Prescribed Curriculum in the Era of Standardized Testing
In the era of standardized testing, there has historically been friction between the desire to teach in a manner conducive to both instructor and PK-12 pupil needs and the imperative to adhere to highly regulated curriculum. The APUS School of Education is an educational preparation provider that strives to address critical issues such as this one.
In the following podcast, Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody and Dr. Amy Burkman converse candidly about their efforts to honor the unique characteristics that each APUS pre-service educator candidate brings to the instructional setting while helping candidates learn to “unpack” and uphold the required prescribed curriculum in their district and/or region.
Looking at the Challenges and Opportunities of the Open Access Movement
How does the current system of publishing academic articles work, and what are the challenges of this? There is still a lot to be learned about the risks of moving forward with open access, but there seems to be a lot of opportunity as well. Is there a risk of losing the peer review process? Where does self-publishing fit into this movement? All these questions will be addressed within this podcast. Dr. Campbell and Dr. Mastors explain what this movement means to the online university, American Public University, and they explore the gains and losses of heading in this direction for future publications.
Educating Graduate Students on Professional Dispositions
Graduate students should walk away with a little more than a great education after they graduate. There needs to be more preparation in regards to thinking strategically and to be able to present ideas professionally so that they are better collaborators and are more socially adept in their careers. In this podcast Dr. Campbell and Dr. Woody discuss the challenges that are present in trying to measure ethics, and how as faculty members these dispositions and behaviors should be passed on to the student. These soft skills are something that every student, in particular graduate students, should take with them into the workforce.
APUS Supports Lifelong Learning and Community Revitalization
Members of the academic world, local business leaders, the military and elected officials met on June 19 at APUS for a public/private sector summit on education called ED Talks. Dr. Wallace E. Boston, APUS president and CEO, comments to WRNR AM Radio on APUS’ support for lifelong learning and economic vitality in the local community, including plans for future growth at its Charles Town, W.Va. headquarters.
Simulation Use in the Online Political Science Classroom
In the course POLS211 at American Public University there are a number of innovative approaches to educating the student on political science and its construction. For example, students get to simulate being a senator, and they get to craft a bill and usher it through Congress to be passed. This not only engages the student, but it puts them in the seat of a lawmaker. Instead of analyzing on a one dimensional level they are pushed toward a more tangible approach to tackling the subject matter.
To talk more on the unique ways in which simulation is effectively being used in the classroom today is APU faculty member, Jim Werbaneth. In this podcast he talks about the different elements of this particular class, and the role it has played in furthering the education of his students.
How to Engage All Faculty in Online Education While Building a Learning Community
How do online facilitators support faculty in the online environment? Through rigorous training, constant communication, a strong support system, and constant encouragement all faculty can benefit in the online learning community. Here to talk more about processes that are proven to be successful is Dr. Jill Fuson. She is the Faculty Director for the School of Business at American Public University. In this podcast she also details how to make both full time and part time faculty feel like they’re part of the greater learning community.