Monday, November 21, 2016

Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education

Dr. Pamela Allen
Title: Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education

Trends in higher education indicate transformations from teachers to facilitators, mentors, or coaches. New classroom management requires diverse teaching methods for a changing population. Non-traditional students require non-traditional faculty. Higher education operates similar to a traditional corporation, but competes for students, faculty, and funding to sustain daily operations and improve academic ranking among peers (Pak, 2013). This growing phenomenon suggests the need for faculty to transform the existing educational culture, ensuring the ability to attract and retain students. Transitions from student learning to the student experience and increasing student satisfaction scores are influencing facilitation in the classroom. On-line facilitation methods are transforming to include teamwork, interactive tutorials, and media, and are extending beyond group discussion. Faculty should be required to provide more facilitation, coaching, and mentoring with the shifting roles resulting in transitions from traditional faculty to faculty-coach and faculty-mentor. The non-traditional adult student may require a more hands on guidance approach and may not be as self-directed as the adult learning theory proposes. This topic is important to individuals that support creation of new knowledge related to non-traditional adult learning models.

Reference: Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación. Nº. 5 Septiembre-Diciembre 2016
Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación ISSN: 2444-250X / ISSN-e: 2444-2887

Author Bio:
Dr. Pamela Allen, DM, CLC, ACF, is an Executive Life Coach who provides professional consultation related to leadership, teamwork, dissertation support, and organizational development. As a research associate in the Center for Leadership and Education Research she continues active research from national and global perspectives regarding non-traditional adult students and faculty, non-traditional face-to-face learning, blended learning, online learning, advances in educational technology, and diversity and inclusion. Following these research themes, from March to June 2016, Dr. Allen was recently involved in professional presentations at the Western Academy of Management, Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, and the International Guide Conference in Madrid, Spain. The following article, “Student Learning or the Student Experience: The Shift from Traditional to Non-Traditional Faculty in Higher Education” was published in an international journal Revista Tecnología, Ciencia y Educación in September 2016. Dr. Allen received multiple honorarium awards, a research scholarship award from the School for Advanced Studies, and a Publication Research Award in November 2016. She also received Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Phoenix in 2016.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Best Practices for Including Emotional Intelligence in Real Estate Professionals

Dr. Andree Swanson
 Title: Best practices for including emotional intelligence in real estate professionals

 Abstract: Having competency in emotional intelligence has proven to be an effective skill leading to an individual’s overall success in the workplace. When working with real estate clients, awareness and proper application of emotional intelligence could benefit the realtor by meeting the needs of their clients. An online survey instrument was distributed through social media (Linkedin and Facebook). The survey addressed 17 questions ranging from the acknowledgement of the rules of engagement to denoting an agent’s gender. Eighteen real estate professionals participated in the study. Survey results supported the conclusion that an awareness of emotional intelligence among licensed real estate professionals exists, and realtors could be trained on the topic of emotional intelligence. By noting the benefits of being aware of emotional intelligence and providing the appropriate application training, increased financial returns for the agent and greater customer satisfaction may be achieved.

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Reference: Swanson, A., Hamilton, D., & Zobisch, P. (2015). Best practices for including emotional intelligence in real estate professionals. Global Journal of Business Research (GJBR), 9(4), pp. 91-97. ISSN: 2157-0191.

Author Bio: Andree Swanson is an associate professor and chair of the Bachelors of Art in Business Leadership program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University. Her research interests are emotional intelligence, generational leadership, and distance education engagement. Contact her at

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Bridging, Bonding and Linking Global Entrepreneurs: The Case of Sri Lanka

Title:Bridging, bonding, and linking global entrepreneurs: The Case of Sri Lanka 

Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to understand the dynamics and the nature of successful international business relationships between Sri Lankan small business (SB) entrepreneurs and Sri Lankan emigrants in other countries. Using social capital and social network theory framework, this phenomenological study found the nature and underlying values of business relationships that glue Sri Lankan SB entrepreneurs and their 
emigrant counterparts. ‘Family-like relationships’ and embedded values lead to developing trusting partnerships that became the sources of augmenting knowledge, resources and internationalization of Sri Lankan SBs. The findings will be useful for international human resource development (IHRD) practitioners to develop training interventions to promote SB internationalization. The implications for IHRD practice and research are discussed. It is important for IHRD scholars to conduct in-depth qualitative research to gain a deeper understanding of hidden values and practices of various SB communities whereas practitioners can initiate actions to develop global SBs. 
 Link to Research:   
 Reference:Hewapathirana, G. I. (2014). Bridging, bonding and linking global entrepreneurs: the case of Sri Lanka,Human Resource Development International, 17(2), 164-182. 
Author Bio: Dr. Gertrude I. Hewapathirana is an Associate Professor at the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ at Ashford University. Her expertise is in the fields of international business, entrepreneurship, strategy, and human resources. She obtained her PhD, MSc, and MA degrees from the University of Minnesota and her MBA is from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Gertrude is a Fulbright scholar and a Hubert Humphrey International Fellow.  She has fifteen years of industry experience holding senior leadership positions. Dr. Hewapathirana has published a book, three book chapters, two book reviews, and over three dozen peer reviewed research articles in top journals and conference proceedings. Contact her at
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