Jody Donovan

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Finding the Motivation to Pursue, and Finish, Your Education

During an eight-mile training run recently, my thoughts turned to “Why do I run?” and “Why do I keep going?” Chuckling to myself, I knew the answers immediately. I run because of the numerous health benefits, and I keep going to achieve my goals. I think these ideas translate well to finding the motivation to …

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The Importance of Building Online Learning Communities

Taking an online course should be more than sitting in front of a computer — real engagement involves becoming a part of the community of learners. Building Online Communities Online learning communities can be educationally and personally fulfilling when students approach their courses with a commitment to initiate, respect, value, and fully engage in the …

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How Online Learning Benefits Students with Chronic Health Issues

Living with chronic illness or disabilities while going to college can feel like having two full-time jobs. How can a person do both successfully? The key is to balance managing one’s health while managing collegiate demands. There are a number of terrific resources and guides for individuals with chronic health conditions in postsecondary education, and …

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Tips for Being a Successful Student—Online and in the Classroom

  What does it take to be a successful online student? Do online learners need to approach education differently than those in a classroom? These are questions you may ask if you’re either considering taking an online class or currently enrolled online and seeking strategies for success. I’ve been teaching residentially for 25 years and …

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Nontraditional Students are the New Traditional Students

“Will I fit in?” “Can I actually do college-level work?” “How will I balance all of my responsibilities?” These are typical concerns expressed by college students of all ages. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 8.4 million adult learners were enrolled in higher education in 2010 and their enrollment is expected to …

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Why We Should Celebrate and Support Student Veterans

Whether you are a veteran thinking about returning to college, a friend or family member of a veteran, or a higher education leader working with veteran students, it is critical to acknowledge the significant assets student veterans bring to their higher education communities. All too often the valuable skills and attributes veterans develop in the …

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