Blog Posts by Dr. J

Online Teaching as a Career Part 5: How to Create Conditions for Learning in a Virtual Class

Online Teaching Part 5

Learning can be fun, engaging, and interesting, or it can seem dull, mechanical, and boring. This is true regardless of the format of the class, whether it occurs in a traditional or online classroom. It may also seem that learning online should be (or could be) just as effective as traditional classroom learning.

Online Teaching as a Career – Part 4: Online Teaching Best Practices

Online Teaching Part Four

Educators have discovered that online teaching can be exciting, rewarding, frustrating, demanding, and challenging all at the same time. The opportunities for new online instructional positions are becoming fewer now because of the number of instructors who are interested in teaching and the process of acquiring an adjunct position has become very competitive.

Online Teaching as a Career Part 3: Nurturing Positive Beliefs to Sustain Learning

Online Teaching Part 3

When you consider factors that are important for the learning process, from the perspective of your students, you might list factors such as academic skills, self-motivation, and time management. However, what any student needs to succeed over the long term is perseverance, persistence, and a growth mindset. At the heart of all of these qualities and characteristics is a belief system that either supports or derails a student's progress.

If You Develop Self-Discipline, You'll Find Success in Your Career


Success is an elusive quality as related to a person's career. Some people believe that it comes naturally and without having to exert little effort while most will state that it requires hard work and perhaps a little luck. Working hard, or to the best of a person's abilities, is the backbone of any career. However, when routine work habits are established and set in over time the effort that a person exerts may become conditionally based. It could be due to a perception of a "bad" boss, poor working conditions, not receiving a pay increase or recognition for effort made, and other similar statements. While there may certainly be merit to these feelings, it serves no real purpose to make working hard a conditional characteristic of job performance.

Online Teaching as a Career Part 2: Professional Development

Online Teaching Part 2

What is the essence of online teaching? Should an online instructor be referred to as a teacher, facilitator, educator – or perhaps all three are applicable? In the reality of online teaching, all three of those words apply as an online instructor must know how to teach a subject, facilitate a learning process, and be an educator by knowing how adults learn.

Online Teaching as a Career – Part 1: Becoming Visible in a Virtual Class

Online Teaching 1

If you have taught an online course you know firsthand what it is like to teach in a virtual environment, along with the challenges that are inherent for working and interacting in this type of classroom. Online teaching is viewed by some instructors as a function that must be managed, and others see the true potential that it holds and that it is a process to be nurtured. If instructors are going to create conditions that are conducive to learning they must do more than manage a class, they must be active, present, and available for students. This requires the development of a virtual presence, one that sustains social interactions, while never being able to actually meet the students face-to-face.

Warning Signs It's Time to Change Jobs and 7 Steps to Be Prepared

Prepare for Job Change

Do you remember your first day on the job? If you took this new job out of need you may have felt a sense of hope. If you took the job for career advancement, better working conditions, increased future potential, or other similar reasons, you likely felt optimism and possibility a sense of excitement. There probably was an orientation period and then a time for learning all of the required policies and procedures, along with the job requirements. Eventually a routine settled in and the reality of the job and the actual work environment becomes clear. That is a time when the reality of what is experienced is weighed against the perceived expectations.

Transformation of Online Teaching Practices Through Implementation of Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Andragogy

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson is proud to announce that he will be presenting his research study findings and work in the field of distance learning at the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference, October 14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

The following is an overview of Dr. J's presentation:

Participants will learn about an innovative instructional approach that can help bring out the best in students, strengthen their working relationships with students, and bridge the distance gap.

5 Strategies That Create Conditions to Promote Online Learning

Online Learning

It may seem that learning online should be (or could be) as effective as traditional classroom learning. In almost every online class, resources and materials are provided for the students, there are asynchronous (and occasionally synchronous) discussions, and then assessments are given to determine if progress has been made with meeting the required learning objectives. Students aren't required to sit through a lecture and instead they can study at their own convenience. But important elements are missing in a virtual classroom, such as face to face interactions that provide visual and verbal cues, and that makes the distance factor a significant challenge.

What Motivates You to Perform Your Best at Work Every Day?

What Motivates You at Work

Do you remember when you began your present (or most recent) job? Starting of a new job is a time when enthusiasm, energy, and a feeling of professional fulfillment is at its strongest – influenced by the reason why the job offer was accepted. Over time the level of enthusiasm and feeling of satisfaction may fluctuate as the reality of the job tasks become clear, and this can influence a person’s performance in a positive or negative manner depending upon the circumstances experienced.