Athena Kennedy, Ph.D.

Tips for Online Students: Participating in Class Discussions

When you take a course online, it’s important to contribute your thoughts and ideas in class discussions — and not just for the grade. When you actively engage in conversations, you learn more by reflecting on the subject matter, sharing ideas and perspectives with others, and questioning and thinking critically about responses. There are three …

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4 Ways Instructors Can Better Engage Online Students

Just how engaged should instructors be in online classes? Everyone has a different opinion or approach, but research indicates that “instructor presence” is critically important to online students’ success. What exactly does instructor presence mean? And how can you ensure you’re present enough? In face-to-face courses, instructor presence means instructors show up to teach, interact …

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Why and How to Communicate, Collaborate, and Network in Online Classes

Building comfortable and sustainable relationships with classmates and instructors in online classes may not seem to be a worthwhile investment at first glance, especially since those with whom we interact online are seemingly distant. However, I encourage you to work toward building relationships, because academic communities and personal connections with classmates and instructors may be …

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Texting and Teaching: Embracing Mobile Devices as Learning Tools

Mobile devices have revolutionized the way we interact and communicate in our personal lives, but have you considered how they have changed academic environments? The use of smart phones, tablet computers, and other small, hand-held, portable devices has increased dramatically in recent years, and a recent survey found that an increasing number of students attribute …

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Making Online Teaching More Effective: Advice from a Student Perspective

Students need to have a voice in online education because they are on the receiving end of the education. Yet, all too often, they aren’t given an opportunity to share their thoughts about a course, content delivery, and overall quality, until the class is over. As an online doctoral student, an instructional technologist working in the …

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Using Technology for More Efficient and Effective Paper Writing

Technological advancement has changed the writing process throughout the years. Just think about how different writing a paper on a modern computer is compared to writing a paper on an early generation computer, or a word processor, or a typewriter, or even by hand. We are lucky to live in an age of rapid innovation, …

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Paper Writing Tips for the Busy Student

Writing research papers might be one of the most daunting tasks students face; writing research papers in addition to working a part- or full-time job and juggling other personal responsibilities makes the process feel about ten times more intimidating. Never fear! Often, the most difficult parts of the task are choosing a topic and actually getting started …

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New Technology Takes the Distance Out of Distance Learning

The array of new tools cropping up for use in online and distance courses is dizzying. New learning technologies are buzzing around like busy little bees, pollenating the online learning landscape with nuances and, as some might consider them, nuisances. Despite some of the initial frustrations some instructors encounter with learning them, these new technologies …

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Preparing for the GRE: Practical Tips from a Test Prep Pro

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a test that is a standard admission requirement for many master’s and doctoral-level graduate programs at colleges and universities both nationally and internationally. Preparing for the GRE may not only seem challenging, it may seem formidable. Conquering the world might seem easier at times. When most people think of …

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