Dump the bad science, and research reputable sources

English: Some of the basic elements of the sci...

English: Some of the basic elements of the scientific method, arranged in a cycle to emphasize that it is an iterative process.

There’s so much information out there, how do you know what to believe? On the Internet, anyone can say anything about any subject. So consulting reputable sources is the best course of action when you’re conducting research for a science project or paper. First, learn to spot the difference between real science and “bad” science before citing Internet sources. Then look to science books, recent science articles from major magazines or websites or a science journal from a government agency for your information.

The scientific method: observation and experimentation

There’s a saying that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth. Propaganda experts exploit this failing in human nature to their advantage. Read more

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) the future of higher education?

The winds of change are blowing—this time in the hallowed halls of higher education. As it has done with so much of our daily lives, the Internet is making inroads into academia with the growing use of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. While the debate is still ongoing as to whether this developing form of teaching will change the future of higher education in the long run, the surge in MOOCs is creating the potential to offer much broader channels of learning for anyone with an Internet connection. Read more

Arts Education: Why the new $100,000 NEA grant to develop an educational video game is making waves

With the help of the federal government, the idea that video games are mindless fodder for teenage boys is being challenged. Since the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federally-run organization that supports arts education, announced recently that it would be giving $100,000 to develop an educational video game centering on a black female alien superhero, a new conversation has opened up that is making waves over what constitutes art in the context of public tax dollar support. Read more

Grading on a curve: The pros and cons of the curved grading system

Probability curve of student grades

Probability curve of student grades

Professors who grade on a curve can be a blessing and a curse for college students. Depending on how well you perform in a class, a curve can mean passing a course you otherwise would have failed. However, if you did particularly well in a course, you may feel cheated if the instructor decided to grade on a curve and pass students who failed to study or do the work. If you’re a little confused about what grading on curve could mean for your grades, read on and see how to prepare yourself! Read more

Top tips for academic success: 7 habits of highly successful students

Ever wonder how some of your classmates make academic success look so darn easy? Wish you could pick their brain without actually having to confess you don’t have all the answers yourself? We all know that achieving any goal worth having is going to take persistence and passion. So, take a look at our latest list of the top 7 habits of highly successful students and see just what you can do to get yourself started down the right path for the new year! Read more

Good college study habits — Learn more with these helpful tips

Maybe high school was a breeze for you, maybe it wasn’t. Whether you hit the books every waking moment or never saw the inside of the library, it is a whole different ball game compared to college and odds are you picked up some bad study habits. Ditch those bad habits in the new school year and get on the right track for college with these helpful tips for good college study habits! Read more

A first look at communication theory and journalism reference sites

A first look at communication theory or a topic such as journalism is just the beginning when doing research. The next step is to narrow your choice of topic to an area of focus. Reference sites on the Web will help you to review the many possibilities for your research and then delve deep into the subject you choose. Read more