2019 Blog Posts

Caffeine for Dayzzz, or not

Posted: April 24, 2019 12:00:00 AM CDT

Caffeine for Dayzzz, or not

It’s almost finals week and we know what that means - late night cram sessions fueled by crazy amounts of caffeine! Let’s be real - we probably all consume caffeine in one way or another, whether that be coffee, soda, or energy drinks. Are you aware of how many cups of coffee you drink a day? Or if you don’t like coffee, how many energy drinks? No matter how you get your fix, are you aware of what it’s doing to your body? Don’t fear! You’re not alone....

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By: Health Education

Category: General, Health Education

Day in the Life of a Communications Professional

Posted: April 19, 2019 2:45:00 PM CDT

Day in the Life of a Communications Professional

Communication is the heart of any organization. The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended, is a skill and something that should be the focal point of any organization’s core values. It is a two-way process that requires both sending and receiving information but more importantly, developing a shared understanding of the information. It is an active process that Rosanna Vail, Communications Assistant with eCampus at the University of Nebraska at Kearney,...

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By: Dylan Munson

Category: eCampus, General

5 Common Study Mistakes in Online Courses

Posted: April 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT

5 Common Study Mistakes in Online Courses

How do you study smarter in online courses when balancing school, work and family—and when diligence and planning don’t seem like enough to excel? The University of Nebraska at Kearney sheds light on some of the common study mistakes in online courses. Here’s what you can do as an online student to avoid the pitfalls. Mistake #1: Holding back your questions If you need clarification about your upcoming exam or paper, it’s likely your fellow students have similar...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience

Posted: April 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM CDT

Enhancing the Graduate Student Experience

For almost 20 years, Dr. Mark Ellis has been involved in graduate studies in the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Department of History—from teaching over 300 graduate students and advising 54 master’s theses to serving as chair of graduate programs and his department. Now, as UNK’s new dean of graduate studies, he’s working to ensure that all graduate students receive a high-quality degree and the best experience along the way. In celebration of Graduate and...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

How to Spring Into a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted: April 4, 2019 12:00:00 AM CDT

How to Spring Into a Healthy Lifestyle

Your health is a very vital aspect of life – the body that you are in right now is the only one that you get, so treat it right! Two ways to make sure that your body will last you a lifetime is by engaging in physical activity and properly fueling your body with the correct nutrients. If you are currently unhappy with your body or just want to improve your health, here are some helpful tips to rejuvenate your life. Exercise Everyone has a different body type - pick and choose from a...

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By: Health Education

Category: General, Health Education

Resources for Online Students Affected by Flooding

Posted: March 28, 2019 8:50:00 AM CDT

Resources for Online Students Affected by Flooding

Throughout Nebraska and other areas, many students are still feeling the effects of recent severe weather, flooding and loss in their homes or communities. As an online student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you can access university resources that can help during challenging times—now or whenever you have a need.   University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance UNK, along with other University of Nebraska campuses, have joined together in flood recovery strategies to...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Celebrating Social Work Month

Posted: March 21, 2019 2:15:00 PM CDT

Celebrating Social Work Month

Every year during March, social workers are recognized in celebration of National Social Work Month. Often viewed as more than a profession, social work is a calling and a personal mission that compels people to create a more compassionate, moral and inclusive society. Those who enter the field have a heart for making a difference—along with a strong education to be as effective as possible in supporting individuals and communities. Meeting Needs Two years ago, the University of...

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By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: General, eCampus

Spring Break Safety Tips

Posted: March 13, 2019 12:00:00 AM CDT

Spring Break Safety Tips

Give me Palm Trees, 80 Degrees, and Spring Break Tips It’s almost that time of the semester where we can take a break from student life and sprawl out in the sun. I know you are all are as sick of the snow as I am, and we are all in need of a vacation from school. Here are some tips to keep you safe wherever you’re headed! Stay Hydrated! If you’re going somewhere sunny and warm (or even if you’re not), stay hydrated! Water is very important for our bodies. Make...

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By: Health Education

Category: Health Education, General

Pitching an Online MBA

Posted: March 11, 2019 12:20:00 PM CDT

Pitching an Online MBA

For many adult learners, flexibility has proven to be a top concern. At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Master of Business Administration—commonly known as the MBA—has changed its format to comply with the changing times. Classes are offered primarily online while still providing some one-on-one interaction through synchronous class meetings. This new format provides the best of both worlds: flexibility, with engaging in-class discussions that are accessible remotely...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Allergies: Facts That Will (Or Won’t) Take Your Breath Away

Posted: March 1, 2019 12:00:00 AM CST

Allergies: Facts That Will (Or Won’t) Take Your Breath Away

Odds are you or someone you know suffers from some form of allergy. A recent survey shows that over half of the U.S. population (54.6 percent) reported having reactions to at least one type of allergen (Healthline, 2012), but what causes this? An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system attacks something in the body that it sees as dangerous. The consequences of this may be minor, such as sneezing, a rash, or hives. More serious cases can include swelling of the throat or...

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By: Health Education

Category: Health Education, General

Adapting Teaching for the Next Generation of Students

Posted: February 28, 2019 9:45:00 AM CST

What is the preferred learning style for Generation Z students? How do we reach this new generation of students who may not learn as well with established strategies? As faculty, it is important to adapt to the changing demographics of the student population. As the average age of the student population gets younger, it’s on us to provide learning environments and materials that will give them the best opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge we wish to teach them.  A recent...

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By: Karen Premer and Steve McGahan

Category: eCampus, General

Create Your Own Degree

Posted: February 19, 2019 9:50:00 AM CST

Create Your Own Degree

What is a Bachelor of General Studies? It’s an online degree that you can customize.At the University of Nebraska at Kearney eCampus, one bachelor’s program in particular strikes up a lot of conversation: the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). This “create your own degree” is an interdisciplinary program that helps you complete a unique and useful degree in the most efficient timeframe. The BGS promotes well-rounded study in a range of disciplines, or...

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By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: General, eCampus

Relationship Reality: Healthy vs. Unhealthy

Posted: February 12, 2019 12:00:00 AM CST

Relationship Reality: Healthy vs. Unhealthy

Busy, busy, busy – this word describes the majority of college students, and it makes sense! We are active with studying, jobs, organizations, and relationships. With all this coming and going, do we ever stop and look at the relationships? With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s important to look at the relationships in our lives. You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t have a significant other, so this doesn’t apply to me!” WRONG. The relationships...

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By: Health Education

Category: General, Health Education

5 Things Successful Students Do Every Day

Posted: February 6, 2019 3:45:00 AM CST

5 Things Successful Students Do Every Day

Time is of the essence in nearly all areas of our lives. It’s no secret that successful people have certain routines they do every day. Among the various practices, five things stood out that could be implemented into students’ routines to increase productivity in and out of the online classroom: Wake Up Early After a restless night of sleep, it can seem impossible to wake up early. However, this uninterrupted time is time that is especially carved out for you. Using this time to...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

The Challenges of Being an Adult Learner

Posted: January 30, 2019 3:15:00 PM CST

The Challenges of Being an Adult Learner

College is a big commitment, often taking time, money and energy that can sometimes become obstacles in your decision to go back to school. As an adult learner, you may encounter challenges that are different from those of traditional students earning a degree right after high school, but when managed appropriately, overcoming these challenges can lead to a rewarding experience as well as a degree.  Online learning opens the door to those unable to attend courses on campus—either...

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By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: eCampus, General

Graduation: Ready or Not?

Posted: January 24, 2019 12:00:00 PM CST

Graduation: Ready or Not?

With spring semester in full swing and your eye on graduation, several things may come to mind—whether landing your dream job or applying to graduate school. One thing that cannot be overlooked is your application for graduation, which is due by February 1, along with other important details for finishing your degree.  The University of Nebraska at Kearney provides resources and guidance on how to apply for graduation or begin looking for a job. We’ve compiled a list of these...

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By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: eCampus, General

How We Are Improving the Online Learning Experience

Posted: January 15, 2019 3:40:00 PM CST

How We Are Improving the Online Learning Experience

Times are changing in online learning. With technology becoming more affordable, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is able to offer a higher, more personal way to deliver education to online students. Tim Bartling, Assistant Director of eCampus, is leading the way for UNK in the development of online learning. We asked Tim what he has done so far in this ever-evolving industry: What do you look for when implementing new technology for online learning? The first thing I look at, before...

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By: Dylan Munson

Category: eCampus, General

Resource Recap for Starting a New Semester

Posted: January 8, 2019 11:55:00 AM CST

Resource Recap for Starting a New Semester

Getting back into the mindset of studying after the holiday break—or heading back to school as a non-traditional student—can be a bit overwhelming. We looked back at the study tips and resources on our blog at the University of Nebraska at Kearney eCampus to help you ease into the new year and semester.  Getting StartedMany students are nervous about starting a new semester of courses. Staying calm is usually easier said than done, but there are some tips that can help....

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

How to Reach Your Resolution

Posted: January 2, 2019 3:10:00 PM CST

How to Reach Your Resolution

No matter how determined we are, our resolutions from January are typically forgotten by March. And in many cases, the decision to make the change was almost as challenging as trying to achieve it, especially with a major goal like going back to school. Although there are always reasons to push this resolution aside, there’s also a way to balance it with everything else in your life in 2019—an online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. So what does it take to...

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By: Stacey Schwarz

Category: General, eCampus