The Life of an Online College Student

Welcome to our blog! On this blog, we will share some of the things that come up in our day-to-day activities as online college instructors and students. We will also share other things that occur in our life that impacts our teaching.

 

 

Do You Mind?

Do You Mind?

We’re all writers now, and everything we consume mentally feeds our minds and fuels the thoughts we, in turn, express in person or online.

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Do you know what to expect?

Do you know what to expect?

One of the questions I am often asked is what expectations should a student have about online education. I love that question because so many students don’t know what to expect when they begin taking online classes.

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Simplify with a Summary

Simplify with a Summary

Summarizing often gets confused with paraphrasing. They are similar, but not the same. Summaries relay essential information and keep you from appearing to copycat someone else’s work.

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Paraphrase to Perfection

Paraphrase to Perfection

Some students complain that formal academic writing squelches their “voice.” Paraphrasing is putting other people’s ideas into your voice—your way of saying or phrasing things.

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How to Use (not Abuse) Quotes

How to Use (not Abuse) Quotes

Picking the right quote can elevate your ideas and enhance your credibility. However, if all the quote does is state the obvious or simply repeat common knowledge information (or matter-of-factly summarizes their “expert” opinion), your paper may appear humdrum (or worse).

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Is Your Opinion Valid?

Is Your Opinion Valid?

In a reflection paper, you need to validate your opinion. You do this by including a quote or paraphrase from something that led you to your opinion.

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Common Knowledge Conundrum

Common Knowledge Conundrum

You’ve probably heard you do not need to cite common knowledge sources. Finding a common definition for common knowledge can be hard. It can change depending on the context and that can get confusing.

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Learning Takes Time

Learning Takes Time

If you are cutting corners, you may be robbing yourself of an education. It takes time to process information and understand it.

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