Robyn McFarland

Robyn McFarland

College of Education

M.S. in Secondary Education and Reading - Northern Arizona University, AZ
B.A. in Theatre Education - Arizona State University, AZ

About Robyn McFarland

Robyn is originally from a small town in Wisconsin, and moved out to Arizona to attend college at Arizona State University.  She has a wonderful husband, Brian, and an eight-year-old son named Charlie.  She enjoys reading, crafts, and spending time with friends and family.

Robyn has been teaching for fourteen years in both charter and public schools.  She has taught junior high school reading, worked as a reading specialist for grades K-12, and she currently teaches 7th grade speech and 8th grade drama.  Robyn has been teaching at GCU since April 2010, and has found that she really enjoys the online format.


How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

I love teaching online!  I, myself, have taken many online classes as a student, and it has been very rewarding for me to be on the other side as the instructor.  Also, I love working with students from all over the country.  That has also been very rewarding for me.


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

I try to always refer to students by name whether it is responding to an e-mail, a question in the Questions for Instructor Forum, or the Discussion Forum.  Also, when responding to students posts in the discussion forum, I start by thanking them for their response.  I feel that this sets a positive tone and lets the students know I appreciate their work.


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

There have been many success stories.  One I can remember is from one of my first classes.  There were two students who were going through rough times.  I was able to be compassionate with them, as I had experienced a similar tragedy six months earlier. Showing compassion and leniency with these students turned out to be greatly appreciated by them, and it ended up making them extremely successful.