Category Archives: Online Learning

Successful Online Learners Focus on Themselves

The online learners who do well are usually those who have a clear idea of why they are pursuing their education. In other words, the degree they will earn will benefit their career. Some of my students tell me they are returning only because they are tired of being passed over for promotions, and it’s… Read More »

Becoming a Proficient Online Learner

Over the past 10 years, I have completed more than 300 hours as an online student. I do not share that to impress you. Rather, I would like to impress upon you techniques I have learned that will help you excel in the virtual environment. Maximizing your learning as an online student requires the following:… Read More »

Knowing Your Online Instructor

After taking more than 300 hours as an online student, I developed the skill of reading my online instructors. As an online instructor for a decade now, I have a better understanding of the interaction between online students and their professors. In virtual learning, the instructor is referred to as the facilitator. The word facilitator… Read More »

Paradigm Shift: Think Virtually

To succeed as an online student, you have must have a paradigm shift. Instead of thinking that you are going to walk into a classroom and learn from a professor who lectures while you take notes, the mentality is different and unique. With online learning, you are in control. You will still have lectures, but… Read More »

How to Become Irrelevant in 5 Seconds

As part of my work, I teach online courses. In some cases, this type of work requires that I speak to students on the phone. The calls are usually because the learner has fallen behind with their work, and they are offering an explanation regarding their substandard performance. The excuses are usually ones that I’ve… Read More »

Selecting The Right Online College

You are ready to earn your online degree, but you are unsure which online institution is right for you. When you go online and submit an interest form, you are bombarded in minutes by so-called “Academic Coaches,” who are actually skilled salespeople. When making the decision on the right place for you earn your online… Read More »

The Advantage of Online Learning

Is online learning right for you? Like everyone else who might be considering an online degree, you are concerned about whether the degree has the same worth in the marketplace. Before I pursued an online education, I invested several months making sure the degree was right for me. In retrospect, and now having earned several… Read More »

Writing Skills Matter in Online Learning

To excel in online learning, you must work diligently on your writing skills. Unlike a class in a brick-and-mortar institution, when you’re online no one knows you are part of the class until you express yourself in words. Professionalism Matters I make it clear to my online students that I expect a professional approach when… Read More »

What We Can Learn About the Long Line at Dunkin’ Donuts

It’s 6:45 a.m., and I’m making an “OJ-like-dash” to catch my United Airlines flight from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. I guess some readers are too young to remember the OJ Simpson commercials in which he runs through the airport, and perhaps given his legal woes, this is probably not the best example. With this said,… Read More »