The Online Course: Overcoming the challenges of time management for both the student and instructor!

October 21, 2016

This question emerges for us all: How can I get this all done?  The pressure of deadlines and due dates is all around us and there’s no shortage of demands on our time, as we take on the additional responsibilities of online learning and teaching.

Adding school and work to our already busy schedule can complicate everything else if you don’t have a handle on how to organize and use our time effectively…and while we all agree on the importance of time management skills,we struggle to name specific resources to help with this dilemma…and thus it becomes a real challenge!

Contributor: Sheila Cuffy

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“Please don’t make me do it!” Learning to manage the fear of public speaking.

September 23, 2016

One common problem that many often complain about is the fear they feel when they have to speak in public. It goes by many names: the jitters, stage fright,communication apprehension, and even sometimes "the butterflies."

Many believe we would be better off if we could be totally free from apprehension during public speaking. However, based on years of study by Professor Gerald Phillips (1977), it was found that apprehension is not necessarily negative. In fact, a little apprehension helps us to do our best job. According to Phillips, nearly all students experience nervous tension during their presentations, but most have learned to manage the apprehension.

Knowing that apprehension is common to most…and listed as the number 1 fear in The Book of Lists (1977)…we will recommend ways to manage speech apprehension for our benefit…not demise!

Contributor: Sheila Cuffy

References

Gerald M. Phillips, “Rhetoritherapy Versus the Medical Model: Dealing with Reticence,” Communication Education 26 (1977): 37
Wallace, Amy, Irving Wallace, and David Wallechinsky. The Book of Lists. New York: Morrow, 1977. Print.

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Help…I need to de-stress my life!

July 29, 2016

College can be one of the most monumental changes we can make in life. And with this new change can come LOTs of stress…following a new schedule, final exams, balancing classes, homework,social life and often a job, living on a tight budget, pressure to get good grades, trying to get enough sleep and eat right…the potential stressors are also abundant when we multi-task…with balancing family responsibilities and friend responsibilities with college responsibilities.

Considering all of this, how can college students not be highly stressed out?  Believe me…I have great compassion for you and can identify with these stressors.  I would like offer some tried and true tips to help you de-stress.

Poll source: mtvU - Associated Press College Survey, May, 2009 (http://surveys.ap.org/data%5CEdison%5CAPMTV%20Topline%20marginals.pdf)
Interviewing dates: April 22 - May 4, 2009
Interviews: 2,240 4-year college students age 18-24
Margin of error: +/- 3.0
May 21: AP-mtvU Poll: college students and depression

Contributor: Sheila Cuffy

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Communication? YES, Communicate!

June 3, 2016

Communication has been around since human beings were created, but as a discipline it came to prominence around the 1960s. Paul Watzlawick (a famous communication theorist) said:  "You cannot not communicate." What that means is even when you’re not actively sending a message, even when words are not coming out of your mouth,coming across the keyboard from your typing, or being texted you’re still communicating.

It’s important to be cognizant of the messages we communicate…because intentional or unintentional you’re still sending a message.  The importance of communication cannot be denied. Using effective communication is crucial to relationships and to be successful at work, school or play. There are, of course, many types of communication. We use verbal communication, nonverbal communication, written communication and many forms of each of those.

We can’t escape the act of communicating…so lets just embrace it and work on using it effectively.  Remember, you cannot not communicate…so why not do it effectively?

Contributor: Sheila Cuffy

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