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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Austin Peay ‘Degree Compass’ gets International Acclaim

By Wes Swietek

An innovative program at Austin Peay State University is gaining international acclaim for helping students stay the course toward graduation. The Clarksville university’s “Degree Compass” is a student success system that provides students with personalized course recommendations based on their academic records. Degree Compass was launched in the Spring of 2011. All of the approximately 10,500 Austin Peay students have access to this tool through the university’s online portal (AP OneStop) or via the Peay Mobile mobile app, according to Bill Persinger, executive director for Public Relations and Marketing. The Degree Compass program became...

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Educating at high-speed through GIS

By CTN Staff

From Ashley Hitt: September is Education Month at Connected Tennessee and Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to enhance knowledge and broadband connectivity in schools. Part of a growing trend in education at all levels is an increase in teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to students to provide a better understanding of the world around them. With nearly two out of three jobs requiring at least some college education by 2018, advances in technology and geospatial analysis will continue to accelerate; educators...

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Nearly 1.6 million Tennesseans Go Online to Access E-learning Applications

By CTN Staff

From Dev Joshi and Travis Lane, Research Analysts: Academic success is fundamental to Tennessee’s ability to compete in a knowledge-based global economy. According to Governor Bill Haslam, “Tennessee’s best long-term job growth strategy is to improve the education we offer Tennesseans and ensure they are prepared to compete in the 21st Century workforce.” According to Connected Tennessee’s 2011 Residential Technology Assessment, 41% of Tennessee Internet users (or nearly 1.6 million adults) take online classes or use the Internet to conduct research for schoolwork. These online educational tools, commonly referred to as e-learning, are...

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September is Education Month at Connected Nation!

By Dev Joshi

By 2018, nearly two out of three jobs will require at least some college education. Online classes are helping address this need by empowering millions of adults to further their educations. Connected Nation’s 2011 Residential Technology Assessments found that more than two out of five adult Internet users (44%) go online to take classes or conduct research for school (known as “e-learning”). If this number is extrapolated to the entire country, this translates to more than 84 million adults that access the Internet for e-learning. In addition, e-learners tend to be younger, have higher annual household incomes, and are more...

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