2017 Hooding Ceremony

Hooding Ceremony 2017

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies congratulates the class of 2017! Each spring, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies holds a Hooding ceremony to honor doctoral and master’s graduates and celebrate the successful completion of their studies. The Hooding ceremony is not meant to replace the university-wide commencement. Rather, it is a special time to come together to…

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June 9, 2017 |
NEASC logo with grey circle

NECHE (NEASC) Accredited - What it means & why it’s important

The University of New England has been continuously accredited by NEASC since 1966. Our dedication to accreditation affirms UNE’s culture of continuous reflection and assessment in our learning community as well as helping UNE set and pursue its strategic goals. In 2018, NEASC separated its higher education commission out into an individual organization called NECHE. This restructuring does not affect UNE’s…

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June 9, 2017 |
Connecting Online Students

Connecting People in Online Classrooms

We all dream of some sort of seamless integration of a myriad of tools (or a myriad of features) that allow us to connect and perform certain tasks. Text, voice, video, real-time and recorded, presentation mode, all-platform, aesthetically pleasing, easy to set up and use, free of course, and with on-demand tech support are primarily the requirements for any type…

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June 2, 2017 |
Duane A. Bedell, Health Informatics Instructor

Faculty Spotlight: Duane Bedell – Health Informatics Program

Duane Bedell is an instructor at UNE Online in the Health Informatics program. He’s passionate about the field of education and works diligently to set his students up for success in the field of health informatics. Duane earned his MA in Educational Technology from the University of Michigan-Flint, his BS in Information Technology and Security from Baker College of Flint,…

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June 1, 2017 |
Resource Articles

Articles We've Been Reading

With the longer weekend approaching, we thought we’d curate a few of the resources that have interested us these last couple weeks for your reading pleasure. 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.  Inception learning: La…

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May 26, 2017 |
Reference Management

A Qiqqa Way to Reference Management

Whether you are a student, faculty member, researcher, or instructional designer, there comes a point when you realize there must be a better way to manage and organize your PDF collection.  I reached my tipping point when my PDF collection topped 100 half-way into my second, research-heavy online course.  As a technology neophyte, I had no idea how many tools…

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May 23, 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 |
UNE Online’s Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Research

Dr. Nan Solomons Awarded Mini-Grant for Health Informatics Research

Dr. Nan Solomons, Health Informatics Practicum Coordinator, and Dr. Erin Hartigan, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, were recently awarded a mini-grant by the University of New England’s Office of Sponsored Programs, for health informatics research. The UNE mini-grant program provides funding to support faculty research and scholarship at the University of New England. Nan, along with co-principal investigator, Dr. Erin…

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May 19, 2017 |
Giving Good Feedback

5 Tips for Giving Good Feedback

Keep feedback focused on learners and their work. Draw attention to what is working and try to describe why you think it works. In some cases the learner will not recognize what is working; in many cases the learner will not understand why something works. Limit talking about your own models for how things “should work” to instances when talking…

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May 12, 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 |
MSIN White Paper - Health Informatics

Social Determinants and Health Informatics

Using large data sets, Health Informatics professionals can identify health trends among populations. For example, you could leverage social determinants and health informatics.  Health is affected by a complex web of factors, including social determinants of health. Health is often attributed to genetics, and to some extent, lifestyle. We’re told that if we eat a balanced diet, exercise with some…

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May 3, 2017 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: Fostering Instructor Presence

Last week we gave a webinar on fostering instructor presence using announcements, discussion, and feedback. The panelists were Becky Christian, Christine Baumgarthuber and myself. We had a good time, and those in attendance asked good questions of us. We’re happy to present the recording of that webinar here, today.

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April 27, 2017 |
2017 Delta Omega Inductees

2017 Delta Omega Honorary Society – Fourth Group Inducted at UNE Online

The University of New England is pleased to announce the induction of 12 new members into the 2017 Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Gamma Chi chapter. These 12 new members, all outstanding students, are enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. On an annual basis, a small number…

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April 26, 2017 |
Social Work License Myths

Five Social Work License Myths: BUSTED

Get the facts on social work license regulations and requirements Do you need a social work license? How do you get it? Is it worth it? Licensing in social work has become a source of confusion and misinformation, especially given the evolving process and varying requirements. But fear not! Here we examine the truth behind five licensure beliefs. Belief #1…

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April 24, 2017 |
Lisa Shaker, Senior Student Support Specialist

Meet Our Team: Lisa Shaker

At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do.  We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. Meet Lisa Shaker Lisa Shaker is a Senior Student Support Specialist at UNE. Sometimes Lisa feels…

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April 21, 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 |
Social Work Licensure

Social Work Licensure: To license or not to license?

The great social work licensure debate With social work changing, it’s important to ask: As an emerging social worker, do you want a license? There may be as many different views about social work licensure as there are social workers. It’s a perennial topic of discussion and debate. But the wider range of possibilities opening up in the profession have…

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April 19, 2017 |
Hayley Kinsella, Senior Student Support Specialist

Meet Our Team: Hayley Kinsella

At UNE Online students are our top priority, and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people that are dedicated to making that happen every day. Meet Hayley Kinsella Hayley is a Senior Student Support Specialist who has been working at UNE…

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April 14, 2017 |
Tips for Concise Writing

Teaching Online: 5 Tips for Concise Writing

In my last post, I discussed the importance of writing clear, concise instructions. Our online students are busy professionals, so we owe it to them to be as straightforward and unambiguous with our language as possible. Nonetheless, writing concisely can be a challenge. Even the most seasoned Instructional Designers wrestle with the balance of delivering succinct but comprehensive content. These…

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April 13, 2017 |
Holland Wegner, Enrollment Counselor, Health Informatics, UNE Online

Meet Our Team: Holland Wegner

Holland Wegner is an Enrollment Counselor for our advanced degree programs in Health Informatics and Applied Nutrition. At UNE Online, students are our top priority and their success is what drives each and every one of us to do what we do. We’d like to share a little bit about the people on our team who are dedicated to making that happen…

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April 6, 2017 |
Twitter Chat with Elizabeth Zampino

#HITedu Chat: Engaging Patients in Mobile Health Design

Mobile health applications, part of the larger e-health movement, are programs uploaded onto mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. Providers use mobile health apps for things like clinical decision support, to reference or research information, and monitor, follow up and communicate with patients. Patients use a variety of mobile health apps including those prescribed by their providers and those that…

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April 5, 2017 |
Princeton Review 381 Best Colleges 25th

Princeton Review Ranks UNE as a Top College

For the second consecutive year, UNE has been included in The Princeton Review Best 381 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 pride in…

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April 3, 2017 |
Google Drive Productivity tools

Tools for Google Drive Productivity

We use Google Drive quite a bit in our course and curriculum development. It is a favorite tool for collaborating with stakeholders and subject matter experts from all over the world. Meetings are difficult to schedule when design partners belong to four separate time zones, but Drive allows us to keep track of who is doing what, when, and where we are in…

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March 30, 2017 |
Forbes: America’s Top Colleges 2019

UNE Named to Forbes' America’s Top Colleges List

The University of New England has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges, a list that Forbes says is “The 600+ schools well worth the investment.” Forbes bases their list of the top schools on each school’s output, or in other words, what students are getting out of their college education in terms of earning power, student satisfaction,…

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March 28, 2017 |