Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador 2016 – Alfred State: Danielle R Green
Danielle R. Green earned her associate degree in court and realtime reporting and a bachelor’s degree in technology management from Alfred State, and an MBA from SUNY Oswego. She worked for eight years as a judicial reporter, recording depositions, parole hearings, parole boards, worker’s compensation trials, and public hearings, as well as doing some CART work for the hearing impaired. Green, an instructor at Alfred State College, teaches both lower- and upper-level court reporting classes, including theory, speed building, and procedures for reporters and captioners. Green is also the academic department chair for the Business Department at Alfred State College.
Online learning provides flexibility to adult learners, career changers, those returning to school after a long absence, and all other populations not sufficiently served by the traditional college environment. Additionally, it provides those not comfortable in the traditional classroom an avenue to exchange thoughts and ideas with others in a safe environment and to showcase their talents which they may have been hesitant or anxious about doing in an on-ground program.
Our primary goal for online education is to reach a wider cross section of learners and to service those would not have normally considered Alfred State College for their education. Distance learning is paramount to place-bound students who need to hone their current skills to gain promotions in their career or be overall marketable in the workforce. Online teaching can only occur when the learning materials are delivered in an accessible, consistent, and meaningful manner. Furthermore, online instructors must be passionate in their field and the educational delivery mode, and consistently seek out new knowledge in relation to online learning to continuously improve how we deliver education around the globe.