Online Education – A Haven For Cheating?

Online degrees and distance learning are increasing in popularity. Easier accessibility for a growing range of subjects, as well as recent government calls for a push in e-learning, highlight the fact that more and more students will be studying from home in the future and partaking in this more economic and ecological method of higher education. But does being away from the watchful eye of teachers and teachers mean that there is an increased risk of cheating among students? And what are the measures to stop it?

In their article, Probing for Plagiarism in the Virtual Classroom, Lindsey Hamlin and William Ryan discuss the notion of plagiarism, passing off another persons work as one's own, in the context of online education. They describe how e-learning does not seem to make plagiarism any more tempting or easier for students to carry out in comparison to traditional learning, and suggest that this is an age old problem of education generally that can be stopped by any relative institution implementing the correct measures. They also offer details of anti-plagiarism software specifically for online education institutions.

Neil Rowe continued this discussion in his article, Cheating in Online Student Assessment, by offering his argument that other forms of online cheating need to be monitored from plagiarism. The notion of students being able to receive answers before completing online exams is Rowe's first worry. With students not being tested simultaneously, Rowe identifies that a method to prevent this would be for institutions to write enough random questions to ensure a suitable ratio between number of questions and number of students, in order to minimize the chances that two students will receive the same questions.

Rowe also highlights the opportunities that students, if unhappy with their performance during an online test, may be able to start again (after conference with external sources) by claiming that they are experiencing connection problems and have lost their answers. Similarly, he also expresses his biggest concern as relating to what exactly is answering the questions during an online test and the possibility that bright students may complete the tests of less capable students, or at least be called upon for help.

Rowe cites GJ Cizek for countermeasures against online education cheating. Cizek suggests promoting and teaching the value of honesty above simply employing measures to stop cheating when it happens. One such idea: 'Students could be asked to read and sign a policy statement like an honor code or integrity policy at the beginning of the course', seems an effective starting point, alongside minimizing the temptation for students to cheat by giving them overly easy Egypt overly difficult exams. …

How Old is Too Old to Change Careers?

Many of the client’s I work with in my Life Coaching business are in the age range of 40 plus. A belief which comes up often early in our conversations is the belief that maybe they are too old to consider changing careers. After all they should be slowing down. They should be thinking about retiring not starting a new business or entering a new career. Well thats a lot of “shoulds” and as time goes by I am less and less sold on retirement. I get many retired people in my workshops who say that they are totally bored with retirement and are ready to get back to work! Sure, they are picky about the work they want. They want work they are passionate about and many want more freedom of time. What they all want is to feel like they are doing something meaningful and enjoyable with their life.

As a generation we are living longer then ever and many of us are extremely healthy so there is no reason to hold back from finding and creating work we are passionate about. There are many examples of people who change careers much later then is normally thought of as a “good age” for a new career. I remember reading about a woman who always dreamed about being a doctor. She entered medical school at the age of 60. Often people would say to her, “Do you know that you will be in your 70’s when you finish?” Her answer always was, “I’ll be in my 70’s anyway. I would rather be a doctor when I am 70 then just be 70.” Last I heard she was enjoying a thriving medical practice. Most successful new businesses are started by someone in their 50’s or older. In fact many Venture Capital Companies prefer funding businesses run by a more mature and experienced leader.

A common argument against starting a new career as an older person is that , “I won’t have enough energy.” Often people are so burned out in their current career that it is hard to imagine having the energy to start a new one. We do need to be good caretakers of our energy at all times of life but especially as we get older. The beauty is that when you find a career you love, which uses your strengths then it will naturally give you energy! Yes, you will get tired by the end of the day but you will be ready and excited to go do it again tomorrow. When you are working from your strengths and passions it feeds your energy rather then draining it. What I have found is that when you are in a career you love it is easier to drop the draining activities in your life or hire them done. Save your energy for what you love!

A big plus to starting a business or new career when you are older is that you bring with you tons of life …

Data Science: The Course That Can Shape Your Career

A CAREER IN DATA SCIENCE: NOT EVERYBODY’S CUP OF TEA

A lot of buzz has been created around the word ‘Data Science ‘and its growing importance in the corporate world. The volume of data streaming into the organizations’ warehouses in petabytes (one million GB per PB) and exabytes (one thousand PB per EB) is only going to grow and at a tremendous rate.

Data science is not a fad which will just fade away over time and lose its importance. However, it is going to increase in complexity and will gain much more importance in the near future. Data Science is not an easy course; it is tough and challenging. You might be tempted to give up halfway through the course thinking that you cannot do it but the continuous motivation and excellent teaching by professionals will boost your morale and allow you to achieve it for sure. Before taking a data science course, it is important for you to learn what data scientists do and what skills are required to pursue this course.

WHO ARE DATA SCIENTISTS?

Data scientists are regarded as the data specialists who have the technical expertise and skills to deal with the complex problems associated with these large datasets and have the inquisitiveness to solve the problems. They are referred to as data wranglers who, with the combination of statistics, mathematics and technology, try to organize and interpret the data streaming in the organizations’ data warehouses. Their analytical powers help them to unearth solutions to business challenges which are hidden in the mass of data.

WHO CAN PURSUE A CAREER IN DATA?

Everyone should know before pursuing a career in data that it is not everybody’s forte’. A data scientist needs to love coding and dealing with enormous datasets and patterns. Just make sure that the datasets and patterns fascinate you, not intimidate you.

Dealing with numbers should fire you up rather than numb you down.

WHAT NECESSARY SKILLS ARE REQUIRED TO PURSUE A CAREER IN DATA?

From the industry point of view, a data scientist is required to be an expert in the following skills:

a) How to extract and clean data using programming languages like R, Python

b) How to analyze data using statistical techniques and methodologies

c) How to present the analyzed data using tools like tableau

d) Knowledge of analytical tools like Hadoop, SAS etc.

Succeeding in a job as a data scientist is very simple if you possess the right set of skills and follow the right approach. With the right training, no one can stop you from getting a job as a data scientist which, besides being challenging, is highly lucrative.

FINAL WORD

Learning the ropes of big data and data science will advance your career and have a positive influence on your life, both personally and professionally. The need for data science professionals will not fade in the coming years. In fact, it is expected to show an upward trend in the future. The benefits of such a …

The Art and Science of Creative Self-Expression

We live in a universe of law and order – which includes personal expression and achievement. In order to express yourself on higher levels of your potential, in any area of your life, it’s necessary to know the underlying law, principal or formula. Once you know the formula, you can adapt it to any creative goal whether in your art, business, relationships, work, hobbies, etc. The formula is a universal template upon which you can just fill in the blanks.

The formula consists of three integrated parts: (1) you, the personality that does all the expressing, (2) you, the creator from which the thing to be expressed comes, and (3) the outcome or expression itself. Each part needs to function appropriately for the formula to work.

Let’s look at how each part works – or is supposed to work. First, the personality. Your personality is your medium or channel of expression. Or as professional actor’s term it – your instrument. It’s the vehicle that receives an impression or idea from within and communicates it outwardly. Now this vehicle does not and cannot have any ideas of its own. It is nothing but a medium of exchange from spirit to mind and body. It has no ego of its own. No intelligence or power of its own. It is, as it were, totally selfless. All it has is its own individual way of expressing. And even that’s not his doing because everyone is different. You cannot help but be different no matter hard you try not to be.

That’s what Zen means when it says you are “nothing.” It means you are nothing but a medium. Now to the degree you maintain yourself a selfless medium and nothing else – your expression will have beauty, intelligence, power and originality. The way to be a good medium or instrument is to be silent, receptive and open-minded. Only then is your instrument playable. Again, the instrument is not the creator; it’s the thing being played – like a violin. And it’s only because the violin doesn’t have an ego of its own that it can be played at all.

The second part is you, the creator. This part of you is the inner, subconscious source of all outward expression. This is your higher self or higher power, your Muse or your God, etc. – Call it what you will. It is the musician or player of your personality instrument. You, the medium, wait and listen in patient silence and stillness until you receive inspiration from this subconscious self. “Inspiration” means it now wants to, through your personality, say something, write something, play something, do something — express itself. Then you obey its leading to the letter to the best of your ability. How successful you are at perfectly translating or mirror-imaging this idea or inspiration into sensual reality will depend on the degree to which you’re able to put aside your “personal” will in the matter and maintain indifferent neutrality.

The third part …

Foundational Career and Corporate Life Management Mentorship

In the Career and Corporate Life Management Mentorship we refer to the need to mastering the following generic phases: career development education → enter first job → technician → admin → functional → specialist → supervisory → management → leadership → executive → directorship → board role → retirement → post retirement roles. We also acknowledge that career and corporate life journey is not a straight line. We should, in our orientation, see our career progression following a pattern like the one above. When there is detour, we must be conscious of it and, as far as possible, influence the new direction. That will confirm to us that we are alert and directing our career and corporate life evolution. We will make mistakes but they will be manageable.

We all start somewhere in our career journeys, either as administrators or technical workforce. That is the foundation that is highly recommended. It is during these foundation years that we discover ourselves in the corporate world.

In most cases we are naive and impatient. It is expected because we are not experienced and just want to shoot through the phases of our careers. We are soon humbled and learn to be open-minded about our careers. If we do well as administrators and technical workers we will easily transition into areas of specialization. We are also prepared to become productive functional role players in our various industries.

We must all get our foundation right for the possible various career paths in the future. We get this foundation stages wrong, we suffer the consequences later in our careers. These stages are the base for supervisory, management and leadership roles in the future. This is over and above our academic and corporate development programs.

Many people can confess that their great performance during their foundation administrative, technical and functional years paved their transition into supervisory, management, and leadership roles. The reason is obvious; we all have to earn the trust of our superiors through hard work and great performance in our first jobs. They are the core of any business and therefore highly visible to the leaders. Many companies compete at this level in their sectors.

More than 50% of the curriculum of vocational and corporate academies is at the administrative, technical, specialization, and functional levels. These are the areas that can be verified against the development investment that the business makes. The intellectual capital of companies is entailed at these levels of the knowledge base of the company. The senior management and leadership are rewarded on how good they look after the company talent at these levels. The future of the company is guaranteed by the best talent at these levels. This is what sustains some of the best economies in the world. This does not suggest that supervisory, management and leadership levels are not important. They are. However, the critical mass is at the administrative, technical, specialization and functional levels. If things go wrong here the impact will be huge.

From here onward …

The One Piece of Career Change Advice I Got That Changed Everything

About 8 years ago I went to see a career counselor for some help. I was hiring he could offer some insight and help me change careers.

Wait. I need to be honest. I was really hoping he was psychic or had some magical power.

You see, I really hoped he could just look at me, hear my story, and then tell me with 100% certyty what job I was supposed to have. And oh, he would of course tell me that this job would make me lots of money.

It did not exactly work that way.

We met for over an hour. He asked me lots of questions and listened to me explain my frustration and confusion. I knew I wanted to change careers. I did not know what career I wanted to change to.

He then leaned in closer and said, "Annemarie, the thing is, no one I've ever worked with was ever surprised when they discovered their passion.
Hmmm. Really?

He said, "The job that would make you make happy is right in front of you."
Uh, are you sure?

You see, I was worried that the answer I was looking for was going to escape me forever because maybe I did not have a passion in the first place.

He gave me hope! He was telling me it was right in front of me. And you know what, he was right. Sure, I was thrilled when I discovered coaching was my purpose. But I also felt this calm, relaxed sensation-kind of like coming home to sleep in your own bed after being away for too long. I had been "doing coaching" for a very long time with people I knew. I just never took notice.

What career is peeking out at you from right under your nose?

Your dream career is something you're already doing or have done in some form, one way or another. We do whatever we can to express our true selves, whether we are getting paid for it or not.
Tonight, go home and ask yourself this question: "If money were no object, how would I love to spend my time?"

Let me know what you find out! For more ideas on how connecting with others will jumpstart your career change, check out 107 Tips for Changing Your Career While Still Paying the Bills …

Find Your Inner Self? Nah – Create Yourself!

A few years ago when I was down in the dumps, feeling rather lost, frustrated, confused about where I was going and what to do – a received a lovely gift. It was a mug – but not just any old mug. It had some writing on it which said:

'Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about CREATING YOURSELF '.

Unfortunately it did not say who this delightful quote is from. If you happen to know – do add a comment …

I used to talk to friends and colleagues who may mention 'finding yourself' or your 'inner self' or how it's great to spend time to 'discover yourself'. People to go to meditation retreats, take gap years to find themselves, grow, learn and so on. This is all fine and dandy – but really once you've found 'yourself then what? Let's get on board here – let's make things happen! Spending time to get to know yourself, what you are like – what you enjoy, value, are good at and passionate about is all hugely valuable – do not get me wrong. It's a key emphasis on what we do here – however it forms only 1 part of the equation. In order to get where you want to be we need to take control. Create yourself! Decide what is important to you – how you want to live, and create that world! If you do not want to do it alone find someone to help you – a friend, a mentor, or professional advisor.

Nowadays – whenever I feel confused with life or work, when I'm unsure or unclear about myself – I look at this mug and remember that – I'm in charge. I'm in control. It's up to me to go out there and choose exactly how I want my life and career to be. The focus is not on this soul-searching, 'finding myself', 'discovering the inner me' – in order to move from A to B – it's about creating who I am and who I am going to be. Now it's your turn – go ahead – create yourself … …