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Pay Your Compliments in Learning Forward

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The ultimate gratification for a job well done in your class is an A, or a big compliment from your instructor. Think about the reverse of this too. We have all had fantastic professors that turn our world upside down, and spin us into a previously unknown direction. Besides just sitting there amazed, share your experience and thanks for the enlightened experience they bestowed on you.

Instructors have a rewarding, and challenging job. Their ultimate goal is inform and influence their students for the better. For online instructors they are required to respond in a timely manner to student papers and forum posts; if you think you have it bad, think about what your professor has to do! They give praise when it’s due, and are rewarded by seeing students succeed in their studies. Sometimes it’s nice to give your instructor something special, in the form of a compliment or kudos.

A compliment movement recently started in Canada with the help of some university students. Their goal was to encourage students by giving both superficial, and note-worthy praise. The Facebook pages are an ego boost for sure, and a great thought for anyone looking to build professional relationships with other students and instructors. You won’t need to start up your own page to share compliments, you can instead start this on your schools’ Facebook page instead. At APU, when students share a recent experience that involves a good deed from one of our staff members, or a memorable moment from an instructor, we repost and share with the recipient of the compliment. It is the season of goodwill, and sometimes the best gift you can give someone is a thank you for making the extra effort and sharing an interest in their work.

By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor

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