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The Skills that Lead to Employment in Undergraduate Online Education

In higher education employability has come to the forefront of the debate. Arguments revolve around graduate success in finding employment.   Research by Silva, et. al (2013) helps highlight which skills seem to encourage employability in the market based upon the perceptions of students and teachers at a public university that offers online classes. The report indicates that the societal function of higher education is to encourage the highest employment readiness but cannot determine actual employment itself which is dependent on market factors.  The study was based upon perceptions of employment skills needed for successfully navigating the market. Research subjects were drawn from an online learning center from the Universidade Alberta to help determine the most important employment skills and those skills to be developed in the online undergraduate system.  It is beneficial to understand what the purpose of higher education is within society. Knowing how higher educ

Webinar: Dealing With Difficult Students In Online Classes

Dealing With Difficult Students In Online Classes: How To Address And Diffuse Problems Quickly And Efficiently March 5th 2014-3:00-4:30 EST General Information: Online learning has revolutionized education, allowing students who would otherwise be unable to commit to a classroom schedule to attend college while maintaining work and family responsibilities. Despite its innovative format and flexibility, the online classroom can contribute to some of the same "behavioral" problems found in the face-to-face classroom. The online classroom is rich with opportunities, but it is crucial for instructors to learn how to easily mitigate the factors that can undermine their best efforts. This program will address how to manage the difficult student in the online classroom. We will identify the most common types of problems unique to this environment. We will also share personal (and often humorous) scenarios, as well as allow participants to share and collaborate on proble

Gifted College Students and Androgynous Identities

College students are trying to determine an identity in life and a path forward in their careers. Gifted college students don’t fit well into narrow stereotypes and maintain identities that are deep and complex. Research by Miller, et. al. (2009) on gifted gender roles indicate that gifted excitability and higher potential have androgynous identities that accept a more complex set of male and female personality traits. Gender identity and personality are associated into an intertwined relationship. Incorrectly people assume that males are supposed to be instrumental while females are supposed to be expressive. There is an assumption that the sex is related in some way to the personality and behavior of the individual. Societal influence appears to be the most profound definition of how boys and girls should act.  Males and females are considered opposite ends of the spectrum. Generally, people adhere to one or the other.   When doing so they prescribe tightly to social n

Gifted Moral Development in Youth Far above College Students

Derryberry, et. al. (2005), works to understand the early moral development in gifted populations. When comparing gifted youth to adult college students they found that such youth were more advanced than their adult peers. The research is designed to help understand the nature of giftedness, how to foster further development, and to encourage possible transfers to other members of the population. Moral development has a number of stages. At the lowest stage such development is associated with a personal interest schema, then norm maintenance, and then the post-conventional schema (Rest., 1999). Each stage indicates a level of personal development that grows overtime. A large percentage of society never advances beyond the first or second stage. At the lowest stage of personal interest schema people naturally interpret morality through what is best for them. This means that people are involved in self-serving interests and associations. In the maintaining norms schem

Life Satisfaction as a Predictor of Optimism in Hotel and Tourism Students

It is hard to be motivated if you are not optimistic about life. The greatest asset students have is their optimism and the desire to create the lives they seek. In college optimism keeps students focused and working on their long-term goals which are often broken down into little steps of studying and making choices over their lives. Research helps shed some light on how optimism and life satisfaction work together to create higher levels positive outlook in hotel and tourism education. Employee’s perceptions are an integral part of developing their approaches to the work environment and their personal lives. Perception leads to behavioral rituals employees use to navigate their environment (Kagitcibasi, 1992). The rituals will run throughout their working lifetimes unless they are questioned or adjusted by important new self-understandings.   When employee viewpoints are optimistic by nature they have the benefit of developing stronger rituals that help them achieve the