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The Challenge of Finding a Part-time PhD program

Every so often I look at my first post of 2012 and look at my vision list. I had never created such a list before and I find that it helps me stay focused on the goals and achievements that … Continue reading

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Service in the promotion and tenure process

In theory professors allocated 40% of their time to teaching, 40% to research, and 20% to service. Understanding the value universities place on each of these for promotion and tenure may be a bit of a mystery. In an open … Continue reading

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Reaching a Higher Level of Learning

All colleges and university courses, including fourth semester courses, should begin with a review of basic theories and concepts. This is a refresher to students and also ensures that all students know the basics. One challenge in curriculum design is building the … Continue reading

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Brief Case Studies as an Active Discussion

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 magazines are littered with … Continue reading

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My Three Words for 2012

Prior to Christmas, Chris Brogan challenged his followers to “come up with three words that will help you define your goals and experiences for the coming year.” This is in place of resolutions, which I’ve never quite understood, but that’s … Continue reading

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Using Mythbusters to Teach Basic Research

Every episode of the popular TV show Mythbusters includes a segment that involves research.  I found using the show is an invaluable tool for teaching basic research terminology and illustrating to students that research can be fun. In my first … Continue reading

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Creating A Personal Teaching Philosophy

Have you ever wondered why you teach?  Is it because you like helping people understand new concepts, ideas or theories? Do you like seeing that “Ah-Ha” moment in learners where something you said made all their previous learning on the topic … Continue reading

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Motivating Adult Learners

Adults enroll in courses for many reasons, including upgrading their skills, helping them change careers, learning for interest, or perhaps because their manager told them to take the course. In any given class, there is a mix of learners with … Continue reading

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Two Lessons I Learnt While Completing My Undergrad Degree

As I ready myself to embark on the journey to become a master of education, it’s time to reflect on what soft skills I learnt during my B.Ed. that will help me complete my M.Ed. I quickly discovered that the … Continue reading

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Planning Virtual Field Trips

Classroom time constraints are a barrier to taking adult learners on field trips. Whether the class takes place as a night course or a part of the daytime curriculum, the usual three-hour class prohibits taking students off campus. The answer is … Continue reading

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