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IBM's Top Five Predictions for 2015

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IBM has unveiled its fifth annual Next Five in Five -- five technology innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over...
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E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate

E-Learning and Online Teaching (Blended) Graduate Certificate | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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Prepare for teaching in blended or virtual online classrooms or training in e-learning settings. Become an effective online instructor.


About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, January 16, 2:42 AM

 There is an up coming project in which I expect to participate in and the knowledge and skills I acquire will make me to be a contributor.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, April 30, 7:18 PM

For those wanting to seriously develop their online skills at a post graduate level this is a possible option:

"Prepare for designing online courses, teaching in blended or online classes or training in e-learning settings."
"The courses are designed for experienced trainers and educators interested in entering the field of online teaching or those who wish to blend web-based instruction into their face-to-face classes." 

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Vicki Davis: How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

Vicki Davis: How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship. Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been happening since our ancestors refined the wheel.
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Here's a classroom teachers take on Making and what it brings to teaching, learning and thinking.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 3, 4:17 PM

Here's a classroom teachers take on Making and what it brings to teaching, learning and thinking. 


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Unsplash | Free High Resolution Photos

Unsplash | Free High Resolution Photos | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
10 new photos every 10 days.
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Photos are licensed under Creative Commons 1.0 . This is a public domain designation, copyright free.  Keyword search or scroll, you'll find some very high quality photography you can use for your web work.

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Explore what careers are right for you – About - – eParachute

Explore what careers are right for you – About -  – eParachute | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Are you a recent graduate searching for what to do with your education? Or a career-changer wondering where else you could go with your hard-earned skills? Or a job-hunter who just doesn't like the options in front of you?

Dream up your next career with eParachute:

Discover your most loved strengths,
Explore hundreds of potential career paths, and
See how well careers match what you love to do most.

Inspired by the best-selling career guide of all time.
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This is the 21st Century version of the classic job search book: What Color is Your Parachute.

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Free Security Check Ups | StaySafeOnline.org

Many computer security vendors offer free computer security checks for your computer.
Visit a link below to check your computer for known viruses, spyware, and more and discover if your computer is vulnerable to cyber attacks.
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Be aware, but don't live in fear.  Here's a list of security checks you can run on your computer. Remember Ben Franklin's words: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: Quiz Archive

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: Quiz Archive | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
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I have a great respect for Larry Ferlazzo. He's an accomplished educator and a well known blogger.  Here is a link to all of Larry's posts on Quizzes.  Thanks Larry for a great selection of tools and ideas!

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Top Journals for e-Learning Research | e-Learning and Virtual Teams

Top Journals for e-Learning Research | e-Learning and Virtual Teams | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
After conducting a systematic literature search across disciplines, our researchers have identified roughly 1,600 relevant academic journal articles, conference proceedings, and graduate dissertations on e-learning and virtual teams published in the past decade.
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Here's a literature review of E-Learning research from a top academic team out of Canada. 

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Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them.

Algorithms Are Only As Intelligent As the Humans Behind Them. | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Automated learning pathways are currently a hot topic in discussions on education because those pathways have the potential to personalize learning and provide timely intervention for students. With automated pathways, also known as adaptive learning, the instruction changes based on the students’ current levels of understanding. In some cases, adaptive learning is teacher-directed. In this case, teachers push new content to their students based on the learners’ previous performances. In other cases, the pathways are “system-generated” so the technology “automatically” adapts to meet the needs of individual students. The latter option is far more controversial because it elicits this question: Are algorithms replacing teachers? What if the system “misunderstands” and doesn’t provide students with the proper support and intervention?1
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Does the future scare you or entice you with a smile?  Would a system generated response to your answer be more reliable than one offered by an old school (i.e. flesh and bone) teacher.


This article will help think about algorithms and online teaching and learning.

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magnus sandberg's curator insight, June 28, 4:26 AM

A multiple choise test can be designed to aid learning or not, as can an adaptive learning system. The motviation and pedagogic understanding of those who make it is critical.

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Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out

Dropouts & Moocs: Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Researchers are trying to understand why the vast majority of students fail to finish free online classes and who is signing up for the classes to begin with.
One widely quoted dropout figure for students in massive open online courses is 90 percent. The number would be staggeringly high for a traditional class and has been used to cast doubt on the promise of MOOCs.
The number is simple to come up with: take the number of users who register for a course and compare it to the number still participating at the end. But is it fair?
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If attrition rates are the measure of an online class then MOOCs fail.

However, attrition is just one measure (and not the best measure) of a massive open online class.

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John Bostock's curator insight, June 26, 9:07 AM

About time we stirred the MOOC pot again - some interesting discussion following the article itself.

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40 weirdly intriguing questions...

40 weirdly intriguing questions... | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
1. What’s a question you’re afraid to ask? To whom?
2. What’s something you hide about your personality?
3. What’s something other people think about you that you don’t agree with?
4. How do...
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Discussion Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on a semi anonymous tumblr blog.

Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.


Icebreakers anyone?

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Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on semi anonymous tumblr blog. 


Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.

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Tips to make your website accessible - YouTube

Video produced by System Concepts for World Usability Day 2010. This video describes how making your website accessible to people with disabilities improves ...
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Great short video with useful tips and examples to make your website more accessible.

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e-Jobs: Online Accounting Faculty - Concordia College

e-Jobs: Online Accounting Faculty - Concordia College | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Desired Attributes/Qualifications:
Ph.D. or Doctorate in subject field; Master's degree will be considered with CPA and work experience in the field and online teaching Accounting or a related field unless otherwise noted.
A minimum of 5 years successful academic experience at the college/university level that includes teaching in the online modality.
Experience with synchronous learning in an online format.
Must have an understanding of and affinity for a Christian Liberal Arts education in the Lutheran faith.
Proven ability to engage a diverse student population in active learning to meet required course and program outcomes.
Must be passionate about teaching, student-centered, and committed to student success.
Familiarly with web-conferencing software such as WebEx or zoom preferred
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About Us: The University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program specializes in highly personalized, discussion-based training in how to teach online. 

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An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean

An Academic Ghostwriter Comes Clean | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

When The Chronicle published a confessional essay two years ago by a writer for a student-paper mill who had spent nearly a decade helping college students cheat on their assignments, it provoked anger, astonishment, and weary resignation.

The writer, under the pseudonym Ed Dante, said he had completed scores of papers for students who were too lazy or simply unprepared for their work at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

The academic ghostwriter has retired, and in his new memoir, he reveals his true identity: Dave Tomar, 32, a graduate of the bachelor's program in communications at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus and, now, a freelance writer in Philadelphia.

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Dave Tomar claims to have spent 25000 hours writing academic papers for hire.  


This is an interesting story.  The follow up comments are worth reading too. 

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9 Essential Principles for Good Web Design - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial

9 Essential Principles for Good Web Design - Tuts+ Design & Illustration Tutorial | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Web design can be deceptively difficult, as it involves achieving a design that is both usable and pleasing, delivers information and builds brand, is technically sound and visually coherent.
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Solid advice.  This article addresses usability and design for self-taught web designers.  

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Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page

Ten Steps Toward Universal Design of Online Courses: Home Page | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Implementing the principles of universal design in online learning means anticipating the diversity of students that may enroll in your course and planning accordingly. These ten key elements will greatly enhance the accessibility and usability of your course for students with and without disabilities.
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Great advice:


Step 1: Develop content first, then design.
Step 2: Provide simple, consistent navigation.
Step 3: Include an accommodation statement.
Step 4: Choose CMS tools carefully.
Step 5: Model and teach good discussion board etiquette.
Step 6: Use color with care.
Step 7: Provide accessible document formats.
Step 8: Choose fonts carefully.
Step 9: Convert PowerPoint™ to accessible HTML.
Step 10: If it's auditory make it visual; if it is visual make it auditory.

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Whether you want to have students turn in homework via an online form or simply take a quiz or test, online quiz tools are critical to having a connected classroom. Most tools are free, all are robust, and they’re quite easy to use. What could be better than that? You can use any of these below tools to get feedback from parents, students, colleagues, and more.
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A somewhat dated, but still quite viable round up article on Quiz tools for online classrooms, blended classrooms, or even old school rooms with a computer in the corner!

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

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7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/6ce55N

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These are very handy for formative assessment. They are let you get your results in a hurry. 

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Harold Jarche: Ask What Value You Can Add

Harold Jarche: Ask What Value You Can Add | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing. That value could be just parking things for easy retrieval. It is definitely not filling activity streams with massive amounts of unwanted information. Find ways to separate signal and noise.
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Jarche on curation: Pay attention! 

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Personalized eLearning: A Customized Approach To Accelerated eLearning - eLearning Industry

Personalized eLearning: A Customized Approach To Accelerated eLearning - eLearning Industry | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The concept of "Personalization" can easily be understood from taking a closer look at some of the existing digital technologies that all of us use. For instance, from the browser that you use to roam the Internet, to the email and messaging systems that you use to stay connected with friends and family, to the digital boxes you use to watch TV shows and movies online - they all offer personalization and customization options.

However, when it comes to eLearning systems, "personalization" takes on a whole new meaning. Personalized eLearning is the act of customizing:

The learning environment (e.g. how the content appears to the learner - font sizes, colors, backgrounds, themes etc.)
The learning content itself (e.g. audio, video, textual, graphical etc.)
The interaction between facilitator, student and the learning content (e.g. mouse, stylus, tap/swipe, keyboard; e.g. using "Gaming", Quizzes, Online discussions, Demonstrate-do-check-reinforce, Adaptive learning approaches, Tutorials)
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In my work I concentrate most on the interaction between students and the interactions between facilitator and students. 

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The concept of "Personalization" can easily be understood from taking a closer look at some of the existing digital technologies that all of us use. For instance, from the browser that you use to roam the Internet, to the email and messaging systems that you use to stay connected with friends and family, to the digital boxes you use to watch TV shows and movies online - they all offer personalization and customization options.

However, when it comes to eLearning systems, "personalization" takes on a whole new meaning. Personalized eLearning is the act of customizing:

The learning environment (e.g. how the content appears to the learner - font sizes, colors, backgrounds, themes etc.)
The learning content itself (e.g. audio, video, textual, graphical etc.)
The interaction between facilitator, student and the learning content (e.g. mouse, stylus, tap/swipe, keyboard; e.g. using "Gaming", Quizzes, Online discussions, Demonstrate-do-check-reinforce, Adaptive learning approaches, Tutorials)

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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson - YouTube

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? With Where Good Ideas Co...
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Johnson ends this video by saying "...chance favors the connected mind."  Do you get good ideas from the intricate weave of information delivered by the internet?

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Blended Learning at MIT


Via Fiona Harvey
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This is a 3 page position paper, with resources written in 2012.

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Blanca Bernabé García's curator insight, June 29, 11:18 AM

Una buena definifición/presentación

Roberto Aníbal Arce's curator insight, June 29, 6:53 PM

Para iniciarse en la semi-presencialidad, extendiendo el aula hacia el mundo virtual.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, July 3, 8:37 AM

A useful and interesting summary of some of the important points to consider when developing a blended course.

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What Disruption? Online Education and the Status Quo - PC Mag

What Disruption? Online Education and the Status Quo - PC Mag | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

"William Fenton: Despite grandiloquent claims about changing education—or the world—today's most popular online courses largely reinforce the status quo of higher education. This isn't to say that online courses aren't useful for many learners. As I have stressed in my reviews of edX, Coursera, Khan Academy, Udemy, and Udacity, online courses provide the tools with which adult learners, particularly tech-savvy self-starters, can pursue continuing education at little or no cost. "

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Here is a brief, lucid and experience based review of MOOCs as they are today.

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Paul Gorski's EdChange - Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises

Paul Gorski's EdChange - Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Multicultural, Anti-bias, & Diversity Activities & Exercises


The activities have been developed and refined for multicultural education courses and workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers. All activities that lead to dialogue on issues such as oppression, prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination should be closely examined and appropriately modified for the target audience. Address questions about the following activities to Paul Gorski.

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This is a favorite resource for face to face multicultural activities that can be adapted for online use.  For many years, I've used the ground rules activity to set 'netiquette' expectations.  

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Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Online Learning in Higher Educatio

Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Online Learning in Higher Educatio | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it


Carol Y. Ashong
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30302 USA
carolashong@yahoo.com

Nannette E. Commander
Professor
Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30302 USA
ncommander@gsu.edu



Abstract

This paper reports on a quantitative study that investigated the impact of ethnicity and gender on perceptions of online learning. Specifically, the study examined African-American students' perceptions of online learning as compared to those of their White-American counterparts. Participants completed a survey that investigated nine different elements of the online learning environment: Computer Usage, Teacher Support, Student Interaction and Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, Student Autonomy, Equity, Enjoyment, and Asynchronicity. African-American and White students had overall positive views of online learning, but African-Americans reported significantly less positive views regarding the feature of asynchronicity. Females had more positive perceptions than males on Teacher Support, Student Interaction and Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, and Student Autonomy. The findings of this study indicate that gender and ethnicity independently influence students' perceptions of online learning.

Keywords: African-American students, gender, higher education, collaborative learning, prior online experience, student perceptions, Online Learning Environment Survey (OLES)

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As an online instructor this research underscores the need for UDL. Differentiation and a willingness to challenge your own point of view are invaluable. 

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e-Jobs: Adjunct Online Faculty - Psychology - Statistics

e-Jobs: Adjunct Online Faculty - Psychology - Statistics | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Job Requirements

Knowledge:
A PhD in Psychology (experience teaching statistics within psychology classes).
Communication skills -Must clearly convey information and ideas to others; demonstrates active listening skills.
One year of college level teaching experience.
Credibility-Acts in accordance with stated values; follows through on commitments; uses ethical considerations to guide values
Interpersonal Effectiveness-Ability to achieve results through people; sets goals that are acceptable and motivates people to reach them, and handles conflict in a constructive manner.
Judgment/Critical Analysis- Ability to make sound decisions based on analysis, knowledge, and experience; readily understands complex issues; develops solutions that effectively address problems.
Student and College Focused-Makes students and colleagues and their needs a primary focus; creates and/or implements student-focused processes or procedures
Professionalism-Participates in all activities in a collegial, ethical and responsible manner. Appropriately, constructively, and productively interacts with students, other faculty, administration and staff. Serves as a role model and representative of Argosy University
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Start an online career: don't let your geography limit your options.

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Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers

Why online teaching liberates ESL teachers | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Inspired by her talk at Innovate ELT, guest blogger Jaime Miller of English Success Academy looks at the reasons and pluses for getting into teaching online.


During one of the mini-plenaries at Innovate ELT 2015, in Barcelona, Spain, Duncan Foord referenced a fear in the industry: that EdTech will render teachers obsolete.


Nothing could be further from the truth, and I say that with five years of experience teaching ESL online, and three years of sourcing 100% of my income from private Skype exams lessons for TOEFL iBT (without touching services like iTalki, WizIQ, or CourseEra). As our industry moves forward, teaching will inevitably change – but teachers will remain as essential as they always have been.


At Innovate ELT, I opened a discussion of the future of teaching ESL online with an observation about many English teachers and expats around the world:

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This speaks to all who teach online (or want to). The specific audience for Jaime Miller's work are all who teach language.  She's got insights about how to take your practice online. 


Good information here.

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Ra's curator insight, June 23, 5:56 PM

Perspective of teaching online in english language learning. Implications for learning in all areas. 

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The Shadow Scholar

The Shadow Scholar | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

This article first appeared in 2010 in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author uses 'Ed Dante' as a pseudonym.


The request came in by e-mail around 2 in the afternoon. It was from a previous customer, and she had urgent business. I quote her message here verbatim (if I had to put up with it, so should you): "You did me business ethics propsal for me I need propsal got approved pls can you will write me paper?"

I've gotten pretty good at interpreting this kind of correspondence. The client had attached a document from her professor with details about the paper. She needed the first section in a week. Seventy-five pages.

I told her no problem.

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One of the extraordinary things about teaching and learning online is the reality that there is a record or everything you do. Your skill and ability is there on the page and retrievable from the database. 


It's hard to fake expertise in a performance based environment. It's much harder to fake your way through a semester's worth of discussions than it is to buy a paper. (Almost anything is possible in both face to face and virtual education.)

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University of Wisconsin Stout: Interested in online teaching and learning?

Information about our Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning.