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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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Agreement opens door for criminal justice students in Southwest Wisconsin

A new agreement between Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWP) allows course-to-course transfer for criminal justice students who complete Southwest Tech courses and want to continue their education at UW-Platteville. Read more...

Getting the Most Out of Online Discussions

Engaging in a discussion in an online classroom can create some anxiety, especially for students new to online learning. With many posts to do and never enough time, how do you ensure that your responses are worthy of full points? As an online learner myself, I remember spending tons of time trying to find the right balance of personal perspective and theory from the readings. Too much personal perspective and it looks like you didn't do the readings. Too much theory from the text and your response won't generate discussion. Here are a couple of quick tips to find that balance. Read more...

Celebrate Success!

Have you heard of the Royal Potty?! This awesome invention is a toddler’s potty chair that plays a tune when a liquid or solid (I don’t need to be more specific, right?) touches the sensors on the base of the bowl. You remember the horn sound that often accompanies the arrival of the king in cartoons, right? The sound immediately brings a smile to the toddler and parent’s face! By now you must be wondering if motherhood has clogged my senses. You may also be pondering ‘where’ I may be headed with this blog! Here’s my point: Read more...

Encouraging Participation in Online Classroom Discussions

Discussion assignments, whether whole class or group focused, are meant to be an interaction between all participants. The learning that takes place in a in a discussion forum is different than other types of learning. In a discussion, each student is exposed to the viewpoints of others and should be willing to share their viewpoint on the topic. In this light, discussions are interactive and support learning by participation. Read more...

Finding a way to pay tuition during this economic crisis

As a recruiter for UW-Platteville Distance Education, I am the first to hear students’ stories about their desire to further their education or get a much needed promotion. But lately, the stories have been a little different -- and not for the better. I don’t have enough toes or fingers to count how many times I have heard the words, “I just lost my job.” Read more...

A Day in the Life of a Student

In the short time I’ve been with the Distance Learning Center, I have had the opportunity to talk with several graduates of our programs. Three observations stand out: Read more...

Stress Busters and Homework Helpers for Online Students

The weather is getting warmer. The yard work is piling up, your taxes still aren’t done, home improvements are inevitable, and the family vacation plans need to be made. But you have to think about classes and your upcoming finals. A little stressed? Well there is a simple solution to calm your stress and help you study. Read more...

The Real Scoop on Being a Student in the Distance Learning Program

I have to be honest and tell you that I was skeptical about having success as an online student. I am the kind of person who loves to interact with people and the thought of communicating with fellow students and teachers strictly via computer was scary to me. Read more...

Myths Surrounding Online Education

If you've spent much time reading the news online, you've probably heard that an increasing number of universities plan to start up online programs to supplement revenue from their campus-based programs. Read more...

Having Trouble Writing?

Have you consulted Grammar Girl? The website http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/default.aspx has a plethora of tips for students and writers facing grammar, punctuation, and formatting issues. This secret passageway to knowledge and resources was passed along to me by a fellow writer and now I want to pass the secret on to you. Read more...

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