Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
It’s been a wonderful, restful summer, and I must admit I hate seeing it come to an end. It’s also been great having my daughter Andei living here with me. She also starts her senior year of HS next week after attending schools in Italy and being home schooled for the past 3 years, so this will be a big change for her. She is an excellent student so I know she will do just fine.
Education has changed so dramatically over the past 15 years, as far as the way instruction can now be delivered to students. I’ve been teaching online all weekend from my home office, something I would never had imagined 15 years ago. In fact…I spend twice as much time teaching via distance learning than I do as the sage on the stage in the traditional classroom environment and that in my opinion is a good thing. I have students from as far away as Iraq and Afganastan and I love the challenge of making Art History come alive via the internet.
The sophisticated instructional software tools educators now have at their disposal makes teaching online every bit as viable as the traditional classroom and offers students so many more creative options for attaining their education, college and career goals.
My daughter Andei for example took her entire junior year of High School online using Blackboard and loved it. I truly believe she learned a great deal in addition to developing a sense of discipline to set goals each day to get online and accomplish the assignments.
I’ve written on this subject many times over the past few years and I am still excited about the incredible potential of distance learning and harnessing the technological power of the web to deliver instruction to anyone interested in furthering his/her eduction. Faculty members are also empowered like never before because we can teach for schools any where in the world.
I’m still excited, enthusiastic and passionate about teaching after 25+ years in the profession and a big reason for this is the new creative options the internet (distance learning) affords me as an educator. My constant goal is to make my online classes every bit as viable, interesting and dynamic as my traditional classroom lectures and labs. Thankfully there are a host of new and powerful communications tools that are making it easier and less time consuming to do this.
Yes…summer is over however the rest and rejuvenation I got from a light teaching load the past 3 months has got me jazzed to take on the challenges of a full teaching load and my freelance adjunct commitments. As I posted to my students today.
It’s time to get this party started!
Photographing in Ireland, May 09