February 28, 20160

Career Success

For some people success seems to happen easily and for others it may seem to elude them. Everyone has experienced some measure of success in their career, even if it involved completing a challenging project or making a contribution to the success of a team. When you think about the times that you have been successful in your career, including your most recent job, do you attribute it to hard work and time on the job, your mindset about working, or is there something else – such as good luck? It can be easy to state that someone who has achieved great success was "in the right place at the right time"; however, that statement minimizes any direct involvement and...

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February 12, 20160

Corporate Training

Corporate training has tremendous potential to promote learning in organizations. There are two primary elements that are responsible for how much potential is realized within the corporate training classroom, and those elements are the materials provided and the method of delivery.

An instructional designer, or someone in a similar role, can develop engaging materials but if the delivery is not well executed, the training will not be as effective as it could. In contrast, if the training materials have not been designed in the most engaging manner, or the material is technical in nature, it is the trainer who can still create positive classroom...

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February 07, 20160

Stuck in a Career Rut

Feeling stuck can occur at any time during someone's career. Most people want a reliable and steady job, one that provides a feeling of security and a sense of accomplishment. A job can serve a variety of purposes and that includes meeting a need for income or serving as part of a specific career plan and becoming a step towards meeting career goals.

Over time a job can become the basis for a stable career, one that allows for the development of new skills and provides new opportunities. While stability in a career is important, what happens when that job you value becomes stagnant and no longer feels interesting, or you find...

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January 31, 20160

Online Learning

The for-profit online school industry has received a great deal of attention over the past few years and the reasons have involved recruiting practices, low retention rates, and the failure to pay student loan rates. Recently there was an article about one online school that was being audited, specifically regarding the level of faculty to student interactions.

This particular school offers competency-based online degree programs and students are completing their degrees without being enrolled in traditional online classes. The underlying reason for the audit is related to the programs being qualified to receive federal aid. In...

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January 24, 20160

Engage Students in Discussions

Class discussions can be very rewarding but also time-consuming for an instructor in any learning environment. This is especially true for educators when there is a large class-size, a complex course topic, the instructor is an adjunct and has many other responsibilities, or it is the first time an instructor has taught the course.

There are two possible options available when an instructor is faced with the demands of a discussion and the first is to go through the motions and meet the minimal requirements needed to facilitate the class. This can include talking at students and telling them what they need to know. The other...

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January 17, 20160

A You Year Resolution

It's a new year and a time when you may feel hopeful. The holidays have passed and the new year represents a new start and clean slate. It's also a time when people make resolutions that are quickly discarded when the reality of beginning something completely new, different, or challenging begins to feel overwhelming, especially when new habits or existing patterns of thought must be changed.

This is particularly relevant for the development of new career goals. The first of the year finds many people considering new careers, jobs, goals, or outcomes – and underlying those career resolutions are a desire, dream, or hope. But if an...

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January 03, 20160

Maintain Excellence in Online Teaching

As instructors know all too well, not every online class is going to function perfectly with every student performing at their very best. Instructors who are responsible for teaching online classes can experience several potential challenges at any given point in a class. For example, there may be technological issues with the online classroom platform, or challenges related to completing all of the required facilitation duties while managing a class and meeting the required expectations.

What can make online teaching even more challenging are uncooperative students, students who don't seem to review their feedback and are...

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December 27, 20150

Is Critical Thinking Overrated or Under-Utilized in Higher Education?

Critical thinking is listed as a desired skill or preferred outcome within many higher education courses. It is something that students are expected to demonstrate through their involvement in the class and learning activities. It may be listed in a rubric and/or stated in the course syllabus, depending upon the requirements of the program or the school itself. There may be varying degrees as to how it is demonstrated and then evaluated, ranging from occasionally to always within a rubric description. It is a common practice to provide students with...

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December 08, 20150

What Inspires You to Teach

You may remember how you got started as an instructor but do you recall what inspires you to continue teaching? It is your responsibility to meet the requirements of your job but is that enough for you? The instructional duties of an educator requires advanced planning and the development of well-defined time management skills, especially if there are multiple projects or responsibilities to balance at the same time.

If you teach in a traditional classroom you have to plan for a class that typically meets on a specific day of the week and if you teach online it is expected this you...

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November 29, 20150

Career Rut

Most people want a reliable and steady job, one that provides a feeling of security and a sense of accomplishment. A job can serve a variety of purposes and that includes meeting a need for income or serving as part of a specific career plan and becoming a step towards meeting career goals. Over time a job can become the basis for a stable career, one that allows for the development of new skills and provides new opportunities. While stability in a career is important, what happens when that job you value becomes stagnant and no longer feels interesting, or you find that the tasks you are expected to perform do not...

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