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Online Discussion Boards

chat-159814_1280While most classes require assignments and papers, many students and instructors underestimate the benefits of discussion boards in online environments. This article explains just how effective discussion boards can be for student learning while providing tips for how instructors can use them effectively. Some tips include:

-       Discussion topics should relate to current events, when possible.

-       Focus should generally be on quality rather than quantity

-       Discussion responses from faculty should facilitate, yet not dominate the discussion

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Why You Should Have a LinkedIn Profile

linkedin-400850_1280Perhaps you’ve heard of LinkedIn and are waiting until you become a part of the professional world to make yourself a profile. Brendan Cruickshank, a professional in the recruiting industry, wrote this article telling students why they should start early and get themselves a profile sooner rather than later. From internship opportunities to professional networking, read the 11 reasons why you should create a LinkedIn page.

 

 

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Grad Café

A_time_for_a_cup_of_coffeeThe grad café is a commonly used forum website for graduate students of all different backgrounds. Whether you are curious about admissions, are looking for tips and tricks, or just want to connect with some like-minded students, grad café has a discussion board or blog for you. Click here to begin exploring.

 

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Synchronous Learning with Google Hangouts

UntitledTo many the words ‘synchronous learning’ imply in-class participation; but with Google Hangouts it is now possible for e-learners to take part in synchronous learning online, from wherever they are. This article helps to outline the best ways to go about implementing these learning strategies, including:

-                Integrating live class discussions

-                Encouraging online study groups

-                Using Google Hangouts for one-on-one support

To view the full list of tips and their explanations, click here.

 

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Grad School Jungle

UntitledGrad students may feel lost or overwhelmed at times, but often all they need to hear is that they are not alone. The grad school jungle blog is a website that provides this much-needed support, along with advice and strategies for navigating the graduate school world. Click here to read some of the frequently updated blog posts that are available to you.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

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Do you have writer’s block on an upcoming assignment? Why not try blogging? This Chronicle article shows that blogging helps you let your thoughts run free and is an effective way to practice writing. So when it comes time to write that paper you’ve been dreading, your fingers will already be on a roll!

Twitter Timelines and the Art of Skim

Twitter app symbolIf you’re a Twitter fan, there is some good news for you! Twitter may be used for investigating your study topics, especially if you know how to explore effectively. Take a look at this PhDBlog article for tips on how to skim Twitter to retrieve the latest news, and perhaps get the inside scoop.

 

 

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