Dr. Joel Lowsky, EdD

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Joel Lowsky, Ed.D.

Dr. Joel Lowsky is a recent graduate of UNE Online’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) Program . We recently spoke with him about his career, his research, and plans for the future. Can you tell me a little bit about your background? I earned my bachelor’s degree in humanistic studies and English literature; two areas for which it’s tough to find a job!…

Rubrics Revisited – From Bloom’s to Beyond

The challenge of writing rubrics is in selecting the appropriate type (as explained in colleague Sarah’s 2016 post,  “For the Love of Rubrics” ), and then in determining the levels of proficiency and the standards or criteria that comprise each level. With rubrics, precision in language is very important: what are the exact intended learning outcomes? What discrete action or…

Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support at UNE Online

Student success hints from both sides of the screen

As an online education professional, I have researched, studied, and implemented best practices for online student success for thousands of students. Recently, I was interviewed for a blog post titled, “ Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that  online students face ,” where I outlined how time management, isolation, and hustle can make or break the online graduate school experience. However, these make or break issues…

Vandna Bhambri is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student from Boston, Massachusetts

Student Spotlight: Vandna Bhambri, MSIN

Vandna Bhambri is a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) student from Boston, Massachusetts. With a desire to help people within the healthcare field and a passion for technology, health informatics was a natural career choice. “I knew that there was a demand for Health Informatics and a limitless world of possibilities for what…

12 Challenges in Social Work

The 12 Grand Challenges of Social Work

Make the most impact in the areas of greatest need The profession of social work aims to help people and advance the values of self-determination, diversity, human dignity, and social justice. But given today’s changing priorities and social issues, how can you focus your social work career on the areas of greatest need—with opportunity for…

Carley Anderson MPH Student

Student Spotlight: Carley Anderson, MPH

I came to the field of public health nearly by happenstance. I had just finished my undergraduate degree in music which, while fulfilling, didn’t equip me with tangible ways to make a meaningful, practical difference in my community. After graduation, I began working as an administrator in a medical clinic at a military installation, and…

Confessions of a Student Support Specialist

Confessions of a student support specialist – the top 3 issues that online students face

I recently sat down with Elizabeth Benz, Director of Student Support, recently to discuss what she feels are the top three issues that online graduate school students face, and how she and her team of Student Support Specialists help students overcome those issues. Elizabeth has counseled hundreds of online students through their academic journeys over…

The Digital Native Debate

We learn about things by naming them so that they can be distinguished from one another. That usually involves some abstraction. After all, things are complicated. Things are, themselves, made up of many things. Even worse, differences between one thing and another are often difficult to isolate, quantify, or even describe. People debate. They say,…

Olga LaPlante and Barbara Fortier copresenting at EDULEARN

Two CGPS Staff Presented at International Education Conference EDULEARN

Barbara Fortier, Program Manager for the Science Prerequisites for Health Professions, and Olga LaPlante, Instructional Designer for the Masters of Science in Social Work program, collaborated to present at the international conference, EDULEARN17 in Barcelona, Spain, recently. While everyone here was celebrating America’s birthday on July 4th, Barbara and Olga were presenting their research paper…