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Norman Raiford, Instructor of History, at Greenville Technical College (SC), describes an encounter with a special needs student that helped him devise a strategy whereby all students would be encouraged to participate in class and no one student could dominate question-and-answer opportunities.
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In "Dealing with a Dominating Student," Norman Raiford, Instructor of History, at Greenville Technical College (SC), describes an encounter with a special needs student that helped him devise a strategy whereby all students would be encouraged to participate in class and no one student could dominate question-and-answer opportunities.
GreenvilleOnline.com - Online class rosters on the rise
"Online classes focus students on reading, which is becoming a lost art," said Greenville Tech history professor Norman Raiford."It also focuses students on writing, and writing forces you to think." Raiford
was among the "pioneers" when Greenville Tech professors began teaching online classes seven years ago.He
is teaching a two-part Western civilization class online this summer.
"There is no excuse for not being 'in class,' " he
has had students participate from as far away as the Philippines.He
once taught a class from Europe, relating the sights to the issues they discussed in class, he
Other drawbacks come to mind, Raiford
said.For example, both professors and students must be careful with written responses.In addition, students often view a professor answering questions in one or two sentences as cold and short, he
"You can say something face to face in a teasing, casual way that written can be taken a different way," he
Still, online classes are not as impersonal as they may appear, he
"Students can develop friendships with teachers and teachers can develop friendships and rapport with students simply by what they are e-mailing back and forth," he
Dr. Norman Raiford, Instructor of History
News | Greenville Tech Foundation Donor Reception 3/21/13
Retiring professor, Dr. Norman Raiford, told a number of stories of how donor support had made it possible for him, and his colleagues to provide meaningful educational experiences for their students.