Instructional Designer, Associate Faculty, Blogger
What is your favorite aspect of teaching?
Seeing students have that “a-ha” moment, especially when a student doubts what he/she is capable of accomplishing.
What has been the biggest change in education since you started teaching?
The move from a traditional classroom-style lecture to a style of teaching engaging multiple learning styles, whether it is online or in person.
What is the biggest challenge in education today?
Making educational leaders understand the investment in technology and teacher training that is needed for our students to excel.
What was your biggest fear on your first day of teaching?
That a student wouldn’t come back the next class because he/she felt he/she couldn’t complete my class.
What is the most memorable compliment a student has paid you?
“You helped me decide what I want to focus my graduate education on—educational technology!”
What has been the most profound lesson you have learned from a student?
You need to be able to take in and develop yourself from a student’s feedback or criticism of your teaching.
What quality do you most admire in a student?
The willingness to go above and beyond in a project because he/she truly wants to develop him/herself, not just finish a project.
What quality do you most appreciate in a colleague?
Sharing and learning from each other about what works and doesn’t work.
What is your strongest quality as an educator?
My enthusiasm to learn and experiment with technology and methodology.
What word or phrase do you most overuse while teaching?
What word or phrase do students most overuse?
“I forgot about that.”
What is the greatest benefit technology has provided you as an educator?
The ability to share what I have learned and learn from others in a global network.
What is the most frustrating experience you’ve had with technology as an educator?
I support faculty and all the problems they have with it. I’m sure I could list about a hundred.
In terms of technology on the job, what is at the top of your wish list (whether or not it already exists)?
I wish every classroom had a one-to-one ratio for laptops or mobile devices.
If you use Blackboard, what is its greatest advantage to you?
A communication and organizational platform, plus it’s always great not taking home stacks of papers to grade.
What would be your first suggestion on how to improve Blackboard?
Find out what the students really want, not just what the faculty want.
Who is the most passionate educator you know?
My mom. She works hard every day teaching elementary school kids how to improve their reading.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as an educator?
Getting nominated by my peers for the NISOD award of excellence.
What is a goal you are working to achieve as an educator?
I want to educate educators. Make them think outside the box and continue to improve their teaching. My blog (professorjosh.com) and social media channels are just the start.
What question did we not ask that you would like to answer?
“What is your favorite quotation or saying?”
answer: Engage, Excite, Educate!
Educators—want to be featured in a future Prof Questionnaire? We also want you to! Email me at Marc.Nobleman@Blackboard.com.
Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, Vanity Fair’s popular feature which was in turn inspired by writer Marcel Proust.