Tag Archive: higher education


Helping Online Students Succeed

Pursuing an online education comes with a unique set of challenges. A recent survey by Eduventures, Inc. of 28,000 students highlighted several important factors that impact academic performance. As this article from ecampus explains, Eduventures came up with three specific guidelines to help online students succeed:

1. Align online courses with objective design standards to improve performance

2. Launch a pre- and post-design quality assurance process to ensure objectives and expectations inform every aspect of the student experience

3. Optimize the use of a learning management system to enhance the student experience

 

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How Job Interviews are like Dating

With graduation season in full swing, scores of recent grads are entering the job market, whether for the first time or with an advanced degree. The experience can be at once daunting, exciting, and rife with horror stories. This article, which originally appeared in Forbes, looks at how the job search process is a lot like dating, and offers tips for making a good first impression, reading nonverbal cues, and remaining optimistic.

Thinking about enhancing your education? The College of Westchester offers a variety of online and on-site courses to help you work towards the career you dream about.

6 Key Email Etiquette Rules

From job applications to virtual classroom communications to social interactions, email is an important part of daily functioning. To come across well and effectively connect with others, you need to keep certain basic rules in mind. This recent post on email etiquette from Career Girl Daily shares 6 must-knows you should commit to memory.

Here’s a fun infographic on the history of email.

 

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9 Questions to Ask on a Job Interview

For many people, one of the most intimidating part of any job interview is the inevitable, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Rather than stare blankly for a moment before saying, “No,” consider one of these relevant questions recently posted on Career Girl Daily to help you get more information about the position and leave a good impression.

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Spring Ahead with Higher Education!

Now that spring has officially sprung (at least according to the calendar), it’s a great time to think ahead to what you want to accomplish in the coming season—and beyond.

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Because so much of the interaction between instructors and students in online education is virtual, it’s possible they may never see what the other looks like. A recent study suggests that students’ perception of an instructor’s gender, however, may influence the evaluation they give at the end of the course. The original paper, “What’s in a Name: Exposing Gender Bias in Student Ratings of Teaching,” was published online Dec. 5 in the journal Innovative Higher Education. The researchers plan to do additional studies.

Happy New Year from the College of Westchester

From all of us here at the College of Westchester, we hope you have a happy and healthy 2015!

If higher education is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, visit us online to check out out upcoming course offerings.

Happy New Year!

HISTORY Channel Launches Online Course

A& E’s HISTORY Network has launched an online for-credit course in conjunction with Oklahoma University. HISTORY® Channel’s United States, 1865 to the Presentcourse enrollment launched October 28 at History online. The online, interactive 16-class course will be taught by Steve Gillon, an award-winning OU professor and renowned historian and utilizes video lectures with readings, quizzes, discussions and essays. The class begins January 12, 2015.

Sick a lot? It could be your boss.

As we enter cold and flu season, staying healthy is something a lot of us are thinking about. We’re quick to cite tight quarters or a fickle office heating system for our symptoms, but unfortunately, stress—especially work-related stress—can work against the best of plans to stay well. One surprising cause of illness? Your boss! In this article, author Amy Rees Anderson talks about a study showing that people with bad bosses and managers were more likely to experience troubling physical symptoms of stress and to suffer from conditions like coronary heart disease. The article also offers a list of signs your boss may be a “bad” boss, such as:

  • They don’t communicate a clear vision for the future
  • They lack enthusiasm and passion for the work the company is doing
  • They pick and choose who they will value rather than valuing the team as a whole
  • The fail to communicate clear expectations

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Cultivating Quality in Online Education

As online education as the Future is now the present, educators seek to create high-quality courses in a technical landscape in which some trial and error is still par for the course in providing the best student experience. This thought-provoking piece from NPR explores the different ways in which that elusive “quality” factor comes into play in the development and implementation of online classes.

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