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A Creative Approach to Career Development

A Creative Approach to Career Development

Being creative isn’t just for artists, authors, and musicians. All of us can, and should, think about our careers creatively – working with the raw materials at hand to make something unique. In the context of career development, these raw materials might include your education and training accomplishments, past working experiences, interests and hobbies, volunteer […]


Connecting Course Work and the Workplace

Connecting Course Work and the Workplace

If you are interested in furthering your career or opening up new employment options, you have something in common with many other online students. The Noel-Levitz higher education consulting group routinely reports that “future employment opportunities” are a factor for online enrollment, and new research from The Learning House [PDF] finds that two-thirds of online […]


Online Learning on a Budget

Online Learning on a Budget

There’s no denying the price of higher education is skyrocketing and student debt is at unprecedented levels. Yet, going back to school can still mean lower unemployment and higher wages. One of my pet peeves is the assumption that online learning is a cheaper alternative to traditional programs. Sure, no dorm fees or meal plans, […]


A Closer Look at LinkedIn Premium

A Closer Look at LinkedIn Premium

Have you received an email invitation to upgrade your LinkedIn account? I’m asked at least once each month if I want to purchase a premium account, often including a free 30-day trial, but never took the plunge … until now. LinkedIn is recognized as a premier site for professional social networking, and there’s good reason […]


Public Internet Access and the Online Learner

Public Internet Access and the Online Learner

Whether it’s at the library or Starbucks, many online students study away from home for a variety of reasons, including access to hardware, software, and the Internet. I volunteer at a branch of my local public library to assist patrons with the dozen or so computers available for public use, sometimes even helping online students […]


A Hashtag Handbook for Online Students

A Hashtag Handbook for Online Students

If you are familiar with this blog, you probably know that Twitter is one of my favorite resources. For learners and instructors alike, Twitter can be a basic tool for networking and communication. But when I introduce Twitter to new users, including my online students, the more advanced use of hashtags seems to be a […]


Referrals, References, and Letters of Recommendation

Referrals, References, and Letters of Recommendation

It can seem like the job search process never ends. After you prepare your resume and cover letter, and perhaps fill out job applications, there is still more to do. Referrals, references, and letters of recommendation are all significant pieces of the job search puzzle, and they all require you to ask somebody for something. […]


Culture of the Online College

Culture of the Online College

With an increasing number of online learning options to choose from, how do you decide which program is right for you? There are essential components you should research to ensure academic quality and a fit with your goals and resources. Accreditation and affordability, for example, should be at the top of your checklist for comparing […]


The Future of Culinary Arts Education

The Future of Culinary Arts Education

With rising tuition, low salary potential, and what students see as falling standards, what's the future like for culinary arts education?


Flipping Your Online Course with Synchronous Sessions

Flipping Your Online Course with Synchronous Sessions

The flipped classroom concept is a popular one. It usually involves shifting more passive learning activities, such as listening to lectures, out of the face-to-face classroom to an online format. The second half of the flip moves more active learning tasks, such as collaborative exercises, to a face-to-face setting. When I attended Jackie Gerstein’s featured […]