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Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Teacher’s Words Resonate through a Lifetime

Posted on Friday August 31, 2012

Education Week contributor Marilyn Rhames, children’s book author, Patricia Polacco, and I have something in common: We were each inspired to become a writer because of what a teacher said. Although our stories derive from childhood, educators at all levels must keep in mind that the words we speak to our students may resonate throughout [...]

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When Pop Culture & Academia Collide

Posted on Thursday August 30, 2012

Subjects like zombies and Bruce Springsteen aren’t your typical college course fare, but investigating pop culture in academia is increasing in popularity. Learn more about this topical trend.

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The 5 Best Classroom Management Tips for Online Instructors

Posted on Wednesday August 29, 2012

Education Week’s David Ginsburg posted a fabulous piece last week called, “New Year’s Resolution: Classroom Procedures, Not Rules” (20 August, 2012). Although his message targeted an audience of elementary teachers, it clearly applies to postsecondary online faculty as well. Here’s how Ginsburg’s main points translate to five tips for successful virtual classroom management. #1: Seize [...]

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The Price of an Education: Making the Decision to Go to an Online College

Posted on Monday August 27, 2012

Winner of Best Colleges Online’s 2012 Online College Professor of the Year contest LeAnne Prenovost will be blogging for Edventure Calling throughout the school year on issues that new online students face. When I was a teenager, my grandma became ill and the nurses — not the doctors — were the ones always there for [...]

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College Completion Rates Improving

Posted on Monday August 27, 2012

Even before U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced at the National Governors Association meeting on July 13, 2012, that college completion rates had improved, the response in the media was characteristically and sadly, negative. As this C-SPAN video of the event demonstrates, there are reasonable questions to be asked and there is always room [...]

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Reflections on the Daily Importance of Educators

Posted on Friday August 24, 2012

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the graduation ceremony of a large, online university. The next day, I also got to tour the campus of another college along with a group of prospective students. Seeing students at both the beginning and the end of their educational journey caused me to reflect on what it [...]

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To Become a More Successful Writer, Learn to Understand Readers

Posted on Wednesday August 22, 2012

There’s an adage that “good writers are good readers.” This helps to remind us that there is a strong connection between composing and reading. A quick overview of the traditional steps in the writing process, alongside the typical way an audience reads a composition will shed light on this connection and help you become a [...]

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