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The Student's Toolbox for Coping With Frustration - Online College Courses

The Student's Toolbox for Coping With Frustration - Online College Courses | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Frustration is a common reaction to situations in which we feel (or perceive) that circumstances and events are beyond our immediate control or there are roadblocks that prevent us from accomplishing a task or goal.
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Can You Use Student-Centered Strategies in Online Classes?

Can You Use Student-Centered Strategies in Online Classes? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Online classes can be mechanical in nature and feel distant for students, which typically results in low student engagement and retention in the class, or it can be an environment that stimulates an interest in learning and promotes meaningful interactions. Who has the greatest influence when it comes to the type of class environment that is experienced, the students or their instructor? It is the instructor who establishes the classroom conditions and students in turn respond or react to what they perceive as they are involved in the class, along with what they actually experience as they in
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Can Mindfulness Be Used to Enhance Learning?

Can Mindfulness Be Used to Enhance Learning? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When you think about the word mindfulness you may not automatically associate it with learning and higher education. Most educators want to focus their attention on the subject matter being taught and the development of skills that are needed to ensure academic success, such as writing and reading skills. Mindfulness is also associated with spirituality and guided meditation, which again may not seem like a natural fit for the learning process. But mindfulness has a much broader definition and potential use, and it is utilized in both organizations and schools. The one exception is distance l
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Should You Care About Student Satisfaction or Learning?

Should You Care About Student Satisfaction or Learning? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Online instructors know that one of the important factors for determining their performance, and possibly future course offerings, are the results of the end-of-course evaluations that are completed by students. The focus of those evaluations, whether intentionally stated or not, involves how satisfied the students were with the course, materials, instructor, and other similar criteria. Instructors also know that the response rate for these surveys is typically a small percentage of the class and more importantly, it is often an emotional reaction that usually dictates a majority of student r
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Be Prepared for Online Teaching: Essentials & Best Practices

Be Prepared for Online Teaching: Essentials & Best Practices | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Online teaching can be exciting, rewarding, frustrating, demanding, and challenging all at the same time. The opportunities for new online teaching opportunities are becoming limited now because of the number of schools that offer online classes, and the process of landing a quality adjunct position has become very competitive. For example, it is not uncommon for someone who is highly experienced and educated to receive the dreaded no thank you email from a human resources department, without anyone ever having taken the time to contact them to discuss their background. So what do you do whil
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Critical Online Teaching Strategies to Improve Your Facilitation

Critical Online Teaching Strategies to Improve Your Facilitation | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The work of an online educator can be very demanding because of the nature of facilitating a learning process within a virtual environment when you cannot physically see or interact with your students. It can also be challenging for anyone who is working as an adjunct while balancing other career related responsibilities. For those educators who have already taught online for some time they will likely have developed working habits that either assist them with meeting the contractual faculty requirements or cause them to miss important classroom deadlines or instructional functions. The level
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Here's How to Engage the Mind of Your Students & Learning Will Occur

Here's How to Engage the Mind of Your Students & Learning Will Occur | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
The ideal outcome for any class, whether it is a college course or corporate training program, is to have students demonstrate that they were able to meet the course objectives, which could include several factors such as the acquisition of new knowledge or the development of specific skills that are academic or job related. In other words, it is expected that students will have learned about a subject or learned how to do something as a result of their involvement in a class. Yet the reality for many classes is that some students will simply go through the motions without actually learning a
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Success Depends Upon Self-Discipline – Especially in Your Career

Success Depends Upon Self-Discipline – Especially in Your Career | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
There is a well-known phrase that talks about the importance of working smarter and while there are many interpretations of what it can mean, overall it is meant to emphasize the benefits of being focused, disciplined, and working hard. Hard work is the backbone of any career but over time, and when routine work habits are established and set in, the effort that a person exerts may become conditionally based. It could be due to a person's perception of a "bad" boss, poor working conditions, not receiving a pay increase or recognition for their effort, and the list continues. While t
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Online Instructors Must Manage Time Well – Here's How

Online Instructors Must Manage Time Well – Here's How | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Online instructors understand the need to manage their time effectively, especially those who are working in an adjunct capacity and balancing other responsibilities such as a full time job. Of course any instructor must be skilled in time management; however, the need is greater for online educators since they do not visibly see their classroom unless they check into it and it can be easy to assume the class is running well if there are no complaints. The other issue I've worked with as a faculty development specialist is the problem of waiting until a couple of days until feedback is due to
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Strategies to Transform From a Trainer to a Workforce Educator

Strategies to Transform From a Trainer to a Workforce Educator | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Corporate training has tremendous potential to promote learning in organizations. There are two primary elements that are responsible for how much potential is realized within the corporate training classroom, and those elements are the materials provided and the method of delivery. An instructional designer, or someone in a similar role, can develop engaging materials but if the delivery is not well executed, the training will not be as effective as it could. In contrast, if the training materials have not been designed in the most engaging manner, or the material is technical in nature, it
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How Instructors Prompt Critical Thinking During Class Discussions

How Instructors Prompt Critical Thinking During Class Discussions | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
As an instructor, whether in a higher education class or corporate training class, you need tools and strategies that allow you to connect with students, especially during class discussions that are crucial to the learning process. When an instructor asks students some form of follow-up question it is helpful as it demonstrates they are engaged in the conversation and are prepared to discuss it. But is that enough to prompt students to comprehend the meaning of the information received and how it relates to them, either personally or professionally? The purpose of a discussion is to promote l
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Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed for Educators and Students

Why Emotional Intelligence is Needed for Educators and Students | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Technology has changed the way we communicate, including the format and perception of what it means to interact with others. For those who rely upon the use of technological tools they often develop an abbreviated form of writing and how they communicate may be done without a filter. Many people feel free to share personal details online and post comments without regard to the tone or content. This form of communication is becoming more evident in the classroom, whether in an academic or corporate training class. Instead of relying upon technological devices and social networking websites, st
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What Inspires You to Teach Adults?

What Inspires You to Teach Adults? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
You may remember how you got started as an instructor or workplace corporate trainer, but do you recall what inspires you to continue training or teaching? The instructional duties of an educator requires advanced planning and well-defined time management skills, especially if you have multiple projects or responsibilities to balance. If you teach in a traditional classroom you have to plan for class that typically meets on a specific day of the week or date; and if you teach online it is expected this you will be actively engaged and present in your class throughout the week. What inspires y
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The Unlimited Power of Your Potential – In Work and Life

The Unlimited Power of Your Potential – In Work and Life | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Everyone has potential, perhaps more than they realize now or will ever come to fully know in their life because of fear and self-doubt. Your ability to tap into your potential will determine how many successes you have throughout your life, which is especially important for your career. You have the potential to learn, which many people do not realize even though they learn from life experiences every day. Everyone have a potential for personal and professional self-development because of an ability to learn, as long as you are willing to purposefully seek out new knowledge and skills, and d
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Develop Self-Confidence By Finding Your Voice

Develop Self-Confidence By Finding Your Voice | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
It is likely that most everyone wants to reach the end of their work day with a sense of accomplishment, whether it is a matter of just getting through the day or doing something meaningful as a result of their job – with many variations in between. The disposition someone develops about their job can have a direct impact on the amount of effort that is put into the required tasks, and it is easy to allow the circumstances at work to determine or influence the attitude held. While perfect working conditions certainly make it easier to feel good about completing what is expected, the dec
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Have You Become a Workaholic? How to Work and Be Successful

Have You Become a Workaholic? How to Work and Be Successful | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Whether you love your job and are building a career, or you simply tolerate it to pay the bills, it can consume a significant amount of your time each week. Most people have some type of fixed schedule or number of hours they are required to work each week and the actual hours spent on the job may vary based upon their workload. The requirements of a job, along with performance expectations, may require working beyond the regular workday – even if those tasks and expectations are unrealistic.There are some people who will gladly put in any amount of extra time that is needed or expected
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Is Success Overrated? Or Do You Need It For Your Career?

Is Success Overrated? Or Do You Need It For Your Career? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When someone states they have been successful there is usually something specific that they can point to, whether it is a new job, advancement with a current employer, a merit pay raise, special recognition, or something else that signifies an obvious achievement for their career. However, for some people they may believe that success rarely happens for them no matter how hard they work or how much effort they put into their job. Success is usually defined by events or occurrences and that is a reason why it becomes a source of frustration for many people, and why this also creates a negative
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What Does It Really Mean to Stay the Course in Your Career?

What Does It Really Mean to Stay the Course in Your Career? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Any time you think about your current job or career, and you question the decisions you've made that caused you to arrive at this particular point, it may be easy to let self-doubt and negativity take over your thoughts. If this pattern of thinking is allowed to continue for any length of time you will likely find that it can cause you to lose sight of the control you have over your career, regardless of the present circumstances that may seem to be beyond your immediate power to change for the better. A mindset like that can easily become a self-defeating attitude, which will lead to further
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Should You Give 110% on the Job or Your Best Effort?

Should You Give 110% on the Job or Your Best Effort? | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
Everyone goes through a natural cycle with their career. The start of a new job is a time when enthusiasm, energy, and professional fulfillment is at its peak. Over time the level of enthusiasm and the feeling of satisfaction may fluctuate as the reality of the job becomes clear, which 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 actual work conditions or perceptions about a manager, supervisor, or the company overall. It
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Students Won't Learn If You Don't Show Them How

Students Won't Learn If You Don't Show Them How | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When students walk into class, or enter an online classroom, they are there because it is a mandatory degree requirement or they have a specific need that requires them to acquire specialized knowledge and/or skills for their career. However, just because they are present doesn't mean they are willing participants and are certain to be actively engaged. They may not become fully involved in their class until they perceive it will be of value and they can complete what is required of them, which means learning may be viewed as a conditional process rather than something they can always benefit
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Do You Want to Change How Students Perform? Influence Their Beliefs

Do You Want to Change How Students Perform? Influence Their Beliefs | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
When an adult student begins a class, whether it is a traditional, online, or corporate training class, a factor that can have a direct impact on their level of involvement in that class is their beliefs. The beliefs that students hold about their academic abilities and capability to participate in the learning process will determine their level of effort, energy, and willingness to be involved. It influences their persistence when faced with challenges and is a determining factor for their grades and course outcomes. Their beliefs also shape their attitude about learning, interactions they h
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Are You Going Nowhere In Your Career? It is Time for Inspired Action

Are You Going Nowhere In Your Career? It is Time for Inspired Action | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
It is possible that at some point in your career you are going to feel blocked, stalled, or going nowhere. When that occurs you can use it as a time to reflect and redirect your focus, or you can become frustrated and do nothing to change the conditions. Any time you believe you are not getting the results you hoped for, whether or not you have tried to change your approach, you can use it as a warning sign. This is a wake-up call that indicates some aspect of your career plan needs to be adapted or altered in some way. It could be an internalized belief or expectation that needs adjustment,
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In a Virtual Classroom an Instructor Must be Visible

In a Virtual Classroom an Instructor Must be Visible | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
There are two important questions that every instructor needs to ask as they prepare to interact with students in a virtual class. First, do you believe that you are maintaining an active presence in your online class? More importantly, how do you maintain social interactions without physically meeting your students?Students that attend a traditional classroom have the benefit of visually observing the instructor and their involvement in the class, which provides important clues and feedback about the learning process. The nature of those visual observations change with an online classroom en
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Prepare for Work as an Online Graduate Student

Prepare for Work as an Online Graduate Student | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
There are many reasons why someone would choose to pursue an online graduate degree but for many the primary reason is often related to their career. There may be a goal of career advancement, making a career change, or acquiring subject matter knowledge and expertise. Regardless of the reason, an online graduate student will find that an advanced degree requires a different set of skills and expectations. Starting a graduate degree program may be challenging at first, especially if it has been some time since your undergraduate degree was completed; however, knowing the basics will help make
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What to Do When You're Stuck in a Career Rut

What to Do When You're Stuck in a Career Rut | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
A job can serve a variety of purposes and for many people they accept a job offer because they are in need of the income, without necessarily thinking about their future. Others have a specific career plan and a new job may be a step towards meeting their goals. Over time a job can become a stable career, one that provides new opportunities. Stability in a career is important but what happens when that job you value becomes stagnant and it no longer feels fresh or no longer brings out the best in your job performance? Is a change of attitude the only possible answer?Telling yourself "I l
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Becoming a Digital Citizen-What Every Student Needs to Know

Becoming a Digital Citizen-What Every Student Needs to Know | Adult Education and Career Development | Scoop.it
As a college student, especially an online student, you are usually not introduced to the concept of digital citizenship. You are expected to follow a code of conduct and your instructor may provide ground rules, which describe acceptable behaviors in the class. For online classes the usual standard is called Netiquette. Regardless of the classroom environment, many students have some form of online interaction through class activities in a flipped classroom or an online class, along with their interactions through the use of social media. Becoming a responsible digital citizen means more tha
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