Dialing In: Four Ways to Use a Smartphone for an Online Education

Smartphones create the ability to do almost anything on the go, even learning. Here are four ways to use a smartphone to while pursuing an online education.

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One of the key benefits of taking online college courses is the ability to take classes and complete school work from anywhere. There are even ways a smartphone can assist a student with online coursework. Here are four ways to use a smartphone while pursuing an online education, including helpful apps, techniques, and tricks.

#1 Access Files

Gone are the days of traveling with an easily lost flash drive. Apps like Dropbox and Google Drive allow people to work on files in the cloud and access them from anywhere, including on a smartphone or mobile device. Dropbox has the capability to upload and save most types of files, while Google Drive is best used for word processing, spreadsheets, and images. With all your resources saved online, you can take advantage of the flexible nature of online college classes by accessing your work wherever you are.

#2 Stay Organized

Most people receive a flood of information throughout the day from a range of different sources, much of which is relevant to online college courses. Save time by storing necessary items ditching the rest. It’s easy to do this with an app like Evernote, which includes the ability not only to take notes but also to save web clippings, images, articles, and more with the push of a button. Searchable tags make it easy to access references and sources when it’s time to write a research paper or work on a big project.

#3 Take Advantage of Multimedia

Smartphone cameras and video make it easier than ever to add high-quality images and clips to presentations. There are apps for creating PDFs, developing virtual flashcards, and using a scientific calculator. Regardless of what someone is studying in their online college courses, a smartphone can be of educational use. Students can record and save videos and photos of their scientific fieldwork and experiments, interesting art they come across, or creative projects. Phones can also be used to find and conveniently view supplemental materials such as documentaries.

#4 Study on the Go

As smartphones get larger, the reading experience on a screen is becoming more comfortable than ever. Many online programs can be accessed from a phone, making it simple to download syllabi or access and read textbooks on a commute with a reading app like Kindle. In some cases, students can even use the phone’s browser to do relevant research while waiting in line at the bank. If online college courses offer recorded or video lectures, it’s easy to listen or watch on a smartphone anytime, anywhere. This makes it easy to multitask, a key element of online learning.

To learn more about Linfield’s online learning opportunities, check out our programs page or contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.

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Oregon Action Coalition Encourages Higher Levels of Nursing Education by Addressing Barriers

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A “Future of Nursing” report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF) in 2010 recommended transformation of the nursing education system to meet increased demands for care in an increasingly complex health system. Since that time, nursing organizations and health care stakeholders in this country have advocated for registered nurses to earn higher levels of nursing education as an important part of the solution.

The Education Work Group of the Oregon Action Coalition recently addressed some of the barriers reported by nurses who have been challenged to advance their education while working and raising their families. In a short video, five registered nurses (including two students from Linfield College) share their personal experiences with earning their RN to BSN degree. They report overcoming those barriers and even going beyond the BSN to enroll in graduate programs.

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Enrollment in RN to BSN programs increased by 69% from 2010 to 2014, yet only 49% of 38,382 total registered nurses in Oregon have a BSN or higher (Oregon Center for Nursing, 2016). To get involved in the Oregon Action Coalition Education Work Group, or to hear more about RN to BSN opportunities at Linfield College, please contact Melissa Robinson at mrobinson1@linfield.edu

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Infographic – Source: Oregon Center for Nursing, 2016

Learn more about Linfield’s regionally accredited online RN to BSN degree.

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Looking Back on it Now… Business Information Systems Degree Grads Reflect on Their Experiences

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We recently asked graduates of our Business Information Systems degree program to look back on their time with Linfield and what they wished they would have known before starting. Their responses were surprisingly similar across the board. In fact, if these graduates could share two pieces of advice to those considering an online degree, the advice would likely be “start now” and “believe in yourself.”

Alumna Abigail McPherson wishes that she would have known a long time ago “how important a degree is to your professional status.” She continues to say, “If I had pushed through and graduated years ago, I would likely be so much farther now.” Fellow alumna Janet Lodge agrees and wishes that “I could have done it sooner.”

Balancing school with work and family is a universal concern of nearly all adult students, but many find that some colleges try to make it as easy as possible. Graduate James Ellis appreciated the convenient scheduling of online classes. “Linfield allowed me to take the classes I needed in a linear fashion without having to wait for classes that are only offered every other year,” he said.

Having supportive faculty can definitely help students succeed, according to many of our alums, including James. He noted “The professors were awesome and actually cared. It was nice to see how engaged they were.”  Abigail McPherson agrees, saying that “[Department Chair] Dr. Martin Tweneboah was a brilliant teacher.  I loved all his courses, because he was thorough and the classes were relevant to the real world situations.”

According to Chris Sarrett, a Network Operations Manager for the City of Springfield, the faculty were “quite helpful and knowledgeable in their fields. Very adept at working in the online-only learning environment.”

Today’s job market is now filled with positions that require a degree and many adults choose to go back to school when they find themselves stuck. There is definitely data to support the value of degree completion. The average 4-year bachelor’s degree holder, for instance, earns nearly $1 million dollars more over the course of their lifetime than someone who holds only a high school diploma, according to a study done by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Still, many students are apprehensive about beginning their programs, especially if it has been a long time since they have been a student. Ralph Schwehr shares that “in the beginning I was hesitant, not sure if I could do it. As I saw my first few good grades on assignments, I started gaining confidence. I wish I had known that if you are willing to do the work, you can succeed.”

Ultimately, these graduates agree that the hard work and investment were worth it. “Having a degree opens doors that were not previously available, “said James Ellis, now a Senior Systems Engineer.

Abigail McPherson, an IT Supplier Specialist for Standard Insurance Company, said “I’ve gotten several promotions since I graduated and I also made my way into the IT division at work.  It’s only been two years and I’m not young anymore, but I feel like I’ve still got a lot of places I could go with my career.”  Ralph Schwehr, a Database Administrator for the State Center Community College District in Fresno, CA agrees: “There is no way I would earn what I earn today without my Linfield degree opening the doors.”

To learn more about our Business Information Systems degree, check out our program page or contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.

 

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