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That’s What Friends are For

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As adults, friends are just as important to our health and well-being as they were when we were children. Not only in our personal lives, but also in our work lives, friendships are vital. When we take the time to invest in people at work, we reap dividends—personally and in the quality of our work.

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Training for HLC Peer Reviews

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In this article, I would like to share my experiences from the HLC (Higher Learning Commission) Peer Review training that I completed in October 2017.

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Helping Students Become Better Writers Inside and Outside of Tutoring Appointments

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Writing tutors provide invaluable resources to students, but writing help can come from all levels of student support on campus, not just in tutoring appointments. 

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De-Stressing at Work

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As a member of a high-performing, deadline-driven team, it is important to manage everyday workplace stress as well as develop strategies to increase concentration. There are many ways to de-stress...

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What Reflection Teaches Us

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If we're all leaders in our own roles, what can we do to help ensure we're doing it well? One proven way is intentional reflection and listening to our inner voices.

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Life is Like a Box of...Projects

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I recently found myself watching Forrest Gump on a rainy Saturday afternoon. I have seen this movie probably 10 times and I always struggle with Forrest’s famous quote “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  I always tell Forrest to just look at the paper insert in the box that identifies what is contained in each chocolate…but he never listens.

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Begging the Question: Strategies to Increase Student Performance

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If you’re an instructional designer or an instructor, you undoubtedly know a lot about questions. You know that simple yes-no questions are often a dead end and that open-ended questions generally make for ....

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Emotional Intelligence and Instructional Design Leadership

Emotional Intelligence and Instructional Design Leadership

Emotional Intelligence may be described as the “ability to reason about emotions” (Salovey & Mayer, 1997). Although psychologists Salovey and Mayer (1997) developed the concept ...

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How should universities keep highly qualified staff?

Faculty development is a hot topic for most universities right now. We create training opportunities and send faculty to conferences and workshops. But what about university staff? Are we encouraging their professional development? If so, how?

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Let’s Look Back: Why We Failed Online Learning in the Early 2000s

Online learning is not a new concept anymore, and many organizations in the United States have increased to implement online learning over decades.  However, I recently realized that ...

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