In addition to my "day job," I am an adjunct professor for the School of Education at California State University San Marcos. Since 2005, I have taught multiple courses for pre-service teachers. The primary focus of my work at CSUSM revolves around technology and education. In my Technology Tools for Education course, I have had the opportunity to work in a blended learning environment. I work with the students face-to-face as well as assign work that they complete on the computer in their own time. We use Moodle as the LMS, but the majority of the work occurs on the Internet utilizing web 2.0 tools from blogs and wikis, to Google Docs, Twitter and other social media. This experience, along with my Leading Edge Certification training, has really prepared me to teach in a fully online environment, thus the reason for this portfolio.
Recently, I have embarked on a journey to become a Leading Edge Certification trainer. As such, I, along with some peers in San Diego and Santa Cruz, have participated in an LEC Certification course to familiarize ourselves with the curriculum we will be teaching. We also had the good fortune of having Greg Ottinger and Kelly Schwirzke facilitate this experience. Not only were they outstanding models, they really challenged us to take their curriculum and make it our own in ways that will enrich our future courses. This portfolio stands as a representation of my ability to not only teach in an online environment, but to inspire others to do the same.