Online Graduate Students

What do online graduate students want from instructors? Just ask them.

Instructional strategies for online learning are a frequent topic of these posts, for good reason. A well designed online course relies on an intentional approach to learning supported by evidence and learning theory. Formative feedback, authentic learning, and instructor presence are examples of instructional strategies that are well-supported and effective for online learning. Using the right instructional strategies to facilitate…

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September 28, 2017 |
MSW Concentrations

Focusing Your Future: Which MSW Concentration Will You Choose?

Starting Summer 2020, these three specializations will be combined and our MSW will become an integrated clinical program. Students who start their MSW degree in or after the Summer 2020 semester will enroll in this integrated clinical program. Students who have enrolled in one of these specializations prior to Summer 2020 will complete their degree in that specialization. As a…

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September 27, 2017 |
Dr. Brianna Parsons, Adjunct Assistant Lecturer

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Brianna Parsons – Education Program

Dr. Brianna Parsons is adored by her students. She is an Adjunct Assistant Lecturer in the Education Department, where in addition to advising Ed.D. candidates, she develops and teaches online courses, focusing on writing, scholarship, and research. We asked her some questions recently about teaching online, and how she advises her students throughout their dissertation process. How did you get…

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September 25, 2017 |
Opioid Crisis Infographic

Social Workers' Role in Ending the Opioid Epidemic

We are a nation in crisis. And police, insurers, and patients are all looking to social workers for help in curbing the opioid epidemic. Opioid deaths now surpass gun violence and car crash deaths, according to CDC data published by the Washington Post, leaving police no choice but to rethink their strategy, as law enforcement is not working. Police are…

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September 20, 2017 |
Public Health Mini-Grant

Announcing Graduate Programs in Public Health Mini-Grant Program

The Graduate Programs in Public Health (GPPH) has a new mini-grant program! We are pleased to announce the availability of funds to support research activities among primary and adjunct faculty, staff, and public health students. We have secured funds with this new public health mini-grant to assist students and faculty in attending conferences and conducting research. There are two types…

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September 19, 2017 |
Case Studies

A Case for Case Studies

The surest way to effective education process is active learning. Case studies are one of the pathways to active learning which allows students application and transfer of their newly acquired knowledge and skills, in that sort of complex, real world-like, immersive format. There is a lot to figure out in a good case study! The list of pros is long:…

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September 14, 2017 |
Joanna Rosebush, PhD, RD, LD

Faculty Spotlight: Joanna Rosebush, Ph.D., RD, LD - Applied Nutrition

Joanna Rosebush Ph.D., RD, LD is a faculty member at UNE Online. She earned her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and her Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition Sciences with a special skill requirement in physiology. She is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian and has been an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1995.…

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September 13, 2017 |
Greg Murphy, MSEd Student

Student Spotlight: Greg Murphy, MSEd – Education Program

Can you tell me a little about your background? Sure thing. I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. As a kid my interests revolved around art, tinkering with electronics and making music. Music eventually became a serious pursuit. In my 20’s I moved to Boston to play in bands, something I continued while studying art at universities in Brooklyn, and Portland,…

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September 11, 2017 |
The Princeton Review: The 382 Best Colleges

Princeton Review Ranks UNE as a Top College - Again!

For the third consecutive year, UNE has been included in ‘The Princeton Review – The Best 382 Colleges’ guide. This highly-selective publication includes only the top 15% of four-year colleges and universities in the United States. It’s quite an honor to be included in this elite ranking of the nation’s very best colleges and universities. At UNE, we take great…

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September 8, 2017 |
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Articles We've Been Reading - 9/7/17

Every now and then, we like to draw attention to the links to the articles that we instructional designers have read and found interesting during the previous few weeks. The opinions expressed in these articles don’t always reflect our own. Rather, we share them because we think they compel conversation, which we’re happy to have with our readers in the comments field below. Future Trends…

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September 7, 2017 |
Wanda Anderson, MSW Professor

Faculty Spotlight: Wanda Anderson, LCSW – Social Work Program

Farming is not for the faint of heart. Growing up poor on a small potato farm in northern Maine, Wanda Anderson and five siblings started working in the field at age 7. Now a clinical professor of social work at UNE Online, Wanda would carry that agrarian work ethic throughout college and her 26-year career. Potatoes may not have been…

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September 6, 2017 |
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 |
Resource Articles

The Future of Coding Boot Camps

What should we make of the proliferation of Coding Boot Camps? Do they threaten to disrupt higher education? Does the fact that so many fail temper the hype? Doesn’t that hype have a basis in reality when employers say they would gladly hire Boot Camp graduates? What about the reportedly questionable success of Boot Camp alumni–does that cast doubt upon…

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August 31, 2017 |
Alexandra Legere, Enrollment Counselor

Meet Our Team: Alexandra Legere

Alexandra Legere is an enrollment counselor. She also stars in UNE Online’s Facebook Live videos answering your questions about UNE, the application process, and graduate school. As an enrollment counselor, Allie enjoys hearing the passion in potential student’s voices and working with them as they take charge of their futures by applying to graduate school. At UNE Online, students are…

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August 29, 2017 |
Stephanie Brown

Student Spotlight: Stephanie N. Brown, Ed.D. Program

Can you tell me a little bit about your background? My name is Stephanie Brown and I am an adjunct English as a Second Language (ESL) professor. I honestly love what I do. There is nothing like teaching, especially teaching English learners. I learn so much from my students, probably more than they learn from me. Every day my students…

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August 25, 2017 |
Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D. Graduate

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D.

Dr. Joel Lowsky is a recent graduate of UNE Online’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program. We recently spoke with him about his career, his research, and plans for the future. Can you tell me a little bit about your background? I earned my bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies and English literature; two areas for which it’s tough to find a…

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August 18, 2017 |
Information Literacy

Writing Rubrics - Using Bloom's Taxonomy and Beyond

The challenge of writing rubrics is in selecting the appropriate type (as explained in colleague Sarah’s 2016 post, “For the Love of Rubrics”), and then in determining the levels of proficiency and the standards or criteria that comprise each level. When writing rubrics, precision in language is very important. We may ask: What are the exact intended learning outcomes? What discrete…

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August 17, 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 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: Using RefWorks for Online Learning

We are happy to present a webinar, developed and delivered by Cadence Atchinson, our Online Research and Teaching Librarian, on how to use RefWorks for learning and scholarship. This webinar was designed specifically for faculty and staff working with online learners, but it should be useful for just about anyone. Enjoy.

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August 11, 2017 |
Vadna Bhambri, MSIN Student

Student Spotlight: Vandna Bhambri, Health Informatics Program

Vandna Bhambri is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student from Boston, Massachusetts. With a desire to help people within the healthcare field and a passion for technology, health informatics was a natural career choice. “I knew that there was a demand for Health Informatics and a limitless world of possibilities for what I could do with an…

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August 10, 2017 |
Carley Anderson MPH Student

Student Spotlight: Carley Anderson, MPH – Public Health Program

I came to the field of public health nearly by happenstance. I had just finished my undergraduate degree in music which, while fulfilling, didn’t equip me with tangible ways to make a meaningful, practical difference in my community. After graduation, I began working as an administrator in a medical clinic at a military installation, and a year later was assigned…

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August 8, 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 |
Digital Native Debate

The Digital Native Debate

We learn about things by naming them so that they can be distinguished from one another. That usually involves some abstraction. After all, things are complicated. Things are, themselves, made up of many things. Even worse, differences between one thing and another are often difficult to isolate, quantify, or even describe. People debate. They say, this thing is really two…

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August 3, 2017 |
International Education Conference Presentation

Two CGPS Staff Presented at International Education Conference EDULEARN

Barbara Fortier, Program Manager for the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions, and Olga LaPlante, Instructional Designer for the Masters of Science in Social Work program, collaborated to present at the international conference, EDULEARN17 in Barcelona, Spain, recently. While everyone here was celebrating America’s birthday on July 4th, Barbara and Olga were presenting their research paper entitled “Building a Community One…

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July 31, 2017 |