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  • drdianehamilton 3:38 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Adjunct Faculty Members’ Perceptions of Online Education Compared to Traditional Education 


    I am often asked to give my opinion regarding online education versus traditional education.  Because it is such a popular topic, I decided to conduct some research to determine how online instructors’ perceive online versus traditional degrees. The following is an abstract from my most recent study published in the Journal for Online Doctoral Education.

    “Due to the growth of online courses and universities, the quality and benefits of distance education warrant
    scholarly attention. Previous researchers have focused on students’, employers’, and traditional professors’
    perspectives of online courses. Although adjunct professors teach the majority of online courses, few
    researchers have explored their opinions of online education compared to traditional, face-to-face education.
    Also lacking is information about online instructors’ perceptions of the online teaching position. The purpose
    of this report was to present online adjunct faculty members’ perceptions of online education in relation to
    traditional education. Sixty-eight adjunct faculty members who were recruited through LinkedIn voluntarily
    completed an instrument that was developed for this purpose. Given that this report represents an initial
    attempt to understand this phenomenon, preliminary results are reported as descriptive statistics. Overall,
    the online adjunct faculty members held favorable opinions of online education and believed that others did
    as well. Although they reported grading similarly in online courses as in traditional courses, the online
    adjunct faculty members reported that students thought that online professors graded more easily.
    Limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.”

    To read the entire study, please click the following link: Adjunct Faculty Members’ Perceptions of Online Education Compared to Traditional Education

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  • drdianehamilton 4:43 pm on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Forbes School of Business Mentor Week 


    Forbes Mentor Week was held on August 31, 2015. It was an excellent chance to learn career-changing habits and problem solving techniques critical in today’s workplace. This five-day online event brought together influencers and innovators from all corners of the business community for an interactive boot camp to sharpen your personal and professional skills.

    Please see my recorded session here:

  • drdianehamilton 9:47 am on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Online vs. Traditional Faculty Demands 


    MOOCs have drawn attention to the different requirements of online vs. traditional teaching jobs.  I recently watched Dr. Dani Babb’s Udemy presentation titled How to Make Money Teaching as an Online Professor.  She said something that I thought was interesting.  She had worked as a traditional professor prior to becoming an online professor.  When she discussed the job requirements of an online professor, she mentioned that online professors have to deal with students who expect a lot more interaction in the online environment than the traditional one.  This is very true.  This is also something that I do not think gets enough attention in the media.

    There are plenty of articles about how wonderful traditional schools are compared to online schools. However, it has been my experience that online schools provide students with far more access to their professors.  This has increased the amount of responsibilities required of online professors.  Online professors must:

    1. Help students learn to think critically
    2. Guide students through a maze of information
    3. Help students learn critical information in a shorter amount of time
    4. Encourage students to form opinions and debate topics
    5. Provide tools for lifelong learning

    While the demands placed on online professors have increased, they may feel like they are being under-valued by the press.  Students expect more value.  Students want skills that lead to immediate job improvements. This has put pressure on educators. However, this kind of pressure is good because it creates a dialogue for how to improve the online experience.

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    • Tammy Wilson 1:34 pm on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with the online professor in reference to the article, On Line VS Traditional Faculty Demands.

      I went to a traditional school for my undergraduate degree. If I had to make a decision based on the short period of time that I have used the online educational service at GCU, to me there is no comparison, I have much more access and have had much better experience with the online instructors/Professors than I did in the traditional.

      I feel that it was the best decision that I made, by going online. There is more interaction, more communication, and more help from the Instructors/Professors. This is a wonderful experience for me!

      Thank You!

      Tammy Wilson
      MGT 605

  • drdianehamilton 4:19 pm on January 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , First Person, Higher education, , Paragraph Structure, , Research Paper, Sentence Structure, ,   

    Checklist for Writing the Perfect College Paper 

    Professors may assume that students understand the basics when it comes to writing college research papers. In reality, many students are frustrated by all of the requirements.  There are not a lot of easy checklists that put all of the requirements into one location. The following checklist should be used as a helpful guide to help college students write a well-researched and properly presented paper.

    Write in introduction/body/conclusion format

    • Introduction – The first paragraph introduces what will be included in the paper.  It is a good idea to have the first sentence of the first paragraph include a hook to interest the reader.  Students should list a few sentences that summarize the main topics that will be addressed in the paper.  In this example, assume that three things will be covered based on the assignment requirements. End the introductory paragraph with the thesis statement.
    • Body – The body is where the three things, required for the assignment, are addressed. Students should start each paragraph with a topic sentence. Students should write a few sentences about that topic.  Students should end that paragraph with a transitional sentence that leads into the next topic that will be addressed in the following paragraph.  This process should be completed for all paragraphs until the last paragraph.
    • Conclusion – The last paragraph may begin with something like, “In conclusion”.  This last paragraph will sum up the three topics addressed. The last sentence should restate the thesis statement listed in the introduction, and end with some sort of final prediction or conclusion.

    Write in complete paragraphs – Paragraphs should ideally contain between 4-8 sentences.  Students often make the mistake of writing in incomplete paragraphs or overly long paragraphs.  Click here for more information about paragraph structure.

    Avoid run-on sentences – Sentences should not be overly complex.  Students should check how many times the word “and” is used.  This may signal a run-on sentence.

    Write in APA format – Set up papers that include a title page, double-spacing, indented paragraphs, page numbers, correctly cited sources, etc. per APA.

    Research the paper through the school’s library – Students often make the mistake of researching through the use of Google or other popular search engines.  Students may also make the mistake of relying on sources that are less than scholarly. Sites like Wikipedia may offer some good information but they are not considered reliable or scholarly sources for research papers.  Students should use the school’s search engine, located in the online library.  Students should click the box that searches for scholarly, peer-reviewed journals to ensure the sources are appropriate.

    Cite consistently and correctly throughout the paper – Students often make the mistake of thinking they are story-telling when they should be demonstrating research.  Students should get into the habit of paraphrasing rather than listing direct quotations.  Students should avoid patchworking.  Students should not make the mistake of listing references without citations. This is a common mistake.  Research papers require both citations AND references.  Students should also not make the mistake of simply ending a paraphrased paragraph with (author last name, year) to cite all information covered in the paragraph. This is also a common mistake and can be considered plagiarism.  Every sentence of paraphrased work requires the author and year information.  Click here for information about how to cite.

    Submit the paper to TurnItIn – Many schools offer TurnItIn’s plagiarism checker.  This is an excellent tool that is helpful to both the students and the schools. Students should get in the habit of submitting his or her papers through this software program to insure that they are not inadvertently plagiarizing information.

    Check narrative mode – Many courses do not allow students to write in first person.  If this is the case, students should not refer to themselves.  Students should look for words like I, we, us, me.  These words should not be included if the paper does not allow first person.

    Check Word document format – Students often overlook the settings in the Word document.  Students should be sure that the font, margins and settings are correctly set to APA requirements.

    Check spelling and other miscellaneous issues – Students should read the final draft more than once. Even if everything seemed OK in the paper, it is a good idea, for students to read it several times to look for small errors.  Students should check for spacing issues.  Students should also check that there are two spaces after periods per APA.  Students should spell-check the document to be sure all spelling issues are resolved.

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  • drdianehamilton 3:24 pm on June 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boomerang Generation, , , , , Graduates, Higher education, , Labour economics, , , , , , Work experience   

    Boomerang Generation: College Graduates Giving up on Employment and Moving Back Home 


    There has been an unusual trend with recent college graduates.  After working so hard to become educated for their new careers, recent grads are not jumping into the workplace right away.  This has caused an increase in the numbers for unemployment in this population.  However, this unemployment has been influenced by some of these grads actively making the choice not go to work.

    It’s not only that employers don’t want the recent graduates. In fact, Wall Street Journal reported, “Employers plan to hire 19% more new graduates this year than in 2010.” Part of the choice has been due to the graduates opting to do other things. In that same article, it was reported, “Career counselors at colleges say that in the past two years they have seen increasing numbers of graduates opting to travel, volunteer, or get unpaid work experience rather than head straight into a tenuous job market.”

    Recent statistics show that up to 54% of those under the age of 25 are without a job. Many of them feel that the economy is so bad at this time that they would be wasting their time even trying to get into the workplace.  This has caused a trend of young adults moving back in with their parents.  The New York Post reported, “This year, some three million young people are expected to graduate from college. Facing a double-digit unemployment rate for young people, 85 percent of them will initially move back home with their parents, and that’s up from 67 percent in 2006, according to a poll by researcher Twentysomething Inc.”

    Some have referred to this new generation as the Boomerang Generation.  Just as parents think their children have left the nest, they turn around and come right back.  Some students are holding out for the job they want rather than taking “just any job”. Having gone through the time and effort to get a higher education, they are not willing to take employment beneath what they feel qualified to do.

  • drdianehamilton 3:51 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Higher education, Kansas, Kansas State University, , Tuition payments, , University of Texas-Austin   

    Where Your College Tuition is Spent 

    Many people are going back to school to further their education in the hope of being more marketable in the workplace. As tuition increases, students may be wondering where their money is being used.

    Onlinecolleges.net reported 10 Telling Stats on Where Your Tuition Money Goes. It is interesting to note that the professor’s pay is not a big factor in these increases. It may be surprising how much goes to construction and renovations. Also of note is how much is being spent on entertainment. “Travel and entertainment are major expenses for universities. For example, Kansas State University spent $9 million in travel and entertainment related expenses in 2010.” For the complete list explaining where your funds are being spent, click here.

  • drdianehamilton 2:52 pm on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Academic term, , College Board, , Higher education, , , ,   

    College Costs . . . Good News Bad News 


    image via online.wsj.com

    If you are considering going back to college, you may be interested to know that tuition rates are going up.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that the Pell grants are on the rise.  I give a lot of advice about paying for college in my book, The Online Student User’s Manual.  For more information, you can also check out some of my recent articles by clicking here.   

    According to an article in WSJ.com by Stephanie Banchero, “The average price of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions is $7,605 this school year, a 7.9% increase over last year. At private nonprofit colleges and universities, the average price is $27,293, a 4.5% rise. Two-year state colleges saw a 6% rise to $2,713.”  To read the entire article, click here.

  • drdianehamilton 1:36 pm on September 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , college costs, convenience of technology, , , electronic books, Higher education, , , reduce expenses, , ,   

    Colleges to Offer More E-Books 

    Insidehighered reported today that Daytona State will be using e-books to save their students as much as 80% on supplies required for courses.

    Other universities have been going that route for some time now.  The University of Phoenix has had a lot of success with their e-book program.  Insidehighered reported “Phoenix actually mandates that instructors assign digital materials “whenever feasible” — a strategic turn the company started to take back in 2003, but which has come to fruition more recently, with so many more materials now available in digital format. At this point, roughly 90 percent of Phoenix’s course content is delivered via e-books or other electronic means — the only exceptions coming in courses such as art history, where copyright issues surrounding digital renderings of images such as paintings remain a hurdle for e-book publishers, says David Bickford, the vice president of academic affairs at Phoenix.”

    I work for several online universities that are utilizing e-books.  In fact, I have made my most recent book, The Online Student’s User Manual, available to a university where it will be delivered in an e-book format.  I have also made it available on Kindle because I believe that many do prefer to have quick access to resources like these rather than have to lug a bunch of books around with them.

    Convenience of access is a big plus for e-books.  Cost is also a very important consideration. Toccon.com claims, “The spiraling cost of textbooks is rendering higher education unaffordable to many students, particularly in community colleges, where textbook costs often exceed tuition. While some may think of a digital textbook merely an electronic image of a paper product, others have employed the electronic format in broadening the spectrum of learning. This session examines the emerging future of digital textbooks, including open access; subscriptions; texts bundled with online study resources; innovative texts that include multimedia, simulation models, automated assessments; and business models that will allow publishers to survive and thrive in the future.” 

    A recent ezine article gave 7 reasons why students should be offered e-books as a choice.  To read that article, click here.

  • drdianehamilton 1:38 am on August 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Higher education, , , University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Illinois system   

    College Online: Virtually the Same? – NYTimes.com 


    You’re an undergraduate at a select university. You spend much of your time on campus, attending class, talking with professors and peers. You maneuver daily through a sea of backpacks, bombarded by student groups trying to woo you. You sport a college sweatshirt emblazoned with your campus’s slogan and mascot.

    What if that weren’t the case? What if you could graduate from an elite university without every stepping foot on campus — if instead, you had merely to open your laptop?

    Online Master’s programs are already well-established. But many colleges are now testing the waters in online undergraduate studies. While the University of Illinois works toward offering equivalent online and hybrid Bachelor’s degrees, the University of California is testing what it hopes will be the premiere online program for undergraduates this fall.

    The University of California will debut just 20 to 30 courses this semester, most of them large lecture classes like Biology I. But it hopes to beat out Ivy League schools by becoming the first to develop an elite-quality undergraduate program, using the university’s best faculty and the latest technology and social media.

    The program will be modeled off the 1,250 online courses the school already offers through U.C. Extension, most of which are geared toward graduate and non-traditional students. Similarly, Harvard Extension offers more than 150 such courses — one-fifth of which are taught by Harvard faculty — as part of its Distance Education program.

    While a virtual classroom may be a better fit for the more independently-motivated student, there is no lack of student discussion and the exchange of ideas — you just post them on a message board instead of raising your hand, according to Alexander Ritchie, a now-graduate who took an U.C. Extension online course on the History of Islam for undergraduate credit, before transferring to University of California, Berkeley. He was able to enroll in the course at his leisure and was given six months from the start date to complete it.

    For the U.C., financial necessity may truly be the mother of innovation. But it’s also “the obvious next step” in making higher education more globally accessible and affordable, said Daniel Greenstein, the system’s vice provost for academic planning, programs and

    While other online programs exist at other large research universities, he said no one has successfully created a program at the scale and quality that the university has as its goal.

    “The University of Illinois (at) Springfield is not Berkeley,” Mr. Greenstein said in an e-mail, before adding, “I am not an elitist snob.”

    The University of Illinois Online, which comprises three campuses and enrolled 11,000 students in 2009-10 academic year, focuses on graduate degrees but also offers online Bachelor’s degrees in fields like English, History and Economics. It succeeded the failed University of Illinois Global Campus, an attempt at a virtual campus that entered its “final death throes” in 2009, according to Douglas Brewer, interim director of continuing education at the University of Illinois.

    A recent article in Chronicle of Higher Education , noted there is some concern that a lack of faculty participation and the possibility that online courses which fail to make the quality mark could dilute the university‘s brand could threaten the University of California’s plan. But U.C. leaders say they plan to do extensive studies after this semester’s pilot, and online degrees would be “way downstream,” according to Mr. Greenstein. More information about the U.C.’s plan can be found here.

    Meanwhile, at the University of Illinois, administrators are “trying to get rid of the barriers and blur the lines” between online and a
    face-to-face degrees, Dr. Brewer said. Whether a student takes all on-campus courses, all online or a blend of the two, the hope is that
    the degree will be the same.

  • drdianehamilton 6:24 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Books You Love Book Review for: New Book by Dr Hamilton for Online College Students 

    The Online Student User’s Manual will show you —

    • what you need to know about computer and software requirements 
    • how to use the search engines and upload assignments
    • how to organize and manage your time  
    • how to track and schedule your assignments
    • how to communicate effectively with your professors and fellow students
    • how to maximize your grade
    • what mistakes to avoid
    • how to create measurable goals and stay motivated
    • how to prepare for tests…and so much more.
    via booksyoulove.co.uk – please click on this link to see complete review.
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