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When You Have to Manage From Afar

Organizations are consistently transforming and evolving to meet the needs of the marketplace. Moving to a global economy; striving to become more efficient and sustainable; and reacting to world events and crises have pushed organizations to re-examine how work is structured and delivered and how the ‘worksite’ is defined. These changes have led organizations to develop and rely upon more mobile and virtual workers and work teams.  Now, individuals and teams can be working virtually either at home or alternate worksites (i.e.

Virtual Leadership: Collaboration in the Time of Crises from a Community, Planning, and Development Perspective

Technology has changed and shaped the way business is conducted globally. From geopolitics, to multinational organizations, to small business enterprises, remote and satellite workspaces have become a new reality. Technology has changed education delivery that has forced traditional brick and mortar institutions to offer courses online. Religious institutions are using social media to connect with parishioners on Sunday mornings. Living in this new reality requires a new type of leader, one who can lead teams from a distance.

It’s Necessary, but It’s Not Online Learning

David Harpool, JD, PhD
President, Northcentral University

I applaud the quick actions of higher education in response to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Recent data from Italy, France, and Vietnam suggest younger, seemingly healthy students can be carriers. The health threat to older adults is clear and maybe understated to traditional college-aged students. During the last few weeks, on-ground higher education institutions have made the correct, although painful, decision to move online. 

Why I Teach - Vera Dolan, PHD

When I was a little girl in Brazil, I used to arrange a class of doll-pupils in front of me so they could give their undivided attention to whatever I wrote on a blackboard. Then, at 16, I finally had the chance to do some "real" teaching. Our school had posted an ad looking for peer tutors. I immediately volunteered to teach English but was sad to learn that another student already had that role.

Telehealth & Telemedicine: The Changing Face of Healthcare with the Advent of COVID-19

Decades ago, the mere thought of receiving care, medical advice, or a diagnosis over a webcam and microphone was viewed as something from the Twilight Zone. Today, as the healthcare system tries to continue to serve patients, telehealth and telemedicine has become an integral component of doctor-patient interactions. The personal connections that we have through doctor-patient interactions can still be achieved through the advances in technology using telehealth and telemedicine.

Autism Awareness Month

Over the last few weeks, folks around the country have felt the disorienting effects of having their routine disrupted.

Suddenly people are working from home, going to school online, juggling childcare and household management with Zoom meetings and due dates. Instead of a morning commute, they are figuring out how to troubleshoot conference calls. Instead of dropping kids at school, they are scanning Khan Academy to help with 4th grade math.  

Ice Breakers in Online Instruction

Meaningful interactions are essential when utilizing a face-to-face teaching format, but are even more vital in an online teaching model.

As educators, we must understand our students' strengths and weaknesses, their background, and specific learning style. We have a responsibility to be empathetic and sympathetic to their plight for the duration of instruction and learning.

Professional Email Considerations

Email is its own unique genre of writing. It’s not a letter, not a memo, not a text message, but rather it has its own rhetorical considerations for audience, purpose, tone, and presentation. If you’re brand new to using email regularly, you may find it helpful to explore tutorials on the operation of these tools.

Welcome to the Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations

Northcentral University (NCU) was founded in 1996 as a remote institution of higher education with a unique, one-to-one model. Since the start, NCU has grown to encompass six Schools and over 550 remote employees, both full and part-time.

Mary Streit - Irish American Heritage Month

As most Irish-Americans, in my family, we celebrate St Patrick’s Day on March 17th.  When reflecting a bit more on what this day means to me, I pulled out a brief historical interview of my maternal grandmother, and read it over.  I thought it would be beneficial for me to do this for two reasons.

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