Take a Tour of the Online Classroom

by South University 28 July 2011

For a prospective student who has never tried their hand at learning online, one of the main questions that comes to mind is how it all works, particularly the online classroom experience.Here are some of the common question a new student may have:

  • Is the online classroom easy to use?
  • Is it interactive?
  • Will I get to know my fellow students and my instructor?
  • How do I hand in assignments

In response to these questions, South University has created a brand new Online Classroom Demo. Click on the link on the home page for more information.

Check Out the Latest Featured Events!

by South University 25 July 2011

On our Featured Events page, we showcase South University Online's latest meetings and ceremonies. Newly featured recordings include The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)'s spring 2011 induction ceremony, a National Society of College Scholars (NSCS) meeting hosted by Dr. Gary J. Hanney, and the Sigma Beta Delta spring 2011 induction ceremony. If you missed these events when they were originally held, now is the perfect time to catch up!

Your Resume in Today's Job Market

by South University 21 July 2011

It seems like there are always new rules for resumes out there, and it can be tricky to ascertain if yours will meet expectation. An article from the Wall Street Journal titled “Updating Your Resume for 2011” provides words of wisdom to help keep you relevant. Among their tips are the following:

  • Technology is Your Friend: Long gone are the days when you would print a physical copy of your resume and mail it to the company for which you’d like to work. Most people know to send their resumes electronically, but The Wall Street Journal argues that it’s also a good idea to attach the resume to an electronic profile of yourself, whether it’s a website you’ve created or your LinkedIn profile.
  • Avoid Buzz Words: In the past, words like “team player” and “results-oriented” were ideal to use in your resume. The issue now is that everyone and their brother uses these words, and their effect has been considerably diluted. In lieu of relying on cliché, focus on action words that describe what you’ve accomplished in previous roles (e.g. managed, taught, and wrote).
  • Don’t Shortchange Yourself: We’ve all heard the rule that a resume should be no longer than a page, but current guidelines are no longer as rigid, particularly if you have ten to twenty years of experience under your belt. When crafting your resume, make sure you include any job experience that would be beneficial in the position for which you’re applying, omitting any details that are not relevant.
  • Scanning Still Applies: In other words, when an employer receives countless resumes for a position, they aren’t likely to read through each one word for word. Instead, they’ll scan to ascertain if the candidate possesses the skills they’re looking for. With this in mind, it’s important to craft your resume so that it can be easily scanned by a hiring manager or recruiter.

Advantages of Online Learning: Time Management

by South University 18 July 2011

When contemplating attending college, many online students research campus-based options before exploring online. Ultimately, they have reached the conclusion that this is the most practical choice for them. In addition to offering convenience and flexibility, many have found that the online learning environment provides them with extra time to focus on other areas of their life, where campus-based learning may have put them in more of a pinch. Below are just a few of the ways online learning can give students the gift of time.

Your Classroom is Where You Are
As an online student, you don’t have to worry about driving to class every day. Whether you’re at home, at the library, or in the park enjoying the sunshine, as long as you have your computer and internet access, you have the ability to attend class. Not only that, but you won’t need to worry about spending extra money on gas, or any fares required to park on campus. You can put the money you would’ve spent on those items aside for something more important your family might need down the road.

You Have More Time to Study
Imagine that you had decided to attend school at a local campus. You probably have an idea of how much time you would spend driving to class. If it would be thirty minutes each way, for example, you can use that extra hour you’ve gained to spend more time on your coursework.

You Have More Time for Your Family
For many online students, this is the most important benefit of online learning. Your time is precious. You work forty hours a week and have many family obligations. If, when you look at your schedule for the day, the only time you have available to complete your coursework is after your kids go to bed, you have the ability to do this. You wouldn’t be likely to find many night classes at a campus-based location that begin at 10pm!

If you ever feel overwhelmed, help is never far away. Discuss your concerns with your Academic Counselor, whose contact information can be found on the home page of the Campus Common.

Feed the Geek Within - Pursue an Information Technology Degree Online

by South University 15 July 2011

When the World Wide Web took off, the information age began. Where before everyone watched the companies that known for breakthroughs in equipment design, now the companies that make the headlines are all about information. The geeks of Information Technology, who were hidden away in a back room, have become the heroes of corporate America.

Studying for an information technology degree online gives you the key to enter into this exciting, ever-changing virtual world. Of all the degree programs one can study, this is the one with the most potential; potential for breakthrough, potential for advancement and potential for developing new technologies.

Many of the newest, most exciting career fields today are in the field of information technology. Some of those professions didn’t even exist a few short years ago, when the practitioners of those professions were in college. By studying information technology, they were able to prepare themselves to be in a position to take advantage of these emerging career fields. Did they know that those fields were going to be created? Probably not; but they did see IT as a career with lots of potential.

Nobody knows what new technologies and new careers may open in the next ten years. But, for those with foresight, studying for an information technology degree online gives them the entry ticket into being part of those new fields. Even more, it gives you the skills and knowledge to enter into one of the fastest growing careers available today.

Training in information technology is a clear road to becoming part of the cutting edge. If that’s where you want to be, then sign up for your online IT degree program here at South University.