I am down to the wire with my diploma, so close to the finish line it actually seems possible I’ll be done … someday. And after more than 20 years of studying in a virtual campus-type scenario for one university, college or training centre or another, I have had the absolute pleasure of getting a lecturer who I am deeply in like with.
His name is Benji and he is awesomeness personified.
He does audio blogs for us to go with the reading material. It works to spice up the rather dry subject matter of Design Industry as well as give an opportunity for him to share some of his first-hand experiences as a graphic designer out in the big, wide world.
He encourages online discussions and stimulates interest with wacky little side projects that can be rattled off in 30 minutes tops yet give a little more depth to our knowledge.
He marks your assignments THE SAME DAY.
Oh, but not only that.
He sends you an audio critique to let you know what he really liked and where you could work to make it just that little bit better.
He’s personable, humorous, positive and without a doubt THE BEST lecturer I’ve ever had.
And as I have alluded to before, I am not a first-timer in this online campus shenanigans. I am a study tart who gets around, people. I get around and I’ve had LOTS of lecturers *blush*
Truly gifted teachers, whether in a classroom, online or just happening to do so as part of the job, are easy to spot.
They are passionate about what they do and they want to pass that passion onto others. They care deeply about the results of their students – they want them to do well.
They find alternative ways and means to deliver the message so all of their students can engage fully. They don’t travel the tried and true highway but rather take their students on the back trails and down side streets.
They make learning fun.
I have had so much fun with this module that I’m almost sad to see it will be over soon. And as a veteran student, that’s a very big deal.