Dr. Jeffrey Fox teaches Criminal Justice and Disaster and Emergency Management classes for the School of Online Studies. He recently published this book.
Please provide a one paragraph summary of the book.
This book is for anyone interested or involved in teaching, training, or instructing, whether you are just getting into the field or thinking about it or you have been teaching for decades. It is for those who administer teaching, training, or instructing. The book was written for academics and those who teach in academies and other professional adult learning environments. The book’s contents are applicable to all types of colleges, be they community colleges, four-year colleges, or universities, both private and public, for profit or nonprofit. Most professional practitioner–type instructors go through some sort of instructor school, teachers earn degrees in teaching, but many who teach or instruct are never trained or taught how to teach or train. Few professors are taught how to teach. They have been taught, so this is where they often draw their own teaching styles. Regardless of where you teach, train, or instruct, this book and its contents are for you. The book goes into great detail regarding face-to-face classes as well as online and other delivery methods. The lessons found in this book can be applied to new students, undergraduate, or graduate students. The lessons apply equally to basic, in-service, and specialized training.
What prompted you to write this book?
My hope is that no matter how great of an instructor you are, you will find many new nuggets of information that will add to your teaching toolbox. One of my goals in life is to leave a positive lasting impact. I want to help students and other instructors recognize and reach their full potential. I want you to be the best instructor you can be. I strongly believe we impact people all the time whether we know it or not. You can and will make a big difference in your students’ lives.
What are a couple of key principles from the book that you apply to your teaching at Crown?
Each of the thirteen chapters ends with takeaways. Listed below are some of the key principles I apply while teaching at Crown.
- Create and leave a lasting positive impact.
- To learn, the student must be emotionally comfortable.
- Establish a relationship with students.
- Adult education requires a physical and social climate of respect.
- Adult education includes and builds on the experience of the student.
- An adult learning climate encourages and facilitates the active interchange of ideas, content, and experience and the active involvement of each student.
- Planning and preparation by the instructor, along with excellent time management, are keys to successful teaching and worthy of emulation by students.
- Help students understand, recognize, and achieve their full potential.
- Setting the tone and expectations, along with modeling the correct behavior, goes a long way.
- One of the critical elements for student success in online learning is the opportunity to receive prompt feedback from the instructor.
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