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Friday, July 15, 2016

Liberty University's Online Writing Center

It seems that the one inescapable reality of school, no matter what level of academia you are pursuing, is writing papers.

Thankfully, Liberty offers a great resource for any student who feels that he or she could use a bit of help in the writing department. The Liberty Online Writing Center (OWC) offers valuable resources to students which help identify and improve areas of weaknesses in students writing abilities. The OWC is not only for those who are struggling with writing, but for any student who desires to bring their writing abilities to the next level.

In utilizing the OWC, you will have access to a wide variety of trained peer tutors and staff who are equipped to help you organize and edit your papers. You can interact with tutors and staff in a variety of ways, such as Offline Assistance, Live Assistance, and Live Chat. Offline Assistance allows you to upload a Microsoft Word draft, one per assignment, to be looked over by a trained tutor who provides detailed feedback and resources to better enhance your paper. With Live Assistance you will not only be able to upload a draft, but also set up an appointment in order to discuss the draft via skype. Finally, Live Chat is a simple way to ask brief formatting or grammar questions to an OWC representative by clicking the Live Chat link on the OWC homepage during designated hours.

There are other resources offered to students though the OWC including Writing Aids, which offers you access to a wide array of handouts, worksheets, and presentations addressing common writing and grammar questions and concerns, Video Tutorials, and Web Resources which offers links to helpful sources that deal with formatting and grammar questions. Finally, there is also a Facebook page through which you can view weekly writing tips, encouragement, and writing-related posts to help you better understand the writing process. 

Writing academic papers can be intimidating, but with help of the Online Writing Center, you will be well equipped to tackle your papers head on and be confident in your finished work!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Take Advantage of our Career Resources!

Are you interested in learning about job opportunities in your area? Are you having trouble deciding on a career path? Do you need help updating your résumé?

Liberty University’s Career Center is here to help those pursing a degree, seeking a career change, or interviewing with potential employers.  For those nearing degree completion, the Career Center can remain an excellent resource for you as an Alum.

  1. Submit your résumé for review - Your resume serves as the first impression you make in your job search. You may submit your resume, cover letter, and Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) for free critiquing by our professional staff. We look for ways to improve spelling, grammar, formatting, and phraseology. Our staff will also compare your resume to the job description of the position you are applying for, and offer tips on how to best customize it for that specific position.
  2. Complete the Focus 2 Career Assessment – Focus 2 guides students through career and education decision making allowing students to make an informed decision about their major and career choices. Focus 2 also helps the student develop an action plan to obtain their occupation of choice.
  3. Wynbi Career Path – Wynbi is an assessment tool matching current skills with a specific occupation. Once the personal profile is completed, Wynbi will show the percentage of skill sets that match the job. It is also a great place for Liberty talent to network and share employment questions and opportunities with other Liberty talent through the social media aspect.
  4. LUNETWORK – LUNETWORK is Liberty’s exclusive employer relations database system, where you will find connections to employers who create company profiles to exclusively post positions to recruit Liberty talent – which is you! You will find opportunities for internships, full-time, new-graduate positions, and seasoned, professional positions posted on LUNETWORK. With over 8,700 employers and over 1,250 open positions posted daily, this is a great tool for Liberty talent to secure their next position.

For more information, or additional Career Assistance, please visit the Career Center Homepage.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

A Touching Surprise

by Rachel Camarota

One of the best things about Commencement is sharing that special milestone with family and friends — something that’s close to the heart of Liberty University alumna, Barbara Connor. At last year’s Commencement, Barbara surprised her family as she graduated alongside her granddaughter, Cheryl Dubrow.

Seeing her grandmother graduate was a complete surprise to Cheryl. "She didn't tell me," Cheryl said "because all of my family members — my mom, my brother, my father, and my cousin — are going to college right now, and she didn't want to take the limelight away from them. My grandmother has been a prominent person in my life and one of the main reasons I attended Liberty."

"Liberty has an amazing website," said Barbara. "It equips you with everything you need through the online library, discussion boards, and interactions with faculty and students."

Commencement 2015 was the perfect moment to celebrate Barbara’s and Cheryl’s accomplishments!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Life’s Accordion Effect: Why God Allows Times of Uncertainty

Tamela Crickenberger 

Executive Director of Liberty University Online Enrollment

In 2005, God gave me a passion for women’s ministry. I was blessed to serve in my church as the women’s ministry leader, and I strived to touch the lives of women in a powerful way through the love of Christ. I felt like God showed me His purpose for my life, and my service at the church was the most rewarding thing I had ever done. During this time, I was working at (what I thought) was my dream job. I was considered an “expert” in my field. I spoke at national conferences, including one in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in front of thousands of people. It was something I never thought I would do, given my humble upbringing. In 2006, I started to change.  

The profession that had given me so much joy lost its glamour. I became unhappy with the direction of my career, and by the end of 2006, I knew God was moving me away from my current position. There were many things that confirmed I was supposed to move on, and I thought it was to do full-time ministry. I felt called to build a community center for women to help them grow mentally, emotionally, physically, and, most importantly, spiritually. I had the business plan created. I knew where this community center would be located. I even had the blueprints drawn up. There was funding for this new endeavor. So, I stepped out in faith in February 2007 and resigned from my “dream” job.  Then…

Everything fell apart. Two weeks after leaving my job, the funding disappeared. The property was no longer available. I was left with no job and an evaporating savings account. I started doing consulting work and took on some teaching jobs at a local community college to make ends meet. God was faithful, and I always had what I needed, but I have to admit that I was extremely discouraged. I prayed for a year before I acted, feeling confirmation that I was doing God’s will. How could I be wrong when circumstances had aligned so perfectly? I became bitter and resentful toward God. I wanted to do something big for Him, but I felt like I was being punished.

Looking back, this was all part of the process. God was refining me.  

As David said in Psalm 66:10-12, “You have tested us, O God; You have purified us like silver. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. Then you put a leader over us. We went through fire and flood, but you brought us to a place of great abundance.” 

Growth is never easy. There is usually pain involved, but after the growth is complete, we are better equipped to handle what the Lord has for us. If things had not happened as they did, I would not be where I am today. I would have never started working for a community college and learned that I loved higher education. I would have never considered moving to a city where my family knew absolutely no one to work at Liberty University. Every situation  every step taken  led me to where I am today. I believe that God will fulfill the vision He gave me almost 10 years ago, but it will be in HIS time, not mine. In the meantime, I remain a willing vessel who will delight in where He has me today and not worry about when, where, or how. He has me and my future in His hands. How much more capable is He than I? Infinitely more.  

As you continue your educational journey, remember to be content in the here and now – waiting on the Lord for His promises. Liberty University is here to support you along the way.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Overcoming the Online Education Stigma

by Dr. Emily Heady

Vice Provost, College of General Studies

Two years ago, U.S. News & World Report published an article called “Americans Doubt the Rigor and Quality of Online Education.” While the article acknowledged that most Americans recognized the convenience and cost-effectiveness of studying online, it emphasized the fact that roughly 25 percent of Americans believe online learning is inferior to in-class learning.

Often, when people compare in-class to online learning, they fail to realize how different the goals of the two environments are. In a traditional college experience, an 18-year-old moves away from home, lives in aresidence hallparticipates in social organizations and extracurricular activities, and — hopefully — chooses a major that leads to a productive career. Socialization and intellectual growth work hand-in-hand, contributing to the maturation of the student into an adult. However, in an online experience, the socialization aspects — while present — are vastly reduced, as every component of the educational experience is organized toward one end: teaching the student the material he or she needs to know.

Many of the negative stereotypes about online learning come from the belief that reducing the social aspects of college reduces the quality of education. While a campus experience can be intellectually stimulating and life-changing, so can online learning. 

A few facts about online learning:

  • Online programs are subject to the same standards as residential programs. Regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) applies to all of an institution's programs, which makes it Liberty’s responsibility to maintain the comparative quality of both online and residential classes.
  • While residential programs tend to represent a specific demographic, online classes have students of all ages, races, and geographical locations. The ability to study with a variety of people prepares students for diversity in the workplace. 
  • Online programs use creative teaching strategies involving technology, such as adaptive learning (delivering content piece by piece based on the student’s performance), or courses that increase student engagement. Multiple studies have proven that these strategies improve learning. 
  • Online programs often reflect real-world schedules. For most working adults, learning is rarely accomplished in a classroom; it happens on the job, via email exchange, or through self-directed study.
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