Monthly Archives: May 2016

The 22 Worst LinkedIn Sins

Take a look at these LinkedIn profile, connection, and interaction mistakes, and if any ring true for you, resolve to make good today.


If you are working online you have to use LinkedIn!


Soft Skills for a New Vision for Education

“As the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills become more important. This World Economic Forum report emphasizes the importance of skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving and says that these will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.”


Social and Emotional Learning is at the heart of building a community of practice in an online environment.

Get on the Path to Summer Online Professional Development Courses from UW-Stout

Hurry! Starting June 6th:
EDUC 651 Project-based Learning in the Flipped Classroom
Magdalene Rouman
06/20/2016 – 07/29/2016

EDUC 645 School-wide Positive Behavioral and Intervention Support
Shannon Mersand
06/13/2016 – 08/05/2016

EDUC 656 Bullying in Schools
Shannon Mersand
06/20/2016 – 07/29/2016


Superb Online Classes this Summer! Plus Peer Review Resources — Join us!

Finding Faculty: Hiring Practices That Work (from personal experience as academic hiring leader) | Online Teaching Guest Blog

It’s a monumental investment of time and money when you seek to hire quality faculty. There is no magic bullet or system of guarantees when you want to add the best of the best to your team. As a 20 year educational administrator, I understand the tremendous responsibility it is to secure high performing faculty.


Most of you are looking for online teaching work. It helps to understand the hiring process from the administrative side of the desk.  The next time you get frustrated filling out long detailed applications, remember hiring is a ‘High Stakes” operation for all involved.

7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do

You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).


I found my calling as a teacher when I as still in high school. It kept coming back. I once had a license plate holder that said “Born to Teach”.  After 25 years in public school classrooms I was worn out by the all the demands that were draining my teaching spirit.


Then I found my way to teaching online. Returning to school at age 50 was the key.  I fought for a better way to teach… and found it online. ~ Dennis

Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads | Tony Bates

The key question we face is whether online learning should aim to replace teachers and instructors through automation, or whether technology should be used to empower not only teachers but also learners. Of course, the answer will always be a mix of both, but getting the balance right is critical.


I curate digital information. To do so I build and employ filters that help me sift through to find the gold.


One very simple filter is “When Tony Bates Talks — Listen.


Love him or hate him. Agree or Disagree. He will get you thinking as he supplies historical context along with his thought provoking ideas.

What Artificial Intelligence Could Mean For Education

Recent advances — such as the victory over a human Go champion — raise important questions about AI’s potential role in teaching and learning.


As an online teacher and learner I’ve been working ‘IN’ a computer 20 years.  My work place is exponentially more interesting every day. The NPR article is a resource rich overview of how technology and education are transforming teaching and learning.   (Will you be frightened or intrigued by the ideas this piece unlocks?)

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!


Great resources and ideas can be found from this award winning blog.

e-Job: Student Mentor, Special Education – Western Governors University

WGU Student Mentors serve a critical advising and support role for student success. Student mentors do not teach courses, rather, they are their students’ primary source of information about academic program operation, and about the policies and procedures of the university. Student mentors counsel their assigned students in understanding expectations and overcoming obstacles to ensure success. The student mentor is responsible for providing highly engaged, student centered support to a caseload of undergraduate or graduate students. Student mentoring requires significant contact via phone but also includes email, web camera interaction, and the potential for instant messaging and alternate forms of connection.


WGU offers a competency based model supported by student mentors who work online from home.  Intense work!