Shillana Sanchez

Current Students





Donald A. Olsen earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento with a minor in Economics in 1985 and a Master of Arts in Communication from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1987. Donald has taught at the university level since 1993 both online and in the classroom.

His career encompasses more than 23 years of industry experience in the marketing communications field. He has taught Communications and Introductory courses at Grand Canyon University since becoming an online adjunct faculty with in 2009. Donald's teaching strategy is "high tech, high touch" with the student, helping to ensure student success in the achievement of their learning goals.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

I find that helping students learn and achieve their degree goals is one of the most fulfilling measures of personal satisfaction and thus helps me meet my purpose in helping others to better themselves.


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

Reaching out to students in the online environment is an effective teaching strategy. Not only is timely communication with students important, it helps them to feel more connected with the course and me. I think this translates into better student success and achievement.


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

I had a student in an online communication class who was having concerns about her writing abilities as she was not a strong writer. I worked with her on her skills, providing additional "coaching" and guidance. It was a wonderful feeling to see her writing skills improve by the end of the class and communicate with her knowing that I had helped set her up for future academic and professional success.