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Business Education

Effective Writing Skills

Author : Christine Phillilmore
Bio : Following a successful career in Education, Christine Phillimore became a freelance trainer. Focused and well read, she has worked in Uganda, Israel, and South Africa, as well in England and Europe. She has delivered training courses in Communication Skills and Business Writing Skills. Her clients include GSK, PIMCO, Addaction, the NHS, various universities, and the armed forces in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.
ISBN : 9781631579134
Publish Date : 2017/10/4
Page Count : 10
Description :
Good writing skills lead to increased customer satisfaction, an improved, more professional image, and better understanding within your organization. This short guide offers tools and techniques to help you write more easily and acts as a reference for the rules of grammar. It includes the correct use of commas, colons, semicolons, apostrophes, and paragraphs. It also talks about how to pitch your writing at the right level for the audience, recommended sentence length and structure, and how to effectively and efficiently proofread your own writing.

The Demise of Knowledge

Author : Nason, Rick
Bio : PhD, CFA, Dalhousie University
ISBN : 9781631576454
Publish Date : 2016/12/13
Page Count : 8
Description :
In an increasingly connected world that has Google, Linked-In and Wikipedia, knowledge is becoming more of a commodity while creativity, vision, coping with complexity and risk taking is becoming more important and more valuable. Unfortunately our education system and our hiring systems are still stuck in the 1950’s when knowledge was more important. This Insight focuses on why there needs to be a change in both hiring practices and in training and development to ensure a company has a competitive workforce.


Author : Rick Nason; Gary Wilson; Alicia Wyatt
Bio : Rick Nason is an Associate Professor of business at Dalhousie University and is a partner at RSD Solutions. He teaches courses on finance, quantitative analysis, and complexity.

Gary Wilson is Chair of the Department of Biology at McMurry University. He teaches undergraduate microbiology and regularly supervises student research projects.

Alicia Wyatt is a former Dean and now serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at McMurry University. She introduces undergraduate students to computer science as well as a broad array of technology applications shaping society.
ISBN : 9781631578724
Publish Date : 2017/6/29
Page Count : 8
Description :
The tension between arts and humanities and the sciences is longstanding. Not only have the disciplines moved toward increasing specialization, but the emphasis on data and economic gain has also seemingly decreased the value put on attaining goals related to creating systems to promote civilization and the common good. The sheer quantity of human knowledge has exploded, and the rapidly increasing power of networks continues to evolve new methods for distributing resources and connecting people. A concomitant commitment to fostering broadly informed citizens and inclusive worldviews is fading. The authors propose that a new focus on the benefits for deliberate integration of the sciences and arts and humanities will provide a critical synergy that not only improves the production of knowledge and economic growth, but also does so in a way that encourages cross-disciplinary application, recognizing and minimizing unintended consequences when designing systems and using technology products, and enabling the best of what makes us human—courtesy, style, and relationship.

Assessing Online Programs

Author : Milan Frankl
Bio : Dr. Milan Frankl, MBA, PhD, is professor of business at University Canada West’s School of Business and adjunct professor of bioinformatics at the University of Victoria. He has managed large-scale systems development projects, conducted numerous IT, telecommunications, and business reengineering strategic plans, and played major roles in key business systems development initiatives. He has considerable experience in strategic management planning, project management, system development, system metrics and evaluation techniques, system feasibility studies, system quality assurance, and human resource planning. He is involved in promoting information technology at the university level (as an academic) as well as at the industry level (as a research associate) in the areas of systems development techniques and knowledge transfer. He published extensively on information technology management, science, and education technology topics.
ISBN : 9781631579240
Publish Date : 2017/6/13
Page Count : 12
Description :
In this article, we compare the educational value of a degree obtained through a traditional brick-and-mortar business school to online programs. We propose a definition of “educational value” applied to both types of higher education institutions. We argue that quality of program learning outcomes should be used as a more appropriate comparison criterion between these two modes of learning. We suggest a Program Assessment Method (PAM) for online programs based on competencies and learning outcomes.

Program Competencies Versus Learning Outcomes: A New Course Development Paradigm

Author : Frankl, Milan
Bio : University Canada West
ISBN : 9781631576539
Publish Date : 2016/12/26
Page Count : 10
Description :
Traditionally, university programs and courses are developed according to program and course learning outcomes. This paper proposes a Competency Structure for online undergraduate and graduate program development. Similar to Learning Outcomes, Program Competencies are developed through course content, exercises, case studies, research projects, and simulations.