|Dr. Aragon earned her Master's and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Her dissertation focused on identifying coping patterns for a work-life balance while determining their utility based on a correlation between demographic factors, quality of life, and work indicators.
Dr. Aragon's teaching experience spans over a decade. She works with students ranging from first year undergraduates to chairing doctoral dissertation committees; she enjoys helping them discover and develop the best within themselves.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Aragon has experience in real estate, planning and research, human resources, and general management.
|How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Facilitating online courses at GCU has really helped me understand my purpose as an instructor. I enjoy helping others learn and grow and realize I am not teaching so much as mentoring others to learn. There is a subtle, yet important distinction between the two concepts.
I also enjoy learning and growing from my students. I have yet to teach a GCU online course that I haven't learned something new. I really enjoy the permeability of the learner/teacher roles in adult education.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
Probably the most effective teaching strategy I use in the online classroom is engagement in the discussion forums. I try to be present in the classroom every day. Sometimes it is just a quick check-in to make sure there aren't any questions waiting for me in the Questions to Instructor forum. Other days, I dedicate time to carefully scroll through the discussion forum and read and respond to learner posts in a meaningful and personal way.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I don't want to pinpoint one student in particular, but I have had numerous people contact me after a class has ended to tell me that my involvement and concern for their welfare was very motivating. Some have even suggested that my personal touch was a significant factor in helping them successfully complete the course.