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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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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 …

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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 …

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5 Career Development Activities You Can Add to Any Course

Many online students enroll in their academic programs with career goals in mind. But this doesn’t mean they are actively working with a Career Counselor or the school’s Career Center to fine …

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Driving Innovation with Online Learning

If you’ve visited the Inside Online Learning blog before, it’s probably no secret that the Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium) provides many of my favorite resources …

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5 Top Note-Taking Apps for Online Students

Need to study for a big exam or have trouble keeping all of your notes together? Do you lose track of when assignments are due in different courses? Are you in charge of coordinating a team project? There …

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9 Cyber Security Steps Every Online Student Should Take

As an online student you may be accessing your courses from a variety of Internet connections, devices, and locations, potentially exposing your computer and personal information in the process. October …

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LinkedIn for Education: The Latest Career Tools

LinkedIn’s search capabilities have been impressive for a long time, but the new LinkedIn for Education suite of features ups the ante on what you can find and how you can connect within this professional …

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How Will You Participate in Connected Educator Month?

October is Connected Educator Month (CEM)! Organized by the U.S. Department of Education, this is CEM’s 3rd year and the calendar is full with online and on-ground sessions. Why is connecting with …

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