As my graduation from Western Governors University’s MS IT Management program draws near (this December to be exact), so to does a new part time job I accepted with Albany Technical College, a local technical school. Having accepted the Part-time Adjunct Professorship for their Introduction to Computers course, I am now spending my evenings preparing for a job when I have no idea what to expect!
These evenings include Googling teaching philosophies, syllabi, course descriptions, and more. In truth, it is a very simple course and it is completely online, but I want to do it right.
My goals for this teaching role are simple, but meaningful:
- Require critical thinking
- Include some history of computing (because I find it thoroughly fascinating)
- Cover the most important aspects:
- fundamentals of computers (including Von Neumann architecture)
- a survey of Operating Systems and their use cases
- the Internet, searching, and using it safely
- desktop publishing (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
- a brief survey of programming and advanced topics
- Build the curriculum on a foundation of practicality and applications (show students how all the concepts can be applied in day-to-day life)
- Allow students’ curiosity to direct their learning (where possible)
I’m sure more goals will come to mind, but these are the immediate ones I wish to strive for. Most of all, I want to focus on the last 2 bullet points, application, practicality, and self-directed learning. I believe people learn best when they can envision uses for the content they’re learning and when they are motivated by their curiosity.
Obviously, I have no expertise on any of this, but I am trying.
I’ve attached my first stab at a syllabus:
I would appreciate any feedback, suggestions, and experiences you might have 🙂
Clinton is a full-time Software Developer currently working for CGI Federal, Inc. He spends most his days building Java web applications using tools like Spring MVC, Java Server Faces, and VueJS. In his free time, he likes to dabble in Golang, Hadoop, and other cool technologies. Clinton has been married to his wonderful wife Ashley for 8 years. Together, they have a super-handsome, unbelievably cute (no bias here folks) 5 year old son, Andrew.