Refresh: Distance Learning for Adults

Online learning (OLL) has changed the way students and teachers interaction. In OLL, students and instructors are in a classroom and interact in person. The instructor guides the learning process. In distance learning (DL) students and instructors are in different locations with no personal interactions. Student learning is individualized using videos, audio recordings, email, webinars and ebooks.

Distance learning evolved from online learning. DL is convenient, saves time, and gives adults another doorway to get back into school. Adult students can face technology and social challenges in DL. They need a certain skill level with the technology. But students may need a support system from their social systems (family, work, learning environment). What practices can reduce anxiety, frustration, fear of technology, and financial costs for adult students? How can schools improve the success rate of these students? 

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Best Top 20 Doctor Tales Blogs for 2017

Doctor Tales is celebrating 15 months of blogging in December! Happily, Dr. Patti Mason and I have posted a blog each week for over a year. We started DTB to share tips and survival strategies for graduate students. And yes, survival is the key word. DTB offers a solid toolkit of ideas to foster your academic and career success. In that spirit, here’s a list of our top 20 favorite Doctor Tales blogs for 2017. In 2018, we’ll continue to give you more ideas for your toolkit. Stop by anytime and join our email list. Thank you!!  PS: Can you guess our favorite blog? Happy Holidays and Good Tidings in 2018!

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“What Can You Be with a PhD”

A doctorate degree can take you anywhere. You can work in many areas including social enterprise businesses, start-ups, non-profits, academia or industries you never thought about for a career. You can be a researcher, scholar-practitioner, academic, scientist, consultant, or social entrepreneur. A yearly event called “What Can You Be with a PhD” (WCUB) Career Symposium at New York University can help you explore your career options. And according to the blog, it’s the “largest career  symposium” in the country. The event was organized by the NYU School of Medicine Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

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Avoid Mistakes on Your Dissertation Journey

Recently, I heard from a friend working on his dissertation. Last I heard from him was several months ago. At that time he was excited because he submitted his prospectus. An approved prospectus means that you can officially start your dissertation.

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In the Driver’s Seat: Be Proactive

I recently moved to a new job, and thought about the whole transition process. Part of that process includes planning, reaching out, and asking for help. But a bigger part of transitioning is doing the hard work. That means to be your own advocate, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews, and close the deal.

In thinking about all this, a woman from my last job said she also wanted to make a change. I helped her with online resources to update her computer skills, writing, organizational, and overall administrative skills. From there, it was up to her.

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Two Years After: Alt-Ac Careers

Spring is in the air, pollen is flying and graduation is in bloom. This week many universities are in graduation or commencement mode. It feels great to finish your program, get out of school and start a new life. But now what??? Dr. Patti Mason and I are two years out of finishing our doctorate. Here’s a look at some realities for new graduates and where Dr. Patti and I are in 2017…

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Why We Pay It Forward

There’s a Chinese saying that goes: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the next generation. Dr. Patti and I call this paying it forward. As scholars, social entrepreneurs, and educators, we feel obligated to give back. It’s interesting that the realization to use education to give back didn’t really materialize until graduate school.

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Dissertation Feedback: Ignore Selective Hearing

Selective hearing is a human trait – we hear what we want to hear. So when it comes to getting feedback on your dissertation, it can feel like a personal attack. Feedback is a double-edge sword of the good and bad. But when we hear the negatives, that’s all we hear. And we tend to block out the positives.

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Looking Ahead: Other Careers for Academics

As you know, Dr. Patti and I recently completed our doctoral programs. While we believe the world is our oyster, we also are realists about career options. We are looking into new and creative ways to use our education.

If you are like us, you want to have choices or flexibility in your career plans. You can find ways to be a researcher, social entrepreneur, teacher and find work that your truly enjoy.

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Online Learning for Adult Learners

In the world of online learning, adult learners must gain a certain skill level with the technology (hardware, software, associated equipment, chat rooms). Outdated or unstable technology is a barrier that causes frustration and anxiety for online students.

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