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Melissa A. Venable
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Are you using Snapchat? I'm just getting started, but finding that other instructors and a lot of schools are providing great examples to follow  [new post].   #Snapchat #college #socialmedia h/t +Jon Ernstberger 
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"The decision as to whether a text is plagiarism or not must solely rest with the educator using the software: it is only a tool, not an absolute test."  Interesting comparison here ...
 
Compares #GoogleSearch  to #Turnitin  and Google does just fine, thank you. Or you could skip the whole thing and design assignments that don't lend themselves to plagiarism in the first place.

#writing   #plagiarism   #informationliteracy   #cheating  

Cc +Laura Gibbs +Donna Murdoch +Meg Tufano +Michelle Pacansky-Brock +A. T. Wyatt +A. Michael Berman 
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Is it time to review your Internet service? Are you getting ready for your first online class. Tips for finding what you need and testing your current speeds. [New post] #OnlineTeaching #OnlineLearning
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How and where do students collaborate in your online classes? #apps #studentgroups  
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Are you involved in academic collaboration or partnerships? Join me for #IOLchat today (Wed. 2/18) at 12pm to share your ideas, experiences, and suggestions. For more info: http://bit.ly/IOL_chat +OnlineColleges.net
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Did you enroll in a college as a non-traditional (or adult) student? What would you tell those who are just beginning their programs? #collegeadvice #onlinelearning  
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Do a little bit of research, find yourself the right combination of quality, cost effectiveness, and suitability to your schedule. 

I give a big + to programs that encourage as much interaction as possible.

http://www.bestcollegereviews.org/top/online-colleges/
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How do you stay motivated to teach your online courses? New post with helpful suggestions from a recent #IOLChat with +OnlineColleges.net #OnlineTeaching  
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Here's my recap from the recent Connect 2015 conference ... many relevant session topics, speakers, and conversations! #OnlineEducation #HigherEd #EdTech  
 
More from The Learning House Connect 2015 conference ... find out about the latest trends in online education!  This event featured an inspiring lineup of speakers addressing everything from admissions to instructional design. #HigherEd #OnlineEducation #EdTech
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Planning to attend #OLC15? Join us for a session on Snapchat!
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Are our students’ expectations realistic? How can we provide what they need to achieve our course learning objectives, and integrate their preferences for interaction and access? [New post] #onlineteaching #highered  
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Great question, +Jesse Akers. Sometimes it's helpful to have redundancies built in - e.g., multiple ways to find info - but if the info presented is inconsistent, this approach creates more problems than solutions.  Start simply, ask users for feedback!
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Is it important that a university’s senior IT person comes from a technology background? And if it is important now, will that still be the case as IT in HE continues to develop rapidly and the role of its senior managers evolves?

Our view is that an IT background will come to matter less rather than more and that a variety of wider strategic business skills (and some softer ones, too) will come to the fore.

Find out in others agree in the newly published Jisc and +EDUCAUSE report, 'Technology in higher education: defining the strategic leader'.

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/supporting-senior-it-staff-to-take-on-a-strategic-role-06-mar-2015
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Worth the time to watch ... great stories and animation.
 
This Valentine’s Day expand your definition of love, from StoryCorps.
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  • OnlineColleges.net
    Education Writer, 2011 - present
    The Inside Online Learning blog and #IOLchat
  • Kaplan Higher Education
    Curriculum Manager, 2009 - 2011
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Insructional Designer/Manager, 2008 - 2009
  • KnowledgeTech, Inc.
    Instructional Designer, 2006 - 2007
  • University of South Florida
    Academic Advisor/Instructor/GA, 2004 - 2007
  • U.S. Army
    Protocol Officer, 2001 - 2003
  • Syracuse University
    Career Development Coordinator, 2000 - 2001
  • Army Career & Alumni Program
    Outplacement Counselor, 1998 - 2000
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Education Writer/Online Instructor - Instructional design, Online learning, Career and academic resources
Introduction

I am an instructional designer with experience in industry and higher education (public, private, and for profit). My background also includes working in higher education student services as a career counselor, academic advisor, and instructor (graduate and undergraduate).

I earned my doctorate in 2007, in curriculum and instruction - instructional technology, focusing on the online delivery of career services. As a freelance instructional designer I am currently working on a project to create self-paced online courses for career counselors interested in social media.

But mostly I write... about instructional design and technology at Design Doc, and about online learning trends and resources at Inside Online Learning with OnlineColleges.net. I also currently teach instructional design and project management topics at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University.

Education
  • University of South Florida
    PhD, Curriculum & Instruction - Instructional Technology (Adult Ed/Career Counseling)
  • University of Oklahoma
    MEd, Instructional Psychology and Technology
  • Central Michigan University
    MSA, Administration
  • Wake Forest University
    BA, Psychology