Online Teaching as a Career: Nurturing a Positive Mindset for Student Success
July 05, 20181

Do you take time to focus on the mindset of your students? Do you implement any teaching strategies to promote a positive mindset? When you consider factors that are important for the learning process, from the perspective of your students, you might list factors such as academic skills, self-motivation, and time management. However, what any student needs to succeed over the long term is perseverance, persistence, and a growth mindset.

At the heart of all of these qualities and characteristics is a belief system which either supports or derails a student's progress. The beliefs that students hold about their academic abilities and capability to participate in the learning process will determine their level of effort, energy, and willingness to be involved. It influences their...

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5 Strategies for Working with a Challenging (and Often Difficult) Boss
June 30, 20180

A difficult manager. We have all known someone like this or worked for this type of person. This is a person who seems to have an on and off switch which can be triggered or activated, with or without any warning. This manager is challenging to work with and when it is your manager whose personality or demeanor seems to constantly change – it poses even greater challenges as this person is responsible for your work assignments, performance evaluations, and establishing a reputation with your employer. When you find you are in this situation, there are coping strategies you can implement to help how you respond to and work with this type of challenging (and often difficult) boss.

Management Styles

While there are countless articles written about managing...

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Strategies and Resources Needed to Transform Online Teaching
June 15, 20180

Do you know what it will take to become a transformational online educator? Do you know what it takes to develop a strong virtual online presence?

Many educators who begin to teach online believe they can make the transition easily from teaching in a traditional college classroom to an online classroom. What they don't realize, if they don't seek out resources to help them learn how to teach in a virtual environment, is that they are putting themselves and their class at a disadvantage. The reason why is due to the significant difference between classroom teaching and online teaching. It isn't because the principles of adult learning have changed, or the needs of adult students have changed, rather it is due to the change in the format of learning.

Educators who have...

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Career Coaching
May 01, 20180

Finding the purpose for your career may be known early on in life, through a series of jobs, or you may struggle to understand what really interests you no matter how hard you try to find the "right" job or career. This is when people become interested in professional development, mentoring, and even career coaching programs.

Career coaching programs have become popular and yet there is somewhat of a mystery involved because of the number of programs available, and the quality of these programs or coaches may be difficult to assess. 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 you need to be certain the program has an ability to meet your needs and more importantly, you should be fully...

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Online Teaching as a Career: How to Become Visible in a Virtual Classroom
April 15, 20180

Do you know how to maintain an active presence in an online or virtual classroom? Do you understand the connection between an active presence and students' perception of your involvement in the class?

If you have taught an online course you know firsthand what it is like to teach in a virtual environment, along with challenges that are inherent for working and interacting in this type of classroom. Online teaching is viewed by some instructors as a function that must be managed, and others see the true potential that it holds and that it is a process to be nurtured. If instructors are going to create conditions that are conducive to learning they must do more than manage a class, they must be active, present, and available for students. This requires the development of a virtual...

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Discover Why Critical Thinking is Critical for Learning
March 15, 20180

Do you understand what critical thinking means? Is there an indicator when thinking becomes or transforms into critical thinking?

The phrase "critical thinking" has become widely used in this field and it is a skill which students are told they must learn. The challenge is that this phrase can have multiple descriptions when educators are asked to define it. The descriptions provided by students are even more varied and often described using clichés such as "thinking outside of the box", or they can come closer to what this concept means when they relate it to problem-solving.

This poses a challenge for the inclusion of critical thinking in a list of skills students need to learn because there isn't a clear standard regarding how best to teach it, along with an...

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Should You Accept a Job Offer, Even if It Doesn't Advance Your Career?
February 15, 20180

Are you willing to take a job just because you need it and you believe it will become something more in the future? Or do you have an ability to wait until a job which is a better match for your career comes along? What is most important for the long-term success of your career?

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...

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How Can You Put Heart and Soul Into Teaching Adults?
January 15, 20180

Teaching students can be a transformative experience, for educators and students alike, when both immerse themselves in the learning experience through the exchange of ideas and discourse which sparks critical thinking.

Teaching adults is more commonly called instruction or facilitation, and is often viewed as a specific function with associated requirements that depend upon the person’s status and classroom environment. Some persons choose to teach adults as a career in a traditional university and others choose a non-traditional route, such as an online school or corporate classroom.

But why does someone, or why would someone, decide to teach adults as a career choice? I have found there are persons who are good with the delivery of information, effective facilitating a...

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Are You Thinking About Building a Successful Long-Term Career?
December 12, 20170

What's more important for your long-term career goals: Do you want to find a job and accept whatever comes along, or do you want to keep yourself focused on the big picture, search for a better job, and work towards building a successful career?

There is no question the job market is challenging, no matter what point in time it is as many industries are struggling to sustain employees and grow their businesses. Those of us who work in higher education, especially the field of distance learning, have watched this industry change dramatically over the past few years. And every month it seems you can read about another business or industry making layoffs, leaving many valued employees searching for new positions. I have seen this too as a resume writer, having written resumes for...

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October 15, 20170

How do people perceive you at work? Does it matter what your colleagues think about you? Should you be concerned about your reputation?

People generally want to be perceived and portrayed at work as someone who is professional, reliable, ethical, trustworthy, open-minded, adaptable, flexible, and willing to learn, along with many other similar qualities and characteristics. This is a significant aspect of developing a long ranger career reputation, which serves as a representation of a person while they are at work, on the job, and while they are developing their career through new jobs and opportunities.

From a personal perspective, many people are not seemingly as concerned about the reputation they have as a person. As a society we are...

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