NBC Learn Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight: Using NBC Learn to Enhance Online Courses
Meet Emily Magruder, a humanities professor at California State University at Dominguez Hills. Magruder started using NBC Learn this summer in her online course, “Success and Values in the United States.” When reading Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden Pond” her students watched Walden Pond and Author Henry David Thoreau and New Educational Institute to Study Henry David Thoreau and Preserving Walden Woods. These videos helped her students make connections to historical events and leaders inspired by Thoreau’s idea of passive resistance.
“Students found it challenging to read a nineteenth century voice but it is our job to show them how the past is relevant for the future. I can use these videos to build their historical sense and show how interpretations of a figure or event have changed over time. In the video Walden Pond Today, swimmers and tourism take over the pond and I asked what Thoreau would think about the solitude of the woods being invaded.”
“I’ll admit at first I was resistant to teaching online because I love being in the classroom. Like many faculty I was skeptical on how I could recreate the experience of a classroom online. Once you teach online you start to incorporate as much variety to cover the material as possible. When students interact with the material on multiple mediums they learn better. Then you realize you have to do that in the face to face classroom. The boundaries between face to face teaching and online teaching are getting blurred in a positive way.”