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JUL 2017

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26 POLICE JULY 2017 turn in work early when he knew he'd be on call. Fortunately, professors provided a comprehensive overview of the work and when it was due well in advance. "I gen- erally had four days to plan ahead, so if I knew I was on-call or would be working a holiday weekend, where a sex crimes de- tective would likely be called out, I could plan for it," he says. "If this program had been self-paced, I would probably still be in my second semester. I had to be very regimented and look ahead." Tom Hardiman is the associate vice president of Business Development, Law Enforcement at the FBI National Acad- emy, and serves as the director of the Law Enforcement Strategic Relationships Team at American Military University (AMU). He has seen some AMU students thrive in an online setting and others fail. Successful outcomes hinge on a student's learning style and self-discipline, espe- cially in the online setting. "If you didn't do your homework, and you are attending a night class, you can kind of sit in the back of the classroom and slink down in your chair," he says. "But with online educa- tion, students are expected to participate every week, and it becomes impossible to skate by on a busy week where you didn't get to your reading." Whatever type of programming stu- dents ultimately select, they need to be TRAIN TO WIN Bring the best in law enforcement training to your agency: Winning is much more than surviving conflict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy Fatura & team. CLASSES: The Winning Mind The Winning Mind for Women Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers The Winning Edge (NEW 2-day class) Developing Successful Staff Skills (630) 399-1645 mindful of whether or not they possess a strong support system, on the job, in the home, and at school. "CSU believes if stu- dents have a strong support system, they can achieve anything, so we provide a dedicated support team to help students along the way," Harris says. "Whether it's pulling transcripts or uploading their first assignment to Blackboard, or assisting students with math and writing, someone is available to help them." Harris advises students to work with their academic advisors throughout their enrollment to help them with issues con- cerning degree programs, course selec- tion, academic decisions, and so on. "is helps them stay on track in order to meet their academic goals," he says. NETWORK WITH YOUR PEERS Students must be prepared to interact within the classroom setting, be it virtual or on the ground. Schroeder warns, how- ever, that a classroom setting can be dif- ficult for some students who are slower to speak up. "Studies show that teachers wait no more than three seconds to call on a student after posing a question," he says. "Some students process a question longer than others before responding, so in a classroom setting you often have the same students responding over and over, while those with English as a second lan- guage or those who are deeper thinkers, never get a chance to talk. In an online setting, the instructor poses a question then looks for responses from everyone by a certain date, and every student gets a Assessing Your Education Options PHOTO: POLICE FILE freeinfo.policemag.com/750354

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