Hi, and welcome! I'm Dr. Ellie.
I have a doctorate in educational psychology. For over 13 years, I taught middle school level special education, reading, and social studies. My special education specialties include learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges.
For 12 years, I taught at the post-secondary level, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My main area of university teaching is research and educational psychology, and I consult on dissertation methods and analysis. Most recently, I was a mentor of doctoral learners at the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am residing in the country of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, where I have become involved in special education consulting.
Hobbies include reading (especially reading and critiquing young adult fiction), quilting, and crochet. I also enjoy walking, art museums, great music (from classical to contemporary), and exploring new local places. I love photography, and am trying my hardest to become a passable picture snapper.
These are just snapshots, or “sound bytes,” but they give a bit of an idea of the diversity of thought among professors teaching a variety of free online university courses (MOOCs–Massive Open Online Courses). Will similar courses be the precursors to free post-secondary for-credit classes? Might such classes result in (or at least lead to) free college education for anyone interested? Will professors be paid based on the popularity of their free online teaching–how well-attended, how well commercialized, etc.?
My questions always seem to start with the content, but then go quickly beyond the actual text and context…
Whether you are involved in corporate training or general education, this blog brings the importance of utilizing the new tablets, such as iPad, book readers, and other highly portable gadgets, into the teaching and training environments. Read on!
All classrooms–from pre-K through graduate school–should be based on learner-centered rather than the all-too-traditional teacher-centered instructional model. The staff of Digital Learning Now! (http://digitallearningnow.com) believe that online education stresses a learner-centered approach. Read on.