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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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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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7 Things You Can Do in Grad School That Will Help You in Your Career

Going back to school for a graduate degree is very often a wise career move. It can teach you how to gather, understand, critically analyze, and apply research. But, unless you’re planning on a career in academia, it can take some foresight and planning to ensure you will be able to effectively apply these skills …

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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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Enhance Your Online Learning Experience with Multimedia Resources

For the past decade I’ve added multimedia content to my lectures and presentations—both for on-campus classes and those hosted online. I’ve found that, especially in online courses, the addition of photos, graphics, and videos has transformed formerly dry, text-based instruction into a far more engaging and enriching online learning experience. If your instructors don’t augment course …

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The Secret to Choosing the Best Research Paper Topics for You

Does this scenario sound familiar? The semester is in full swing, you feel like you’re operating at maximum capacity just trying to get through the required reading for the week. Then, a new bombshell hits. Your professor asks you to submit a final paper topic proposal. You barely have time to think, and now you …

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Online Students, Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Courses

It’s the beginning of the semester and, as usual, your instructor asks you to introduce yourself to the class and perhaps even read and respond to your fellow online students’ posts. It may be tempting to rush through this rather routine task, but resist that urge! Taking the time to get to know your classmates …

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