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1 Challenges of Online Learning While Balancing Life By Jacque Gruell Cindy Koster Jenn Parker Denise Sullivan (and work)

2 There are challenges for non-traditional, mature, female students with multiple complex roles and responsibilities. Their responsibilities may carry considerable emotional, practical and financial burdens. Gayle, Lowe (2007)

3 The Challenges: Financial Burdens Financial Burdens Workplace Support Workplace Support Maintaining Family Relationships Maintaining Family Relationships Fostering Social Connections Fostering Social Connections Tools for Success Tools for Success Loyalty to Self Loyalty to Self

4 Financial Burdens How to finance higher education  Tuition reimbursement  Student loans  Scholarships Impact on family/household finances  Maintaining full time status at work  Prioritizing purchases

5 Workplace Support Administrative/Organizational Support  Tuition reimbursement program  Flexible work schedule  Educational advisor within the organization Co-worker Support  Providing plan of study  Continue to be flexible and cooperative  Maintain your passion to be a valued team player Students in professional careers may face difficult conflicts of loyalty and priority between employment and personal development. Lowe, Gayle (2007)

6 Maintaining Family Relationships Secure Cooperation and Support  Negotiate a place and time for study within busy lives. Lowe, Gayle (2007) Conflicting Demands Create Stress  Manage clear boundaries with ourselves and for family  Show equal support in family member endeavors

7 Fostering Social Connections Friendships  Set aside/schedule time for friends  Be honest with friends about your obligations Laughter  Don’t take yourself too seriously  Make time to laugh with one another Laughter infuses our life with joy. Shriver (2000)

8 Tools for Success Adequate Learning Environment  Maintain optimal physical space  Know your own learning style  Know your triggers that enhance learning or distract from learning, i.e. soft music Resources  Adequate computer skills  Computer  Classes/tutorials  Buddy support system  TAKE NURS 397 from Betty!

9 Loyalty to Self Physical  Adequate sleep  Exercise program Managing Stress/Anxiety  Meditation, yoga, massage, deep breathing  Develop effective coping mechanisms Maintain Spirituality  Maintain religious/faith community  Know your own spiritual connections

10 Time is a precious commodity. It can be wasted or be used to its best advantage. Powell (2001)

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12 References Backman, C. L. (2004). Occupational balance: Exploring the relationships among daily occupations and their influence on well-being. The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), Lowe, J., & Gayle, V. (2007). Exploring the work/life/study balance: the experience of higher education students in a Scottish further education college. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 31(3), Powell, S. (2001). Balancing School, Work and Life. Educational Supplement, PA Times, 10, 8-9. Shriver, M. (2000). Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out Into The Real World. New York: Warner Books, Inc. Ventura, S., & Correia Templin, M. (2005). Five Star Teamwork. Dallas: The Walk the Talk Company.


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