Resume
March 01, 20200

Are you planning for a new job? Or do you plan to search for a job in the near future? Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to examine their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without prior warning.

But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope 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 uploaded...

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A Call to Action: Help Learners Nurture Positive Beliefs to Become Successful
November 14, 20200

Our country has been in turmoil. People have been taught, and continue to be taught, to see differences and evaluate each other based upon what side they are on or support. The weight of the many issues faced by society as a whole is being felt by everyone. This is in addition to the pandemic which is not just going away, it is intensifying. There's no one left untouched by the impact of what has occurred this year.

As an educator, I'm witnessing first-hand the effect of these many issues and challenges on the students I teach within online classes. Before this year occurred, the typical academic-related challenges may have been related to preparedness to learn in a virtual environment, motivation to complete required tasks while holding other responsibilities, and successfully...

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Do End of Course Evaluations Reflect Your Classroom Performance Accurately?
September 13, 20200

What is your belief about the end of course evaluation? Do you believe it accurately reflects your performance in the classroom? Do you live in fear of the outcome you'll receive, as to your standing with the school you teach for now? Do you focus on the potential outcome of the evaluation, and do everything you can to ensure your learners are satisfied with the course, even if it means becoming more lenient than you might naturally be?

Those of us teaching for online schools know the weight these evaluations hold for determination of the future of our positions. The online school I work for takes these evaluations very seriously, and yet, there is a holistic view taken and that means all factors of performance are weighed in. The reason why is there are typically only a few...

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Learn How to Become Visible and Accessible in a Virtual Classroom
August 15, 20200

Do you feel adequately prepared to teach as an online instructor? Are you easily accessible and available for your learners? Do learners perceive you as being visible and uniquely identifiable as their instructor?

One of the challenges higher education has faced recently is providing quality education via a virtual classroom environment, especially for classes not normally assigned to be taught remotely. Even for experienced online instructors, there are inherent challenges that are based upon the nature of working in this manner and will always be present, requiring dedication and time to address. One of the most pressing challenges is becoming a real person to learners, someone who is visible and available to address their needs, and more importantly, accessible when needed to...

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Here's How to Energize Yourself Again After Feeling Locked Down
July 26, 20200

A new year and a new decade began in January, and at first it seemed there was so much hope and potential. Little did anyone know the full extent of what was to come, or how life would change, especially within the workplace. Many employees work from home, for those who still remain employed, and remote work may remain a viable option for some time. There are people who feel the weight of being locked down, even after shelter-in-place orders were lifted, simply as a result of still working from home and facing an uncertain future.

Whether you work from home, you remained in the office during the pandemic, or you are soon to return to work, the reality of how you work has likely changed in some manner. The stress of these changes, coupled with the unrelenting negative news every...

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Discover How to Become an Emotionally Intelligent Educator
July 05, 20200

"You cannot interact with students and be devoid of emotions." – Dr. Bruce A. Johnson

Emotions are present in every aspect of our communication, whether or not we are aware of the existence of it. For example, you are having an emotional reaction right now as you read this opening introduction.

You either feel a sense of connection to what you are reading, and want to continue, or you believe you already know enough about the subject and feel it would not be worth your time to continue.

When I refer to having emotions present with all communication, both written and spoken, it does not mean you are having an extreme emotional reaction. Rather it means you are reacting in a particular manner about what it is you are feeling or hearing, and you are...

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