About the Author: Melissa A. Venable, PhD

An Education Writer for OnlineColleges.net'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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24 Top Tools for Online Teaching

What are your top tools for learning? The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies collects responses to this question from learning professionals every year. The result is a list of “Top …

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Higher-Ed-Tech Research Center

A combination of practice and research is needed to ensure the ongoing improvement of the learning environment in higher education. Fortunately, there are multiple organizations conducting the research …

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5 Classes You’ll Encounter as an Online Student

Not all courses are created equal. Do you know what to expect when you register for your next online class? Online courses tend to be fairly standardized within an academic program. The course navigation …

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8 Questions to Ask Any Online College You Consider

Going to college means making a lot of decisions. Once you’ve decided to pursue higher education, you are faced with choosing a school and program, as well as financial options. It’s critical …

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Adjunct Professor

How to Thrive in the Adjunct Professor Job Market

Part-time, or adjunct, teaching positions are more prevalent than ever in higher education. According to the Modern Language Association, “adjunct, contingent faculty members now make up over 1 …

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learning analytics

How Learning Analytics Will Forever Change Education

It seems like everything about our lives can be quantified and made into a chart these days. Data collection is easier than ever as software systems and mobile apps record our activities and track our …

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Learning Online

Who’s Learning Online in 2014?

Online education options provide higher education access to a broader audience than ever before. Students bring a range of ideas, prior experiences, reasons for enrolling, and expectations for what it …

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Social Media Day

Social Media Day: A Guide for Online Students

Mashable’s 5th annual Social Media Day takes place on Monday, June 30, 2014. The goal? It’s designed as “a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes.” …

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