Blog Posts by Dr. J

Should You Give 110% on the Job or Your Best Effort?

110% Performance

Everyone goes through a natural cycle with their career. The start of a new job is a time when enthusiasm, energy, and professional fulfillment is at its peak. Over time the level of enthusiasm and the feeling of satisfaction may fluctuate as the reality of the job becomes clear, which can influence a person’s performance in a positive or negative manner depending upon the circumstances experienced. The most common factors that can have an impact on how a person performs on the job may include actual work conditions or perceptions about a manager, supervisor, or the company overall. It becomes challenging then not to allow performance to become conditional as employers expect peak performance from employees.

Online Teaching as a Career: Strategies for Self-Development

Online Teaching

The work of an online educator can be very demanding because of the nature of facilitating a learning process within a virtual environment when you cannot physically see or interact with your students. It can also be challenging for anyone who is working as an adjunct while balancing other career related responsibilities. For those educators who have already taught online for some time they will likely have developed working habits that either assist them with meeting the contractual faculty requirements or cause them to miss important classroom deadlines or instructional functions. The level of an instructor's involvement in an online class can ultimately determine how much time and effort their students put into the class, which will in turn influence their performance.

Here's How to Engage the Mind of Your Students & Learning Will Occur

Engage the Mind of Your Students

The ideal outcome for any class, whether it is a college course or corporate training program, is to have students demonstrate that they were able to meet the course objectives, which could include several factors such as the acquisition of new knowledge or the development of specific skills that are academic or job related. In other words, it is expected that students will have learned about a subject or learned how to do something as a result of their involvement in a class. Yet the reality for many classes is that some students will simply go through the motions without actually learning anything, even if they have written a paper, participated in the class discussions to some degree, or passed a required test.

Is Your Job Going Nowhere? Then It's Time to Take Action

Job Going Nowhere

It is possible that at some point in your career you may begin to feel blocked, stalled, or going nowhere in your job or with your employer. When that occurs you can use it as a time to reflect and redirect your focus, or you can become frustrated and do nothing to change the conditions. Taking no action may seem like the easiest option as it requires little effort on your part. You can talk to your colleagues and friends who may side with you in your feeling of frustration and perhaps the unjust nature of your present circumstances. But that can only intensify the negative feelings you are experiencing, which does not resolve anything for you in the long run.

Students Won't Learn If You Don't Show Them How

Students and Learning

When students walk into class, or enter an online classroom, they are there because it is a mandatory degree requirement or they have a specific need that requires them to acquire specialized knowledge and/or skills for their career. However, just because they are present doesn't mean they are willing participants and are certain to be actively engaged.

A Job Interview Requires a Mindset of Success

Hire Me

The process of preparing for a job interview often involves a time of stress, indecision, and self-doubt for many people. A successful interview occurs as the result of meaningful interactions between you and the potential employer, which happens when you are prepared, confident, and self-assured. When you are communicating effectively during the interview you are clearly articulating who you are, what you offer, and what you are seeking for your career. A well-developed resume by itself is never enough.

Success Depends Upon Self-Discipline – Especially in Your Career

Success

There is a well-known phrase that talks about the importance of working smarter and while there are many interpretations of what it can mean, overall it is meant to emphasize the benefits of being focused, disciplined, and working hard. Hard work is the backbone of any career but over time, and when routine work habits are established and set in, the effort that a person exerts may become conditionally based. It could be due to a person's perception of a "bad" boss, poor working conditions, not receiving a pay increase or recognition for their effort, and the list continues. While there may certainly be merit to these feelings, it serves no real purpose to make working hard a conditional characteristic of your job performance.

Online Teaching Can Be Transformed with Appreciative Andragogy

Appreciative Andragogy

The online classroom has not changed the basic principles of adult learning, only the format. What has not changed is the students' need for one-on-one interactions. Instructors can guide the development of online relationships by creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of productive exchanges. This requires an investment of time on the part of the instructor as online interactions are not limited to one scheduled class meeting.

Do You Want to Change How Students Perform? Influence Their Beliefs

Do You Want to Change How Students Perform? Influence Their Beliefs

When an adult student begins a class, whether it is a traditional, online, or corporate training class, a factor that can have a direct impact on their level of involvement in that class is their beliefs. The beliefs that students hold about their academic abilities and capability to participate in the learning process will determine their level of effort, energy, and willingness to be involved. It influences their persistence when faced with challenges and is a determining factor for their grades and course outcomes.

Online Instructors Must Manage Time Well – Here's How

Time Management

Online instructors understand the need to manage their time effectively, especially those who are working in an adjunct capacity and balancing other responsibilities such as a full time job. Of course any instructor must be skilled in time management; however, the need is greater for online educators since they do not visibly see their classroom unless they check into it and it can be easy to assume the class is running well if there are no complaints. The other issue I've worked with as a faculty development specialist is the problem of waiting until a couple of days until feedback is due to begin reviewing student papers.