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How Do You Want to Drive Your Education? Increasing Student Engagement in Online Courses

How do you want to drive your education — in the slow lane doing 20 mph or in a sports car cruising in the passing lane? This is essentially what Penn State President Barron said when he addressed the Board of Trustees for the first time last year, and one of his key points was…

How I Became a Penn Stater through Student Engagement Opportunities

Annah Jensen is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State World Campus. Annah takes one class per semester to help keep her workload more manageable. She lives in Bradenton, Florida, and works full-time as a receiving office supervisor for a privately owned environmental laboratory. Here’s Annah’s story of how she strengthened her Penn…

The Qualities of Great Leaders

Mike Giorgione is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and founder of LeadingLeaders. He shared some thoughts about leadership as part of the Alumni Expert Series presented by the Penn State Alumni Association, World Campus Alumni Society, World Campus Blue & White Society, and Alumni Career Services Office.         In thinking about…

How to Navigate Courses if You Have a Disability: JooYoung Seo’s Student Perspective

I’m Sonya Woods, an accessibility consultant for Penn State’s World Campus Learning Design. Part of my job is working with instructional designers and instructional production specialists to help them design course content that works well for students with disabilities, including blindness. Since I work with design staff and our students are at a distance, I…

How Many Hours of Sleep Do You Need to Study Effectively?

Ever wonder how many hours of sleep you need to perform at your best? The deep stages of sleep — NREM and REM — are important for cognitive abilities such as memory and problem solving.  And magnesium — a vital mineral we need in our bodies — may improve overall sleep quality, as well as brain performance, memory,…