely use it (and maybe even share it here). However, as students obtaining credit mainly from online education—and with such large amounts of text that we need to read—it is crucial to reduce the amount of strain and harm that could result from such means of reading. There's no point in getting a degree if you arrive at the other end half blind.  Wink

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