Archive for June, 2012

Learning Creatively: How You Can Train Yourself to Think Differently

Learning Creatively: How You Can Train Yourself to Think Differently

Creativity is often associated with elementary students who are encouraged to draw or color as a means of self-expression. For college students, it’s often thought of as courses or degrees that require specific creative skills such as art or writing majors. Yet for many students, the idea of intentionally being creative is lost. Business students, […]

Expressing Yourself: Avoid Looking Like a ‘Poor’ College Student

Expressing Yourself: Avoid Looking Like a ‘Poor’ College Student

Have you considered how powerful the messages that you post in an online classroom are? If you’re like most students, you log onto the classroom website and start posting, either on a discussion board or in a chat room, without evaluating the potential those messages hold. Why is it important to consider the impact of […]

All Work and No Play: Even College Students Need a Work-Life Balance

All Work and No Play: Even College Students Need a Work-Life Balance

There’s no doubt about it – going to college demands a significant investment of time and energy. You have to be focused, engaged, and have a well-developed time management plan. It’s easy to feel up for the challenge at the start of a new term but the intensity of a demanding schedule can cause stress […]

Can’t We All Get Along: Building Bridges in Online Classes

Can’t We All Get Along: Building Bridges in Online Classes

When you think about relationships that are important to you, whether at home or work, you know how much effort is required to develop productive interactions. You have to consider your tone, body language, and other visual and verbal cues. As an online student it may seem that developing relationships could be easier since the […]

Where is the Digital Divide in Higher Education?

Where is the Digital Divide in Higher Education?

Our society is so heavily dependent upon web technology, it‘s easy to forget that a digital divide could exist – and yet it does. The phrase ‘digital divide’ has taken on various meanings since it was introduced in the 1990s and is typically associated with factors such as income, race, and class. Even though advances […]

40 Best Blogs for Special Needs Parents

40 Best Blogs for Special Needs Parents

Blogs make it simple to connect with professionals and parents with plenty of advice, comfort, and resources to offer special needs parents.

Boost Your Career Potential With a Global Perspective

Boost Your Career Potential With a Global Perspective

As students make career plans for after graduation, they often think about the most marketable degrees, the skills needed for a new job, or knowledge that’s required to enter a new industry or field. However, preparing for work in a global economy is a new aspect of career development that every student should consider. This […]

Why Optimism Matters for Student Success – Now and After Graduation

Why Optimism Matters for Student Success – Now and After Graduation

As a student you may be worried about the future. There is a lot of daunting news available now about the value of a degree, challenges in the job market, and of course, economic conditions. If you pay attention to the news reports you can develop a sense of learned helplessness about events beyond your […]

Why Learning Can’t Happen on Autopilot

Do you ever find yourself drifting along through your classes, going through the motions, and feeling as if you have not learned anything? The problem of being disengaged from active thinking is not limited to college students. In a recent study by Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, and Matthew Killingsworth, they found that […]

Improve Your College Experience by Managing Your Expectations

Improve Your College Experience by Managing Your Expectations

Your college course has begun and now the clock is ticking. You have assignments to complete, activities to be involved in, and deadlines to meet. It’s a system that seems manageable for the most part, and you probably have a pre-determined idea of how the learning process works. As long as you are actively involved, […]

Why Students Can Benefit from Playing Games in College

Why Students Can Benefit from Playing Games in College

Gaming is all about being entertained and it cannot possibly be utilized for a serious pursuit of knowledge or the process of learning in a formal classroom environment, right? While it may seem that college students who are involved in playing a game during class time or their study time may not be learning, there […]

In the Classroom–As in Life–Collaboration Leads to Your Best Ideas

In the Classroom–As in Life–Collaboration Leads to Your Best Ideas

Have you ever struggled to come up with new ideas for your class projects or assignments? Collaboration with classmates can help you develop and/or refine your initial thoughts, turning them into ideas for meaningful class discussions and assignments. Many students believe that their involvement in the learning process is meant to be solitary in nature […]

Reading Intentionally as an Online Student with Web-Based Tools

Reading Intentionally as an Online Student with Web-Based Tools

One of the challenges that online students must consistently address is the amount of information they have to sort through, process, and retain for use in their classwork. Gone are the days when reading a textbook or visiting a local library to find a book or two was enough to complete your assignments. Now online […]

Freelance Your Way to a Fulfilling Career

Freelance Your Way to a Fulfilling Career

Whether you are a college student or recent graduate, finding employment is likely to be one of your top priorities. The job search process is time consuming and a degree does not always guarantee that you’ll have your pick of the best careers, as employers often weigh what you’ve learned and the experience you’ve acquired […]

Get Educated and Live Longer

Get Educated and Live Longer

Going to college to earn a degree has been a common choice for students who are interested in career development and advancement. Over the past few years the value of earning a degree has been called into question as the number of jobs or career options has been limited or restricted, which is a result […]

How to Be Productive and Organized in a Tech-Driven World

How to Be Productive and Organized in a Tech-Driven World

Every student knows that keeping up with assignments and classes can be challenging. In a tech-driven world full of distractions it becomes even more difficult at times to stay focused on the task at hand. This demands students develop a method of becoming highly organized to be productive. While articles and discussions about organizational skills […]

Five Sure-Fire Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer in College

Five Sure-Fire Strategies for Becoming a Better Writer in College

What often causes more anxiety for a college student than studying for a test? It’s being given a written assignment to complete. For some students, facing a blank page with only a topic to write about can cause stress and lead to procrastination, resulting in a poor final outcome. Students with under-developed writing skills will […]

Facebook Can Provide a Positive Influence for College Students

Facebook Can Provide a Positive Influence for College Students

There is no question that Facebook dominates the social media landscape now and a majority of college students maintain active profiles. Many educators frown upon the use of Facebook by students, especially when accessed during class time, because it can be distracting and addictive. But there is also research available that is in favor of […]

Is High Tech Cheating a Threat to Online Education?

Is High Tech Cheating a Threat to Online Education?

The problem of cheating in college is nothing new; however, it is becoming a bigger issue now because of the growth of online schools and online course offerings. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article has sparked further conversation about the problem of high tech cheating because there are sources that are readily accessible and […]

How Colleges Address the Issue of Measuring Students’ Learning

You’ve completed an assignment and earned a passing grade, but can you say that you have actually learned something? This is a question that educators, colleges, and regulators are also asking about college students – especially given the issues surrounding tuition increases, dropout rates, and the value of a degree for finding work in a […]

The Power of a Positive Online Classroom Culture

The Power of a Positive Online Classroom Culture

Do you believe it is possible for an online classroom to be exciting, intellectually stimulating, emotionally engaging, and a meaningful environment to work in? The field of positive psychology has been focused on helping organizations create a highly functioning culture that is supportive of employees’ well-being and those same principles can also be applied to […]

Tips for Success as an Older Online Student

Tips for Success as an Older Online Student

If you are thinking about going back to school as a mature adult, you may have feelings of apprehension about taking online classes and interacting with younger students. However, don’t allow fears about learning or common misconceptions prevent you from reaching for a new goal. You have qualities and characteristics that will help you succeed […]