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 When Online Discussions Fall Flat

What Do You Do When Online Discussions Fall Flat?

Published: November 5th, 2015

The value of discussions and other interactive strategies in online instruction is to get the student active in exploration, discovery, and deep learning which leads to critical thinking. Learning that enables critical thinking is a collaborative process in which content is generally constructed or discovered rather than transmitted.

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What Do Online Student Want!

What Do Online Students Want?

Published: May 26th, 2015

In a May 30, 2014 issue of Faculty Focus , Rob Kelly mentioned five things that online students want from their instructors. Let’s look at those five points and consider how we can integrate these concerns into our online courses:

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The Sport of Solving Quadratic Equations

The Sport of Solving Quadratic Equations

Published: June 14th, 2016

Have you solved any quadratic equations lately? Chances are you have. In fact, many Americans spend several hours each week not only solving quadratic equations, but watching other people solve them as well!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am talking about watching sports on television. You didn’t pull out your pencil and paper and work through the quadratic formula to solve the equation, but your brain still makes an attempt to do it just by watching.

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Amongst the valid concerns with video games, researchers and educators are discovering the positive impact that video games have in the classroom.

The Hidden Value of Gaming in Education

Published: May 17th, 2016

I recently asked my nine-year-old daughter if she thought playing video games helped kids with reading. She looked up from her world in Minecraft and said, “No!” If you ask an adult the same question, you will likely receive the same response along with many reasons why video games might be considered harmful to children. Some of those reasons might include violence or inappropriate content; sedentary lifestyles that result in obesity; lack of social skills development; little use of imagination; or a waste of time. While those are valid concerns, researchers and educators are discovering the positive impact video games have in the classroom.

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Buying decisions are affected by anchoring bias or the anchoring effect. The first piece of information becomes the psychological anchoring for decision making.

The Effects of Anchoring Bias on Human Behavior

Published: May 23rd, 2016

Consumers today are bombarded by more daily advertising messages than at any point in history. Demonstrated by the Superbowl, watching ads is now a pastime unto itself.

What consumers do not realize is that there are psychological tactics that are the invisible arrows in an advertiser's quiver. In this post, we'll discuss the power concept of anchoring bias on human behavior.

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This article will bring a current understanding to King Solomon's language used in Proverbs.

Solomon's Twitter Account

Published: December 1st, 2016

Imagine King Solomon gawking at an iPad. We’ve come a long way from papyrus scrolls, cuneiform tablets, scribes, printing presses, telegrams, and even being solely dependent on handwritten letters delivered by the Pony Express. Technological advancements and globalization have definitely changed how our society (and most of the world) engages information. We are constantly inundated with massive amounts of information; we rarely encounter any data solely by itself. TV shows have ads for other TV shows in the bottom corners of screens. News channels will report on one issue, while several other headlines cruise by underneath. No single web page is complete without multiple scrollbars, links, and the bombardment of the occasional pop-up; we automatically know that no matter where we travel on the Web, we will be greeted with an onslaught of images, colors, and words.

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Is our Assessment Procedures Assessing Learning?

Is our Assessment Procedures Truly Assessing Learning?

Published: April 7th, 2015

When reflecting on assessment, one often thinks of quizzes, mid-term exams, or final exams. In online instruction, tests are often the assessment of choice because of the automated systems for grading that saves time. In reflecting on your assessment of online courses, consider these questions:

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Teaching Non-Techies Online?

How to Teach Non-Techies Online

Published: May 4th, 2016

I have discovered that all students taking online courses aren’t necessarily techie ! We know that the majority of online learners are classified as non-traditional learners who are older and have normally been out of school for a number of years. Many of them will have just purchased a computer and acquired access to the Internet just to enroll.

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Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom

Published: January 26th, 2016

I’ve taught criminal justice, at the college level for many years now. I was recently asked to teach some of the same criminal justice concepts I normally teach at the college level to a younger group of learners. One topic I was required to instruct was “The Criminal Justice System.” I had a two-hour time block for the instruction.

The idea of reducing this concept down to a two-hour block time frame was almost laughable.

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Get the professional career you want by following these 7 writing tips on creating a good resume.

7 Tips for Creating a Professional Résumé

Published: May 3rd, 2016

When is a résumé necessary? What’s important to list? What is a résumé?

You were asked to submit a résumé for a career position, and you realize you haven’t updated yours in years, or maybe you haven’t even written one before. Where do you begin? There are a lot of questions: how long should it be?, how much information should I include?, do I list my personal information?, and more.

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Creating a personal learning network on social media increases professional development for educators. Here are 5 reasons for networking on twitter.

5 Reasons to Create a Personal Learning Network on Twitter

Published: April 19th, 2016

I recently joined the Twitterverse. I resisted at first because I wasn’t into following celebrity tweets or re-reading what my friends had already posted on Facebook. I also did not want another social media account to follow However, after a conversation with a fellow educator , I was convinced I needed to create a Twitter handle to connect professionally with other educators.

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Strategies for Effective Online Lectures

4 Strategies for Effective Online Lectures

Published: September 3rd, 2015

There is an opinion in higher education that lectures are over-rated, boring, and they create passive learners. I’m of the opinion that lectures can be learner-centered and extremely effective for active learning.

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The easiest way to solve a math problem is to pull out a calculator, here are 4 math tricks to use when trying to solve complex math problems without it.

4 Math Tricks to Outsmart your Calculator

Published: August 24th, 2016

Are there computations that you can do mentally that cannot be done with a calculator? Yes! God created our minds to do some amazing things. In this blog I'll show you 6 math tricks that you compute using only your mind.

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