Relating Course Concepts

Relating Course Concepts to Current Events

While I can get behind this quote – not in terms of judging what people discuss but rather in terms of what one may aspire to do ultimately, which is discuss ideas – I also think that it should be less of a tiered approach that may smack of elitism, and more of a pyramid of aspects. It’s going from ideas…

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November 10, 2016 |
How to Override a Grade

Video: How to Override a Grade

This video will show you how to override a grade in Blackboard and what the student sees on their side.

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November 3, 2016 |
Blackboard Features

Blackboard Usage Study: Results Released

Blackboard Learn. North America. Spring 2016. 927 Institutions 70,000 Courses. 3,374,462 unique learners. The most recent Blackboard usage study casts a much wider net than has been their scope in the past. Titled “Patterns in Course Design,” the learning management system heavyweight released an interpretation on the current environment of course design. By crunching the aggregate data across their broad sample,…

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October 31, 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 |
Amber Auger, MPH Student

Student Spotlight: Amber Auger RDH, MPH – Public Health Program

Doors have flown open for Amber Auger since earning her MPH online at UNE. Growing up in a single parent family, Amber was taught from a young age to to value education. “My mom wanted me to get a great education so I wouldn’t have to work three jobs every day, like she did.” says Amber. Amber took her mom’s…

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October 26, 2016 |
Student Perspective

The Student Perspective

When we design or teach an online course, we spend time thinking about how to reach our students. We consider their prior learning and such things as the cognitive load of the class. These are essential considerations, but perhaps we can do more. We can turn the tables and look at the class from the student perspective. However, it is…

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October 20, 2016 |
Resource Articles

Report from ACTEM

Today, the Instructional Design team is at ACTEM. Several of us are presenting, in fact. So, for our Vision post this week, we thought we’d post the synopses of our presentations here, and if you would like to you can follow up with the designers responsible for them. Please feel free to email them if you would like to hear more, or if you…

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October 13, 2016 |
Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic

UNE Online Sponsored Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic

Beautiful conditions greeted several members of the UNE Online team last week as they represented UNE Online as proud sponsors of the Junior Achievement 30th Annual Golf Classic Sponsorship assists with financial literacy skills UNE Online’s sponsorship and participation in the fundraiser will help the Junior Achievement bring work readiness and financial literacy skills to Maine’s students as well as…

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October 11, 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 |
Collecting and Analyzing Healthcare Data

Looking at the Intersection of Healthcare and Technology

How has technology helped us in our society? What about technology in healthcare? Technology, although it sometimes seems to have a negative connotation, is something we all live with and use each and every day. On one side, technology has saved millions upon millions of people through advances with technology in healthcare and research, indicating new ways to manage infectious/chronic…

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October 3, 2016 |
macbook pro laptop

How to stop your computer from ruining your sleep

As phones and computers become more integrated into our daily lives, we’re spending more time staring into the harsh light of our screens. A while back, my colleague Corey Butler wrote for this blog about computer vision syndrome, a kind of eye strain that often accompanies frequent computer use. Well, it turns out that there’s another eye-related problem with routine…

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September 30, 2016 |
Webinar Series

Webinar: Writing Effective Learning Outcomes

As the first installation of an effective course design series of webinars, here is our presentation on writing effective learning outcomes. Sue Farris, our Assessment Specialist, and Olga LaPlante, the ID for MSW-O, led this webinar. Writing Effective Learning Outcomes We invite you to take this quiz (anonymous, but graded, and with feedback) – you can take it before and after…

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September 23, 2016 |
Alison Braid, MPH student at UNE Online

Student Spotlight: Alison Braid, MPH – Public Health Program

MPH student Alison Braid is more than halfway through her degree, and loving it. After spending over 15 years in the professional translation and website localization industry, she wanted to make a career switch. Says Alison, “I decided that it was time for a change!” Alison is based in New York City, and most recently managed a localization team of…

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September 16, 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 |
Web Annotation

Web Annotation Tools

I’ve called attention to web annotation tools in the past, the reason being that I am among those internet weirdos who thinks there are conversations to be had across domains that, right now, are difficult to maintain because commenting functionality is largely restricted to the domain in which any particular resource is published. Aggregators like Reddit and Imzy show the need for…

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September 8, 2016 |
Ben Luce, Ed.D.

Ed.D. Student Ben Luce published in professional journal

Benjamin Luce, a student in the University of New England’s online doctoral program, was recently published in the American Journal of Distance Education. Benjamin interviewed Bryan Alexander, a leading thinker and writer in issues of education and technology. Alexander is a senior fellow for the National Institute of Technology in Liberal Education. The two discuss many issues relating to technology…

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September 8, 2016 |
Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. student

Student Spotlight: Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, Ed.D. – Education Program

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi is a student in the University of New England’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). She is currently working on her dissertation with the other members of her cohort, and checked in with her about her study. Here’s what Kim has to say about her participatory action research experience and why she picked the University of New England for…

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August 31, 2016 |
Webinar Series

The first week of your course - Webinar

We know that courses start for the instructor days before they start for the students and that those few days both before and after the beginning of a term can be spent wisely to make the next eight or sixteen weeks as efficient and enjoyable as possible. So, we put together this webinar detailing steps to take in the first…

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August 29, 2016 |
SNEB Conference 2016

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) Annual Conference

Applied Nutrition Program Manager Ellie Dodge, Ph.D., and Senior Marketing Manager Victoria Hartig of UNE Online, attended the annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) conference in San Diego, CA this year. In addition to being available to meet potential new students and faculty at our booth in the exhibit hall, they also represented the University of New England…

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August 26, 2016 |
Beeline Reader

Easier Reading with Beeline Reader

One of the most exciting aspects of online education is how the environment, with its quickly evolving technologies, is making content easier to consume. Some of these developments are more exciting than others, and many are more well-intentioned than they are actually helpful, but I thought I would take the opportunity to show you one that I’ve heard a little bit…

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August 19, 2016 |
Term Start

As Term Start Approaches

I found myself mildly freaking out about what to write this week for the blog post. We are nearing term start and most of us are focused on finishing up our courses. The building is filled with stress. My favorite way to deal with stress is cake. Who doesn’t become excited and giddy, like a small child, when cake is…

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August 11, 2016 |
orange key

Online Access for Students with Disabilities

Sixteen years ago, I met a blind professor who was an early adopter of what we now call the flipped classroom; students completed assignments online and class-time was reserved for collaborative projects and discussions. Early on in one of his flipped courses, he began receiving multiple emails from a student asking questions about everything from course content to his experiences…

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August 4, 2016 |
NACCHO Public Health Conference 2016

UNE Attends NACCHO Public Health Conference

NACCHO’s Annual Conference, the largest gathering of local health department leaders and other public health professionals in the US, was held in Phoenix in late July this year. UNE attended as an exhibitor in order to add value to the conference conversation, network with fellow public health professionals, and learn more about the latest public health topics. It was wonderful…

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August 3, 2016 |
Course Narrative

Tips for Strengthening Your Course Narrative

A good story generally contains the following elements: Protagonist: The hero (or anti-hero) of the narrative. Central premise: The argument or thesis of the story. Backstory: The context of the story. Conflict: The challenges faced by the protagonist. Narrative arc: The chronological movement of the story. Should any of these be missing, readers will find the story lacking, though they…

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July 28, 2016 |