Teaching Statement

Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself ~ John Dewey

Teaching Philosophy

The perspective of constructivism, connectivism and social-cultural approaches has strongly influenced my teaching philosophy. I strongly believe that learners perform best when learning through actual application in a social-cultural environment. Students are able to construct their knowledge and learning environment through connecting to peers and worldwide experts. This personal belief has influenced me to design courses to embrace diversity from a social-cultural aspect and to view learning as interactive and connected in the context of a partnership with students, teachers, media tools, the learning environment, and a code of ethics. I also believe learning is a life-long process. I am always seeking learning opportunities to improve my knowledge and skills and find myself functioning best when networked and as a team player. I believe being a successful global educator and learner is important in my efforts to play a role as an educational entrepreneur and change agent passionately changing education for a brighter tomorrow and being responsible for sustaining the education framework in bridging gaps from a social, economic, and environmental perspective.

To be a successful global learner and educator, I believe in providing a clear guideline and instructions and building a meaningful content within a purposeful context. It is key for engaging learners to participate in a variety of cross cultural activities, building an authentic and collaborative learning environment, providing constant feedback, and linking assessment with learning objectives and outcomes.

Teaching Interests

I am comfortable in teaching online, face-to-face and blended environments and I look forward to applying my teaching principles to a variety of courses as a faculty member. I would like to teach courses including: Design and Development Tools, Technological Applications for Diverse Populations, Administration and Management for Educational Technology, Educational Technology Entrepreneurship. For graduate students, I could teach cross-cultural studies, qualitative methods such as case study, emerging technologies for education, advanced instructional design and development, integration of open educational resources into teaching and learning, and university social responsibility as an ethical foundation for higher education.

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