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How to Decide Between a PhD and Professional Doctorate

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) v. Professional Doctorate

For aspiring doctoral students, the first decision you make will prove to be one of the most important. When it comes to choosing the best doctorate program for you, how do you decide between a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Professional Doctorate?

The Impact of Transactional Distance in Online Courses

An online student completes her assignment.Have you ever heard of transactional distance theory? When I recently read the latest issue of the Journal of Online Doctoral Education, I came across an article by Stephen L. Benton, Ph.D., San Li, M.A., and Ron Brown, M.A. titled, “Transactional Distance in Online Graduate Courses at Doctoral Institutions."

Building Advisor-Advisee Relationships in Online Doctoral Education

online education environmentIf you're anything like the average online student, you may have already experienced the traditional classroom environment in which interactions between students and faculty are often confined to time before and after class or predetermined office hours... What happens though when that relationship transitions into an online environment? Do the roles change or evolve?

Defining a Quality Online Doctoral Program

research in the Journal of Online Doctoral EducationQuality is one of those ambiguous words that gets thrown around a lot, but how does one define quality? When it comes to defining a quality online doctoral program, for example, there hasn’t really been a specific formula in place to help guide the development of new programs.

NCU Launches Journal of Online Doctoral Education

cover Journal of Online Doctoral EducationThe field of education is changing rapidly. We all see it. The master’s degree has become the new bachelor’s degree, students now have the ability to earn a doctoral degree online, and even the most traditional universities are branching into the world of online graduate education. New research is required to keep up with these trends and to study and identify what works, what doesn’t work, and where the world of possibility may take us next in online and graduate education. As a result, there is a distinct need for platforms presenting research in these advancing areas of education.

How an Advanced Degree in Education Can Open Doors

Education has evolved over the years - whether it's due to changing classroom technology, online degree programs, charter schools or any number of other modern shifts. Although today's education field might look a little different than it did 10 or 20 years ago, its importance hasn't changed.

4 Ways to Collaborate in the Virtual Classroom

Since its beginning, online education has been criticized for its struggle to facilitate quality collaboration in the virtual classroom. In an effort to combat its critics, pioneers in the industry have tried almost anything – from required learning teams, to the adoption of discussion thread posts and conference calls, and even overhauled learning management systems.

Trends in K-12 Education: Online Continuing Teacher Education

With each passing year, standards for student achievement in K-12 classrooms across the country continue to rise. Most recently, the wide-spread adoption of Common Core State Standards has forced a new focus on student achievement and application of real world knowledge and skills. In an effort to help students exceed these expectations and succeed in the classroom, proactive educators must seek continuing education that can be immediately translated in to the classroom.

5 Tips from Academic Advisors on Achieving Academic Success

At Northcentral University, the role of our Academic Advisors is not just administrative. Our advisors strive to be supportive and encouraging of our students, advocating for their success.  NCU’s Academic Advisors direct students to academic resources and especially in the online environment, act as consistent point of contact to help students navigate the University's policies, procedures and various departments.

Time Management Exercise: Calendar Blocking

So, what exactly is calendar blocking? Put simply, it's reserving blocks of time on your calendar for specific tasks. This exercise can help you save time, get well-organized and become a more productive version of your current self.

If this sounds like something you might benefit from, you're right! Set aside some time to follow the steps below and get the process started for yourself, you'll reap the benefits faster than you think.

Getting Started

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