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5 Ways to Embrace Change and Pursue Your Online Degree at DWU

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Change.

For some of us, the very idea of change is terrifying. But is fear of change keeping you stuck? Specifically, is the unknown keeping you from pursuing the degree you need to get the career you want?

Fredel Thomas has embraced change—professionally and personally. The executive director of the Dakota Wesleyan University’s Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship—and the mother of three young girls—is also an August 2014 graduate of DWU, receiving one of the university’s first M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership degrees.Fredel Thomas Family

Recently, Thomas led a webinar entitled, “Models of Change: Change Isn’t Easy, but It Doesn’t Have to Be Hard.” While the presentation was geared toward business and organization leaders, these five tips from Thomas’ webinar can help you negotiate your resistance to change and successfully move you forward with online learning at DWU:

1.    Education and Communication: The fear and anxiety you have about returning to school may simply come from not having enough information. Whether you plan to pursue an RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership, or a Master of Arts in Education, educate yourself about your future program. Spend time on our website. Request more information. Or email Amber Turner, our online admissions counselor, directly. By communicating with DWU, and getting answers to your questions, you will feel empowered to pursue new opportunities in online education.  

2.    Participation: Returning to school impacts your life for sure. But it also impacts the lives of those around you—especially your family and your employer. Tell family, friends and employers you are considering a return to the classroom. Listen to their questions, comments and concerns so that you are not making this decision alone.

3.    Building support and commitment: To build on Tip #2, having the support of those closest to you will make all the difference in your success at DWU. Let them know you are serious about pursuing your degree, and ask for their support once you commit to your goal.

4.    Developing positive online relationships: Online learning is not about interacting only with your computer. You will be joining a community of learners, led by engaging faculty members who want to see all of you succeed. Do your part to build positive relationships with the other students and with your instructors.

5.    Implementing changes fairly. Keep an eye on your key stakeholders—chiefly your family members. Yes, it will be a balancing act to find time for your family while you find time for your studies, but it is possible. For example, when Thomas was working on her studies, she did not shut out her family during study time. Her children joined her at the kitchen table; coloring while she did her coursework during the year it took to complete her M.B.A. Remember your change is a change for your team, too. By including your team in your learning adventure, your success becomes an inspiration to them, too.  

Visit with DWU about strategies for change that can help you earn an online degree.

Questions? Concerns? Please email our online admissions counselor today.


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20 Success Tips for Online Degrees @ DWU

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Whether you plan to pursue Dakota Wesleyan University’s fully online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing,  M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership, or our brand-new Master of Arts in Education, we know you want to be successful. We want that for you, too. That is why we have reached out to students, faculty and staff alike to round up a list of tips to help you succeed—even before you start your classes. Here are 20 tips—in their own words:

1. Remember the program is like a marathon. Take it steady, slow and don’t burn all your energy on one part of the race.

2. Order your books in advance and look through them—even just briefly. We often make things harder in our minds than what they need to be and just becoming familiar with the book helps a lot! 

3. Don't procrastinate! Try to get a schedule down that you can follow, but always allow extra time in case of emergencies. 

4. Communicate with your instructors and your classmates. It is reassuring to know others are experiencing the same things as you. Don't be afraid to open up. It is possible to feel close to your class, even virtually!

5. I begin the course by getting organized and looking at due dates and how much is expected each week.  I also look at the midterm and final weeks to be sure I’m covering everything I need to be successful at the end of the course.

6. Stay ahead—but don’t get too far ahead!

7. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.  It is likely a question that more than one person has, so ask it!

8. Check into the online platform daily. Even if just for five minutes on a day you have everything done.

9. Make sure you enter your instructor’s name and contact information into your phone on the first day of the course. This way you know whom to notify in case of an emergency, power outage or illness.

10. Communicate with your instructor. ALWAYS be proactive if possible.  Contact your instructor BEFORE a due date, not after. Instructors understand that life events do occur, but they stress the importance of contacting them as soon as possible.

11. Understand the purpose of instructor feedback. Feedback and grading are part of the learning process and are how instructors teach in online courses. Do not take feedback personally. Instructor feedback is given to guide your learning through positive comments and suggestions or pointers to help you improve your work.  Please review and apply the instructor feedback to your next assignment.  Feedback is not given to make you feel bad, it is to help you grow in your professional role.

12. Read assignment instructions carefully. If unsure of what is expected, contact the instructor for clarification.

13. Remember that you are never alone in an online course. Reach out to the faculty or to others in the course if you are having problems or not understanding an assignment. 

14. Designate time for your readings and assignments and then allow yourself to not worry about class while you’re with your family, for example. 

15. Be realistic about your life, the demands and the things you can’t control. Schedule around your non-school responsibilities, and then be disciplined to stay as close to that schedule as possible. That allows you to say,  “I’m going to work on that paper on Tuesday from 7-9 and Wednesday from 5-8 because it’s due on Friday and I have other commitments on Monday and Thursday” and then on Monday night, you don’t feel guilty for not working on it, and on Thursday you’re not panicked while you’re at your other commitment.  This method allows you to go to kids’ activities, watch a sitcom, or go for a walk without feeling like you ‘should’ be working on coursework. 

16. Planning ahead also relieves you from the last-minute crises that can plague every human being – illness (you or your family), technology issues or a really good social event.

17. Before the class starts: Review the syllabus, print the course calendar and mark deadlines on it, and read everything on the course website so you find all the resources that were put there for you.

18. Understand your learning style. If you prefer to highlight/annotate on real paper, print everything at the beginning of the week/module/unit and carry at least a few pieces with you wherever you go. If you prefer to read online, make sure you have copies on multiple devices—phone, Kindle, laptop, iPad—so that you’re not dependent on an Internet connection if you want to catch up on your reading while you’re waiting somewhere (dr. appt., halftime, checkout line).

19. Read all the assignment requirements before you read the assigned reading (for the week/chapter/unit/module – the entire body of assignments related to that reading).  Know what answers you’re looking for before you start so that as you read, you save time by seeking those key concepts rather than trying to retain absolutely everything. You will save having to go back and needing to reread for certain questions. 

20. Make yourself stick to the schedule you’ve created. Be disciplined even if you’ve never been disciplined before. Your stress level and your GPA will thank you.


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DWU's Online RN-B.S. Perfect Fit for ER Nurse

Friday, April 18, 2014

After considering several other nursing programs, Lindsay Merry, an emergency department nurse from Eagle, Colo., chose Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU).DWU Online RN-B.S. Student Lindsay Mary

“I decided DWU was a good fit for me,” she says. “The university has an outstanding reputation and is recognized throughout the country. The program also allowed me to work and gain experience in my field while pursuing my degree.”

Merry started with DWU’s associate degree LPN-RN plan of study in 2012 and was so impressed with the program and its structure she decided to go directly into the fully online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-B.S.). She is on track to complete her degree in October.

“The online program offers flexibility for those of us with children and families,” says the mother of a 5-year-old boy. “It allows you to study at your own pace, which is great when you work and have other obligations.”

“Wonderful” is the word she uses to describe DWU nursing faculty members. “Everyone responds in a timely manner to concerns and questions—typically within 24 hours. They are very encouraging and help push you in the right direction. You can tell the faculty are truly passionate about nursing and about the success of each student in the program.” 

Merry also appreciates the sense of community she feels—something she did not anticipate from an online program. When working on a group project, each person can offer suggestions and ask questions. When reading discussion posts, students can also respond and comment on the thoughts and ideas of their peers.

 “It is nice to have someone to correspond with when working on papers, projects and assignments. The group projects in the RN-B.S. program allow students to work together without physically being together.”

Merry appreciates the Christian aspect of her DWU nursing education. “Serving others rather than ourselves is a top priority,” she says. “It is exhibited in many ways by serving in the community, hospitals and other settings. The kindness and compassion shown by faculty and staff reflect the Christian values of the university.”

She also feels the program will open up career opportunities for her in the near future.

“Most of the curriculum is directly relevant to nursing and is career focused. With the RN-B.S. program, I hope to gain advancement in nursing skills along with leadership, competency and management.

“I’m impressed that the RN-B.S. can be completed in as little as 14 months. That makes it attainable for many who are looking to finish their completion degree.”

Learn more about DWU’s RN-B.S. program.


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DWU’s Highly Effective, Engaging Online RN to BSN Program

Monday, March 31, 2014

Much has changed in the world of technology since Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) first attempted to deliver an online RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program back in 2007. Due to technological and infrastructure limitations at the time, the program had both traditional face-to-face and online formats instead of the fully online option busy adult learners really needed.

Flash-forward to 2013 when DWU launched its degree completion program for registered nurses with associate’s degrees. DWU successfully accomplished its goal to deliver a streamlined program focused on the needs and wants of adult learners.

“The program is very user friendly for students,” said RN-B.S. Program Director Diane Sandhoff, who has been with DWU for 25 years. “It fits their lifestyle. They feel like they can succeed.”Program Director Diane Sandhoff

All required courses for DWU’s RN-B.S. nursing program are offered online. Through the program, which can be completed in just 14 months, students gain technical nursing abilities and build on their critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills—all of which are essential for nurses

“We believe nursing is an art and a science,” Sandhoff said. “Our program focuses more on the soul.”

Our RN-B.S. nursing program also offers:

  • A strong ethical foundation, built on Christian values
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Core nursing courses that focus on:

o   Enhancing skills in leadership and management

o   Decision making and problem solving

o   Nursing research and evidence-based practice

o   Health promotion

o   Health assessment

o   Service to community

o   In-depth study of pharmacology

o   Care of families, populations and communities 

As Sandhoff points out, “The whole trajectory of nursing has changed from the traditional bedside nurse to something that is so much more broad. Careers in healthcare are being developed that we haven’t even considered yet.”

DWU, then, must prepare future nurses who are good thinkers, adaptable, flexible, open to new ideas, and believe in the value of lifelong learning.

If you are considering this degree, you might be concerned about your ability to succeed. Please know that the support—and encouragement—is there for you. The DWU program is demanding, yes, but it is also manageable, thanks to eight-week sessions with two courses at a time for full-time students.

Another plus: We also offer a May start so you do not have to wait for a traditional fall semester start.

DWU understands that sometimes life gets in the way of your best intentions. So if you get into the program and must step out for a time, our online program offers you that flexibility. Stepping out is nearly impossible in a traditional 16-week session.

To learn more, please contact Amber Turner, our DWU online admissions counselor.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University


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Developing DWU’s Distinctive M.B.A. Program

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University's Dr. Marty BohrerWhen Dakota Wesleyan University set out to establish an M.B.A. degree program, we wanted to create a distinctive program driven by the wants and needs of students. We wanted to adapt to them, not the other way around.

In creating our M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership, we did just that—and the program development continues. Since launching our M.B.A. program six months ago, we have continued to listen to our students and to make changes to our program accordingly.

We continually ask our students for input—and then we listen. After each eight-week session, faculty survey students. They then tweak class formats, coursework and curriculum based on that feedback. We also alert upcoming instructors of a particular cohort’s needs or patterns.

By working together, DWU faculty, administrators and students have created a nimble and relevant M.B.A. The program especially focuses on:

  • Future preparation—We develop strategic thinkers and problem solvers who can lead, whether they are running their own business or are at the helm of a small- to mid-sized company right here in the Midwest or across the country
  • The real world—Our professors do not just preach business theory—they have lived it and bring that experience to the classroom
  • Connections—Our faculty are well connected and they use those connections—here in South Dakota and beyond—to help our students gain real-world experiences that can lead to rewarding careers
  • Entrepreneurship—We give our students the tools, skills and knowledge they need to be entrepreneurial thinkers who are capable, confident and creative enough to develop, launch and grow their own businesses
  • Faith—We bring the Bible into discussions about today’s business world, especially when it comes to talking about ethical decision-making

If you are looking for a distinctive M.B.A. program to prepare you for your business future, I invite you to directly email Dr. Monty Bohrer, the director of our business graduate program. Or fill out a short form to request more information.





Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University




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Challenges of Online Learning: A Student’s Perspective

Monday, March 3, 2014

They say life is what happens when you are busy making plans.

In Fredel Thomas’ case, life is precisely what happened because she was happy with her current plan.

“I was perfectly happy where I was in my career,” says Thomas, executive director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU).

She did not seek out promotions at CHR Solutions -- the telecommunications company where she worked for a decade first as an intern, then programmer, sales and quality assurance and finally as the director of project management -- but they were presented anyway.

“It was not something I ever looked to leave,” says Thomas, who applied for an adjunct position at DWU, but ended up joining the university’s entrepreneurial center as a resource for the community and full-time faculty member.

As the Executive Director of the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship at Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) Fredel Thomas is back in the classroom. She's also a full time student in the university's online M.B.A. program.“I didn’t even know a job like that existed,” she says. “When they started to talk to me about the job, everything kind of changed. I just thought ‘Oh my goodness, I can be passionate about my faith here,’ I get to go into the classroom. I get to tell them what it means to me.”

Just more than a year after joining the faculty at DWU, Fredel is back in the classroom in another way, too. This time it is a virtual one. She is a full-time student in DWU’s online strategic leadership M.B.A. program.

Getting her M.B.A. wasn’t part of the plan either.

Throughout her career she had watched co-workers and friends struggle to pursue their master’s degrees while juggling families and full-time jobs.

“I thought, I am so glad that I’m never going to do that,” she says.

"Two factors changed Thomas’ mind: DWU’s fully online courses and the option to complete the program in one year.

Fredel Thomas was drawn to Dakota Wesleyan University's online M.B.A. program because it incorporated into her already busy professional and family life.Because the courses are 100 percent online, she can complete assignments at night and on the weekends, with her kids coloring next to her at the kitchen table. There is no commute to classes or set time to log on and listen to live lectures.

“It is a huge benefit to be able to sit down and do my studies when it works best for my entire family,” she says.

And because she opted to go back to school full time, taking two classes each session, she’ll be done in one year.

Thomas says she debated going part-time, taking just one class each session. Knowing that she could scale back at any point helped her decide to jump in feet first.

“I was not sure when I started the program. I’m glad I went full time,” she says. “I can do this. The second eight weeks, I thought, ‘Oh dear, can I really do this?’ But I made it through. The one year really does keep me motivated.”

That’s not to say there haven’t been challenges. The first few weeks of each eight-week session have been rough.

“It is a lot of work and it is hard work,” she says. “I know the first two weeks of each course are going to be stressful while I’m trying to figure out the flow of the class and balance the workload. I sleep a little less. I read a lot.”

There have been other challenges, too, like relearning how to write for class assignments.

“I’ve done a lot of writing in my professional career. Academic and professional writing are different styles,” says Thomas.

Being part of a new program has its benefits as professors try new approaches to see what works the best.

Thomas, for example, has a professor this session who provides videos of recorded lectures. That approach has opened more of a dialog with students and allowed them to see their professor’s facial expressions and to hear him crack jokes.

“Dialog is a different thing,” she says. “There’s something that it adds.”

The relationships she’s developed with classmates have enhanced her experience as well. Not only are they learning together, they are learning from each other. With 13 years in business behind her, Thomas has more experience than recent graduates enrolled in the M.B.A., but that’s a good thing, she says.

Hearing from students in different industries and with different experience levels allows for a richer experience. 

“One woman is an entrepreneur three times over; another student sells fruit. Some work for slightly larger businesses,” she says. “It opens your eyes to other issues. I can learn from their industries and experiences.”

Fredel Thomas was drawn to Dakota Wesleyan University's online M.B.A. program because its courses focus on faith.She also appreciates that courses are designed for business professionals in small-to-medium companies with a focus on faith. 

“That was very important to me,” she says. “It would be hard for me to separate that. I have a huge appreciation that they bring that into the classroom.”  

Now, halfway to graduation, she’s glad she made the commitment to herself, her career and future.  

“Everyone is benefiting,” she says. “It comes into play every day of my life. We talk about a topic and all of a sudden in my board meeting, I can speak on that topic with more educated responses than the week before.” 

Sounds like a plan.


Want to learn more about Fredel Thomas' experience? Email her at frthomas@dwu.edu


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Benefits of Online Learning

Monday, February 17, 2014

As a recent graduate or a professional seeking advancement, Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) knows you manage many responsibilities each day.


That is why the online M.B.A. and RN-B.S. programs at DWU were designed to blend into your existing schedule.


The greatest benefit of taking online courses from DWU is the flexibility. When and how long you log on is completely up to you.  You can choose to log in for five minutes to check messages before work or wait and devote a few hours after the kids go to sleep.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While you complete your coursework, you will join a peer cohort, which posts messages in online chat groups and completes team assignments. With a diverse group of students, you will have ample opportunity to share real-world experiences. You may even take classes alongside leaders who have achieved success in the position you’re pursuing.

Online courses at DWU were designed to alleviate several other concerns associated with returning to the classroom. You don’t need to commute or take night classes.  You can edit answers before clicking submit; analyze and even research another student’s response before contributing your own.  In online courses you don’t need to be nervous about interacting with a professor face-to-face.

Our online professors empathize with students balancing busy lives. Like you, they juggle the online program in addition to other professional responsibilities. Our professors were selected to teach these courses for their professional and academic achievements, but they were also chosen due to their ability to motivate and support students.


When thinking about how an online degree might fit into your long-term schedule, know that the decision to take one or two courses each eight-week session is also yours. If you enroll and you need a break, take a semester or more off without any repercussions.


We give credit for hard work, too. Applicants to the RN-B.S. program can receive credit toward their degree for hours worked up to 12 credits or 1,500 hours. If you are interested in our RN-B.S. program, please contact us to request more information.


We respect your time. To find out more, register for one of our 30-minute M.B.A. Info Webinars.





Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University



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This is What Online Learning Looks Like at DWU

Monday, February 3, 2014

As you consider pursuing your online degree at Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU), you might be wondering, quite literally, “What does online learning look like at DWU?"

Let me walk you through what you can expect.

After you log into the Digital (Virtual) Campus from our website dwu.edu, you will then go to the “My Courses Dashboard” screen to access your courses, due dates, and recent messages. Once you click on a course, you will see the page is divided up into three areas. The far left side of the screen has all of your course information, such as syllabus, readings, assignments, etc. 

Orientation Course

The center area describes the learning activities. You can print PDFs of the syllabus and the assignments—many of our students appreciate this feature. Content is also delivered via podcasts, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and Flash animation. 

You will find the pages easy to understand and navigate. Our clearly displayed learning outcomes make sure you understand what the professor expects.

You can also post questions at the bottom of any screen and the professor’s answer will appear there, too. When you post a question or participate in a forum discussion, your name and photo will appear. The same is true for your professors and classmates.

Student / Professor Exchange

On the far right you will see announcements and messages. You can also see who is currently online and you can instant message with them. You can also post to the “coffeehouse,” which is an open-ended forum generally used for socializing or encouragement. 

You will learn with a cohort, meaning that you will move through your program with many of the same students. You will quickly develop a supportive community, celebrating successes and helping each other through any challenges—in the classroom or in life. 

If at any point you have technical difficulties or any other questions or concerns, you can reach out to your professor—or the help desk—and ask for assistance. All are very responsive.

Still have questions or concerns about how your courses will work? That’s okay. Our orientation, offered three weeks before class starts, will take you through everything you need to know to succeed in your online degree program at DWU. 

If you would like to find out more about our fully online M.B.A. program, I invite you to register for one of our 30-minute M.B.A. Info Webinars. If you are interested in our RN-B.S. program, please contact us to request more information




Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University




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Why Choose DWU for Online Learning?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

You have many options when pursuing your degree online. Here are 10 reasons you should choose Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) for your fully online Master of Business Administration and RN-Bachelor of Science nursing degree:

  1. High-touch support: From the time you first connect with DWU to the day you earn your degree, you will have the support you need—when you need it—from our admissions staff to our Digital Learning Support Specialist.
  2. Timely orientation: Our orientation is offered three weeks before class starts so that all of your questions and concerns about online learning are out of the way, leaving you to focus on coursework from day one.
  3. Highly interactive: You will not be listening to pre-recorded lectures and taking online quizzes. Instead, learning is active—and interactive. You will participate in a lot of forum discussions.
  4. Timely feedback: When you submit an assignment you won’t feel like you are tossing your work into a black hole. Your professors will respond—with individual comments—in a timely fashion. Learning objectives are clear—and you will always know where you stand, grade-wise. 
  5. Community focused: You will often take your coursework and put it to work in the community through projects you propose—and execute.
  6. Responsive: We are small enough—and personal enough—that we will respond to your feedback, questions and concerns in 24 hours or less.
  7. Cohort learning: You will join a group of learners when you start your studies and move along through your program of study together. You can support one another—in the classroom, within the Digital Campus, and in life. 
  8. Relevant coursework: Your courses are designed for adult learners like you so that you gain the skills, leadership development and knowledge you need to excel in your career. 
  9. Access to information: Like our on-campus students, you can access all our library databases, from academic journals to videos. 
  10. Focus on your strengths: We use the Clifton StrengthsFinder, an online personality inventory, to highlight and develop your greatest talents so you can achieve academic, personal and professional success. 

Learn for yourself why DWU is the ideal place for you to pursue your online degree. If you are interested in our M.B.A. program, please register for one of our 30-minute M.B.A. Info Webinars. Prospective RN-B.S. students: Please contact us to request more information




Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning 
at Dakota Wesleyan University




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Introducing: “Online Degrees @ DWU” Blog

Friday, January 10, 2014

I am happy to introduce Dakota Wesleyan University’s new blog: “Online Degrees @ DWU.”
Here we will:

  • Share news and information about our new online programs;
  • Introduce you to our online faculty;
  • Share our student stories and their online learning experiences;
  • Answer your questions about our online programs; and
  • Address your concerns and help ease any anxiety you might have about online learning—or returning to school.

At DWU, we are excited about this online endeavor, which grew out of the accreditation process. When DWU was challenged to choose one new venture to deliver education in a different way, we knew offering online degrees was the route we wanted to go. We listened to the needs of our community and alumni in choosing to offer two fully online degree programs: The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and the RN-Bachelor of Science nursing degree (RN-B.S.)

Through these programs, busy adults can earn their degrees while juggling families and careers so that they can take on leadership roles with their current employer—or move on to new career opportunities. They will build on their previous education—and will even earn credit for their work experience. 

It has taken a tremendous team effort at DWU to bring these online degree offerings to fruition. In true DWU fashion, the team demonstrated how truly dedicated it is to enriching the student experience and making this transition as smooth as possible for students.

We are excited—about these new online degrees and about this blog. Through “Online Degrees @ DWU,” we want to engage in a conversation with you. If you have any questions or comments or just want to know what is going on at DWU in general, we invite you to share a comment. 

If you are interested in our M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership, I invite you to register for one of our 30-minute M.B.A. Info Webinars. If you are interested in our RN-B.S., please contact us to request more information

Dr. Derek Driedger, Associate Dean of Digital Learning at Dakota Wesleyan University 

By Dr. Derek Driedger
Associate Dean of Digital Learning
at Dakota Wesleyan University


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