Human Resources
May 21, 20170

There is a trend occurring in the field of human resources, more specifically the field of talent acquisition, and I am not the only one who has noticed it. The challenge for discussing it is the assumption it is based upon disgruntled job seekers or overworked, and possibly understaffed, human resources departments.

I am certain there are many who work in this field who may not feel comfortable with the spotlight I am going to shine, on an issue which has been growing for some time now, yet it is at a point where we should be discussing it.

What is the issue? The growing lack of basic respect by human resources professionals, which is inclusive of recruiters, for the time and effort put into the job application process by applicants. This is a bold...

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May Book Sale
May 10, 20170

Every educator has ongoing professional development needs. When the search for resources begins,  some of the most important criteria often includes affordability, relevance, and ease of implementation into an educator's teaching practice.

Dr. J has been involved in higher education over 11 years, and more importantly, he has worked with faculty as a faculty development specialist for most of this time.

The resources you will find available now are affordable and relevant for teaching adults who are online or on-ground; and the ideas, strategies, and tools provided can be easily implemented into any educator's instructional practice.

Dr. J is offering a special sale for the month of May and these resources are certain to inspire and inform your work as an educator...

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Do You Need Direction and a Sense of Purpose in Your Career?
April 22, 20170

Career coaching programs have become very popular and yet there is a bit of mystery involved because of the number of programs that are available, and the quality of these programs may be difficult to assess. In addition, the cost of a program can vary significantly, along with the background and experience of the coach. If you are going to make an investment of this nature then you need to be certain the program has an ability to meet your needs and more importantly, you need to be fully informed and aware of the factors that make a good coach and the qualities that are indicative of a meaningful program. Finding a coach is easy; the challenge is finding the right one – and a program that is a good fit for you.

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Words of Inspiration
April 15, 20170

Could you use an uplifting start to your day?

Do you feel moments of frustration or uncertainty?

Dr. J would like to share words of inspiration with you.

Dr. J is an educator, faculty development specialist, career coach, and career development specialist. He believes in the power of a positive mindset and has been helping students, clients, and faculty find their potential by teaching self-empowerment.

Please check back on a regular basis for new quotes to inspire and empower you.

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Do You Use Strict Discipline With Adult Students?
April 04, 20170

I expect you to listen during my class lectures.

Here, let me help you. I can provide you with the answer.

As an educator, are you someone who is tough on students because you believe strict discipline is essential to their growth and development? Or do you believe in an approach that is kinder, much more easy-going and laid back when it comes to helping students – even to the point of being willing to give students the answers they need?

A disciplinarian is the traditional educator who upholds policies, processes, and procedures without exceptions. Those instructors are usually not counted among the favorites by students; except for those students who are excelling and find that strict discipline is necessary for them to continue to do well....

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This Critical Element Determines the Outcome of Your Job Search
March 29, 20170

Are you looking for a job? Or do you plan to look for a job in the near future?

Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to look at their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is that their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without any prior warning. But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume copy be...

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Here's How You Help Students Develop an "I Can" Attitude
March 29, 20170

Teaching adult students is a rewarding experience as I have found them to be goal driven and motivated to learn something they can apply to their lives or careers. When they make an investment in a degree program it is usually done with an expectation that it will be of benefit for them in some manner, whether immediately or upon graduation. When I am engaged and highly involved in the class, students believe they are receiving something of value – and that motivates me to perform my best as an educator.

I know that it is natural for some students to lose interest in the course topics, discussions, or assignments over time. If I have established a good relationship with them, and I have been responsive to their requests and questions, I am able to help keep them engaged during...

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What Should You Do When Academic Performance Declines?
March 17, 20170

As an educator, I care about my students – all of them. Even the students who challenge me and occasionally cause me to walk away from my laptop for a short break. I believe it stems from my belief in the potential that every student has to learn, even if students do not learn at the same pace or comprehend the course topics at the same time. Most of the classes that I have taught have been online, and I have enjoyed teaching in a virtual learning environment – even though it was challenging at first when I could not see the students like I could when I was teaching in a traditional classroom. Over time I developed an ability to tell when students are engaged in the class and when students are slowly starting to disengage. I know that some form of outreach is needed when students are...

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How Do You Help Students Who Won't Help Themselves?
March 11, 20170

It would seem that students should want the help of their instructors, especially when they are struggling with course topics, assignments, and meeting deadlines. But the reality is that this is not usually the case and as most educators know, students may even resist the very idea of asking for help and prefer to give up when faced with a challenge. This can occur even when an instructor has done everything possible to encourage students to speak up. For example, I have observed many online classes where instructors created optimal classroom conditions that were conducive for productive exchanges, similar to what I have done within my own online classes, and students still would not ask for help – even when their grades were declining.

I have studied adult education and one of...

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How Do You Create Value for Students in Higher Education?
March 03, 20170

I have written numerous articles about best practices for educators to use when teaching adult students, and I have enjoyed conversations that have begun as a result of comments posted. Several of the comments that have been written in response to my articles have discussed aspects of higher education that seem to be broken or in need of repair. I understand those perspectives and I have respect for anyone who wants to discuss important issues in this field. For example, I have read many articles recently about adjuncts, especially online adjuncts, related to issues concerning pay, course size, and job security. I know that the for-profit online school industry has come under great scrutiny. In contrast, there is a non-profit online school that is gaining popularity by offering...

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