Since online education began in the 1990s and really took off in the 2000s, it has evolved from a rarely-used educational supplement to a viable option not only for adult learners and full-time professionals, but also for first-time students. More schools are now catering to students who cannot or prefer not to attend classes in the traditional, on-campus setting. Students can now earn a fully online degree in nearly every field of study. In an increasingly technological world, it is important for students to learn the skills necessary for not only succeeding in school, but for thriving in the digital workforce. Our company strives to be your main resource in online education, whether you’re an experienced online learner, a current student, or are considering attending college online. We provide:
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Jill Rooney, Ph.D. writes for our blog The Open Academic and teaches History at MassBay Community College. An experienced educator with expertise in curriculum design and assessment, Dr. Rooney is currently completing the manuscript for her monograph, “Everybody Get Together: The Politics of the Counterculture, 1964-1970,” which focuses on first amendment assembly rights and the public activities of the 1960s counterculture. It will be published by the University of New Mexico Press. She has also contributed to publications such as:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle Review, 2010
- Oxford University Press: African American National Biography, 2008
- The Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian Books, 2006
Dr. Rooney is also the recipient of awards honoring her research and contributions to the studies of history and education:
- Paul L. Murphy Award, the American Society for Legal History, 2005
- Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2000
- Dr. John S. Pine Dissertation Scholarship, Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society, 1999
- Dissertation Fellowship, University of New Hampshire Graduate School, 1999-2000
- Research Enhancement Award, UNH Graduate School, 1998
- Gunst-Wilcox Research Award, UNH Department of History, 1998
Her teaching experience has taught her that all students really just want one thing: To learn. And that isn’t always easy, so she’s here to help! You can connect with Dr. Rooney on Google+ and Twitter @JillRooney2.