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Going back to college or starting college classes for the first time is a major decision. And everything from a busy lifestyle to full-time jobs to where you live play in to that decision. One solution may be online classes. The flexibility of online classes is certainly a great idea for some people, but is it right for you? Here are questions you should ask yourself to find out if online learning is indeed the right path for your goals. 

 

When I talk to innovative companies seeking a competitive advantage, I tell them there are a number of reasons for setting up shop in Ohio. I talk about access to a predictable business environment, our skilled workforce, and the scale-up opportunities that JobsOhio and our partners can facilitate for them.

OARnet is just one of several advanced research and education (R&E) networks in the United States. Alone, we are able to  provide significant services and benefits for the state of Ohio, but when we join forces with other R&E networks, we are able to do great things at a national level. One such organization that facilitates this type of collaboration is The Quilt.

If used strategically, smartphones can be a great tool to help you boost your productivity toward your educational endeavors. In fact, four apps can turn a smartphone from a disruption into a tool that boosts learning, productivity, and organization while offering opportunities for collaboration.

By opening an account through the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s (OSC) AweSim Modeling & Simulation industrial engagement program, designers and engineers could have access to one of the most powerful HPC platforms in the world. They would be able to sign in to their account, establish a secure connection with one of our three HPC systems, and use OSC resources to maximize their M&S efforts.

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) is the country’s premier P-20 state educational technology conference. This year, OETC takes place Feb. 14-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. OETC features intensive pre-conference workshops on Feb. 14, and world-renowned keynote speakers, more than 200 educational sessions, an extensive exhibit hall and interactive experiences such as makerspaces and robotics on Feb. 15-16.

 

Library-led affordable learning initiatives at institutions of higher education are gaining traction in Ohio and help the efforts of students and faculty alike. OhioLINK recently joined the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

Looking for and embracing new technologies, methodologies and innovative process is not something many small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) have time to explore. However, the OSC-AweSim team embraces every obstacle as a challenge and has worked hard to help manufacturers embrace obstacles as challenges. And it turns out, people are noticing and trying to jump on board. 

 

eStudent Services

A hurdle we have experienced at eStudent Services (eSS) has been how we can engage students to make them aware of our programs in eight seconds. With just over a half million students enrolled in higher education in Ohio, keeping that student population engaged and informed has been an impossible task, but with some help can be achieved. 

 

Dana Rogers, business relationship manager for OARnet's higher education clients, has been forging lasting relationships with her clients for 20 years. While she has a vast knowledge of content management, web development and broadband services, she also holds many hidden talents. Check out Dana's Meet the Staff profile to learn a little bit about her background and what she does away from the OH-TECH building. 

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