You are the expert

As the BPS student services coordinator it is my job to connect with students, to help identify any roadblocks, as well as document factors that bolster academic success.  Student input is what helps us refine and direct BPS programming and supports.  It is essential to the success of BPS, and I enjoy checking in with students more than any other aspect of my job.

This past week I spoke with several BPSers about how classes were going.  Their insights proved to me just how important their voice is and how potentially powerful the blog forum would be to share these insights with all BPS students.

For example, I spoke with two students who, in my opinion, gave an excellent overview of e Books, including: their experience with them, the pros and cons, and their recommendations for use.  Their insights were just as meaningful as any I’ve read, and because they were unique to our program, they became more relevant to me than other more generic applications that I have read on-line.  I am still hoping one of them will write a blog…hint, hint.

When confronted with the task to write, most students say “I don’t blog” or “I don’t know how to blog”.  It couldn’t be easier.  Send an email to professionalstudies@uwec.edu with a couple of paragraphs you would like to share.  It doesn’t have to be written like a newspaper article.  Write like you speak, like I am doing now.  If you share something cool that you have read somewhere, write down where you found it, so we can look it up as well.

Then just cut and paste whatever you wrote into the body of an email, or attach it in a Word document.  Not interested in writing, but wanting to pose a topic for discussion on the blog, email me that as well.  We will do the research and begin the conversation.  Chime in at any time by clicking on “comment” which is located directly below the post.

That’s all there is to it.  You can do it.

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What is your story?

Everybody has a story.

Bernard Clarfield, better known as “Bernie” has an amazing story.  Bernie is 76 years old and he is a college student, and not just any type of college student, an on-line college student.

Bernie is like you, one of the many non-traditional students that exemplify the changing environment in education.  Today, the majority of college students are over the age of 24, and a growing number are utilizing the online format to balance family and work obligations.

Bernie’s story began at age 17, when he dropped out of high school to join the military.  But he never gave up his dream of getting a college degree.

What is your story?  Remember the path it took to get you to this moment, and let it be the motivation that gets you to the finish line.


Source: http://www.geteducated.com/online-education-facts-and-statistics/latest-online-learning-news-and-research/424-non-traditional-student-online-masters