Friday, June 24, 2016

¡Aprender de una manera diferente! ¿Acaso es mucho pedir?


Estoy de acuerdo, sentado en un salón escuchando a un “experto” no es lo que tenía en mente cuando pensaba en educación progresista. Digo, hablo en serio, vivimos en un mundo donde toda la información está disponible. ¿Realmente necesito alguien que me diga qué aprender y cómo hacerlo?
Prometo que hay una manera más sencilla de estudiar y ser exitoso. ¡El Internet y la conectividad que el mundo global comparte permite estudiar ahora más que nunca!
Todos necesitamos una guía, pero no alguien que nos diga exactamente qué estudiar y qué aprender. Ser un “colegio único” o una “universidad no tradicional” es ser un colegio o universidad que no piensa de manera cuadrada y “guía” a sus alumnos. Aquí hay algunas ideas:

Desarrolle su Plan de Estudio
Ha estado trabajando para la misma compañía por al menos 3 años. ¿No sería maravilloso poder elaborar su plan de estudio basado en SUS intereses y experiencia? Puede diseñar su propio plan de estudios totalmente usando su experiencia laboral y aplicarla al salón de clases. Ya sabe en qué área tiene que enfocarse. Necesita un colegio o universidad dirigida a adultos que trabajan, no una universidad creada para los recién graduados de preparatoria. Usted es alguien que ya cuenta con experiencia en el campo y sabe qué clase de información necesita para ser exitoso, pero solamente requiere de un poco de guía y motivación para estudiar, eso es todo. Al hacerlo, tiene su propio plan de estudios basado en sus intereses. En universidades tradicionales, realmente no tienen una idea de lo que hace día a día. ¿Cómo sabrán entonces si enfocarse en X o Y? Ni siquiera conocen lo que hago o en qué áreas debo mejorarme…

Aprenda Sobre su Historia

Este es un paso principal para realmente aprender qué es lo que tiene que estudiar. ¡Una universidad  a la que realmente le importa las cosas que ha hecho en su pasado! Si, ¡esto es algo para reflexionar! Una universidad no tradicional le proporcionará un método paso por paso para descubrir las cosas que ha hecho en su vida. Todo eso es lo que llamamos EXPERIENCIA y si ha estado trabajando, es seguro que cuenta con ella. No necesita ser el director ejecutivo de una compañía para saber qué funciona y qué no, ya conoce que procesos están obsoletos y tienen que ser modernizados. Vamos, es un ser humano y sabe lo que piensa, ¡no es un robot!
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Piense por Usted Mismo

¿No sería estupendo si aprendiéramos cómo pensar por nosotros mismos y nos diéramos cuenta qué necesitamos para ser exitosos?  Todo lo que necesitamos es una guía y a donde recurrir. No necesitamos alguien que nos diga qué hacer, pero alguien que nos guíe cómo hacerlo. En el mundo de hoy los que saben todo no alcanzan nada. Los que saben cómo obtener algo y cómo obtener información, llegan lejos. Por lo tanto, ¿a quién le importa lo que conozca si no sabe cómo entender lo que desconoce?  Espero me haya entendido, si no, puede buscarlo. J

Redes

En el mundo de hoy es muy importante a quién conoce. Establecer conexiones en la vida le da la oportunidad de conectarse con gente y tener relaciones en los ámbitos social, laboral o académico. No puede tener suficientes amigos, aún si tiene unos cuantos mejores amigos. Tener un grupo de gente que lo apoye y sepan que es un recurso invaluable. Una asociación de egresados es un buen ejemplo, pero ¿qué tal una asociación de alumnos que está relacionada a mi área? ¿Existe una manera para hacerlo? Eso espero, ya que en este mundo tan inter-conectado, conocer a gente de diferentes partes del mundo es una ventaja única.

Transfiriendo Créditos

Empezó sus estudios en una Universidad tradicional, pero tuvo que posponerlos. ¿Qué pasa con esos créditos? ¡OMG! No sé por dónde empezar. “Basados en los requisitos de la Universidad X, el “consejo” no puede aceptar créditos porque la universidad Y no considera que aprendió lo suficiente, por lo tanto, no podemos transferir créditos.” ¿Suena familiar? Primero que nada, el Sr. del Consejo o quien haga las decisiones, ¿quién es él para decirme qué aprendí y qué no? ¿QUIÉN ES ÉL para saber qué hice en esas clases? Sólo porque piensa que el nombre y el plan de una clase no es “compatible” con los “estándares” de su universidad, no significa que puede echar a la basura mi educación, así nada más. Una buena universidad es una universidad que toma en cuenta su educación y experiencia pasadas. Claro, tiene que haber políticas establecidas, pero ¡no me subestime! La educación es acerca del aprendizaje y no las políticas. ¡Eso debe estar muy claro!

¿Cuál es la verdadera historia?

Bueno, quiero que la educación prevalezca. Esto es muy importante, pero educación aplicada a la actualidad. ¡No basada en los métodos y modelos del siglo pasado! Basada en este siglo, un siglo donde la tecnología nos permite estudiar, donde el pensamiento crítico es una verdadera habilidad. Como una sociedad, hemos luchado para salir de la línea de ensamble de la Revolución Industrial. Vamos a progresar. Cada industria ha hecho lo mismo, ¿entonces por qué razón la educación no evoluciona?

¿Existe un lugar potencial donde pueda llamar a mi hogar – mi área de estudio? ¿Puede la educación evolucionar?

¡Sí! En verdad existe. Una universidad global que le importe sus alumnos. Le proporcionan las herramientas para que las ponga en práctica. Lo guían paso a paso y le permiten aprender acerca de usted mismo y desarrollar su propio plan de estudios. ¿Recuerde que le prometí que hay una manera? Que sea no tradicional no significa que sea una mala universidad, simplemente que aprende y espera aprender de manera distinta.
Bueno, existe una universidad que me permite pensar libremente, después de todo, ¿no es eso todo lo que quiero?

Haga clic debajo para ser parte de un movimiento educacional no tradicional que está listo para romper paradigmas alrededor del mundo. Un lugar que puede llamar hogar y un lugar al que le importa su educación, a su ritmo, a sus términos, Atlantic International University

Learning in a Different Way! Is That Too Much To Ask?

I agree, sitting in a classroom listening to some “expert” is not what I envisioned when I think of progressive education. I mean, come on, we live in a world where all the information is out there. Do I really need someone to tell me what to learn and how to learn?
I promise there is an easier way to study and be successful. The Internet and the connectivity that the global world shares make it easier to study now more than ever!
We all need some guidance, but not someone who tells us exactly what to study and what to learn. To be a “unique college” or a “non-traditional university” is to be a college or university that thinks outside the box and “guides” their students. Here are some ideas:

Develop Your Own Curriculum

You have been working for at least 3 years at the same company. Wouldn’t it be great to develop your own curriculum based on YOUR interests and experience? You can totally design your own curriculum by using your work experience and applying it to the classroom. You know what area of study you need to focus on. You need a college or university for working adults, not the typical universities created for seniors out of high school. You are someone who has experience in the field and knows what kind of information is needed to become successful, but you just need a little guidance and motivation to study, that’s it. By doing this you have your own curriculum based on your interests. In traditional universities, they really have no idea what you do on the day to day. How do they know if I need to focus on X or Y? They don’t even know what I do or where I need to improve…

Learn About Your History

This is a key step in order to really understand what you need to study. A university that really cares about the things that you have done in your past! Yeah, that’s an idea! A university that is non-traditional will actually give you the step by step approach to discover the things that you have done in your life. All of that is called EXPERIENCE and if you have been working, you definitely have it. You do not need to be the CEO of a company to know what is working and not working, you already know which processes are outdated and need to be modernized. Come on, you are a human being and you know how to think, you are not a robot!
Why does this matter? Well, it brings me to the next point à

Think for Yourself

Wouldn’t it be great if we learn how to think for ourselves and find out how to carry out the necessary pieces to be successful? All we need is guidance and where to go. We do not need someone telling us what to do, but someone guiding us how to do it. In today’s world the ones who know everything don’t really reach anything. The ones who know how to grasp something and how to carry out a research, they will get far. Therefore, who cares what you know if you do not know how to understand what you do not know? Hope you followed me on that one, if not, then you too can research it! LOL!

Network

In today’s world it is also very important who you know. Making connections in life gives you the opportunity to connect to people and have relationships in the social, business or academic field. You can never have too many friends, even if you have a few best friends. Having a community of people who are behind you and know you can be an invaluable resource. An alumni association is a good example, but what about a student association that is related to my field? Is there a way to do that? I hope so, since this world is so inter-connected, knowing people in different parts of the world is an invaluable asset.

Transferring Credits

You started to study in a traditional university, but you had to postpone your studies. What about those credits? OMG! Don’t let me get started on that. “Based on the requirements of X university, the ‘governing board’ does not deem to accept credits because Y university does not think that you learned enough, therefore, you cannot transfer the credits”. Does that sound familiar? First of all, MR. BOARD or whoever makes these decisions, who are you to tell me that I did not learn or that I learned? WHO ARE YOU to know what I did in those classes? Just because you think that the name and syllabus of that class is not “compatible” to your university “standards”, that does NOT mean that you can throw away my education, just like that. A good university is a university that takes into account your past education and past experiences. Sure, you need to have some policies in place, but give me a break! Education is about learning not about policies. That should be very clear!

What’s the REAL story?

Well, I want education to prevail. It is very important, but education based on today. Not based on previous century’s ways and models! Based on this century, a century where technology allows us to study, where thinking critically is a great skill. As a society, we are passed the assembly line of the Industrial Revolution. Let’s move on.  Every industry has already done that, why on earth does education not evolve?

Is there a potential place that I can call home – my study place? Can my education evolve?

Yes! It actually exists. A global university that cares about their students. They give you the tools for you to carry out. They guide you step by step and allow you to learn about yourself and develop your own curriculum. Remember how I promised you that there is a way? Non-traditional does not mean that it is a bad university, just that you learn and expect to learn in a different way.
Well, there is a university that allows me to think freely, after all, isn’t what we all want?

Click below to be part of the non-traditional education movement that is ready to break paradigms around the world. A place where you can call home and a place that cares about your education, at your pace, on your terms, Atlantic International University

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Disorderly Migration to the Cities

One of our graduates Manuel A. Dominguez Ortiz wrote his thesis on "Disorderly Migration to the Cities” which has been recognized and published through www.monografias.com
He considers one of the most serious problems facing humanity is the disorderly migration into the cities.
Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic for example, are one of many big cities that are affected by this scenario, as it has grown from a small town to a metropolis populated by millions of people.

His approach is to analyze the town, gather information and observe the behavior of those affected.

You can read more about his work through the link below.
http://www.monografias.com/trabajos86/migracion-desordenada-ciudades/migracion-desordenada-ciudades.shtml

Manuel has just completed at Atlantic International University a Bachelor of Science program in Architecture.
 
We are very proud of you Manuel and we wish you more success in your professional projects.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Environmental Science

An environmental scientist studies the environment and develops solutions to environmental problems.   They analyze the air, the water, and soil and make sure that the environment is safe.  Environmental science is a field that integrates many physical and biological sciences such as ecology, physics, chemistry, biology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geography.  To find work in the field an environmental scientist will need at a minimum a bachelor’s degree and in most cases a graduate degree is required.  Other helpful skills include computers, writing and speaking skills, and people’s skills. Here is some helpful information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Salary: $65,280 Average yearly wages (US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008)

Job availability: 85,900 jobs held in the field in 2008. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008)

Job growth:  The number of jobs for environmental scientists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2008)

Atlantic international University offers both Bachelor and Master degree on Environmental Science.  After evaluating both academic record and life experience, AIU staff working in conjunction with Faculty and Academic Advisors will assist students in setting up a custom-made program, designed on an individual basis.

Sample Courses include:
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Systems Modeling and Simulation for Natural Resource Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Watershed Management
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Law
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology

For more information on Environmental Science at Atlanticinternational University follow the following links:
Bachelor of Environmental Science (BS) program
Master of Environmental Science (MS) program

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Theories of Grief

Student Digby Clarke who graduated from a Doctor of Philosophy in Thanatology program in August of 2009, has had his work published in a Magazine by the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
His article, titled: “When Grief Is Sitting Before You”, will be explored with specific examples of past and current theories of grief. His main focal points include:
• Listening
• Curiosity
• Grief Theories: Old and New
• Understanding the foundation of grief from an Adlerian perspective
“A person’s grief is an eye print to that person’s view of the world and that person’s personality”.

We are very proud of his achievements, and we hope that he continues with this success, that is a byproduct of the effort and dedication that he has always shown.

Congratulations in behalf of your University, Atlantic International University.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Testimonial from a Student

We will like to share with you the testimonial from one of our students AUCKHINLECK KWAME ADOW.  

EXPERIENCE LETTER

It is my great pleasure to write to inform you of my academic experience with Atlantic International University.  The following notes catalogues and capture my experience on the path taken so far:
  1. After enrollment, I found it very necessary to read and master the contents of the Student’s Handbook so as to know how to effortlessly navigate my way through the program.
  2. I also mastered the use of the AIU website for downloading and uploading course assignments, as well as communicating with AIU.
  3. The nature of AIU’s coursework required me as a student to be very disciplined, determined, and maximizing my time utilization. Especially intensively using my weekends, national holidays and annual vacations, so as to be able to work on course assignments and upload them according to the calendar I have designed and approved by my Tutor.
  4. I needed to be meticulous and follow the rules governing the development and content of assignments to enable me earn maximum credit for each assignment submitted.
  5. The AIU experience calls for know-how to do things for myself so as to achieve excellent results and nothing less.
  6. The content of the course assignments introduced me to rare current global issues and trends which ordinary I might not have got to know.
  7. The AIU approach called for extensive reading and using the Internet facility to obtain as much information as possible to inform my course assignments.
  8. The AIU learning process is very flexible and administered through course assignments given and the curriculum design approach.
  9. The AIU learning process draws out the utmost potential, experience and expertise of a student. When I understood and embraced it, it generated unlimited passion that fueled my ambition to give of my best – evidenced as end product in each assignment submitted to my course tutor for assessment.
  10. The AIU structure of learning is for people who are focused, serious and want to achieve results.
  11. However, all said and done, the financial scholarships offered notwithstanding, the cost of AIU education for us in this part of the world is very expensive.  It is with much pain to state here that many brilliant, experienced and determined colleagues of mine whom I recommended AIU to have eventually shied-away just because of the cost.
Thank you for affording me this great and rare opportunity for self-improvement in my life.  It has been a hard journey of dedicated discipline to strenuous academic research work based on many practical field and life experiences.  It has been a very worthy journey traveled with much interest, intensive passion,  personal motivation, and also those rare motivational messages from my Course Tutor, which fires me up to keep pressing on.

I am and remain very grateful.

Sincerely,

           
AUCKHINLECK KWAME ADOW

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Environmental Health Hand Book: A practical guide to Public Health professionals and scholars

Atlantic International University wants to congratulate one of our graduates, Tumwebaze Mathias for his recent success.


Tumwebaze wrote a book about “Environmental Health Hand Book: A practical guide to Public Health professionals and scholars which can be purchased through http://www.amazon.com/
This book empowers the new generation of Public Health professionals and scholars especially in developing countries by examining the underlying issues to the local and global environmental challenges and suggesting ways of making a difference in humanity life and environment.

Tumwebaze has completed a Doctorate program in Public Health at AIU. We are very proud of his achievements, and we hope that he continues with this success, that is a byproduct of the effort and dedication that he has always shown.

Congratulations in behalf of your University, AIU.