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MOOC: Online Learning for College Faculty


What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for “Massive Online Open Course.” You may have heard about MOOCs on the news or read about them on the Internet. Stanford University offered a MOOC last fall that had over 180,000 students. Can you imagine that? 180,000 students logging into one course! But it does take a special

4 Easy Ways to Avoid Plagiarism


The advisor for our debate team loved Abraham Lincoln. He quoted him all the time. Apparently it stuck, because in the middle of my closing argument at our final competition I unintentionally repeated one of Lincoln’s quotes, something our advisor had said a dozen times. I didn’t cite it. The other team caught it. We

Manufacturing Jobs for the 21st Century


Colorado, along with the rest of the country is experiencing a critical shortage of manufacturing workers. A recent study conducted by Boston Consulting Group concludes that there are 80,000-100,000 manufacturing jobs currently unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers. 60 Minutes recently ran this story on the labor shortage. A Lot of Good Jobs

Online Courses: Are They Right for You?


If you work full time, have a busy family life, or simply don’t have reliable transportation, taking your college courses online can sound like an appealing option. In fact, FRCC has one of the most extensive and comprehensive online programs of any community college. However, before you decide to turn your computer into a classroom,

Being on the Front Line Fighting Wildfires


This summer was a tragic learning experience for many communities in Colorado as several wildfires burned land, homes and history. I experienced the fires in my first season as a wildland firefighter, and let me start by saying this is one of the most rewarding jobs I had ever encountered. I was excited and ready

Preparing for Colorado School of Mines


Mengyuan Yu is no stranger to hard work. In 2008, Mengyuan moved across the globe from China to the United States, a country she knew only from books and television. “It was so different than the culture I had known my whole life,” Mengyuan admits. ESL Classes to Learn English Weeks after arriving, she started

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