Alli Holladay received her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Communication from Arizona State University and her Master's degree in Management from University of Phoenix. She has previous experience in project management and training and has been teaching since 2007.
Alli lives in downtown Phoenix, where she loves shopping, going to concerts, spending time with her friends and family, and hanging out with her nephew and nieces. She also loves being creative and is currently working towards starting a clothing line.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Teaching classes at GCU has allowed me to be better connected with my students. I loved my time in college and I am always excited to bring that level of excitement to my students and help them start off on the right foot. Sharing positive experiences really helps students find their way and it encourages me to stay passionate about everything important to me.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I am all about asking questions that let students talk about their own experiences and relate them to class concepts. I use various questioning techniques that help students to think of things from a different point of view. I also like to point them in the direction of outside sources to keep the Main Forum conversation fun and interesting.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
In UNV-104 we almost always have a few students who are absolutely terrified of writing and I am sure this story is not unique to many instructors. I had one student that was literally crying when I made a welcome call to her. The student said that she had not written a paper in years and was considering dropping the course because of it. I explained the writing process and helped her understand that we would take baby steps that would end in her completing the course with a successful essay. Although the road was not easy for this student, through plenty of contact and feedback she completed the essay. She left UNV-104 with a new level of confidence and a positive attitude to start her next course.