Blog Posts by Dr. J

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies by Dr. J

Advanced Online Teaching

Have you taught online courses and want to develop your online teaching skills further? This course provides the professional development you need to be a successful online instructor. This course is the study of online teaching practices for instructors who have experience with the facilitation of online classes, from beginning to advanced experience. Dr. J is offering the following new course with Oplerno: Advanced Online Teaching Strategies.

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Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning by Dr. J

Appreciative Andragogy

This is a unique course that is based upon Dr. J's dissertation study and research. The findings were published in the Online Learning journal, formerly the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, October 2014. Dr. J will be presenting these results at the 2015 Online Learning Consortium International Conference, October 2015.Dr. J is offering the following new course with Oplerno: Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning.

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Adult Education Basics for Online Instructors by Dr. J

Adult Education

How does an online instructor transform their online teaching practice and become an educator? By learning adult education basics. This course is the study of the most relevant, applicable, and necessary adult education theories and principles that every online instructor needs to be effective with the facilitation of their class and the learning process. Dr. J is offering the following new course with Oplerno: Adult Education Basics for Online Instructors.

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Dr. Bruce A. Johnson: Seeking a New Career Opportunity

Dr. J

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson is an innovative educator with experience in higher education as an online instructor and college professor, along with work as a corporate trainer and manager of a corporate training development. Dr. J has developed expertise in his career with adult education, distance learning, online teaching, faculty development, and organizational learning.

The following is a summary of Dr. J's background and experience. Dr. J is available for a new career opportunity and contact information is provided below.

Negative Beliefs are Toxic to a Career: Here are 6 ‎Corrective Tools

Negative Beliefs

Getting a good job can be a lot of work and turning it into a long-term career can be even more challenging. Most people believe that making progress in a career requires hard work, dedication, commitment, the development of relevant skills, and perhaps a bit of good luck. While there are many reasons why a person can ultimately succeed or fail in their job there is another factor that can have a significant influence on performance and ultimately the potential realized, and that is the beliefs that a person holds about their abilities and capabilities. If a belief becomes negative and is maintained for an extended period of time, it can get in the way of progress – especially when someone begins to question their ability to perform well, sells their talents short, or allows self-talk that is derogatory in nature to continue.

6 Strategies to Help Online Students Overcome the Risk of Failure

Help Online Students

The retention rate for online schools is low and there are many reasons why students discontinue their degree program, from the cost per credit hour to school policies and the quality of the courses offered. Instructors have little control over many of those factors but what they can help with is the classroom environment that they are responsible for maintaining. With every class students are at risk for failure because of the nature of a virtual environment and interactions with others.

Looking for a New Job? 4 Tools Needed to Manage Your Digital Footprint

Digital Footprint

The time when job seekers relied solely on the newspaper for job ads has passed and now jobs are often found through online sources such as job boards. The obvious benefit is the ability to find jobs on any given day or time of the week, along with information about potential employers. What job seekers must always keep in mind is that potential employers can also learn about them with a quick search using any search engine.

Three Strategies to Help Students Accept Change as Part of Learning

Students and Change

When students are assigned to a class there is a general expectation that they will perform in a fairly uniform manner, which means they are expected to follow the rules, adhere to the school policies, and complete what is expected of them within the timeframe established. As instructors know, not all students are fully prepared to engage in the class or have all of the skills necessary to perform their best. There will likely be students, especially new or newer students, who will need to adapt in some manner and make changes of some kind – especially if they have not attained peak performance. They may not even recognize that there are changes needed in how they work or perform until it has been brought to their attention by the instructor, through feedback or direct interactions in class.

Is Job Stress Getting You Down? Here's How to Get a Hold on It Now

Job Stress

There are many circumstances on the job that can have an adverse impact on performance, from poor working conditions to numerous responsibilities and an over-extended schedule. But there is one condition that can arise as a result of not responding well to circumstances, which can have a negative effect on a person's well-being, and that is the condition known as stress. While it may seem that there is not much more to be said about this topic, given how extensively the subject of stress management has been written about, there is another perspective to consider and that is viewing it as an internalized process as a means of learning how to address it.

Can You Use Student-Centered Strategies in Online Classes?

Student Centered Strategies

Online classes can be mechanical in nature and feel distant for students, which typically results in low student engagement and retention in the class, or it can be an environment that stimulates an interest in learning and promotes meaningful interactions. Who has the greatest influence when it comes to the type of class environment that is experienced, the students or their instructor? It is the instructor who establishes the classroom conditions and students in turn respond or react to what they perceive as they are involved in the class, along with what they actually experience as they interact with their instructor and other students.