I began teaching in the Journalism program, at Durham College, in September 2006. I was hired to develop the third year of the Journalism program dedicated to broadcast, magazine publishing and online journalism because of my experience with traditional media, including radio and television, and my interest in emergent media.
I developed nine courses during my first teaching year at Durham College. That year I also designed and developed a website that is part of the Broadcast Production course. The DC News website, is where students post content (articles, video and radio stories) on campus news. The website has evolved to include a Twitter account, Facebook page and YouTube channel, giving students experience in online community management through social media.
This is my teaching philosophy: if you tell yourself that you have learned everything there is to know about teaching, it is time to stop. I believe learning is a life-long process. If I don’t better myself by learning new teaching techniques or keeping up with the changes in the subjects I teach I believe that I am short changing my students. I tell my students to never stop learning once they are out of school because it will be their way to stay competitive in their areas of work. I teach by example by constantly learning new applications, technology and new techniques in the fields of journalism and education.
I decided to add the two following pages with information in two areas that demonstrate how I have evolved as a teacher in the past six years.
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