Since 2013, I have taught business courses (online, blended, and traditional) for Dean College in Franklin, MA.
- Courses Taught, Online: BUS 230-Principles of Management, BUS 123-Foundations of Business
- Courses Taught, Blended: BUS 230- Principles of Management, BUS 123- Foundations of Business
- Courses Taught, Traditional: BUS 230-Principles of Management, BUS 415-Business Policy and Strategic Management, BUS 123-Foundations of Business, BUS 405-Leading the Organization, BUS 337-Organizational Behavior, and BUS 342-Human Resources Management
- BUS 230-Principles of Management Online
My teaching philosophy is rooted in my love of learning and my commitment to life-long learning! In addition, it is shaped by the overarching framework of Integral Theory as taught by American philosopher, Ken Wilber. Wilber, author of over 20 books, developed a version of integral theory, commonly referred to as AQAL, all quadrants, all lines. All quadrants, all lines refer to two core elements of his integral framework, quadrants and developmental lines.
Wilber proposes that all human and social phenomenon have four dimensions to include individual subjective, individual behavioral, collective subjective, and collective objective or systems (social, political, technological, economic, and natural).
Consequently, my teaching approach incorporates the strengths of the three main branches of learning theory: behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist, as well as transformational learning theory. For example, behaviorist learning theory informs the basic structure of the classroom (virtual and traditional) by shaping the format, guidelines, expectations, standards, and grading. Conditioning is operative using rewards (e.g., praise) and consequences (e.g., grade reduction for incomplete work) are basic elements of my teaching approach.
Cognitive learning theory informs my teaching approach by shaping the way I structure and deliver course content to maximize understanding, retention, and recall. For example, the use of a syllabus, learning objectives, slides, the thoughtful organization and presentation of learning content via diverse mediums.
Constructivism heavily influences my teaching approach as it relates to reflective and critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative action. For example, I regularly integrate reflection questions, action-learning projects, and discussion forums into courses.
In addition to the three main learning theories, I also integrate transformational learning theory into my teaching approach with the intention to challenge learners’ habitual ways of seeing and underlying assumptions, often unconscious, of themselves, others, and the world.