Choosing an Online Education University Tips

Online Education UniversityIf you’ve decided to get a university education online, here are a few tips to make sure that everything goes smoothly. In most cases, it is not the specific college or university that runs the online education portion of their program. Most schools outsource their internet education duties to companies that specialize in hosting distance learning classes. These companies (who have names like eCollege, SkillSoft and such) perform the actual tasks of running the online classes, assigning work, and conducting exams, all according to the curriculum provided by the specific school. Students that enroll in online education courses are typically required to provide their own computer and any necessary software needed to participate in the online classes and take the exams. In the world of online education your books, binders, and number two pencils are replaced by a PC (or MAC – but compatibility may vary), a word processor, and some form of multimedia player. Broadband internet access is advisable as well. It may be hard to get your masters with low baud.

Things to Look Out For

Online education is a very worthwhile trend in the evolution of education in our world and it is conceivable that sometime in the future nearly all official education will take place online. The internet, however, is the real-world equivalent of George Lucas’ Mos Eisley Spaceport; a wretched hive of scum and villainy. As online education becomes more prominent, there will be more companies looking to take advantage of the trend by offering sub par classes and fly-by-night degrees from non-accredited schools. Before you commit to any online education program, do your homework and make sure that the school is accredited. The last thing you want to do is spend your time and money earning a degree online that isn’t worth a byte in the job market or to other educational institutions.

Tip 1: Online education has grown into a multi billion dollar industry, and as such it is only to be expected that some unscrupulous characters may be lurking in cyberspace to take advantage of the uninitiated by offering lousy programmed which is virtually useless. So, to be on the safe side, study with a reputable online education university. Ask around among friends, relatives and colleagues to recommend one. In addition, do a search on the Internet for reviews of the online universities you have short listed before making a decision.

Tip 2: Should the online education university be accredited? Well, yes and no. Some institutions of higher learning offers excellent courses but are not accredited because of a myriad of legitimate reasons. Do not equate non accreditation to automatically mean illegitimate. That’s wrong. In cases where you just want to learn some very basic skills, then accreditation won’t be a factor in your decision anyway.

Tip 3: If you want to further your studies for career advancement, find out from the relevant authorities concerned whether the degree you plan to pursue are recognized by them. For example, Miss A is a civil servant and she presently has a diploma. She wants to do an MBA online. She goes to her department head and was told that the MBA would not be recognized simply because the department’s requirement is that she must have a basic degree first before she go for a Master’s degree.

Tip 4: Before signing up, email the shortlisted online university and asked them any questions which you may have about the course you are interested in. See if they have a trial sessions for prospective students. From the promptness of their responses and the way they answer your questions, you should have a good idea what kind of university you are dealing with.

Tip 5: Make sure you go through all the fine prints before signing up. For instance, I was once told that a certain university never inform their students that they would have to do a viva for their final research paper. In the end, many students gave up because getting through a viva is no joke.

Tip 6: Study the course schedule closely and decide whether you have the time and money to complete it. Think through it carefully. Although many online education university tend to use the phrase “study at your own pace”, its not entirely true because you still have deadlines to meet in respect of submitting your assignments.

Reasons You Should Teach Abroad at an International School

Teachers who are looking to move their teaching career overseas have two options, teach at an international school or teach at a private language school. I’ve done both and I think that teaching at an international school is the best option. I’d like to share 5 reasons why I think this is true.

Reason #1 – disposable income

When I taught at private language schools, it was a luxury to buy paperbacks, and to have my legs waxed. I had to think about where I was spending my salary because I simply didn’t have enough money to spend on non-essential items. Not if I wanted to go on any vacations or have any time off over the summer.

Now that I teach at an international school, I am able to spend my teaching salary as I choose, and still have money left at the end of the month to save. I’m not talking about saving for the summer holidays, or for a rainy day. I can save money just to have it in the bank. I’m now able to save towards a deposit on a house, and contribute to a pension scheme.

Reason #2 – regular paid vacations

When you are an EFL teacher, you will usually sign a contract for an academic year (9 months) or a calendar year. Generally your contract will include a few weeks holiday, but you will be expected to work a larger proportion of your contract’s length than if you were teaching at an international school.

At an international school, your teaching contract will be signed for a period of 12 months. Of which you will be expected to teach around 200 days. The rest of the year the school will be closed and you will be able to go on vacations.

I spent 4 years working in the TEFL sector of the teaching profession, and I worked each summer teaching residential summer school courses. Since I’ve been teaching at international schools, I have been able to take each summer off and travel. I also travel during the school year as there is only two months in the year when I do not get at least a three day weekend.

Reason #3 – normal teaching contact hours

Private language schools that specialise in TEFL are ‘cram schools’. The students mostly attend their English lessons around their other school or job commitments. This means that your working hours will be crazy. At my first language school my working day was any hours I was given between 10am and 10pm. I was lucky because the manager of the branch at which I taught was very considerate of her teachers. Not all the EFL teachers working for the same company were so well treated.

At another school I taught at, each week I had days when I worked a split shift. I would be teaching my first lesson at half past seven in the morning, have a few hours off in the middle of the day, then I would have to be back at work and teaching for another 4-5 hours in the evening and finish the day at 9:30pm.

International schools operate regular school hours. If you are teaching at a school that starts early in the morning, then you will be done with your working day in the early afternoon.

Reason #4 – planning time is ‘included’

TEFL teachers are employed for contact hours. This is the time you spend in front of students. However, lessons don’t just appear out of thin air, teachers need to prepare their lessons and organise resources. When you first start out teaching EFL you may spend as much time preparing for a lesson as you actually do teaching it. I remember when I began, this was the case on a good day, sometimes I’d spend a lot more time agonising over what I was going to do in the lesson than I actually spent in the classroom with my students. Of course, this is not true now, when I am teaching in a well resourced language school, I am able to plan a lesson much more quickly than when I started out.

One thing that TEFL teachers need to know is that while your contract says you must teach 20-35 hours a week, in reality this will mean they are working (between lesson preparation, teaching and marking) 50+ hours a week. And the pay for all your extra time spent planning the lessons is ‘included’ in your hourly teaching rate. I can tell you, teachers become very efficient in planning their lessons quickly!

Teachers working overseas in international schools are employed as full-time teachers who teach a required number of contact hours. But overseas teachers are employed for the whole teaching day, and so their planning time is included in their salaries. I’ve taught in regular high schools in addition to international schools, and I have considerably more non-contact time in which to prepare my lessons when I teach abroad at international schools than when I’ve taught locally at state schools.

Reason #5 – professional development opportunities

I have a number of qualifications in EFL teaching. I have two Cambridge certificates and a Diploma in Second Language Teaching as well. I paid for all of the courses out of my teaching salary, when I didn’t have a lot to spare. I sought professional development opportunities to make me a better teacher, and the schools I’ve worked for have directly benefited from my efforts. But not one of the private language schools I’ve taught for in the past have ever helped me pay for my professional development.

Most international schools have a pool of money set aside for the professional development of their teaching staff. At my current school, there is a budget set per teacher annually. I went to a summit in Singapore this year, funded by the school. I’ve used a number of the techniques I learnt at the summit in my classes since I’ve been back.

Special Education

This article is an introduction to special education in Irish secondary schools. The past then years have witnessed a sea change in special education provision in Ireland. The Department of Education and Science has issued numerous directives and guidelines in relation to policy, provision, structure and supports. Since 1998 there have been ten pieces of legislation passed through the Dail that relate, one way or another to children and special education needs The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has been established along with the Special Education Support Service (SESS). Both these organisations oversee and coordinate all special education initiatives nationwide. Ireland’s primary schools have pioneered these new directives. Special education provision at primary level is developing at a rapid pace and great strides are being made. The next horizon for improvement is secondary school.

Ireland’s secondary schools are driven by an exam-oriented curriculum. Subject area specialists teach all of the curricular content. The supports available to children with special needs are not extensive or as tested as those at primary level. In what follows we will look at the needs and entitlements of children entering secondary school who have identified special education needs and those who are entering and later discovered to have a special education need.

My child has been receiving extra help in primary school. What should I look for in a secondary school?

You should look for a school with a special education teacher in place on a full-time basis to support all children with special needs in the school. It is important to also be sure the school has a commitment to supporting and educating children with special needs. The school should have on its staff teachers who have had some training in how to differentiate their methodology and curriculum for children with special needs. There should be an accepting attitude on the part of all staff. Remember, your child is entitled to enter fully into the life of the school and avail of all it has to offer. How do you find out these things? Talk to the school principal and ask questions about the topics listed above. Remember, your child may be eligible for special consideration at the time of Junior Cert and Leaving Cert but this will have to be determined about a year before these exams will be taken.

What is s/he entitled to?

A child who has been receiving special education resources or support in primary school is eligible for continued support at secondary level so long as they continue to have a special education need. It is possible that a primary school child, after receiving several years of support, could no longer be deemed to have a special education need but this is the exception not the rule.

Your child will be entitled to the same general provision he or she received in primary school. Typically this takes the form of specialist teaching from a Learning Support or Special Education Resource teacher (both are now often being referred to simply as Special Education teachers. This support is to be determined based on need with the number of hours of support being determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) drawn up in the last year of primary school. In addition to the IEP there should have been a Transition Plan completed during the last year of primary school The Transition Plan will devise the structure of transition to secondary school and may alter the IEP for a short period of time. If this happens there should be a team meeting in about six months or less to write the secondary school IEP. In general students in secondary school are eligible for the same supports as in primary school. This may include a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).

How do I go about making sure they get that?

Generally speaking your child’s Individual Education Plan is the map which documents exactly what services your child will receive, when he or she will receive them and from whom. The IEP is your best protection against a child not receiving the services they need. IEP’s will eventually become legally binding documents on all parties and a school must provide the services outlined in the IEP. An IEP cannot be changed or implemented without your consent. Remember that upon entering secondary school a Transition Plan may be in place that slightly alters the previous IEP. This will have to be reviewed within a short span of time to be sure the child receives appropriate support services. Don’t be afraid to talk to the school principal because he or she is ultimately responsible to see to it that children receive the services they are entitled to receive.

What are my options if we run into difficulties?

Should problems arise you should first speak to the Year Head and address your concerns. The Special Needs Organiser (SENO) assigned to the school should be alerted as well as the appropriate special education teacher(s). A team meeting, of which you are entitled to be a member, can be convened within a reasonable time frame and your concerns will be discussed. If this meeting does not satisfy you or not result in the child receiving the services you may contact the National Council for Special Education for further information and support.

It is important to take things one step at a time. Speak to your child’s special education teacher first and be clear about your concerns. Be assertive and not aggressive. Remember, generally speaking everyone is doing the best they can. Do have your child’s IEP in front of you when you are speaking to the teacher or other staff member. Be aware of your rights to appeal as outlined in the NCSE and SESS websites. Don’t rush to judgement, try and work things out amicably before you make threats to appeal. The next most important port of call will be the Special Needs Organiser assigned to the school.

Hidden Disabilities

Not all children who have special education needs come to the attention of parents or educators in primary school. The human brain is an organ that tries to meet the demands placed upon it at any given time. As anyone who has gone to school knows, the demands of the curriculum get greater and greater each year of schooling. In secondary school the curriculum subjects become incredibly complex each year. The fact that a student is being educated by many different teachers each year further complicates matters. There are students who have had no difficulty suggestive of a special education need at primary school who suddenly seem to have a lot of difficulties in secondary school. Unfortunately they are often perceived as “lazy” or “unmotivated” and sometimes as “difficult” students.

If these labels stick and no thought or concern raised about a possible learning difficulty being present the student can become trapped in a cycle of failure and rejection by teachers. The result could be early school leaving, behaviour difficulties to hide the learning problem, lowered self-esteem, loss of self-confidence and trouble at home. It is important to recognise that some students, no matter how well they performed in primary school, may have a special education need that doesn’t appear until secondary school.

What are the warning signs?

It is not possible to list the many warning signs of a hidden disability but generally speaking one should be considered any time a student with a previously successfully record in primary school begins to exhibit difficulties in secondary school. There are a variety of causes to school failure at second level but a hidden disability can often be reasonably suspected when one or more of the following difficulties become noticeable:

oMemory problems
oOrganisational difficulties
oRefusal to go to school
oProblems with written language expression
oDifficulty organising thoughts into speech
oInability to recall facts from yesterday’s lesson even if they seemed retained the night before
oUnusual spelling problems
oUnusual difficulty with more advanced mathematical problems
oPronounced difficulty in foreign language class
oBehavioural difficulties not present in primary school
oMood swings or sudden mood changes that last several hours
oReluctance to engage with parents about school difficulties

Although a partial list it is a good guide for parents and teachers to thoughtfully consider the presence of a hidden learning disability.

I think my child may have a problem. Where do I go from here?

First speak with your child’s teachers. Ask for the facts: what does teacher think the problem might be? How often is this occurring? When? Is it serious? Present your own perception to the teacher(s) clearly and succinctly. If you have done some Internet homework on your own be clear about it and raise it as a query needing to be resolved. Try and get some samples from homework you have seen and ask for some samples of the child’s work in class if it is appropriate to do so. Speak to the Year Head and ask him or her to get some information about your concerns from all teachers. See if you can spot a pattern that validates your concern.

If you become more concerned then you have a right to ask for an assessment. Sometimes the special education teacher, with your permission, can perform some individually administered tests to discover if the child is seriously behind in reading or math achievement age. It is possible to discover if there are significant written language deficits in some cases. If this assessment leads to more significant concerns then you should request a psychological assessment. These can be provided free by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) but be mindful that a lengthy waiting list may be in place.

The most important thing is to be persistent and to talk to the right people. Begin with teachers, speak to Year Head, go to Principal if necessary and don’t forget the Special Education Needs Organiser (SENO). If an assessment is carried out there will be a team meeting to discuss the results and to begin the process of writing an IEP.

In the case of a diagnosis, where do we go from here?

If your child is found to have a special education need an IEP should be written. This is, as stated previously, a road map to your child’s education plan. It should be reviewed annually but can be reviewed more frequently if it is decided to do so. The special education team, often referred to as a multidisciplinary team, will be responsible for writing the IEP. You are a member of that team. Your child is also entitled to be a member of the team and it is particularly important for secondary school students to participate in this stage of planning. This gives them a sense of ownership and control over their educational life.

Be sure that the plan covers all the areas of concern that have been discovered in the assessment process. Plans for children with social and behavioural difficulties that address only academic issues are useless and doomed to fail. Special education planning is a thoughtful and time-consuming process when it is done correctly. Don’t feel rushed into accepting a plan you don’t think will work. Take it away and ask if you can return in a week to revise it with the team. This may not make you the most popular parent in the school but it is responsible parenting.

Possible Panels:

Autism/Asperger’s in Secondary School

There are large numbers of children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder that are having considerable difficulty finding a secondary school to enrol them. The problem revolves around the lack of supports at second level and the lack of teacher training in this speciality area. Unfortunately there is little that can be done if a school refuses to enrol a child on the autistic spectrum. What is needed is the development of resource support. By that I mean resource rooms where these children can get services by a specialist teacher. Availability to the teachers of advanced training. Availability of print and video resources teachers can access to learn more about the spectrum. Along with this there should be a whole-school commitment to inclusion for children on the spectrum so they are not isolated from same-age peers.

The education of children on the spectrum is not that difficult once educators get the knowledge about how to do it and have the proper attitude towards these children and their families. Of course they present us with challenges but the good news is that once we get it reasonably right for them we begin to improve the education of all children. There are considerable challenges in the future to our secondary schools in education these children and it is time to get it right. Those schools which stubbornly refuse to enrol children on the spectrum are in the stone age of education. There is a clear choice for secondary schools in relation to these children: be in the forefront of change and development or be left behind forever. Parents will not forgive or forget. It’s time to get it right once and for all.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects about 5% of all children and adults. Unlike other special education conditions, children and adolescents with ADHD are frequently blamed for having the condition, perceived as hostile or unmotivated, lazy or cheeky. When ADHD goes untreated it becomes a serious condition affecting self-esteem, motivation, behaviour, self-confidence and relationships with adults and peers. ADHD is a high-stakes condition and it needs to be recognised that students who have it didn’t choose to be the way they are.

ADHD is a condition that is caused by brain chemistry and activity. It is a neurobiological condition. People with ADHD often have difficulty paying attention and concentrating, especially on things that require sustained attention and concentration. The can have problems controlling their emotions and impulses, can rush to finish things or have considerable difficulty waiting their turn. They often ask questions without thinking them through and sometimes make unfortunate comments in front of others.

ADHD is a life-long condition. One never grows out of it but the symptom picture changes over time. Often the impulsivity and high level of activity, if they were initially present, disappear in the teen years. The learning problems associated with ADHD do not go away easily and it is vitally important for them to be addressed in school. As in the case of children on the autistic spectrum, once educators and schools get it correct for children with ADHD they have improved the educational provision of all children.

Understanding is critically important. Adolescents with significant ADHD do not chose to be in trouble with and in conflict with adults. Constant rejection and criticism, constant punishment, and in severe cases expulsion from school is not the answer. Corrective teaching is the answer and appropriate support from specialist teachers is vital.

Companies and Online Universities

The case holds true today as it has for many years that the further your education, the further your earning potential. However, while brick and mortar universities used to be the only means to a degree, the game has now changed and online universities are becoming a much more popular (and accepted) option. In fact, the number of students obtaining online university degrees has increased by 30% each year for the past few years, and that number continues to rise.

When you consider the explosion of technological advances available today, it is no wonder that students are leaning more heavily towards an online diploma. As more colleges start to require students to purchase computers and use the internet, more people are deciding to use their technology skills to enroll in online university programs instead.

Worries that an online diploma will lessen your chances of receiving an interview or job offer are concerns of the past. Companies across the globe understand the positive implications of students attending an accredited online university. Excelsior University, in conjunction with Zogby, conducted a study of 1,500 small business executives. The findings showed that of those familiar with online universities, 83% found their programs to be just as credible as a traditional school. It is good to remember, though, that just as Harvard may appeal more to an employer than a small local college, name and credibility of an online university holds some weight as well.

How is an Online Degree Different from a Traditional Degree?

Today, an online diploma is no different from one you would earn attending classes on a campus. The stigma that may have surrounded online degrees in the past is gone. And while earning your degree online is different from a building-based education, it certainly does not mean that it is any easier.

Attending an online university requires self-discipline, careful planning and a strict adherence to deadlines along with the full course load, requirements and grading of a traditional university. Don’t be fooled by the misconception that receiving an online degree is any easier or less demanding than an in-class university – cheaper and more convenient, yes, but certainly not easier.

Your Employer Benefits from Your Online Degree

By obtaining your education from an online university, you bring the following attributes back to the workforce with you:

Knowledge about different technology platforms
A full understanding of a computer’s functions
Being abreast of the current trends in your field to stay relevant as an employee
The ability to join online forums, stream audio, and create digital presentations
Adept skills with computer software, such as Microsoft Office

Some companies actually prefer that their employees attend an online university to continue their education. In the past, people had to choose between a full-time job and an education. With the advent of new educational options like online universities, employees are free to have both. It’s like having your cake and eating it too! That’s why employers are encouraging their employees to consider an online degree when returning to school for a bachelor’s degree, associates degree, master’s degree or PhD degree.

The fact of the matter is that without the option of receiving an online diploma, many would-be students just wouldn’t be able to find the time or money to be able to follow through with their education. Plus, an online university can be a better type of learning experience for some students. For those that don’t handle a classroom atmosphere well, an online setting may be more enjoyable and beneficial. Additionally, online forums allow for increased participation in a way that is not so nerve-wracking and overwhelming.

Before you make the decision to get your diploma online it is important to do your homework. Understand the field where you wish to pursue employment. What types of degrees would be beneficial to your occupation and what online universities offer them? Are the universities accredited? And do you believe that you have the drive and focus to successfully receive your online degree? Remember that an education, online or otherwise, is a big undertaking and preparing yourself for the challenge in advance is a giant step towards success.

Choosing an Online University

Online universities have made learning truly exciting as it enables you to learn your favorite topics from any university of your choice no matter where you live. Online conferences and online tutorials create an authentic class room feel with many virtual classmates and friends. Unlike regular colleges, the students can pursue their studies at their own pace and convenience right from their homes. Ideal for working adults and handicapped students, online universities are becoming hugely popular in education circuits.

The teachers too are benefited by online education as they can choose the subjects of their choice and handle them the way they are comfortable. The students can access information from online libraries, chat sessions and research options and the best thing is that all these benefits are being offered to the students at a fraction of the cost of the regular courses. Online universities have made advanced studies a lot simpler and easily accessible option for all. For working adults an extra degree would do them a lot good in their corporate ladder whereas for students, this would ensure a better placement and compensation package.

There are numerous online courses ranging from bachelor courses, master’s and doctorate programs on offer. Online education is well suited for those cannot spare time for regular courses or those who live very far away from the institutions they wanted to learn. Having more degrees in your kitty will give you a distinct advantage over the rest in the highly competitive career field.

However choosing the right university will play a major role in enhancing your employment chances. There are some factors that you need to consider while choosing an online university. Make sure that you are choosing an accredited university with repute that offers credible courses. By graduating from such institutions will make you more eligible for job.

There are many online universities like University of Washington, which offers some of the coveted courses anywhere in the world. Set up in 1861, it is one of the oldest and the prestigious universities not only in the US but also in the whole world. There are many popular online courses in the University of Washington including Business Administration – Accounting, Criminal Justice, Humanities and Social Sciences among many others, all of which are in huge demand all over the world.

There are many online universities like University of Washington, which offers some of the coveted courses anywhere in the world. Set up in 1861, it is one of the oldest and the prestigious universities not only in the US but also in the whole world. There are many popular online courses in the University of Washington including Business Administration – Accounting, Criminal Justice, Humanities and Social Sciences among many others, all of which are in huge demand all over the world.

Management Continuing Education

Are you like many engineers; highly trained to solve technical problems but not as confident with your people skills? There is a big difference between engineering design and business management. In the engineering profession engineers are constantly studying to stay current on the latest technologies and engineering strategies. For many engineers it is extremely difficult to transition from engineer to manager. Since business and management are not usually classes in engineering college, engineers are expected to obtain their business skills through experience and continuing education. Unless you have a MBA, you will probably find it difficult to locate qualified continuing education sources with management courses tailored for engineers.

Most of the State Licensing Boards require Professional Engineers to renew their professional licenses periodically with a minimum number of continuing education units. These units are usually Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU). One PDH is equivalent to one hour of course education, and one CEU is equivalent to ten PDH or ten hours of course education. To obtain these units of continuing education the professional engineer will attend or teach the seminars, classes, or courses, write articles, or sit on professional boards or committees. The majority of engineers obtain their credits by attending conferences or seminars.

Nearly all of the states that require continuing education credits accept business or managerial courses as long as they are related to engineering. In other words you can not take a class in “How to start your own Retail Business” and expect to receive continuing education credit for renewing your professional engineering license. But you can take a course in “Engineering Business Marketing Techniques” and receive full credit.

In addition, most State Licensure Boards do not pre-approve courses for continuing education credit. This responsibility is usually left to the engineer to understand the state codes and to screen the courses appropriately. The Board will either accept or decline the courses after the engineer has submitted the license renewal application and listed the completed and credits received.

Engineering managerial courses can include topics on Engineering Business Plan, Engineering Operations, Engineering Marketing, Financials, Proposals, Leadership, and many others. To acquire the necessary continuing education units, engineers can find these courses in the following sources;

Community College and University Continuing Education Courses – These institutions regularly offer courses on numerous topics. Since the courses have to appeal to a wide audience, they usually do not cover technical topics that would be of interest to engineers. You can find business topics, but these courses are very general. Management courses that can apply to engineers my have words like “professional services” and “technical industry” in the course title.

Vendor Seminar (Lunch Presentation) – This has been one my favorite sources. It usually starts by a product vendor giving you a call. He will ask if you would be interested in a presentation at your office. If you are interested you may say “Yes, but I will need for the presentation to be made at my office during lunch our hour. The attendees will be my engineers and designers, and I will need for you to bring lunch.” Your team will listen to the vendor’s presentation, review his products and literature, ask technical questions, and enjoy lunch. Each of your Professional Engineers gains about 0.5 PDH.

On-the-Job Training – Some firms actually have monthly training sessions for their engineers and support staff. The subjects can be on a wide array of technical, ethical, and managerial topics. As long as the subject covered, who made the presentation, who attended the training, date of the training session, and time spent training is documented, these sessions can count as continuing education.

Seminars – These courses are often held in a hotel conference room for a few hours to several days. Usually the courses offer continuing education credit of 8 PDH per day. If you have to travel to attend the seminar, your additional expenses beyond the cost of the seminar will include lodging, air fares, rental car, and dining. A three-day course can easily exceed several thousands dollars. Also take into account that during this time you will not be working on any contracts, your company will loss billable hours.

Convention and Conferences – These events offers the attendee a multitude of course topics. Attending one four-day convention, you can easily obtain all of the continuing education credits needed to renew your professional license. Like seminars if the convention is away from your home town, you will have additional expenses including lodging, air fares, rental car, and dining. Also since you are away from your office, you will loss billable hours. Again, a convention can cost you or your office thousands of dollars.

Home Study Courses – These courses have been around for a long time; long before the computer. The course material is sent to your home. You study the material, answer the quiz, and return the quiz. A week or two later a Course Completion certificate is sent to you. These types of course are being replaced by Online Courses as discussed below.

Online Seminars – This is becoming a very popular program. Seminars that are online are often quite a bit less expensive than actually attending a seminar. Not only are the courses cheaper, but the attendee also saves due to no traveling, lodging, dining, or other expenses. Of course, the attendee will have to find a quite area to sit-up the computer and speakers, and to post a sign on the door saying “Do Not Disturb”. Once the seminar is completed you receive a Certificate of Completion with the number of PDH or CEU earned.

Online Courses – These courses are much like the home study course but everything is done over the internet. You can take the course 24/7, and you usually have instant access to the quiz and the certificate of completion. These courses are the most economical and convenient for the engineer. You can just about study any topic; technical, ethical, or managerial. Most websites tend toward the technical topics. While only a few websites specialize in the business of engineering. Since most of these courses are written by engineers, it is understandable that most of the courses are technical.

Most engineers have excellent technical skills, but not necessarily the same level of expertise in business management and marketing. It is the responsibility of the engineer to develop these management skills through continuing education. Continuing education can be obtained through Community Colleges, Universities, Professional Training Programs, Professional Organizations, and online training courses. In most states continuing education courses qualify for continuing education units (CEU) or Professional Development Hours (PDH).

In this article we have discussed the different sources for engineering continuing education. The transition from engineer to manager can be difficult, but there are resources available to obtain the necessary knowledge. Acquiring the necessary management skills can be the difference between a good and a bad manager.

The Promotion of Environmental Education

Computers have caused a revolution in education, but the tremendous changes seen in the last decade may be surpassed in the next as those computers are connected in a global education network.

Teachers and high school students sample the water in Lake Baikal in Siberia while at other lakes around the world, other teachers and students take similar samples from local lakes and subject them to the same simple water-quality tests. Via their school computers, they exchange their results and their observations about how water pollution problems are the same around the world. They are part of a “global laboratory” project that includes scientists specializing in water pollution.

A similar computer network pins citizen activists, joined with students, teachers and scientists, in “sister watershed” groups throughout the world.

Amateur birdwatchers and biologists pool their rare bird sightings in a North American computer network that is linked with bird researchers in Central America and South America.

The differences between classroom and community education are blurred on the global computer networks. Voluntary organizations, government agencies, students and teachers are all involved in a real that has become, for many, a virtual classroom, without walls, and increasingly without borders.

Already, pilot projects have high school students sharing the methods and results from field studies of environmental quality, using computer telecommunication to leap national boundaries. Elementary school children share their life experiences end visions of the future the same way. Their messages to one another, passed with tremendous speed and shared simultaneously among many classrooms, provide strong, personal lessons in science, geography and human relations.

Environmental education curriculum development, pursued independently and often in isolation by teachers, school districts and universities over the past two decades, is now linked in a global forum that can respond immediately to the ever more complex and urgent environmental problems the world faces. Teachers the world over are connecting with their counterparts to discuss how they can do their jobs better. Co-ordination of international education projects is less burdened by the constraints of time and travel budgets as computer networks provide forums for collaboration.

The technology for this exchange takes advantage of the personal computer’s ability to communicate over standard phone lines using a modem. The simplest networks connect personal computers in a “store-and-forward” system that echoes messages from one to the next, until all have copies. These least-cost networks are linked to larger, faster computers that act as central information storage banks and relay stations. They in turn exchange information with one another and tap the power and data in computer systems at major research and educational institutions.

In many ways this vast new sea of information presents its own challenges, often akin to “drinking water from a fire hose.” The enormous glut of fact and opinion is impossible to take in, and has forced those who would taste its power to devise new ways for organizing and sampling the information flow.

Electronic mail services and computer “conferencing” let students and teachers communicate with each other privately, or publicly as members of large discussion groups. Computer conferences are organized much like those where people meet face-to-face, except that the meeting rooms are inside each participant’s computer. Computer conferences transcend time zones, since participants review and comment on each others’ written postings as their time and interest allows. Everyone gets to read and think about questions or statements posed in a conference, and everyone has a co-equal opportunity to reply.

Computer networking is making classroom walls disappear. Real environmental problems are entering the classroom with immediacy via computer nets, and students are jointly seeking understanding and solutions with scientists, citizen activists, journalists, government officials and community leaders of all kinds. While access to computer networks is still remote for most people on the planet, it is becoming more and more available to the gatekeepers and opinion-leaders who help shape common understanding of the global situation. The increasing abundance of the multiple information sources available via computer networks, if viewed as a well-stocked marketplace, may also stimulate demand for more and better goods by the world’s information consumers.

Citizen participation in the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), for example, has been ccoordinated via computer networks on seven continents, giving NGOs access to complete text of the preparatory committee documents, and providing public forums for news and issue discussion. This availability of information has a dramatic effect on how an event such as UNCED permeates the mass media everywhere.

Underlying the often chaotic view presented by the mass media, structures are developing to channel the new rivers of information to empower this and coming generations to deal with the issues it describes. A variety of efforts at computer networking for environmental education provide some great models. At the root, these efforts are all based on the same notion: that environmental problems must be viewed with a global perspective, but responded to by individuals acting locally, in their own communities or homes.

All of this new technology is not without cost, and the developed countries are clearly ahead in providing computer access for education. But even in the United States, where computer telecommunication is becoming commonplace, profit rather than educational reform is a dominant force in determining who gets access.

The harsh reality has motivated citizen computer networks to band together in the international Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to make computer network access broadly available. The APC hosts several promising educational efforts on its partner computer networks that now extend to more than 90 countries around the globe. These services may be tapped by anyone with a personal computer and modem, often via a local call, at costs roughly equivalent to a newspaper subscription or monthly telephone bill.

The education projects offered on the APC networks are examples of how low-budget computer communication can fit into community programs and classrooms.

Environmental Educator

Education empowers. As such, an environmental educator empowers individuals to take positive action towards the protection and preservation of natural resources. Thus, this job is best suited for individuals who have a passion for the environment, for education and for action.

The career outlook for an environmental educator is good to excellent. They make on average $37-$53 thousand a year.

Why It Is Green

An environmental educator teaches individuals how best to manage their behavior in relation to their ecosystem so as to live in an environmentally sustainable manner. Ultimately, it is the environmental education of humans, that will most contribute to preserving and protecting the planet. After all, since humans are the main users of natural resources, then humans must be their main protectors, too!

What the Job Demands

It must be emphasized that environmental educators work in a variety of settings with various types of individuals. Working environments range from teaching green living in schools from the elementary to the post-graduate levels and educating the general public about environmental protection in museums, national parks and campgrounds to serving as instructor to college students taking up environmental education as a course subject.

Depending on above mentioned working environments, environmental educators will perform any or all of the following responsibilities: o Create outreach and extension programs to educate and encourage the general public, the student populace and the clients to adapt a green lifestyle (i.e., waste recycling and reduction, solar power possibilities and other environmental concerns) o Produce printed and graphic texts for distribution to media outlets, general public and other educational institutions (i.e., press releases, advertisements, brochures and the like) o Guide children and teens in basic ways to protect the environment, often in school settings although outdoor excursions are also possible. o Coordinate with environmental groups to strengthen ties towards the achievement of common goals o Perform related duties as functions as the need arises

Jobs of environmental educators are often on a part-time basis with compensations as low as $26 an hour. Although there is flexibility in the working hours chosen, most employers will require prompt reporting on said hours. Also, travel may be required especially when employed in nature parks and camps, with time spent in the office preparing reports and plans. In some instances, heavy lifting may also be needed.

What the Qualifications Are

In terms of professional qualifications, environmental educators must possess the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and its related programs. Required working experience will vary from one employer to the next although it is usual to be asked for at least 2 years relevant experience.

On one hand, required professional skills will include knowledge in effective strategies in environmental education, graphic arts and webpage design, modern office procedures, processes and equipment, as well as basic organizational skills. On the other hand, personal skills necessary include good interpersonal skills with coworkers, clients and the general public and ability to work under virtually any circumstances indoors and outdoors, to name a few.

If you are a nature lover with a passion for imparting your knowledge about environmental protection, with good communication and interpersonal skills and in fit physical and mental condition, then a career as an environmental educator is for you.

Online Education Consultants

You have decided that you will take your education and skill knowledge a step further by doing a higher education course or degree in your field or niche. But plethora of options of online courses, universities, college, institutes offering online course has made you confused to zero down on one option. In such a situation a professional help can guide you through making a correct career option.

Education consultant is a person who can give you professional education guidance on selecting the right course, potential college which will take your professional career graph higher. Such education guides or consultants are experts in their field and have great knowledge and skills to guide students for choosing the best option available for them.

Benefits of Education Consultation

1) Personalized Attention

As the competition in education sector has reached a cut throat level it has made the process of college and course selection for students highly time consuming and a complex one too. Selection of a course and college is very important as whole of the value depends on it. Same course is offered by 100s of universities and college but what really make a difference is what they are offering, the content of the course, the reputation of the institute, and in this an education consultant can help you.

Educations counselor will communicate with the students understand their current career status; get information about their further aspirations. On the basis of all this they will provide you with the best suited course programs offered by different universities. They will help you through the research process and make you understand how to find the effectiveness of the education course.

2) Offer Best Guidance

World Wide Web (internet) is one place where one can get enormous information about anything. But vast information gathered can also fall short to answer your personal questions and queries like: Which college is good? Whose course content is better? Which online course will fulfill my career needs?

An education mentor will be able to help you through all your queries and helps in organizing things for you. He will draw the information in such a manner that it will be the best for your needs. His vast knowledge about the colleges, courses being offered can assists the students to get enroll in the best suitable colleges according to their needs, capability and goals.

3) Online Education Consultation

There are many consultants which provide online education consultation to students. They provide you online discussion in choosing the right course selection which helps you rise in your career path.

Know don’t stress you on making the right college selection, contact online education consultant to guide you in selecting the best choice as per your needs.

Good Essay Writing

Often students try to avoid essay writing in their normal study course. However, they forget that essay writing is the most important part of the curriculum. Today due to competition there is a high expectation from students. With the burden of academic subjects, students often become careless about essay writing. They do not get enough time to think about developing a good essay writing skill.

However, with the advent of technology, things have become quite easy for students. The online essay writing services educate the students how to write a good essay.

Consider these simple steps and become a professional essay writer:

1. Consider essay as a process and not a task bounded with deadlines. You have to consider reading, thinking, planning and organizing your thoughts. You have to understand the topic and study about the topic. Primary research is very important before drafting your thoughts. Once you are finished with research process, start thinking creatively about the topic and make notes or pointers, which will help you during documentation process.

2. The blank screen or paper in front of you while drafting essay is the most difficult part of the process. You must sketch out a plan before writing. Once you have written down your points, start assembling these points. Give each point a logical heading; this will help you to elaborate your points. These will later develop into paragraphs of your essay.

The most important subheads will include:

An introduction, which will explain the sources of your study

Main body, which is an analysis of your topic. It will include the opinions, comments and findings. You can quote about some scientific research or media studies.

Conclusion is where you force the reader to accept your points. You can conclude with quotes or even end with a question that will boggle reader’s mind.

All these points will give you an outline to your essay writing. Do not stick to one point. This makes the reader disinterested in your writing.

3. Your correct English is the most compelling part of essay writing. Use simple but correct English. Your essay may not be flowery in writing but must have substance in the subject. If it is argumentative, you must collect enough data to make it genuine. To improve on these points you must read many editorial sections from magazines or newspapers.

4. Try to make a rough draft of your essay before submission. You must read it aloud and look for any changes if required. If your essay is long or it is a dissertation, you must prepare small drafts of paragraphs and then try to focus on each paragraph. Try to make pointers on these paragraphs, which will help you during the assembly of all paragraphs. Do not lose track of your point or argument. In case if you are lost, refer to points.

5. Essays are small samples of knowledge. You cannot elaborate on an endless discussion. You must give it a strong voice and back up with supportive arguments and discussions. The essay must invoke reader’s thought process. Keep everything in moderation. Do not lose your focus.

Essay is an array of thoughts and ideas. Right alignment of thought process with strong command over English develops a person from good essay writer to professional essay writer.

Essay Writing Tips

Here are five quick essay writing tips you can use right away to boost your essay and term paper grades.

Essay Writing Tip 1. Avoid the Repetition of The Same Words As Much As You Can

Consider these sentences:

“Use Active Voice – Avoid Passive Voice.”


“Use Active Voice – Don’t Use Passive Voice.”

Which version is better?

The first one. Why? Because it avoids repeating the word “use.” Catch these little repetitions and try to replace them with a synonym, or just rewrite the sentence to make it diverse. This shows that the writer has a sense of style and class. Try it, and your grade will go up.

Essay Writing Tip 2. Use Vivid, Colorful Examples

Do you want your writing to stand out above the crowd? Begin using some specific examples in your writing. So few students do it – it’s amazing! College essays tend to be very general. The most specific evidence usually used is some statistics.

Instead of (or in addition to) describing the behavior of thousands or millions of people, take an example of just one person and write it out. Use some colors; make it vivid; describe the sounds and smells. Trust me, if you do just that and don’t follow the rest of the advice I give here, your writing will go a long way, and, again, so will your GPA.

Examples will help you build volume AND make your essays and term papers more interesting and exciting to read.

Essay Writing Tip 3. Don’t Use Overuse Quotes

I don’t know if this is surprising to you or not, but sometimes as much as 70% of a given paper consists of quotations. Come on, your professor is not stupid. He can see right through such attempts to disguise the lack of things to say behind other people’s thoughts. You are intelligent and talented. You have your own things to say. So, say them – in your own language. Sometimes I like to avoid quoting altogether – I don’t always need it. This also means that I don’t have to look for them on the Internet, which takes time and effort.

Essay Writing Tip 4. Be Sincere Whenever You Can

If you care at all about the subject you’re writing about (which isn’t always the case), just be sincere. Don’t be afraid to be judged on the political or social statement that you’re making. You probably don’t want to offend anyone, let me make that clear. But don’t worry that your professor will lower your grade just because your opinion differs from his.

First of all, you probably don’t even know what your professor really thinks about a certain subject. Second, most likely, he doesn’t care about your political or other views. He should and most likely will judge your essay solely on its academic merit. And most importantly, if you write what you really feel, you will have more fun writing the essay, and it will be of better quality, for sure.

Essay Writing Tip 5. Talk To Your Professor

Before even writing your first essay assignment, approach your professor at the end of class and ask her about his expectations from the students’ essays. Some of the questions to ask are:

  • What are two or three most important things in an essay, in your opinion?
  • Do you require that I write an introduction and a conclusion?
  • What is the biggest no-no that could drive my grade down a lot?

And then just listen and follow the recommendations to the best of your ability. Also, asking your professor this kind of questions shows him that you care. You can’t lose.