I have had the honor to participating in a research group that is composed of other teaching faculty members that specifically looks into innovative teaching methods and pedagogical theories. As a result, I have been able develop two courses (INFO I101 and INFO I300), that are designed to actively engage the students that are taking the course directly with their learning. Through several different active learning techniques and other teaching methods, I have been able to create the courses in such a way that I feel are exciting and intellectually stimulating to each student.
I also strive to create different ways for students to connect with the material, which included an Online version of INFO I101 in the Spring of 2013 following the receipt of a SIDF Online Course Development Grant. Through the CITL’s Course Development Institute (CDI) I was able to further my knowledge regarding backwards course design, use of active learning in the classroom, and properly writing course goals and objectives and mapping them to courses to assess student learning. I have applied all of these learned techniques to all of my course development and revision.
I have also presented at several conferences on the use of active learning, backwards course design, creating syllabi, classroom technology, and how to map assignments to course goals and objectives, in classrooms (computing or otherwise). I have worked with CITL (Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning) consultants over the years to improve my courses and to ensure that my courses are utilizing classroom technology in appropriate and innovative ways. I am also the Informatics and Computing Student Association Advisor, and serve on the Canvas Priorities Committee and the Residential Programs and Services Academic Programs Committee, which allows me to further connect and assess student needs both in and out of the classroom.