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Creating a Vision Board

By Kris Powers | July 19th 2017

Vision Board

A vision board is a collection of images (photographs, sketches, paintings, pictures from magazines, etc.) typically displayed on a bulletin board or poster as a visual representation of your dreams and ambitions for the future.  

The purpose of creating a vision board for yourself is to serve as a creative, daily reminder of the goals you wish to attain by realizing the power of visualization. 

According to social scientist Frank Niles, Ph.D., via the Huffington Post, “Before we can believe in a goal, we first must have an idea of what it looks like.”


Staying Focused in an Online Course

By Kris Powers | July 12th 2017

Woman on a laptop

Many schools, businesses, and organizations are turning to online education because of the wealth of advantages it provides; including cost-effectiveness, convenience, flexibility, and the ability to offer a wide variety of courses to the student. For the learner, online education provides all of the above benefits, including the freedom to build a personalized schedule and plan around other commitments, including family, work and home-life.

To make the online learning experience as successful as possible, it’s important for you to do a bit of preparation. Two initial suggestions are to create a good study zone and to take the time to lay out your plans and goals for the courses you are enrolled in.


Happy Independence Day!

By Kris Powers | July 3rd 2017

Happy Independence Day

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. How remarkable is it that this year marks our 241st year of celebration?

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. On that day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2nd “will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival” and that the celebration should include “Pomp and Parade…Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”


Continuing the Career Planning Process

By Kris Powers | June 28th 2017

Businessman standing under upward Arrow

Last month we published a blog on the importance of Career Planning. We’re hopeful that you took a few moments to start the process of developing a career plan for yourself. Doing so can help you manage potential learning opportunities as well as identify ways to grow your professional development.


Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners

By Kris Powers | June 21st 2017

Adult student at laptop

Many of the learners in today’s online courses are adults.

Some of the adults in online courses may need to upgrade their skills. Others may want to gain certification and credentials in their field to further their employment opportunities. And still others may want to change careers completely. The reasons for adults seeking online education are as varied as the adults seeking them. One thing that research has shown is that this growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn. And understanding their needs puts educators in a better position to tailor strategies and help returning adults to be as successful as possible.

The National Center for Education Statistics defines an adult learner as meeting at least one of the following seven criteria:


In Celebration of Father's Day

By Kris Powers | June 14th 2017

Picture of father and son

In the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday provides a time to celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures make in our lives.

A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. After the death of her mother, her father raised six children by himself. This was very uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.


8 Study Apps and Tools for Students

By Kris Powers | June 7th 2017

Laptop and cell phones

Let's face it, we can all use a little help sometimes!  Many students benefit from the use of study tools to help them get through their courses. Study apps and tools can help with everything from staying organized to studying more efficiently. Whether you are a student at a traditional or online college, these apps and tools will help you maximize your time in and out of the classroom!

1. Evernote


Take Your Learning Outside

By Kris Powers | May 31st 2017

Young woman working outside on laptop

One of the main benefits of taking online courses is the flexibility to do your work whenever you wish, wherever you are. With beautiful weather finally here, it’s a perfect time to take your learning outside!

Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. A change of scenery can go a long way to re-energize you, and therefore, make you more productive. If your attention span is waning, you may find that a change in scenery is just what you need. Getting outdoors can reduce stress and improve immune function. What's more, incorporating bits of nature into your day can also give your brain a boost, not only resulting in increased productivity, but also in increased focus and creativity.

1. Nature reduces stress


Remembering Those Who Have Served

By Kris Powers | May 26th 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, and military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations are often proud participants. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.


Career Planning

By Kris Powers | May 23rd 2017

Woman in business clothes

Developing a career plan will help you assess your skills and interests, explore what careers might be a good match for you, as well as determine what additional skills or training you may need to reach optimal career success.

Career planning is helpful for anyone at any age or stage – whether you are still in school or not, seeking to improve your skills to advance in your current field or interested in changing your job or career entirely.

Developing a career plan involves taking the time to think about your interests, values, skills and preferences. It pushes you to explore the life, work and learning options available to you and ensures that your career choice fits with your personal circumstances.

By developing a career plan, you can focus on what you want to do and how to get there. It is an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning opportunities and development.


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