Kobe, University of New England Masters of Public Health Graduate

Online grad school: the best decision for Kobe, MPH

UNE MPH Graduate, Kobe, describes his experience getting his Master’s of Public Health at UNE Online. We spoke to Kobe directly after the hooding ceremony this past May. As a part of the reception/celebration for family and friends after the ceremony, you can clearly hear that we had some great live music. What you can’t very clearly hear is Kobe…

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August 26, 2015 |
Captioning in YouTube

Captioning in Youtube

In the interests of making the online Masters of Social Work program as accessible as possible, we’ve tried to make sure that all the video and audio content provided in the courses has, at the very least, transcripts. Above and beyond accessibility issues such as those involving hearing impaired students, transcripts are useful for students to print and take notes…

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August 21, 2015 |
red school door

The Myth of Learning Styles - Are They Worth Your Time?

It’s almost impossible to have a conversation about learning or teaching without invoking the concept of learning styles. Much of the drive behind lesson and course design is based on the need to tailor curriculum to particular or all of the learning styles that your students might come with. Is it practical – or even possible – to teach in…

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August 13, 2015 |
platinum rule

College Acceptance: How UNE Online Creates an Inclusive Environment

An inclusive environment is not easy to define. When looking for colleges, whether online or the more traditional brick and mortar, many students look at tangible areas. Questions often asked are: ‘How much will this cost?’ ‘How long is the program?’ ‘Are there residency requirements?’ ‘Is there a decent professor to student ratio?’ The list goes on and on. One…

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August 10, 2015 |
Webinar: Peer and Self Assessment in Blackboard

Webinar: Peer and Self Assessment in Blackboard

Faculty members of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Please consider watching this brief webinar on Peer and Self Assessment, written and presented by Instructional Designers Olga Slasten LaPlante and Chris Malmberg. You may also want to consider adding an assignment or activity of this nature to your course where appropriate. Thanks for watching this webinar recording for Self…

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July 30, 2015 |
Google Chrome Profile

How, and why, to Create Chrome Profiles

Hey all, here’s a quick but useful tip for creating and managing Google/Chrome profiles in your Chrome browser. Doing so allows you to have multiple browser’s tailored to the different hats you wear in your life. I maintain separate Chrome browsers for my personal and my work lives. How might you use it?

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July 24, 2015 |
Gisele Kouevi, MPH

Online grad school: a worthwhile experience for Gisele Kouevi, MPH

Your life changes when you decide to go to grad school. Some of these changes are unique and positive, like meeting new people undergoing the same intense experience, and deepening your knowledge in a field that interests you. Some of the changes are difficult, like trying to juggle your personal life, your time and money, and your work and studies.…

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July 23, 2015 |
Sahra Odowa, MPH

Online grad school: a better life experience for Sahra Odowa, MPH

Getting a degree online is a very personal endeavor. It’s an intense experience, and you really get to know your classmates and your professors. You have that bond of working incredibly hard to accomplish something big. And thinking about it, online grad school is bound to be intensely personal. How can it not be? Some of our students, like Sahra…

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July 20, 2015 |
Kiersten Barney, MPH

Online grad school: a growth experience for Kiersten Barney, MPH

Time, money, heart, and soul all go into getting a higher ed degree. It’s not for the faint of heart. UNE has rigorous standards of academic integrity – but we also have unparalleled levels of student support. Our goal is to see that you thrive in UNE’s academic atmosphere. You work hard, and we’ll support you through it all. After…

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July 16, 2015 |
Be Yourself

New Questions About Efficacy of TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection

I have long been having controversial feelings and thoughts about plagiarism detection and its place in higher education. Our contention has always been that it’s a tool at best, and a highly imperfect one at that, to help faculty find things in students’ writing. What sort of things exactly? This article brings up what this software (both TurnItIn and SafeAssign,…

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July 14, 2015 |
Elizabeth Graham

Online grad school: a very personal experience for Elizabeth Graham, MPH

Graduation weekend is a unique and special time at UNE Online.  Beyond the obvious (you have a brand new DEGREE!! You DID IT! ) it’s a special time because you get to meet your classmates face to face for the first time. You get to put faces to names, and connect (dare we say – network?) with the classmates that…

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July 13, 2015 |
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Feedback Focused on Revision

Lori Rand is a guest contributor this week. She has been providing writing support for UNE students since 2009 and has taught English Composition courses for over 15 years. In her current position as an online writing tutor, Lori uses web conferencing to help students practice independent revision and editing. Today’s post relates to one of the most important ways…

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July 9, 2015 |
Google Docs Add Ons

Google Docs Add-Ons

We’ve touted the benefits of using Google Drive in the past. This time, we’re going to talk about a new(ish) dimension of capabilities within Google Docs (and Google Sheets, though we’re not getting into that today), that empowers users to integrate functionality from a multitude of different services directly, contextually, within Google Docs. Google introduced add-ons to Google Docs and…

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June 25, 2015 |

Self and Peer Assessment

In many instances, it is beneficial to students to do peer evaluations – that makes them look at submissions more critically and learn in the process, plus using a predetermined rubric helps identify the high points and the important performance criteria for an assignment. The Self and Peer Assessment feature in Blackboard allows students to submit an assignment to a…

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June 18, 2015 |
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UNE Online recognized as experts in student retention best practices

Michelle Littlefield, our Director of Strategic Marketing Initiatives and Elizabeth Benz, Senior Student Support Specialist, had the honor of having been selected to present on student retention best practices at the prestigious 2015 UBTech and UBThrive conference. UNE online programs are housed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. As the newest college at UNE, CGPS has blazed the…

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June 17, 2015 |
book closeup

CAST: About Universal Design for Learning

CAST: About Universal Design for Learning. We at MSW are very ambitious about making sure that our course design offers learning opportunities to diverse students, not the proverbial “middle”, or only fully-abled English as-a-native-language speaking students. By including additional content formats (transcripts for videos and audio, alternate text for images for example), we open opportunities for students who may either need assistance…

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June 11, 2015 |
Scaffolding Webinar

Assignment Scaffolding for Faculty and Student Success - A Recorded Webinar

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Center for the Enrichment of Teaching and Learning, and the Student Academic Success Center, came together to weigh in on the benefits of assignment and course scaffolding, as discussed in the video below.

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May 28, 2015 |
All accounts

Password Managers and Security

How many online accounts do you have? How many passwords? I have over 99. I’d be more specific about the number but I don’t want to count them, and the counter in my PW Manager Dashboard only goes so high. Admittedly, I probably have more accounts than most faculty and administrators. My job involves experimenting with online tools and teaching teachers how…

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May 22, 2015 |
In your course click on Course Documents in the navigation menu

How to Work with Google Drive Folder Shared with You

Google Drive has been instrumental in streamling the process of storing and sharing files, especially in document-intense courses like Field Seminars and Practica. While there are a number of advantages to setting up our system this way, there has been some difficulty navigating around the shared folders as they don’t always feel intuitive for a particular task. All of the…

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May 14, 2015 |
Analyze my Writing

Analyze My Writing

Thanks to another mention by FreeTech4Teachers.com, I have looked into this Analyze My Writing engine. In the past we have talked about Wordle and Tagxedo, which are both fine word cloud generators, which in addition to making long pieces of text look pleasant, highlight most commonly used words in a chunk of text. The idea behind these is that you…

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May 14, 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 |
John Gale, NRHA 2015 Volunteer of the Year

John Gale - UNE Adjunct Faculty member - 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to John Gale, one of UNE’s adjunct faculty members in the Graduate Programs in Public Health! John was selected to be presented with the 2015 NRHA Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA’s 38th Annual Rural Health Conference on April 16 in Philadelphia. About the NRHA The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000…

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May 5, 2015 |
Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP

Alumni Spotlight: Alexjandro Daviano, MPH, NRP, LP – Public Health Program

After going through UNE’s flexible online MPH program, Alexjandro Daviano received his MPH from the University of New England this past December. Here is a little of what Alexjandro had to say about his UNE Online Public Health Programs experience: “My MPH degree at UNE really changed my mind on the career path I’ve chosen, and truly opened my eyes…

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April 27, 2015 |
Best Online Masters Programs 2015

UNE recognized for Best Online Graduate Programs

The University of New England has been recognized as one of the best online graduate schools by OnlineMastersPrograms.org for Best Online Master’s Programs in 2015. UNE achieved top rankings for both the Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work programs. The Best Online Graduate Programs ranking is valuable because it assists potential post-secondary online students in finding what they need to identify a…

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April 9, 2015 |