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Business Education Forum Highlights
December 2001, Volume 56, Number 2

FORUM FEATURE
Supporting Teacher Learning: Professional Development Goes Online — Online education for teachers offers convenience, multiple and varied self-selected learning opportunities, firsthand experience in using technology for learning, and the opportunity to become part of an ever-growing and diverse community of learners. This article includes reasons to pursue online professional development, types of offerings, guidelines for choosing online learning opportunities, and a list of education providers.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
Using Technology-Enabled Learning to Create Online Communities of Practice - Using Technology-Enabled Learning to Create Online Communities of Practicedepending on the breadth and depth of their experience. Connected University (CU), a division of the Brisbane, California-based Classroom Connect, enables teachers at all developmental levels to use the Internet for continuing education, recertification classes, and even graduate degrees. This article focuses on CU's faculty, how CU meets teachers' needs, and its plans for expanding services.

 

CURRICULUM FORUM

Accounting
Using Service Learning to Motivate and Engage Accounting Students - Service learning helps students apply newly acquired knowledge and get involved in their communities. This article focuses on a service-learning activity that was undertaken by business students at Florida's Miami-Dade Community College and can be incorporated into high school accounting courses.

Communication
Graphology: A Nontraditional Employment-Screening Technique - This article offers historical background on graphology, explains testing procedures, describes the benefits and limitations of using graphology for employment screening, examines the implications of teaching good penmanship, and discusses reasons for incorporating graphology concepts into job search units.

International Business
Incorporating International Business Topics Into Every Class - Today's marketplace reflects an increasingly global influence, and students must be ready to assume workplace roles that require an understanding of international trade. This article features a variety of activities and resources that will help teachers incorporate international business concepts into their curricula.

Marketing
Designing a Successful Cooperative Education Program - Marketing education's history and current practices are heavily linked to the cooperative method. Cooperative education involves agreements between schools and employers to provide on-the-job training related to students' work interests and aptitudes. This article features research on mentoring, as well as tips for developing and promoting a successful mentoring program in marketing education.

Methods
Learning From Nebraska's Assessment System - Nebraska educators have learned from the challenges and problems faced by states that have implemented single-test or high-stakes accountability models. In this article, the Nebraska assessment process is presented as a model to assist other states and individual schools in developing authentic assessment processes.

Student Organizations
Student Organizations and Business Education: A Winning Combination - Many of the skills necessary to be successful in the competitive events sponsored by student organizations also help ensure success in the world of work. This article addresses how teachers can focus on these skills in the classroom and show the relationship between school, student organizations, and work.

Technology
Adapting Teaching Strategies to Encompass New Technologies - This article outlines a number of issues involving the new computing devices that business educators are confronting or will soon encounter. Descriptions of how the devices are being used in workplaces and households are included. This article also presents suggestions for how educators can explore these devices in classroom contexts, both as examples of computer applications and as focal points for marketing and design decision-making activities.

Open Forum
Opening Doors for Special Needs Students: Business Educators' Roles - Transition planning is important for all students, but it is especially important for special needs students. This article highlights the unique contributions that business educators bring to transition planning by virtue of their involvement in developing work-related skills and attitudes, coordinating cooperative work experiences, and cultivating community involvement and resources.