What It Means to Be a Modern Online Educator

Traditional college instruction is part of a well-established tradition that has remained fairly unchanged over time. Becoming an instructor in this environment has meant conformity to teaching standards that have also remained fairly unchanged. A college professor is associated with someone who is a subject matter expert, likely to achieve a position with tenure, and have dual roles as an instructor and researcher. It is expected that they will be published authors of scholarly journal articles that have been peer-reviewed and contributed knowledge to their field. While this form of education and instructor still exists, there is another academic institution that has also been established and it is an online college and university.

For a modern form of online education you will not likely find any positions that are labeled professor. Most online universities hire adjuncts and many refer to their instructors as facilitators. Some universities expect their instructors to complete annual professional development requirements but rarely does that include publishing peer-reviewed journal articles. What is needed now more than ever is a new category of educator, one who meets the needs of students who participate in this modern form of education. Now is also the time for online universities to embrace this new form of instructors, those who can be called a Modern Educator.

From Traditional to Online Teaching

The traditional format for educating students is the lecture-driven class. The instructor delivers information to students and they must demonstrate what they have learned through various assessments. They know that their instructor or professor is an expert in the particular subject area for their class. This method of instruction is the same style that is used in primary education and it is teacher-centered. As technology has brought new possibilities for the field of education a new format developed – online courses and online degrees. At first traditional educators taught these courses but over time that has changed, especially as adjuncts filled a majority of the instructional roles. Now with online degree programs and online schools having been fully established in the education field, a new type of educator was also emerging.

Evolution to Modern Teaching

With the growth of online learning came the need for hiring a large volume of instructors. Some online universities have classes that begin weekly and others offer courses starting monthly. Hiring adjuncts was the answer and the majority of jobs teaching undergraduate students have been filled by instructors holding a master’s degree in the subject field they were teaching. Over time the number of instructors qualified to teach online has grown substantially and now many adjunct positions require a doctorate degree. What has contributed to the increased pool of available online instructors is the fluctuation in enrollment numbers, the limited number of full-time online instructor positions, and the increase in degree specializations – especially those related to online teaching. There are also many online schools that offer online teaching specializations and those students who complete their master’s degree are added to the pool. It is …

Graduating From College – How to Prepare for Life After College

After a crazy graduation celebration, throwing the graduation caps into the air, you and your friends were gathering, drinking and saying goodbye to rushing assignments, exams and the lovely diet with cereal and baked beans. Seems like your future is so bright and shiny after graduation. However, for the ones having a clear plan, it’s true, but for the rest of you, it’s might not that easy. First of all, you should seriously ask yourself three “simple” questions:

1. Who do you want to be?

2. What kinds of work do you want to do?

3. Which type of lifestyle do you want to have?

The words are easy to understand, but lots of people can ‘t tell the answers because the answers will bring out the choices, which will further impact your following life. In fact, there are various options to take after university and everyone has their own journeys, so all of you will be different. You can go to a postgraduate school, find a graduate job, start your own business or even travel around the world. Whichever you choose means that you should take the full advantages of any free time to make your plans and take real actions.

1. Get a graduate job

After graduation, Looking for a good job is the choice for the majority of new graduates. Your first port of call should be communicating with your relevant university department, for parts of them, they do offer recruitment service for their students and it will significantly lower the working barrier for you.

According to the words of Philippa Hardie, a careers consultant at the University of Chester, sometimes small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are the most suitable options for fresh graduates. Being a small fish in a big pound is not right for everyone and SMEs can offer your more training and challenges.

Moreover, finding a job may take a while. Be carefully don’t leave a blank gap on the CV, you can fill the time with some part-time jobs, volunteering, and internship.

2. Become you own boss

Don’t just stand inside the box, sometime you need to stand outside to see the world. If you can’t find a dream job and don’t want to settle for just a job, why not create one by starting your own company, it could be an extremely interesting process to turn your business idea into reality. Therefore, if you have the sufficient confidence and tenacity, self-employment should be a smart move. There are some main advantages for self-employment:

* Independent power to make decisions

* Control over what to do and who to work with

* Flexible time management

* Pay for any opportunities fit with you

However, nothing is perfect. You should understand that self-employment also means that you need to juggle a number of responsibilities such as marketing the business, staff management, uncertainty/problem management and financial things. Therefore, before starting your own business, you should be sure that if you would like to take these …

Get Dressed and Get Hired

Tying a tie properly may tie you to your next employer. A properly tied tie is essential to a good first impression. With the recent outcry regarding athletes wearing flip-flops to the White House, it's similar to a review of socially acceptable fashion rules is needed.

Gone are the days of Leave It To Beaver and other such shows which often depicted the strong leader of the family proudly donning a suit and tie for his daily job and any other social occasion. Today's impressionable society takes more cues from the Internet than from Nick at Nite.

Formal Friday night dinners are a thing of the past and many churches have relaxed their dressing expectations, so it's possible that a young man could get through college without ever having to tie a tie. Even if they went to a formal dance they may have worn a clip-on bow tie.

Many young men graduating from college do not get hired because of the way they present themselves. They have a general disregard in how they dress for their interviews and when it's time to knock the socks off of a potential employer, the focal point of their suit is out of focus.

A professional appearance can be as important as a complete resume. Prospect employers look for consistency in a
potential employee. Even the most polished resume does not coordinate with an applicant in a t-shirt and jeans. Wearing a suit without a tie is like avoiding a handshake or leaving your name off an application. If an applicant wants to set themselves apart from others, they'll take the extra steps to present the complete package.

A poorly knotted tie projects sloppiness and reflectores poorly on one's abilities. Take the time to learn the proper way to tie ties because you're worth it and your professional career may depend on it! …

Online Education – Course Selection

Now you have completed a self-assessment, you have developed short and long term goals, and you know what basic skills you need to develop. Now you are in a good position to select the online courses you want to take. Remember online course selection is only a beginning as setting up a curriculum or order of courses is important as well. Your goal with course selection is developing the universe of online subjects and courses you need to take. You should develop a list of every online program or course you need to take to meet your goals from your self-assessment. In addition, you should be developing a list of all the required skills you need to obtain to meet your objectives as well.

Required skills are those skills that are specifically apply to achieving your goals. For example, to start your own business you may need accounting skills, web development skills, marketing and so on. Required skills are the skills that give you the knowledge required to start attacking your long term goals. Basic and intermediate courses in marketing do not give you the expert knowledge in an advertising or marketing business. For example, an art business may also require specific skills in Art History, Evaluating Art, and / or Art Valuation. A Consulting business requires expertise in the area you are going to consult in. For example, a web design consultant needs skills in HTML, PHP, Graphic Design, Database Management etc. Be sure to be as thorough as possible in your course selection as it will better help you in the long run.

Your course listing must include all the basic skills you need to develop as identified in your self-assessment and all required skills needed to achieve your ultimate goal. With your course selection list, you now need to organize your selections in a logical progression or a curriculum which I will discuss in my next series of articles generically and specifically by subject. …

Prospects for Software Testing Careers in the Future

A software tester is an IT related professional whose function is to recover bugs or unexpected flaws in completed software applications prior to public release. These individuals are valuable team members whose role is to assist the software development team in missing faults or undesired behaviors in programs or applications.

Testers can save the developers time and money by discovering program flaws early, thereby avoiding the necessity of having to release patches or fixes down the road. And in the worst case scenario, early detection of critical bugs will prevent the need to rebuild the software application from the flawed code on up.

Some testers are third party contractors. The reason for this is to ensure that the tester is completely objective and fulfills their job to the best of their ability. Software testers perform standardized tests as well as customized tests that often were never considered by the designers, but that are logical from the perspective of the end-user.

Software is constantly evolving, and as such is becoming more and more complex. The programming languages ​​and coding schema are so intricate that software testing is becoming more critical over time. Additionally, the software testing industry is part of the general IT field, which itself is experiencing tremendous job growth. Job growth from 2008 to 2018 for software testing is predicted to grow at a much greater-than-average rate with an increase of 38%. Few fields offer as many carers with such a fantastic potential as Information Technology professionals and particularly that of testers.

The IT field is reliably new and testers' job descriptions are constantly being updated. No degree is necessary for some software testing professionals but certain characteristics and skills are required. The software tester who understands at least the most basic of software languages ​​such as C, C ++ and java will have an easier time hiding bugs and flaws. Knowledge of software programming languages ​​helps in understanding what parts of the code may be at fault. Software testers may also have a four-year university degree in programming, software design, or computer engineering, or they may be enrolled to learn on the job from suitable applicants.

The role of a tester in a company is a proactive one and requires excellent communication skills as well as a large amount of tact. Software testers must be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and communicate to both professionals in IT as well as those in charge of funding.

There are many skilled opportunities for software testers. With the correct mindset and personality, a career in software testing can be a fulfilling one. Software testing opportunities exist for both the individual with a degree and for the determined and interested individual willing to learn on the job and study to improve their marketable job skills. Most companies know that even with a Bachelor's degree in IT, much of the software tester's true job skills will be learned by doing. …

Career ADD and Job Search – Number One Mistake

The job search can be a daunting exercise for those of us with Career ADD. Not only does it push all or most of our anxiety buttons, but we can quickly become paralyzed before taking productive, positive actions that will land an interview or connect us with the right company or potential great job. So where to begin?

I am going to make it easy for those of us with Career ADD by bulleting most of the content of this article. Turns out, we ADDers tend to focus better when we are given smaller chunks of information. So here goes:

• The NUMBER ONE biggest mistake those of us with Career ADD make is having a lack of FOCUS on what we REALLY want in a job or career. When we are sitting in front of someone who has the potential to change our work lives and we are not able to articulate what we are really even looking for in a job, what kind of impression do you imagine that makes?

• My career clients who started out unable to articulate their ideal job or work situation generally ended up with someone telling them to figure it out first or to “do more research.” This is a nice way of saying, “I can’t help you if you don’t know what you want.”

• Knowing what you want and articulating that puts you heads above the competition. Why? Because job hunters who do this are more confident and enthusiastic, hands down.

• Know what you want and why.

• Here is an example. “I am most productive when I (am using _______ skills at least 20% of the day; am working in a room with minimal noise or I can put on headphones when I need to, am able to work on projects with a deadline, have someone who can answer phones, or work on a team 30-40% of my work week, can change tasks every 10 minutes, etc.) This all might sound like wishful thinking, but in reality, knowing these aspects of what makes you happy and productive, means there is more room for negotiation, or gives the employer AND you a “heads up” that the job may not be a good fit. Overall, if an employer likes you and the way you come across, they are more likely to find a way to make it a win-win. It also makes you look pretty self-assured.

• Know the field (one or two) or industry you want to work in and stick with that.

• Using Bolles (What Color Is My Parachute) Flower Model is a perfect way to create the dialog that can be used in an interview conversation. Going through this process even 10 minutes a day can have the potential to change your life and career forever. This year marks the book’s 40th Anniversary.

With Career ADD, it is even more important to have someone coach or counsel you through it. My last client went from doing …

Want Career Success? Share Information at Work

Marian Wright Edelman writes that our success should be measured not how we help ourselves, but how we help others. The altruistic nature of this definition provides background for how we may view the success of our practitioners also. The problem is that in a hypercompetitive marketplace with an unforgiving investor base looking for constant share price escalation (not to mention somewhat burdensome regulatory requirements), the pressure on each and every employee to produce is higher than ever. How can we possibly put in the time to help our colleagues succeed when that endeavor could lead to our own failure?

Therein lies the paradox. If our success is really measured by company-wide achievement that outperforms the competition, then it is our business to help each other succeed in the workplace. Now, incentive plans often do not motivate employees to help one another, but that's an entrenched article in itself. How can we be "successful" by helping others to succeed in the workplace without compromising our own career goals?

The answer is simple and universal: SHARE INFORMATION

This may seem counterintuitive, but it's true. By sharing information, you strengthen others while doing the same for yourself. Take for example, "that guy". You know "that guy". "That guy" is the one who hordes information so he can look better than everyone else in a meeting. He does not attend work sessions with the team without managers present because he does not want to share information. His motivation is to make himself look great in "big meetings" at your expense. He revels in establishing superiority to you and your collections. He plays dirty. You despise "that guy."

But here's the thing: "That guy" may have short term success, but he can not succeed over time. Think about it. He has to constantly come up with new information alone, without input from anyone. He isolates himself purposely, but he can not benefit from collective thought. His ideas may sound good to him, but because he has not shared them with others, he may not know that the idea has been tried and failed, or that with some feedback, the idea could be great instead of good. The pressure he places on himself to outperform multiples of people is immense. He's destined to fail.

By sharing information, you strengthen everyone around you. You build a network of people who are willing to share knowledge and insight with you (especially at times when you're not at your best). By helping others, you inevitably help yourself. In that scenario, you will outperform "that guy" faster than he thinks. The team with what you share your information will be nurtured consistently produce great work. Now all your team has to do is assign credit to individuals for different aspects of the team's winning performance. Promote team success and assign credit to all members. Everybody wins.

So the key to continuous success in your job and over the length of your career is sharing information. Clichés became clichés for …

7 Benefits of Learning Magic

Why learn magic? Although magic is generally recognized as a fun hobby and popular form of entertainment, there's also a lot of value to be gained from learning and performing magic for others. Keep on reading to discover seven of the benefits of learning magic.

1. (Re) discover the joy of learning .

Want to learn how to read someone's mind? Read a book on magic and you'll discover the secrets behind reading minds and making any number of magical things happen. But, as you read the secrets, you might also get hooked on the psychology of magic, become captivated by the intricacies of stagecraft, enticed by business opportunities, find yourself hanging onto the edge of your seat as you read tales of rivalry and espionage, and more. Even if you're not keen on reading, give a magic book a try. Chances are you will not be able to put it down!

2. Develop fine and gross motor skills .

Although it is a misconception that a magician's hands move "faster than the eye," it is true that performing magic requires coordination and control. Project Magic, a non-profit organization founded by internationally known illusionist David Copperfield, exemplifies how magic can be used to help improve dexterity, coordination, ranges of motion, balance and more. If you'd like to learn how to become involved in Project Magic or would like more information, you can call 1-785-270-4610.

3. Build self-discipline .

Practice and you'll see your skills progress. When you've mastered the mechanics of the trick, you can start scripting it. Stage it. Practice some more. Pick out a costume. Rehearse the trick by putting all of the elements together. When you're ready to perform, the ultimate reward will be your audience's astonishment and applause. Cultivate this disciplined approach to learning and there will be no limit to what you can achieve.

4. Boost self-confidence

When performed successfully, a magic trick can generate a lot of positive attention and make you feel quite good. Be both humble and proud of what you are able to do. Continue to develop your special skill and see how you can use your talent to help bring joy to others.

5. Improve interpersonal skills

The process of learning magic is specifically suited to developing social-emotional skills. For example, someone learning magic may end up practicing verbal and nonverbal communication, presentation skills, developing a sensitivity to group dynamics or all of the above. In a recent study conducted by psychologist Richard Wiseman, students who were taught magic were more significantly social and confident than a control group of students who were taught a standard social and health education class. Notably, these interpersonal skills have real-world value and can be asset when applied both inside and outside the classroom.

6. Stimulate curiosity and creativity

In the words of Arthur C. Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Indeed, in order to remain relevant, magicians have worked hard to stay at the cutting edge of discoveries in theater, …

Finally, Get Your Degree at a Distance University!

Getting your own degree at a distance university can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! While at times it can be challenging, it's a great experience as well. It has wonderful rewards, and you will not only experience them once you graduate, they will come through the duration of the time that you are in the program.

Some people say that the degree that you earn, say online, is not as valuable as one that is earned at a traditional university, one where you go in and actually sit in the classroom. I think they are both just as valuable. As long as the school is accredited I personally do not see a problem with that. But that is a decision that you have to make.

Distance universities are so convenient for those who are, say single parents. Or if you work 40 plus hours a week and you do not have much time to attend class. You can not make it to morning, noon or evening classes. The faculty and staff understand this and they will work around your schedule. However, do not expect a cake walk. You are expected to put forth the effort that is required of you. They almost expect even more effort that if you were physically in the class? Why, because sometimes when you interact via email or by phone, you are expected to produce much more valuable information. The interaction is much more personal, so more is expected from you.

Back in the day, distance universities used to be referred to as correspondence courses. The name has changed a few times, but the end result lasts the same. This type of distance education takes advantage of technology and computers to deliver the curriculum to the student. Again, this has to be the most convenient type of learning that has ever been developed. Do not underestimate the power of this type of education.

One thing to watch out for is schools that claim to be accredited. While an overwhelming major of schools and school information that you research will be honest, there have been reports of schools being dishonest and saying that they are accredited when in fact they are not. So it is essential that you do your research, request more information from the institution and find out for your self. Most universities are more than happy to provide you with all the information you need. Also, speak with the student advisors if you have more questions and are in doubt about anything. They are there to help you. …

Plan your Dream Career as a Wedding Planner

In today's busy world, couples that want to get married do not always have the time to plan the wedding of their dreams. Wedding planners are in the profession of planning weddings for others. Their role in this process is planner, organizer, decorator or sometimes, even refere. These professionals work in a high stress environment where they are responsible for making sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch.

What They Do:

Wedding planners help the bride and groom come up with a plan for their special day. After the date is chosen and the budget set, the wedding planner can go on to work on other endless details. The wedding planner will set up a time line schedule and a step-by-step list of what needs to be done. The wedding planner is in regular communications with their clients to ensure that they are in agreement to the plans that are being made.
They cover all details of the wedding from helping the bride and groom choose a location, colors, flooring, caterers, music, and type of ceremony. In addition, they also handle things like etiquette, religious traditions, marriage licensing, and coordinating bridesmaids groomsmen and parents.

Training:

Although no formal training is required to be a wedding planner, those who do take formal wedding planning programs have an edge over their competition. After all, would not you want someone who has some credentials? When you take a wedding planning program, you will be trained in how to start a wedding consulting business, and run it successfully. You will learn how to make timelines, set schedules, and work with your vendors. You will also learn how to calculate your cost, and stick to the wedding budget. Having knowledge of religions and wedding traditions is necessary so the wedding planner can prepare things properly. Staying current with wedding trends, bridal fashion and floral design is onoing education in your career as a wedding planner. By offering the best service available, you can build a client base just by word of mouth.A wedding planner's typical fee is 10 to 15 percent of the cost of the wedding. …