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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Creating Consistency in Your Online Courses

As a prospective online student you may find that your courses are standardized, meaning that they have been designed to deliver the same content across all sections of a course, and in every academic term, but facilitated by different instructors. These courses share a set of common, reusable elements. This is a direct contrast to […]


Teaching with Text Messages

What is commonly referred to as texting, and sometimes Short Message Service (SMS), includes sending and receiving short messages via cell phones. This very specific functionality of mobile communication is gaining ground in education as a way for instructors to connect with students, especially those working at a distance, and even create new assignment options. […]


Summer Reading List 2012 – Online Learning Edition

What's on your reading list? Last week's #IOLchat included a brainstorming session of low- and no- cost professional development opportunities for online instructors. One of the ideas that emerged was to develop a reading list of relevant materials. If you are like me, you are probably always adding titles, but rarely have time to get the reading […]


Celebrating National Small Business Week

Entrepreneurial careers are on the rise, and working as an independent contractor or starting your own business may be part of your future plans. The National Small Business Week events, taking place this week and organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provide a closer look at what it means to own and operate a small […]


12 Reasons Being a Workaholic Isn’t a Virtue

While there are certainly good things that come from working hard, being a workaholic may not be the virtue you think it is.


#IOLchat Report: Online Instructor as Advisor and Counselor

Each week we meet via Twitter for #IOLchat to discuss current issues related to online learning. Participants include students, instructors, eLearning companies, schools, publishers, and instructional designers. The college instructor of today takes on a range of roles working with students, from traditional teacher and facilitator to mentor and administrator. While academic advisors and career […]


The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge

Calling all academic authors! The Saylor Foundation's Open Textbook Challenge is expanding, and awarding $20,000 for accepted textbooks that align with eligible Saylor courses and are licensed through Creative Commons (CC-BY). The Saylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization currently offering over 200 open, online courses in 12 disciplines and a general education program covering topics from […]


99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom [Updated]

We’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom.


The Quiz Was … Awesome

I couldn't believe it. This is what I heard last week from a student who completed an online quiz. As a course designer and online instructor I had to find out more. In my experience, students rarely get excited about completing a quiz and I'd never heard the word "awesome" used to describe one. This […]


18 Proven Ways to Help Recruiters Find You on LinkedIn

From better keyword placement to strategic recommendations, these are all great ways to help recruiters locate you on LinkedIn.