Monthly Archives: October 2011
By Melissa Venable Deciding to enter a graduate program is a personal commitment in many ways, and an investment of not only money, but also time and effort. There has been a lot of speculation about the value of higher education in general over the last several years and the larger discussion includes graduate programs [...]
Some choose to make their speeches inspiring and moving while others aim to get their fellow students to laugh until their sides hurt.
By Melissa Venable The traditional resume isn't obsolete, but there are a growing number of alternative ways to present your work experience and qualifications to an employer. There are also reports that some employers are using non-traditional methods – social networking sites, Google searches – to both locate potential applicants and screen applicants that have already [...]
Through social networks, email, video, and online chats, learners can connect with and learn from a wider range of people than ever before.
Each week we meet via Twitter for #IOLchat to discuss current issues related to online learning. Participants have included students, instructors, eLearning companies, schools, publishers, and instructional designers. This week we discussed social media and higher education with questions adapted from the EDUCAUSE ECAR 2011 project on students and technology. Here's a review of our conversation: How [...]
By Melissa Venable A growing focus of small businesses and incubator groups, technology solutions created by new companies can fill the voids left by colleges, universities, and school districts facing shrinking budgets. This is crucial because those same schools are also working to meet technology requirements and initiatives driven by agencies concerned about quality education. [...]
By Melissa Venable After reading one of my recent posts, LinkedIn for the Adjunct Professor, a colleague of mine pointed out that as helpful as social networking systems can be, they can also be a source of misinformation. Social media can be leveraged for many purposes and unfortunately you may encounter the negative as well as [...]
By Melissa Venable EDUCAUSE, a non-profit association focused on the use of information technology in higher education, annually surveys college students about their use of technology. The ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2011 report was presented at the EDUCAUSE annual conference* yesterday. While I wasn't able to attend in person, I was [...]
From federal Financial Aid restrictions to reduced opportunities, students with undocumented status face a lower quality of education than their legal classmates.
By Melissa Venable You will find critical thinking skills referenced in your courses, program objectives, information about job opportunities, and professional development and workplace training. What is critical thinking and why is it so important? Being able to think critically, which is evaluative rather than negative, allows us to make better decisions and solve complex [...]
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Making the Most of Your Virtual Career CenterOnline students are not always aware of all of the resources available to them, including career centers. Just like their traditional, on-campus counterparts, professional career practitioners at online institutions provide valuable services for …