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Two Obstacles That Teams Face by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte

ed2go Building Teams That Work

Two Obstacles That Teams Face by ed2go Instructor Vivian Harte

Many teams fail because they can’t overcome common obstacles that create an atmosphere where they make poor decisions. I’ll tell you about two of these obstacles today.

Bandwagon effect: When teams make decisions this way, most of the members decide to go along to get along. You’ll know this is happening if you see that . . .

  • The team is considering only a couple of alternatives.
  • Nobody on the team is willing to thoroughly discuss alternatives to the first suggestions people offer.
  • Team members punish other team members (with looks, gestures, or words) for expressing opinions.

Escalation of commitment: If team members initially favor a certain solution, they believe the situation is better than it really is. The team persists in devoting money and time to implementing the project as first conceived. Many times, escalation of commitment doesn’t become obvious until it’s too late.

You can learn more about these and other obstacles as well as how to deal successfully with them in Building Teams That Work course.

ed2go Student Reviews and Feedback

Introduction to Criminal Law

This was a great course! I would recommend it highly to others.  I have been working in law enforcement for over 13 years and I found the course taught me many things I didn’t know, even with direct experience.

January 2013 – Student from Timberland

Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

I’m 61 and had no idea if I would be able to sweep off the cobwebs in the brain. I was greatly surprised to find out that I could still think and remember what I’d learned decades ago. I was interested in becoming a pharmacy technician and this course was perfect for me. I was able to find out what I did and didn’t know about the field. I really enjoyed the course subject and the style of learning.

January 2013 – Student from Medina County Career Center

Write Fiction Like a Pro

I learned a lot in this course…Mr. Alcorn has done a great job in making this class encouraging and useful. I like the inclusion of the videos with each lesson too. Thanks!

January 2013 – Student from Des Moines Area Community College

Learn How to Handle Your Digital Images with Adobe Lightroom 4

ed2go is pleased to announce the launch of a new Instructor-Led Online Course.

Title: Introduction to Lightroom 4
Instructor: Beverly Schulz

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is a fantastic tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you’re a busy parent shooting lots of pictures or a professional photographer with many clients, Lightroom 4 will help you get the results you want in a lot less time.

In this course, you’ll see how Lightroom 4 can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom 4′s non-destructive editing, you’ll be able to control how you edit your images and make additional alterations later. You’ll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You’ll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom’s powerful organization tools and create customized slideshows and presentations. You can use Lightroom 4 as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need.

ed2go The Craft of Magazine Writing Review

Just finished my very first ed2go course – The Craft of Magazine Writing – and it was excellent. I notified the instructor that I have some health issues, and probably wouldn’t be in the discussion areas at all.

Eva, the instructor, made sure to tell me that no marks are deducted for not participating, which was a relief. I completed the final exam today with 100%, and I absolutely LOVED the course. Eva Shaw is an excellent instructor – I even bought her Writeriffic Book.

Thanks so much for such excellent programs. I’m ready to take something else now!!

ed2go Excel Student Success Story

Just finished my final exam and I wanted to express my appreciation. I really enjoyed your courses (Intro. and Intermediate Excel). I plan to take Advanced Excel later this year.  The timing of the pivot table lessons came in at just the right time. In December, I put in an application for a full-time job with a local public school district in the business office as an accounting clerk. To weed out applicants, I had to take an Excel/Word exam on January 9th. It was a four part test with practical applications of Excel. Each section was a timed test. First assignment was on pivot tables. I was so happy that it was covered in our online lessons, and I used your lesson materials as a review and preparation for my test. To make a long story short, I did well enough on the Excel/Word test to get a first interview. Eventually …. make the second round interview …. then offered the job. Your course helped me! Thank you.”

ed2go Student Winter 2013

Viewpoint when writing fiction by ed2go instructor Steve Alcorn

Viewpoint-by Steve Alcorn

One of the common questions I receive when teaching fiction writing classes goes something like this: “I’m writing a story, and I’d like to know the best way to tell it. I’ve heard about viewpoint, but I don’t really know what my choices are. Can you explain?”

There are three particularly useful viewpoints: first person, third-person limited, and omniscient. First person is the most intimate because you tell the story yourself, using “I” for the main character and sticking to that character’s story. Third-person limited is similar, but you’re telling the story about someone else; you call them by name or “he” or “she.” In omniscient viewpoint, you are all-knowing—you can write about anything!

Choose your viewpoint based on your preference and also which one best serves the story. For example, a very emotional story might work best in first person, while a complex adventure with many characters would be easiest in omniscient. A great way to find the perfect viewpoint is to write the same scene three times, once for each viewpoint, and see which you like best.

ed2go online courses by Steve Alcorn:

Write Like a Pro
Advanced Fiction Writing
Mystery Writing
Writing Young Adult Fiction

Stress by ed2go instructor Patricia Addesso

When you need to make a presentation at school, to your boss, or to some other group, does your heart beat a little faster, do your hands get cold, and do you have a fluttery feeling in the pit of your stomach? Those reactions are totally normal—but what makes the difference between stressed-out and successful is how you interpret these symptoms.

For example, Person A might think: “I’m scared out of my mind. What if I blow it? This could be my whole career right here. I can’t do this!” Person A is a wreck by the time he or she begins the presentation. In contrast, Person B thinks: “I’m so excited! What an opportunity to get my name and face up in front. This is really going to boost my career. I can’t wait to get started!” Person B has a much greater chance of giving a top-notch presentation.

You have direct control over how you interpret the events around you. That’s a simple truth, but it takes practice to achieve. Over a lifetime, we get into the habit of looking at things either optimistically or pessimistically. So the first step in managing stress about all situations is to take the time to become aware of your tendencies—and then work hard to change them.

ed2go online courses by Patricia Addesso

Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II

ed2go Student Reviews

Employment Law Fundamentals

I found this course to be very helpful with my job.  I liked the fact that the quiz could be taken after each lesson and there were no heavy writing assignments.  I travel with my job and I am gone three out of five working days, so this was perfect for me.  I will recommend this course to all of my co-workers.

August 2012 – Student from State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota

The Keys to Effective Editing

I appreciated the variety within the course and found the course to be very helpful. This course has assisted me in feeling more confident. This course provided a ton of useful information and that I can use in business and personal circumstances. Thank you for providing these online courses!

August 2012 – Student from Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek Campus

Mystery Writing

I found this course to be more helpful than other online courses I have taken.  The short videos before each lesson really connected the student to the teacher in a way that online courses usually don’t do.

August 2012 – Student from Midlands Technical College

Mastering Public Speaking – ed2go Online Course

By ed2go Instructor Curt Simmons

ed2go online course Mastering Public Speaking

You can become an effective public speaker! In this fun and hands-on course, you’ll find out how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear.

As you build your skills step-by-step, you’ll find out how to present a short or long speech, how to handle questions and manage conflict in meetings, and even how to shine in a job interview. You’ll get tips for training your voice and learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively. This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions.

Enroll now in Mastering Public Speaking

Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer II a new ed2go Instructor-Led Online Course

ed2go is pleased to announce the launch of a new Instructor-Led Online Course.

Title: Photoshop CS6 for the Digital Photographer II
Instructor: Beverly Schulz

Adobe’s Photoshop CS6 is a powerful software solution that provides support and specialized editing tools for digital photographers and graphic artists. If you know the basics of this powerful program, you’re ready to master advanced techniques, including building collages, doing detailed editing, and restoring old photos. This class is perfect for you if you’re already familiar with cropping, printing, and color adjustments, as well as the use of selection tools, and you want to learn how to add special effects and take your photo-editing skills to the next level.

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