Online PhDs an Emerging Segment of the Digital Society

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A few weeks ago I responded to a LinkedIn discussion question – “online PhD or not?” There were over 20 responses to this post weighing in both sides. I began to panic as I continued to read some of the posts that argued against online PhD, citing, “lack of acceptance by brick and mortar” institutions. My goal is to one day become a university professor. I fear my degree will be frowned upon because I did not go the traditional route.

Through my research I discovered that at least one-fifth of all higher education students now taking a least one online course. Of the estimated 3.9 million online students, 14 percent of those are taking graduate level courses. My belief is that online PhDs are an emerging segment of society, that will began to gain acceptance as the online education continues to grow.

Who could be better equipped to teach the next wave of online learners than PhDs who went the non-traditional, online route? More notably, is the scholar-practitioner model, that is the cornerstone of many online PhD programs. Online PhDs, learn about their about the scientific endeavor of knowledge while being simultaneously grounded in the day-to-day delivery of a product or service.

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Private Mircoblogging with Edmodo

I recently stumbled upon the most fantastic micro-blogging website for teachers and students Called Edmodo.

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Here is an excerpt of the post on the Edmodo blog:

What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a private microblogging platform developed for use in the classroom by teachers and students. Edmodo provides teachers and students the ability to share notes, links, and files to foster communication inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers also have the ability to post alerts, assignments, and events to share with their students.

Who runs Edmodo?
Currently Edmodo is owned, operated, & funded by Jeff O’Hara & Nic Borg.  Jeff is a network administrator/webmaster for Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton, Illinois. He also blogs at http://blog.zemote.com.  Nic is the webmaster/web developer for Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 in Maple Park, Illinois.

Here is a screenshot of the page that I created for the students in my Business Management course at heritage College.

Mission Statement: The Purpose of My Blog

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The author, Natasha M. Baker

The author, Natasha M. Baker

Should you have a mission statement for your blog?  After teaching my students how to write a personal mission statement and a mission statement for their business plans, I decided a mission statement for my blog was precisely what I needed.  “Why in the world….” you are probably wondering would I need a mission statement for my blog? As I explained to my students a mission statement is a brief description of what you want to focus on, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become in a particular area of your life over the next one to three years.  It is a way to focus your actions, behaviors and decisions towards the things that are most important to you.

Walden University

Walden University

With that be said, the mission statement for my blog is:

“To develop and cultivate the importance of knowledge sharing and dissemination of information.  I will achieve this through weekly/bi-weekly blog posts based on my weekly assignments and topical research related to my courses that I am taking a Walden University.”

I have provided a .pdf version of the syllabus for my current course, Research Seminar: Human Inquiry and Science.  enjoy!

Syllabus for Human Inquiry and Science: Research Seminar

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SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

The social science that I selected for this week’s assignment is Information Science.  My field of study at Walden University is Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Management Information Systems (MIS).  MIS falls under the wide umbrella of science known as Information Science (Borko,1968), as quoted by Bates (1999), states that, “Information science is that discipline that investigates the properties and behavior of information, the forces governing the flow of information, and the means of processing information for optimum accessibility and usability. It is concerned with that body of knowledge relating to the origination, collection, organization, storage, retrieval, interpretation, transmission, transformation, and utilization of information.  It has both a pure science component, which inquires into the subject without regard to its application, and an applied science component, which develops services and products (p.1).”

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