2018 Portland, Maine City Guide from UNE Online

UNE Online's 2018 Portland, ME City Guide & Map

Portland is a bustling city on Maine’s southern coast, renowned for its restaurant scene, a plethora of breweries, beautiful coastline and opportunity for hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and most anything having to do with getting outdoors to experience nature. Our team at UNE Online has curated this post with their top recommendations for what visitors should see, eat, drink and…

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April 16, 2018 |

6 tips to becoming a successful online student

Learning efficiently: 6 steps to success in your online graduate education

The best thing about a self-paced program is that its self-paced. That’s also the worst thing about online learning. You’re a working professional, and odds are, you’ve worked from home before. Studying at home, just like working from home, is wonderful, convenient, and comfortable. It’s also easy to get off track. 6 strategies for success in online graduate classes 1. Turn off…

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April 4, 2018 |

Copyright Law and Free Images

Copyright Law and Free Images

This post is a mashup of three separate posts by the talented Olga LaPlante, Instructional Designer for UNE Online. We often view copyright as a nuisance, and it may be in certain instances. But along with protecting the rights of the owners and creators of intellectual property, copyright provides for rights of users to view, distribute, modify and do other…

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September 1, 2017 |

Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support at UNE Online

Student success hints from both sides of the screen

As an online education professional, I have researched, studied, and implemented best practices for online student success for thousands of students. Recently, I was interviewed for a blog post titled, “Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that online students face,” where I outlined how time management, isolation, and hustle can make or break the online graduate school…

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August 16, 2017 |

Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

The Student Support Specialist model at UNE Online is special. I recently sat down with Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support, recently to discuss what she feels are the top three issues that online graduate school students face, and how she and her team of Student Support Specialists help students overcome those issues. Elizabeth has counseled hundreds of online students…

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August 4, 2017 |

City Guide UNE Graduation 2017

UNE Online's 2017 Portland, ME City Guide & Map

So, you’re in Portland for a weekend…YAY!! With so much to offer and not a lot of time, we put together this Portland Maine City Guide of our top recommendations for you to ensure you soak up the best of what Greater Portland has to offer. Other than visiting our campus, of course! We’ve also created a handy printable map…

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May 19, 2017 |

Tips for Online Students

5 Secrets of a Successful Online Student

Getting an advanced degree online requires drive… and plenty of discipline. The majority of UNE Online graduate students have a full-time job in addition to their schoolwork, and so purposefully have to carve out a space to get coursework done. Taking online courses requires time management. With in-person classes, you have to actually drive to a classroom and sit there…

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May 12, 2017 |

Distracted Mind

Revisiting the Distracted Mind

As both an online student and an instructional designer, I find myself thinking about attention spans often. Last year, I wrote a post here about harnessing the distracted mind, in which I offered tools and methods for staying focused, even when hilarious YouTube videos or brilliant longreads are just one browser tab away. What I’ve come to realize over the…

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April 20, 2017 |

Staying Motivated in Online Classes

How to stay motivated in an online class

As human beings, our behaviors and our goals are bridged by many factors, a major one being motivation. In essence, the more motivated we are, the more likely we are to act towards the goal. Similarly, as motivation diminishes, so does performance. In the context of online learning, sustaining motivation is vital in committing to the assignments as well as…

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December 20, 2016 |

Writing Effective Emails

A Story of Two Emails: Using best practices to construct an effective email

Email. When it comes to communication it is the best and worst of tools. Most of the time it’s quick and easy. While we all know and accept that occasional typos will happen, there are a few ‘mistakes’ that are truly unforgivable. As you might expect, online graduate students use email to correspond with their instructors, university staff, and peers.…

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October 28, 2016 |

Group Project

6 Communication Rules for Success in Online Student Groups

“In this course you will have a group project…” I think it is fair to say we’ve all been let down by a working group or by individual team members. No matter the setting, there seems to be an aura of dread when group projects are announced.  Add in the fact that online graduate students work within virtual spaces, and…

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October 5, 2016 |

Scholar Practitioners

The Scholar-Practitioner: Bridging the Gap between Research and Profession

Teaching teachers to teach is about as meta as it comes. But how do we best prepare professional educators to teach students who will likely work in jobs that haven’t yet been created? One answer to that question may very well lie in research. Research has long been a cornerstone of graduate education, but the rapidly changing 21st-century job market…

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September 15, 2016 |

Sailboat in fog, photo by Elizabeth Benz

Sailing the Academic Waters with Student Support Specialists

Student support specialists are intrinsic to the success of our students. The other day I sat on the Maine coast, not too far from the UNE campus, and watched a tall ship come into port. As usual, many other boats greeted the tall ship and escorted it into the harbor. Complete with a lighthouse, this nautical scene made me think…

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June 22, 2016 |

whiteboard, dry erase

What Happens in Those Writing Support Appointments Anyway?

The paper you’re reading has lost you: the commas are out of control, the word choices are weird, and that last paragraph doesn’t seem to have a point. It can be hard to know if lack of time was the culprit or if the student has not yet mastered the writing skills needed to express their ideas at the graduate…

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December 10, 2015 |

mac and paper

Benefits of Taking Notes by Hand

Do you take notes by hand? In distance education, many students type lecture notes on their computers, rather than writing on paper. After all, students use laptops to watch lectures, answer assessment questions, and participate in class discussions. It’s only natural to use the same device for taking notes, too, right? Not so fast. Last year, Pam A. Mueller and…

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December 3, 2015 |

Large lecture hall at UNE, instructional design

UNE Instructional Design: Demonstrating Excellence in Online Graduate Education

What is Instructional Design? Very broadly, Instructional Design is the process by which instructional materials are designed, developed, and delivered. It’s the job of the Instructional Designer to coordinate learning experiences that are efficient, effective, and appealing. The terms instructional design, instructional technology, educational technology, curriculum design, and instructional systems design (ISD), are often used interchangeably. Instructional design also involves…

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May 11, 2015 |

online student time management

Using Google Docs as Online Student

Among the things that online students point out as the most important to success are time management and staying motivated (see all the seven factors listed in this Educause article). Clearly, it’s easy to get side-tracked if you don’t have to go to a class at a particular scheduled time – remember this was actually the best thing about asynchronous classes…

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March 31, 2015 |