Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How to create more engaging audio/visual content for your online courses

Many instructors create audio/visual content for their online courses to provide their students with additional information on the subject matter they're teaching. This can range from videos to presentations to PDFs and more, all of which are generally created by the instructor quickly and easily. As you probably know, this process is known as rapid authoring and response.

The ongoing challenge to this, however, is developing content that is engaging. Most SMEs are not technology experts, and as a result, might not know the best ways to use certain hardware and software to create highly engaging content.

If you're looking for some pointers in this regard, tune in to the audio presentation below -- "Being Present Online: Increasing Student Engagement with Rapid Authoring and Audio Visual Content" from Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012.

You'll hear from presenters Claude Beaumier Abbott, M.Ed., Adjunct Faculty at Post University and Naugatuck Valley Community College; and Tom Abbott, Academic Program Manager for Business Administration at Post University. They shared some great rapid authoring and response tools, methods, and techniques to create highly engaging content. Listen in for new ideas you haven't tried yet. After you're done, let us know if you have more tips to add to Claude and Tom's presentation.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Post University in the media: From education to business to parenting

The Post University faculty has been in the news lately reacting to and advising on a variety of topics and trends in education, business, and parenting. And with graduation 2012 celebrations in full bloom, some of our students have also grabbed the media's attention for their educational accomplishments. We wanted to round up some of those spotlights for a look at how Post University is catching the media's attention:

HOMEBOUND: A survival guide for parents with boomerang kids
"Five Survival Tips For Parents With 'Boomerang' Kids." Forbes contributor Sheryl Nance-Nash covered how parents can handle the "boomerang effect" -- when their children return home after graduating college. Jane Bailey, Dean of Post University's School of Education, weighed in on how parents must immediately establish boundaries with their children, such as helping cover household costs. Click over for more tips from family, financial, and educational experts.

"Your college freshman’s first mistake." Elizabeth Weiss McGolerick wrote an article for SheKnows on how parents can help their children avoid making some of the most common mistakes surrounding college acceptance and financial aid -- because these mistakes will affect parents, too! She tapped Jay Murray, Director of Admissions at Post University, for some advice. Hop over to find out what all parents should know when their child is college-bound.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Learning from the past: The Post family history comes to life

Since joining Post University in 2004, I've had the good fortune to get to know Gary Post, grandson of Post University founder Harold C. Post and President of the Post College Foundation. Gary and his family are the reason Post University exists today, and listening to Gary speak about the University's 122-year history is as enjoyable as it is inspiring. As we plan for the future, a look back at the past is a welcome reminder of where we've been and where we hope to go. After all, our history is the foundation for our future.

In a recent audio interview recorded on our Waterbury campus, Gary discussed the University's growth from a one-building school in downtown Waterbury to our current-day, 58-acre campus in one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods. He shared personal stories of time spent on both campuses as a child, and later as a young adult. As I listened to the interview, I was surprised at how many parallels I discovered between the Post of the past and the Post of the present.

We have a rich history of embracing change, and finding new and better ways to meet the needs of students and the businesses that hire them. We are passionate about the power of higher education to change people's lives. We believe in growth -- both intellectual and economic growth because that is what makes our nation strong. And we believe in giving back to those who serve. For more than 60 years we have been offering unique educational opportunities to members of the military and their families.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CEO tells what it was like to earn his MBA degree online after 30 years in business

says it's a "privilege" to earn his MBA
Paul Caliendo is similar to many MBA students in that he began earning his degree after working and getting some business experience under his belt. But while most MBA students bring about three to 10 years of experience to their education, Paul brings 30.

And not just any 30 years of experience -- 30 years serving as president and CEO of six companies in the health care industry. His current position is President and CEO of a company he started called Preferred Medical Claim Solutions in Scottsdale, Ariz.

So you're probably wondering why an already accomplished entrepreneur, business owner, and executive decided to earn his MBA. Well, when he chose Post University's Online MBA Degree Program, so did we! We recently interviewed Paul, and we got his unvarnished perspective on
  • The value of an MBA
  • Why earning his MBA made sense even after decades of business success 
  • The #1 benefit of choosing an online MBA degree program
Hit play to listen to our podcast with Paul, or scroll down to read the transcript.

Thanks for joining us, Paul.

Paul Caliendo's Entrepreneurial Background

Janelle: Greetings, everyone. Janelle Kozyra here for a Post University podcast. Today I am joined by an MBA student from Post University. His name is Paul Caliendo. Paul, it's great to have you with us.

Paul: Thanks very much for the invite.

Janelle: So, Paul, for everyone out there, is the president and CEO of Preferred Medical Claims Solutions which is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has spent the past 30 years serving in that same role -- president and CEO of six companies in the healthcare industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business finance from San Diego University and, like we said, he's now working toward earning his MBA from Post.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Higher education innovation cannot happen in a vacuum

No institution knows everything there is to know about the best ways to improve online higher education. Nor does any institution have every last bit of technology, staffing, and other resources to develop and implement every improvement needed to better meet students' needs.

That's not a criticism of our institutions and systems. On the contrary, it's why organizations specialize in certain areas and develop deep expertise in particular approaches, models, and infrastructures. It enables us as an industry to then combine our knowledge, experience, and resources through strategic alliances and partnerships, and create a rich, powerful nucleus to fuel positive change.

This was the major concept that panelists talked about during one of our Online Learning Conference 2012 sessions, entitled Shaping Collaboration, Alliances and Partnerships in Online Higher Education. Our panelists engaged in a great dialogue about the ways we can use partnerships and alliances to improve and implement online and hybrid learning models that are driven by student needs.

Their ideas are worth looking over, and shed light on some of the challenges and opportunities of working together through partnerships and alliances. If you missed the session, here's the video of the complete discussion.

You'll hear from all of our panelists, which included:
Or, you can read on for the transcript of the session. Here's a breakdown of the major topics covered, which we denoted with subheads to make it easier for you to read:
  • Introductions
  • The Roles Alliances, Partnerships, and Governance Are Playing in Higher Education
  • Best Practices When Forming Strategic Alliances and Partnerships in Education
  • How Partnerships Impact Educational Institutions' Organizational Cultures
  • How Alliances, Partnerships, and Governance Can Enhance Academics
  • How Educational Partnerships Can Help Us Meet Technological Adoption Demands


Peter Chepya: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We're here for the closing session of the Performance Arts Center sessions. This session is entitled Shaping Collaborations, Alliances and Partnerships in Online Higher Education.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Post University men's golf team eyes national NCAA title

The Eagles stand proud after clinching a spot
in the national championship
Even though school's out for summer, exciting things are still happening within the athletic department at Post University! Following a fourth place finish at the Atlantic/East NCAA Super Regional last week, the men's golf team qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, marking the first time in school history that the Eagles will be competing for a national NCAA title.

The Eagles will travel to Louisville, Ky., to vie for the title, playing three rounds of golf against a field of 20 teams from May 15-19 at The Cardinal Club.

If their determination during the regular season is any indication of their upcoming performance in Kentucky, the Eagles' momentum will be hard to slow. The team already overcame several adversities this season, including playing in the rain for the first two days of the three-day Super Regional, making its advance to the championship quite a feat in itself. Eighth-year head coach Pete Stevens seemed to think so as well. We captured his reaction after the Super Regional on camera:

If any Eagles fans are planning to make the trip down to Kentucky, tickets are available on site, and we'd expect that you show your Post pride on the course!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Solved: Detective Jay Pugliese talks about how a criminal justice degree can help your career

Detective Jay Pugliese
Detective Jay Pugliese handles criminal investigations at the Naugatuck Police Department every day. He's honed some of his investigative, crime-solving skills on the job through hands-on experience and the department's in-service training. But he attributes his ability to make "tough decisions" to the education he received when he earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Post University.

That's due to several reasons, which Detective Pugliese told us about when we spoke with him for a podcast. One of the most important reasons he learned so much was because Post University's criminal justice degree program instructors are active duty and retired law enforcement professionals.

In fact, that's why the detective and I met. The Naugatuck and Waterbury Police Department often work closely together, and when Detective Pugliese came to Post as a student, we got to know each other even better.

Like a true law enforcement professional, Detective Pugliese told it like it is during our interview -- why he decided to attend Post University, how his bachelor's degree in criminal justice is helping his law enforcement career, and where he plans to go next now that he has his bachelor's degree under his belt. His honest perspectives are worth listening to.

By the way, if Detective Pugliese's name sounds familiar, he's the son of Waterbury's Director of Economic Development, Ronald J. Pugliese, who spoke at our Online Learning Conference 2012.

Thanks for joining us on our blog, Detective Pugliese.

We've also included the transcript of our interview below if you prefer reading. Enjoy.

Janelle: Greetings, everyone. Janelle Kozyra here for a Post University podcast. Today I am joined by Jay Pugliese, who is a recent graduate of Post. Jay, it's good to have you with us today.

Jay: Thank you. Good to be here.

Janelle: So, Jay, when did you graduate from Post?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Ex Post Facto

Here's a special cartoon to celebrate Post University's Commencement tomorrow. Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

Creative Commons License

Post University cartoon by Dave Blazek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

4 ways academic affairs can better meet campus and online students' needs

NOT ELEMENTARY: College and university academic affairs offices
are being challenged to better support campus and online students' needs
There's no doubt the needs of college and university students have changed with the introduction of online degree programs. Many online students are adult learners, for instance, who need higher education options with flexible scheduling. They demand an efficient and practical education, with classes that directly relate to real-world business situations. This in turn better serves employers, who seek employees with the right education, skill, experience, and talent mix to perform their jobs well.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Steve Hargadon presents 10 cultural changes shaping the future of education

As promised, we're starting to roll out videos and podcasts from Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012. First up is the keynote session by education futurist Steve Hargadon. He focused on presenting 10 cultural changes he believes are shaping the future of education. He also covered what this future of education, or this "new education narrative," looks like, along with seven ways educators can drive the new education narrative. His presentation is worth watching, and I encourage you to stay tuned for the full video.

This clip also includes the opening plenary session by Ronald J. Pugliese, Director of Economic Development for the City of Waterbury, and Frank Mulgrew, President of the Online Education Institute of Post University. So, as I alluded to in my last blog post, you'll be also able to hear Ron talk about why he believes the future of Waterbury is vibrant, and the role he sees Post University playing in helping bring positive change to the city's community in the coming years.

Hit play, sit back, and let us know what you think of what you see.

Or, if you'd prefer, give the transcript of the video a read. We've added subheads to the transcript to make it easier for you to scroll down to the parts that interest you the most. Here's what's included:
  • Post University's Dedication to the Future of Education
  • The Future of Waterbury and Post University's Role Within It
  • Welcome for Steve Hargadon
  • The Future of Education Introduction
  • Why the Traditional Education Narrative is Shifting
  • 10 Cultural Changes Shaping the Future of Education
  • The New Education Narrative
  • 7 Ways Educators Can Drive the New Education Narrative
  • Q&A

Post University's Dedication to the Future of Education
By Frank Mulgrew

Welcome, it's good to see all of you here. It's my pleasure to stand in front of you at a time in higher education when things are truly transforming. Anyone who's involved in higher ed knows the transformation is occurring. They can feel it, whether they're part of it directly, or they're feeling it around them, it's happening. This conference is very much dedicated to that.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Why 2012 is the magic year for an adult learner with disabilities

Jon Savoy was seven years old when he was involved in a car accident that has changed his life forever. The right side of his body shakes. His ability to speak and write clearly was diminished. But on May 5, at the age of 36, he will don his cap and gown, and walk with the Post University Class of 2012 to receive his bachelor's degree in human services.

Jon has obviously faced his fair share of obstacles in life. Yet, he is outgoing and outspoken. He has tenacity and perseverance. And he'll be the first to tell you his disabilities have made him a leader, because he's been forced to overcome his physical challenges and think outside of the box to accomplish his goals.

We'd like to you to meet him. Watch our video interview with Jon, where he tells the story of his accident, how he gave up on going to college, and what made him change his mind and commit to earning his college degree. We encourage you to stay tuned until the end. You'll see why.

We wanted to feature Jon's story on our blog not only because it's inspirational and uplifting, but also because Jon is an example of someone who sees higher education as a means of creating a personally rewarding future. He's now armed with knowledge and skills to get a job in his field of study and continue to make a positive impact on others.

Jon attended our Main Campus in Waterbury, and was able to tap into the array of services offered through our office of Disability Services to make completing his degree possible. And as you'll hear in the video, he also found at Post a welcoming community in which he could live, learn, and thrive.

Congratulations, Jon.

For all our readers, you can also read the transcript of our interview below.

Bob: Hi, everyone. I'm Bob Sembiante, Communications Associate at Post University. I am here on the beautiful Waterbury campus of Post on our porch of our Torrance Hall, our admissions building, and I'm here with Jon Savoy. Jon is an adult learner who will be receiving his bachelor's degree in human services. This May he'll be walking in graduation here on our campus. Jon, it's a pleasure to meet you.

Jon: A pleasure meeting you, Bob.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Online Learning Conference 2012 photos

We snapped some photos from Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012 that we wanted to show you on our blog. Feel free to flip through the slide show to see some of the happenings at our event. Keep your eyes on our blog for our next post about our Online Learning Conference, the video of Steve Hargadon's keynote presentation.