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Memoir Monday: If I Had a Hammer

Posted on Monday August 5, 2013

Danielle Miller is an online educator with a passion for educational technology. In this guest post, she shares how she overcame initial frustrations with edtech and how she helps her virtual students succeed. “At this point in the interview, I would like to offer you a teaching position – online.” The words I longed to […]

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How to Know If You Should Earn a Graduate Degree

Posted on Friday August 2, 2013

If you’re thinking about pursuing online education, chances are good you are considering a graduate degree. In fact, more than one-third of online college students earn master’s degrees and more than 10% pursue other graduate level opportunities. Of these, over 80% are already working and raising families ( “Online Student Demographics Infographic.” Classes and Careers. […]

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5 Reasons Teacherpreneurs Should Not Feel Guilty

Posted on Friday July 26, 2013

Two of the reasons educators often give for why they became teachers are “helping students” and “learning new things” (Vaux. R. 1999-2013). In fact, research has shown that professors really do care about students having a successful edventure. These two desires go hand in hand as dedicated faculty work hard to learn more ways to […]

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4 Reasons to Avoid Letting Learning Be Just about the Grade

Posted on Friday July 19, 2013

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the campus of a large, Midwestern university. As I sat in a snack area, some students entered who were on break from a Spanish class, and a typical conversation ensued. Basically, the students all agreed that they liked the class and the professor; however, one student added: “I’m […]

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5 Ways Administrators Can Turn Discouragement into Encouragement

Posted on Friday July 12, 2013

Some of the key helpers on a student’s educational journey are the administrators who assist academic progress largely behind the scenes. Administrators participate in developing a vision for a school, managing budgets and facilities (physical or online), developing faculty and staff, and other such duties that do have an impact on the overall student edventure. […]

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Empathy: The Key to Online Faculty Success

Posted on Friday July 5, 2013

One of the most delicate balancing acts a good educator performs is between supporting students and letting go when learners seem ready to take off on their own. There is often debate, especially at the postsecondary level, about how much assistance teachers should give students beyond the curriculum. For example, I know ground campus faculty […]

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5 Things Cave People Want You to Know about E-Learning

Posted on Thursday June 27, 2013

Who can forget the poor cavemen struggling for recognition of their intelligence in the Geico commercials? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5JV0Fs_GE8 When I have taught courses in art history (prehistoric through the proto-Renaissance), Classical literature, and related humanities subjects, the attitude among students that people in the past were somehow less intelligent than modern humans has always baffled me. […]

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Getting Students Excited About an Online Education

Posted on Monday June 24, 2013

Students are enrolling in online classes in droves — in 2011 more than 30 percent, or six million U.S. students, took at least one online course. Higher education is adapting by steadily increasing online programs and funding to meet student demand. Yet there is still a lot of skepticism towards online education in academic and […]

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Educators: How to Be the Effective Communicator You Think You Are

Posted on Thursday June 20, 2013

Often, there is something of a disconnect between well-intentioned educators and their students’ perceptions. Adult learners do not seem to express quite as high a level of confidence in the caring of their professors and other educators. This paradox seems, at least partially, the result of the way many educators communicate—or perhaps, miscommunicate. Before my […]

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Ten Years of Online Education: The Bumpy Road to Better Days

Posted on Monday June 17, 2013

Over the past decade the world has experienced a massive shift in the way we consume information. The advent of online education has proven access to quality education is now possible for anyone with an internet connection. While the future of online education is indeed bright, the road to get there hasn’t always been smooth. […]

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