Best tools for each stage of editing — a peek into online course development at Professional Studies

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Are you a developmental editor? A copyeditor? Line editor? Proofreader? What tools do you use to support the editing work you do? Having the right tools for each aspect of editing can improve writing quality and editing efficiency.

At Queen’s Professional Studies, our online courses go through four stages of editing, as they’re described in the Professional Editing Standards Certificate courses:

The cost of multitasking, and what to try instead

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You can’t multitask

You actually can’t do two things at once. Sure, you can walk and chew gum, and you can probably fold a load of laundry while watching Netflix. But chances are, if you want to catch a key plot point in the show, you’ll likely put the laundry down for a moment.

As psychological scientist and author Julia Shaw explains in The Memory Illusion*, “what we mean by multitasking is generally something more complex, doing meaningful tasks that require attention and memory, and thinking.”

A self-regulation learning guide

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Self-regulation explained

What is self-regulation? Is it the same as self-control? How can self-regulation help parents and early childhood educators support children and teens in their learning? What role does stress play in a child or teen’s ability to self-regulate?

Self-regulation expert Stuart Shanker from York University explains what self-regulation is and why it’s important for optimal learning:

4 kinds of professional development: Which kind is right for you?

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The term professional development describes a range of activities, from workplace training, to attending seminars or webinars, to completing a full-length college or university program.

Which kind you need depends on your current situation and your longer-term goals. Do you need to solve an immediate problem? Do you want a better job? Or are you thinking about changing careers?

Below, we look at four kinds of professional development and how each might help you advance your education, job, or career goals.

Learning and skills for an uncertain job market

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Nearly 20 years ago, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada identified continuous learningparticipating in ongoing skills and knowledge acquisition — as an essential workplace skill. That’s right. Continuous or lifelong learning is a skill in itself, and in the 21st century, it’s more critical than ever for those in the job market to assess what additional skills they’ll need to survive and thrive at work.