No Batteries Required: 8 Conflict Resolution Tips Learning to deal with emotions in conflict situations helps us be more effective in our professional or personal lives. August 17, 2011 There is an African proverb that says: “Don’t look where you fell, but where you slipped.” When we find ourselves on the conflict carousel, we often tend to lose sight of the root cause of the conflict. An Introduction to 5-why Learn how to find root causes of a problem by using 5-why analysis, so you can fix the issues where it matters most. First in a series of four articles explaining this powerful tool. By Karn G. Bulsuk Theory and Practice of Onlilne Learning Second Edition Awarded the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award by the University Continuing Education Association. The Charles A. Wedemeyer Award recognizes publications of merit that make significant contributions to research in the field of distance education. Athabasca University Press is pleased to announce the publication of the 2nd edition of the Theory and Practice of Online Learning at edited by Terry Anderson.
How To Avoid Communication Pitfalls In The Workplace – The Clarion Call to Leadership! This post first appeared on OPEN Idea Forum. There is a large body of work concerning the way women’s communication style differs from that of men. For example, there is research suggesting that females downplay their certainty, while males downplay their doubts. In an effort to crack the female linguistic code, some have even gone so far as to assert that women and men speak different languages. But stereotyping the way women or men speak is dangerous and can be misleading. A more reliable way of looking at the issue of communication styles is to look at it from the point of view of personality which is independent of gender. Decisive: The Four Villains of Decision Making You’re probably not as effective at making decisions as you could be. Don’t worry. I’m going to show you how you can make better decisions in work and life. We’re going to explore Chip and Dan Heaths’ new book, Decisive.
Applying the Seven Principles for Good Practice to the Online Classroom Almost 25 years have passed since Chickering and Gamson offered seven principles for good instructional practices in undergraduate education. While the state of undergraduate education has evolved to some degree over that time, I think the seven principles still have a place in today’s collegiate classroom. Originally written to communicate best practices for face-to-face instruction, the principles translate well to the online classroom and can help to provide guidance for those of us designing courses to be taught online. 1. Encourage contact between students and faculty.
What Matters More in Decisions: Analysis or Process? Think of the last major decision your company made. Maybe it was an acquisition, a large purchase, or perhaps it was whether to launch a new product. Odds are three things went into that decision: (1) It probably relied on the insights of a few key executives; (2) it involved some sort of fact gathering and analysis; and (3) it was likely enveloped in some sort of decision process—whether formal or informal—that translated the analysis into a decision. Now how would you rate the quality of your organization’s strategic decisions? If you’re like most executives, the answer wouldn’t be positive: The Teaching Professor Newsletter Timely, practical advice for today’s college faculty In 1987 The Teaching Professor was founded with a simple goal in mind: create a newsletter that helps college faculty improve their teaching, share best practices, and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends. Since that time The Teaching Professor has become a trusted source for tens of thousands of educators who are committed to creating a better learning environment. Each issue delivers thought-provoking and actionable advice on a wealth of critical topics, including: Student-centered learningOvercoming student apathyEnergizing and re-inspiring yourself in mid-careerIntegrating new technologyResponding to course evaluations and feedbackDealing with difficult studentsGetting students to read what’s assignedMentoring new and adjunct facultyImproving the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning