As each new academic year approaches, I take a moment to identify my goals. While I have been teaching for almost twenty years, taking that moment has become more and more important to my personal and professional growth as an educator. Regardless of the goals, they all come back to just one central theme. How will I find new and innovative ways to engage students?
I have always embraced new technology; personally and professionally. From this vantage point, teaching online was a natural transition for me. I participated in numerous technology-related pilot programs on campus and enjoy learning to use new tools. This was in an effort to improve course delivery and pedagogy, not simply to add bells and whistles. Bells and whistles do not necessarily translate into enhancing student engagement or improving learning outcomes.