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  • drdianehamilton 12:56 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Millennial Student Entitlement Issues 


    The word Millennials is used to describe adults born between the years of 1980 and 2000.  They are also known as Generation Y.  Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me explained Millennials tend to be more self-focused and may expect to receive a lot of recognition. Sixty Minutes aired an interesting story titled The Millennials are Coming.  In this show, they explained how this younger generation expects good things and expects them with little effort. I have noticed that this sense of entitlement has carried into the online classroom setting.

    Most of my students are very respectful. They follow directions.  They ask questions with the proper tone.  However, there are a few that are more demanding.  Although I have not formally studied the age group of the students who demonstrate issues with entitlement, I have noticed that my older Baby Boomer students seem to demonstrate more respect.

    Some students become frustrated with expectations as they enter higher level programs.  Some of my students have managed to get through their undergraduate program with poor writing skills.  If I make comments about things that they need to work on for future assignments, some of them become upset or angry.  It is as if they expect to receive an A with very little effort.  They may make comments that express their indignation that I would even suggest that they might write “a lot” as two words, or indent a paragraph per APA guidelines.  I might even receive a note from them about how other professors did not mark down for certain things.

    I do not take that many points off for writing or APA-related issues. I teach business-related courses and should not have to make grammar or structure my main focus.  What is interesting to me is that their anger does not seem to be about the score received as much as the fact that I have pointed out something they have done incorrectly.

    Many students tell me that professors do not insert comments on their assignments. Perhaps that is why some of them react the way they do.  However, it seems to me that a graduate-level student should write at a graduate level.

    Based on the reaction I get from the younger students, I often wonder if some professors “let things go” in order to keep the peace.  I have spoken to other professors who perform peer-reviews and deal with conflict resolution.  They have told me that students will complain about many little things.  If students complain, professors must respond, and then that creates more of a hassle for them.

    The squeaky wheel may get the grease. If professors do not want to tell students the truth, for fear of reprimand, they may just let things slide.  My concern is that younger students’ entitlement issues have made them complain too easily and kept them from developing important skills.

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    • Rex 11:08 am on August 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As a student in your BA500 Management course, I found your instructions insightful and helpful.
      With that said, I am a non-millennial.

  • drdianehamilton 2:48 pm on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Respond Effectively in Online Discussions 

    Online college students often find that they are required to answer discussion questions in class.  With the popularity of texting and the lack of formality used when writing an email, many students are lacking the necessary skills to write an appropriate posting. 

    Online schools often require that postings are substantive.  In other words, the postings should be substantial and have sufficient content to answer questions in depth.  Students may be given guidelines or a minimum word count to guide them.  However, when responding to fellow students’ postings, there are usually not specific word count requirements.  Therefore, it is important for students to respond in a way that is not merely showing their agreement or disagreement with what is being discussed. 

    A good rule of thumb is to support what the student has said with at least one sentence. That doesn’t mean the student has to agree with the statement; they just have to support the fact that the student has made their point. 

    Then after supporting them, the student can disagree or agree with the topic at hand.  They should include several more sentences explaining their position on the topic.  They could give examples and cite sources.  

    A good way to end the discussion would be with a question that is either addressed to the original student or one that could be addressed to the class in order to bring more participants into the discussion.  

    It is extremely important that students write in complete sentences, use correct grammar, check spelling and punctuate correctly.  For additional help with writing skills, please check out the following links:

    Can Spell Check Make Things Worse?

    Top 15 Writing and Grammar Mistakes

    15 Ways to Improve Writing Skills

    10 Common Writing Mistakes

    Can Texting Damage Writing Skills?

  • drdianehamilton 6:01 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    What is Udemy? Teach and Learn Online 

  • drdianehamilton 11:52 am on August 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    New Book Promises Help For Online Students 

    For the full press release, click here.  To order the book, click here.

  • drdianehamilton 2:47 pm on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Paying For College With College Scholarships and Student Loans | Online University Colleges 

    Wed, Jul 14, 2010

    Paying For College With College Scholarships and Student Loans

    It is getting harder to pay for a college education these days, but it is by no means impossible. Getting college scholarships is still the best way to go, and there are plenty of them still around – even though money may be getting tighter. Here are some tips about how to get money to pay for your college education with college scholarships and student loans.


    The best way to go to college is to go free. College scholarships can enable a student to go to college without cost – if there are enough of them. In order to get as many as is needed to go without cost, you will need to apply to as many scholarships as possible. Of course, you want to only apply for those college scholarships that you have a good possibility of actually winning.

    Finding the right college scholarships to apply to will require some work – and possibly some imagination, too. There are college scholarships for just about everything you can think of these days – and possibly some that are almost out of reach of the imagination, too. You can find them for academics, sports, hobbies, uniqueness – like a special last name or for left-handers, etc., your locale, and some that are just plain weird – like the duct tape prom college scholarship.

    In order for you to learn about what college scholarships are available, you will need to do some homework. This includes researching them online, in the library, letting scholarship groups help you (be careful of these – some are scams), talking to your school counselors, and more. You can also look at the Web sites of the colleges that you are interested in, and they will show you what college scholarships are available there.


    Many companies also offer college scholarships, too. They do this because they want to have a qualified and trained pool of potential employees available when they need them. They usually look for exceptionally bright prospects that can bring much to the table if they should hire them.

    Getting a college scholarship or an internship with a great company can lead to a great job right out of college. Sometimes, you may even be able to find your needed college scholarship simply by looking at the various companies you would dream of working for after you get your college degree. Look at their Web sites for more information.


    Because college scholarships may not cover your entire school bill, you may also need some college financing. Direct loans are available from the government, which will also give you the lowest interest rate possible on education loans.

    Direct student loans, which includes the Stafford loans and the PLUS loans, accumulate no interest while you are in school (because the government pays for it while you are in college), or drop to less than half-time. You will not need to make any payments on the loan until you have been out of school for 6 months.

    Graduate students and families of college students have access to PLUS loans for education and they also have the same terms as the Stafford loans – but a little higher interest rate. All government loans can be consolidated after graduation for easy payments.


    If you want to get the most out of college scholarships and student loans, then you will need to get started early. In fact, you should get started earlier than was necessary in previous years. With less money going around and with some college scholarships going on a first-come, first-served basis – you have no time to lose.

    Finding the right college scholarships takes a considerable amount of time, and so does filling out scholarship applications and writing scholarship essays. In addition, in order to get a Direct loan, you will need to have filled out the FAFSA form, which is required for all government student loans.


    College scholarship applications require that they be filled out accurately and carefully. A little carelessness (or haste) in answering a question or two could needlessly cost you a college scholarship. This could mean that you may need to take much longer to pay off a college loan – when you didn’t have to.

    Writing a quality college scholarship essay that will win a scholarship requires that you understand what the group offering it is looking for. Make yourself look like the person that they would like to represent and promote their company, college, etc., and you could walk away with the free college education you want. Be honest, though, in what you write – and you’ll be glad you did.

    Stay on top of everything related to student financial aid on FinancialAidFinder. The free website, from Mark B. Allen, includes a weekly summary of college scholarships and blog posts explaining how to complete scholarship applications, utilize student loans, apply for grants, and much more.

    I like the above article, but I’d like to add some more information that is from my book The Online Student’s User Manual:

    Just because you want to go back to school doesn’t necessarily mean you have the money sitting around to pay for it. Many students are looking for ways to finance their education, and options include student loans, company reimbursement, grants and scholar-ships. There are some job areas where they need people so badly that there may be opportunities where the government forgives your loan. Some of the areas where there are currently shortages include nursing, teaching, law and the military. For more information on loan forgiveness, check out the following web site: http://www.opm.gov/oca/pay/studentloan/html/fy05report.pdf. For public service loan forgiveness programs,
    check out: http://www.finaid.org/loans/publicservice.phtml.

    Some fields allow volunteering your time to count toward loan relief. For example, check out the Ameri-Corps at http://www.americorps.org, the Peace Corps at http://www.peacecorps.gov and Volunteers in Ser-
    vice to American (VISTA) at: http://www.friendsofvista.org.

    Student loan areas to check out include the Stafford loan program. “Stafford loans are federal student loans made available to college and university students to supplement personal and family resources, scholarships, grants, and work-study. Nearly all students are eligible to receive Stafford loans regardless of credit. Stafford loans may be subsidized by the U.S. Gov-ernment or unsubsidized depending on the student’s need.” (Staffordloan.com, 2010).

    Another program is the Pell Grant. “The Federal Pell Grant program is a federal aid program that pro-vides financial assistance to students otherwise unable to afford an undergraduate education. Your school can either credit the Pell Grant funds to your school account, pay you directly (usually by check), or combine these methods. The school must tell you in writing how and when you’ll be paid, and how much your award will be. Schools must pay you at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Schools that do not use formally defined, traditional terms must pay you at least twice per academic year” (college-scholarships-grants.biz, 2010).

    There are other ways to help pay for your online education on your own. According to eLearners.com (2010) you should speak to your financial advisor about the possibility of using:

    1. Personal savings
    2. Credit cards
    3. Funds borrowed from your 401k or Retirement Plan
    4. Funds borrowed against a life insurance policy
    5. A line of credit or HELOC (home equity line of credit)
    6. A family loan or gift
    7. Loans from the traditional lending agencies such as Sallie Mae at http://www.tuitionpay.com/ or Tuition Man-agement Systems at http://www.afford.com or FACTS Management Company at http://www.factsmgt.com/FACTS/Family.

    The most important first step is to talk to your school’s financial advisors to find out what options are available to you. For more information about completing the ap-plication for federal student financial aid, be sure to check out http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. If you are not fa-miliar with FASFA, “Today, Federal Student Aid performs a range of critical functions that include, among others:

    • Educating students and families on the process of obtaining aid;
    • Processing millions of student financial aid applications each year;
    • Disbursing billions of dollars in aid funds to students through schools;
    • Enforcing financial aid rules and regulations;
    • Servicing millions of student loan accounts, and securing repayment from borrowers who have defaulted on their loans; and
    • Operating information technology systems and tools that manage billions in student aid dollars” (federalstudentaid.ed.gov, 2010).

    Do not get discouraged, because there are many loans and finance programs out there. “During the 2006–07 academic year, more than $130 billion in financial aid was distributed to undergraduate and graduate students in the form of grants from all sources and federal loans, work-study, and tax credits and deductions. In addition, these students borrowed more than $18 billion from state and private sources to help finance their education” (collegeboard.com, 2010). I recommend that you download the most recent Trends in Student Aid report from <a href=”http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/about/news_info/trends/trends_aid_07.pdf.


    • Trish Wilkinson 3:58 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We are researching colleges and financing help at the moment for our two teenage girls. Thanks for the tips!

  • drdianehamilton 3:24 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    7 Benefits of Online Education | Geo Blog 

    7 Benefits of Online Education

    1. Accessibility

    Traditionally, if a student wanted a college education they had to relocate or commute to campus, reduce hours at work, or even postpone careers entirely. But not anymore. Online education offers the same quality education, the same courses, and the same degrees as traditional education but in a more convenient setting. With online education, you can get a college education on your schedule. All you need is a computer and an internet connection and you can go to college in the comfort of your own home.

    2. Flexibility

    In addition to being more accessible, online education is also more flexible than traditional education, especially for students who work. With online education, you can cater your courses, homework, and school correspondence around your work or family schedule. Study when you want and where you want. The flexibility of an online education allows you the ability to maintain your priorities and your income while still earning a college degree.

    3. Work-Ability

    Many people fear that starting or finishing their college education will interfere with their existing careers. Traditionally, going to college meant going to school full-time during the day, which made it difficult to work. Not so with online education. By going to school online, you can keep your current job and continue earning the money you need. Online programs allow you to take courses at your own pace, which in turn allows you the flexibility to work full-time or part-time while still maintaining a balance among work, school, and your social life.

    4. Applicability

    One of the oft-overlooked advantages of working while going to school is the potential applicability that studies may have on your job. In other words, it’s one thing to go to class and learn about something in theory, and it’s another to take that theory and put it into practice. Students who work can apply their newly acquired knowledge immediately to their jobs; they can also focus their studies on the kinds of real-world problems that professionals face daily in the workplace.

    5. Speed

    The accessibility and flexibility of online education makes it possible to shave months, even years off your graduation date. Motivated students can earn prestigious degrees online in half the time it would have taken in a traditional classroom setting.

    6. Variety

    One of the great myths regarding online education is that there aren’t enough degrees to choose from. Not true – at least, not anymore. Colleges and universities are now offering scores of degrees in a variety of different areas including business, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care, hospitality, law, liberal arts, science, and web design, to name but a few. Furthermore, within these areas you can obtain associate degrees, bachelors degrees, masters degrees, and other professional degrees in addition to a gamut of certificates and diplomas.

    7. Cost

    Finally, one of the most dramatic advantages of online education is the cost. Typically, the tuition of online programs is already less expensive than traditional programs. When you add in the potential savings associated with housing, transportation, books, and lost wages, the difference is enormous. Furthermore, if students continue to work while taking classes online, the need for student loans decreases, which greatly eases the financial strain of college after graduation.

    Whether you experience college in a brick-and-mortar classroom or a virtual one, your education will be one of the most important investments you will make in your life. So as you prepare for this important decision, make sure you consider all the options, including the unique possibilities offered by online education. Whatever you choose, you are certain to have a genuine “college experience”, including more than a few all-nighters cramming for that chemistry test.

    People often ask me what the differences are between online learning and the traditional classroom, I think this article gives a pretty good idea of the advantages of online education. I address a lot of this in my book The Online Student User’s Manual.

    • lbwong 4:44 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I had the wonderful opportunity of being able to obtain my degree through online education. I chose online education mainly for the flexibility of being able to study and complete assignments at my convenience (both time and place). In my situation, cost was higher for the online degree program than if I would have gone to a traditional program. Nonetheless, I felt it was more important to have flexibility. I was pleasantly surprised that the online program provided me with the structure and material that allowed me to learn effectively. I would highly recommend online education especially for those who work full time and need to juggle family and personal life. Informative post! LB

      • drdianehamilton 8:41 pm on July 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment LB. I have received one of my degrees online and I teach for many different online universities. I am a huge fan of that form of education. It just makes so much more sense! D 🙂

  • drdianehamilton 3:36 pm on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Top Questions New Online Students Ask 

    I need your help! I am developing some videos for YouTube where I will be answering some of my student’s questions.  I would like to hear from those who have questions that you would like answered about online college courses.  Many of my students have questions about participation, time requirements, how discussion questions work, how to stay on track, how online degrees compare to traditional degrees, etc.  Please email me by clicking here and  I will send you back a response and your questions may show up on YouTube!
  • drdianehamilton 2:17 pm on July 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Amazon Kindle no threat to college textbooks, professors say 

    Amazon Kindle no threat to college textbooks, professors say

    Students find e-reader cheaper but hard to use

    The Amazon Kindle has been a hit with book lovers but is not going over well with students in college classrooms, indicating e-book readers are not yet posing a threat to printed textbooks.

    Many of the schools where I teach utilize e-books now. It’s definitely a greener option. One of them uses Vital Source. I recently looked into the iPad application that lets you download some of the Vital Source information onto the iPad but not the entire text. It is not really useful yet . . .but I have high hopes for future versions. If you haven’t had a chance to read the above article from today’s Arizona Republic about students using Kindle for their textbooks, I recommend it.

  • drdianehamilton 7:28 pm on July 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Distance ed students forming college clubs online – USATODAY.com 

    Feeling isolated as an online student? Join the club.

    Or rather, join a club. At a handful of institutions, students working toward degrees online are meeting outside of class via the Web. These extracurricular organizations offer online students what many feel they are missing: the social and professional opportunities that historically have been part of the college experience.

    “When you’re on campus, you have opportunities to engage your faculty and your peers,” says Debra Ann Mynar, 39, an online psychology student at Pennsylvania State University‘s World Campus. “When you do distance education, you don’t have those similar opportunities unless you make them.”

    Some online college students may feel like they are all alone out there. This article by USA Today explains that there are some things that online learners can do to connect with other students. I set up chat rooms, in my individual classes that I teach, where students can interact. I see some students who feel at ease starting up a conversation . . . while others are more timid. I have noticed some of the schools are including more ways for students to become more visible to one another by allowing them to post profiles with pictures. Due to the popularity of social networking, there is no reason an online student should feel alone. I like sites I have seen from schools like the University of Colorado where students can blog about their experiences online. I hope more students who desire interaction take advantage of these sites or set up social networking connections on their own to become connected.

  • drdianehamilton 1:37 pm on July 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ASU business school unveils online degree 

    ASU business school unveils online degree

    Add business to the growing cadre of online bachelor’s programs offered by Arizona State University.

    Last week, the W.P. Carey School of Business announced it will launch its first online bachelor-of-arts program this fall.

    ASU and University of Phoenix both made the headlines in today’s Arizona Republic. I received degrees from both of these universities. It looks like Bill Gate’s prediction of online learning growth is going to come true. The growth of online education is undeniable. “Nearly 12 million post-secondary students in the United States take some or all of their classes online right now. But this will skyrocket to more than 22 million in the next five years. (Campustechnology.com, 2010). In my book, The Online Student’s User Manual, I give a lot of guidance to help the first-time online student feel comfortable in their online learning experience. I’m hearing that the book will be out next month. I’ll keep you updated.

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