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About the Author: Melissa A. Venable, PhD

An Education Writer for's Inside Online Learning blog and host of the weekly #IOLchat, Melissa's professional background in higher education includes work at private, public, and for-profit institutions.

Melissa is an experienced instructional designer, curriculum developer, online instructor, academic advisor, and career counselor who has experience with undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction – Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida, where she also completed faculty certification in online teaching. Melissa currently teaches instructional design and project management online courses at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University.

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January 23, 2015

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Should You Learn to Code?

Last month’s Hour of Code campaign, held during Computer Science Education Week, asked everyone to “try an hour of code.” As almost every workplace integrates some kind of technology, learning about computer programming, even just a little, can be a…

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January 16, 2015

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5-Step Professional Development Plan for Online Faculty

Continued learning is as important for college faculty members as it is for any working professional. As we enter a new year, professional development resources in higher education continue to be limited in terms of the time and money available,…

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January 9, 2015

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8 Top Productivity Apps for Online Students

It’s a new year and a new semester, a good time to review your overall approach to managing work, school, and other commitments. If you are like most online students, you’ve taken on a lot of responsibility, which can be…

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December 19, 2014

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Are You Ready for the Social Classroom?

While it may have been optional to tweet a class discussion or join a Facebook study group in the past, online classes of the future could require this kind of participation of all students. The “rise of the ‘social’ classroom”…

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December 12, 2014

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Is Engineering the Only Profitable Major?

Today’s college students are taking on more debt than ever before to pay for the increasingly high cost of higher education. While the general consensus is that college degrees are still worth the investment, you’ve probably also read plenty of…

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December 5, 2014

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When an Online Course Isn’t Completely Online

Have you ever registered for an online class only to find out after the term starts that there are required, in-person meetings? It has happened to me and it’s frustrating to say the least. Sometimes this kind of information is…

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November 21, 2014

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6 Top Study Apps for Online Students

As we approach the holidays and end of the traditional academic semester, final exams, projects, and other course commitments are coming due. Whether you prefer to study on your own or as part of a group, there are mobile apps…

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November 14, 2014

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Is Your Computer Ready for Online Learning?

Do you need to upgrade your laptop? What about new software? Can you complete your course work from a tablet or smartphone? Staying up to date with the latest technology is a daunting, and potentially expensive, process. If you are…

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