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Technology Moves on Stage in Elementary Dance Education

If research shows that technology has drawbacks of disconnecting students from socially interacting or interpersonal experiences (Kryeziu et al., 2021), why would an elementary dance teacher use it in their classroom? Elementary-aged dancers that practice choreographic skills at a young age using technology are covering unchartered territories that can lead to building bridges through the art of dance (Weber et al., 2021).

You Can Relate…but Is It Authentic?

By: Nicole R.H. Baker, PhD, LMFT

            Wake up. Scroll. Lunch break. Scroll. Home from work. Scroll. Before bed. Scroll.  Our phones provide us a plethora of information daily at our fingertips. From the news to social media platforms, we are constantly learning about other’s lives, sharing experiences and gaining knowledge. Or are we?

Engagement Tools That Go Beyond the Office

Engagement! What is it anyway and why is it so important in the workplace?  The idea of engagement in the workplace has a lot to do with what causes individuals to be motivated and excited about their conditions at work. Engagement increases performance, encourages a healthy work-life balance, and has the propensity to keep employees committed to an organization.  It also encourages inclusivity in that it gives everyone an opportunity to participate, reducing barriers and creating stronger connections.

My Lessons are Effective! Why Change the Technology?

Teachers with dispositions of empathy and inclusion can still struggle to merge technology into already-effective lessons. Advocates of blended learning embrace technology as the key to critical thinking (Pulham & Graham, 2018). While student growth is the primary objective to learning, technology is secondary. Online and blended education promote exploration and decision-making, enrich learning opportunities, and encourage collaboration among students (Pulham & Graham, 2018; Thomas, 2022).

How to Get & Stay Healthy in a Stressful World

We are coming off a two-year pandemic, where we were shut up in our houses, juggling work, kids, and their schoolwork, wearing masks forever and ever, and now there is the Ukraine-Russian war and high gas prices! Are you burnt-out or nearly burnt out? I know I’m struggling and I’m trained in how to help others be healthy. There is good stress and bad stress, but in the last three years there has been more bad stress than good. Thank goodness that historically, pandemics only come around every 100 years or so, so we hit the bottom of the barrel and now we’re climbing out.  But to survive, many of us developed bad eating habits during the pandemic.  As we climb past the pandemic, we still face the normal stresses of balancing school and family.

Strategies for Improving Dispositions with Technology

The use of technology in the classroom can be a blessing or a curse. Teachers’ dispositions can be affected by the experiences they encounter when integrating technology with a lesson.

A Tribute to Professor Cat Pausé

The NCU community lost one of its own last month with the passing of Dr. Cat Pausé. Dr. Cat, as she liked to be called, was a faculty member at NCU since 2007. She served on dissertation committees and taught courses including research methodology, gender and sexual fluidity, gerontology, and health psychology. Her academic and research interests included adult identity and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

While we are deeply saddened by her loss, we want to celebrate her life and the wonderful work she did during her lifetime.

NCU’s MSA is now a MACC

Northcentral University recently revamped its accounting program. Instead of a Master of Science in Accounting, you can now earn your Master of Accounting degree at NCU. To find out more about this change, we asked Associate Professor Angela Busila, PhD, CPA (IL), accounting expert at NCU.

You have goals -- NCU and ABWA can help you achieve them

Last fall, two outstanding women and American Business Women's Association members received a full-tuition scholarship to Northcentral University. One of them was Mary Lynn Konig, a commercial airline pilot. Mary Lynn shared with us why she wanted to go back to school and how she plans to change the world armed with her higher education.

Building Your Remote Work Confidence

By: Tamara Sanderson

A long time ago, in a land far away, lived a Persian poet and Sufi mystic—Rumi—and while he lived eight centuries ago, his words are just as powerful today.

 

As they say in journalism, don’t bury the ledge, and Rumi adheres, starting this poem, The Sight of the Soul, with an insight that goes straight to the heart:

 

“One of the marvels of the world

Is the sight of a soul sitting in prison

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