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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As an online instructor I’ve encountered too many situations in which a student needed assistance, but was hesitant to ask for help. Online students can be reluctant to speak up if they are having …

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Pros and Cons of Accepting Student Loans

With an unstable economy and uncertain employment after graduation, taking on a lot of student loans is clearly a risk, but often a necessary one. For most undergraduate students loans are the only way …

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How to Survive a Social Media Mistake

We’ve all done it. We’ve clicked send, submit, update or other online publication button when we shouldn’t have, or didn’t mean to. What happens then? Social media gives us the opportunity …

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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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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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