Virtual College Spotlight – February 2010
This month, we would like to shine WATC’s Virtual College Spotlight on Instructor Andrew O’Leske. This semester Andrew is teaching Computer Applications as a fully online course.
Andrew’s online course is rich with learning materials designed especially to teach the Microsoft applications in the course. He makes great use of videos and tutorials which focus on each aspect of the Microsoft Office elements. The learning material is presented clearly and completely as it demonstrates the computer lesson visually for the student to actually see how to manipulate their computer to complete assignments and activities.
The course presents the material in several modalities which address the learning styles of the students. The information and learning activities are appropriate to the subject matter and very well-suited to the learning styles of the students.
Andrew also uses gaming techniques as a way for students to review the material of the course. It is an engaging game of “How To Be a Computer Genius.” This is a creative method for students to learn the material in a fun, engaging way.
Andrew has a continuous presence in the course with his excellent communication with the students. He also includes tips and hints to guide the students through potential troublesome areas as they learn the software. These are worded in simple-to-understand language and are very helpful for his students to eliminate their fear of the computer.
Hats off to Andrew O’Leske for his hard work in designing this outstanding course in Computer Applications which is engaging, full of information, and user friendly for all student populations.