Blog Posts by Dr. J

Appreciative Andragogy: An Innovative Online Professional Development Class

Appreciative Andragogy Class

Are you teaching online classes and interested in an instructional strategy that could help to strengthen your relationships with students, while also influencing their performance, motivation, and engagement?

Dr. J developed an innovative approach to online teaching with an instructional strategy called Appreciative Andragogy.

Appreciative Andragogy takes Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational developmental strategy, and combines it with the principle of teaching adults called andragogy.

Now you can learn about this innovative instructional strategy in Dr. J's new professional development class, Appreciative Andragogy: Taking the Distance Out of Distance Learning.

This course can serve as professional development for any trainer or educator who is teaching adults.

Do You Want to Be More Supportive of Your Students?

Supporting Your Students

As an instructor, are you aware of how your students are performing at all times? Do you maintain a proactive or reactive approach to instruction? It is possible that you have developed a routine for your instructional tasks and address students when they ask questions or submit assignments. However, there is an aspect of teaching that requires your continued commitment and that is the manner in which you interact with and support your students.

Do You Need to Renew Your Self-Confidence? Use These 5 Strategies


"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." -Samuel Johnson

There is one particular quality that makes everyone shine, one that shows through their work and even within their resume. It is having a well-established sense of self-confidence. A person who is self-confident will approach their work with a measure of certainty; possessing self-awareness of the experience and knowledge or know-how needed to get the job done.

Treat Students Like Patients to Better Diagnose Their Needs

Treat Students Like Patients

"He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Managing Your Reputation is Critical for Your Career

Reputation Management

How do people perceive you at work? Does it matter what your colleagues think about you? Should you be concerned about your reputation?

People generally want to be perceived and portrayed at work as someone who is professional, reliable, ethical, trustworthy, open-minded, adaptable, flexible, and willing to learn, along with many other similar qualities and characteristics. This is a significant aspect of developing a long ranger career reputation, which serves as a representation of a person while they are at work, on the job, and while they are developing their career through new jobs and opportunities.

Here is Why Online Teaching Is Convenient, But Not Always Easy

Online Teaching

Online teaching can be a convenient career opportunity for many educators and it may appear to require minimal effort when the classroom is already built, resources provided, and students have expectations to meet. The most time consuming process is trying to provide meaningful feedback by the required deadline. What can make online teaching challenging is trying to communicate with students that cannot be seen, especially those who are uncooperative, don't seem to review their feedback, are not receptive to constructive criticism, and fail to communicate in a respectful tone.

To Help Students Learn, Prepare Them to Accept Change


"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance." -Nathaniel Branden

As an educator, I've found that students usually don't like change, especially when it involves changing their habits or daily routine. The reason why is that they rely upon those habits and patterns of working in a particular manner to meet the requirements of each class, and the idea of having to change in some form can create a mental roadblock or barrier to their progress.

Communication Can Be Transformed with Diplomacy & Tact


How do you react when a co-work disagrees with you?

How do you address a negotiation that requires you to meet specific goals?

How do you approach a customer who appears to be upset or angry?

Here's Where Transformational Learning Begins Within an Organization

Organizational Learning

"We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change.  And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn." – Peter Drucker

Corporate training has tremendous potential to promote learning in organizations. An organization that becomes practiced in learning and development initiatives and programs has the potential to transform both how employees perform and how the organization performs. Where does this transformational learning begin within an organization? It all starts with the training department and/or the trainers who are tasked with developing training plans. However, the effectiveness of organizational learning depends upon the role of the trainer.

"I Wish I Had More Courage" - 5 Strategies to Learn From Life's Lessons


What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

Consider the last time you looked back at your life or your career. Did you ever question the choices you made or had to make? Did you ever wish that outcomes experienced had been better or different?

Hopefully you are able to look at the past and consider it to be old news or something that is beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go of the past – even knowing that it cannot be undone or changed. As a career coach and educator, I have had heard many negative statements made about past decisions during self-reflection exercises and many of these comments can be summarized as follows.

If I only had the courage to:

Take a Stand