Ann Nelson


Dr. Nelson holds a PhD in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in organizational leadership and financial management. In addition, she has a MBA in Human Resources with SPHR and GPHR certifications. Dr. Nelson's goal was to be a college professor since she was a child and held "class" in the backyard. It is an honor and privilege to be involved in a learner's academic journey.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

Facilitating online courses at Grand Canyon University has helped me find my purpose by allowing me to make a difference in people's lives while helping them to achieve their dreams.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

Be a real person and talk to the learners the same as you would in a face-to-face classroom. If everyone was together in one place, you would talk about upcoming assignments; maybe provide tips or examples. You would also watch video clips and do other activities. You can do these things in a discussion board as well. Yesterday, one of my students told me to visualize the class raising both hands going "Pick me, I know, pick me". If you can make yourself "real" to your students, they will become engaged in a meaningful way.

What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

I have so many to choose from! I had one doctoral student, he is working on his dissertation now, but back in his second class at Grand Canyon University he was "on the ledge and ready to jump". He sent me an email that said that working full time and being a doctoral student was just too overwhelming. His email was to inform me that he was withdrawing from class. I replied that I was calling him in 30 seconds, so start digging out the cell phone. Yes, he was having a bad day at work and being new to the online environment at the same time just seemed to be too overwhelming. It was a human reaction to reduce stress. Our chat helped and I look forward to seeing him walk at graduation!