The Pioneer Post

The Pioneer Post is a resource by University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide online students with tips and information about distance education.


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The Life of a Returning, Adult Student

I have been enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program at UW-Platteville for quite some time. I started out the first four years taking print-based courses. I would normally enroll in two to three courses a year. My two sons were very young when I began, so I did not have a lot of free time to work on course work. After four years of taking print-based courses, my advisor at UW-Platteville suggested that I try taking an online course. Read more...

Tips from a UWP Distance Education Alumnus

As the summer is getting underway and I am enjoying once again planning fun activities, I am also reflecting on the last two summers and my lack of free time while finishing my Master of Engineering degree. While I was working on my degree, I learned some valuable lessons to ease the way. Read more...

Two Years in the Life of a Distance Learner

I see the distance learning quest similar to the heroic literary tales that culminate in a search for knowledge or enlightenment. While the quests have a common goal, the pathways are different for the various seekers. My particular knowledge quest started like many other quests -- at a young age and at a local university. Read more...

A Week in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 1

My weekend of March 16, 17, and 18 was full of events. I attended Neal Whitten's seminar on Friday and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Region 7 Leadership Summit on Saturday and Sunday. Read more...

A Year in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 3

Sometimes I think about what it would be like to be an on-campus student. If my daughter were ill, I would miss class. If my daughter were ill, I would not be able to study. If my daughter were ill, I would miss my exam. You get the picture. Read more...

A Week in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 3

It is surprising how fast time can go by. You find yourself eight weeks into the semester and begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. After each week, you feel satisfaction from the last paper or group project you completed; however, you have an end-of-term research paper deadline that is rapidly approaching along with the end of the semester. Read more...

A Week in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 2

After spending some time last night reading up on my research topic, I started thinking back to the beginning of my enrollment, when I did not know all the little nuances of using the library search capabilities. Read more...

A Week in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 1

I have been asked to write about a week in the life of an online student, so I would like to start with a little background. Read more...

A Year in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 2

Okay, the first six months or so bring about a lot of change. I've found that what's important is how you adapt to those changes. Following are some strategies that worked for me: Read more...

A Year in the Life of a Distance Learner - Part 1

Full disclosure: I'm a 44-year-old mother with one daughter who is graduating from preschool and one daughter who recently graduated from college. I'm married, employed full-time, have a dial-up Internet connection and a laptop that chooses to shut down at whim. Read more...

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