50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees for 2015

UNE named to '50 Most Affordable Online Master's Degree' list

UNE’s Online College of Graduate and Professional Studies continues to shine with its latest appearance on a list of the 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees, released by Best Masters Programs. Best Masters Programs is an online guide offering reviews and rankings of top online master’s degree programs. According to Best Masters Programs, the universities and colleges…

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February 23, 2015 |
Illustration of a man collecting coins as he goes up ladders to signify gamification

Gamification - An Implementation of Immersive Role Playing

Former colleagues of mine, Robert Prince and Owen Guthrie of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, developed a journalism course wherein the professor constructed the lesson plan to mimic the internal organization of a struggling newspaper. The students in the course were new hires looking to climb the professional ladder he’d constructed for them, from intern all the way up to…

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February 19, 2015 |
Forbes Magazine Top Colleges 2014

UNE named to Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges for 2014

The University of New England has been named to Forbes‘ list of America’s Top Colleges for 2014, a list that Forbes says is based on “output” and “return on investment.” Forbes‘ acknowledgment of the value of a University of New England degree follows similar recognition by Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability, which recently ranked UNE second…

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February 17, 2015 |
International Social Work in the Carribean

A New Paradigm: An Integration of Online Social Work and International Trav

We will be shifting gears today a bit, and will feature an article authored by Leslie Yaffa and Amy Storch on the Social Work in the Caribbean course and their experiences in Jamaica with a cohort of online students who came together for the first time. http://www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer/waoe/yaffal.pdf If any of you would like to share your recent publications, shoot us…

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February 12, 2015 |
UNE classes with no admissions

Skip the admissions process with these online courses

When do you NOT need to go through admissions? UNE Online’s Science Prerequisites for Health Professions classes are our exception to the admissions process rule. They do not require an admissions process at all. Simply log in, register for the class, pay, and begin on the first or third Wednesday of the month.  All of our classes are instructor-led, high-quality courses. They are…

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February 10, 2015 |
U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Universities North 2015

UNE named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 "America's Best Colleges"

The University of New England is included among the “Best Universities” in the North that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” listing. UNE rose 15 spots in the top tier of this category and is now ranked higher than it has ever been previously. “UNE continues…

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February 10, 2015 |
Bartle Test

Gamification: The Bartle Test

In academia, “Gamification” is the (lately hyped) practice of applying game design to instructional design. The basic idea behind it is that well designed games motivate players to spend inordinate amounts of time learning the system of the game and boatloads of extra lives and respawns trying to beat/win/“game” the game. If one were to effectively align the artificial system…

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February 5, 2015 |
Facebook

Get more out of your online education with... Facebook?

Because we feel Facebook doesn’t have *quite* enough content – we’ve created a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/UNE.Online But to be serious, there’s a lot to be gained from joining us on Facebook. The potential benefits of Facebook for students are not only limited to academic development, but also personal, social and career development. Online social networks allow you to interact with…

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January 29, 2015 |
Timeline of construction of Eifel

Timelines as Creative and Attractive Projects

We are all very familiar with the basic presentation tools and formats. Oftentimes, projects are envisioned as white papers, an  MS PowerPoint presentation, or an alternative, such as Prezi or Keynote, and a website project. Recently, we have been adding YouTube videos as either oral testimonials, “sales pitch” presentations for grants, or weekly video check-ins. Sometimes the reasons behind these are…

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January 22, 2015 |
icloud

Types of Cloud Storage Tools Pt. 2

(This is Part 2 of a 2-part survey of the various cloud storage tools you can utilize in the classroom. For Part 1, looking at Dropbox, Box and Copy, click here.) Some cloud storage tools have evolved beyond offering storage on their own. The advantage of using the same tool to create your media as you use to store it…

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January 13, 2015 |
Affordable Colleges Online High ROI

'Affordable Colleges Online' ranks UNE for student ROI

University of New England graduates enjoy one of the greatest lifetime returns on investment in Maine, according to Affordable Colleges Online, a website reporting on higher education affordability. The website ranked UNE second in student ROI (return on investment) among 43 public and private colleges and universities in Maine, including four-year, degree-granting, fully accredited non-profit institutions. Return on investment: ROI…

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January 10, 2015 |
Box Logo

Dropbox or ...?

Types of Cloud Storage Services – 3 and 3 – Part 1 (In Part 2, I’ll return to talk about Drive, OneDrive and iCloud) Box, Copy and Dropbox This group of cloud services is simpler than the group I will cover in this two-part series, “Types of Cloud Storage Services.” Box, Copy and Dropbox provide some ancillary services, but their focus is…

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December 18, 2014 |
canoe line drawing

Interactive Stories

We have already talked about writing, let’s talk about writing interactive stories. In online courses, writing is often the predominant activity. It’s not just styles, grammar, and perfect APA citations that matter, of course. There are lots of skills that students must demonstrate when writing academic papers. What we don’t include as much is this dimension of interacting with writing…

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December 11, 2014 |
Blackboard Features

Look at all these Writing Tools in Blackboard

One of Blackboard’s strengths is the variety of tools it has that allow students to express themselves in writing. I’ve divided these tools into two camps, Individual and Social. Tools in the Individual camp are designed for writing projects that only the student and the teacher see; tools in the Social camp are designed to engage the class as a…

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November 20, 2014 |
Jordan Ehni, MPH Graduate of University of New England

Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Ehni, MPH – Public Health Program

I found the MPH program at UNE to be well designed for working professionals. I was able to keep my full-time position as a housing inspector while completing the program. I also greatly enjoyed my practical experience at the Maine CDC, which provided me with a new public health skill set that I will utilize in the future. Some Background…

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November 11, 2014 |
Francesca McCaffrey, DO, MPH

Alumni Spotlight: Francesca McCaffrey, DO, MPH – Public Health

I grew up in the Adirondacks of New York, in a small town with a big community. I did my undergraduate training at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where I finally realized my passion for health and medicine. I moved to Maine in 2010 and began my medical training that fall. In my second year of medical school, I decided…

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November 10, 2014 |
global navigation

Customizing your preferences for course notifications settings

With the recent developments, it looks like we are now able to set up email alerts for the events in your course that you want to keep track of. The switch happened to be turned on on Tuesday without a warning and your inbox may have been affected: all of a sudden, instructors and teaching assistants started receiving alerts from…

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November 5, 2014 |
monosnap window

Monosnap and Skitch - Screenshot Palimpsests

You know the word palimpsest? It is one of my favorites. It refers to a document on which more recent writing appears over older writing. The intent of such writing isn’t defined by the term itself–sometimes the newer writing is meant to deface the older writing (as with graffiti), sometimes to supplement it (as with JJ Abrams’ new book) but many…

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November 3, 2014 |
Kristen Provencher, MPH

Alumni Spotlight: Kristen Provencher, MPH – Public Health Program

The Public Health major at UNE presented me with a life changing opportunity during the summer of 2012. I traveled to Ghana, West Africa with about 20 people from the UNE community and beyond. We set up a health clinic and served over 100 people in and around the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi. The trip inspired a strong…

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November 3, 2014 |
feedback

The Craft of Good Feedback

Contributing good feedback is a craft, and like any craft it is simultaneously distinct from and defined by the tools we use to practice it. Quality feedback can go through any communicative medium—text message; youtube comments section; a waxed string strung tautly between two paper cups—because the properties of good quality feedback are universal… Good feedback is honest Good feedback…

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October 24, 2014 |
word cloud

Why Use Word Clouds?

Word Clouds You may be quite familiar with word clouds (by Wordle or Tagxedo, although lots more options also exist: thing 1 and thing 2). A whole bunch of text is popped into a word cloud engine and then – boom! – you only get a handful of words (you control the number) which are usually the most frequently used…

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October 16, 2014 |
spell check icon

How do I check spelling in Outlook Web Access?

Spell checking is available in Internet Explorer 10 and later versions, and current versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Check the options for your web browser to learn more about how to use it to check spelling. To learn more about the browsers that are compatible with Outlook Web App, see Supported browsers for Outlook Web App. Spell check in…

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October 2, 2014 |
iPad and teapot

Tips and Practices for Creating Effective Online Learning Experiences

If you have an hour, you will enjoy spending it going through this BB/QMa Conrad presentation on Tips and Best Practices to Create Effective Online Learning Experiences. It’s straightforward and clean, and addresses the following concepts: The Instructional Design Process (Formulate Objectives/Competencies>>Develop Assessment>>Specify Content and Strategies>>Choose Tools) tips on dealing with each the 21st Century Learner skills 10 Core Learning Principles Guiding…

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September 25, 2014 |
Oranges

Another Safe Source of High Quality Copyright-Free Images

It’s amazing how generous people can be with their creations! Pixabay is a website that hosts and allows you to download high-quality copyright-fee images that you can use and reuse any way you want! They don’t even require attribution, although that is always nice to mention. If your students are creating web pages or any other publishable materials, they may…

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September 18, 2014 |