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Better Together: Uniting the Classroom and the Campus Common

We recently told you about some exciting changes coming to the online experience. Beginning tomorrow, students will see the changes in action.

We’re always asking for feedback from our students, and we consistently try to incorporate that feedback into new tools for the Campus Common and Classroom.

With this in mind, we have made improvements to the Campus Common to give students greater visibility into important information from the classroom. Included in these changes is a snazzy upgrade to the classroom design.

NEW CAMPUS COMMON FEATURES:

  • We have introduced a new “Dashboard”
  • When students log in, they will see a new "My Classes" area, aimed at giving them a quick view of their current class
  • Below that, students can still Launch your classroom or enter their new "Dashboard"
  • The Dashboard provides quick insight into course grades, recent faculty and student comments and much more

NEW CLASSROOM FEATURES:

  • A sleeker, refreshed design helps unite the Classroom with the larger Campus Common

To take a tour of the changes coming tomorrow, check out our tutorial video!

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It's All Coming Together: Exciting Updates to the Online Experience

At The Argosy University, we’re dedicated to delivering an excellent online experience for our students.

As part of that commitment, beginning Thursday, August 23rd, students will see some upgrades in the Campus Common and the Online Classroom meant to simplify and improve their online experience.

So, stay tuned for more exciting details in the days ahead!

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Tips for Fighting the Big, Bad Procrastination Monster: Part Three

So far, we’ve provided you with four tips to help you stave off procrastination. Thirsty for more? Read our last three tips below!

  • Cut Down on Distractions
    There are so many things that demand your attention on a daily basis – family, friends, pets, TV, cell phone, email, Facebook, and the list goes on. It’s time to tell all of them (if only for a short time) – NO! Tell your family that you need a set amount of time alone and give them a time when you’ll be available, do work in a room that doesn’t have a television, turn your email alerts off on your computer.If what you’re working on doesn’t require Internet access, turn off your connection, turn your cell phone off (or leave only phone call rings on in case of an emergency). One by one, begin to eliminate the things that grab your attention away from your work. Focusing on the task at hand and not allowing yourself to be distracted will get your tasks finished sooner and better.
  • Identify Why You’re Putting It Off – Tackle Self Doubt
    One way to really get to the heart of your procrastination problem is to be honest with yourself. What are the reasons why you keep putting off this project? You haven’t had time? Set the schedule. You keep finding other things to do? Cut down on the distractions. These problems are easy to solve. But, oftentimes, there may be bigger issues at hand. Have you ever put off something because you weren’t sure if you could actually accomplish it or accomplish it at the quality you were hoping for? If self doubt is holding you back, just remind yourself that “The only real failure in life is the failure to try.” Just go for it! No matter what the outcome you’ll learn something from the process. If you don’t do anything, there’s nothing gained and an opportunity wasted.
  • Reward Yourself
    Once you’ve used all of these strategies to get your work done, it’s time to give yourself a nice pat on the back. You can pick out small rewards to get you through each step. For instance, give yourself a short break in between tasks but make sure to set a timer so you know when it’s time to get back to work. Or you can set up larger rewards for when you completely finish something. Pick out a really special treat – be it a decadent dessert, an extra hour of TV time, a game of cards with the family, anything to keep you motivated!
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