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How to be a successful online grad student this summer

For part-time, online graduate students, “school’s out for the summer” doesn’t necessarily apply.  Many colleges and universities offer summer terms, which bridge the gap between the traditional fall and spring semesters and allow students who are working full-time the opportunity to complete their graduate programs that much sooner.Brandeis Summer 1 - Brandeis GPS Blog - Brandeis GPS online Education

At the same time, taking classes from May to July doesn’t have to put a damper on your summer travel plans. GPS courses are fully online and asynchronous, meaning that students can access their coursework from any location and timezone. Here are some tips for managing your course load even when those beach trips, weddings and music festivals beckon:

  • Plan as far in advance as you can and be realistic. Look at what you have coming up over the next 10 weeks and make note of any out-of-town travel or big events. Check your syllabus and see when your big assignments and/or final projects or exams are due. If you know you’re spending a week away or have a particularly busy weekend, plan to complete your readings or discussion posts as early on as you can. Be honest with yourself about how much time you’ll need for your coursework each week, and build a schedule that’s feasible for you.

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  • Take advantage of the technology. Grab the Brandeis app for your phone or tablet and access your classroom on the go. Most of the textbooks assigned by our instructors are also available for e-readers.
  • Don’t be afraid of disconnecting. Summer travel generally involves planes, trains and long car rides (with or without wifi). With a little advanced planning and downloading, these large blocks of travel time can be a great opportunity to catch up on your reading, write your discussion posts or work on your final project.

Good luck to everyone taking courses this summer! For more information on GPS courses or graduate programs, contact or 781-736-8787.

Education is Open for Business: A Special Event Webinar


Education is Open for Business 

RSVP here

Thursday, December 10, 12-1pm EST, via Adobe Connect

Led by Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)

This webinar is an introduction to Open Education Resources and it’s benefits for Faculty and Staff. The webinar will show what types of resources are available, how the licensing and permissions aspect of OER works, and what efforts are being done on a local, regional and federal level. 


Kevin Corcoran has been the Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) since 2011. He joined the CTDLC in 1999 and has been responsible for developing and growing the products and services offered to support eLearning initiatives. Kevin received his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A. with a specialization in Technology Management from Walden University.

The community can connect with Kevin via Twitter @kevincorcoran. 


Webinar: Non-Traditional Ways to Fund Your Tech Startup

Elizabeth Mwanga: Non-Traditional Ways to Fund Your Tech Start-up

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 12-1pm EST Webinar via Adobe Connect

According to Bloomberg, 80% of Startups fail within 18 months. However, this should NOT be a deterrent to aspiring entrepreneurs. 29% of Second, Third and up to 10th time Startup Entrepreneurs achieve success and longevity.  Paradoxically, their success rate increased with their number of past failures.

Elizabeth Mwanga, a Successful Serial Entrepreneur, will teach aspiring and current Start-up Entrepreneurs how to practically fund their Startups via non-traditional means, with a main focus on ‘Prompt Profititability’ and a zero debt ratio, through no-risk funding methods, including United States government grants, as well as United States government contracts, coupled with other savvy tips to keep Startup Entrepreneurs free and clear of debt as well as a focus on immediate profitability. References

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unnamed (1)Elizabeth Mwanga is an accomplished entrepreneur who has sold two profitable media companies and has pivoted her new endeavors to include technology companies in the fields of disruptive closed source solutions for businesses and government agencies, including cyber-security, biometrics, embedded systems in real time, robotics, sensor design, etc. Additionally, Miss Mwanga is a diabetes advocate; as a Type 1.5 diabetic, her diagnosis in 2007 inspired her to take back control of her health. Over 19 months, she lost 105 lbs. (down from 210 lbs.) and in 2014, established HCode (SAM Registered) – a boutique startup firm focused on mhealth technologies for people with chronic health conditions, specialized in sensors and nanotechnology. In September 2014, Miss Mwanga won the INNOCENTIVE “Identifying Best-in-Class Support Services for Patients with Diabetes” Ideation Challenge.

Miss Mwanga has been featured in Ebony, Woman’s Day, Redbook, MORE, and Diabetes Health Monitor Magazine (cover story). Additionally, she’s been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, a commentator on KSA2-TV Saudi Arabia, and in various online publications such as The Huffington Post and Everyday Health.

How to Register:

To register for this event, please complete this brief form by February 25th, 2015, providing your name & email address: Register Here

We will send you further log-in instructions the day of the event. If you encounter any problems registering, please email

*Note that space is limited to the first 100 registrants.

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