By Angela Matthews
Core Learning Instructor, American Public University
Many of us endure jobs we dislike. If you have one of those jobs, you know exactly how much you dread going to work each day. You dream of quitting and wish you could do something else. It’s a horrible feeling of dissatisfaction that seeps into the rest of your life. A job is not the right fit for everyone. Picking the right career path makes the difference between feeling happy or miserable at the end of the day. We need to devote time and energy to thinking about the type of job that is the right fit for us.
By Jackie Hott
Faculty Member at American Public University
Many of us feel guilty about the way our desk looks. We may have piles of papers, books, magazines, coffee cups and Post-It notes cluttering our workspace. Whatever your desk looks like, it is important to remember that it does not represent your efficiency. Your organizational style impacts your efficiency.
Why would you want your online students to count the number of items of cereal in a small container, a cup, of Froot Loops™? I get asked that question when I suggest that you have your students go to the grocery store and purhase a 1.5 oz container or Froot Loops™. The cost is about $1.25, or if the student has childen you can usually get four for $5.00. This exercise is good for courses in logistics, supply chain management, retail management, hospitality, packaging, marketing, manufacturing and materials management.
By William Oliver Hedgepeth, Sr.
Program Director, Government Contracts and Acquisition at American Public University
I recently wrote nine thank you cards, by hand, with ink, on blank paper cards. I did this after wrapping up a session with members of an advisory council where industry professionals shared their advice for the next steps in improving my academic programs and courses. Next time you have an encounter with someone from work, pen a thank you note. Here's why.
By Dr. William M. Gillum
Associate Professor in the School of Education, American Public University
The evolution of technology in the classroom is a difficult subject on which to stay abreast for even the savviest technology users. New resources are constantly being developed, and the latest technology platforms are being replaced as quickly as they are released. As a result, education leaders should regularly review what is being used and how it is shaping our classrooms today.
By Amanda Wilson
Director, Student and Alumni Affairs at American Public University
Global Youth Service Day aims to unite millions of people around the world in youth-focused community service projects. It also prepares participants for a life-long commitment to service and civic engagement.
By Dr. William Whitley
Faculty Member, Accounting and Finance at American Public University
News stories point out all kinds of problems with the IRS and our tax law and how it is enforced. Corporate America is relocating headquarters to offshore addresses while individuals are either not reporting all of their income or not paying the taxes they owe. The tax system we have is very cumbersome, hard to manage, and it is avoided or evaded by many taxpayers.
By Dr. Robert Carter
Professor, Public Health Program at American Public University
The theme for National Public Health Week this year is “Healthiest Nation 2030”. This week is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the contributions of public health, discuss issues that are vital to improving communities and become the healthiest nation in one generation.