Blog Posts by Dr. J

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.

Develop Self-Confidence By Finding Your Voice

Self Confidence

It is likely that most everyone wants to reach the end of their work day with a sense of accomplishment, whether it is a matter of just getting through the day or doing something meaningful as a result of their job – with many variations in between. The disposition someone develops about their job can have a direct impact on the amount of effort that is put into the required tasks, and it is easy to allow the circumstances at work to determine or influence the attitude held. While perfect working conditions certainly make it easier to feel good about completing what is expected, the decision is up to each individual person as to how they will perform. What can make that decision easier is to shift from an external to an internal focus.

Adult Education Basics for Online Instructors: A Brand New Course from Dr. J

Adult Education

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson has designed a brand new course that is being offered through Oplerno: Advanced Online Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

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. This course presents adult education essentials that every online educator needs to understand how students learn and how to promote learning in the virtual classroom environment. One of the important aspects of this course is the application of the topics to practical classroom facilitation.This is a university quality course that has been designed in the same manner as courses taken with online schools. 

Can Mindfulness Be Used to Enhance Learning?

Mindfulness and Learning

When you think about the word mindfulness you may not automatically associate it with learning and higher education. Most educators want to focus their attention on the subject matter being taught and the development of skills that are needed to ensure academic success, such as writing and reading skills. Mindfulness is also associated with spirituality and guided meditation, which again may not seem like a natural fit for the learning process. But mindfulness has a much broader definition and potential use, and it is utilized in both organizations and schools. The one exception is distance learning and for that field there is little direct application and implementation of mindfulness practices.

Student Satisfaction or Learning: What Matters Most for Educators?

Student Satisfaction

Online instructors know that one of the important factors for determining their performance, and possibly future course offerings, are the results of the end-of-course evaluations that are completed by students. The focus of those evaluations, whether intentionally stated or not, involves how satisfied the students were with the course, materials, instructor, and other similar criteria. Instructors also know that the response rate for these surveys is typically a small percentage of the class and more importantly, it is often an emotional reaction that usually dictates a majority of student responses.

Are You a Workaholic? You Can Be Successful and a Workaholic


Whether you love your job or simply tolerate it, it can take a significant amount of your time each week. While you may have fixed hours you also understand the reality of meeting job requirements and performance expectations, and it may mean working beyond a regular workday. Some people will gladly put in the extra time, especially if it means they will maintain job security or possibly get ahead.

Appreciative Inquiry for Online Learning: Take the Distance Out of Distance Learning

Appreciative Andragogy

There are various names used to describe learning through a technologically enabled means and includes online learning, e-learning, and distance learning. The phrase distance learning describes the challenge for educators; teaching students who cannot be seen or heard.

This was the challenge I decided to tackle with my doctoral studies and during the residency I found what I believe could be an answer – appreciative inquiry. Now you can learn about this exciting research and purchase your own copy of Dr. J's book.

Appreciative Inquiry and Education?

Is Success Overrated? Or Do You Need It For Your Career?

Is Success Overrated?

When someone states they have been successful there is usually something specific that they can point to, whether it is a new job, advancement with a current employer, a merit pay raise, special recognition, or something else that signifies an obvious achievement for their career. However, for some people they may believe that success rarely happens for them no matter how hard they work or how much effort they put into their job. Success is usually defined by events or occurrences and that is a reason why it becomes a source of frustration for many people, and why this also creates a negative disposition for them if they believe that their efforts never pay off.

Advanced Online Teaching Strategies: A Brand New Course from Dr. J

Online Learning

Dr. Bruce A. Johnson has designed a brand new course that is being offered through Oplerno: Advanced Online Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

This is a university quality that has been designed in the same manner as courses taken with online schools. This course is the study of online teaching practices for instructors who have experience with the facilitation of online classes. This course presents advanced teaching strategies that will enhance any online instructor's practice and help to create the development of conditions that promote learning in the classroom. One of the important aspects of this course is the application of the topics to practical classroom facilitation.