Teaching Practice and Methodologies

Teaching_PracticeI use a variety of methods and tools to engage students with different learning styles. In addition to short lectures in which I project the computer screen and demonstrate techniques and solve problems, I use simulations, low-risk assignments, higher-risk assignments, quizzes, and hands-on exams. I use mastery learning principles with the simulations and low-risk assignments. They can be submitted repeatedly which encourages students to improve their skills and raise their grades, also preparing them for the more heavily-weighted capstone assignment and exam.

A few years back I flipped the classroom in Business Computing. Students now work through simulations and videos before class and then work on assignments during scheduled class time. I still lecture to cover advanced concepts, but the classroom lecture has become a smaller component of the overall course. During most the the class time I act as a facilitator, answering questions and helping students one-on-one.

Today’s student also wants course materials on their phones and tablets with 24/7 access, so I recently recorded a series of five-minute (or less) course videos to parallel the topics in my lectures. I also encourage students to add the Blackboard Learn app to their devices so that they receive announcements when I mark assignments or add resources to the course.