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Posted on: January 31, 2013

Everyone associates the Fall with 'Back to School' time for the kids.  Yellow school buses cart eager minds off to class, the air is crisp and clear, nights are cooler, and the leaves are starting to change.  For adult learners, the Fall can also be a great time to begin working towards a degree.  With the hustle and bustle of summer behind us, the time seems ripe to begin our own studies.  If you are just heading back to school, here are a few tips to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

As writers and scholars, we can all learn something from the great authors who have shaped American and world literature.  When asked for their tips “on writing well,” here is what they had to say:

  1. Anton Chekhov: “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
  2. Toni Morrison: “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.”
  3. George Orwell: “1. Never...
Posted on: January 31, 2013

Olympic Fever is in the air.  You hear folks talking in buses and at the water-cooler about the latest feats of athleticism, great match-ups to come, and agonizing defeats.  The Olympics are powerful and captivating.  At JIU, we’ve come down with Olympic Fever too.  We’ve hosted our own “office Olympics” with such events as the “Desk Chair Relay Race” and a hula hoop competition.  We’ve even cheered on one of our JIU professor’s daughters – Caroline Lind, daughter of Dr. Lind - as she rowed her Women...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

The term MOOC is an acronym that refers to Massive Open Online Courses.  Though the idea has been around for many years, this type of learning style has recently begun to gain popularity on a national level.  According to Inside Higher Education, 1.5 million people have registered for MOOCs offered by large universities including Stanford, MIT and Harvard Universities, though at this point these courses generally do not result in course credit or credentials (Inside Higher Education...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Faculty members at JIU are appropriately credentialed and qualified.  All faculty members hold a degree one level higher than they teach and more than 80% hold terminal degrees in their field.  They are involved in the academic community through writings, publications and/or presentations but, more importantly, they are committed to the success of our students and to the JIU mission.

So who are these faculty members?  There are over 95 of them on staff.    We asked our JIU Facebook fans if...

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