College of Nursing
M.S. in Nursing - Grand Canyon University, AZ
B.S. in Nursing - Saint Anselm College, NH
About Jessica Dane
Jessica began her career in intensive care nursing after graduating with her BSN from St. Anselm College. After many years of travel nursing she settled in Phoenix, where she pursued her Master's in Nursing Education at Grand Canyon University. She completed her degree in 2009. She currently works in a Phoenix area Cardiovascular ICU and has taught in Grand Canyon University's RN-BSN program since 2010. She is married with two children. In her free time, Jessica likes to read and travel.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at GCU has helped me continue to pursue my passion of teaching in a venue other than bedside nursing. As a person passionate about nursing, facilitating online courses allows me to help a nurse grow professionally rather than just clinically.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
I log on to the classroom frequently so that any questions or concerns can be answered in a timely manner and I try to return feedback on assignments quickly. I also enjoy asking students to dig a little deeper into the content by asking open ended questions to stimulate dialogue. Lastly, I enjoy playing "devil's advocate" in some courses, such as ethics, to help stimulate conversation and thinking.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
Many times, students express gratitude to me at the end of the class for being patient and for providing guidance during the course. I think that being an online student myself has helped me understand and appreciate the nuances of online education. I appreciate it when I have a former student in a current class who expresses his or her excitement at being in another of the courses I am facilitating.