How Do You Teach Students to Accept Change to Improve Learning?
December 31, 20160

What's the key to improving how students learn? Help them accept change as part of the learning process. However, students usually don't like change – especially when it involves changing their habits or daily routine. They rely upon those habits and patterns of working to meet the requirements of each class and the idea of having to change can create a mental roadblock or barrier to their progress. Students may also not recognize a need to make changes in how they work or perform until it has been brought to their attention by the instructor, through feedback or direct interactions in class, and they may or may not be willing to accept it.

Instructors expect students to perform in a fairly uniform manner, which means they must follow...

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Accepting a Job Offer
December 25, 20160

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to find a job, especially when you take into consideration the amount of time spent working on the development of a resume, searching through online job boards, filling out online applications, and going through the interview process – often interviews with multiple recruiters and hiring managers. What happens after you have spent all of that time and discover the job you've begun is not what you had hoped it would be or not what was advertised? Perhaps you have the ability to simply quit as soon as you start, or you have limited options available and you have to stay with this job until you can find a replacement – and that means having to go through the entire process all over again.

As a career coach and educator, I have found that...

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Dr Js Book
December 23, 20160

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson is proud to announce the release of his brand new book: Transform Online Teaching: Expert Strategies and Essential Resources Every Educator Needs. Every online instructor needs a set of tools, techniques, and strategies to make the process of teaching an online class more effective. Whether you are a first time online instructor or a seasoned professional, there is something you will likely find beneficial for your work within this new book.

Dr. J has been involved in the field of distance learning for over 11 years and his roles have included Chief Academic Officer, online instructor, faculty mentor and trainer, faculty reviewer, and faculty workshop facilitator.

This book was written to provide educators with a professional development opportunity...

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Is There a Difference Between a Teacher and an Educator
December 18, 20160

Anyone can teach. We teach each other every day. For example, we give instructions to each other for such things as cooking, putting together furniture, and completing household other tasks. However, teaching someone is different than the process of educating someone. Consider the difference between informal learning and formal learning. An example of informal learning would be following a recipe to learn how to cook. In contrast, formal learning occurs within a classroom and usually is accompanied by evaluation and assessment. It may seem that teaching and educating are the same thing; however, the difference has to do with the place or context for learning - and how students are transformed in the process.

The same distinction can be...

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When Faced with a Challenge, Do You Give Up?
December 10, 20160

"I can make a list of my failures, or I can create a list of goals to create a better future." - Dr. Bruce A. Johnson

How do you face challenges now? Do you give up? Or would you like to discover steps to become determined instead?

Consider your career now. You may not realize how much it means to you until you are faced with challenges or challenging circumstances that cause you to question choices made or your ability to be successful in this chosen profession. When you think about your career in general, you likely realize how you have worked to cultivate specific skills that allow you to perform your job to the best of your abilities.

Over time you will gain experience and education, whether that education consists of learning on the job or formal...

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Professional Development Sale
December 10, 20160

Now is the time to begin thinking about professional development resources, for yourself or any educator. Dr. J is offering a special sale for the month of December. These resources are certain to inspire and inform your work.

There are three options available for instructors working in higher education, whether you teach in a traditional college classroom or you teach online.

Purchase Option #1: Resources for a highly engaged online instructor.

Purchase Option #2: Resources for a transformative online instructor.

Purchase Option #3: Resources for an engaging instructor in a traditional classroom.

Also included: These purchase options include a special bonus.

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December 04, 20160

Are you teaching online classes and interested in an instructional strategy that could help to strengthen your relationships with students, while also influencing their performance, motivation, and engagement?

Dr. J developed an innovative approach to online teaching with an instructional strategy called Appreciative Andragogy.

Appreciative Andragogy takes Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational developmental strategy, and combines it with the principle of teaching adults called andragogy.

Now you can learn about this innovative instructional strategy in Dr. J's new professional development class, Appreciative Andragogy: Taking the Distance Out of Distance Learning.

This course can serve as professional development for any trainer or educator who is teaching...

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