June 20th, 2011
For those of you enrolled in Summer courses that started in May, I hope you are doing well in them and also enjoying your Summer. For those who are still thinking about taking classes this Summer here’s a reminder that Summer II classes (second six weeks) begin on July 5th. There is still time to get registered for one of these six week courses to help keep you on your educational path or speed it up just a bit. If you have any questions about what’s being offered during Summer II or about online classes in general please let me know. I’d be happy to discuss your questions with you. Until next time enjoy the sun and warm weather and good luck in everything you do!
May 19th, 2011
Just a quick update to remind everyone that Summer 1 and Summer 12 week classes started on Monday. If you have not already done so, please login into your course as soon as possible to let your instructor know you are participating and be sure to check your syllabus and assignments. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do this; especially during an accelerated semester like Summer. Please let me know if you are having any problems accessing your course or the materials for it. Also, if you need tips on time management please feel free to contact me and I can give you some ideas to help organize your time. Finally, if you still need a Summer course, there are Summer 2 courses available which do not start until July 5th. Please talk to you advisor or me if you have any questions about whether a course is right for you.
April 25th, 2011
I want to take today to ask you all a very basic question. How can I serve you better? By that I mean is there specific information about online learning that you would like to have me address in my blog? Are there things we could be doing to make your online experience better as a student at IU East? I ask this because I am exploring ways to help our online students be as successful as possible throughout their careers here and to reach their ultimate goal of finishing their degrees. I would love to hear your ideas and input. Please feel free to give me a call at 765-973-8312 or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep checking back to see some ideas I have and also see what others are suggesting.
March 29th, 2011
Do you have any questions, comments, or concerns about online classes? Have you taken an online class and want to share your experience? Do you want to meet some of people involved in in the online program at IU East including yours truly? Are you just hungry for pizza? If so, please come to Online Classes Up Close and Personal in the Graf Center on Thursday 3/31 from noon until one. I hope to see you there!
February 18th, 2011
I just wanted to take a couple minutes to remind everyone that Summer and Fall 2011 class schedules will be available in the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check back regularly to see when the schedules are posted. Also be sure to check out Distance Dish as I will be spotlighting some of our exciting online course offerings. As always, if you have questions or if you need assistance with anything dealing with online learning please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 765-973-8312.
January 24th, 2011
Hello on this cold and blustery winter’s day. We’re at the end of the second week of the semester and I hope everyone has gotten off to a good start in their classes. A good way to ensure that you will do well in all your classes, and particularly your online classes where face-to-face interaction is limited, is communication with your instructor and classmates. Many times, students only think of communicating with their instructor when a problem or question arises. While it is a good strategy to ask questions and bring problems to the attention of the instructor, it is only a small part of good communication.
Communication takes at least two active participants; the sender and the receiver. This is You must be an active receiver by checking your IU email account on a regular basis (at least a couple times a week) and checking your Oncourse class sites for announcements at least as often (or possibly more often depending on your instructors wishes). You should also communicate with your classmates through the discussion forums in Oncourse and through email. Good communication involves not only composing your thoughts but also carefully and respectfully reading and considering the thoughts and responses of your peers.
Until next time,
Good Luck in All You Do!
December 15th, 2010
Good Wednesday morning everyone!
I hope everybody is keeping warm and maybe actually enjoying the first real snowfall of the season. I sort of have a love-hate relationship with the white stuff. I enjoy watching it come down but hate having to go out and shovel it. I guess I better get used to it as we’re not even officially into Winter yet.
The purpose of my posting today is to talk a little about some new online classes our School of Education is offering in the Spring semester. We are now offering classes related to Special Education, Exceptional Education, Educational Psychology, Educational Technology, and Using Trade Books in the Classroom in an online format. Many of these classes are offered at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level so they would be useful for both the student pursuing their initial teaching licensure and also for current teachers looking to add to their repertoire of teaching skills and to further their professional development. A full listing of these and other online courses can be found in the Schedule of Online Classes or on the official schedule of classes found on the Registrar’s webpage or in Onestart. As always, if you have any questions about theses courses or need assistance in enrolling please give me a call at 765-973-8312.
November 18th, 2010
Good Thursday everyone! One week from today is Thanksgiving and that can only mean that Fall Semester is winding down. I hope you are all having a good semester and your classes are going well. Please keep in mind that it is important to maintain contact with your instructor and ask any questions that you have.
I wanted to take a little time to talk about a feature of online courses that almost all instructors make use of; Discussion Forums or threaded discussions. In a threaded discussion either the instructor or one of your classmates starts a discussion with a question or topic and it is expected that members of the class (or group if the instructor has chosen to divide the class into groups) contribute thoughts and opinions about that topic or answer the question. Instructors will look to be sure that your contribution is substantive meaning that you are actually adding something of substance to the discussion. Simply agreeing with something mentioned earlier is not substantive nor is just answering yes or no. Instructors will look to see if you are using research, facts, and material from class to back up your responses and show that you understand the concept being discussed. Finally instructors will be looking at how you interact with your classmates and if you are respectful of their views when disagreeing with them or coming up with alternative answers. In other words treat people as you would want to be treated and treat them as if you were speaking face to face with them. For many online classes, the Discussion Forum constitutes your participation grade for the course and this can be a significant part of the overall grade for the course so it is important to approach your interactions in the forums with the above points in mind.
As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact your instructor, your Academic Advisor, or me and we’ll be glad to help. We all want you to be successful in your online courses.
October 19th, 2010
Hello all! I have very exciting news to announce. As you know, IUEverywhere allows people access to IU East courses and degree completion programs all over the country and the world for that matter. The degree completion programs are designed to allow a student who has completed a qualifying associates degree to move seamlessly to complete their bachelors degree online with IU East. Currently, we have articulation agreements with several area community colleges, including Ivy Tech, to allow their associate degree to easily transfer to the IUEverywhere programs.
Today, I’m pleased to announce a new partnership between IU East and Maricopa Community College in the Phoenix, Arizona area that will allow students from Maricopa to transfer their credit from certain Maricopa associate degrees into the IUEverywhere programs much the same way local community college students currently do. As I said earlier, online students can access their courses from anywhere and everywhere there is Internet access so it just makes sense to develop agreements to make it easier for students anywhere qualify for the programs. Next week, we will be making the trip to Phoenix to meet with Maricopa students to introduce and discuss the programs with them. This is a very exciting time indeed!
September 20th, 2010
I hope each and every one of you is off and running in the new semester at Indiana University East. Classes began three weeks ago and by now you should have a pretty good feel for the pace of the class and the schedule of assignments.
If you have read my updates in the past, you will know that having good time management and being self-disciplined are essential qualities of successful distance learners. By now, you should be familiar with the syllabus and schedule for the course. These may be the most important documents you will ever receive in an online course because they contain the due dates for all of your assignments and the dates for quizzes and tests. They will be your roadmap for the class. Since you will not be meeting weekly in a classroom, you not have someone constantly reminding you of these dates. The responsibility is yours!
In the online classes that I have taken in the past, a simple strategy has allowed me to manage the schedule of the class and also be proactive about due dates. I purchased an inexpensive weekly planner (one that you can lay open and see an entire week on the two pages that are open). When I got the schedule for the course that I was taking, I immediately wrote in all the assignments, and the quizzes and tests, in red ink on the dates that they were due. I then went through the planner and made a note one week prior to the due date about assignment or test. For example, if there was an exam scheduled for September 27, I noted that on September 20. This I wrote in blue ink and then highlighted to make sure it got my attention. I kept this planner, open to the current week, next to my computer for the duration of the class. In this way, every time that I got on my computer I had a visual reminder of the important dates for that week and also reminded of the assignments that were approaching for the following week.
You may choose to use my system of scheduling for the course, or come up with one of your own, but the important thing is to have a system in place for keeping yourself on schedule in the class. If you do this the first weeks of class, you will have laid a solid foundation for managing your course for the rest of the semester.