Failure is not an Option

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Gene Kranz was the mission control director os Apollo 13. He helped Apollo 13 crew get home safely after an explosion on the space ship. Gene had the right attitude as he said:  “We’ve never lost an American in space and we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option!” Determination is key to life’s challenges whether they are big or small.

Academic Writing for Active Lifelong Learners

Most people think of academic writing as beyond their scope. Little do they realize that everyone can write an academic paper.  All you need is a sense of curiosity, a burning desire to search for information on the Internet or in books, and share what you learned.

What is Academic Writing?

Academic writing follows specific guidelines. The step-by-step organization of an academic piece of writing makes the process easy to follow. If you can follow written rules, you can write an academic paper.

Guidelines for Academic Writing

Academic writing is a formal and structured piece of writing. The academic essay is one of the most common assignments you will be asked to write in for any course whether a formal or informal learning environment.

Reflect to Get a Certificate

I require my college students to write essays reflecting on what they learn in and out of my face-to-face classes.  Online participants are also required to reflect on the live online classes or webinars on all of the MOOCs, online conferences, and courses I give on WizIQ. The essay is a reflection that documents not only the information you have acquired but also the process of your learning . You can combine the formal with multi-media in a blog post.  Watch the following video to find out how:

Ten Steps to Writing an Academic Paper

Planning is key to academic writing. You need to  come up with a topic and information that is relevant to your thesis or reason for writing. Try to follow the 10 steps to get your started on your first draft.

  1. Write down a few problems and/or challenges that has been bothering you.
  2. Rate the problems from 1- 10.
  3. Choose the one that you’re interested in finding more about.
  4. Research Google scholar search engine and learn what others have written about the problem/topic.
  5. Collect relevant information.
  6. Present your findings in any order.
  7. Organize your findings in headings.
  8. Write under each of the headings.
  9. Write your introductory paragraph.
  10. Write your concluding paragraph.

Who is Academic Writing for?

Academic writing is usually associated with higher education and the academia and written by scholars. But students in high school and in undergrad programs at college are also required to write essays. Essays also come under the heading of academic writing. Academic writing may be formal, but it goes beyond the academia. You don’t have to be a scholar or a student to write an academic paper. You can write in a blog and share your writing with the world.

Is this you?

  • Do you have ideas and find yourself debating about issues in your head?
  • Do you try to find arguments for and against things?
  • Do you search for information to substantiate your points in books or on the Internet.
  • Do you enjoy speaking and sharing information with your colleagues, friends, and family members?
  • Do you like to have discussion where you need to persuade others of your point of view?

If you enjoy the challenges involved in a good conversation and find that you always have something to say or you think about ideas, then you would make a good academic writer.

Failure is Not an Option

Rewards for Practicing

We all want to be rewarded for our work. Refine your writing over and over again. Perfection comes with practice. Your academic writing will improve with each piece of writing. So start now.  Join Moodle MOOC 5, watch the live classes and the recordings and reflect on 5 out of the 30 webinars scheduled for the MOOC.  You will even be rewarded with a certificate for your hard work.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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