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Nancy Aragon 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.