Here's How You Can Empower Students to Perform Their Best
February 23, 20170

When you see a new class of students for the first time, or interact with a group of online students for the very first time, what is your initial feeling about your students? Do you consider the expectations of these students, or are you more focused on helping them become acclimated to the class? What are your hopes for your students? I understand that on the first day of class there is a lot to accomplish from a procedural perspective; however, do you consider the point of view of your students and what they might be thinking as they first interact with you and others in the class?

When I am assigned a new online and it is the first day, even after working in the field of distance learning for over eleven years, I still think about the hopes that students hold for their...

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Can You Tell When Any Student Is at Risk for Failure?
February 17, 20170

If you were to ask an instructor which students in a particular class were likely to fail, the easiest indicator would be grades as that presents evidence of students who are not making significant progress. As most educators know, grades present only one aspect of the learning process and it is still possible that any student can be at risk for failure – even those students who are peak performers. While some students can excel, regardless of classroom conditions, most experience fluctuations in their performance throughout their academic journey. Every student presents an instructor with an opportunity to have a direct impact on their ongoing development, especially if they are aware of the risk factors present at every level of performance.

I have been actively involved in...

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Do You Know Why a LinkedIn Profile Matters for Your Career?
February 17, 20170

Looking for a new job, and developing long-term career prospects, is vastly different than it was even a few years ago –  and one of the most important driving factors is the increased reliance upon online application forms and professional social networking websites. Consider the process of applying for a job as it used to be and how it is now. It seems that the time when you would print out a resume copy and mail it to a potential employer is long gone, or is at least a very rare occurrence, and that is largely due to the use of electronic submissions and the potential to apply for some positions by email.

Along with these changes in the method of submitting a resume are strategies used by employers to investigate potential new hires. It is very common now for employers to...

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Jumpstart Your Career Plans
February 17, 20170

A new year brings about a sense of a new beginning for many people, as it can feel like an opportunity to create a fresh start. It is during this time that new goals are formed, often related to health and fitness. The start of a new year also serves as a time to consider developing or renewing career goals. Now is the optimal point to examine what you have done to move forward with your career plans and develop momentum, especially if you believe you will be starting or continuing a job search.

Most job fields are highly competitive and that usually means there will be a large number of applicants applying for job postings. Even if there are only a handful of applicants, you still must stand out in a positive manner if you are going to increase the likelihood that a potential...

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How Do You Make a Difference for Your Students?
February 11, 20170

What do you believe students remember most about the courses they have taken? Is it the course, the school, their grades, their instructors, or something else? As I reflect upon the courses I took as a student, which wasn't too long ago, I do not remember many of the textbooks I've read, discussions I was involved in, videos I watched, or written assignments I had to complete. What I do remember are some of my instructors – those who inspired me and encouraged me to perform my very best, and those who taught me what I should never do as an instructor. In other words, the most vivid memories I have involved those instructors who stood out for extraordinarily outstanding instructional methods, especially those who took time to develop a personal connection with me, and those who were...

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What Is the Secret to Student Success?
February 02, 20170

Within the field of higher education, one of the important metrics for gauging the effectiveness of programs is student retention. Retention measures the number of students that a school has been able to keep in their programs and in contrast, attrition measures the number of students who have withdrawn – either voluntarily or involuntarily. Another important word for this field is persistence, and that is meant as a student measurement. While retention and persistence may seem to measure the same criteria, I have made a distinction based upon the actions taken. For example, a school may have retention programs in place; whereas, helping students succeed in their programs bolsters their ability to persist and continue to make progress.

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