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Stepping into the Courage Zone – My APUS Learning Experience

Editor’s Note: From time to time in this space, we want to share stories from our alumni as they relay their experiences with APUS and how they have impacted their careers and personal lives. This week, we feature the story of Dr. Cheryl Seminara, who is a 2012 graduate of AMU and a member of the Washington D.C. area President’s Alumni Advisory Council. We encourage you to contact us at engage@apus.edu to share your own APUS journey with us as well.

We all know what makes us comfortable and many of us stray into the ‘unknown’ to push ourselves beyond our limits. The challenge for most of us is that we don’t have someone there to coach and help us be courageous. The faculty and staff at American Public University System (APUS) provided just the support I needed to step into my “courage zone” and be successful.

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How to Successfully Submit a Manuscript for Journal Publication: Every Article has a Home!

Planning and writing a manuscript to be accepted and published by a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal can be a daunting task. As editor of such a journal for APUS, I am happy to share that every article has a home. This is something a former Auburn University colleague shared with me early on in my academic career that has helped me get published over time and that both emerging scholars and those who are seeking to increase their publishing success should keep in mind. So, how do you find a home for a manuscript? I recommend the following phased process.

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Higher Education, Academic Quality and Job Readiness

Does higher education prepare students for the workforce? Should it? If so, how? These questions, resounding clearly across higher ed, government, and employers over the past few years, have existed for as long as I can remember. On a decision tree, they would branch off from the trunk of the question, how is the quality of higher education defined? 

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An Inside Look at How APUS is Bringing Momentum™ to Competency-based Education

As we have been training APUS faculty who will serve as mentors and subject matter experts in the new APUS Momentum competency-based education program, we have used the analogy of putting our students in the driver’s seat of their educational journey. And right there with them in the passenger seat is the faculty mentor, acting as navigator based on the student’s personalized learning map. Waiting in the ‘pit,’ by extension, is the “crew” of subject matter experts that will provide the student with all they need in order to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to master the discipline competencies.

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How I Bring Life to the Online Classroom

When I tell people that I am a professor of history in an online classroom they sometimes frown skeptically and ask, “How does that work?” Some who have never experienced distance learning perceive my work as a substandard replica of a traditional classroom. They ask, “How can you interact with your students?” Or they exclaim, “Your poor students can’t pay attention to lectures through a computer screen!”

My reaction is first to tell them that they must have never had a professor at a brick-and-mortar university drone on from behind a podium in front of a large classroom. My point? The venue does not guarantee the value of the education.

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Creating Personal Connections Central to Standing Out for Online Business Schools

What competitive advantages do face-to-face business schools have over online providers?
Face-to-face programs may be able to develop more personalized relationships with their students. However, online programs provide students with the convenience and flexibility that face-to-face programs are unable to. Face-to-face may also provide more of a sense of community, whereas online offers a sense of independence.

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