Improving perceptions of online education for students and graduates

Session Description
Many online students have experienced bias against their online education. This bias comes from preconceived notions against online education, and lack of knowledge in this area by potential employers, preceptors, internship sites, and other students. Arming our online students with the knowledge that they need to defend themselves against such perceptions is a critical area. Students need to understand what these perceptions are and how they can assist others in getting past them, and to understand how valuable online education can be. Dealing with outdated ideologies is a first step for our students to prepare themselves with to leverage their quality educational experiences successfully in today’s job market.
Michael Mileski
Michael Mileski, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA
Dr. Mileski received his Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena, Texas, his Masters of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology, Master of Healthcare Administration, and his Masters of Science in Higher Education all from Kaplan University in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Mileski has nearly twenty years of healthcare administrative experience. Not only has he worked in and out of nursing homes and healthcare facilities across the United States, but he has provided consulting services, litigation support, new construction and remodeling supervision, and a myriad of other support services to healthcare over the years. He has served as an Administrator, Regional Director of Operations, Vice President, Regional Director of Finance, Consultant, Troubleshooter, and various other positions in healthcare.

Currently, Dr. Mileski serves as an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the Healthcare Administration program. His research interests surround long term care facilities, their employees, management, and residents. His efforts are currently focused on employee satisfaction, education, and improvement. From the patient perspective he is currently working on patient care issues/diseases and the efficacy of various environments in the provision and efficiency of care for the elderly. Further areas of interest include: student success, programmatic completion, and future positioning in the workforce.

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One Response to Improving perceptions of online education for students and graduates

  1. Avatar April 17, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    This was a great session because there are so many inaccurate negative perceptions of online students and online education. He was prepared with statistics that indicate 90% of students surveyed feel that online education is equal or better than traditional campus programs. He suggested arming students with information to deal with the negative comments that are sometimes made. This was a very positive session!

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