Archive for January, 2012

When Generations Collide: Generational Differences in the Online Classroom

When Generations Collide: Generational Differences in the Online Classroom

The online classroom offers a unique learning opportunity because of the diverse nature of students that you are likely to find in your classes. Often when we think about diversity in education it is in terms of race and culture; however, due to the anonymity of the online environment those differences are not readily known. […]

Emerging Tech Trends for Online Courses

Emerging Tech Trends for Online Courses

The use of technology to enable the learning process already seems cutting edge; however, what makes online education even more exciting is that advances are continually being made that may improve the online learning experience. Some of the latest technological trends have already been implemented and are evident in many schools – while other potential […]

Be Seen, Be Heard -Developing a Virtual Presence in Online Courses

Be Seen, Be Heard -Developing a Virtual Presence in Online Courses

A strong virtual presence indicates to your instructor and other students that you are engaged in the class. What does it mean to be virtually present? As an online student, how can you demonstrate that you are actively involved in your class? There is an attendance requirement for many online schools, which requires you to […]

The State of OpenCourseWare

The State of OpenCourseWare

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What Every Student Should Know About Online Student Retention

What Every Student Should Know About Online Student Retention

Online (especially for-profit) schools have received a great deal of attention lately because of issues related to degree program costs, student loan debt, and other financial-related matters. Another issue that has been brought up is the retention rate for students attending online schools. It is a subject that is often discussed from the schools’ point […]

A New Year, A New Attitude

We are already nearing the end of the first month of the new year. Did you set new academic goals or establish New Year’s resolutions related to your classes or degree program? If so, are you making progress? The start of a new year can bring about a sense of excitement and hope, which is […]

Quality Matters – For Students and For Online Schools

The quality of online degree programs is an important consideration for students and schools, especially during a time when questions are being raised about the value and cost of these online degree programs. If you are a prospective student trying to determine the quality of an online school or program you may not know how […]

A Guide for Effective Academic Writing and Research

A Guide for Effective Academic Writing and Research

From my experience as an online instructor, most classes involve a lot of writing, from discussion board postings to written assignments, and many instructors may expect that you will anchor your work in these assignments with credible sources or research. Students often believe that conducting research for an assignment equates to finding sources of information […]

Replacing the Classroom Lecture

Replacing the Classroom Lecture

It seems that the classroom lecture has gotten a bad reputation. When students hear the word lecture they often think of an instructor standing in front of a class, talking for hours about a subject – and they hope the instructor will have something interesting to say. Even though a lecture has the potential to […]

What are the Rewards of Hard Work?

What are the Rewards of Hard Work?

You’ve worked hard to complete an assignment, submitted your paper, and now you are waiting to receive feedback from your instructor. You may hope to receive a good grade because you’ve worked hard on the assignment. Or you may not care about the grade itself and expect to receive some form of positive feedback so […]

Looking Ahead to a New Year for Online Education

Looking Ahead to a New Year for Online Education

2012 has arrived and it is time to consider what the upcoming months may have in store for the field of online education and more specifically, the for-profit education industry because those schools are one of the driving forces behind online learning growth and innovation. Whether you are pursuing an online degree or have an […]

Can Anyone Succeed as an Online Student?

Can Anyone Succeed as an Online Student?

It has been well documented that the opportunities for online education are growing and more specifically that the number of students taking an online class continues to increase. As potential students consider starting an online degree program one of the most frequently asked questions concerns the suitability of this learning environment for anyone who tries […]

Confessions of an Online Instructor

Confessions of an Online Instructor

Your instructors want the very best for you as a student, developing the skills necessary for your educational journey. While you may know that they are busy providing feedback and participating in the class discussions (which means they are actively engaged in the class), what you may not realize is how much they are concerned […]

Why Diversity in the Online Classroom Matters to You

Why Diversity in the Online Classroom Matters to You

As you look around your online classroom, you’ll probably see a standard course design, which will likely remain consistent throughout your degree program. It’s this presence of uniformity that often gives students a feeling that they are also the same, especially since you are not present to visually assess the differences. You become little more […]