Author Archives: Janet Symmons

Welcoming the First Six Months of 2013

I dislike the hype surrounding resolutions, and fortune telling that occurs this time of year. As a result I tend to stay away from both news and social networks and focus on my six month personal plans. Six months may … Continue reading

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Writing Accountability

November was a very productive month as I move closer to completing my masters of education thesis. On Twitter I discovered a group of academic writers using the hashtag #AcwriMo (short for academic writing month). As I began following the … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Literature Review Word Selection

I recently wrote the literature review chapter for my master’s thesis. While it wasn’t the first research lit review I’d written, it had been a few years and I was, admittedly, more than a bit rusty. Feedback from my supervisor … Continue reading

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All Social Media Sites are not Created Equal

Communicators can make the mistake attempting touse all available social networks.  With new social networks created almost weekly, it’s becoming more difficult to know which ones to use and how to use them to achieve maximum impact.  But each network … Continue reading

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Are Luddite Professors Effective Educators?

I was recently had a conversation with a college professor about the use of social networks in the higher education classroom. I mentioned that Twitter is an excellent tool for learning, but she disagreed, saying that is a waste of … Continue reading

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Preparing Case Studies for College Students

Long and detailed case studies have been used extensively in universities for decades, but short, well-prepared case studies can be effectively used in colleges to stimulate thinking and interactive discussion or debates. The Internet, newspapers, and magazine are littered with … Continue reading

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Creating Lesson Plans Based on Questions of the Day

After I’ve written a lesson plan, I review it and sometimes discover that I have taught my learners how to do something, but not clearly illustrated how the day’s lesson aligns to at least one of the course’s learning objectives. … Continue reading

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Learning Journals Help Students and Educators

Getting ready for a new school year, or semester, has its challenges for educators. One challenge is to try a new mode of learning for students. One mode of learning I have successfully used to enhance reflective learning is to … Continue reading

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Encouraging Students to Visit during Office Hours

Many times my office hours were taken up by the usual tasks of creating attendance sheets and other administrative duties. At the beginning of my teaching career I didn’t have my many students drop in for help, encouragement or advice. … Continue reading

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10 Tips to Creating Effective Multiple Choice Tests

Creating fair and easy to understand multiple choice tests is an often-overlooked art. I remember my first-year psych professor wrote the most interesting and well written multiple-choice questions I’d ever seen. He knew how to write questions that tested learners’ recall, ability … Continue reading

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