There is often a misunderstanding about whether regional accrediting bodies and the Department of Education work hand in hand. The regional Commissions maintain a relationship with the federal government and the Department of Education. HLC is considered a “gatekeeper agency” and therefore has specific responsibilities defined by the USDE regarding accreditation.
With a lot of miles (millions) under my belt and countless international trips to time zones not conducive to working from the minute you hit the ground, a good friend recently asked me for some tips for international travel to keep from going stir crazy when your hours hit 15 or more in the flying tin can. The truth is long hauls do not make me crazy, it feels like a bit of an office with wings; but her question is valid and points well taken.
I was asked by a few folks to share this with other educators who may also be traveling a lot. So here goes – my method to surviving long haul international trips and avoiding jet lag pretty much completely (admitting that lifelong insomnia plays an instrumental role in jetlag survival and staying awake for long periods of time without much downside beyond crankiness). My goal is to land, stay awake until nighttime after being awake the entire flight, sleep a full night, and hit the ground running the next day both at work and enjoying the new sights.
For many online faculty, morale is high. Professors look at the bright side of their jobs - the flexibility, ability to work from home, be a full time care-taker while earning an income, and make a substantial difference in the lives of others. And of course, the ongoing running joke in our forum that cats are better co-workers than most cubicle-mates and pajamas for daytime are perfectly acceptable attire. But for others, low morale can take a toll on job satisfaction, and cause schools to lose good faculty. Unsatisfied faculty may still perform high out of duty to students and fear, but managing in this way isn't setting the best tone for your college.
In the Make a Living Teaching Online group, I asked 6500 educators how they combat loneliness and feelings of isolation associated from working at home without peer interaction with the promise of posting an article to help others who may suffer from isolation or loneliness working remotely but without ideas or tools to cope. Here are some of the ideas; you can read through the entire thread in the group. (All respondents agreed to have their idea and name attributed; some paraphrased with context!)
Having worked in online education for over 15 years and working with thousands of clients while maintaining the confidence and anonymity of deans and administrators, I have learned a lot about why candidates don’t get that interview or get the job they were a perfect fit for. In this article, my goal is to share with you this candid feedback – even when it hurts to hear (or just shouldn’t be that way!)
When I began to teach online, I already taught for five years at local community colleges. Though I had taught before, it did not prepare me for online teaching. I have learned that teaching online is different from teaching on the ground in many ways!
The five surprising lessons that I have learned as an online instructor are:
Andree Swanson, EdD
Social media is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe not. There can be benefits to using social media, but there can be pitfalls too. Especially if you share too much information and are not cautious about what you share. Posting about your puppy may be fine, even if your employer sees this, but posting that you got the great raise may not be so good.