I am teaching/or have taught a variety of courses in information systems, such as System Analysis and Design, Database Management and Introduction to information systems. I have taught some of these courses online and some in a blended model.
I intend to focus on building my skills on online education and bringing the best from my experience with online education into my offline courses. I realized the benefits of this model when I took two courses with the Illinois Online Network to prepare for teaching the online course in Summer 2011. The paradigm shift from viewing a oneself as a “Sage on the Stage” to a “Guide on the Side”, is best evident in an online course(a well designed course only). I have brought this model to my F2F courses, by creating a blended course where a significant part of the interaction of Students-Students, Students-Content and Student-Instructor takes place online. I am experimenting with effective approaches to leverage Peer-learning in online environments.
My experience in changing a face-to-face course to a hybrid/blended course was quite positive, and I intend to explore the viability of the flipped classroom model for my other courses, where the passive instruction will happen through videos online, students will engage with content/peers and me online and this will be followed by problem solving in class, centered around concepts, rather than facts.
I have also developed/delivered executive education modules for the China Executive Leadership Program at Illinois and I would like to build expertise in offering modular programs online that can scale. I plan to leverage this for increasing engagement with firms interested in virtual training for their employees.