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What Makes an Online Class "Real" to Students?

What Makes an Online Class "Real" to Students? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The for-profit online school industry has received a great deal of attention over the past few years and the reasons have involved recruiting practices, low retention rates, and the failure to pay
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Maintaining Excellence as an Online Instructor – Even When Challenged

Maintaining Excellence as an Online Instructor –  Even When Challenged | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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5 Warning Signs You're Feeling Stuck in Your Job & What You Can Do to Break Free

5 Warning Signs You're Feeling Stuck in Your Job & What You Can Do to Break Free | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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7 Steps Needed to Become Resilient (and Successful) in Your Career

7 Steps Needed to Become Resilient (and Successful) in Your Career | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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Have You Tried Self-Reflection? What You Can Learn May Surprise You

Have You Tried Self-Reflection? What You Can Learn May Surprise You | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
For many people self-reflection sounds like something you do when you have the luxury of time. Within a technologically driven society, where a perso
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Here's How You Can Face Fear in Your Career with Determination and Courage | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Here's How You Can Face Fear in Your Career with Determination and Courage | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
What is one of the most potentially debilitating conditions that you can experience, especially as related to your current job or career? It is likel
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Online Teaching as a Career – Part 4: Online Teaching Best Practices | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Online Teaching as a Career – Part 4: Online Teaching Best Practices | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Educators have discovered that online teaching can be exciting, rewarding, frustrating, demanding, and challenging all at the same time. The opportun
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Develop Self-Discipline and You'll Find Success in Your Career

Develop Self-Discipline and You'll Find Success in Your Career | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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Online Teaching as a Career – Part 1: Becoming Visible in a Virtual Class | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Online Teaching as a Career – Part 1: Becoming Visible in a Virtual Class | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
If you have taught an online course you know firsthand what it is like to teach in a virtual environment, along with the challenges that are inherent
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5 Strategies That Create Conditions to Promote Learning in a Virtual Class

5 Strategies That Create Conditions to Promote Learning in a Virtual Class | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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It may seem that learning online should be (or could be) as effective as traditional classroom learning. In almost every online class, resources and materials are provided for the students, there are asynchronous (and occasionally synchronous) discussions, and then assessments are given to determine if progress has been made with meeting the required learning objectives. Students aren't required to sit through a lecture and instead they can study at their own convenience. But important elements are missing in a virtual classroom, such as face to face interactions that provide visual and verbal cues, and that makes the distance factor a significant challenge.

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5 Strategies Instructors Can Use to Help Students Who Lack Motivation

5 Strategies Instructors Can Use to Help Students Who Lack Motivation | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Developing conditions in an online classroom that are conducive to learning is challenging enough for instructors but then add to that the need to help students stay motivated and interested in the class, and their work is becomes even more time consuming and difficult to manage. There is a belief among some educators that it is not possible to help students that you cannot see, especially with a quality such as motivation that cannot be visually assessed in a virtual environment. But a student's level of motivation will influence all aspects of their involvement, from their engagement in the
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6 Strategies to Help Online Students Overcome the Risk of Failure

6 Strategies to Help Online Students Overcome the Risk of Failure | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The retention rate for online schools is low and there are many reasons why students discontinue their degree program, from the cost per credit hour to school policies and the quality of the courses offered. Instructors have little control over many of those factors but what they can help with is the classroom environment that they are responsible for maintaining. With every class students are at risk for failure because of the nature of a virtual environment and interactions with others. New students have the greatest risk and the most challenging learning curve. When students take their fir
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3 Change Management Tools to Help Students Who Don't Like to Change

3 Change Management Tools to Help Students Who Don't Like to Change | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When students are assigned to an online class there is a general expectation that they will perform in a fairly uniform manner, which means they are expected to follow the rules, adhere to the school policies, and complete what is expected of them within the timeframe established. As instructors know, not all students are fully prepared to engage in the class or have all of the skills necessary to perform their best. There will likely be students, especially new or newer students, who will need to adapt in some manner and make changes of some kind. They may not even recognize that there are c
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Why You Need a "You" Year Resolution to Become Resilient in Your Career

Why You Need a "You" Year Resolution to Become Resilient in Your Career | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
It's a new year and a time when you may feel hopeful. The holidays have passed and the new year represents a new start and clean slate. It's also a time when people make resolutions that are quickly
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Is Critical Thinking Overrated or Under-Utilized in Higher Education?

Is Critical Thinking Overrated or Under-Utilized in Higher Education? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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What Inspires You to Teach? Is it a Job, a Calling, or a Profession?

What Inspires You to Teach? Is it a Job, a Calling, or a Profession? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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Classroom vs. Online Teaching: Can You Use the Same Teaching Methods?

Classroom vs. Online Teaching: Can You Use the Same Teaching Methods? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
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You Can't Force Students to Learn – But Here's How to Help Them Try | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

You Can't Force Students to Learn – But Here's How to Help Them Try | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Learning is not an automatic process and does not occur just because of the classroom conditions that have been established. When students begin a cl
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Online Teaching as a Career Part 5: How to Create Conditions for Learning in a Virtual Class | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Online Teaching as a Career Part 5: How to Create Conditions for Learning in a Virtual Class | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Learning can be fun, engaging, and interesting, or it can seem dull, mechanical, and boring. This is true regardless of the format of the class, whet
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Online Teaching as a Career Part 3: Nurturing Positive Beliefs to Sustain Learning | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Online Teaching as a Career Part 3: Nurturing Positive Beliefs to Sustain Learning | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When you consider factors that are important for the learning process, from the perspective of your students, you might list factors such as academic
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Is It Time to Change Jobs? Here are Warning Signs and Steps to Prepare | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn

Is It Time to Change Jobs? Here are Warning Signs and Steps to Prepare | Dr. Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA | LinkedIn | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Do you remember your first day on the job? If you took this new job out of need you may have felt a sense of hope. If you took the job for career adv
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What Motivates You to Perform Your Best at Work Every Day?

What Motivates You to Perform Your Best at Work Every Day? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Do you remember when you began your present (or most recent) job? Starting of a new job is a time when enthusiasm, energy, and a feeling of professional fulfillment is at its strongest – influenced by the reason why the job offer was accepted. Over time the level of enthusiasm and feeling of satisfaction may fluctuate as the reality of the job tasks become clear, and this can influence a person’s performance in a positive or negative manner depending upon the circumstances experienced. The most common factors that can have an impact on how a person performs on the job may include the actual wo
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5 Tools to Transform Negative Beliefs That Are Toxic to Your Career

5 Tools to Transform Negative Beliefs That Are Toxic to Your Career | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Getting a good job can be a lot of work and turning it into a long-term career can be even more challenging. Most people believe that making progress in a career requires hard work, dedication, commitment, the development of relevant skills, and perhaps a bit of good luck. While there are many reasons why a person can ultimately succeed or fail in their job there is another factor that can have a significant influence on performance and ultimately the potential realized, and that is the beliefs that a person holds about their abilities and capabilities. If a belief becomes negative and is mai
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Job Searching? 4 Tools You Need to Manage Your Online Presence

Job Searching? 4 Tools You Need to Manage Your Online Presence | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The time when job seekers relied solely on the newspaper for job ads has passed and now jobs are often found through online sources such as job boards. The obvious benefit is the ability to find jobs on any given day or time of the week, along with information about potential employers. What job seekers must always keep in mind is that potential employers can also learn about them with a quick search using any search engine. What can be found is a digital footprint and that is what needs to be monitored on a regular basis. It is possible to sabotage your career potential if you don't monitor
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