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5 Reasons to Expand Your Professional Development and Get Published This Summer

During the summer, educators often search for ways to take advantage of time away from the daily grind of the classroom to expand their own professional development. The truth is the need for continued professional development doesn’t stop just because you’ve earned a graduate or terminal degree. If you’re looking to take that next step in positioning yourself as an expert in your field, getting published is a great way to do it.

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.

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.

Organizing Your Research

Writing a dissertation requires managing hundreds of citations and sources. Careful organization will save you countless hours rummaging through your research, but the million dollar question many students ask is “how do I do that?”

To answer this question, we asked NCU students, faculty and alumni -- via Facebook and LinkedIn -- how they keep track of their research. Their recommendations: Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, Evernote, and of course, RefWorks:

Accreditation 101: Regional vs. National

The U.S. Department of Education states that "the goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality." That sounds great, but how do you know which accreditation – regional or national – is best? Honestly, it's not a question of which accreditation is best, but which accreditation best suits your needs.

6 Questions to Ask About Your Dissertation Topic

Picking a dissertation topic is a BIG Decision. “You will spend a great deal of time reading, researching, thinking, writing and talking about your dissertation topic,” says Dr. Heather Frederick.

“To pick a topic that you are only vaguely interested in is like marrying someone you only kind of like.” Additionally, picking a topic that is too close to home (for example, the impact of divorce while going through a divorce) can make it very difficult for you to maintain a scholarly voice. Dr. Frederick’s advice - “Just don’t do it!”

4 Tips on Getting Published in Academic Journals

While many of us use academic journals as resources for information, for an elite group of scholars, they serve as a platform for showcasing research and discovery. Planning to pursue a career in academia or climb the ranks of the professional world? Getting published in an academic journal could be a catalyst for growth in whatever career you choose.

If you’re tossing around the idea of submitting an article for the first time, take a few minutes to browse the suggestions below before you hit send.