Archive for April, 2012

Final Exams May Not Really Measure Learning

Final Exams May Not Really Measure Learning

It’s the time of year when final exams are on the list of upcoming activities for many college students. This form of evaluation has been a standard practice among colleges and its underlying purpose is to assess what students have learned, the knowledge they’ve acquired, and the progress made towards meeting the learning objectives of […]

Should Religious Expression Be Banned from the College Classroom?

Should Religious Expression Be Banned from the College Classroom?

It is not uncommon for college students to share their religious viewpoints particularly during class discussions. This expression of faith is also highly evident in online classes because students take advantage of sharing their ideologies in a format where they do not have to explain, justify, or defend their response directly to other classmates. Should […]

How to Build Bridges, Not Walls, With Your Fellow Students

How to Build Bridges, Not Walls, With Your Fellow Students

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Why Co-Workers Don't Like You, talked about reasons why people are judged in the workplace and includes negativity, poor etiquette, messiness, and not fitting in. These factors contribute to a decline in productivity in the long-run and build walls between employees. As I read this article, I […]

Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed More Than Ever

Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed More Than Ever

College students are often very adept at “being social” through technological means such as social networking websites and other virtual communities. However, once they enter the classroom and students no longer have electronic communication to rely upon for their interactions, it may be challenging at first for them to develop interpersonal and productive relationships with […]

The Most Common Struggles Faced by Student Veterans

The Most Common Struggles Faced by Student Veterans

The number of veterans who are becoming college students is on the rise as the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides tuition benefits for an estimated 2 million eligible veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. From a higher education perspective, the transition from military life into an academic setting is not always easy for many veterans. There […]

The Many Benefits of Learning a Second Language

The Many Benefits of Learning a Second Language

There are approximately 6000 languages in use throughout the world, with an estimated 100 to 200 languages currently spoken in the United States. Student populations at colleges and universities are becoming more diverse, especially for online schools that provide access to education both nationally and internationally. In addition, the global nature of business has also […]

How Physical Fitness Improves Your Focus & Learning

How Physical Fitness Improves Your Focus & Learning

The life of a college student can be extremely stressful. Students likely have a number of stressors, including academic, financial, social, career, and family-related factors. It is possible to combat the potentially negative consequences of stress through development of your physical fitness, which in turn can improve your school work and performance. A recent poll […]

The Top 10 Myths About Online Learning

The Top 10 Myths About Online Learning

Online learning is a popular option among traditional colleges and it is the foundation of for-profit schools. Despite an increase in the number of online courses being offered within all sectors of higher education, some myths persist. From my experience teaching classes (online and on-ground), students often have developed pre-conceived ideas that are based on […]

Benefits and Challenges of Attending a For-Profit School

Benefits and Challenges of Attending a For-Profit School

When potential students see the phrase “for-profit schools” they may associate it with a convenient way to obtain an education or have concerns because of the negative press about these schools over the past two years. Here are some of the most important benefits and challenges associated with for-profit schools, which can help students decide […]

Be Prepared for Getting a PhD Online

Be Prepared for Getting a PhD Online

The completion of a Ph.D. indicates attainment of the highest level of education possible and denotes a significant accomplishment. The process is time-consuming, challenging, and ultimately rewarding. Yet only 1-3% of the United States population holds a doctorate and some estimates indicate that 50% of students who begin the doctoral journey fail to complete it. Before […]

Are You Ready to Face the Business World?

Are You Ready to Face the Business World?

Business students taking online courses are likely to find that their skills are not only relevant in today’s job market, but that they are well-prepared for working in many business-related positions. Because of the evolving nature of organizations, online business degrees have a unique opportunity to teach skills that are relevant and necessary for a […]

Mindfulness Isn’t Just for Buddhists

Mindfulness Isn’t Just for Buddhists

Mindfulness being taught in higher education? College students attuning to their inner thoughts? It’s really not as farfetched as you might believe. The concept of mindfulness has already been advocated as an organizational developmental tool. In addition, some instructors are using this concept as part of their teaching practice and it holds promise for any […]

How Students Can Learn to Be Creative

How Students Can Learn to Be Creative

Albert Einstein said that “the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Students are often conditioned to think in a linear manner; read the assigned course materials, develop a paper or discussion response, and pass an exam. Some educators emphasize the need for critical thinking, which requires the use of advanced cognitive skills. […]

Auto-Analytics: Self-Tracking Tools Students May Find Useful

Auto-Analytics: Self-Tracking Tools Students May Find Useful

We live in a time poor society, where students and employees are concerned with how much they can accomplish in a short period of time, and where methods for increasing productivity are often stated as action plans and goals. There’s an emerging trend known as auto-analytics that provides automated tools for feedback about performance and […]

Should Computer Science Courses Be Required?

Should Computer Science Courses Be Required?

A growing trend among colleges is a requirement for students (of all majors) to take computer science courses, as noted in a recent U.S. News article Computer Science Transitions From Elective to Requirement. At first it may not seems like an ideal match to all degree programs and there is even a debate among educators […]

Students with Autism in College: Finding Campus Support

Students with Autism in College: Finding Campus Support

Within the next ten years it is estimated that there will be a half a million children with autism who will become adults. As these children transition into adulthood some may become interested in a postsecondary education as a means of pursuing their career goals. In a Forbes article Living Life with Autism: Has Anything […]

11 Books Every Introvert Should Read

11 Books Every Introvert Should Read

We’ve collected some great books on living life as an introvert, offering advice on everything from getting ahead to enjoying time spent alone.

All Online Students Can Benefit from Peer Support

All Online Students Can Benefit from Peer Support

Online students are often encouraged by their instructors to collaborate with each other, as a means of developing an academic community. This is typically accomplished through class discussions or group projects; however, those activities may not be enough to provide the support needed during times when school work becomes challenging and the self-motivation felt at […]

Neuroscience Helps to Explain How Students Learn

Neuroscience Helps to Explain How Students Learn

Many students believe that learning has occurred because they completed an activity, such as reading, and by acquiring information they have been able to learn something. When it’s time for a test, or when called upon during class discussions, they hope to remember the information. Frustration sets in when they are unable to recall what […]

What Students Need to Know about Pinterest

What Students Need to Know about Pinterest

Have you heard of the website called Pinterest? It seems that this social media website has all of a sudden become an overnight hit, despite the fact it has been around for nearly two years. Some have called this website one of the top ten social networks. Because of its rise in popularity over the […]

Are You at Risk for Violence at Your School?

Are You at Risk for Violence at Your School?

Violence in colleges and universities is prominent in the news now, especially with the recent shooting at a college in California by a former student. There is also a video that is going viral, which documented a student at Florida Atlantic University who lost control during a class and went on a tirade, which included […]

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media Use by College Students

The Hidden Dangers of Social Media Use by College Students

The use of social media holds a lot of promise for higher education and it is being included as a learning activity within both traditional and online classes. It provides a means for students and educators to connect, collaborate, and build academic communities outside of the classroom. However, students (and educators) need to consider the […]