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Library-led affordable learning initiatives at institutions of higher education are gaining traction in Ohio and help the efforts of students and faculty alike. OhioLINK recently joined the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

Looking for and embracing new technologies, methodologies and innovative process is not something many small and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) have time to explore. However, the OSC-AweSim team embraces every obstacle as a challenge and has worked hard to help manufacturers embrace obstacles as challenges. And it turns out, people are noticing and trying to jump on board. 

 

eStudent Services

A hurdle we have experienced at eStudent Services (eSS) has been how we can engage students to make them aware of our programs in eight seconds. With just over a half million students enrolled in higher education in Ohio, keeping that student population engaged and informed has been an impossible task, but with some help can be achieved. 

 

Dana Rogers, business relationship manager for OARnet's higher education clients, has been forging lasting relationships with her clients for 20 years. While she has a vast knowledge of content management, web development and broadband services, she also holds many hidden talents. Check out Dana's Meet the Staff profile to learn a little bit about her background and what she does away from the OH-TECH building. 

In this guest post, Sultana Nahar, Ph.D., writes about how OSC resources helped her teach an atomic astrophysics workshop at Cairo University in Egypt recently. Nahar has been involved in the promotion of physics research and education in developing countries for many years and OSC has worked to help facilitate many of her workshops. 

 

Education has been my vocation and passion for most of my life. So as a baby boomer, I can tell you that many of us are not just resting as we get to retirement age. Some of us are still actively engaged in our jobs, some in volunteer work, while still others are busy mentoring the next generation. The point? Lifelong learning is real and doable. 

 

Something as simple as a postcard from one conference can be a networking investment toward your next conference. Here's how one eStudent Services team member was able to network like a champ at a recent conference by using a postcard from a previous one for some critical research into such things as who the keynote speakers were and who other attendees of the upcoming conference could be. 

When Doug Robertson,  director of engineering at Clippard Inc. — a community-oriented company near Cincinnati — and his team initially approached AweSim, they were simply looking for help to segue their company into the world of high performance computing (HPC) modeling and simulation. What Robertson and the Clippard team wanted was simply to predict the performance of a spring in one of their electromagnetic proportional valves. After all, when your business is manufacturing valves, predictable and controlled fluid flow is essential. 

 

Most of us have heard of the book “7 habits of Highly Effective People” and the lessons it teaches – that the most successful people are proactive, thoughtful, organized, optimistic, etc. A recent study concerning student success shows additional examples of what makes someone highly effective – or, more specifically, highly effective in the online classroom. A recent study concerning student success shows examples of what makes someone highly effective in the online classroom.

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