April 2017 Posts

10 Skills Employers Seek from Online Program Graduates

Posted: May 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

10 Skills Employers Seek from Online Program Graduates

Entering a competitive job market can seem like a daunting task for college graduates. What do employers need today, and how can an online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) prepare you? Aaron Estes, Associate Director of UNK Academic and Career Services, provides insight about transferable skills that many employers seek during the hiring process. Transferable skills can be applied to every job, regardless of your career path or degree. The more of these skills you...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Historian in the Making: A Success Story

Posted: April 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Historian in the Making: A Success Story

Laura Enomoto knows a life-changing graduate program when she sees one. It brings more than just a degree; it shapes who you are and how high you can reach. From her hometown in Southern California, Enomoto dreamed of teaching at the college level. After an undergraduate degree in liberal studies with a concentration in music, she shifted her focus to graduate work in history. One conversation with the history department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) was all she needed: the...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

Posted: April 17, 2017 10:20:00 AM CDT

Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

Matching teaching strategies with technology solutions is a broad way to describe the job of an instructional designer. They train people not only in how to use educational technologies, but why and when to use them to maximize the teaching and learning experience. Instructional designers often work in higher education, elementary or secondary education, government, or companies providing educational support services. I sat down with Steven McGahan, one of our own instructional designers at...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: Instructional Technology, eCampus

Faculty Impact - Dr. Sonja Bickford

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Dr. Sonja Bickford

Originally from Scandinavia, Dr. Sonja Bickford has had a plethora of experience abroad. Bickford has taken groups of students on trips, has been been instrumental in creating a partnership between UNK and a university in Finland, and has worked with the International programs on campus. She is currently a visiting faculty member in the department of Industrial Technology. Bickford elaborates here on her experiences abroad and her current projects. Tell us a little about yourself. Growing up...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

New inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

New inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK

The new inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK today are Kipp Petersen and Brett Kluever. This award is given to individuals each year who have made outstanding contributions to the preparation of new teachers and the field of education Brett Kluever, has been teaching in the Gibbons Public schools since 2009. He enthusiastically hosts our math field experience students and mentors our student teachers on a yearly basis. One student teacher commented, Mr. Kluever runs...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Student Spotlight - Amanda Slattery

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Amanda Slattery

Amanda Slattery is a sophomore at UNK who participated in UNK's first 3 Day Startup event earlier this year. She studies Interior Design and Construction Management, and plans to graduate in 2019. Here she shares about her experiences at UNK and how 3DS impacted her as an entrepreneur. Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently a sophomore studying Interior Design and Construction Management here at UNK. I grew up in rural southwest Nebraska just outside a small town, Indianola. I...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

When a Love of Books and Technology Collide

Posted: April 10, 2017 12:15:00 PM CDT

When a Love of Books and Technology Collide

From an early age, we picture local librarians as those who lend our most beloved titles. Many librarians not only have a love of books and reading, but they also serve as technical resources in schools and communities. During National Library Week, April 10-14, we celebrate the story of these educators who let their passion for books and technology collide. Librarians play a particularly significant educational role in the lives of children. In the digital age of social media, Wikipedia,...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

Canvas brown bag luncheon

Posted: April 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Canvas brown bag luncheon

In our Canvas brown bag luncheon on Tuesday April 4, our presenters talked about specific course design that they used.  Michael DeLorm spoke about how he used the Attendance in his Canvas class. Ben Malczyk demonstrate how he used the Syllabus as his Home Page.  Ben Brachle spoke about how he created a Page that linked to other Pages for his Home Page. Jeff Wells talked about using Modules for his Home Page.  Shahla Alavi established that one of the easiest ways to share...

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By: Shahla Alavi

Category: Instructional Technology, Information Technology Services

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Message from Dr. Kenya Taylor

Posted: April 4, 2017 9:50:00 AM CDT

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Message from Dr. Kenya Taylor

Dear UNK Graduate Students, Today, I’d like to take a moment and thank you for making my job so fulfilling. I’m often asked why I do what I do, and the answer for many of us on this campus is a simple one: for our students. Graduate students, both in online programs and on campus, have made my career so rewarding, and that’s why I’m honored to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7. As graduate students, you bring a great deal of value to the UNK...

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By: Dr. Kenya Taylor

Category: eCampus, General

Special Education & Paper Work

Posted: April 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Special Education & Paper Work

I should say right off the bat, I am not a special education teacher, however, like most educators I have worked closely with special education throughout my career and have a great deal of respect for those teachers. In my dealings with special education, it has been my observation that an unwarranted amount of paper work is required by federal regulation. I decided to do a bit of exploring to see if this was true. Here’s what I found out: While I speculated that paperwork was a...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education