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As an instructor, my primary goal for students is increasing their understanding to enhance the long-term retention of information. Knowledge is not what someone can recite, but rather what they can apply. To that end, I will employ any instructional methodology I believe enhances the acquisition of knowledge. I enjoy defying traditional classroom stereotypes and stigmas. This not only opens up a wide variety of pedagogical methodologies, but also illustrates to learners that challenging norms can lead to exciting results.
In my experience, students are much more receptive to learning information that is personally relevant. Whenever possible, I encourage students to choose research topics that are meaningful to them. This helps learners take broad concepts and narrow them into sub-topics they can explore further.
My primary research interest to this point focuses on the use of Classroom Response Systems. Through my master’s thesis and my doctoral dissertation, I have explored both student acceptance and utility of the devices, along with instructor’s use of the technology to achieve specific pedagogical aims.