School Is Not For Everyone

Editor’s Note: Higher education institutions (HEI) are challenged by the frenzy of anti-intellectual rhetoric. It’s true that HEI has a static culture and outdated traditions that support group think and snobbery. But a formal education is optional in today’s shifting economy…

Education is something in life that is very personal. Well, sort of.  Sometimes we have a burning passion to do something in the world, something that may or may not require a formal education. For example veterinarians, psychiatrists, or nurse midwives need special training. But many of us fall into careers that don’t need formal education. Life experience is an education in itself and school is not for everyone

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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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What I Learned From My ESL Students

Last summer I taught my first class. The regular teacher wanted the summer off and the academic writing class fell in my lap.

That was fine with me – it was a good fit because I finished my doctorate and scholarly writing was fresh in my mind. The challenge was to teach academic writing to adult ESL students.

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How To Overcome Challenges in Online Learning

Like many adults, Dr. Bessie DiDomenica and I are lifelong learners. We continue to learn new ways to keep our minds active by working on joint projects with colleagues and other researchers. We find opportunities to present our ideas to academics and the general public. And we continue to publish articles in scholarly journals.

Dr. Bessie and I faced many challenges in graduate school. How did we overcome them? What did we learn from our online experience?

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Welcome to Doctor Tales!

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys.

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys. We are Dr. Bessie DiDomenica (PhD) and Dr. Patricia Mason (DBA), two doctors who took the journey. We earned our doctoral degrees in 2015 and offer our strategies for other doctoral candidates to succeed.

Three years on, we are still write and encourage adult learners to pursue their educational dreams.

2018 updates: Dr. Patti’s research on electronic health records implementation (EHR) is a hot topic in the world of healthcare! She is in demand as an expert in EHR in rural health clinics. This year, Dr. Patti received her Reiki Certified Master/Teacher certificate. She will write more on the value of relaxation for anyone pursuing their academic dream.

Dr. Bessie is exploring a writing business for scholars and adult learners. She will facilitate a panel discussion on mobile food markets at an urban farming conference, and is working on several book projects. Dr. Bessie is very excited about her plans to create a foundation to help older and special needs cats and dogs.

Dr. Patti and Dr. Bessie are also writing a book for  adult learners and graduate students. We’ll post more updates as things develop.

We truly embrace our new roles as scholar-practitioners, and encourage others to take their education beyond the classroom.

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