My Teaching Philosophy
I believe that real learning requires active participation and commitment of both the student and the teacher. Learning should be challenging, stimulating, interesting, and rewarding. Toward this goal the teacher must provide guidance, encouragement, and a sense of shared purpose to create an environment that enhances the student’s ability to learn. Part of this environment is a teacher’s contagious enthusiasm for the subject matter, which can stimulate a student’s intellectual curiosity and interest. I believe that teachers need to be sensitive and have genuine concern for the students’ education. I am concerned with both the technical and real world preparation of my students. My goal in teaching is to provide the necessary learning environment and to spark students’ interest and encourage them to pursue learning for their own sake.
Each student is unique and each has a preferred style of learning. I often use a combination of the teaching methods to guide different students toward subject proficiency in the way most natural for the individual. No one is “dumb” and I expect every student in my class to learn and succeed. Every student is entitled to the personal, equal dignity of human being. I always set high standards for the students, but then I do everything I can to help the students reach them. I demand that the students work hard and be responsible in their learning. I strongly feel when students leave my classes they have learned something, gained something, gotten new insights. I always treat the students with respect and concern for their achievement. I have found that the students deeply appreciate my attitude toward them and their learning.
I always challenge my students to break away from traditional thinking, achieve a little more than what they thought they were capable of, and encourage learning for the joy of learning, not merely for a letter grade. I see my role as a facilitator, a guide, a tutor, a mentor, a motivator, and a friend who must provide the students with the knowledge and means of succeeding in their professional and personal lives and inspire them to pursue lifetime learning.
I believe that teaching and research are not independent endeavors, but rather are synergetic processes. I have experienced how my teaching and research can benefit from one another and have increasingly sought to foster the synergy between them. I believe my research has enriched my teaching. It has helped me to keep up the current technology and its development but also exposes me to fresh ideas and thinking. I cannot imagine how I could continue to excite my students about the subject if I were not excited about the rapid changing of technology and the research and development in the field.
I feel it is important that I, as a teacher, be available to my students whenever they require additional help with their studies. I keep ample office hours, encourage office visits, and regularly consult with students through e-mail. I value working with students. Students are very important to me. I enjoy not only the teaching aspect of working as a college professor, but also the “fringe benefits” of the job — making a difference in someone’s life!
Courses Taught Recently
- GI 107 E-learning Theory and Practice
- GI 110 Research and Development in Hypermedia
- GI 308 Research and Practice in Educational Technology
- GI 405 Research in Educational Technology
- GI 310 Mobile Learning
- IE 313 Computer Networks
- IT 365 Computer Applications in Education
- IT 375 Web-based Tools
- IT 469/569 Multimedia Design and Development (Hybrid)
- IT 644 Advanced Hypermedia Development (Hybrid)
- IT 648 Telecommunications in Education (Online)
- IT 709 Administration of Instructional Technologies (Online)
- IT 740 Interactive Instructional Media (Hybrid)
- IT 753 Instructional Applications of Interactive Video (Hybrid)
- IT 755 Web-Based Instruction (Hybrid)
- IT 780 Seminar in Instructional Technology (Hybrid)
- IT 860 Emerging Technology in Instructional Technology (Online)
- ZD 101 Web-based Multimedia Design and Development