August 31, 20140

One of the most debilitating conditions for any type of job is stress, as it is an emotional reaction that creates feelings of unease, along with holding a potential to adversely affect a person's well-being. There has been quite a lot written about stress management and may seem there is nothing more that can be said about it; however, instead of approaching it from a management perspective it is helpful to understand the internalized process that occurs as a means of addressing rather than managing it.

By the time that a person acknowledges they are experiencing stress it is likely at a critical point where the...

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August 31, 20140

An Online Student's Guide to Developing Substantive Posts and Papers

As an online student is very likely that you care about the grade you have earned as it is an indicator of your progress in the class. You may have a general idea of what is required to earn the best grade possible but not always understand what it will take to improve your performance both in class discussions and with your written assignments. A common phrase that is used in online schools is substantive – and yet this concept may not be clear as to what it means. Students are also told that they need to demonstrate critical thinking and...

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August 24, 20140

Strategies Online Instructors Need

There are a lot of people who want to make online teaching a career option either part-time or full-time if they can find the work. This has made it a competitive field and for those who are already teaching online they want to make certain there are plenty of opportunities made available to them. Once you are offered a course to teach you have to make a decision that you are going to be more than an average instructor if you are going to continue to receive future class offerings. You must also decide that you will devote the time necessary to create conditions that are conducive to the development and well-being...

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August 24, 20140

Negative Beliefs

Everyone wants to experience some type of success in their career, even if it means having a stable job that they can count on for continued income. It is possible that throughout the natural progression of a career there will be setbacks and moments when a person questions their ability to be successful. The starting place I use as a career coach and educator is the beliefs that a person holds about their capacity for success and their ability to grow as they take on new tasks or seek out new opportunities. What I often find at the heart of most setbacks is a negative belief that diminished their self-confidence, undermined their...

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August 24, 20140

Achieve with collaboration

One of the ways to achieve success in an online class is to actively pursue collaboration skills. One of the easiest skills to collaborate with online is using the art of conversation inside the discussion threads or discussion boards.  With a little bit of attention to details you can turn your already strong conversational skills into point-earning posting skills. 

Sometimes it feels difficult to ‘talk’ in class because it is not a face-to-face environment but there are advantages to this type of learning environment. One such advantage is being able to take your time to develop great messages to post for classmates to engage with...

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August 17, 20140

To Succeed we must believe

Reflect to Motivate – A Path to Success

Are you an adult learner returning to college?  If so did you know that your learning skills are more advanced over the average high school student entering college?  One of the most powerful tools you already posses is life experience.  Using life experience to help you work your way through your academic journey can be helpful when you use self-reflection as a tool.  Self-reflection can help you to develop self-motivation and this is a proven valuable asset to cultivate.  When you self-motivate you will see an increased academic skill level.  As an adult...

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August 17, 20140

Warning Signs

Everyone begins a career with the hope of finding job stability and over time, make that job or series of jobs into a career. Sometimes people know the details of their career as it progresses, while others try to figure it out as they go along. Whether or not a specific plan has been developed, it is possible for a lull to occur where it seems progress is no longer being made. The challenge for a lull period is how a person handles it or addresses the emotions that likely will accompany it. A brief period of feeling stagnant that you overcome by establishing new goals may only feel like a bump in the road. But if a feeling of...

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August 17, 20140

Online Teaching as a Career

There is a gold rush going on now in the field of online learning and it is the pursuit of teaching online. There are new master's degree programs that are focused on teaching with technology, along with degree programs related to instructional design. There are authors that tout the seemingly endless opportunities available for teaching online courses, and one set of authors that want you to believe you can earn a six figure income as an adjunct online instructor.

There was a time not too long ago when online learning was gaining popularity, that there were plenty of opportunities available to teach online. But that time...

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August 10, 20140

Appreciative Andragogy

There are various names used to describe learning through a technologically enabled means and includes online learning, e-learning, and distance learning. The phrase distance learning describes the challenge for educators; teaching students who cannot be seen or heard.

This was the challenge I decided to tackle with my doctoral studies and during the residency I found what I believe could be an answer – appreciative inquiry. Now you can learn about this exciting research and purchase your own copy of Dr. J's book.

Appreciative Inquiry and Education?

As I studied Appreciative Inquiry I...

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August 10, 20140

Face Fear with Determination

There is one particular feeling that carries with it more potentially negative power than any other and it is fear. The very word fear itself can bring unpleasant memories to light and remind us of what we believe we cannot accomplish. There is a reason why people lose faith, don't take chances in their career, or come to a stop whenever they begin something new – and it means that their goals, ideas, and dreams never take off.

It has been well documented that Thomas Edison had to try a number of times to make the lightbulb that to most people would seem unbelievable – 1,000 attempts. There are two ways...

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